Filling the team's QB gap, fine -- but what about the fantasy-football first-round status? And the Madden
2004 cover? And the sports drink?
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Mike Vick might limp along for six
weeks -- or maybe a little longer -- but let's not
rush to judgment.
Here's the games he'll miss: at Dallas
(laugher), vs. Washington (not scary), vs. Tampa (yes,
ugly) and at Carolina (another laugher).
Without Vick, the Falcons will actually have to
underperform to avoid starting 3-1. But even
if they go 1-3, that's the same as last year's opening
month ... with a healthy Vick.
If he doesn't hurt himself up by coming back too
prematurely, Mike can run off half a season
without a loss, a la 2002. By November, Vick --
and his bandwagon -- will be up and running at full
169th-ranked Shaun Micheel ... looking back,
such an obvious choice!
The implosion of the PGA's usual star system this
year is great for golf: The more names that become
known, the better chance that a big name is contending
on Sunday. As Tiger has proven this year, a single
icon can't be expected to carry a sport as ultimately
fickle as golf.
Best signal from the Browns naming
underdog fan fave Kelly Holcomb to start over
"franchise" top pick Tim Couch? Ability trumps a fat
contract (not to mention "rep"). Maybe Rams coach Mike
Martz will pay attention and finally list Marc Bulger
over Kurt Warner.
Other NFL: And the team played on ... The
Cowboys may stink, but even more embarrassing is that
the coaching staff walked out on a team practice, even
if it was in disgust. Give the players credit for
trying to continue to practice, even if they
Between all the "CYA" among Baylor administrators,
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|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR TODAY|
1 Bucs at Rams: One of the best recent new rivalries|
2 Royals at Yankees: Another August quasi-playoff-preview
3 D-Backs at Braves: Sunday thriller tough act to follow
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Duce Staley as Eagle: Len P reports RB on trading block|
2 Tiger: Lose, OK; 12 over? Something else going on?
3 Blackout BBQs: Meat reportedly produced gastro issues
coaches and player parents, only
ex-coach Dave Bliss is coming out like the jackass.
Camera-phones may be emerging, but "low tech" -- say,
secret audio taping -- remains the hot way to pin the
trail on the donkey.
Coming soon: We've secretly replaced this
family's flower pot with a recording device to catch
the college basketball recruiter making
Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel should
worry less about star RB Maurice Clarett being
physically ready for the team's season opener (anyone
but Tressel doubt Clarett could run cold for 150 yards
and 3 TDs?) and worry more that he'll even be eligible
to play at all.
How brilliant is Allen Iverson? If he
had a better Sixers roster around him, he could lead
the NBA in assists. That's the lesson of AI's
team-high five dimes (along with, remarkably, just six
shots) in Team USA's 101-74 rout of Puerto Rico on
Doing a big deal just to do a big deal?
The Mavs have no problems in the regular season, just
the playoffs. So why did they trade their only player
with proven playoff chutzpah (Nick Van Exel)
for one with no postseason experience (Antawn
Forget Never trade big for small. For a
contender, the rule should be: Never trade a player
who can create his own shot for one who can't.
A's/Red Sox, Part II
Still can't get over last week's
Boston-Oakland series? After the teams ended
separate weekend flings tied for the AL wild-card
lead, the summer's hottest relationship is back on
this week, in Boston starting Tuesday.
Could face assault charges for allegedly smacking
another driver yesterday. Don't watch racing for the
crashes; do it for the fights.
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Is Man U trying to acquire Freddy Adu? They should pay
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And any day now, bootleg versions of college-scandal
tapes will no doubt be available for download (and at
Phish shows) ...