||Astros' "Pick Six":
Oswalt, Munro, Saarloos, Lidge, Dotel, Wagner.
No-no-by-committee shows Yankees (in the Stadium!)
that quality can come with quantity.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Which team has home-court
advantage? Suddenly, the Finals' 2-3-2 format is a
huge factor. The Nets bulled their way to grab
series momentum, and now they get one more game at
home with the chance to go up 3-2.
Mea culpa: Nets coach Byron Scott worked the
refs about calling more fouls -- and his strategy
worked last night (barely!). So yesterday's
Scott-as-whiner smackdown was a little off. But give
more credit to the Nets' newfound aggressiveness than
Scott's off-court politicking.
The true test of Tony Parker's bandwagon is how
many people dive off after his sorry performance last
Forget Malik Rose's Game 3 dunk on Dikembe: Richard
Jefferson punctuated his breakout 18-and-10 game with
that sick 3rd-quarter Home Depot-worthy hammer
on Kevin Willis. Your move, Spurs.
No-no-no-no-no-no: Not just a summary
of last night's unprecedented six-pitcher no-hitter by
the Astros over the Yankees; it's also a summary of my
dating career, 1998-2000.
Putting the "class" in "ass": Yankees reportedly
had champagne waiting at each Astros locker, a
respectful nod to an event that hadn't happened since
1958. Only unmentionable guesses as to what
Steinbrenner instructed to be put in front of each
Fired by fax: At least Slick Rick is an
optimist, his post-dump metaphor of choice to local TV
about wanting to "scale new ladders." How long before
he lands on his feet? Only 270-something days until
next year's NCAA Tournament ladder comes out.
||"GIVEN UP ON A SWEET-SHOOTING FINALS" Edition
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 US Open: How will Chicago fans compare w/ NY'ers in '02|
2 Astros at Yankees: Day game! See if NY can find a hit
3 NHL Awards night: Can casual fans decipher trophy names?
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 "Hot-face" golf drivers: Table for now; US Open=accuracy|
2 Who's No. 2: Pistons will draft ESPN mag cover-boy Darko
3 ACC Poaching: No vote last night; resume watch next week
US Open Begins
With all the trademarks of
predecessors: Nasty rough; Six Feet Under bunkers;
fans mocking Euro-players; Tiger installed as heavy
favorite; overpriced novelty golf balls; and
industrious college kids trolling the galleries
selling tall boys out of a bag.
Will the Carolina Panthers challenge the newly
unveiled Charlotte Bobcats, their regional roommate,
over the B-cats' way-too-similar logo?
No Exp. Necessary?
Between the Penguins hiring a new coach
previously a broadcaster with no coaching experience
and the Wizards contacting executive lightweight Bob
Lanier for their top job (says Wash. Post), hope is
resuscitated that we'll one day see PTI duo Kornheiser
and Wilbon co-managing the Wiz.
Title IX Update
Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit
challenging Title IX by some disgruntled college
wrestlers and others. Maybe they can sue the football
team next ...
Your Taxes at Work
A new Congressional proposal would not allow
companies to write off expenses made at single-gender
clubs (of either type), like Augusta National. Doesn't
seem to address the murky issue of receipts filed from
"gentlemen's clubs," which actually vexes spouses more
than tax accountants.
Mariners closer put on DL last night after injuring
his ribs in slip-n-fall while carrying a suitcase up
the stairs at home.
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|Spurs played like feet in it|
|Likely ACC expansion lever|
|Watching NBA Finals shooting|
|Long unnecessary at Open|
|Kobe shoulder surgery today|
Watching that instant-classic K-Mart and Duncan battle
sequence, who else wondered "What if the '93 Bulls
were called for a foul on the infamous Charles Smith
block party?" ...|
Pedro's back: Pitched three scoreless innings last
night in first work in nearly a month ...
Hockey HOF new inductees: Players LaFontaine and Fuhr,
owner Ilitch, coach/GM Kilren ...
That MLB says it believes Sammy's cork story doesn't
help his public credibility, even if it drops his
8-game suspension to 7 ...