Pats camp opens up today -- in nothing more glamorous than their home town, Foxboro. Secret to his team's success? Starts in training camp.
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Two Words For You:
So it's down to this: Either Randy
Johnson will end up with the Yankees (who reportedly
have nothing the Diamondbacks want) -- or he'll stay
He better get to New York, and there's a
recently evolved theory that backs that up:
The Trade-Rumor Trade-Off
Here's how it works: Fans are willing to let
rumor-mongering dominate our conversations, even overwhelm us; the truth is, we love it. Look at the
way the A-Rod chatter spiced up MLB's winter; more
recently, see the frenzy over Shaq.
These were their sports' best offseasons ever -- not
just for the rumors, but because something actually
In return for our time and interest, we expect a
payoff -- that a trade actually goes through.
If the D-Backs keep the Big Unit, it is
unsatisfying for everyone -- for the Yankees, for
Johnson ... and especially for the fans (well,
maybe not Red Sox fans).
All we ask for our trade rumors is that along with the
heaping servings of rumor, we get a little
NFL Camping: NFC
A Tale of Four QBs: The Sunset (Favre);
the Question Mark (Brooks); the Competitors
(Manning/Warner); the Punchline (49ers). Here's a
rundown of today's NFC camp openings:
Giants (Albany, NY)
Big hype: Manning vs. Warner
Real story: Coughlin's mania
Packers (DePere, WI)
Big hype: Favre's swan song?
Real story: Uh, everyone else
Saints (Metairie, LA)
Big hype: Haslett's hot seat
Real story: N.O. one cares
49ers (Santa Clara, CA)
Big hype: That mess at QB
Real story: That mess at QB
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NFL Camping: AFC
And today's AFC camp starts:
Patriots (Foxboro, MA)
Big hype: Can they repeat?
Real story: Team attitude
Dolphins (Davie, FL)
Big hype: Replacing Ricky
Real story: Feeley vs. Fiedler
Jets (Hempstead, NY)
Big hype: Chad's health
Real story: Dee-fense!
Ravens (Westminster, MD)
Big hype: J. Lewis legal prob
Real story: Boller's maturity
Raiders (Napa, CA)
Big hype: Collins vs. Gannon
Real story: Rebuild process
NL Central: Fully on the St. Louis bandwagon,
so it was easy to enjoy yesterday's wild 11-10
sweep-completer over the tanking Reds. With Cubs loss,
the Cards are 11 (11!) games up. (Too early for a
AL Central: In eerie similarity to last
September, the Twins owned the White Sox this week,
sweeping their series in Chicago and taking a 3.5-game
lead. But the mental hurdle for Chicago is
Why do rookie QBs hold out? Given the
complexities of the position, a few more dollars aren't worth the stunted development.
All four first-round QBs are still unsigned
(though Eli is close). What happened to draft-day
happy-to-be-here Phil Rivers? With vets Brees and
Flutie eyeing him, he should get to work.
Meanwhile: Super-tackle (and No. 2 overall
pick) Robert Gallery has a deal in place with the
Raiders. Now, if they could only figure out which QB
he's protecting ...
Mike Williams Watch
USC expects an eligibility decision in
the next two weeks on their star WR, but I'm wondering why the NCAA is
dawdling. Letting him back doesn't send the
best message; however, the p.r. nightmare if
they don't let him back in isn't worth the
Quickie readers know I'm all for sports innovations, but this proposal to make football players eligible to compete for *five* years is awful.
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Clippers *should* match Q Richardson's offer sheet
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Credit Neyer for tagging them early and sticking with
it: The Padres are for real; they beat SF for 9th time
in 12 games in '04 ...
The Yankees eyeing Fred McGriff for their Giambi-sized
hole at 1B is interesting, but I like their scouting
of Olerud even more ...
After all that drama over signing Sean Taylor, the
Redskins first-rounder sprained his knee (as you just
*knew* would happen) ...
Steve Beuerlein retired yesterday, so *don't* draft
him for your fantasy team; not saying you were gonna,
but just to be safe ...
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