||U.S. Open rookie Tom Glissmeyer:
16-year-old is youngest player at Olympia Fields.
(Coincidentally, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" just named
No. 1 song of last 25 years by VH-1.)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Nets coach Byron Scott is doing his best Phil
Jackson impersonation, whining about the NBA Finals
officiating, which is what guys who are considered
players' coaches (like P-Jax) do when they're
Scott's real problem: His best player won't
touch that it's-the-refs'-fault line: Jason Kidd
rightfully pointed out that the team had to get more
"aggressive" going to the hoop.
Sounds like a not-so-subtle public message from star
to coach that the Nets need to tinker with their
strategy, not their excuses.
Appropriate VH-1 Top 100 Song? "Fight the Power" Public Enemy (No.
"Beat It" Michael Jackson (No. 40)
There are still hazy, conflicting reports out of
Seattle, but when general gabbery turns to the
standard Great Buy-Out Debate ("Give me my money" vs.
"'Just cause' means 'No payout'"), we're definitely in
the twilight of U-Dub's glorious Neuheisel Era.
"Are You Gonna Go My Way?" Lenny Kravitz
(No. 50) The ACC tabled its expansion vote
yesterday, with perhaps another shot at it tonight.
Cue ominous, maybe-this-won't-work-out music.
Meanwhile, the Virginia governor asked the NCAA to
step in and mediate, if step in and mediate
means Virginia Tech fans vote, so please make ACC
take them, too.
||"WHAT IS IT, SONG-RANKING SEASON?" Edition
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Spurs at Nets: Not MUST-win for New Jersey, but NEED-win|
2 Cards at Red Sox: Pedro returns for first start in month
3 Decision on Sosa appeal? Maybe (Don't expect leniency)
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Tiger in a slump? Go on and keep thinking that ...|
2 Yankees (Boss??) cut Wrigley fave RP Juan Acevedo
3 Van Gundy legend: Once intro'd by Rockets, just a coach
If ACC leaves Miami hanging:
'Canes should countersue Big East to go independent in football (a la Notre Dame), then cut sweet TV deal for telegenic team.
More NBA Finals
Matchup to Watch: Dikembe Mutombo vs. Malik
Rose After days of hearing about the facial he
took in Game 3, Deke has challenged the Spurs' portly
posterizer to just try to bring that weak, um,
stuff again. Of course, Deke has to see more
than scraps of PT to make good on his end.
"Say My Name" Destiny's Child (No. 79)
Rookie OF Baldelli was punked last night by his D-Rays
teammates, who secretly swapped his first name
"Rocco" onto the back of his jersey.
Idea: MLB should
do that for ALL players, for one day,
Highlight-Montage Top 5
The Top 5 songs you'd most want your
favorite team's highlights set to in a video
montage (choosing from VH-1's Top 100 list): (1)
Lose Yourself (Eminem, No. 4); (2) Don't
Stop Believin' (Journey, No. 49); (3) Mama Said
Knock You Out (LL Cool J, No. 73); (4) I Will
Survive (Gloria Gaynor, No. 44); (5) Hit Me
With Your Best Shot (Pat Benetar, No. 89).
||"205" area-code jerseys
Mothball the look made famous by Ruuu-ben; Idol won't
be sporting it anymore. (Thought those 'Bama digits
went passe with Mike Price?)
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Tulane trustees vote to keep athletics DI-A; opponents
who enjoy New Orleans road trip on schedule
If the Nets move to Long Island, can they expect the
same type of overwhelming support and cachet as the
Still looking for an American sports fan who cares
even slightly about the fate of international soccer
star David Beckham ...
Phillies sold 1,900 Vet seats on first day of public
sale. Good seats still available, presumably ...