Youngest to reach 400 HRs (by a half-year over Griffey
Jr.) 10 more years of 40-plus HRs is a stretch; 700-750, however, isn't out of the question.
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Two Words For You:
Expectations are so low for the NBA
Finals tonight (Game 1, 9 p.m., ABC), Las Vegas is
only offering an "under-under."
ESPN.com users know better: More than 80 percent
polled say that they think the series either will be
"good" or even "a classic."
But as anyone who has been on a successful blind date
knows, nothing beats a low bar for a happy
A few close games, halfway exciting finishes, a clutch
game-winning shot or two, some moments we can replay
on TV over and over...
There's nothing wrong with "Good Enough," if you're
open enough to recognize what that means.
Speaking of expectations,
as for those
Simmons: Spurs in 5.
Stein: Spurs in 6.
Ford: Spurs in 7.
I'm sensing a trend. I recall the media had
similarly uniform expectations of the Lakers'
preeminence a year ago.
That alone should be enough to send you running the
But I'm with ESPN.com users, who are much more
bullish about the Pistons' prospects: They see the
series as a dead-even toss-up.
Recent history and the collective wisdom of fans is
enough to convince me:
Pistons in 7.
MLB Ace Watch
Dontrelle Willis: First MLB pitcher to
reach 10 wins. And, for my money, a much more
appropriate "face of baseball" than Jeter.
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Cards: Finally lose to BoSox; there's the choker we know!
Paul Pierce: Subject of trade rumor (to Blazers for pick?)
Roy Halladay: Couldn't win his 10th after being
outpitched by the Cubs' Sergio Mitre. (Who?! Who
knows? But he had an RBI double, too.)
Johan Santana: Stays unbeatable on the road,
throwing a 4-hit shutout with 9 Ks. Let's be clear:
He's still MLB's best.
Boss on Torre
"The entire coaching staff is in Torre's
hands... It's up to Torre. Torre says he can still
turn it around. Let's see him do it."
For those who like to read into Steinbrenner's
statements (as always, through his publicist), that
sounds like a lot more rope to go.
Afleet Alex 6-5, Giacomo 4-1 in the
Triple Crown's "rubber match," that strrretch
of a rationale for caring as soon as Giacomo lost at
the Preakness to Alex.
NHL: Cap This!
League, union agree on cap? As
expected, the cap would be much tighter than any cap
the players could have accepted back October.
(Also as expected, the union disputes the report, for
It also means that we're one step closer to not caring
about hockey when the players are actually on the ice,
not just not caring when the teams are locked
"I'm going to gut you like a fish," he
told weekend opponent Kevin McBride at their press
conference on Wednesday.
And on that happy note, enjoy your day.
In NBA Chicago pre-draft camp's biggest news, the
speedy Illinois guard breaks his foot and will likely
return to school for his senior year.
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"Ice Bowl" has nothing on THIS: Lambeau Field will
host a college hockey game between Wisconsin and Ohio
State on Feb. 11. Yes, outside.
It's not complete closure, but ex-Baylor player Carlos
Dotson pleaded guilty on Wednesday to killing his
teammate Patrick Dennehy.
Prime Time returns to Baltimore! Deion Sanders signs
up for one more year of madness in the Ravens
Cam Neely elected to Hockey Hall of Fame. Wait: I
forgot no one cares.What a depressing moment to be a
MLB Draft Nepotism of Day: Mariners draft manager Mike
Hargrove's son, Andy, in the 47th. Hey, being a pity
pick is better than going undrafted.