||Cubs ace Kerry Wood:
Our loss: Apparently fewer TV shots of his hottie
wife. Marlins loss: Facing the playoffs' top pitcher
on Friday night.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Like the raving street-corner soothsayer,
proclaiming "BCS apocalypse is near!" has been a
consistent theme here since the summer, because
this is finally the season when no team will
emerge undefeated and a hilariously complicating
number teams will have one loss.
Want to see all poll break loose? Sit tight on
Saturday for a rash of upsets of no less than
seven unbeaten BCS teams:
Minnesota: to Michigan
Arkansas: to Auburn
Nebraska: at Mizzou
Va. Tech: to Syracuse
Miami or Fla St
Ohio State: at Wisco
Oklahoma: to Texas
Left standing Sunday: Miami/FSU winner, LSU
(playing sorry Florida at home) and the "Have-Nots"
(N. Illinois, TCU).
Yankees Strike Back
More MLB Playoff memos:
Memo to Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens: Even
though it's just Game 3 of an LCS, Saturday is the
biggest head-to-head matchup either of you have ever
Memo to Red Sox fans: Don't be afraid to get
inside Rocket's head. This is no time for sympathy.
Speaking of which ...
Memo to Johnny Damon: Be sure you're ready. As
soon as you step in the box, fans expect you to
Memo to Steinbrenner: Lose the MacArthur
references. We know what happened to him.
Memo to Andy Pettitte: You're more than
eligible for the Playoff Hall of Fame ballot.
Memo to Dusty Baker: Tell your dad to tune in
to the Cubs, not the Sacramento Kings.
Memo to Marlins fans: Aspire to out-loud
Memo to Jack McKeon: Don't. Pitch. To Sammy.
Law and Order: Kobe
Maybe going through with the preliminary
hearing wasn't such a great idea for Kobe's D after
||NOTHING BETTER: CLEMENS VS PEDRO AT FENWAY SATURDAY
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR TODAY|
1 LCS: Cubs at Marlins (3,4,5); Yankees at BoSox (3,4)|
2 BCS on ABC: Miami at FSU (Noon); Okla at Texas (3:30)
3 NFL Sunday Night: 49ers at Seahawks. Upset special!
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 The "Fire Gardenhire" movement: Twins mgr gets 2-yr ext|
2 Vandy's athletic dept redesign: Ex-AD isn't into it
3 ACC standing pat: Will talk to BC on Sunday (Wash. Post)
The alleged details are hyper-damning, because
media consumers glaze over "alleged" and latch on to
And it's those ugly details that will dominate the
spin until the trial. What is that, like a
Just as I coin the term "trash-walk" for
Warren Sapp's pre-game shimmy (now
verboten) through the opponents' warm-up
The Dante Hall Show: Here's a novel strategy --
don't kick to him.
McNabb's Revival: Continues when surging Eagles
Injury Watch: Jake Plummer's shoulder should
worry Broncos fans.
Hello?!?!: Is this the week the Jets
finally win one? Nah.
Game of Week: 4-0 Panthers at 5-0 Colts. Who
made Indy's schedule? From Bucs to Panthers in six
No, Not Scalping
"What would it take for you to give up
tickets to [fill-in-huge-game-here]?" Here's a real-life spin on that old guys' barstool
Even the chronic craigslist observers may have
missed the recent post (thanks, Page Six) with two
Yankees fans offering a, um, hands-on experience in
exchange for two tickets.
Would bet fans in Boston, where the cursed
singles scene mirrors their baseball team's
misfortune, are more willing to reply.
Jan's Other Stunt
"This is probably going to get me in
trouble," LPGA legend Jan Stephenson says in a mag
interview coming out next week. "But the Asians are
killing our tour." Yes, yes it is going to get you in
And there's more, about the LPGA's need to
promote sex and the problems with having gay
With that, Stephenson completely undercuts her
other weekend "publicity stunt" (her phrase):
Raising awareness for the women's senior tour by being
the first woman to play on the men's senior tour.
||NFL fun police:
Seriously, such a huge issue that Sapp prances through
opponents' warm-ups? Remember: Hot-type increases
hype. (You like hype.)
|Today on ESPN.com|
|P2: Buffalo Soldier|
|Yanks-Sox: Start spreadin' the news|
|NFL: Game of the Week|
|Ranking Those College Football Upsets:|
|Oklahoma (No. 1)|
|'Cause Texas usually so choke-y|
|Virginia Tech (4)|
|Watch 'Cuse RB Walter Reyes|
|Ohio State (3)|
|"At Wisco" synonym for spoiler|
|Auburn: Wreckee to wrecker|
|Mizzou deserves this karma|
W6 office-pool suggestions: GB, TEN, CAR, NE, NO, OAK,
PHI, TB, MIA, PIT, BUF, BAL, SF, STL (LW: 10-4;
Season: 46-28) ...|
Here's an injury report you don't see every day: Jags
P Chris Hanson is out with a self-inflicted ax
Why wouldn't Kevin Garnett play on the Olympic hoops
team? It isn't like he won't be rested from his usual
early playoff bounce ...
Thursday's "Cowboy Up" dis didn't offer any new
alternatives. How about "Columnist Up!" (To toughen
up, like arguing like you know what you're talking
about when you really don't) ...
Second-chance K-O pool still rolling last week with
Bills; for those still in it, remember the Titans
(home vs. Houston) ...