March 19, 2003
The ageless Morten Andersen:
At 42, signs a FOUR-year deal to kick for the Chiefs. That's nothing: He indicated he wants to kick until he's 50.
 
 
 
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
PLAY.  ON.

While war is on everyone's minds, the NCAA decided that its usual Madness is appropriate normalcy in uncertain times.

Based on nearly 20,000 votes in yesterday's Quickie poll, more than 70 percent of fans want the same thing. The NCAA Tournament will definitely provide people with a release from the news elsewhere.

Just wondering: If this was October, would Brand have cancelled or postponed a less logistically challenging college football Saturday? (For the same reasons the Tournament is as-usual, I hope he wouldn't have.)

Plus: Play. IN.
Meanwhile, the Big Dance is off to an appropriately thrilling start. UNC-Asheville, in OT no less, continued its magical sub-.500 season, beating Texas Southern in the vestigial 64 vs. 65 "play-in" game and winning the right to get stomped by South Region No. 1 seed Texas on Friday.

How is it that I'm already out of my pools?

No Japan for MLB
With much different circumstances, baseball cancelled the A's/Mariners series in Japan. Overseas travel is an impossibly heavy strain for teams and players given the high levels of international uncertainty right now. There is no indication, however, that MLB will alter the rest of its regular-season schedule.

NFL Draft: C. Rogers
NFL draft stud WR Charles Rogers put on the jets at a workout yesterday, running the 40 in 4.26 to 4.38, depending on

"SECOND-GUESSING MY SPOKANE PODS" EDITION
CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:
1 Roy Jones would fight Tyson ... for $100M. Oh, me too
2 NHL Atlantic Madness: NJ nudges ahead via shutout
3 Hot assistant coach: Maryland's Dave Dickerson
CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:
1 NFL playoff '03 expansion: But it's "when" not "if"
2 "Villanova 7": But more shorthand coming next year!
3 Oscars' Red Carpet tradition: Will be "truncated"
 
which scout with a vested interest in misdirection you ask.

He reportedly had the dropsies and the bobbles to go with the speed -- not quite "Renaldo Nehemiah," but enough to notice. But everyone was too busy staring at the timer to mind.

Hughes Wins Sullivan
The nation's top award for 2002 amateur athletes, the Sullivan, was given to Sarah Hughes yesterday. I've really got my fingers crossed for St. Bonaventure next year. Oh, wait, that's the Sully.

NFL Cologne
Now that the NFL has licensed its logo for cologne and body wash, here are a few guaranteed-to-sell fragrance names: "Franchise Tag," "Wild-Card Weekend," "Pat

This Butt," "Smells Like Team Spirit."

Names to avoid: "First-Round Bye," "Mornhinweg Fresh," "Super Bowl Stink" (available only in Bay Area).

Rock Beats Scissors
Thanks to Page 2 "List" guru Jeff Merron for flagging this "In Case You Missed It": An Oakland woman won the second World Rock Scissors Paper Society world championship this weekend. Maybe the method can help me with my last-minute bracket-picking waffling ...

Tennessee:
Losing at home to G'town in first round of NIT doesn't evoke sympathy over Sunday's burst NCAA bubble.
 
 
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Ricky Davis only 4 turnovers short of triple-double; surprised he didn't throw Mavs a few passes ...

The hoops Hall wants LeBron's high-school stuff. But will he be a HOF pro (or just a HOF marketer)? ...

Too immersed in brackets: When did Allan Houston (36 against Spurs) become Kobe? ...

Best wishes to Rudy T for a speedy and full recovery...

Back by demand, Upset Specials (2nd-Rd Edition): LSU over Texas, Tulsa over Wisc (Not: 'Zaga over 'Zona, St. Joe's over Wake) ...

Thursday: A special-edition Tourney Quickie, updated throughout the afternoon ...


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