Don't stop 'til you get enough: "Home videos" on display tonight ("Jacko Gone Wild"?). Still better than "OJTV."
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Last night's two leading scorers were
on teams that lost, reversing Game 1 trends. What does
that say? The double-nickel (or Bonzi Wells' 45 or
T-Mac's 46) is a great show but spreading the wealth
Take a lesson from Mr. 55 himself: When his
teammates pick up the slack, AI is happy to "settle"
Same story in Dallas: Dirk gets "only" 25,
but Nash and Finley chip in 45, negating Bonzi's solo
effort for Portland.
Familiar McGrady playoff story: Forget the
stolen Game 1; Detroit will let him do whatever he
wants if the rest of his team stays impotent.
The Lesson: Love those inflated individual
scoring nights as theater, but productive second and
third options (see Hudson, Troy) bring Ws.
Palmer to Bengals
Is there anything more anti-climactic in
the NFL than the draft-podium
selection and announcement of a guy who signed three days
What if: Inspired by Cincy's pre-draft
deal with top pick Carson Palmer, teams down the line
frenetically signed players over next two days: Lions,
Charles Rogers ... Texans, Andre Johnson ...Bears,
The Upshot: By Saturday, 1st round is done;
instead of endless 15 minutes between picks, it's
snapped out in a half-hour and everyone ambles over to
the hospitality parties.
16-0?! At the rate they are going, the
Yankees' starting pitchers will be the AL's All-Star
It's not even interesting anymore, just
embarrassing for the rest of the league, so the
||"WISHING FOR MOCK DRAFT ACCOUNTABILITY" EDITION
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR TODAY|
1 In L.A., Lakers will show T-Wolves they ain't in Minny|
2 Can Ducks keep momentum? West semi Game 1 in Dallas
3 Palmer in Cincy, Lions on clock. Will they sign Rogers?
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 OJTV: His lawyers say he's not even involved. Deja vu|
2 Henderson's return: Newark. Good seats still available
3 Rumors of Greg Maddux's demise: He's back, baby
drama shifts to the buildup for Rocket Clemens' 300th
win (three away after last night).
So it turns out the Tigers have been
playing coy all this time, waiting to pick their
spots for the Ws, like yesterday: In Oakland ... beating
Cy Zito, 4-1 ... with previously awful (suddenly unhittable)
rookie Jeremy Bonderman. Break 'em up!
Prediction: Inspired by the win, the Tigers
play at least .250 ball between now and the All-Star
break. For them, that's turning the corner.
BYOP: Bring your own pen: Baseball
officials now say players visiting Toronto can
sign autographs, but players should use their own
pens. Whew! Good to see they're not
No policy yet on hook-ups with local groupies.
"What the hell am I doing here?" was
what 63-year-old Mario Andretti, back in a car after
a nine-year break, said he was thinking as his Indy
test car flipped going 200 mph Everyone else
thinking the same thing.
Surprise, surprise: The BCS system
won't be changed this year, but the committee
did discuss post-'05 options: Keep present
system (dud); post-BCS title game (why have BCS?); old
system (let media and coaches decide champ? Funny!);
If he can't figure out why he lost to Ben Wallace for NBA's top defender, check the stats for "offenders."
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'Mercy' update: States officially get
option of adopting mercy rule in h.s. hoops. Hopefully, an
end to 100-12 games ...|
Expos attendance watch: 37K for Tuesday's opener was blip; 6,400 last night more like it ...
Watch this Adam Eaton kid: Padres P broke out yesterday
with 12 Ks, blanking Cubs ...
No sanity cap: The Raiders spent more than $33M in
legal fees between '97 and '01, AP reports. (Does that
even count the logo thing?) ...
Growing pains: Alan Thicke lost five teeth in celeb
hockey warm-up ...