Dicey moments and a p.r. strategy a la Hootie Johnson, but got ACC's big prize. No one will remember this drama in five years.
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What will it be: Ring or bling?
NBA free-agent stars who pay lip service to
championships over cheese should put mouth before money and sign cap-friendly contracts with
Have given up hope this summer for Payton or Mailman signing with title contender, but prize of '04 Kevin Garnett (aka "The Big Talk-It") is getting a year's notice.
Practice damage control on Northeast
alums by signing BC and 'Cuse to home-and-home
football deals. Help ACC undercut lawsuits by agreeing
to play WVA and Pitt in future (nothing soothes
litigiousness like money).
Big East: Next?
Poach a few teams of its own,
notwithstanding hypocrisy of its ACC lawsuit; find
Rick Pitino and Louisville a drool cup.
Re-tool poaching process for more
expansion next year (and there will be a 12th
team, if not more).
Though Patrick Dennehy's mysterious death is
still being investigated, at some point, people will
scrutinize colleges' responsibility to monitor players
in the offseason.
Interleague games boosted MLB attendance by 20
percent from season averages (of course, attendance always jumps in the summer anyway). But MLB will ignore obvious:
Sustain fan interest via radical, rivalry-based schedule realignment (yes, that
||"DONNA SHALALA FOR BIG EAST COMMISSIONER!"
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Wimbledon: Venus-Lindsay, Serena-Jenny, more|
2 Prior (Cubs) vs. Wolf (Phils): Two would-be All-Stars
3 Mariners at A's: Catch M's sensation Gil Meche (10-3)
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 MJ loses out on Bucks: Old news -- is he eyeing Miami?|
2 Russia's Wimby Fab Five: "Ova" -- only Kuznetsova left
3 Tim Duncan as free agent: Return to Spurs not in doubt
means putting the Mets and Yankees in the same division).
Twelve relatively under-the-radar wins in a row got
everyone's attention; next 13 days of intradivision
brawling may judge 'Zona as "pretender or contender."
Sure he's popular with the British (not
saying much) and gets "aging-athlete" sympathy, but
Andre won't really be missed on the men's side with
the far more exciting Andy Roddick on the rise.
NHL Free Agency
Explain this: (Un)retired Dom Hasek is
worth $8M to Detroit (already paying CuJo big bucks),
but mid-career All-Star Paul Kariya isn't worth $10M
to Cup runner-up Anaheim?
Glaring Knicks needs (a) More
out-of-position players; (b) more guys who demand
shots; (c) relieve division rival of albatross; (d)
all of the above.
Roman symbols on Olympic medals offended
the Greeks, who host the Games in '04, so the IOC
is replacing the look on the medal. Is there an
empire-neutral image of an official taking a bribe?
||Big East commish
Good thing he's a BCS insider: Maintaining BCS status likely the only thing keeping him from intramural insurrection.
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When did Jamie Moyer (11th win last night) turn into
Greg Maddux? ...
Bonds comparing Pujols to Bonilla (yikes!) is an
endorsement similar to saying Kerry reminds you of
Grunfeld's to-do list for Wiz: Find a PG, find pair of
hands among team's big men, track down Kwame Brown's
soul, sold 3 years ago ...
OlympiX: Olympics have
dumped some track-cycling events for two BMX
events in 2008. Next: Beijing mascot Poochie.
All you need to spell "Philippoussis": A-C-E ...