||Mighty Ducks G Jean-Sebastien Giguere:
The hottest Canadian export since Jamie Sale, setting a record with 63 saves in his playoff debut, as Anaheim shocked Detroit 2-1 in 3 OTs.
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Two Words For You:
Rain, rain, go away: Burk and Hootie
want to play.
Cramming 36 soggy holes into one day isn't the
Masters; it's the Augusta Marathon. (And it's more
likely two days, awkwardly pushing half of Saturday's
holes to Sunday and a couple extra to a commercially
dreaded "Monday finish.")
Short-hitters in trouble: Might as well join Arnie and Jack
on the "We're-Actually-Here-for-the-Free-Green-Windbreaker"
circuit, because by Saturday morning, the only players
still in it will be the ones that are long (visualization technique: Elin's legs).
Martha Burk needs numbers: Stuck way
outside shouting distance from the club, the only way
her Saturday protest doesn't fizzle (fo' shizzle) is
if she delivers a mass of participants on magnitude
of: "There was a protest and a golf major broke out."
Don't expect that -- the real buzz on this faded
Lakers Thump Kings
"It's not mental with us," C-Webb
insisted after last night's 117-104 loss, but you
don't really believe that, do you? The
far-more-talented Kings aren't toppling the Lakers in
the conference finals -- the tantalizing collision
course they're on, now that L.A. has moved into the 5th spot. And the reason is entirely mental.
With the Ducks' 3 OT upset over the defending
champs as the headliner, all four road teams
won last night. If you aren't paying attention yet
(come on, you can admit it), all signs point to more
thrills if you start now.
Book this prediction: Newly minted
Olympian Allen Iverson
||"MOTHER NATURE SHOUT-OUT TO HOOTIE" EDITION
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1 New Hampshire hockey: Play def. champ Minny for title|
2 UNC AD talking w/ Roy: Hope he apologizes for timing
3 Big Royals Machine: Streak heads to Cleveland for 4
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1 D. Wells book-related questions: 3-hitter helps, too|
2 Georgia hoops coach search: But cleanup just starting
3 Leisurely Masters pace: Call it a "Cram Course"
will lead the U.S. team in
scoring -- and assists.
Meanwhile: Jermaine O'Neal was schooled so badly
last summer by basically every other big man on the
planet, I'm not sure how he "earned" another spot.
Puerto Rico ... Ho!
A brand new opportunity for road-trip
hi-jinks: The Mets and Expos play the first
of Montreal's 22 "home" games in San Juan this
weekend. If you thought this idea was smart because it
tapped that P.R. "fervor" for U.S. baseball, great
seats are still available.
Meanwhile: Unsurprisingly, the Expos ranked
last in value among MLB franchises at $113M, according
to Forbes mag. One guess which franchise was first ...
Bobby Bowden's got to go: The NCAA
polices ticky-tack violators with zeal, yet seems to
morass that is Florida State football.
Speaking of police: The "Nole-Blazers" racked
up another All-Blotter candidate Thursday when an FSU
reserve was charged with sexual assault.
Bull Durham II
Can't wait to see how he announces his
presence: John Rocker might inspire "Bull Durham"
nostalgia (filling vacuum of the cancellation of the
official anniversary party, see DQ'ed) when he
suits up for Durham after signing an Triple-A contract with
the D-Rays. Susan Sarandon's "Annie" was too educated
for him, anyway.
||Baseball HOF prez Dale Petroskey:
Getting skewered for canceling Hall's "Bull Durham" celebration. Tim Robbins wrote him: "You belong in ... hall of shame."
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|Stanley Cup playoffs|
Lakers-Mavs first round: Suddenly blah. Doesn't
Blazers-Spurs-Kings sounds like a more fun Finals
route for L.A.? ...|
If Tyson can get a NJ license, he'll fight on June
undercard for Lewis main event ...
Seriously, who keeps insisting that Armando Benitez
deserves to close games? ...
Kentucky is offering Tubby a contract extension, but
are these things really worth anything if a more
desirable job comes along? ...
Yankees may be most valuable team (by a lot), but
Mariners were most profitable ...
Shaq's "Flat-Tire Gate": The guy has, like, 50
ridiculoulsly expensive cars and no roadside-service
Martha says "protest with pocketbooks." OK, twist my
arm: I'll skip buying the $75 commemorative ball