On "Favre Day," celebrates 200th straight start (and
Packers 6th straight W) with 3 TDs, topping 20 TDs for
a record-setting 11th straight season.
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With the Rams MNF loss, the NFC playoff
picture is either bleaker or more wide open, depending
on which half-cup you enjoy.
Half-full: Just one game separates nine
teams from the sixth (and last) NFC playoff spot.
Half-empty: Gives new meaning to the phrase
"last playoff spot." The top 2 contenders are
5-6 and the rest are 4-7. Parity is killing the
But let's face it: It makes the final five
weeks meaningful. Wouldn't you rather have the NFC
mess than a league where every spot is wrapped up by
See Big 5 for the Quickie's ranking of the Nasty
The BCS geniuses declared Monday that they
have no interest in matching up unbeaten Auburn and Cinderella-unbeaten Utah. Regular Quickie
readers know this is a pet cause of mine, so I was
As I was railing, a friend reminded me that the BCS is
simply there to (1) match 1 vs. 2, then (2) give
"Have" leagues a big payday. Well, they blew the first one
and are barely getting the second one
No solution satisfies, however, outside of a
never-gonna-happen playoff. The "Plus-1" idea?
Terrific... if you have a scenario like last year or,
likely, this year. By the way, do you still do it if
Auburn loses in the Sugar, leaving us with a
single Orange Bowl-winning unbeaten?
And I have yet to hear Plus-1 proponents answer for
what they would do if there was a neat-and-clean
scenario, like only two unbeatens? Or one unbeaten and
two one-loss teams?
Mets Heart Pedro
3 years, $38 million guaranteed,
reportedly, which tops Boston's 2-year, $25.5 mil
offer. Credit new Mets GM Omar Minaya for getting his
team in the free-agency fray.
Bigger question: Will it be enough to make
Boston up its offer (and guarantee that third
And what about the Yankees? Reportedly willing
to sit out the Pedro auction and rush Pavano, consider
Milton and wish for Big Unit.
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Avery Johnson: Mavs asst gets temp head job Tue vs. Spurs
Doc Rivers: Celts top Magic in coach's Orlando homecoming
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Guy who threw the chair in Detroit: Police identify him|
Boise St: BCS dreams over; accept Liberty bid vs. L'ville
Milton Bradley: Charged with disorderly conduct last week
New Cards QB
The NFL's new QB factory?
Tom Brady: Reigning SB MVP
Drew Henson: Flavor of the month (turned
John Navarre!? The rookie -- who hasn't taken a
snap this season -- was named Cardinals starter by
Dennis Green. Good luck with that.
Sorry, NFL scouts: You'll have to wait until
2007 at the earliest to draft arguably the most
talented Michigan QB yet. Current Big Blue starter
Chad Henne is just a freshman.
MLB HOF Ballot
First-timers to watch:
Wade Boggs: In the harsh light of hindsight,
was he nothing more than a power-shy, stats-hungry,
chicken-eating singles hitter? It's a SABR vs.
Darryl Strawberry: If the HOF was just about
talent, he'd be a lock. Too bad the voters will hold
his off-field problems against him.
Willie McGee: Always felt like he was
underrated, but since when has "underrated" been the
adjective that got a guy into the Hall?
Too premature? Never!
MVP: LeBron James (CLE)
Rookie: Dwight Howard (ORL)
Improved: Bobby Simmons (LAC)
Coach: Nate McMillan (SEA)
Exec: John Weisbrod (ORL)
ACC vs. Big Ten
Ain't much of a "Challenge," if your
barometer is the top 25, where the ACC is as dominant
right now as any league in college hoops history.
Seven ranked teams? Sick.
1-0 ACC, after No. 13 NC St beat Purdue on
Monday. Four games on tap (and on TV!) tonight,
and I'd take the ACC in all of 'em:
Mich at 4 G. Tech (7, ESPN)
Fla St at Minny (7:30, ESPN2)
9 Mich St at 10 Duke (9, ESPN)
12 Md at 23 Wis (9:30, ESPN2)
Research study of the day: A new one
finds that the birth-control "pill" might help prevent
ACL knee injuries.
No, dudes, I wouldn't suggest taking it, no
matter how badly you want to make hard cuts to the
hoop in your rec league.
Fired from Browns. Next stop: Gotta be going back to
school. As for the Browns? Well, I heard Dave
Wannstedt is looking for work. (Jokes!)
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|Have won 3 straight|
|3-4 in NFC looks good!|
|On the Navarre b'wagon?|
| NO, TB, CHI, DET (4-7)|
|Enigmas and mediocrities|
|StL, NYG (5-6)|
|Just don't deserve it|
Detroit police expect to charge four Pacers with
assault and battery. That's a little worse than fan
Other Hall of Fame ballot first-timers, if "other"
means "no chance": Chili Davis, Jack McDowell, Jeff
Montgomery, Mark Langston ...
More NFL QB moves: The Bears named Chad Hutchinson
starter. Between that and signing Jeff George ... well, see you at the draft ...
With perhaps 7 new bowls on the horizon, the NCAA is
reportedly looking to cap bowls at current 28 (still
means 56 teams in; nearly half!) ...
In the Year of the Tight End (OK, the Year of
Antonio Gates), apropos that Falcons solid TE Alge
Crumpler gets paid (6yr/$26m, $10m bonus) ...
The World Champion Red Sox have finally signed one of
their many, many free agents: Backup catcher and
knuckler specialist Doug Mirabelli ...