||HR No. 661:
660 hype may have been overblown, but to hit 661 the very next game -- under this much scrutiny? Why Bonds is *worthy* of all the hoo-hah.
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Two Words For You:
Forget Barry Bonds: The week's real
star is superfan Larry Ellison.
He caught HR No. 661 last night -- to go
with No. 660 he caught on Monday. Not only should
he keep the 661 ball (as Barry himself suggested),
Ellison might want to start playing the lottery.
But it gets better: After graciously giving No. 660 to
Bonds on Monday, he was given six seats behind home
plate for Tuesday's game, which he promptly gave away
to family, while he returned to his kayak in McCovey
Cove. Don't devalue his 660 gesture by calling his 661
Karma, friends: It's a boomerang, just like
that freaky coffeehouse barista's tip jar proclaims.
I'm the first to laugh at "curse" talk, but Ellison's
660 give-back earned some serious karmic
What's the larger lesson here? Do the cool, neighborly
thing and you'll be rewarded. Maybe not as immediately
and ridiculously as Ellison, but his model is one
Kobe Scores 45
If Kobe thinks that dropping a
season-high 45 last night (on 29 shots and 18 chances
at the FT line) will quash chatter that he tanked
Sunday, he's so misguided.
If anything, the way he dominated just proves
that he has such hoops mastery that he can (and will)
do what he wants, whenever he wants; thus,
one-shot-by-halftime is all the sketchier.
More quality conspiracy theory: The
Grizzlies didn't mind losing last night to the
Mavs because in losing out on the 5-seed, they'll
sidestep a first-round matchup with the
I'm not saying that the Spurs are an easier opponent
than L.A., but the whole Jerry West thing (or maybe it
was the Shaq thing) would have added even more
pressure to the team's first playoff appearance
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Meaningless NBA finales: Why not give a few fans some PT?
Love the Preds!
For we hyper-casual NHL fans who have
been waiting for a bandwagon to hop on, I nominate the
Sure, because the idea of hockey in Nashville still
seems as ironic as the Opry relocating to Ottawa, but
-- more important -- the Preds tied up their series
with the prohibitive Cup fave Red Wings last night in
a stout 3-0 win. Don't choke now!
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Released at 5:15 today: Yes, it's kind
of exciting to check out who seems to have a
rough road and who seems to be a candidate for
a breakout season, but -- really -- it's like trying
to read tea leaves.
One curiosity: Which teams will be slated to
play on Xmas Eve (rare Friday game) and the Xmas Day
Not quite as riveting as the
9/11 Commission hearings. Still, I'm confused: In
blaming the party attendees where women were allegedly
sexually assaulted, is Gary "Not My Fault" Barnett
saying that it was the women's fault for being
OK, 312 pitching wins doesn't have,
well, ANY of the cachet of 660, but as long as we're
wedging milestones into the calendar, Roger Clemens
passed Tom Seaver for 16th on the all-time
Eat at Karl's
In the spirit of TGIFriday's, certainly
hope that Karl Malone's new restaurant enjoys a
"theme" menu. A few suggestions:
*Free-Throw Mutter-ella Stix
*Phantom-Foul Home Fries
*18-Wheeler Pu-Pu Platter
All available with, yes:
"Mailman's Delivery Guarantee"
Watching the replay of his offending rebound for a Monday triple-double, it looked like even Sura knew the NBA's dis was coming.
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UConn's stellar Ben Gordon is going pro, where his
handle might be sketchy, but he sure looks like the
next Gilbert Arenas ...
Michael Phelps wins Sullivan Award for top amateur
athlete of 2003; that's nothing: wait until his six
Olympic golds this summer ...
Clarett's lawyers filed their rebuttal to the NFL's
appeal: The league's existing 'farm' system is a joke
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Monkey, Stix and a 4-0 hole: With the Angels' 7-5 win,
Vlad (HR) was inculcated into Anaheim's Cult of the
Ben Affleck hosted a Red Sox charity auction
yesterday. No word on whether he was able to place the
winning bid on "career CPR" ...