With the most points by a player since '94, McGrady shows why he's the best pure scorer in the NBA. (The problem? That's *all* he is.)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"Somebody is definitely guilty of
taking steroids," Jackson told an Atlanta newspaper in
And somebody is definitely guilty of
being a spotlight-seeking, attention-craving
loudmouth ... someone who seems to be willing to say
anything to see his name in print.
Jackson's logic is baffling, and his evidence
is nonexistant: Because sluggers today are
outperforming ones of yesteryear (Reggie compares them
to Hank Aaron), they must be on 'roids.
(Right: Legal weight-training methods, bigger athletes, smaller
ballparks, juiced balls, diluted pitching haven't had
anything to do with it.)
Here's a good guideline: Unless they have a
smoking syringe, jocks -- and, please spare me,
ex-jocks -- shouldn't play Sherlock.
A day after Todd Bertuzzi's weepy,
not-quite-acceptable apology, the NHL suspended him
for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.
Rest of the regular season sounds imposing --
until you realize that's a whopping 12 games.
That begs this question: What would the league have
done if this had happened in October? If it's the same
"season-ending" ban, they need to extend his
suspension well into next season.
(Check out the Writers' Bloc for a debate over the state of the NHL.)
McCain vs. Fehr
At least give MLB union chief Don Fehr
credit for a brass set during his smug-sounding
testimony in front of Senate sports/steroids hearings.
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toe-to-toe with John McCain, Fehr basically
dared Congress to legislate the problem
Remember, Fehr's no newbie: Even while presenting
himself for national vilification, he recognized that
it's easy to bluster from the committee dais, but it's
another thing entirely to put (PAC) money to mouth and
pass actual laws.
For all his Fourth Amendment talk, Fehr will cut a
deal with Bud Selig, but because Bud is more likely to
crack from the public pressure, Fehr will extract a
juiced-up pound of flesh for any drug-testing
C-Span to C-Sports?
It wouldn't be an election year, would
it? Yesterday's "Steroids in the Senate" begets
today's "Recruiting in the House." At this rate, there
will be enough action to justify launching
Why not just create a formal Congressional
Sub-Committee on Sports?
Prediction for this weekend's hearing
(and apparently expeditious decision ... you go, Special
Owens' trade to Baltimore is upheld, but since
it's a weekend, it'll be a delayed pout; look for T.O.
to tee off on a more media-friendly Monday.
C-Week Heats Up
Game of the day:
St. Joe's vs. Xavier (noon)
Many see as an Upset Special;
Must-win for Musketeers
(And a "must-watch" -- at least on ESPN.com's
scoreboard -- on your desktop ...)
After all of his whining about not wanting to play for a loser, how ironic that he's going to be traded from the Bengals (8-8) to the Raiders (4-12)?
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|CBB: Championship Week|
|MLB: You predict the standings!|
|More Thursday "must-wins" from the Bubble|
|Notre Dame (vs. Conn)|
|RPI: 49, SOS: 26|
|Virginia (vs. Clemson)|
|RPI: 53, SOS: 43 (next: Duke)|
|Missouri (vs. A&M)|
|15-12 (9-7) RPI: 42, SOS: 7|
|Oklahoma (vs. Neb)|
|0-6 vs. Top 25; SOS: 60|
|Richmond (vs. Temp)|
|RPI: 41; SOS: 25; top 50: 1-7|
Congrats to VaTech (first-ever Big East tourney win);
but it's short-lived -- Hokies move to ACC next
season. Good luck with that ...|
More from Championship Week:
ACC: Play-in game
UVA vs. Clemson
Big East: Quarters
Marquee: UConn vs. ND
Big Ten: First Round
Marquee: Purdue vs. Minn
Big 12: First Round
Marquee: Okla vs. Neb
Marquee: Wash vs UCLA
SEC: First Round
Marquee: Tenn vs. Bama