74-year-old duffer aced two consecutive holes on Monday;
ex-NFL ref Jerry Seeman in his foursome.
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Two Words For You:
A whole lot of raging hype will come to a
screeching halt if Mike Vick, Chad Pennington, Jeff
Garcia and Tommy Maddox are knocked out, but this
season, one not pulling an upset would be the
That footage of Titans coach Steve Watterson, Steelers
LB Joey Porter and the hot soup is unquestionably
damning. Nevertheless: Titans 26, Steelers 17.
Vick is awesome, but Eagles' D not like Packers' D:
Eagles 23, Falcons 10. Sapp vs. Owens is trash-talk
event of the year: Bucs 18, 49ers 13. Who else
thinks Chad Pennington is due to be crushed under
weight of expectations? Raiders 35, Jets 27
(For the record: 3-for-4 on flip-flopping from
Monday's picks based on post-wild card giddiness.)
What If It's a Tie?
In a move that would more than make up for his disastrous decision to end last year's
All-Star Game in a tie, baseball commissioner Bud
Selig will tell baseball owners next week that he
intends to give the league that wins the All-Star Game
home-field advantage for the World Series, according
to USA Today.
This is no joke: The team with that advantage has won
22 of the last 34 titles. With something actually on
the line, let's forecast the controversy: Managers
leaving more than a few players on the bench (combined
with the notion to increase roster sizes), while
keeping the best of the best in the game longer.
Giants offensive coordinator Sean Payton is
leaving New York to become QB coach in Dallas for Bill
Parcells, according to several reports. Once a rising
star, Payton lost his play-calling responsibilities
after the Giants scored just seven TDs
in the team's first seven games. Head
coach Jim Fassel took over and oversaw 26 TDs in the team's last
nine regular-season games. Maybe Payton hasn't lost
his touch, but Chad Hutchinson is no Kerry Collins.
||"I'D LIKE TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE" EDITION
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1. Is there a "D," please: Eagles-Vick marquee matchup|
2. 1 "T", 1 "D" in "ChaD PenningTon": How many in game?
3. "Bankrupt": League prays for no ref controversy
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1. Phrase: S-T-I-L-L M-A-D A-B-O-U-T T-H-E G-I-A-N-T-S|
2. Is there a "T.O.": Time to stop Owens-bashing
3. Event: W-A-C-K-Y R-E-S-U-L-T-S
As Cincy Turns ...
Marvin Lewis is in Cincinnati this morning to continue
a second interview he started yesterday, the
Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting. Tom Coughlin had his
second interview yesterday afternoon, and reportedly
laid out a vision for the team that was support-staff
heavy (not exactly Mike Brown's favorite idea).
Washington Post is saying that Lewis has "emerged as
the team's top candidate" and is close to being
offered the job. But the Enquirer says Brown
apparently wants to have another conversation with
Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, if
Pittsburgh loses on Saturday. Is there anything loaded
with more subterfuge than the NFL coaching rumor mill?
For more on all the NFL coaching rumors, check out ESPN Insider.
Yao Rocks Vote
With NBA All-Star voting ending Sunday, Yao is
punishing Shaq for the starting center spot in the
West. Thanks in part presumably to the Chinese vote, Yao is one of four
players to top a million votes (others: Kobe, T-Mac
inexplicable Vince Carter, who has missed most
of the season with injury). Wait 'til '04, when a
couple million Chinese log on to vote in the entire
Rockets starting five. It will make MLB All-Star
ballot-stuffing look minor league.
The "Sergio" Rule
The PGA's new crackdown on slow play has the
Mercedes Championships field talking, the AP reports.
Previously, players got two warnings per round to play a shot
within 40 seconds (the first player has a minute)
before being penalized a stroke. Now, it's one
warning, then the penalty and a fine. Best golf-TV
idea ever: A shot-clock for viewers when player has 10
seconds left, just like the NBA.
Jim Furyk, who has a house a tee-shot's length from
the course, shares the Mercedes Championships lead
with Ernie Els. If he's cool, he'll throw a
Put the spank on Sac-to last year; pounded by 36 at home last night.
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