With four walk-ons and a handful of scholarship players, the Red Storm -- talking about shuttering the program a week ago -- beat Georgetown.
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Two Words For You:
Gary Barnett gave me the best sports moment of
my life as a fan: Northwestern's Rose Bowl run in
1995. Cripes, I even wrote about him for Page 2's "My
Hero" package last year. I'm embarrassed by that this
It's not even a "Say it ain't so!" moment, like
it is for other fans who become appalled at their
one-time heroes. Throughout this scandal, he's
revealed nothing but a self-serving, double-dealing
side that I realize truly reflects who he is.
But I renounce him now: For the shoddy state of his football program (but it's
not as if his time at NU was taint-free)...
For his inexcusable, Hall-of-Fame insensitive and
likely job-obliterating comments about former player
and alleged rape victim Katie Hnida...
And, only the latest, as he pondered his removal as
coach yesterday, a classic non-apology apology over
those comments, best left to his own words:
"I sincerely regret that yesterday a portion of my
remarks were either misinterpreted or taken out of
context, and I apologize for answering that question
in a manner where I must have come across as
What?! Barnett certainly isn't worthy of his
job anymore, and he sure as hell isn't worthy of
Biggest NBA trade rumor: Rasheed
Wallace, who really wants to be in New York,
will probably end up in Detroit for the rest of this
season (before being given a money/mouth opportunity
with the Knicks this summer).
NBA trade deadline: 3 ET
What About AI?
Not on the block (yet): Allen
Iverson, but all the conventional wisdom has him being
dealt in this summer's mega-trade. So he's staying in
Philly for now? Oh, that'll make for a fun
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BoSox's John Henry: Salary cap? Boss right: "Sour grapes"
Ho. Dean as candidate: But what about as vote-broker?
Cards Sign Pujols
If there's a larger lesson for other
teams watching the A-Rod deal (or even Maddux's), it's
that for the ideal player, money shouldn't be an
The Cardinals came to their senses and signed
Top 5 superstar Albert Pujols to a 7-yr/$100 million
deal. And, hey, if they're hamstrung by the deal in
two or three years, they can always pawn him off to
the Yankees. (The pathetic part: Can't you see him
actually ending up in New York before seven years are
Boss vs. Henry
Bud Selig has stepped in and told
George Steinbrenner and John Henry to stop squabbling,
but that's a mistake: Two ultra-rich titans in the
verbal equivalent of backyard wrestling makes for
The Boss got the last (damning) word: "Unlike
the Yankees, [Henry] chose not to go the extra
distance for his fans in Boston." Ouch (but kind
Duke Loses ... Again
Time to panic? Nah: No shame in losing
to Wake Forest at their place. The L doesn't even drop
Duke out of the NCAA Tourney's four top seeds, given
the strength of the ACC.
And Duke's remaining schedule is favorable:
Maryland, G-Tech and UNC all at home (with an oddly
scheduled home game vs. Valpo -- hunh? -- next
Wake won't be Duke's last regular-season loss, though:
That'll come at Florida State a week from Sunday.
Barnett's comments were beyond awful, but at some point (should have been sooner) responsibility lies with CU's top leader.
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