198 yds, 3 TD: Cowboys rookie RB runs wild in MNF
debut. (So which rookie RB Jones is better:
Julius or Detroit's Kevin, who had 196 yds Sunday?)
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Is it just coincidence that as soon as Bud Selig says
he would welcome government intervention in MLB steroid testing, word
comes out that the players and owners have reached a tentative
agreement that beefs up more muscular testing policies?
"Get-Tough" plans for 'roids don't go far enough. Why not ban
all stimulants, legal or not?
"Think of the Children!!!" You can't bust out that classic
hysterical catch-all excuse for action, then conveniently overlook
that stimulants (MLB's real addiction epidemic) have their own
adverse (if not illegal) effects on the body of the kids that MLB and
politicians claim to care about so much.
The NFC 5-7 logjam for 6th underscores the key
assumption of the NFL's "Parity Rules!" philosophy:
That fans will ignore "Win-Loss" and instead focus on "Games Behind."
Given Seattle's fold, let's size up the remaining schedules of the six
5-7 "contenders," ranked by prospects over the schedule's last 4
Likely to go 3-1:
(1) CAR: StL, @ATL, @TB, NO
Skinny: Everyone's new fave
(2) DAL: NO, @PHI, WAS, @NYG
Skinny: MNF could spark rally
2-2, at best:
(3) TB: @SD, NO, CAR, @ARI
(4) DET: @GB, MIN, CHI, @TEN
(5) CHI: @JAX, HOU, @DET, GB
(6) NYG: @BAL, PIT, @CIN, DAL
Fixing the BCS
Jeff Tedford got media savvy one day
too late. Signing a contract extension, the Cal coach
blitzed the coaches' poll system for a lack of
transparency; he wants his peers' Top 25 votes made
CFB coaches are sketchy? NO! Yet they continue
to vote against making their ballots public, which
should set off red flags for every fan that, gee:
they might be trying to hide something.
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"Accountability" must be the foundation of this
year's iteration of BCS "reform." (To compare, last
year's was "Unplug the PCs.")
Human pollsters' individual ballots should be made
public every week, and each voter's status should be
independently reviewed and re-upped every offseason.
It's the whole sunlight/disinfectant thing.
10 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast, 21 min: So, any
contenders want to deal for him yet? (What? Too
The Nets have a new ticket-sales marketing plan: They
guarantee a trade rumor every time he touches the
Leave it to Latrell Sprewell to
recognize that the current hyper-tense conditions
between NBA players and its fans is the perfect
time to spew a sexual vulgarity at a heckling female
Apparently, the TV cameras picked it up (rule of
thumb: they always do), and the NBA is
reviewing it. Last year, this would be a fine; this
year: hmm ... I smell a suspension!
Fantasy QB Watch
Two new starters this week, but "new"
Arizona's Josh McCown:
Pros: 49ers are any QB's cure
Cons: Already benched once
St. Louis' Chris Chandler:
Pros: 18-27, 216 yds, 1 TD
Cons: AT Carolina; his head
Vocab: MNF Edition
Quickie vocab: "Schadenfraud"
Definition: Reveling in the collapse of teams
that start a season with inexplicable
Ex: Seahawks, Mike Holmgren
Ant.: "Fan-thers", "Buffalove"
Talk about a quick hook: Rockies terminate contract of
P after he's busted for solicitation. (Wait: And the
Yankees can't dump Giambi over steroids?!)
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