What's "BALCO?" Via A-Rod, MLB eclipses both NBA and NASCAR's biggest events of 2004 -- and confirms start of wildest baseball season ever.
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Two Words For You:
That's the appropriate slogan for the 2004 Red
Sox, who have pioneered a new SABR-style baseball stat
category: False economy.
For a Red Sox team obsessed with (a) beating the
Yankees and (b) winning a World Series (in that
order), what's an extra 15 million
dollars to have landed A-Rod -- or just to have kept
him away from New York? Everything, apparently.
The Sox tried to spend like the Yankees
this winter, but they've
just been shown what a real wallet looks like.
The Sox cry "Cowboy Up!" -- but, in the end, it's just
talk. The Yankees have the ultimate slogan:
Look for that T-shirt alongside the new hottest
fashion statement in New York -- the No. 13 A-Rod
NBA All-Star Game
How the All-Star Game mirrors real
* Shaq and Kobe on the same team forges an unbeatable
tandem. (West beats East, 136-132.)
* Shaq is the MVP (24 pts, 11 reb), and Kobe is the
petulant, publicity-seeking second-fiddle who stokes
all the drama ...
... Kobe Watch
Two quotes in Sunday's L.A. Times:
"I don't like Phil [Jackson] as a person, but I love
him as a coach."
Who wants to bet the feeling's mutual?
"I'd be lying if I said the challenge on a team
[without Shaq] doesn't interest me."
Enjoy life on the 20-win Clippers. Hmm,
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|WHO'S GOT THE MOMENTUM ...|
Yanks GM Brian Cashman: Out-foxes rival GM Theo Epstein|
Stanford: Will be new college hoops No. 1 (St. Joe's No. 2)
Dale Earnhardt Jr: NASCAR "It" Guy *AND* D500 winner
|... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'|
Theo Epstein: Penny-wise, pound-foolish. ('Nuff said.)|
UConn: Best in the country? Not even best in Big East
Peja, J-Rich: Defending 3pt/Slam champs can't 3peat
... On a related note: The irony-free report
that the Nuggets would be interested in Kobe if he's
acquitted is the most laughable rumor of the year -- not
the "if acquitted" part, but the idea that he'd settle
down in Colorado).
As a NASCAR newbie sticking through all
four hours of the D500, I experienced a couple of
On-board cams and pit-driver audio are a level of
viewer experience that no other sports leagues can
touch right now.
The model every major pro league -- particularly the
NHL -- should consider carefully.
Part "Keith Jackson," part "pro-wrestling announcing
*Two simple words of advice:
Isiah Thomas' interest in shipping Keith Van
Horn out of town is no surprise; the shocker
is that he was able to pull it off, finding a
|sucker partner in Milwaukee, willing
both to take on KVH's enormous salary and give
up on Tim Thomas, a NYC-region product who, like
Marbury, will be revitalized by a homecoming.
N.C. St. 78, Duke 74
Finally, an end to the pro-Duke tyranny in the
Top 25 rankings (and want to bet there are voters who
still want to rank 'em No. 1?).
But unranked N.C. State is obviously underrated: And as
long as Duke wins out, an NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed
is still theirs.
Sunday's result impacts semantics, more than anything:
Unbeaten Stanford will take its rightful place at No.
1, with likely No. 2 St. Joe's waiting for the
Cardinal to stumble.
The most ironic part is that the guy spent like crazy this winter, but will be remembered for cheaping it up on A-Rod (unless the Sox win).
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I hear Red Sox owner John Henry is investing in a
musical: "No! No! I Can't Believe The Yankees Just Did
That To Us!"...|
Learning from Boston's "penny/pound" mistake, the Cubs
smartly increased their offer to Greg Maddux. Look for
signing soon ...
Once D500 2nd-place owner Joe Gibbs returns to his day
job running the Redskins, maybe he'll deal with Champ
Bailey's trade-or-pay situation (is Detroit the
NBA's 6-game ban for Chris Webber is toothless: Can't
Kings activate him from injured list, knowing he
wouldn't play anyway? ...
How lame was the NBA dunk contest? The judges should
have just used the sick slam highlights from the
Rookie Game ...
Who's willing to bet against A-Rod and Jeter being an
AL All-Star infield combo for the next, oh, five
Happy B-day: To me, and, among others, William
"Greatest American Hero" Katt, Ice-T and the guy who
played Boba Fett in "Empire" ...