"Match of the Year" lives up to the hype. Andre came
back from being down 2 sets to beat sentimental
favorite James Blake and advance to the semis.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"Until. Proven. Otherwise."
That's my mantra for picking the Pats to win Super
Bowl XL, the road to which begins tonight in Foxboro
vs. the Raiders (9 ET, ABC).
I speak on behalf of all the fans who doubted the Pats
against the Colts last January, then again
versus the Steelers in the AFC title game.
We won't get fooled again.
That's the respect the Pats have earned by becoming
the most impressive sports dynasty ever (hey, I
dubbed 'em with the "D-word" after XXXVIII).
Doubters can whisper about Belichick's losing his
assistants, about losing the soul of his D, about the
injury Brady is so due for...
Then there's the theory that if the Colts or Steelers
or whomever can get home-field advantage over them for
the AFC title game...
Oh, just stop it.
The Pats already have beaten the Colts under the Indy
dome. As for the Steelers? See January 2005. And other
contenders? Who, exactly?
It's not fun to pick them.
It's not bold to pick them.
It's just right to pick them.
Until proven otherwise.
Raiders: Moss Mania!
Raiders at Pats (9 ET, ABC):
T.O. may have a claim on histrionics, but no WR in the
NFL brings as much excitement to actual game play as
That's why his new Raiders No. 18 jersey is a top
seller. That's why the NFL was genius in featuring him
vs. the champs tonight in the '05 opener.
And that's why the Raiders will be this season's
You know what I mean: The annual NFL tradition that
a team reverses its previous year's record to go from
division chump to champ.
Sure, Oakland's D is spotty. But Randy (and new RB LaMont
Jordan) will revitalize the offense. Moss and Kerry Collins
will play "jump ball" all season.
Too bad Oakland will have to start with a Week 1 L to
the champs, but by midseason, the Raiders' success
will be one the biggest story lines.
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"Expos": Vermont team will play final game for nickname
NFL Kickoff: Music
Musically, the pregame show will have
something for every taste: Green Day, Kanye West and
the Rolling Stones.
What it won't have is political statements
(even though all three have made them). That's what
the 10-second delay is for.
Let's hope Bonds' prognostication for
his return this season is more realistic than his
fantasy about it:
"I'm very anxious to get on the field. All I think
about is having my name called, playing left field and
seeing that little kid in the field cheering. Those
are the visions I see."
Cheering, eh? What: Does he plan to play only home
"It couldn't have been more fun to
lose" is the gracious way Blake met Agassi at the
net. It couldn't have been more fun to watch,
Next for Agassi: A semifinal meeting with
another unseeded upstart, Robby Ginepri, who quietly
has become one of the most exciting players in the
MLB Wed Wrap
Yankees d. D-Rays: The old saying about
squirrels and nuts comes to mind.
NL Wild Card: Astros continue to hurt Phillies' chances;
Marlins keep pace behind Dontrelle's 20th; Mets blow a
save (go figure) and lose to Braves.
AL Wild Card: Win or lose, Yanks get all the
attention, but very quietly, Indians are sticking around
(Sabathia pitches CG with 10 Ks).
Padres Watch: Back to .500.
Today: On the Cy Young Watch for Cardinals' Chris
Carpenter, going for his MLB-leading 21st W.
Damon Jones to Cavs: Won't it be funny
when it turns out that the glue of the Heat's
success was Jones? They'll miss his 3s.
Best wishes to Red Auerbach, who is reportedly
back in the hospital. The NY Post says he's in a coma,
but no confirmation. Tracking...
Katrina help: Kobe, LeBron and KG lead a group
of NBA stars playing an exhibition game for Katrina
relief fundraising on Sunday.
Mariners rookie gets roid-related 10-day suspension.
Here's a twist: He claims the positive test came from
OLD use he's already been punished for.
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Saints Update: Let's hope all the speculation that
they're finalizing a plan to be in San Antonio is
true. Let's bus real Saints fans out there.
The Broncos signed castoff WR David Terrell to replace
the spot left by Jerry Rice. Talk about not being able
to fill a guy's shoes...
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