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How could anyone have seen Kobe Bryant's
NBA-record 3-pointer onslaught coming? Last
Saturday, he was 0-for-8 in a loss to the Suns. Last
night, however, when he hit 12 -- including nine in a
row -- it was the most impressive distance-shooting
performance in pro-hoops history. Watching the
replays, the jaw-dropping thing is how many shots he
made with Sonics up in his grill. It's like that old
Reebok hoops ad: "Dunks are nice ... but when a
35-footer comes raining out of the sky," Kobe extends
the case that he's the best player in the League.
So long, 3-D:
After Kobe's performance, you need a forensic
investigator to find the remaining traces of
ex-record-holder Dennis Scott. They include DNA
samples found in some crumpled-up fast-food wrappers
and a few partial fingerprints on the passenger-side
door of Shaq's Bentley.
NFL commish Tags said the league will review
all aspects of officiating during the offseason,
following the Giants-Niners debacle. The league should
take a page from the NBA: All final plays of the
game that potentially affect the outcome should be
automatically reviewed by the entire officiating
crew. Who could side against having more
accurate and fair results from that?
Is this like that HUD thing?
There's a crazy tidbit from the New Jersey
local-legislature scene: One pol is calling for the
NFL to let the Giants host the 2006 Super Bowl to make
up for the lost tax revenue from not having the
players involved in another week's worth of games.
Hall of Hair
Maybe if Ryne Sandberg had porn-star-style
curly locks like Gary Carter and Eddie Murray had
in their heydays, he would have ended up on more than
50 percent of the ballots. The Hall works more like
the Oscars than the Peoples' Choice. Not saying
||"JOE MILLIONAIRE A.K.A. BIG DECEPTION" EDITION
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1. Donovan Millionaire: Reid holding AJ out as super-sub?|
2. Kobe Millionaire: All along, modeling game after Legler
3. Amare Millionaire: 4 points last night? Man-child or boy?
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1. Ryne Millionaire: You're so in! (Actually, not even close)|
2. Jeremy Millionaire: No Rookie award. Shocker.
3. Xavier Millionaire: Final Four contender, 'til PG got hurt
that popularity should be a big factor (though anytime
"All-Star starter" is mentioned as criteria, that's
what's happening), but the lack of transparency in the
voting process is a joke. Publish all the ballots and
let the writers defend their decisions (to their
credit, some already do).
One of the biggest questions coming out of Tuesday's
announcement: Which hat will Carter wear -- the Expos
(making it the first Expos hat in the Hall) or the Mets
(could be only '86 guy to make it)? Forget for a
second about the ludicrousness that the Hall picks the
hat for the player; the Expos' novelty, given the team's imminent relocation, and current
fashion relevance makes it the easy choice.
Falcons DB Ray Buchanan said he'd probably
rather play Donovan McNabb because he's not as mobile right now as AJ Feeley. He'll find out;
McNabb was named the starter and remained quietly
understated about how he's feeling. That's
scarier than a loud reply, so here's the first flip-flop from Monday's crack-smoking predictions: Eagles win.
Former "Hard Knocks" star Dave Campo met with Seattle
yesterday about the open d-coordinator job, but with
coaching pal Butch Davis looking for help in Cleveland
after the retirement of Foge Fazio, he's reportedly
more likely to end up with the Browns than the
Seahawks ... Speaking of defense, after managing the
NFL's 26th-ranked D, first-year Vikings coordinator
Willie Shaw was dumped. One report out of Minny
attributes the decision partly to Shaw's aversion to
using new technology. So he won't be reading this ... He was replaced with George "C.V." O'Leary, who --
surprise -- got no love from colleges for head-coach openings.
||Nolan Richardson III:
Tenn. State coach gives new meaning to "on the firing line."
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Which wet-n-wild beer-ad ending do you watch: "Let's
fight" or "Let's make out"? ...|
Celebrate now, Mr. Portis: Watch RB-happy Denver draft
newly eligible LSU stud LaBrandon Toefield ...
Sizzling MJ will rack up 40 on Bulls in DC tonight ...
No Britney: Shania Twain will be the Super Bowl
halftime entertainment ...
BET on him: Ed Tapscott tabbed to run Charlotte NBA
The "Serena Slam" is on; she's No. 1 seed in Aussie
Early Grammy picks: Eminem, Norah, Boss ...
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