||Bucs WR Joe Jurevicius:
Just got to San Diego, bringing along a heart-warming real-time parenthood story, uncanny ability in the clutch -- and fresh quotes.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
As the usual stories cycle and recycle through
the system -- Raiders O vs. Bucs D, Chucky Gruden vs.
Disciple Callahan, yada yada yada, then they played
the Super Bowl -- here's a noteworthy
The two teams asked for -- and got -- permission
to close their practices to the media for a half-hour.
This limitation is reportedly the first in 19 years
since "pool reporters" (a handful of representatives
who file dispatches from practice to the media masses)
were allowed to watch the entire practice.
The NFL said the restriction came after both teams
raised "legitimate concerns," which smacks of
irrational paranoia -- as if there is some Big Secret,
and -- shh! -- its reporting will win the game for the
On the Other Hand
Details of the pool coverage suggest that its
value is limited. According to the AP, there's an
ongoing "gentlemen's agreement" to stick only to
generalities -- and the two teams have always had
final editing say on the pool report, anyway. Missing
out on that extra 30 minutes of team-censored
journalism will really leave fans underserved this
Critics Speak Out
The key critics of the NFL's hiring practices
-- Johnnie Cochran and Cyrus Mehri -- showed up in San
Diego, and they weren't afraid to point fingers.
Saying the league "can do better," they called out the
Jaguars for talking big about hiring a head coach with
previous head-coaching experience and a focus on
offense, then reversing and picking Jack Del Rio, a
defensive coordinator without head-coaching
experience. It's an interesting case study: When the
team changed its criteria, shouldn't it have at least
chatted with minority candidates with experience
similar to Del Rio?
So Pete Rose is "willing to admit" he bet on
baseball, if he gets a full reinstatement. If
he has been denying it (uh, lying) all these
years, does baseball really have to bargain on that
||"STILL TALKING ABOUT ..." EDITION
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1. Bucs team motto: "Pound the Rock"|
2. Old guys: Woodson, Rice Appreciation Week
3. Roddick/El Aynaoui: Still recovering
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1. Sapp-Middleton: How 'bout some hostility?|
2. Al Davis: We won't make you come out to play
3. Raiders fans who play "dress-up"
doesn't Rose show some good faith and a
little honorability and admit it -- without a deal? A
token of sincere remorse would be a positive
development, rather than this farcical tit-for-tat --
as if he's doing baseball a favor by 'fessing up.
Not since the Yankees lost to the Angels or
Notre Dame lost to Boston College have the Masses Who
Can't Stand the Wildly Successful Teams had as much
fun as last night, when both Kansas and Duke lost on
the road. For Duke, that's two in a row, but at least
N.C. State is an always-scrappy, underrated team;
what's the Jayhawks' excuse? They lost to Colorado for
the first time in almost 12 years. The nouveau-riche
Buffs have "NCAA Tourney" (and "Ripe for first-round
exit") written all over them.
Annika on PGA Tour
More dominating on the women's golf
tour than Tiger Woods has been on the men's side, LPGA
superstar Annika Sorenstam said she would be
interested in playing in a PGA Tour event. This would
be much bigger than Suzy Whaley qualifying for the
Greater Hartford Open; given the right course, Annika
is the female athlete best-positioned to give male counterparts serious competition in a major sport.
NBA All-Star Starters
Who needs Charles Barkley? What would
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell say when the NBA
All-Star starters are announced tonight? Here's a
guess, based on Eastern Conference starter
projections. Vince Carter: "You've got to be
kidding me. This is a joke, right?" Jermaine
O'Neal: "If 'All-Star' means 'one dimension on
offense,' he's a great choice." Ben Wallace: "Love his look, but it's like saying, 'We have no
interest in scoring.'" Allen Iverson: "And if
he would actually pass the ball, he might have a shot
at being on the Olympic team." Tracy McGrady:
"Truly, talent like I haven't seen since Kelly
And as for the West:
Duncan, Garnett, Bryant, Francis and Yao? Even Simon
would admit that this is about as good as it could get.
("Wait a second, stupid columnist: How could the
fans not vote in Chris Webber? The jury is in, and
he's guilty -- of being more worthy than
Let's review his day: Signed 10-day deal from NBDL with Hawks. Good. Hit OT buzzer-beater to tie game. Great. Showed same matador D that kept him from sticking in NBA the first time, allowing Bonzi Wells to glide for game-winning layup in 2OT. Whoops.
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John Lucas -- right up until he gets that first
Impressive would be "Serena Slam"; unprecedented is
four straight times the Williams SISTERS have appeared
in Slam-event finals ...
MJ passed Wilt for third on the all-time scoring list.
Uh, that's points ...
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15-year career because of it ...
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Tagliabue handed Jeremy Shockey the NFL's Rookie of
the Year award? ...
Summitt reached: Texas' Jody Conradt won her 800th
game last night ...
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new ban should begin when he comes
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to creepy Russ? ...