September 24, 2004
D.C. Expos:
No decision Thursday, but an announcement (probably leaked) could come as early as this weekend. Welcome, Senators! Quickie LIVE! Every weekday morning, 9 a.m.
 
 
 
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
CAT.  FIGHTS.

Are 2-0 NFL teams for real, or simply -- like Britney's marriage -- "Two and faux."

Two teams are under the most intense scope:

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 watch.

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.

MJ Comeback
"There's no comeback," Jordan told Michael Wilbon. I suspect it wasn't diminished skills, but a frosty reception with certain Heat players.

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.

CHECK OUT THE QUICKIE EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING!
WHO'S GOT THE MOMENTUM ...
Greg Maddux: 17 straight seasons of 15 wins; unbreakable?
Ryan Bowen: Well, if Miami can't get MJ, there's this guy
Good news for cycling: IOC dropping charges vs. Hamilton
... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'
LaVar Arrington: Redskins LB out 2-4 weeks (knee surgery)
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.

Scoreboard-watching: CHI/NYM
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.

Scoreboard-watching: SEA/TEX
Streaking Rangers are only 2 GB Oakland (tied with Anaheim), following the just-completed sweep of the A's.

MLB III: NY at Bos
What makes it awesome: Last chance to see the best rivalry in baseball ... uh, until the ALCS.

What makes it overrated: There's no win-or-go-home urgency; both teams are making the playoffs anyway.

Scoreboard-watching: MIN/CLE
How'd Johan look Friday night? AL East runner-up likely faces Twins ace twice in the ALDS.

College Football Preview
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 up.

Rose: "Hu$tle"
(Warning: Spoiler!) He gets banned from baseball for life. (9 p.m., Saturday, ESPN)

The lesson? If you want to gamble on your own sport, for crying out loud, don't leave a paper trail.

Coming Soon:
"Hu$tle II: Meet the Mets?"

Peter Angelos:
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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5 More NFL Subplots
BAL at CIN
Ray Ray gonna feast on Carson
 
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
Let's laugh at the Fish!
 

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 (2-1) ...

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.)



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