Wake up the echoes apparently extends to the hoops
court, where the Irish add another huge win over an
unbeaten team to their legacy. QUICKIE LIVE! 9-10 a.m.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Duke-UNC is the best rivalry in college hoops.
Given the top-10 status of both teams, this year's
edition (9, ESPN) should be fabulous.
But is Duke-UNC the best rivalry in
No way: It's Red Sox-Yanks, with all others in the top 5 a distant second:
2. UNC-Duke (Coll BB)
3. Michigan-Ohio St. (Coll FB)
4. Shaq-Kobe (NBA)
5. Pats-Colts (NFL)
But in the last 16 months, Yankees-Red Sox has emerged
as not just the best or the most must-see, but the
most enthralling rivalry of all time.
Take the best UNC-Duke game ever; is it even in the
top 20 college hoops games of all time?
I ask, because the last two Yankees-Red Sox ALCS
series have been arguably ranked 1 (2004) and 1A
(2003) in the history of baseball.
The offseason is must-see.
Spring training is must-see.
Opening Day is a solo stage.
Midseason series are events.
The ALCS? Perfectly sublime.
How can they top the 2004 ALCS? Didn't we say
that after the 2003 ALCS?
Twice a regular season, Duke and UNC offer up the
prototype for everything that's good about the passion
of college hoops.
But Yanks-Red Sox is in another league
No. 2 North Carolina is better, but No. 8 Duke plays
like a No. 2 team at home. On the road in
Durham, it is, by far, UNC's toughest game of the
It's Duke's toughest, too: They have no size (UNC plays bigger); they live and die by the 3 (UNC shoots 3s better); they like to run (UNC outguns
them by 10 ppg).
With Eagles fans looking to assign
blame in the days following the Super Bowl huge loss. they are providing fodder worthy of the tradition.
Why did the Eagles blow the clock management in the
No experience with no-huddle.
Linemen too fat to no-huddle.
O.C. Brad Childress' fault.
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McNabb was knocked senseless.
"SickNabb," eh? Hmm ...
It's like "Rashamon." Everyone has a
p.o.v. about McNabb's late-game status and its
possible contribution to the loss.
Fraley: "Almost puking."
G. Lewis: "Didn't think it was anything
Leave it to "Logorrhea Freddie":
"You could see there was some kind of complications.
We couldn't run the offense. There were a lot of words
that he couldn't get out, so it was hard."
Ah, Freddie ...
"It was my first time being the quarterback in the
NFL. It was hard. He kind of tried to get the hand
signals to the team, but I knew what he was thinking.
I just finished the play up."
No word yet from McNabb himself, but suddenly
lucky reporters covering the Pro
Bowl have an actual angle to cover.
Chow to Titans
OK, so I was a day early. (See
archives link, below, for Tuesday 02/08 edition of the
Quickie, where I lead with what a great move this
Titans 2005 Edition: Chow makes them
Whither USC? Chow leaving USC is a bigger
bigger blow to Pete Carroll than Charlie Weis'
departure is for Belichick. (Think Parcells
without Belichick; that's Carroll without
Looking ahead: After one season, Chow will have
his choice of college jobs (and a couple NFL
head-coaching opportunities, too ... say a SoCal return
in San Diego?)
Boston College Loses
Exposed? Hey, even the Pats lost twice
en route to a Super Bowl title (and AT Notre
Dame is nothing to be ashamed of). But it's going to
give the "Overrated!" critics a lot of fodder.
Illini stand alone: At this point,
lone-unbeaten No. 1 Illinois doesn't have to win
pretty -- they simply have to keep winning. And they
did, at Michigan (57-51), so haters can't
pounce just yet.
B.C. will be keeping nay-sayers busy anyway.
Theme: Rewarding the poster players for
this Renaissance season of the Run-n-Jumpshot.
Seven of 14 reserve slots went to Suns, Sonics and
E: D-Wade, Arenas, Jamison
W: Ginobili, Amare, Rashard
E: Z, Big Ben, O'Neal, Pierce
W: Nash, Ray, Dirk, Marion
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The only not nutty thing the weirdo was heard mumbling
about was "shrinkage." As George Costanza might say:
"Like a frightened turtle!"
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