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The brouhaha (or is it "Ha ha!") over MNF's
T.O. pregame promo smacks of desperation.
No, wait: "Desperate" was the problem.
Actually, the real problem is that by making a stink
over it, the NFL turns this into a much bigger story
than it should be.
Keeping it on the radar another day and inspiring
people to keep debating it. (See Q It Up for
Whitlock's must-read Page 2 column.)
Debating whether or not the league is overreacting. Is
that debate ultimately better for the league image?
Debating whether or not the outraged calls of the tens
of hundreds outweigh the obvious comfort of tens of
millions who inhale "Housewives" every week. Which
consumer base should be the league's focus?
Debating whether or not Steelers chairman Dan Rooney
should double as culture police. Yet he's seemingly
comfortable with his own team's involvement in the
NFL's ugliest fracas of the year -- left unpunished by
him or the Steelers.
I'm betting that the Steelers slugfest has more of an
impact on the league's fans -- especially the younger
ones -- than the promo.
The hot new NBA trend? How about a
simple "Jacking Treys" offense? That seems to be
working for the Sonics, who won their league-best 7th
straight,thanks to a team-record 18
Haven't lost since opener: If the team keeps
winning and Ray Allen keeps scoring (37 pts, 7-12
3-pt), the Candyman is going to find himself on the
All-NBA first team.
You can go home again: Steve
Nash dropped 18 assists to go with 17 points in his
return to Dallas, a 107-101 Suns W. Be interested to
hear if he likes playing with Amare (34 pts, 12-18 FG)
more than Dirk (20 pts, 6-17 FG).
Miami may be a team to beat in the East, but
the T'wolves exposed them as a pretender in the larger
title picture. KG went nuts: 25/21/8, outplaying Shaq
and Wade combined. Tonight for KG: Another East
contender -- the Pistons.
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Pedro a Daddy?
Call it "Oedi-Pedro": Vanquish your
symbolic "Daddy," then team up with him? Martinez
talking to the Boss about joining the Yankees is
layered enough to provide work for a New York City
full of shrinks.
Pedro's Boston vs. NY Saga is the top
storyline of 2004 MLB free agency. Here's hoping he
drags it out, then bolts for NY. (And Boston's
got a recruiting session with Carl Pavano on
Vlad: AL MVP
Credit the fast finish: Hit an
appropriately well-publicized .463 with 9 HR over the
season's final 15 games, when he seemingly carried the
Angels to the playoffs.
.337, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 124 R: Not a bad full
season, either, for a guy who last winter had a back
that everyone was questioning. Who else wins with
Vlad's MVP? How about Magglio Ordonez, this year's
hard-hitting free agent with sketchy health.
Bring on the Nats: That's apparently
going to be the name. Can only speculate that Senators
was simply too political and Grays was simply too
Meanwhile: The team shored up the left side of
the infield, signing Twins SS Cristian Guzman and Rockies 3B Vinny
Castilla, who will find out RFK Stadium is no
OU's Stoops Nuts
Stoop-ing to a new low: Considering the
gift title game last season for Oklahoma, Bob Stoops has
got some serious chutzpah to imply that some ESPN
analysts are pushing Auburn as the No. 2 team over OU
because the network has a TV contract with the
Here's his quote:
"I'm saying I'm aware of what [ESPN's] contracts are
with. Whether people are directed in certain ways, I'm
not going to say that. I think all the people ought to
be aware who their contracts are with and what some of
their agendas may be."
Um, my agenda? Exposing lame, sore-loser
BCS Poll Mess
Why is there no fan confidence in
college football's "human" polls? Maybe because the
coaches' poll is so corrupt that coaches informally
voted not to make their votes public. Logical
question: What are they so afraid of that they want
to keep the votes hidden? Maybe it's a conspiracy
to help out Bob Stoops.
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Tell Vince Carter he can't listen to his iPod during the pregame shootaround anymore. Hey, it's not like
he's toweling down with a Desperate Housewife.
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Am I going to be able to cite the MNF promo as further
reason T.O. is the league's MVP? Suppose it's how you
define "player" ...
How lame is this Angels squabble with
Finalists for CFB's top WR award: Michigan's Braylon
Edwards, Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield, Ball St.'s Dante
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Quickie Final Four sleeper Providence wins NIT opener,
but it took a thrilling finish to beat Niagara ...
Latest must-have video game? NCAA March Madness 2K5.
Once again, it's the life-like program-building
(scandals and all) that make it great ...