For the casual women's college hoops fan, these are the marquee teams, so this was the matchup that had to happen. Should be a classic.
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Best frosh in 'Cuse history? Best frosh in Big
East history? Stop dancing around it: Using a
hazy formula of "skills plus impact times Tournament record,"
Carmelo nets out as the men's best freshman
Runners up (anticipating outraged emails):
Webber, Ewing, Kenny Anderson, Pervis, Pearl Washingron, Chris
The Big Game
Who deserves the title more, Roy
Williams or Jim Boeheim: Roy perennially has had
better teams, so deserves the break due to his bigger underachievement. Like '96, Boeheim can enjoy
satisfaction at just having made it this far.
Comparisons to '88: Go ahead and compare Carmelo/Syracuse to
Manning/Kansas in '88, but doesn't this Kansas team
resemble that Oklahoma team Manning beat: Seemingly
unstoppable fastbreak, marquee inside-outside game
(King/Blaylock vs. Collison/Hinrich).
Nevertheless: Kansas' quick-strike is
too much. (Coming tomorrow: Roy-to-UNC rumors frenzy,
ruining yet another week for him.)
NBA: Big Ben Hurt
Is Pistons' Ben Wallace the NBA's most valuable
player? We'll see; knee sprain Sunday might keep him
out for season. Resulting Detroit tailspin probably
not the way they will want to prove his value.
Not like he was carrying them anywhere anyway:
Vince Carter, the NBA's Ken Griffey, will likely miss
the rest of the season with an ankle sprain.
||"DOES IT HAVE TO BE JUST ONE SHINING MOMENT?" EDITION
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1 Has the Schilling-Unit combo lost its mojo?|
2 LeBron's shoe deal: Could top $50M, sneaker exec says
3 Byron Leftwich: Showcases healed leg for NFL today
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1 Doherty: "Foolishly underestimated" UNC politics (No!)|
2 Annika's mini-slump: Developing stride for Colonial
3 Monday's home openers for Indians, Yankees: Snow?!
NHL Playoff Seeds
All the Red Wings had to do was beat sorry
Chicago to wrap up the Western's top seed, but they
couldn't. When they lose Game 7 of the conference
finals in Dallas, Detroit can look back to yesterday's
4-3 OT loss.
Is emerging Pirates' ace Kris Benson as cool
as classic TV political operative Benson DuBois?
Probably not. But Benson (2-0) minces opponents like
Benson sliced up Clayton Endicott III in that classic
From a loyal Quickie reader: "Am I
the only person who pictures
"Tony Soprano's wife every
time announcers say, 'Carmelo?' "Sure, she could post
up Adriana, but I don't know if she has the toughness
to take on Dr. Melfi on the low blocks."
One Shizzle Mizzle
Top five rejected "re-branding" ideas for "One
Shining Moment": 1) One Shining 'Melo; 2) One
Hall-of-Fame Cheesy Song; 3) One Low Graduation Rate;
4) One Shizzle Mizzle; 5) One Money-Making Moment.
||Brewers and Tigers:
Will either 0-6 dud win their first game this week? Milw. off to scalding Pittsburgh (nope); Detroit hosting red-hot Royals (nope).
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Where was usually diligent NASCAR yesterday on Dale
Jr.'s suspect pass to win fourth straight at
Carmelo vs. LeBron for NBA No. 1 pick is non-debate,
but 'Melo vs. Darko for No. 2 will be red-hot ...
Forget uninspired races for NBA playoff 8th seeds:
Lakers are 1½ games out of 4th ...
With a win tonight, Syracuse captures the Big 12 title, right? ...
"Survivor" gambling scandal: If only Tourney pools
were such a sure thing ...
Today is the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition,
so if you're legal, feel free to exercise your right
to enjoy a cocktail during the game.