Love Vinny as a starter, but what's the opening "over-under" on the games he misses because of injury? How about 8? Hello, Tony Romo!
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Uncertainty might be unsettling, but it
sure improves interest.
Blowouts simply aren't dramatic: I know a ton of
people who were riveted to the TV yesterday afternoon
precisely because the game was close. Get used to it.
(Serbia on Friday night? Yikes.)
But even more unsettling was the team
celebrating like it had just won gold. It barely
beat a team that didn't even qualify for the
Now, I'm not one of those celebration cops who want U.S.
athletes to accept success stoically, simply to avoid
offending the world; most Olympians deserve to act how
they want, and spontaneous celebrations always provide
some of the most memorable images of the
But USA Hoops should know better: It was an
exhibition, for crying out loud; it didn't even count.
Just another signal this team isn't ready for prime
Ricky to Raiders?
Freaky Williams would consider an '05
comeback ... in Oakland. He reportedly thinks the
rabidly delusional fans would embrace his own, shall
we say, high style.
If he's looking for freaks, Raider Nation is
the place; if he's looking for a community where 4.20
ain't a 40 time, he might want to settle across the
Bay in San Francisco.
Yanks Beat A's
Last night's thrilling Yankees-A's
finish (Sheffield HR in 9th ties, A-Rod HR in 11th wins it) foreshadows one of two
Either: The A's use it to figure out what
not to do if they meet up with New York the playoffs.
Or: The A's might win the blowouts, but if they
meet again in October, the Yankees
simply own Oakland's soul.
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Miller in Mizzou: Busch signs 20-yr StL stadium-name deal
Cowboys Cut Carter
Let's move on: Where does Quincy Carter's release leave the Cowboys?
When healthy, Vinny is solid. But "when healthy" is the
caveat of the year in Big D.
As good as Drew Henson will be, Dallas needs a more
reliable backup. Thinking about "Parcells guys,"
where's Ray Lucas these days?
As predicted in this space earlier this
week, all signs point to no criminal trial for
That doesn't mean it can't still get uglier: His
accuser is reportedly contemplating a civil suit,
which will open her up to charges of being in this for
(I'm afraid to ask/find out how many women have
received money from athletes for not filing civil
Garcia vs. Winslow
Another round of "Said/Meant," with Browns QB Jeff Garcia, who weighed in Wednesday
on rookie TE Kellen Winslow's holdout:
What He Said:
"This is a team game."
What He Meant:
"Sign the friggin' contract already, you overhyped
jerk. I can't prove I'm not over-the-hill without a
skilled tight end to throw to."
X Games X
Just like the Olympics, except the
Athens host committee makes even the biggest teen
slacker look industrious. (Zing!)
Tonight (9-Mid ET, ESPN): Two must-see finals
-- Moto X Best Trick and Skateboard Vert. Looking for
a scouting report? Try expn.com.
Yes, but will we see a Charlie Murphy True Hollywood Story of nightlife in Dallas, with the Cowboys ex-QB yelling, "I'm Quincy Carter, #&$%@!"
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praise him? ...
Corliss traded for Coleman: Not sure a team with
Derrick on the roster can win a title; keep in mind
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If Women's USA Hoops loses tonight at Radio City, they
have a better excuse than the men; they play WNBA
All-Stars (7 p.m., ESPN) ...
Unsurprising: The latest round of labor talks between
the NHL and its player union are going
The NCAA wants more accountable recruiting from its
schools: I propose a sports version of the
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