Snowy late-night comeback was season-making W. Jerry
Porter with quote of the week: "It was hell out there,
but it was cold, too."
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Philly clinched way more than the NFC East
*"Team to Beat" status in the NFC (if not the
entire league), making next week's possible NFC
title-game preview vs. the Packers even more
*Cards Syndrome, St. Louis strain -- the
popular (and pessimistic) conventional wisdom that
it's possible for a team to clinch too early,
then lose momentum by the time it counts.
And most of all:
*The highest expectations in
franchise city history. Given their
dominating performances this year, it's not enough to
finally win the NFC title; it's Super Bowl ring or
bust. BIG bust.
And an agonizing 10 weeks to wait.
NFL Week 12
More W12 Instant Impressions:
"nickel-every-time-you-hear-it" line of the day:
So, who took the "Over" in that Browns-Bengals
Sunday Stud ballot: Peyton (6TD), Vick
(run-pass for 3TD, 286 yds), McGahee (4TD), Rudi
(repping entire 106-pointer).
Biggest winner of SNF snow game in Denver? The
Chargers, who get the mo' heading into their AFC West
showdown with the Broncos next week.
Drew Henson has managed the improbable
same-year feat of being a Yankee and a yankee. (More
duds: Holmgren, Haslett, Gibbs)
MNF: StL at GB
Opening alert: Ben Stiller praises
"Something About Mary" co-star Brett Favre. Assuming
no "hair gel" jokes.
Think the Rams winning in Lambeau cold is unlikely? If
the Raiders can roll into Denver and win in the
snow, anything can happen.
Once more: Stop panicking. If Auburn is
the "odd-unbeaten-out," the media will award them
their half of the title, no matter who wins the
USC-Okla Orange Bowl.
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CFB hot seats: Stanford's "Even" Teevens (Ole Miss, too)
Martha Huber: From "Desperate" to dead, note-sender axed
Let's just hope the BCS sees the marketing
promise and puts the Tigers against Cinderella
Don't cry for: "Big" programs left out (Texas
and/or Georgia and/or Cal); Boise State; Boston
Not yet! If voters don't wait for the
final games Okla's White and Peterson and Auburn's
Cadillac -- not to mention USC's guys -- they are
doing a disservice to all contenders.
Latest Mo: "Torretta Factor." The current edge
goes to the fill-in-name-here "top team's QB" (USC's
Matt Leinart). The irony is that he isn't even USC's
best player (that would be Reggie Bush).
Jerry West must have a thing for TV
announcers. The Logo might give Mike Fratello a shot
at the Grizzlies gig. Does that mean that the Heat
(for whom the Czar currently works) will look at Hubie
Brown for TV-analyst work?
Sonics: NBA Tops
What's more improbable: That the
short-handed Pacers could enter Sunday's game with
Seattle as a team on a winning streak? Or that the
Sonics would beat them, leaving Seattle with the best
record in the NBA?
MLB Fray Agency
Pedro to the Mets: Apparently, NY is
serious. Even though it doesn't make sense for either,
the Mets can't resist a high-profile quick fix -- and
Pedro can't resist a quirky decision.
But call it a wash for the Yankees and Sox,
who would be just as happy to see their rival not
get Pedro as they are to actually land him
Sportsmen of Year
SI got it wrong: Sportsmen of the Year
wasn't the Boston Red Sox. Here's my Sawx-swept
1. Red Sox Nation
2. Red Sox team
3. BoSox execs Epstein/Henry
Now officially the NFL's "Worst Team." Erickson on
coaching hot seat. (Ex-49ers coach Holmgren, coming off
worst L ever in Seattle, is there too.)
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but playing (well) anyway. If he decides to retire (as
hinted), credit him for that too ...|
Was that supposed to be an apology from Lakers owner
Jerry Buss toward Shaq? The classic I'm
sorry ... he's mad is more of a
First-month NBA MVP? My vote is LeBron, the youngest
pro to 2K points (and torched the Pistons, MJ-style).
More NBA awards Tuesday ...
Bowl-invite season: Notre Dame (Insight), Minny (Music
City), Memphis (GMAC), So. Miss (NO), UAB (Sheraton
Hawaii), Cincy (Fort Worth) ...
Best college hoops team in the country? Illinois,
coming off a weekend W over Gonzaga, gets a chance to
make case, at home Wed. vs. No. 1 Wake ...