Ever been a faster, higher riser in the college hoops
poll? Two weeks ago, 25th; last week, 13th; this week,
8th. One of four remaining unbeatens, too.
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The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Who's under the most pressure, heading
into the NFL conference finals?
Obviously, it's the Eagles: And, as I've
argued, this game presents more pressure than any team
in Philly history has ever faced.
So, how are they handling it?
Well, there's Denial:
"[The Falcons] have more pressure on their shoulders
than we do." (Donovan McNabb)
"I look back at how I felt about all the other [NFC
title] games and I felt great about them. I feel the
same way right now." (Andy Reid)
Then there's Reality:
"If we're not popping champagne bottles at 6:30 next
Sunday, the season is a wash." (Ike Reese)
And Reese is understating it: If the Eagles
lose Sunday, the season isn't just a wash; it's an
epic sports failure.
In the NFL's history, these Eagles would make
the 1990s Bills look like world-beaters.
In the city's history, these Eagles would make
the 1972-73 76ers look quaint.
In annals of fan-dom, these Eagles would make
pre-2004 Red Sox Nation look satisfied.
No pressure, Donovan?! Let's see what happens
if you lose.
49ers Hire Nolan
Ravens D-coord is intense: San Fran could use it.
But will Mike Nolan use the No. 1 overall draft pick to
shore up the woeful offense or the terrible D? On the
bright side, both are so bad, he can't go
Meanwhile, the Ravens hired Jim Fassel to coach
the offense (not that he did much last year as a
"consultant") and Rick Neuheisel to manage the
office pool quarterbacks.
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Texas: After L, routs Okla St (Frosh PG Daniel Gibson: 27 pts)|
"Wie exemption": Teen star accepts invite to LPGA Champ.
Ben Gordon: Rookie scores 13 of 17 in 4th; Bulls W in NY
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Wizards: With no Hughes, "Big 2" held to 9 pts in L to SA|
Kobe Bryant: Injured ankle to keep him out two more weeks
Re-signing the Edge: Should Colts save cash for defense?
Cracks in union? The players invited
the league to have an informal chit-chat. How do we
know it's "informal?" Because they didn't invite their
own honcho Goodenow or NHL commish
With no decision-making authority,
it will be one of the more empty gestures of the
125-day lockout. (Wait, what's this "N-H-L" thing,
again?) Hey: There's always the WHA.
How much worse do the Nash-less Suns
have to get before everyone will realize that he's the
Four straight Ls, including their worst
yet, scoring a season-low 80 against the defending
champs. MVP! MVP!
See if you can spot the fake detail of
Carlos Beltran's Mets deal among the actual contract
Paid through 2014 (even though he's only under
contract through '08).
Gets suite at Shea (is it me, or does agent
Scott Boras always push for a stadium suite; hasn't he
made enough money to buy good seats when he visits his
Ocular enhancer machine, to improve his
Mr. Met as personal valet.
More NFL Quotes
"Someone burn those films?"
Quoted: Bill Belichick
Topic: Pats as favorite
Referring to: PIT 34, NE 20
"[Has] to pick his game up."
Quoted: Alan Faneca
Topic: Steelers' QB Big Ben
Referring to: Dud vs. Jets
"We can be loose now."
Quoted: Jim Mora Jr.
Topic: Expectations' weight
Referring to: NFC pressure
U.S. Open women's champ tests positive for banned
ephedrine, but WTA won't take any action against her.
But if it was 'roids and MLB: Up to 10 games!
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|Been a fizzle so far|
EA and ESPN sign 15-year marketing deal: Hmm ... will
you one day see the Daily Quickie in one of your
favorite games' "franchise modes?" ...|
Delgado watch: Down to 4 teams -- Mets, O's, Marlins, Rangers. Says he
wants to play for a winner ...
Future MLB trade bait: Alfonso Soriano
signed a 1-yr/$7.5 mil deal w/ Texas. Do I smell a
midseason trade? ...
Trade Bait II: Marlins P A.J. Burnett signed a
1-yr/$3.25 mil deal, avoiding arbitration, but not
possibility of being shipped elsewhere ...
Aussie Open: Who else is confused by the time
difference down there? All I know is Roddick won
and Serena's wearing some nice kicks ...
There's still another night to watch "Unforgivable
Blackness," the fabulous PBS documentary about boxer
Jack Johnson ...