||Saints on MNF:
Transitive property: Saints beat Panthers. Panthers
beat Pats. Saints are Super Bowl XL favorites! See,
this is what Saints-mania is doing to people!
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Two Words For You:
After two NFL weeks (and through the
lens of Quickie tabloid-style Instant History), many
things have already become apparent:
The Pats are invincible! Not the same as losing
in the playoffs, but any Pats loss is notable. And
these Panthers aren't even that great.
Willie Parker: 1-Week Wonder! Another 100-plus
yards, another big Steelers W. Again: Who needs Bus or
Staley? (Not Bill Cowher: Slick Willie's starting next
*McNabb shouldn't play (Doh!)
*Falcons as top NFC contender
*Chargers' Week 1 loss fluky
Daunte Culpepper stinks! (At least without
Moss.) Wow, how badly did the Vikings screw up this
franchise (and QB) by trading him? 5 INTs?!
The Colts D is improved! But, apparently, the
offense is the new underachiever. Over-correction,
regression to the mean or Jags D?
*Cadillac: Rookie of Year!
*Carson Palmer: Hawaii-bound!
*Cards: Uh, what bandwagon?
The Chiefs are legit! And, guess what? They're
doing it with defense, holding off a late
Raiders drive in a 23-17 W.
49ers, Fins were faking! Both returned to form.
At least SF was explainable; Miami lost to a really
sorry-looking Jets team.
*Bears not as bad as Lions
*Ravens' O will sink great D
*Favre: Worst. Season. Ever.
MNF I: NYG at NO
"We're all Saints fans." I coined that
phrase two weeks ago, and it will culminate with
tonight's nationally televised "home game" in New
York. Only the heartless root against the Saints. Or
fans in New York.
(7:30 on ABC, then ESPN at 9)
MNF II: WAS at DAL
It's kind of ironic that more people
will probably flip over to ESPN to watch the new
"America's Team" than hang around ABC to watch your
dad's "America's Team" versus the offensively hapless
Skins. (9, ABC)
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Romeo Crennel: Congrats on 1st NFL win, at Lambeau no less|
Ryan Newman: Vaults from 10th to 3rd in NASCAR's playoffs
Oklahoma City: Temporary home of the N.O. Hornets?
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Mike Tice: Hot Seat alert! Hey, Ziggy: Fire this guy soon!|
Joey Harrington: 5 INTs? Let the Orlovsky Watch begin
Oklahoma: Out of Top 25 (finally) after trouncing at UCLA
CFB Wknd Wrap
Weekend's top developments:
*Irish bandwagon derailed!
*Gators gritty, but overrated
*L'ville: 63 pts? Rose-worthy
*In fact, Oklahoma does stink
*Vandy! (Yes! See below.)
Quickie Top 10 Ballot:
1 Texas | 2 USC | 3 L'ville
4 Va. Tech | 5 Florida
6 LSU | 7 Purdue | 8 Cal
9 Ohio St. | 10* Vandy!
(* -- Honorary spot)
(*That's right: Vanderbilt, which appears to be
having one of Those Years, behind Heisman-ish QB Jay
Cutler. Vandy is 3-0, with two cream puffs next. Now's
the time to get on the bandwagon!)
(1) Brian Brohm, QB, L'ville
(2) Leinart/Bush, QB/RB, USC
(3) Brady Quinn, QB, ND
(4) Reggie McNeal, QB, TX A&M
(5) Jay Cutler, QB, Vandy
MLB: AL Watch
The Yankees' not capitalizing on
Boston's loss is only one dramatic dynamic; Boston
now has the same record as WC-leading
The AL East runner-up better pray for a White Sox
collapse. Because otherwise, that 2nd-place East team
ain't making the playoffs, and it could very well be
the defending champs, only 1.5 games ahead of
ChiSox Collapse Watch: The Indians and ChiSox
play a 3-game series in Chicago, with the Tribe
trailing the White Sox by 3.5 games.
MLB: NL Watch
Marlins snap 4-game L streak and beat
their WC-rival from Philly, but -- as expected -- the
weekend battle of attrition left both in a tough
position behind the Astros, who have won 5
The Phillies are 1.5 GB.
The Marlins are 2.5 GB.
(The Nats? Forget 'em.)
Meanwhile, Bonds: 705! With very little chance
of catching the Padres, at least Giants fans can enjoy
Bonds HRs into McCovey Cove.
Let's see: The woeful Bears and sorry Lions lead the
division at 1-1; the 0-2 Packers just lost to the
Browns (at Lambeau); and the 0-2 Vikings are a mess.
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Rangers power: Set MLB record with 150 HRs at home;
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Tons of credit to Jets WR Laveranues Coles, defying
the NFL's hyper-macho culture to tell his story of
being sexually abused as a kid.
Congrats to golf fan fave Jason Gore, who won his
first PGA tournament (84 Lumber Classic). So, what
size garish red blazer does he wear?
WNBA: Sheryl Swoopes named MVP for 3rd time; Monarchs
take a 2-1 lead in Finals.
If you haven't yet, tonight's Saints game is as good a
time as any to make a donation to Katrina