||Dog-show king "Josh":
The irony is I'm not even a dog person. But I started this Westminster thing this week, so I'll finish it ... Bandwagon Newf takes top prize.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Worst. Field. Ever. The Simpsons' Comic
Book Guy would have a good time with the laughable
field for this year's Slam-Dunk Contest:
Jason Richardson. Ricky Davis. Chris Anderson. Fred
Jones. Has there been a more precipitous -- actually,
pathetic -- decline in sports than the dunk
contest? (Thinking ... thinking ... no, not even hockey.)
When did this once-proud franchise "dunk over
the shark?" Was it the ridiculous choreographed
routines of a few years ago? The gaping void since Vince?
But wait: What's this? Rumors bubbling that a
certain rookie with the religious-themed TV ads might
participate? There's only one player who could be the
savior of this year's contest:
LeBron has got to have next.
Sixers Boot Ayers
Next logical move: Trade AI. (Why do
people seem so shy to embrace this?) I leave it to
Insiders like Chad Ford to break down the contract
realities, but how quickly would Philly fans do a 180
and embrace a hometown hero with all of AI's scoring
ability, plus more versatility: Kobe. (Meanwhile, AI
in LA? Forget about it. Sick.)
As for Randy Ayers: Raise your hand if you
really thought he was going to work out. (Be
honest.) Buzz-free from the beginning, the mediocre
team record was just a reflection of the coach.
Stop St. Joe's!
"Foes of Joe's": That's the name of the
inevitable backlash group developing an allergic
reaction to the feverish bandwagon surrounding
unbeaten No. 3 Saint Joseph's.
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 What next, 76ers? You can bet AI is going to have a say|
2 What next, LeBron? Will you end up in the dunk contest?
3 What next, U.S. Soccer? NOW will you suit up Freddy Adu?
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Rick Majerus' return: Says he won't come back to Utah|
2 Kevin Millwood arbitration: Avoids with 1yr/$11mil deal
3 Wesley Clark: Once-touted General out of Dem primaries
Tonight is perhaps the last chance fans will have to
see St. Joe's perfect season come to an end, when the
Hawks play dangerous Dayton.
Frank Still Perfect
With all the turnover in the Eastern
Conference, maybe the All-Star coaching job should go
to the coach (not the team) with the best record.
Because who else thinks "Li'l Lawrence" Frank -- now
8-0 with the Nets after beating Detroit --
deserves the A-S helm?
NASCAR Gambling Issue
Crazy item in this morning's USA
Today about NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan, who
said he'd be willing to bet on himself in a Vegas
sports book to win the Daytona 500.
That's not the problem: The real issue
is that NASCAR apparently has no rules against their
drivers or crews gambling
on the sport. If the sport
takes itself seriously, expect that to change by, oh,
"Super Millionaire" will have two new
"Three Wise Men": Think a brainy Hollywood
"Double Dip": Two shots at answering a
All that, and a lot more money, for new primetime
||U.S. men's soccer
Olympics KO via 4-0 thumping from Mexico. Once-promising team reeling. Time to focus fully on Freddy Adu's development. U.S. goes where he goes.
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"Miracle" puck up for sale ($95K), but if I had to buy
something, I'd still rather have the Bartman foul
Now the Bucs join the ever-growing suitors for Mark
Brunell; that'll make Brad Johnson happy ...
More QB-watching: Drew Henson works out for teams on
Here's hoping Judge Shira Scheindlin rejects the NFL's
request for a stay on her draft decision from last
week, until they have a better rationale for her to do
New Showtime pilot in development: "Make Me Cool,"
kind of like "Queer Eye" but with African-Americans
giving the advice ...