How about every fifth day, I just hand over this spot to him. Cyntana won his 10th straight start and 11th straight decision. (18-6 in '04.)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"ZeN-H-L": If a lockout happens in the
sports world and no one is paying attention, does it
make a sound?
Declining relevancy: People keep saying this lockout will kill
the sport; I'm sorry: Did I miss something? It's been wheezing for
Little sympathy for either side: How can players decry a salary
cap when one works just fine for their NFL counterparts? How can
owners deny that major sports have contracted into a "Big
This lockout is about the bottom line, so here's another one:
What happens when both sides realize that no one notices
The Chair Incident
Freak-Out Frank Francisco charged with battery for The Chair; MLB
seems to be easing into investigation. Is it really so hard to slap
him with a suspension now, then mull it over when the union inevitably
Fascinating how this is being spun into a referendum on fan
behavior. Fans whose taunts go over the line should be booted from the
stadium, but athletes with "rabbit ears" should get very little
Bonds: 700 'Stateau'
If the Brewers ever pitch to him (two walks Tuesday), he will it reach
700 this series. Haven't seen this
much anticipation for a career "stateau" since Ripken's
streak. In the meantime, Barry wins with defense, too: Giants win 3-2 and Bonds throws out a runner at home.
In the AL: Boston fell 4 GB after D-Rays rookie Scott Kazmir outpitched Pedro and the Yankees beat KC (with no help
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Keary Colbert: Rookie will fill in for CAR WR Steve Smith
Greg Oden: Heir to LeBron gets ESPN2 TV showcase
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Astros P Wade Miller: Out since June, now for rest of '04
Marshall's Bob Pruett: Apologizes for slur; no reprimand?
from Jason "Oh-fer" Giambi. (Days until NY-BOS mega-clash:
NL: SFG-CHC-HOU-FLA all win: (Sorry, Padres.) Most notably,
Clemens beat the Cards, running his season record vs. StL to 3-0 (1.64
ERA). Has any other P owned them in '04 like that?
Wild Card Coin Flip
Nothing rewards performance on the field like ... a coin
flip. From NFL OT to today's MLB wild-card tiebreaker home-field
decision-making system, GMs put a season's worth of effort on the
line by calling "heads" or "tails." Can't we at least get
"rock-paper-scissors," to make it interesting?
Kidd to Portland?
For Shareef? Laughably lopsided? Not if you look at
each team's goals: The Blazers need a topflight PG; the Nets (a.k.a.
"Clippers East") simply want to shed payroll. That makes a prospective
'E' License Plate
Nothing says "NASCAR" like New York. Does that sound
ludicrous to you, too? Yet New York will become the first state to
offer a special commemorative Earnhardt "E" license plate. Where's
North Carolina on this? Now "Red Sox Suck": There's a New York
Latest rumor: Jessica Simpson as "Daisy" in "Hazzard"
remake. The physique is right, but Simpson's, umm, "range" is one of
levels of ditziness, where Daisy was way more crafty.
Wanted to hear from management directly; Tuesday, he got that meeting. Rumors have it that he may be out as early as today. Tracking ...
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|NFL Power Rankings|
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On ESPN today: AL East scoreboard-watching: NY/KC (2 ET, ESPN); TB/BOS
(7 ET, ESPN2). And WC mania: HOU/StL (8 ET, ESPN); SD/LA (10 ET,
Ryder ramp-up: And the media just wants to ask Tiger about troubles
with Elin. "100 percent false," Woods said. Next topic? ...
NCAA grilled Tuesday on Capitol Hill by showy legislators who make a
good point: Infractions management needs more transparency ...
Colorado prosecutors (read: taxpayers) spent $400K prepping for the
Kobe case. Interesting, because I'd have taken the "over" ...
The Cubs are suing the paper carrier who mistakenly got a $301K
check due a player of the same name. Both sides acting dumb ...
After going 2-0 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, maybe the Marlins
should consider playing all their September home games
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