Has been talking a huge game. Pivotal World Series Game 3 will be his chance to back it up. More likely, the Yanks spank the kid.
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Calling the upset now: Grizzlies over
Lakers, Nov. 10: The day that Kobe makes a "First
Appearance" in his now-official criminal trial in
Colorado. That's more than symbolic.
For the franchise, Kobe's circumstances shift
from innocuous distraction in the summer/preseason to
invasive disruption in the regular season ... and
If Bryant's D knows that the timing of the trial
will definitely happen during the playoffs:
Kobe should, in the best interests of the team, take
the year off.
Removing himself de-fuses the media maelstrom
that goes where he goes -- that will inevitably affect
his teammates. Think postgame interviews won't
constantly be about Kobe? Think some of the more
hostile arenas won't chant "Ray!-Pist!"? There's a
The Lakers can win the title without him. The
far bigger uncertainty is whether they can win the
title with him.
Bandwagons are really cool when the
entire country rallies behind an emergent underdog.
Fans from 49 states should enjoy these
Bandwagons become a complete crock when the
team's own home region doesn't get behind them
until the championship round. The Marlins' Miami-area
fan-come-lately's don't deserve their team's success.
MNF: Chiefs 7-0
Bend, don't break is an iffy
strategy for an AFC Super Bowl contender: The
Chiefs needed a last-gasp, goal-line tackle to avoid
OT with the pitiful Raiders.
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 W.S. Game 3: New Fish fans might need map to stadium|
2 Kobe's case sent to full trial (But judge hedges ...)
3 Chiefs escape on MNF to remain one of 2 NFL unbeatens
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 The THG scandal is a "track and field thing": Hardly|
2 Broncos' hard-luck QB situation: Great team would cope
3 Darko's silky smooth NBA game: Cut digit slicing cheese
Don't let KC's unbeaten record fool you: Right
now, the best team in the AFC is Tennessee.
Raef LaFrentz to Boston? Hold
on, I'm still laughing ... one more sec ... whew --
that was a good one!
And in Dallas? Antoine Walker could lead the
league in assists -- if he didn't enjoy the sound of
his own shot clanking so much.
Does everyone really want to know
how the sausage is made? Kudos to the NFL (and
other leagues) for being out front on testing for THG:
But drugs -- from pot to designer pharma -- are
sports' dirty little secret.
(1) Okla, (2) Miami, (3) Va Tech: It's
all fun until someone loses a game. Actually, until
all of them
lose a game. Then you get four or
five one-loss teams staking a legit claim to a Sugar
Bowl built for two. Hasn't happened yet, but it's
Indy Jones DVD
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The best
action film of our generation.
Temple of Doom? Still freaked by that dude who
reached into people's chests.
Last Crusade? Let's be charitable: One sequel
is hard enough.
Indy IV? If Ford/Spielberg don't make this,
they are crazy.
Seeking charges against Yankees Nelson, Garcia (a.k.a. "The Bullpen Bonnie and Clyde") Sore losers? You betcha!
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|Ranking Top Action-Movie Heroes:|
|Go ahead: Hum the theme song|
|He does his own stunts!|
|Yipee-kai-yay, mother ...|
|Like G.I. Joe, with rage|
|Yes, but the acting ...|
Maybe it's Minneapolis: NFL MVP-wannabe Randy Moss is
the Kevin Garnett of the NFL: The most talented
player, but a playoff dud ... |
Hilarious turnabout: Miami is suing the Big East (and
several members), claiming damages for staying in
such a shoddy league ...
Next: Northern Illinois sues the MAC for being so
mediocre that they can't get into a BCS
Speaking of BCS, the cabal is scheduled to defend
itself before the Senate Judiciary Hearing next week.
Take the fifth! ...
Will Kobe's trial be bigger than OJ's? No, the charge
isn't nearly as severe, but consider that OJ was