Spotlight on the top NFL draft pick when the Bengals
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Looking for validation of the "Mark Cuban
Theory?" (That's the one where scandal creates
economic value for a sports league.)
In SportsCenter's upcoming Sunday Conversation,
Pete Rose says he wants to manage in the majors again.
Not sure if I'd bet on him to win (as he says he
would), but he's right in claiming he'd "put people in
But that's less "Cuban Theory" than simple
economics: Scarcity increases value. Just to see
Rose participating in baseball again would sell out
everywhere, all season long. Short of Ted Williams
coming back from the frozen dead, there isn't a
manager besides Rose who can sell tickets on
cult-of-personality alone. (No more than a few
He's baseball's one-man answer to its general
attendance decline. Even more ironic, MLB itself
could take greatest advantage and hire him to manage
their own team (and worst attendance problem)
-- Rose's old team, the Expos.
Now that the Ohio State RB says he won't challenge
the NFL eligibility rule, he's got to wade through
two more college seasons. Clarett's in a tough spot, and
not just because he's being held out of preseason;
it's that there's no end in sight for determining his eligibility.
What if he cuts a deal with his new lawyer to
cop to something (heck, anything) in exchange
for some limited short-term pain, like a couple games'
suspension. Better to take that punishment rather than risk something longer.
T-Mac on Kobe
"Keep a happy family," relationship
expert Dr. McGrady said about Kobe's troubles. But
having looked up at Bryant all last year (despite
comparable numbers) maybe T-Mac's leap to the high
road is an attempt to
||SEEMINGLY KOBE-FREE WEEKEND? WHAT WILL WE DO?
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 NFL: Full preseason slate. Fantasy eyes on Sleeper Watch|
2 MLB: A's/White Sox, Mariners/Yankees, Phillies/Giants
3 LLWS: Regional finals. Who's this year's Harlem?
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Steve Kerr getting another ring: Retiring to TV land|
2 YankeeNets: Rumored to be breaking up; Nets to NY?
3 B. Zito: Not just oh-fer-last-month, but lost to Tigers
elevate himself (and his
endorsement potential) past Kobe to the status as the
NBA's premier all-around player.
Lakers: Geraldo Next?
No...ya think? The Lakers are
considering changes to their media policy. (Why,
because "Access Hollywood" and Greta Van Susteren are
suddenly asking for season-long press-passes?)
Meanwhile: Hundreds of salivating journos are
praying the team doesn't cancel its training camp in
Hawaii, anticipated as a career-making
Dodgers: Game Over
Dodgers closer Eric Gagne is the biggest
wasted opportunity in the National League. This
weekend, he'll likely break the record for consecutive
saves (38 straight so far) to start the season. But L.A. is fiddling around
near the back of the wild-card pack; Gagne is saving
nothing more than another mediocre Dodgers season.
We're a long way from last Monday, when
the Royals looked so strong in out-slugging the White
Sox; their lead over Chicago has steadily been chipped
away all week long, including blowing a 2-0 lead in the ninth to Tampa Bay on Thursday. KC is treading water (barely); as
soon as they lose their lead, don't expect them to get
Training-camp brawl worthy of
pay-per-view: Jeremy Shockey versus Bill
Parcells. In camp on Thursday, Shockey strongly
denied calling Big Tuna a "homo" in this week's New
York magazine. Keeping an eye on Sept. 15, when
the Cowboys visit N.Y.
||Division III presidents:
For putting storied Johns Hopkins lacrosse program on the
chopping block after approving deal to kill
scholarships for D3 schools which have D1 programs.
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