Sure, Manu had another MVP-ish game (27 pts, 7 ast), but Big Shot Bob had a stat-stuffer belying his age: 12 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 4 stl, 28 min.
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How desperate are things for the Pistons?
So desperate that an Eva Longoria sighting provides more spark. (Hey,
where's her Tony Parker jersey?)
That's where a "2-3 Defense" might help the Pistons.
The only thing that might save the Pistons from the humiliation of a
sweep is the psychological edge from the NBA's non sequitur
switch to a 2-3-2 Finals format (from the usual 2-2-1-1-1).
Three games in Detroit? Even a team playing as poorly as the
Pistons right now can stop a team playing as well as the Spurs, given
up to three chances at home, right?
Frankly, fans watching are more desperate for a competitive series
than the Pistons themselves. (Eva or no Eva.)
MLB Manager of the Year? If the season ended today, it
would be the Nats' Frank Robinson, who has led D.C. to an NL
East-leading 37-26 record and 10 straight wins, including yet another
Why not throw the NL Cy the Nats' way, too? You can have
Dontrelle, Clemens, Peavy or Pedro: For now, I'll take innings-eater
Livan "Leave-In" Hernandez.
Meanwhile, the Nats passed the 1 million mark in attendance
yesterday, setting a new club record. (And it's only June 13!)
Cubs-Sox at Wrigley
Sox salvage the weekend with a win Sunday at Wrigley.
It doesn't mask recent problems, which Theo knows: "This is my
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Taking responsibility is much appreciated, but some pitching help
would be better. Epstein shouldn't be shy about making a deal.
The weekend at Wrigley should remind everyone that it was Theo's Nomar
deal with the Cubs last July that sparked the team to its W.S.
Laimbeer to Knicks
Well, at least the Knicks would be able to balance all
that losing with the most quotable, entertaining coach in the NBA.
(But would Isiah get jealous?)
Sorenstam is halfway to an LPGA Slam, but the buried
lead is the hot finishes by 15-y.o. Wie (2nd) and 18-y.o. Creamer
The LPGA can do the math:
Stars + playoffs = Viability.
Danica or Dud-ica?
The difference between "sensation" and "novelty" is the
difference between finishing 4th at the Indy 500 and 13th (out of 22)
at Saturday's Learjet 500.
Put another way: A race-car-driving hottie makes the cover of
SI; a hottie who drives a race car earns the cover of FHM. Do her
handlers understand that nuance?
What an embarrassment. Even a KO loss would have been a more graceful finish. Let's not have any more talk about him being on the sports radar ever again.
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|Even new guy (Spivey) produces!|
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Queens suddenly doesn't seem so bad, now that Mets have committed
to be a part of New York City's revised plan to host the 2012
Start of the Day: Dontrelle is always must-see, but I'll
take Roy Halladay against that awesome Cards lineup.
NL East: There's no bigger must-see division in baseball, where all
five teams are above .500 and two lightweights are leading.
In final tune-up before this week's U.S. Open, Sergio Garcia shot a
sick final-round 65 to win the Booz Allen. (Tiger wasn't there,
Carl Edwards wins Pocono 500: But the best detail is that he prepared
for the new-to-him track by playing a NASCAR video