||US 400m 1-2-3:
Paced by Jeremy Wariner, Michael Johnson's
flashy-looking protege, the US' 400m crew swept the
finish, setting up a must-see 4x400 relay.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"Fanarchy." Definition: When fans in
the stands commandeer control over the judging,
reffing or umpiring of a sports event, usually through
jeers, boos and other forms of verbal
It's my new word (instant fave), but don't
think that Monday night's eight minutes of gym-nasty
reception for the gack-awful high-bar judging was a
Has an NFL crowd ever influenced a ref's
decision to reverse a call?
They have if you've ever heard fans' home-turf
howls -- then seen a suspiciously "late" flag.
Credit the fans for reaching a breaking point
on the maddeningly inconsistent -- if not downright
sketchy -- judging that is an Olympic
This wasn't about Paul Hamm, even though he had
the bad timing of going (or trying to go)
right after Nemov's thrilling, controversial
This was about believing what you see with your
own eyes, even if you aren't an expert. Give me 10,000
jeering "judges" over 10 official (and officially
U.S. Hoops: Spain Next
Spanked Angola: At least one
Dream Team tradition lives on.
Next for the U.S. is Thursday's knockout quarterfinal versus the
tournament's top team (on paper) -- Spain, featuring
But think of March Madness: This is like the
regional final where an overrated No. 1 seed (say, St.
Joe's) plays the best No. 2 seed (say, Oklahoma
Unlike Lithuania or Argentina, teams whose
style of play gives the U.S. fits, the Spanish play a
lot like the U.S., bruising inside with
inconsistent outside shooters.
Don't call it an upset: The quarterfinal vs.
Spain is a game the U.S. can win; it's the round
after that is the scariest.
Bolts Sign Rivers
The problem with the long rookie QB
holdout is that fan expectations couldn't be higher,
yet the player couldn't have put
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himself in a worse
position to fall short, at least in the short-term.
What next? The Chargers should throw Rivers
right in the mix, including snaps Friday vs. Seattle.
If he's confident enough to gripe for more cash, he
should be confident enough to stand in for a late
quarter against third-teamers.
Q. Carter to Jets?
Win-win for the Jets to sign Quincy
Carter, as long as Carter can keep his nose clean
(metaphorically speaking only, of course):
The Jets get: An NFL-tested back-up QB for Chad
Pennington, who has yet to prove he isn't a little
Quincy gets: The chance for career rehab
without the pressure of being (or even competing to
be) a starter.
AL Cy Young Watch
As Johan Santana fans know from last
season's similar second-half surge, "best pitcher" and
"best season" don't always sync. But if the season
ended today, I'd give the AL Cy Young to the Twins'
Johan Santana, who streaked to his 7th winning
decision in a row (11 Ks, 1 R, 8 IP). A's
Mulder next-best, obvs.
Mike Williams Saga
Still in NCAA hell: USC's season opens
Saturday in D.C. vs. Va Tech, and if his summer grades
are in good order (NCAA reviewing this week), he
should be re-instated immediately.
Watch this dynamic: The NCAA might act
deliberately (both meanings), simply to slap him with
a de facto one-game "punishment" for trying to go pro;
that would be wrong on so many levels.
Monday's poll results are shocking, and I'll let the numbers speak for
themselves. The question was:
In a small way, do you want to see the U.S. hoops
Your responses, from 20,000 votes cast:
Yes: 54.1 percent (54.1!!)
Kind of: 19.9 percent
No: 25 percent
So that means: Fully three-quarters of
you either want to see (or kind of want to see) the
U.S. hoops team lose. Astounding!
Every Olympics needs a great villain, and this dude
has seized the mantle with the way he's handled the
men's all-around medal flap.
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