Stifling D, just enough offense, opportunistic special teams (thank you, Martin Gramatica): NFL's biggest early surprise does best Bucs impression.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
The Panthers' upset of the defending champs
wasn't the only thing no one saw coming: Also
re-thinking that preseason devaluation of once-great,
then-injured, now-apparently-resuscitated RBs ...
Jamal Lewis, Ravens: It's not that he broke
the NFL single-game rushing record with 295 yards;
it's that he called it before the game, also
proving that "bulletin-board material" is pure
Priest Holmes, Chiefs (122 yds, 3 TDs): How
many people out there avoided him like the plague in
their fantasy-league draft? Idiots, all of us.
Edgerrin James, Colts (120 yds, 1 TD): Big rushing effort meant Peyton got the breathing room to
dismember the Titans.
Other Week 2 stars:
Pats D, Raiders K Seb
Janikowski, Hasselbeck-to-Jackson, Packers RB Ahman
Green, Dolphins psyche ...
Broncos QB Jake Plummer (shoulder), Bucs WR Joe
Jurevicius (knee), Bears QB Kordell Stewart (neck --
no choke jokes, please).
Week 2 Hot/Not
Hot: Bills (AFC); Panthers (NFC)
Not: Browns (AFC); Eagles (NFC)
Not: Best ever
Hot: Ramsey to Coles (Redskins)
Not: Garcia to Owens (49ers)
Hot: "Jake rules"
Not: "Jake sucks"
Clarett's Ground Work
Mo' power to Mo for telling the NFL where
he wants to go: Meanwhile, I'm confused why the
||WHO HAD CAROLINA OVER THE BUCS? (OH, BE HONEST!)
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEKEND|
1 MNF: How can you top NFC title-game rematch? Parcells|
2 NL Central: Mets at Cubs, Brewers at Cards, Astros idle
3 AL Wild Card: D-Rays at Red Sox, Mariners at Rangers
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Ben and J-Lo: Reportedly done. Who else took the under?|
2 Writing off Randy Johnson: Unit throws a 1-hitter
3 Oscar De La Hoya: Groaning Boy not so Golden; retiring?
league can say with a straight face that Clarett is
better off in school. Oh, that's right: There
is no good reason.
Why is the NFL so afraid of letting in Clarett
and his classmates? A simple force should guide them:
Let the free market decide.
Top 25 Outrage of the Week: Ohio State
(4) ahead of Michigan (5)? What part of "needed 3 OTs
to beat an inspired (but not great) NC State" did
voters not understand? Maybe it's because the OTs
overlapped the initial domination of Michigan over
Notre Dame. Here's the important fact: Shut out.
Before the teams from Boston and Chicago
make the discussion moot by blowing their playoff
chances, let's note that there's one guaranteed
grand slam World Series TV-ratings scenario: Cubs
vs. Red Sox. (Slogan: "This time ... well, one of
them's gotta win it.")
La Russa's Lament
Tony La Russa is a lawyer by training:
He should know better
about making claims without
evidence. His blame game with ump Jerry Crawford is,
at best, circumstantially supported; maybe he's just
frustrated that he's got the best lineup in the
division -- by far -- but couldn't avoid a weekend sweep to the Astros that essentially eliminated the Cardinals (5½ back now).
MNF: Cowboys at Giants
A Meadowlands homecoming for the Tuna only ups the ante. But as any
good New Yorker would know, you don't order fish on
Monday. Giants 30, Cowboys 16.
One of these teams will join the NFL's
"Uh-oh-and-2" Club: (In escalating order of hysteria)
Bengals, Cards, Jags, Chargers, Jets, Bears, Browns,
Ridiculous, even by Martz standards: *Still* considering starting Kurt Warning-ya next week? Declare winning Marc Bulger the starter already!
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|NFL: Game of the Week|
|CFB: Viewer's Guide|
|"Heisman Ballot" Edition|
|Michigan RB has it all|
|OSU QB keeps winning ...|
|Mizzou QB quietly gaining|
|NC St QB admirable in L|
|Any Wake Forester|
|Not! Cinderellas need wins|
Condolences to the Williams family on the death of
oldest sister Yetunde Price ...|
Doing wonders for misogyny towards women's golf, both
US and Euro sides walked off course when Euros
clinched it early. Play it out ...
Remember how kings used to bestow their thrones to
their sons? NASCAR's France Dynasty continues, passing
from Bill Jr. to Brian ...
Well, that "Wisconsin-as-national-champ" pick got shot
to hell, didn't it? Pass the salt ...
"Blizzle the quarterbizzle!": How'd you like to have
Snoop Dogg coach your pee-wee football team? How
about LA's future NFL team? ...