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Welcome to the league,
rookie Hall of Famer.
Week 3. MNF. Nemesis. Loss. More than a decade
away from the game, and Joe Gibbs still can't solve
Bill Parcells, who delivered his rival a 7th straight
It's not like the Cowboys are that good, either. The
Redskins' rebuilding project is simply going slower
than the Gibbs-is-god group had assumed it
Parcells had a woeful Dallas franchise in
the playoffs in Year 1. Gibbs has earned the cred to deflect criticism.
For now. But MNF coaching comparisons are
nothing, compared to the bottom-line scrutiny Gibbs
will face after Week 17, when Washington is home for
Angels 1 GB A's: Call the Angels' 5-3 W
over Texas a karma payoff for booting clubhouse dud
Jose Guillen (without pay).
But what happens when Guillen's appeal of the
suspension is upheld and he's reinstated? Does the
team say, "Here's your check. Don't bother showing
up?" (And when do we get to hear the gory behavioral
details that no one will talk about? Go ahead, shock
As for the Rangers? 3 GB Oakland, and I'm declaring
them Texas toast.
The Giants' idle hands became the
Dodgers' workplace. LA beat Colorado to slide an
extra, canyon-like half-game up on the Giants, who
starts a penultimate series with San Diego today. Giants
are 3 GB -- with only 6 to play.
Bonds and 'Roids
Revealed he took a random steroid test
Friday. Why did he
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Vegas Brewers? New Milwaukee owner should relocate ASAP|
Ichiro Watch: 1 H Mon; needs for record: 6; games to go: 6
Diana Taurasi: WNBA Rookie of Year was a LeBron-like lock
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Padres: Playoff hopes all but done (but can play spoiler)|
Jamal Mashburn: Out for the season (wasn't happy anyway?)
Chris "Pipp" Rix: Wyatt Sexton named FSU starter; new era
tell? He seems to sincerely crave
to bolster his image on this subject. But it won't
really help: Even if he passes, the abusive, absurd
critics will still gripe about previous
The worst is Rex Grossman. The Bears'
sophomore QB, out for the season (knee), shouldered
huge expectations this season, and even if he didn't
win, he was supposed to get the experience to build on
for future seasons. Jon Quinn will
start, but if I were the Bears, I'd start rookie Craig
NL Cy Young
It's a taut race ... for second, behind
Roger Clemens! My runner-up NL Cy vote is linked to
overall team success. It's down to Roy Oswalt (who
beat STL last night for his 19th W) and Jason Schmidt
(who pitches tonight for his 17th). Whichever one of
their teams makes the playoffs, give that guy second.
(If neither do, presumably the Cubs have held on, so
give 2nd to, say, Zambrano.)
Check out today's Purist platform speech,
all part of Page 2's Election 2004 coverage of the
race between sports' Purists and Progressives.
Want to find your own "sports president" name?
Like the classic "find your porn star name" formula,
here's how you do it:
First Name: Favorite historical baseball figure
nickname (i.e., Mookie, Big Unit, Happy, etc.)
Last Name: Any pro stadium name (i.e., Camden,
Wrigley, Comerica, etc.)
Example: "Lefty Lambeau"
Will the emerging group protesting how NASCAR interacts with minorities find traction? It *is* the league's unseemly underbelly. Tracking ...
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|NFL Injury Watch|
|Rex Grossman, CHI|
|Keep studying tape, kid|
|Jon Ritchie, PHI|
|FB more pain to run game|
|Charlie Garner, TB|
|So Bucs stink even worse|
|Ben Taylor, CLE|
|Injuries piling up|
|Rich Gannon, OAK|
|But Kerry seems ready|
Red Sox clinch wild card. Does it even
matter that it's not a division title? Next stop: ALCS vs. Yanks (do we REALLY have
to play that pesky ALDS?) ...|
Fan who caught Bonds' 700 ball is being sued: Like this
comes as a surprise to anyone? ...
More injuries: McNair is questionable for Week 4.
Isn't that the status that always means he's
guaranteed to not just play, but win? ...
A's announce that Mark Mulder will start Friday series
opener vs. Anaheim. He's 0-3 with 7.71 ERA in last six
starts. Yikes ...
Bob Knight wants to give the NCAA rulebook the
"chair" treatment: "This thing needs to be thrown
out. ... We need to start again." ...
New show debuts on ESPN tonight (10 pm): "I'd Do
Anything," where fans try, well, *anything* to make
sports dreams a reality ...
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