With every game under scrutiny, here was his first
spring stat line: PA: 3; BB: 2; GO: 1; snide 'roid
comments made about him: Too many to count.
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Players on the hot seat are best served
to take the advice of Chili Palmer (or emulate Bill
For the next week, teams on the NCAA Tournament
Bubble are better off worrying about their own business --
that last regular-season W, that critical
conference-tournament mini-run -- than
Others who should "Be Cool":
Giambi in front of everyone
MLBers in front of Congress
MLBers providing "samples"
Pistons (cooled off by PHX)
NHL owners icily dissing $3B
J.J. Redick vs. Tar Heel fans
Illinois fans waiting on "-0"
Clarett handling his NFL biz
Martha Stewart counting cash
It's easy to get caught up in Madness or 'roid scandal
or spring-training results or last night's news
becoming today's superlative, but March is a long,
weird, wild month.
To navigate it successfully -- as a fan or an athlete
-- just Be Cool.
Congress vs. MLB
As noted here on Thursday, Congress
will hold must-see 'roid hearings on March 18. On the
Panel 1 (aka "Not Illegal!")
Canseco, Giambi, McGwire, Schilling, Sosa, Palmeiro,
Panel 2 (aka "Not My Fault!")
Selig, Fehr, Alderson, Towers.
(Wait: No Bonds?!)
MLB Roid Testing
Debuted Thursday (Marlins), and
reliever Todd Jones has the quote of the
"As long as they don't test for Little Debbies," he
said, "I'll be fine."
If Jones doesn't watch out, he might have a Star
Crunch printed next to his statistics in the record
Suns Beat Pistons
Nash returns, Suns win: OK, so
it's not as catchy as "MVP! MVP!" but it makes the
With Nash back in the lineup (16 pts, 14 ast), the
Suns beat the Pistons 100-97, ending an 8-game Detroit
Really: How could anyone else could be
Now that you mention it ...
Shaq returns, Heat win big: Back from that knee
sprain, the Diesel went for 20 and 13 in an assertive
106-90 W over the Nets.
Maybe it's "Co-MVP! Co-MVP!"
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Louisville: Runs past under-radar Charlotte to win C-USA|
Martha Stewart: Released from prison; new empire rising ...
Katie Holmes: Suddenly single. Just when I get married ...
|... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'|
Miami: ACC newcomer routed by Duke, bubble dreams popped|
NFL Draft at MSG: Nutty fans must move X-town to Javits
Vin Diesel: Pacifier? Smacks of Worst. Career Move. Ever.
NFL Free Agency
Big winner: Panthers. Sign OL Mike
Wahle and CB Ken Lucas, two pieces that could easily
help put Carolina back in the Super Bowl.
49ers: LT Jonas Jennings
One rookie QB breathes easier
Redskins: WR David Patten
Ex-Pats exodus continues
Cowboys: OG Marco Rivera
Will find Bledsoe no Favre
Texans: LB Morlon Greenwood
Dolphins good for something
Rams: LB Chris Claiborne
Vikings D worthy of copying?
Jets: TB Derrick Blaylock
He's the new LaMont Jordan
In addition to the teams sweating out the Bubble
process, there are two significant games:
Illinois at Ohio State
Unbeaten season on the line, coming off
Thursday W over Purdue on Senior Night frenzy in
Duke at UNC
How Tourney-ready is Duke? Thursday, Duke
throttled Miami but UNC beat Fla St to win ACC title.
(Ask again after pending Heels blowout.)
NHL $3.5 Bil Plan
No one expected every owner to embrace
the $3.5 billion offer to buy the league -- kit,
caboodle and crisis.
But dismissive, defensive reactions from some owners
(Cough! Boston!) reveals their true ignorance
to the state of the league.
Alas, it'll go down as The Greatest NHL Plan That
Never Happened. (See Archive, below, for Thursday's
But maybe it will spur more innovative thinking.
Zo Returns to NJ
"Wow, I don't care": That's how Alonzo
Mourning describes his effort level in New Jersey, in
his return (with the Heat).
Don't expect outrage that Vince Carter or T-Mac
received for similar sentiments about
Fans will give Mourning a pass because if an owner is
apparently breaking up a winner, players with huge
contracts don't have to care ...
'Zo, you're PAID to care.
All college, all the time: ESPN's
newest network debuts Friday, and just in time for
Pledge Week March Madness.
My hat goes off to the "face" of the net, Dream Job
winner Mike Hall, who, in his first appearance on
"DJ," I described as looking so scared he might wet
his pants. I take it all back, dude!
College rules! Party on!
Ohio State bans him from their on-campus "Pro Day"
workouts. Ouch, that stings. (But what did he expect?)
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Looking for C-Week Madness? Big South title game (Sat,
noon, ESPN2), where Cindy Charleston So. (13-16) faces
top-seed Winthrop for Dance spot!|
You MUST catch the CIAA Tournament on ESPN Classic, if
for no other reason than to see Stephen A. Smith as a
game analyst. (Fri, 7/9:30; Sat, 6)
Speaking of which: C-Week upsets begin! Fayetteville
St upsets CIAA top-seed Bowie St (on national TV!
Stephen A. must have gone nuts!)
Even more hoops highlights: L'ville at DePaul (Sat,
noon, ESPN); Pitt at ND; Cuse at UConn; KY at FLA
(listen for dad-in-law hounding Tubby).
NBA weekend: Shaq vs. LeBron (Sun, 7:30, ESPN). So why do
I think the difference in the game will be Flash
Nuggets sign sharpshooter Wes Person, who could fit
into one of Voshon Lenard's thighs; Denver's
second-half revival continues.