Sister Cheryl says lock HOF'er will retire at season's
end. Love him or hate him (usually hate), the guy was big-game and clutch, especially in New York.
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Jason Giambi and Jose Canseco are a study in
contrasts of spin control.
(Well, except for the whole "both took steroids"
And you'll be shocked at who comes across
Witness Giambi's meeting with the media
Thursday, ostensibly to start his image repair with an
The problem is that he refused to say what he
was apologizing for. And it was laughable; critics are
talking more about how he wouldn't utter the "s"-word
("steroids") even as he repeated the "s"-word
"Can't get into specifics": That's his story,
and he was sticking to it. And sticking. And sticking.
And so the media rejected him.
Meanwhile, there's Canseco going on "60
Minutes" this Sunday.
Not only does he throw around the word "steroids," but
he uses damning phrases like "injected
He includes sensational de-tales, like sweaty
Caligula-like spearings in the buttocks among
teammates in the locker room.
"Something so common": Now THERE'S a quote
about steroids we can sink our teeth
Here's the thing about Jose: Most fans believe
him; they just don't believe him, you
But at least Canseco owns up to being skeevy; Giambi's
refusal to get into it actually makes him worse.
Canseco might come across as a joke, but Giambi comes
across like a jerk.
"I feel I let down the fans, I feel I
let down the media, I feel I let down the Yankees, not
only the Yankees, but my teammates. I'm sorry.
"Going to be a tough road to hoe, but I'm going
to work my butt off to get back their support ... I'm
not a bad person."
About what?! Say it! Say it!!
LeBron vs. Carmelo
Remember when this was a rivalry? Way
back in, oh, 2004.
Now, LeBron has ascended to the NBA's Most Talented
Player (not to mention first pick in the fantasy "If
Everyone Was Draftable" draft.
Carmelo, meanwhile, has battled injury, plummeting
public perception and a bootleg DVD scandal. Only good
news? That engagement to MTV's La-La.
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LSU: Changing of women's hoops guard? Tigers crush Vols
OC's Marissa/Alex: Took 'em long enough, don't you think?
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Lakers: Stomped by Pistons; how quickly rivalries sputter!
Carlos Boozer: On outs w/ Jazz owner; on way out of Utah?
If you think Friday's game (8, ESPN) is a contrast,
wait until next weekend in Denver -- on Anthony's home
court, no less:
LeBron will be the star of Sunday's
... And Carmelo is fourth option on the Sophs team in
Saturday's JV Game.
Spurs at Heat: Huge
Don't let experts fool you, by calling
Sunday's humongous Spurs at Heat game (1, ABC) a
"possible" NBA Finals preview.
Don't hedge! This is, by far, the most likely
Finals pairing. (Ack: Now even I'm
OK: This WILL be the Finals.
Break up the Pats! At least, the
Secondary coach Eric Mangini (the heir apparent to
Romeo Crennel's D-Coord role) is being recruited
heavily for the same role with the Dolphins and
under Crennel in Cleveland. Oh, and New England,
Evaluating the contenders:
Pros: Loyalty to Belichick; best chance to win
a 4th ring
Cons: It'll always be BB's D.
Pros: More money; team can only go up from
Cons: But what if they don't?
Pro: Relationship with Romeo; relationship with
Con: Team is just terrible.
Pro Bowl Preview
Best gimmick? Fans get to vote on one
play to be run by each side. Last year, both plays
were successful (one was a TD!)
Back in 2004, Eagles O.C. Brad Childress offered his
hilarious-in-hindsight analysis: "We should let the
fans call all the plays."
Based on the way Childress choked last Sunday, most
Philly fans probably believe they could have done a
better job than he did.
Speaking of Eagles in the Pro Bowl, let's see if NFC
coach Jim Mora Jr. runs any no-huddle plays when
Donovan McNabb is playing, just to punk him. (Sunday,
Best. eBay auction. Ever.
You can buy the naming rights to the Boston Celtics'
Formerly-Known-As-Fleet Center for Feb. 16-28. Wait,
it gets MUCH better:
A different high-bidder wins each day.
For example, one guy who writes a sports-business
newsletter bought Sunday's rights ... for $500.
Think: "Daily Quickie Center"
Who's with me?
NHL: 'We're Done'
The NHL season is going to be
Wait: You hadn't noticed?
Or worse: You already thought it had
And there's the league's much bigger problem,
in a nutshell.
Investigating allegations that its women's
hoops players got free dental work from a booster.
"Out of control" doesn't describe OSU's problems.
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Weekend college hoops: GameDay is at Maryland for
UMD-Duke (Sat, 9, ESPN). Other big games: Cuse at
Nova; Wisc at ILL; Pacific at Utah St.
Weis goes F/T at ND: "One set of pressure is off and a
new set of pressures are rolling in ... I can now give
all my attention in one direction."
Franchise Tag watch: Eagles slap Tag on DT Corey
NBA ASG Skills Challenge field: Arenas, Boykins, Nash,
Ridnour. No question: I'm taking Boykins, and you can
have the field.
Report out of Green Bay has the Packers preparing for
the offseason under the assumption that Brett Favre
WILL be back in '05.
Coming next week: Spring Training begins. Welcome, all
you pitchers and catchers!