At 55, training for one last comeback fight. Says a lot about boxing that this would be the sport's must-see event of the decade.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Rasheed Wallace is your problem now,
Trading 'Sheed -- the capstone of the Great Blazer
Bust-Up (as opposed to Portland P.D.'s usual
Great Blazer Bust) -- may bring Portland
"character guys," (euphemism alert) but it's not great
for everyone else.
Most of the wack-jobs used to be concentrated on one
team. Exporting ex-Blazers around the NBA will spread the drama to every corner of the
Take Atlanta, for example: What's the over-under on
days until Wallace's inevitable allergic reaction to
being on a terrible Hawks team? (Hint: There are no
more games for Atlanta between now and the All-Star
Break ... but that might not stop him).
Soon enough, the Bust-Up-the-Blazers campaign will
turn into the Family Tree from Hell.
Fitzgerald Goes Pro
With college sophomore Larry Fitzgerald
entering the 2004 NFL Draft, keep in mind that the NFL
continues to contend that sophs aren't pro ready. Fitz
is so unready that he's been installed as the No. 2
prospect in the entire draft.
NHL Eyes Changes
Kudos to those NHL GMs considering any
and every reform on the table at their annual
* New standings points system?
* Shootout replacing OT?
* Smaller goalie pads?
One of everything, please.
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 Blazers trade Rasheed: Get Abdur-Rahim from Hawks|
2 Foreman training for comeback fight: He's a lunatic
3 CBB Top 5 shake-up: No. 4 Pitt, No. 5 UConn both lose
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 NBA trade inactivity: Hopefully Portland sparks a surge|
2 NFL court-case crying: Still waiting on draftee "flood"
3 Woman drops lawsuit re JJ's boob: Says point was made
Who's No. 4?
NCAA Tourney No. 1s (today):
Easy: Duke, Stanford, St. Joe's
Harder: Who's the fourth?
Pitt: Lost Mon to Seton
UConn: Lost Mon to Notre
Miss St/KY: Whoever wins SEC?
Gonzaga: Only 73rd-best sched?
L'ville: Faltered last week?
OK St: Crushed Kansas Mon.
Dogs and Hoops
Meanwhile, let's handicap the
Westminster Dog Show after its first day, using 2004
college hoops analogies:
Josh, the Newf
St Joe's: Hot bandwagon pick
Coco, the terrier
Stanford: Scrappy, underrated
Mikimoto on Fifth, the poodle
Duke: (Here come hate emails)
Arrest warrant issued for America's
hottest teen diarist after an alleged probation
violation. He's got legal counsel, so here's some p.r.
He should leverage his current fame by declaring
his intentions to become the first high-school player
ever to enter the NFL Draft. Things ain't looking
so hot to suit up for Miami anyway.
||U. of Colorado rape-probe
Joyce Lawrence puts herself in a bad situation by saying women "put themselves" in a bad situation by going to a party w/ booze and drugs.
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|For those that need a fix|
Mark Cuban and Larry Brown are *still* going at it,
and they better agree to disagree, because neither is
changing his mind ...|
Nolan Ryan is near a deal with the Astros for
"personal services," which would be really cool if it
meant "No. 5 starter" ...
At this point, who's NOT in the derby for Mark
Brunell? His final destination will have huge draft
Biggest test of Lawrence Frank's young head-coaching
career: Puts unblemished 7-0 record on the line vs.
Pistons tonight in NJ ...
Boston College wins the Beanpot college hockey tournament ...
Today's must-read: Bob Lipsyte's piece on religion in
sports in the Writers' Bloc, coming this
For guys looking for a layup V-Day gift, try the new
Norah Jones CD (or, for something a little more out
there, Nellie McKay) ...