and Shaun Alexander:
Why were they the consensus 1-2 picks of fantasy
football? Because of games like Sunday: LT had 192
yards and 3 TDs (1 pass!); Shaun had 4 TDs, 140 yds.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Too early in the NFL season to
definitively proclaim anything? Come on! Quickie-style
Instant History demands nothing less! For
Cincinnati is the NFL's best!
Despite the Pats' typically clutch win over the
Steelers in Pittsburgh, I'll argue that -- this week
-- the Bengals are the best team in the NFL.
The Steelers were clearly overrated (and out-coached,
as usual), and the Pats need to spend this upcoming
week finding a replacement for the injured DB Rodney
Harrison before they take on LaDanian and Co.
Because if they played this week, the Pats would get
beat by the Bengals' balance: An emerging offense
(which put up 24 on a VERY good Bears D) and its
restless D (5 INTs for the 2nd straight game).
That's not meant to say the Pats aren't a great team
(Tom Brady's 12-for-12 finish was awesome); it's just
that, for now, the Bengals are better.
Cadillac is s-i-c-k! 158 yards breaks
NFL record for rush yards in first three games of a
career. It's not that he should have been taken over
Ronnie Brown; it's that he should have been taken No.
Green Bay is s-i-c-k-l-y! Put it this
way: The Bucs beat the Packers at Lambeau for the
first time in 13 games. Fire Sherman?
Culpepper stinks! In W3's biggest "statement"
game, Daunte threw for 300 (and 0 INTs) in win over
Team Formerly Known As America's Team.
Mid-week injuries matter!
McNabb (chest): 365 yds, 2TD
Vick (hammy) 64 rush yds, 2TD
Leftwich (pick 'em): GW OT TD
Panthers are contenders!
Real thing loss to Miami proves is that the
Pats can't be THAT good if they lost to a team as
inconsistent as Carolina.
Colts D still better than O!
it: The D is improved (16 pts allowed in 3G). It's
okay for the O to show up any time now.
Cowboys have a backbone! After Monday
night's debacle, Dallas is on the right side of a
double-digit 4th-quarter comeback.
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Chris DiMarco: 15-foot putt on 18 seals Prez Cup for U.S.|
David Akers: Eagles K injured early, returns to hit G-W FG
J. Johnson: Wins at Dover to take over NASCAR pts lead
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Michigan: Out of CFB rankings for first time in 114 weeks
New BCS "human" poll: Can the system get worse? You bet...
MLB Pennant Mania
AL East: Unit pitches tonight for NYY,
Schilling for BOS. Just preparation for next
Saturday's Matchup of the Year. With wins today, both
teams can move into a WC tie with idle CLE.
AL Central: Chokers a week ago, the White Sox
showed grit in winning three games this weekend vs.
Minnesota. CLE lost to KC, putting them 2.5 GB with 6
to play, helplessly idle today as the ChiSox play
AL West: Is it too melodramatic to say that the
A's (4 GB) must win tonight in their series-opener at
home vs. the Angels? (No.)
NL Wild: Down just 1 game to HOU with 6 to
play, the Phillies are doing everything possible to
set their fans up for disappointment.
CFB Wknd Wrap
"The Big Three": USC, Texas and VA Tech
are clearly the elite of the Top 25, and you can
already see the "three unbeatens" scenario looming on
the BCS horizon.
Quickie Top 10 Ballot:
1 USC | 2 Texas | 3 VA Tech
4 Florida | 5 Michigan St
6 LSU | 7 Cal | 8 Ohio St
9 Fla St | 10 Miami/Georgia
Who's NOT No. 1: Louisville. Yes, this
was my pick to face USC in the Rose Bowl. And
Purdue: Best of Big Ten? Wrong.
Heisman: Laurence Maroney. The Minnesota RB put
up a weekend-best 217 yards on the best rushing D in
the country. (But Reggie Bush is my No. 1
contender, until further notice.)
Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Florida at Alabama. Of all the remaining games
on the Gators' schedule (at LSU and home vs. Fla St,
included), this is the toughest.
KANSAS CITY -- The hot topic in Chiefs
country (and fantasy leagues) is the double-threat
backfield of Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson. The
bigger reason to watch is to see if the new-n-improved
Chiefs D is for real. (9, ABC)
MNF: CFB Edition!
I would have LOVED to have seen
Tennessee, in a snit, actually forfeit their game to
LSU. Instead, they'll have a ready-made excuse when
they lose a second straight SEC game on the road to a
Top 10 foe. (7:30, ESPN2)
Will reportedly get a 4-game ban for substance-abuse
policy violation. So maybe THAT'S why the Bills got
rid of him...
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|Ah, you doubters...|
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|Grit out a big tough W|
|Caddy rolls/KC rising?|
I had a hard time getting into the President's Cup. If
you're like me, Jason Sobel's analysis is Must-Read to
get a handle on why it's compelling.|
Derek Jeter gets hate letters: And these are the
scary, race-hating kind, not the typical ones that Red
Sox fans want to send from the barstools.
AJ Burnett isn't happy with his soon-to-be-ex-team:
"We play scared, we manage scared, we coach scared,
and I'm sick of it, man."
More Burnett: "It's depressing around here... It's
like they expect us to mess up."
Still more Burnett: "Guys are out there busting their
[butts], yet you still hear negativity. I'm not saying
no names, just too much negativity."
Did you expect me to talk about Joe Paterno at 4-0?
Having been at the game cheering for N'western, the
ending was too brutal to dredge up again.