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Two Words For You:
Are 2-0 NFL teams for real, or simply
-- like Britney's marriage -- "Two and faux."
Two teams are under the most intense
In the NFC, the 2-0 Lions host the Eagles,
unarguably the best team in the NFC right now.
In the AFC, the 2-0 Jags take their "Cardiac
Cats" routine to Tennessee; if JAX wins, they're
officially this year's Panthers.
More top Week 3 subplots:
Game of Week: Packers at Colts. Indy starts
with New England, Tennessee and now Green Bay? Who
made that schedule?
Someone's Gotta Win: Texans at Chiefs, where if
KC loses again (at home, no less), we may be on firing
Vick Watch: Hosting the 0-2 Cards, a chance for
Vick to pull a second straight "double-triple" (100
rush, 100 pass).
Not So Super: Bucs at Raiders. Here's a game:
Every time there's a "how far they've fallen"
reference, take a sip (8, ESPN)
See Big 5 for even more subplots.
"There's no comeback," Jordan told
Michael Wilbon. I suspect it wasn't diminished skills,
but a frosty reception with certain Heat
Make no mistake: Please come back! Pretty
please?! Team up with Rodman and Drexler, then
sign up with the Heat. Their slogan: "Get the (1980's)
League Back Together."
MLB I: LA at SF
What makes it awesome: SF 1.5 GB LA.
Unlike NY/BOS, a division lead is at stake, where the
team on the short end of the NL West will likely miss
the playoffs altogether.
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Ryan Bowen: Well, if Miami can't get MJ, there's this guy
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Phil Mickelson: Disses AmEx event; it's gotta be the clubs
Bad news for cycling: Lance gets welched on $5M TdF bonus
What makes it overrated: They play three more
in LA next weekend to finish the season, so nothing
this weekend is irreversible.
SF .5 GB Chicago for the NL WC, and the Cubs play the
hapless Mets. (Watching Astros-Brewers, too: HOU only
2 GB SF.)
MLB II: Oak at Ana
What makes it awesome: Angels are just
2 GB OAK in the AL West, another division where the
runner-up loses big.
What makes it overrated: Does anyone want to
win this division? Oakland has lost 6 of last 9; Anaheim has
lost 4 of last 5.
Streaking Rangers are only 2 GB Oakland (tied with Anaheim), following the just-completed sweep of the
MLB III: NY at Bos
What makes it awesome: Last chance to
see the best rivalry in baseball ... uh, until the
What makes it overrated: There's no
win-or-go-home urgency; both teams are making the
How'd Johan look Friday night? AL East runner-up
likely faces Twins ace twice in the ALDS.
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All the games seem so obvious, which --
of course -- means that someone's about to get
shocked. The top contenders?
22 L'ville (to N. Carolina)
19 Minnesota (to N'western)
"1 USC (to Stanford)?!" I was going to list that
one, just for giggles, but then I sobered
(Warning: Spoiler!) He gets
banned from baseball for life. (9 p.m., Saturday,
The lesson? If you want to gamble on your own
sport, for crying out loud, don't leave a paper
"Hu$tle II: Meet the Mets?"
The O's owner can gripe. He can threaten. He can bark. He can even sue. But he's going to have to live with a D.C. team (oh, and a big payoff).
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|CLE at NYG|
|Tom Coughlin could be 2-1|
|CHI at MIN|
|Morten Andersen: 341 G in row|
|NO at STL|
|Brooks vs. Bulger|
|PIT at MIA|
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W3 office-pool suggestions: StL, PIT, MIN, NYG, ATL,
BAL, PHI, TEN, KC, DEN, IND, SEA, TB, WAS (LW: 8-8;
Total: 16-16) ...|
Three remainder NFL subplots (for good reason): SD at
DEN (LT vs. QG); SF at SEA (So brutal!); bye week for
BUF, NE, NYJ, CAR ...
Hot NBA trade rumor: Baron for Vince? Exile to Toronto
would stick it to Baron good. Vince is a bigger draw;
Baron is a more MVP ...
Larry Bird insists that Ron Artest is not going to be
traded (unless he gets a top 10 player in the league
in return). Ha ha ...
WNBA playoff first-round picks: CT over DC (2-1); NY
over DET (2-1); LA over SAC (2-1); MIN over SEA
The stop-the-presses event will be when the Yankees
*DON'T* make the postseason; NY playoff clinch like
sports' Metamucil moment ...
In Friday's Morning Quickie: Weekly NFL Quick Step: 13
games, 39 minutes! *LIVE*, 9-10 ET or read the
transcript. (See Q It Up.)