Scores 23 in 42 minutes in Nets debut, but left the
game in OT with a hammy cramp. What a scary-accurate
representation of his future NJ career.
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The Runnin' Rams have made
next Sunday even wilder for wild-card
Advantages among WC-wannabes follows a
tie-breaker format almost as intricate as the
1st adv: Win-they're-in (WTI)
(1) WTI'ers playing teams:
(a) Brutally Out of It
(MIN vs. WAS)
(b) Clinched/Don't Care
(DEN vs. IND)
(2) WTI'ers playing teams:
(STL vs. NYJ;
CAR vs. N.O.)
2nd adv: Need-help teams (NH)
(1) NH'ers playing teams:
(a) Clinched/Don't Care
(BUF vs. PIT)
(b) And Still Need Help
(NYJ L *or* DEN L)
(2) NH'ers playing teams:
(a) (a) Playoff-Motivated
(N.O. vs. CAR)
(b) And Still Need Help:
(StL L *or* SEA W + MIN W)
3rd adv: Keep-dreaming (KD)
(1) KD'ers need much to happen
JAX: W + BUF L + DEN L
BAL: W + BUF L/DEN L + JAX L
Got all that?
Heat win 12th straight, the best
streak in franchise history. Correlative to
Shaq's arrival? (Ya think?!)
Suns put 11-game W streak on the line tonight
in San Antonio, in the latest "Game of the Year."
It's only one game in December, but fans will be
watching for evidence PHX can win the West title next
Mets Eyeing Beltran?
Mets GM "Rumor" Minaya is at it again,
reportedly ready to make a play for Carlos Beltran.
Either that, or simply floating the gossip to keep the
Mets in the headlines alongside the Yankees.
There's no way to make a bigger splash than to overpay
for the highest-profile free agent on the market,
particularly when swiping him from your crosstown
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College hoops top 25: No change in Top 12 ... *yawn!*
Toledo: Lets MAC down w/ loss to UConn in near-home game
Word of the Mets' serious interest should drive
Steinbrenner's offer up at a few mil a year.
Does Scott Boras send the Mets a gratuity for the
Speaking of wild spending ...
MLB 'Haves' Taxed
Wow, that MLB luxury tax is an imposing
disincentive to spend! Boston, Anaheim and (of course) the Yankees were all "hit" with it in 2004, and none of
them were active in free agency this
In fact, the Yankees are so intimidated that they
declared they'll cut payroll to get under the
luxury-tax threshold ...
(Wait for it ...)
No, seriously: They've reopened talks with the
D'backs about acquiring Randy Johnson -- and will
ultimately spend more on him than most teams will on
an entire rotation. Yup, that luxury tax sure is
Tice: Cool Seat?
Vikings coach Mike Tice got assurances that
he's got a job through 2005, but if he manages to blow
Minnesota's near-assured playoff spot, "through 2005"
could be "through Jan. 3, 2005."
If the Vikes win in D.C., they're in: Then again, we
said that last year when they played Arizona in their season finale.
For those waiting giddily to watch Minnesota collapse
(again), they miss the playoffs if they lose AND Rams
d. Jets AND Panthers d. Saints.
Dec. 28, 1958
In lieu of no PTI this week, I'll
deliver a "Happy, Happy": Happy anniversary to the
On this date in 1958, the Colts beat the
Giants, 23-17 in OT, for the NFL championship in the
"Greatest. Game. Ever." (That's formatting it in
contemporary Quickie parlance.)
Amazingly, the game has retained its aura despite
happening nearly 50 years ago, a rarity in today's Era
of Instant History. Check out Michael MacCambridge's
history of the NFL ("America's Game") for textured
||Louisville coach Bobby Petrino:
I'm all for upward mobility, but he JUST signed a deal
extension *last week* (for millions). So
why is he suddenly looking at the LSU job?
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Bowl recap: Whatever's in the Boise water, Fresno St
QB Paul Pinegar drank it (5 TDs in 37-34 OT upset of
UVA); plus: UConn won its first bowl ...|
Lance wins AP Male Athlete of the Year: He's won 3 in
a row; how special could any given year be? ...
Annika repeats as Female AOY: Reveals dearth of worthy
candidates in women's sports; how can they develop
"bench strength?" ($$$, P.R. helps) ...
Indepenence Bowl: Miami (OH) vs. Iowa St in
Shreveport. Last chance to catch MU coach Hoeppner
before he takes his act to Indiana (6:30, ESPN) ...
Insight Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Oregon St in Phoenix.
Tune in to find out what kind of team new Irish coach
Charlie Weis will inherit ...
Correction: There's one scenario where Carolina can
win and yet still be shut out of the playoffs (StL W +
SEA L + MIN W) ...