Funny: Don't hear any critics of the new NFL
draft-eligibility system complaining. Maybe that's
because he's a Top 5 talent -- as a soph.
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Two Words For You:
A-Rod? So passe. Here's a bona-fide NFL
blockbuster deal that reclaims spring spotlight:
Superstar Broncos RB Clinton Portis to the Redskins
for Champ Bailey and a 2nd-rounder.
Can't be overhyped: Compared to baseball, NFL
trades come at a trickle -- and huge ones are a
rarity. This one's huge.
Huge for the Redskins: With a gaping void at
running back the size of D.C. itself, landing the
22-year-old Portis -- a legit threat to run for 2,000
yards -- gives them a franchise back for a decade (if
he stays healthy).
With a new starting backfield (Portis and QB Mark
Brunell), the Joe Gibbs era won't need a ramp-up; the
NFC East is there for the taking.
Not bad for the Broncos, either: Unwilling to
deal with Portis' payday demands, Denver is apparently
happy to take on the Bailey headache for, arguably,
one of the league's Top 3 cornerbacks.
In a word: Wow.
Is Peyton Manning worth the richest
contract in NFL history? Not a chance -- before last
season's playoffs. But combining his MVP regular
season with his unstoppable postseason orchestrations
(complete with Maestro-worthy hand-signals), and
there's no player who deserves more.
One caveat: There's talk of a $30 million
signing bonus, eclipsing the previous high -- Donovan
McNabb's $20 mil -- by 50 percent. That's a premium
out of whack with his status relative to other top NFL
"Feeley the Excitement!" Okay, so
Miami's new marketing slogan to match their new QB
(underrated Eagles third-stringer
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Tiger-as-Carl-Spackler ad: Buzz for Oscars debut next wknd|
NFL combine: Receivers are wowing scouts, as expected
Bracket Buster: Manhattan wins fans, game at UWisc-Milw.
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Maryland: Lost 3 str; Duke fans chant "Burst your bubble!"|
Penguins: 18th straight game w/o a win ties a team record
Indecisive Eric Crouch: Ex-Heisman QB mulling NFL comeback
AJ Feeley) may not
work out, but the player himself can't do much worse
than deposed starter Jay Fiedler, who simply was not a
LeBron in NYC
Fickle, even by New Yorkers' standards:
Toast of the town just a few weeks ago, the Knicks
were booed by fans yesterday on national TV, with the
worst reserved for new acquisition Tim Thomas, who got
the "Keith! Van! Horn!" chant after some ugly
Meanwhile: Most of the fans were probably there
to see LeBron's smooth Garden debut anyway (22 pts),
not to see Nazr Mohammed get abused by Z.
Astros: Who's No. 1?
All those high-profile offseason pitching
acquisitions, and the Astros light the fans on fire
with some of the same-old-same-old on Opening Day. Roy
Oswalt ahead of Andy Pettitte (or even Roger Clemens)?
That's deference to an incumbent that is almost as
ridiculous as not even entertaining that Derek Jeter
might be moved from SS.
No scandal since Friday (but the week's still
young). As for this "interim" head coach, does anyone
else see a small fox-henhouse thing going on?
St. Joe's Rules
Usually, missed predictions force an
overcorrection: Temple didn't end up beating
St. Joe's on Saturday (got crushed, in fact), but St.
Joe's will still fall short of the Final
However, a perfect regular season is a lock:
Remaining schedule includes Wednesday at UMass;
Saturday at Rhodey; and a must-see finale at home
Tuesday March 2 vs. sorry St. Bonnie.
2002 hoops champ reeling (13-10, 4-8 ACC) after
stomping Sunday at Duke, where student section taunted
them with: "Burst! Your! Bub-ble!"
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You could say myth-making is an epidemic in NYC, but
A-Rod helps his own cause by belting a BP HR off a
truck in the parking lot ...
Alas, no such performances in the cards for Alfonso
Soriano's first workouts. Nothing but long tosses and
your average BP ...
Is the Nets' success Lawrence Frank or the comfy
schedule? 4 of next 8 reveal it: at MIN, at DEN and
home-and-home with the Lakers ...
For those keeping score, tiny Milan High was CRUSHED
by Muncie Central on Saturday, 81-40. No "Hoosiers"
miracle this year ...
Keep it real, Littlest Groom: Go with the g/f prospect
who will make you happy, not who's got the right size
(whatever that is) ...