Beyond a historic 6th straight title, more reason to follow the Tour de Lance finish in Paris this weekend: He might not be back in '05.
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Two Words For You:
C.J. Hunter took that big, beefy finger
and shoved it right at ex-wife Marion Jones.
Just like the old scandal maxim, "It's not the crime,
it's the cover-up," in this steroid issue, the reality
is: "It's not the crime, it's the accusation."
Knows she cheated?
Saw her cheat?
Helped her cheat?
That's the triathalon of condemnation, and no
degree of Marion's spin is going to help. Even coming
from an ex with a grudge, eyewitness accounts are
brutal to counter.
But in all the hysteria about this over the weekend --
and there will be -- remember the mantra:
Fans don't really care about this issue.
Parcells vs. Jones
Heard talk that Parcells didn't want Eddie George, because the coach wanted to develop
rookie Julius Jones, but apparently another Jones
(Jerry) had a jones for George.
Perhaps the compromise to this titanic ego
power play by the owner/GM over the coach was to give
George only the one-year deal being reported.
Expos vs. D.C.
Someone yapped prematurely, and now the
MLBPA is trying to wipe up the mess before MLB
officially reveals the decision to move the Expos to
D.C. ... in August.
Denials are fine, but so is I told you
so. As in: "I told you to make the stupid
announcement during the All-Star break."
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El Duque: Pitching so well (10K, 4H, ND), who needs Unit?|
Freddy Garcia: Moved to 4-1 since joining White Sox
Greg Maddux: Win No. 298. Countdown to 300 is on ...
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Jason Schmidt: W streak snaps (12) after shellacking (8 R)|
Rangers rotation: Loses Ricardo Rodriguez (Unit, anyone?)
KenJen: Blissfully, the Jeopardy season finale is Friday
Management rule of thumb: The longer you
wait, the more chance there will be a leak.
Yankees vs. Red Sox
Remember in April when this rivalry
seemed like it mattered? Now it's just yet another hot
ticket for political conventioneers decending on
Same with Cubs-Cards: The history is there, but
the standings say otherwise. Best current
rivalry? Any for the wild card (AL: Boston-Oakland?
NL: Giants-Padres?). That's why the wild card is such a
NHL vs. Offense
The only ground rule of yesterday's
blue-ribbon panel of NHL experts given the task of
coming up with ways to improve offense was "No labor
Icing, pads, yada yada yada: Too bad the
biggest impediment to offense is the freakin'
Liberty vs. Rockettes
Novelty rules: That's the single
guiding lesson for any/all second-tier sports leagues.
And it's exactly why I'll actually check out a NY
Liberty game -- they are playing at Radio City Music
Hall while the GOP commandeers MSG.
Bourne vs. Catwoman
No contest: The hottie wins.
Matt Damon seems like a nice enough guy and all; I'd
love to go to a sports bar with him and have a few
drinks while watching a game.
But Halle is -- well -- Halle.
Hotheads suspended 5 games each; pretty hefty considering where their teams stand. Might make others think twice before freaking out.
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Under discussion, according to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen: moving MNF to ESPN after 2005 contract expires ...
Quality Mavs-related NBA rumors: Shipping Antoine to
the 76ers? (Yeah, THAT's AI compatible); getting Drew
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Holding up the D-Backs Steve Finley trade (and
presumably trading the Unit) is Finley's demand that he'll only play CF ...
Glancing over the Preseason NIT Tourney lineup, it
should be an Arizona-Wake Forest final (at
least, it *better*) ...
Why did MLS bother with a lottery for 17-y.o. Danny
Szetela; growth leagues need to assign prospects
territorially (for Danny: NY/NJ) ...
Props to David Aldridge for a three-tiered NBA
must-read about offseason moves; he ranks the entire
league. See Q It Up ...