Fined $10K, but remained defiant: "No, 'cause it ain't
[expletive]. Ain't nothing but 10 grand. What's 10
grand to me? Ain't [expletive]."
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Remember back in the 1980s and early '90s when the NFC title
game used to be the de facto Super
Pats-Colts is 2004's version. (Yes, even though
the winner has to potentially win AT Pittsburgh before
even getting to the Super Bowl.)
But that's the level of hype, of anticipation, for
this divisional playoff between New
England and Indy.
The NFL's reigning dynasty. The NFL's greatest QB ever
(single season). The Pats are the NFL's Yankees; the
Colts are more like its pre-2004 Red Sox. (Great: Now
I've offended Blitzburgh AND Red Sox Nation.)
If any team can derail the Colts, it's the Pats -- and
vice versa. That's why even though it's "just" a
quarterfinal, it's the biggest game of the playoffs --
including the Super Bowl.
Jets at Steelers
QB subplot: How will Big Ben
fare after sitting out for two weeks? Is Chad
Pennington over the flu?
Pick: Steelers. Because the Jets can't back
into wins forever -- and the Steelers D can support a
sluggish QB. (Sat., 4:30, CBS)
Dramatic X-factor for ...
PIT lock: Crazy crowd noise
NYJ upset: Chad channels Ben
Rams at Falcons
QB subplot: We know Vick can do
it on the ground, but how about on the air?
Bulger is a poor man's Peyton right
Pick: Falcons. Because I'm not sure that NFL
fans can handle Mike Martz coming one step closer to
the Super Bowl. (Sat, 8, Fox)
Dramatic X-factor for ...
ATL lock: Vick gets 200/100
STL upset: Bulger gets 450/0
Vikings at Eagles
QB subplot: If any QB deserved a
non-Peyton MVP vote, Culpepper is the guy;
McNabb faces more pressure than ever
Pick: Vikings. "Next time I might shake my
[expletive]." Who else wants (badly) to see Randy Moss
make good on that threat. (Sun, 1, Fox)
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Dramatic X-factor for ...
PHI lock: Westbrook rules
MIN upset: Shut down W'brook
Colts at Patriots
QB subplot: A record-smashing season
means hardly anything if Peyton loses this
game; but, oh, if he wins ...
Pick: Colts. Because even sports fans in New
England -- especially sports fans in New England --
know that nemeses are created to be conquered. (Sun,
Dramatic X-factor for...:
IND lock: Sick depth at WR
NE upset: Belichick's genius
MLB and 'Roids
Mixed reviews, as expected. Some praise
(mostly of the "good start" variety), some criticism
(mostly of the "not far enough" variety).
Hasn't some progress been made? Most ESPN.com
users don't think so: 51 percent are
unsatisfied by the policy, and only 36 percent
think it's "substantive progress" versus a p.r.
Now, back to the reality -- where most fans
simply don't care.
LeBron vs. Kobe
Without Kobe, who had a nasty ankle
sprain early in the game, the rest of the Lakers
withstood an inspired game from LeBron (28 points, 13
rebounds, 9 assists) and beat the Cavs.
Haven't seen the plus-minus stats, but doesn't it seem
that the Lakers play better without Kobe on the
floor, hogging the ball?
If he's out for any substantial number of games, watch
out for a seemingly unlikely Lakers run.
More From Moss
Next time I might shake
Because we can't get enough, here's even more
Reporter: "Write the check yet, Randy?"
Moss: "When you're rich you don't write
Reporter: "If you don't write checks, how do
you pay these guys?"
Moss: "Straight cash, homey."
Pleasepleaseplease let there be another
"incident" this weekend. Frankly, if the Vikings can
go into Philly and beat the Eagles, Moss will have
earned the right to shake whatever he wants.
||New England's groundskeepers:
If they intentionally let the Foxboro field get swampy
to help stop the Colts, that's taking HFA too far
-- it's cheating. MUCH worse than post-TD antics.
Where's the NFL outrage NOW?
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|Clayton on NFL playoffs|
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|Matthau in "Bad News Bears"|
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|Hackman in "Hoosiers"|
|Hanks in "League/Own"|
|Wuhl in "Bull Durham"|
College hoops game of the weekend (no: the season!)
No. 4 UNC at No. 3 Wake; if UNC wins decisively, they
should get some No. 1 consideration ...|
Matt Leinart delays his stay/go decision until Friday;
OK, NOW he's acting like a dilettante. At this
point, don't care WHICH way he goes ...
More NFL fines: Jets LB Eric Barton fined $7500 for
hit on Brees; no funny Moss-style quotes,
Delgado watch: Those free-spending Mets met with him
Thursday; the Marlins, O's, Rangers and others remain
in the mix ...
A great non-NFL weekend must-read: the debate between
baseball scouts and baseball statheads. See Q It Up for a link ...
More movie coaches: Pop Fisher (Brimley, "The
Natural"); Tony D'Amato (Pacino, "Any Given Sunday");
Reggie Dunlop (Newman, "Slap Shot") ...