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Two Words For You:
With a quarter of the NFL season in the
books, is it too early to have a quarterlife crisis?
I'm talking to you, Pats fans ...
Pats: Champs in trouble?
Pats Nation will throw up excuses, but the team was
thumped on both sides of the ball. Injuries? OK, but
an ugly L is still an ugly L.
I'm not saying the Pats can't (or won't) regroup, but
that Week 7 bye can't come too soon with no evident
solution for the missing Rodney Harrison and upcoming
games at Atlanta and at Denver.
Let's leave it this way: Things are looking a lot
better today for that other team from
Watch fans in Boston conveniently ignore the next few
weeks of problems with the Pats to concentrate on the
More quarterlife notes:
Colts: The NFL's best team?
The D established itself weeks ago; fans were simply
waiting on the O to finally click. It did, and no team
has a better combo right now.
Eagles: What McNabb injury?
For the last 3 weeks, fans have been waiting for
Donovan McNabb's injuries to ground his performance.
He keeps tossing 3 bills. Stick with McNabb.
Falcons: How hurt is Vick?
With the Pats, wounded and bitter, coming to town next
week, it's a particularly bad time for a Vick knee
injury. Then again, when is? (Sunday X-ray negative,
MRI today, but sounds like he'll play next
Bengals bandwagon rolls on?
4-0 is 4-0, but beating the Texans 16-10 won't win over any doubters.
Winning at JAX next Sunday night might.
Bucs: Do you believe in 'em?
If you look at their remaining schedule of cupcakes
and question marks, they could go 13-3 without ever
having to answer that question.
Saints: Home sweet dome?
Commissioner Tagliabue, the Saints called, and they'd
like that "home" date in NY back, re-played in the
friendly confines of San Antonio.
Giants: NFC's top surprise?
Someone turned Eli into Peyton and Burress into
Harrison, and all of a sudden the Giants are in the
NFC upper echelon with the Eagles and Bucs.
Skins: Worst 3-0 team ever?
It's a fair question, since they've outscored their opponents by just 6 points. But at this rate, they'll "Worst"
their way into the freakin' playoffs.
B. Bollinger: Not an answer.
Jags: Not ready for big time.
Yes, the Chiefs D does stink.
KNEW Raiders better than 0-3.
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Allan Bristow: Hornets GM steps down, mercifully (health)
Roy Jones: Beat by Antonio Tarver (again); career over?
Well, the regular-season final weekend
turned out to be a dud. And it's not like the Yankees
and Red Sox can top 2004.
So, outside of New York and Boston (and MLB HQ), who
doesn't want to see the Angels and White Sox advance?
(No takers? Ah well. Had to ask.)
White Sox/Red Sox: If novelty is your thing,
Chicago as champs would be even more so than Boston in
'04. Of course, no one gives the South Siders a
chance. Nor should they.
(Pick: Red Sox in
Angels/Yankees: Still baffled at how New York
won the division. Weren't they done? Colon and
Lackey could put NY in an 0-2 hole before Randy
Johnson pitches again. But I've learned my lesson.
(Pick: Yankees in 5.)
Braves and Cards? Yawn! Give me the wild card
and Team .500, who each bring way more cachet (and
short-series pitching advantages!)
Braves/Astros: Pettitte, Clemens, Oswalt? Who
cares if the team can't score. Neither will Atlanta,
which flip-flopped Hudson into G1 and Smoltz to
(Pick: Astros in 5.)
Cards/Padres: No self-respecting ironist can
root against the team with 82 wins; Padres ace Peavy and
ex-Cards playoff vet Williams lead the upset.
All that talk a few weeks ago about the
White Sox choking and the inevitability of an Indians
playoff spot looks awfully dumb now, after Cleveland
managed to pull the Choke of the Year in MLB.
The Indians couldn't even take it to a one-game playoff. And all they had to do was beat the equivalent
of a Triple-A team. Fans should be ticked.
Let's only hope this week's collapse serves to
motivate the team for 2006, as opposed to
psychologically scarring this promising group for
CFB Wknd Wrap
Who's NOT No. 1 Update:
Florida, Mich St. and Ariz St.
* The Gators were exposed by a very underrated Alabama.
(Give 'Bama credit this week for the W, but losing WR
Prothro to injury will be huge.)
* The Spartans can't mentally get past their rivals
from Ann Arbor. My gosh: Is Penn St. the Big Ten's team
to beat?! (Not yet: watch Wisconsin.)
* The Sun Devils gave all "Anyone But USC" campers
hope, but all the Trojans did is remind everyone
precisely WHY they're No. 1 without dispute.
Quickie Top 10 Ballot:
1 USC | 2 Texas | 3 VA Tech
4 Alabama | 5 Fla St | 6 Cal
7 Miami | 8 Notre Dame
9 Georgia | 10 Wisco/OH St
Trendy Heisman: LenDale White
OK, Reggie Bush is on another plane, but how about
some love for the other USC RB, who piled up
nearly 200 yards and two key TDs.
Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Texas vs. Oklahoma: The 'Horns aren't really
legit until they win this one. (Plus: Ohio St./Penn St.,
MNF: GB at CAR
Admit it: You want to see just how bad
this train wreck of a (possibly final) season for
Brett Favre will become. With a game on the road at
one of the tougher teams in the NFC, bad begets worse.
(9 ET, ABC)
Daunte Culpepper was sacked 9 times, had 3 turnovers and has a knee problem that's likely causing it all. Matters to the "Fire Tice" bandwagon? Unlikely.
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DS pitching: The Braves will start Hudson in G1
(Smoltz in G2 in a classic vs. Clemens); Boston will
go Clement, Wells, Wakefield, THEN Schilling.
Is Mike Piazza done as a Met? He kind of HAS to
continue his career as a DH in the AL, doesn't he?
Meanwhile, look for him as a TV guy on ESPN.
Call them the anti-Indians: The Nationals may have
faded in the 2nd half, but their 1st half was
thrilling and a .500 final record is
Jimmy Rollins' hit streak is 36, and if he continues
it in 2006, it'll be recorded as a streak held over 2
seasons. File that controversy away.
The NL Cy Young battle between Carpenter, Willis and
Clemens ends hazy; biggest line on Clemens' resume? He
led the NL in ERA at 43.