NFL record-tying SEVEN field goals, including the game-winner in OT, in Dallas' wild 35-32 OT win in New York.
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Two Words For You:
Don't call Bill Parcells a miracle
worker; that devalues the way he got the Cowboys
to execute in last night's sick final seconds
OK, so he needed one miracle: The
Giants' seemingly game-ending squib kickoff squib
dribbles out of bounds, putting the ball at the 40-year-line. (For you kids: There's an
example of poor execution.)
Then, Tuna time: Cowboys quickly pick up a
chunk of yards on a slick pass play never seen in the
Hard Knocks Era, then Cundiff nailed a game-tying FG
OT was, frankly, inevitable: The Cowboys' win is
credit to a coach who properly teaches a basically terrible
young team how to execute.
Scoreboard watching is so
unsatisfying; head-to-head September series rule.
There's nothing like making up games on a playoff
rival by beating them directly. In the NL, the Wild
Card-leading Marlins play the Phillies (1.5 games
back). Florida has beaten Philadelphia eight straight;
if that continues this week, the Phillies are
Then there's the De La Hoya-Mosley of MLB
matchups: The White Sox and Twins, resuming their
two-week slugfest in Minnesota with the Sox back a
half-game. Considering their tougher remaining
schedule (KC, Yankees, KC again while the Twins have two series against Detroit), Chicago has to come out ahead on
Little White Lie
Does this dress make me look fat? To
self: Oh sweet jiminy, yes! To her: No
way! Right there, you've used a reasonable lie to
give yourself a chance to avoid the loss.
Broncos coach Mike Shanahan's lie was also
reasonable: If he felt telling the truth
compromised his team's chance to win, Jake Plummer's
injury status was need-to-know
||MONDAY NIGHT, MUST-SEE; TUESDAY MORNING, MUST-SLEEP
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEKEND|
1 NL WC: Marlins at Phillies (This time it counts?)|
2 AL WC: D-Rays at Red Sox; Mariners at Rangers (No fair)
3 AL Cent: White Sox at Twins (Round 4 of 7-rd slugfest)
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Kurt Warner: Bulger keeps Rams starting QB job in Week 3|
2 Nets sale real; Jersey, Long Island, Brooklyn rivals for bids
3 '39 StL Browns: Tigers match 111 Ls; next: '65 Mets' 112
only. Any teams' fans would appreciate the same from their coach.
There's a simple solution here to avoid the whole
conflict: Like colleges, NFL teams shouldn't give
out any injury information during the game.
The irony of the folding of the U.S.
women's pro soccer league the same week the U.S.
will host the Women's World Cup is that it was World Cup
mania in '99 that fooled investors into thinking the
WUSA was actually a viable idea. Maybe in 15 years.
For now, try a barnstorming squad of ex-WUSA all-stars.
(1) Amazingly, reportedly still
considering a return to Ohio St. New nickname: Maurice
the Masochist (a.k.a The Maur-quis de Sod) ...
(2) Pled innocent to misdemeanor falsification
charge. If he's not convicted, will Ohio State reduce
his season-long suspension? They could
conveniently run it through the end of 2003, making
him eligible ... for a January bowl game.
(3) NCAA prez Myles Brand said the NCAA will
steer clear of NFL draft-rules morass. While balancing
on a fine line, he alluded to favoring a free market,
which should build some Brand equity with fans.
Bulletin Board Myth
Babe Ruth may or may not have called his
shot, but Jamal Lewis' on the record prediction
was the best sports guarantee since Namath in Super
Where are my SABR guys? There's probably
"Moneyball"-type analysis that blustering
"bulletin-board material" has no real effect on a
game's outcome. (Need more proof? Arkansas whupped
Texas on Saturday, even though UT had a board full of
||New York Giants
New season, still cursed: All K Matt Bryant had to do was squib the ball in bounds to seal the W. Whole "in bounds" thing the problem.
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|Parcells has "Perfect Circle"|
|WUSA buried "Underground"|
|"Grand Champ": No MLB clarity yet|
|"Reality": K Warner brought back|
|Jim Fassel may need a session|
Bonds hit HR 655 last night, putting him a tidy 100
from Aaron; let the "Countdown" craze officially
Cubs' choke in '69 kept Ron Santo from the Hall of
Fame, but the team will rightfully retire his No.
AOL confirmed the buzzless sale of the Atlanta Hawks
and Thrashers; new owner will hopefully move them to
better sports city ...
Michelle Wie outshot N Lopez and J Daly in charity
round Monday; plays course Thurs for keeps as first
female junior amateur in PGA Tour-sanctioned
Another great rule of lying: George Costanza's best
line ever -- "It's not a lie if you believe it."