||U.S. women's soccer:
Getting all the pub today (and maybe a cereal box? See Big 5), but all signs point to the "next soccer" being softball. Fab 5? Meet the Fab 9.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Mike Williams should have won the
Heisman; instead, the NCAA gave him the
It was a stiff arm to his sincere efforts, to
the national legacy of collegiate experimentation and
to the NCAA's own already pathetic rep.
For once, the NCAA had a chance to be the good
guys: Embrace Williams' good-faith effort to return
(taking summer classes to get academically eligible)
and restore a bit of luster to the NCAA's laughably
eroded code of "amateurism."
How ironic that the NCAA will reap a nice
reward from this Saturday's season opener on the backs
of USC players (vs. Va Tech, 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN). They're
right -- something's amateurish.
But today, Mike Williams now suits up for
"U.S.C-ya!" and the NCAA ("Where the extra 'A' stands
for asinine!") has managed -- yet again -- to fumble
their own interests, teaching the worst kind of
lessons to its members, players and fans.
S.C. stands for S-C-r-e-w-e-d. Williams was
screwed. By the courts. By the NFL. By his
professional "advisors." And now -- most royally of
all -- by the NCAA.
OLY: Finishing Fast
Is it over already? Consider this
closing thought, rather than the closing ceremonies
(Why should I watch when I can catch Natalie
Coughlin's legs stateside on Letterman?):
The Summer Games may still be corrupt; taped
(vs. live) still causes an allergic reaction; training
"methods" are still sketchy; and 99 percent of the
sports and the athletes will be forgotten for
four more years -- but the Summer Games re-established
its place as a preeminently exciting spectacle in
Int'l: Watch powerhouse Pabao (Curacao)
over Nuevo Leon (Mexico). Why? Pabao beat Taiwan.
Isn't Taiwan the Yankees of LLWS? (Sat., 2 p.m. ET,
U.S.: In the last week, Richmond, Texas, has scored
nearly 13 runs per game, giving up an average of 3.
That's the pick in the U.S.
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Cubs: 5 straight wins; on a roll since Sosa moved to No. 5|
Dallas Cowboys: Start own TV net; again, Jones pace-setter
Adrian Beltre: May not be MVP, but keeps cranking HRs (41)
|... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'|
OLY closing ceremonies: Running against MTV MVAs|
Hoops reporters: NBA bans use of cellys in the locker room
Tim Couch: Losing GB No. 2 QB battle to Scott "Who?" Brien
final, over Cali's Thousand Oaks. (Sat., 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Overall championship: Richmond has too much
offense; break out the bottles of non-alcoholic
sparkling beverages! (Sun., 6:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Top 5 plotlines to watch:
SEA/SDC: Will we see Rivers?
NYG/NYJ: Kurt, Eli, Quincy?!
BUF/IND: Ongoing McGa-hoo-ha
DC/StL: Pat Ramsey gets start
NE/CAR: Super rematch, kinda
"First Ever" Alert! Became the
first player ever to get 200 hits in
each of his first four MLB seasons. Another six seasons at this current pace and he's a
lock for the Hall of Fame.
Ricky-related rhetoric gets a little
nastier. From the Dolphins GM: "We're going to let him
hang himself." 'Nuff said.
Pennington: New Deal?
The Jets should rush to give Chad
Pennington a contract extension. He's their best QB
since Namath -- and currently top 5 in the AFC (behind
only Manning, McNair, Brady and Green). More
important, he'll soon be top 5 in the NFL,
Kobe, I, the Jury
So you want to be on the Kobe Trial
jury? Pros: Post-trial TV, book deals; Cons:
Please, there ain't gonna be a trial.)
Jury questionnaire: What should be on
it? Three samples:
How do you feel about guys in your gym league
who shoot too much?
Can you recite from memory any notable Bryant
Are you, or have you ever been, a Clippers
Low expectations became the easiest hurdle of all: Swimming hype delivered; controversy stayed in the gym; Drug scandal? Umm, later.
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|Last week long time ago|
|Fab 9: "The new soccer?"|
|Well, it won't be Hamm|
|Hunh?! (Only if both gold)|
How badass is the U.S. men's sprint team? 1-2-3 in 400
earlier; now 1-2-3 in 200 (add 1-2 long jump
for good measure) ...|
Marion Jones Watch: She's going to quietly win gold on
the 4x100 relay team, but don't expect medal in
the long jump finals ...
Hottie Coughlin on Letterman: Why should we take the
closing ceremonies seriously when top athletes are
back home doing the TV tour? ...
MLB "Playoff Preview?" Series to Watch: Giants at
Braves (NL); Twins at Angels (AL) ...
And remember when we all thought an August Astros-Cubs
series would mean something special? At least it still
is for Chicago ...
The NHL top legal honcho calls labor negotiations a
"charade"; funny, that's the same label the upcoming
non-season will get ...
Seriously, Greece fans need to get over banished 200 sprinter Kostas Kenteris. Don't they get it? He
disgraced their country! ...