||Breakfast with Ravech,
Gammons and Reynolds:
Were you up at 5 a.m. to catch MLB's Opening Day live from Japan on ESPN? From Bristol, trio offered a new model: Calling games remotely.
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Two Words For You:
We're No. 4! We're No.
College hoops: The only sport where a fourth-place
finish is accepted as cause for massive celebration by
fans and career validation by its coaches.
UConn's women are in the Final Four for the
unprecedented fifth straight year; the LSU women are
in for the first time; Coach K is in his 10th; Georgia
Tech is in for the first time since 1990. And ... so
In baseball, Grady Little had equivalent success to
whichever coaches lose in the Final Four semifinals on
Saturday night. Grady got fired; Georgia Tech's Paul
Hewitt will get a 10-year contract.
In the NFL, Andy Reid is a "Final Four" coach -- three
years running --but all it's earned him is a
"can't-win-when-it-counts" label he wears as snugly as
Bottom line: Being a "Final Four coach" is one
of the most overrated accolades in sports. Ooh -- you
came in fourth ... or even third. Call when
you've won a title.
The Yankees in last place; the D-Rays in
first. It's a sweet, fleeting moment -- like a
Tino Martinez home run using a bat corked with irony.
Torre and the Boss will be more concerned with Mike
Mussina's rusty outing (5 IP, 10 H, 5 ER).
No wonder Serena named Monday's outfit "The
Wonder Woman." She's the superhero of sports
fashion: White hot pants, white tank top, blinging
belly ring, dangling "chandel-ear" rings. The
weekend's eye-popping "corset" look was Victorian by
Serena isn't just the most fashion-forward athlete of
her time; she may end her career as the most
fashion-forward athlete of all time. (Oh, and
she crushed Maria Sharapova.)
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John McEnroe's new talk show: July 7 premiere. Serious?!
Charlottesville, VA: Named Best Place to Live in new book
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Fragile Ken Griffey: Strains calf ... running to first base|
MLB avg ticket price: Up 4% (but fans seem willing to pay)
Laredo, TX: Ranks 331 (last) in that new city-ranking book
Prior: Out for April?
Mark Prior's status is a death by a
thousand cuts for Cubs fans: First, he missed a
spring training start; next, he was scratched for his
first regular-season start; now, he's reportedly out
for all of April.
This isn't like Shaq sitting out for a few months,
then being fresh for the playoffs; in the tight NL
Central, every game will count; there will be no
playoffs if Prior misses too much of the season --
or is too limited when he finally does start
NFL P'Off Expansion
For some of the greediest guys on the
planet, the NFL owners sure are economically
stupid about not expanding the playoffs. That's
leaving money on a table the size of a football
Meanwhile, given that the most glaring result of
parity is that more and more teams will just
miss the playoffs, the naturally fair balancing
position would be to allow more teams in.
NFL Kickoff Wknd
Ironically, the league has no qualms
about expanding its increasingly popular
weekend. The "Thursday Night Football"
season opener is a doozy: Colts at Pats. Since the NFL won't go near another concert (thanks,
Janet!) I guess fans will be forced to look forward to
... um ... the game? (For more, see "Odds and Ends,"
High school hoops sensation Candace Parker
just won the McDonald's slam-dunk title. Sorry:
women's h.s. hoops sensation. What's next?
Tennessee, which is a big mistake.
She should apply for early-entry to the WNBA (her
inevitable destination anyway). The salary may stink
-- but the endorsement money will more than make up
for it. Come on: She won a dudes' dunk contest!
Has there been a bigger drop-off from glory than The Kid? Back to "punch-line" status after straining his calf ... running out a grounder.
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More NFL Kickoff Wknd:|
SAT: DAL at MIN
Even rusty rookie Drew Henson could throw TDs on the
Vikings' porous D...
SUN Nite: KC at DEN
How about another 19-0 Broncos prediction, Woody
MNF: GB at CAR
Starts the Favre Farewell Tour off right
Meanwhile, NFL owners want to extend Commish Paul
Tags' contract; and why wouldn't they? The guy is
making them big bucks...
And from the "Final Four Heroics Don't Really Mean
Jack in the NBA" file, we give you Cavs 10-day signee