||Serena vs. Sharapova:
This is the most appealing, telegenic match-up in
tennis (men's or women's), and fans will get it in the
Aussie Open Semis. The sport NEEDS this rivalry. QUICKIE LIVE! 9-10 a.m.
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Two Words For You:
Reflecting 2004's Oscar noms, out
today, here is the very first look at the nominees for
"The Soopies," leading up to Super Bowl XXXIX:
Andy Reid in tights (someday)
T.O. SB post-TD celebration
Paul McCartney "malfunction"
Don. McNabb ("Play Action")
Mike Vrabel ("LB? Or DL?!")
T.O. ("What Ankle Injury?")
Best Coach/Supporting Role:
Charlie Weis, Pats Off Coord
Romeo Crennel, Pats Def Coord
Jim Johnson, Eagles Def Coord
Bill Belichick ("Hoody")
Best "Ever" Superlative:
Tom Brady (Best Playoff QB)
Bill Belichick (Best Coach)
Patriots (Best Team/Dynasty)
C. Dillon (Best Rep U-Turn)
Congratulations to all! More awards nominations
T.O. Speaks! "What a lot of people
don't realize is that I've been doing a lot of rehab
on my own, a lot of healing on my own, but spiritually
God is healing me and I'm way ahead of where a lot of
people expect me to be, even the doctor.
"He's even shocked at what he's seen. Spiritually I've
been healed and I believe that I'll be out there on
that field Sunday, regardless of what anyone
Yet you can't find anyone -- fan or expert -- who
doesn't think that TO will play. Maybe the doc,
but what does he know? Sounds like the trumpet of the
good-ol' trumped-up "no respect" ploy.
For what it's worth, Andy Reid is taking a
wait-and-see attitude, waiting on more rigorous
testing to see if TO's ankle can handle the
strain of cutting and planting.
College BB Unbeatens
Jayhawks down, Illini next?
Illinois has its toughest game of the season
tonight at Wisconsin, which has a national-best
38-game home winning streak. Consider this a litmus
test for their March prospects. (9, ESPN)
As for B.C., watch that tough road game
tomorrow at angry and motivated Providence. (Then
again, I've been pumping PC's lifeless stock since
Duke's first loss?
Next Wednesday at Wake.
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Bulls: After woeful 0-9 and 3-14 starts, creep over .500
Snoop replacing Cowher? Rapper wants to coach Steelers
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No. 1 Duke women: Lose at UNC (same will happen to men)
Madden dropping towel for DH/MNF skit: Glad that got a TO
Heat Boiling Over
The test for Shaq's Heat isn't how
things are going during the good times; it's how they
deal when things get stressful. Shaq doesn't have a
great track record with that.
So his comments after Miami's loss to the
Super-motivated 76ers last night are telling:
"When your man leaves you to go double on somebody,
you have to take it personal. Because other teams are
hitting shots when we double, so you have to hit
"You" means Eddie Jones, for those of you
watching without a program handy. Could a Jones trade
for a better shooter be imminent? Know any teams who
want an overpaid player who turns "shooting guard"
Auditioning Final Four Cindys for your
future bracket picks?
Keep an eye on No. 25 Utah, which celebrated
its first ranking in the Top 25 since 2002-03 by
roughing up Air Force on 80 percent FG
PGs may make teams go in March, but a great center
can't hurt. In Andrew Bogut, the Utes may have the
best big in the country.
More hoops: Battle of OK
No. 15 Oklahoma beat No. 9 Okla St by 10 in Norman,
staking its claim as the best team in the state.
Rematch in Stillwater on 2/7 on ESPN.
Monday's Quickie proclaimed that Philly
fans could feel satisfied merely getting to the
Super Bowl, ending the "frustration dynasty."
Naturally, they disagree:
Reid: "They are happy to be in this position, but
understand there's more to do."
Dawkins: "This [NFC title game] wasn't our Super
Bowl... we didn't do what we set out to do
Can they live with defeat?
70 percent of ESPN.com users are picking the Pats.
Sure, Reid is 9-0 after bye weeks, but
he's 0-0 after Super Bowl bye weeks. And his SB
experience is the critical difference, as overheard in
Monday's Morning Quickie Show on SportsNation. Join
the other Fanalysts every weekday, 9-10 a.m.
Winner? Million Dollar Baby:
Racked up nominations for Best Picture, Best Director,
Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Actor/Supporting,
If/when "M$B" clean sweeps (as it might), it
would have to enter the conversation as the greatest
sports film of all time. Simply with the overwhelming
nominations, it's up there.
Eagles TE who caught 2 TDs in the NFC title game won't
play in JAX. LJ Smith will likely fill TE role (or
even Westbrook?), but he'll be missed.
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air; WR that fans call "Plexiglass" wouldn't be
missed; as a fan fave, Bus surely would...|
Artest practices: And -- surprise! -- the intensity of
the team went up. Can't wait for his first practice
Never-ending Delgado Watch: In a very soap-opera-ish
twist, the Mets are back in it; still wide open
between O's, Marlins and Mets...
Meanwhile, Magglio is the new Carlos: Ordonez looks
close to a deal with the Tigers, who may not be major
FA players, but get in the game...
NHL: Now 100 percent leadership free! Another one of
these "don't bother coming, Bettman or Goodenow"
meetings scheduled for Wednesday...
Chad Pennington will have surgery on his strained
rotator cuff. Otherwise known as his excuse...
24 Years Ago Today: The last time the Eagles were in
the Super Bowl -- and they got cranked by the Raiders
in Super Bowl XV...