||New York Yankees:
Best part about sweeping the D-Rays isn't moving
within 1.5 games of Boston or .5 of Cleveland; it's
that they don't have to play Tampa again in '05.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
That's my organizing principle when following a
college football season.
And the season-long battle of attrition is the best
argument against an official playoff:
Lose one, and you're done.
In only the first two weeks:
1: Oklahoma, Miami, Texas A&M
2: Michigan, Ohio St., Iowa
It's actually a pretty effective system, usually
weeding out all but 3 teams (which is when the NCAA
creates a "tilt," but that's another column).
This week: Fans know that either No. 5
Tennessee or No. 6 Florida will be ousted from title
contention after they play.
The winner should emerge on equal footing with USC and
Texas in the conversation about who's No. 1.
Why? Because it would be every bit as big as Texas'
win over Ohio St. last week, and USC has yet to prove
anything this season.
And the loser at the Swamp simply joins the "Who's
All fans can do is look at the latest week's evidence
to judge who's in the No. 1 conversation and, with
more and more clarity, who isn't.
CFB Wknd Preview
Rose-Impacting Game of Week:
Tennessee (5) at Florida (6):
What makes the game even more intriguing is that it's
the first real test for Urban Meyer's fascinating
9-month overhaul of UF's program. Pick: UF
ACC Welcome Wagon:
Fla. St. (8) at Boston College (17):
Welcome to the ACC, rookie. Or will the joke be on the
overrated 'Noles? GameDay will be there to watch.
Pick: BC (7:45, ESPN).
Notre Dame Watch:
Mich. St. at Notre Dame (10):
I ranked the Irish No. 5 this week, and expectations
are sky-high. Ripe for a trap game over the
other team from Michigan? Pick: ND
Heisman Watch: Texas QB Vince Young got points
for his grit in the W vs. Ohio St. Now he needs to pad
his stats vs. Rice.
More: Miami at Clemson will reveal more about
the No. 20 Tigers than the No. 13 'Canes ... Is USC
really No. 1? The Trojans better crush Arkansas.
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NFL Week 2 Subplots
Game of the Week:
JAX/IND: Jags d. Colts in '04 but that was in Jax, not
Indy's dome. Still, intriguing to see how far Jags
Key Injury Watch:
SF/PHI: How's McNabb's chest? If he plays, for how
Was Week 1 a Fluke (Good)?
MIA/NYJ: Actually, playing the sorry Jets isn't such a
bad way to prove it wasn't. Could the Dolphins start
Was Week 1 a Fluke (Bad)?
MIN/CIN: Actually, playing the scary Bengals isn't
such a bad way to put Vikings coach Mike Tice on a
Monday a.m. hot seat.
Super Bowl XXXVIII Rematch:
NE/CAR: Wait, weren't the Cats supposed to be this
year's Patriots? Rough opponent for Carolina to have a
Avert Your Eyes:
DET/CHI: Could this be uglier?
CLE/GB: Why, yes, it can.
BUF/TB: McGahee vs. Cadillac
KC/OAK: Priest vs. Randy
See Big 5, right, for more.
MLB: Wild Wrap
AL: Yankees sweep D-Rays, and with the
next 14 games against TOR and BAL, New York is the
most dangerous team in the AL field.
AL Weekend's Best: OAK at BOS
But is the focus there? Both will be
scoreboard-watching their division
NL: Astros take WC lead by beating the Marlins
(Phillies lose to Braves). Meanwhile, very very
quietly, the Nats are only 2.5 GB.
NL Weekend's Best: PHI at FLA
Head-to-head, playoff-ish series, but this battle of
attrition will only help Houston's chances.
Yawn! NL Central Dynasty? 4
division titles and one wild card in 6 years? Call when you win a World
ChiSox: Epic Choke?
"We flat-out stink." That was Ozzie
Guillen after the White Sox' 2nd straight L to KC.
Chicago's lead over Cleveland is only 4.5.
Chicago's next 6 games: At Minnesota this weekend,
then a *huge* head-to-head with Cleveland, which will
be coming off a weekend series with KC.
By next Thursday, the Sox could be wild card
Lance: He's Done
And this time he really means
it. But his reasoning is kind of
"...[If] I were to go back, there's no way I could get
a fair shake -- on the roadside, in doping control, or
Maybe I'm naive to buy his spin, but isn't it sad that
he is really retiring because he doesn't want
to deal with the BS of continuing?
Returns to form, gets whacked by the motivated A's. He
gave up 11 hits and 4 ER in 6 IP. If it's not vs. the
Yankees, he's still struggling.
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NFL W2 Office-Pool Picks: PIT, DET, CIN, IND, BAL, NE,
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Bonds Watch: 2 flyouts and a groundout in SFG loss to
rival Dodgers. Thrilled with one near-HR shot that was
foul into McCovey Cove by a few feet.
McNabb update: Practiced Thursday. As for Sunday, he
said: "If you ask me, there's no doubt about it. I'll
be out there."
All best to golfer David Toms for a full recovery
after being rushed to the hospital with a heart
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