Twins P was unanimous pick for AL Cy Young, proving
that the Curt Schilling Media Bias hasn't *completely*
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Two Words For You:
Instead of "Bridget Jones," maybe the
new movie should be called "Scott Boras: Edge of
The agent controls many (if not most) of the top-tier
players available for signing as early as today.
Player price tags? Enormous. The GMs' willingness to
play the game? Equally so.
Yet aside from the playoffs, nothing is more
important than the interest drummed up in the
offseason. "Hot Stove" simply doesn't do it justice
Baseball's New Golden Era (July 2003-Present)
was built on the strength of last year's offseason,
bridging the sick 2003 playoffs and stoking
anticipation for 2004 -- keeping baseball top-of-mind
with fans with front-page drama like the Schilling
deal and A-Rod trade.
Beltran to the Yankees? That's just a start.
Will Rocket re-sign with Houston? Who will Boston keep
(or pursue)? Is Magglio the new Vlad, the
creaky-backed steal? Will Big Unit get dealt?
The players might be pricey, but MLB really
doesn't care: Fan love don't cost a thing.
Big Ben: 7th W?
If Ben Roethlisberger wins his start
this weekend (vs. CLE) that would make seven straight
-- sorry: seven wins in seven tries.
I've had the shakes to say this for two weeks running,
since he beat the Pats (and certainly since he beat
the Eagles). This is my first chance, but it's been a
Ben Roethlisberger is the best rookie QB of the
More W10 Subplots
BUF at NE: If only to see the McGahee
Pain Train (2-0 when he tops 100 yards) versus that
tough Pats D. (8:30, ESPN)
MIN at GB: No Moss? Not the gimme at Lambeau
that this looked like four or five weeks ago.
HOU at IND: Showcasing the toughest division in
football, the AFC South. Does any team scare you more
than the Texans?
CHI at TEN: Craig Krenzel is a poor man's Ben
CAR at SF: Has gotta be at least a contender
for Worst. Game. Of the Year.
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Carmelo: 34/7/5/4 in slump-busting W for him, team vs. DET|
Dirk Nowitzki: 41 (12/14, 13/13), 10 helps hand Heat 1st L
NBA attendance: New record for home openers, tops 97-98
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Dwyane Wade: 20/8/5... and a sprained ankle. Tracking ...|
Kobe: Keep your eye on his feet; plantar faciitis is nasty
Ohio St: Must-read of day? Tom Farrey's ESPN.com report
CFB Wknd Preview
5 Georgia at 3 Auburn is THE Game of
the Week. With a loss, Auburn is out of the title
With a win (arguably the biggest "quality" W of
any contender so far this season), they would deserve
to be ranked in the top two (no matter what
inertia-driven pollsters might say).
As for the other unbeatens:
USC gets yet another cupcake (Arizona). Too bad
strength of schedule isn't a factor anymore.
Oklahoma hosts Nebraska. Gee, the Sooners
playing at home: Go figure.
Wisconsin has a trap game at Michigan State.
Per usual, they'll get no credit if they win.
Utah gets a game on ABC (7 pm) vs. Wyoming,
apparently available exclusively to "red
What's a Boise? (Find out for yourself on ESPN2
at noon... uh, at San Jose State that's 9 a.m. local
time, reportedly the earliest start in college
football history. What some teams will do for TV
That Paterno Rumor
You know...that he resigned?
Total bunk. On the other hand, the rumor that he's
delivering a reputation-eroding, program-stunting
embarrassment to the end of his career is painfully
Game of the Season! (Okay, so the
"season" is only two weeks old... what about it?) Shaq
and the Heat put their fast start on the line at San
Antonio, in a possible NBA Finals preview. Too early
for that kind of talk? Never! (8 pm,
While we're prematurely throwing around the
phrase, another possible NBA Finals preview is
Saturday: Detroit at Utah. The unflashy, workmanlike
Jazz style should look very familiar to the
Ron Artest Watch
Lest you underestimate the power of
Instant History, Ron Artest was getting an early start
on "defensive" player of the year, doing substantial
p.r. damage control after blow-out coverage of his
SportsNation's Morning Quickie led the way,
with the majority of user comments posted... in
rap-style rhymes. Expecting a deal from Artest's "Tru
Warier" label any day now. Stop by the Show every
weekday, 9-10 a.m.
Meanwhile, see Q It Up for Artest's exclusive
Q&A with ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
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Voted down by GMs at winter meetings, but the vote was
close enough (15-15) that it (a) deserves more talk,
and (b) will obviously eventually happen.
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|KC at NO|
|Eye that over|
|BAL at NYJ|
|Eye that under|
|CIN at WAS|
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|NYG at ARI|
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|TB at ATL|
|All eyes on Vick|
Week 10 office-pool suggestions: KC, BAL, JAX, ATL,
PIT, STL, TEN, IND, WAS, MIN, NYG, SF, NE,
Even more NFL Subplots: DET at JAX (Harrington vs.
Garrard isn't tantalizing); SEA at STL (Even in Week
10, playoff implications in NFC West)...
Adu Watch: Freddy's MLS Cup appearance (Sat, 3:30,
ABC) in his 1st year tops rookie accomplishments of
LeBron, Kobe, KG and A-Rod...combined...
Hot NBA Rumor: Is Isiah Thomas crafting a play for
Bulls C Eddy Curry? (Plus: See Chad Ford's Insider on
why SAC and IND should swap problems...)
"19 Days" Update: Fla St evades NC State; Friday: So.
Miss at Memphis. Saturday and Sunday: The usual
Correction: Mississippi St. played without star
Lawrence Roberts last night, and they struggled to
beat Fairfield; Syracuse, Memphis cruise...
Coming later today on Page 2: Skip Bayless on Dave
Wannstedt. See Q It Up...
In Friday's Morning Quickie: NFL preview, CFB
look-ahead and more. *LIVE*, 9-10 ET or read the
transcript. (See Q It Up.)