As if macking with Madonna wasn't enough, career revival continues tonight as headliner at NFL Kickoff party (8 p.m. ET, ABC).
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
As long as Britney's on the brain, hum
along to an NFL season preview.
* (You Drive Me) Crazy: For all the
complaints about it, parity rules. Surprise playoff teams
of 2003: Chargers, Ravens, Redskins. More
competitive than you think: Bengals, Lions,
* Oops! I Did It Again: Looking for
players who will repeat stellar 2002 seasons? Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, Clinton Portis;
but: having a top RB meant zilch for '02 playoffs.
Breakout in '03? Browns RB William Green, Lions
QB Joey Harrington, Texans WR Jabar Gaffney.
* Overprotected: "Avoiding a QB
controversy" is totally overrated; competition is a
great thing. QB situations to watch:
Rams' Bulger is better than Martz pet Warner;
Vinny and the Jets; pro Boller's tour in Baltimore;
anything involving Bill Parcells in Dallas.
* ... Baby, One More Time: Hope you
like your Sapp served chatty -- Bucs will repeat as
Super Bowl champs.
With Ramirez back in the lineup, Red Sox
beat White Sox 5-4: Let's clarify the position on
Manny -- Boston doesn't need him to keep
winning (they need, oh, pitching and
more timely home runs, like the one from Wednesday
hero David Ortiz). But it certainly won't hurt
to have Manny in the cleanup spot.
The Twins' winning finish over Anaheim was too
gloriously freaky to describe; track down the wild SC
Bowa's a fiery genius as long as Phillies win, a
nutjob if they don't ...
Depending on how you feel about Moises Alou this week,
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|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEKEND|
1 Jets at Redskins: NFL season opener; 'nuff said|
2 Cards at Cubs: Wild (and endless) series continues
3 US Open: Ha, ha ... yeah, right.
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Lance Armstrong's marriage: He and wife getting divorced|
2 L. Milloy on market: Bills' gain; Pats' loss
3 Tiger reportedly disliking women drivers: Oh, please
in Cubs' 6-run comeback win over the Cards was due or (spit) an injustice ...
Well, the A's had to lose sometime ...
What happened to the Expos? Must be distracted by next
season's hazy home schedule ...
Meanwhile, the mid-season fave Marlins are quietly
It's not that Maurice's Clarett's punishment
shouldn't follow him to whichever school he is
enrolled (be it Ohio State, Florida State or Ball
State ... ahh, dream on, Whitlock!); but it begs a
question over hypocrisy why a college coach can
skip from school to school, leaving scandal in his
Yet here come the coaches (hoops, at least),
holding a mandatory "emergency" meeting (in
mid-October ... feel the urgency?) to discuss the
problem in their profession. Previous
working title: "The Dave Bliss Celebrity Roast";
Keynote speaker: Larry Eustachy;
Refreshments provided by: Sneaker companies.
BCS on Hill
Your tax dollars at work: The House
Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Thursday about
potential antitrust issues surrounding the college
football BCS, because -- in a sport gratuitously about
money -- teams that don't drive any of that money want
a piece of that money. Funny, all the non-BCS teams
happily take that BCS cash to be early-season road-patsies.
Today's forecast: Scattered Thunderstorms. (Arm-out-apt-window Index: Doesn't feel promising.)
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|P2: Sports Guy's NFL preview|
|P2: Tennis fashion mistakes|
|NFL: Week 1 matchups|
|"NFL MVP Contenders" Edition|
|Ricky, LT, Portis (But no SB)|
|There's an "aging vet" bonus|
|Gets Favre-like respect|
|Why not, if Bucs' D runs amok?|
|Would be hell of 1/2 season|
Read between Larry Bird's lines: "If we had players
that weren't happy here, we would try to do our best
to move them somewhere" ...|
Underpaid or not, Priest Holmes got a pretty sizeable
deal extension for someone no one's sure can make it
through the season ...
Kudos to Bill Cosby for performing at Baylor tonight
for free ...
First chance to whiff an NFL pick this season: 'Skins
17, Jets 16 ...