National Anthem most impressive thing about last
night's NBA Finals Game 3. But Nets, Spurs couldn't
clear a real high bar ...
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Two Words For You:
Who needs Jason Kidd? A week ago, the
Spurs' screw-Parker-get-Kidd-at-all-costs bandwagon
was rocking. But after Pepe Le Point's 26-and-6 last
night (the only part of the game that didn't make you
wince), what's important is not that he's out-playing
Kidd right now (Kidd's still better over a full
season); it's that Parker is good enough.
Good enough: To ascend to the top tier of NBA
points. To make last season's playoff revelation, Mike
Bibby, look tired. To allow the Spurs spend their
ample cap money on a big man. To repair U.S./France
relations (well, not that good). To lead the
Spurs to a title. Good enough.
Must-Watch: Game 7s
"One-and-done" playoff systems (i.e., NFL/NCAA
hoops) are great, but six games of pressure-cooker
build-up makes the NBA/MLB/NHL seven-game championship
series the most intense climax in sports.
Hockey even more than the others: Usually frustrating
lack of scoring (can't explain the last two games)
means "less is more"; a single shot could -- and will
-- be the difference.
Ducks 1, Devils 0 OT
What's the status of "Pick (or Flick) Rick?"
office-pools? Can I have a peek at his pool
sheet? Can I still get in?
(No more bets! say amateur office bookies ... um, social
facilitators, anticipating possible news today.
Predicts here he gets the boot.)
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|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Ducks at Devils: Game 7. Cup on line. 'Nuff said.|
2 Phillies at Angels: Double-dose of Anaheim sports
3 FBR Capital Open: Thanks to rain, final round today
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Tony Stewart: Pocono 500 win busts 27-race slump|
2 French Open: Wake me when Williams sibs hit Wimbledon
3 LPGA: Annika (LPGA Champ champ) just too good for rest
Pete Rose Sighting
Impressive that Pete Rose contained his usual
penchant for self-promotion while checking out a
couple rain-shortened innings on the down low at the
Reds game yesterday from some choice (but not
special-treatment) seats behind home plate. How cool
would it be to have him sitting next to you to break
Like suing the prom queen because she
picked to date the hunky football hero over you, the
nebbishy school Strat-o-Matic champ: ACC-spurned
Virginia Tech as part of the five-school
Big East suit
against Miami, BC and the ACC is a joke (if
Less funny: The ACC will agree that nothing
ruins a good league-poaching like litigious opponents.
Given weekend surge of pop interest in horse
racing, why wait until Aug. 23 for next Funny
Cide/Empire Maker matchup? How about a made-for-TV
1-on-1 (a la Seabiscuit and War Admiral)?
Has the presumptive No. 3 NBA draft pick been
displaced by 7-4 Euro-teen phenom Pavel Podkolzine?
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Congrats to Tony Awards Best Play, "Take Me Out," some
of the best writing about baseball you'll ever
Sosa Watch: Suspension-appeal hearing coming soon (not
that it'll help). But everyone was glad he played
series vs. Yankees ...
Jeff Van Gundy to decide soon between Rockets, Wizards
or more TV ...
Kudos to LeBron on getting his diploma, but "NBA
Graduate School" ain't like playing the kiddies ...
J-Lo near a deal to star in new comedy about awful
mom-in-law (see poll) ...