Early, early a.m.: Still recovering from ESPN the Magazine's "NEXT" party. (Column theme alert!) Office-party rule 1: Don't be "That Guy."
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Big mistake, Boss. Letting Andy
Pettitte go to Houston? That's the rock of the
rotation throughout the eight-year Yankees
That's big-game experience, replaced with
wild-card Javier Vazquez.
That's clubhouse stability, replaced
(presumably) with notorious chemistry-killer Kevin
Dumping anti-clutch Jeff Weaver? OK, give the
Yankees credit for that.
But here's the prediction: "The Curse of
Pettitte." The Yankees won't win another World Series
title until Pettitte's career is over.
Next Heisman Winner
How can Oklahoma QB Jason White be the best
player in the country when he isn't even the
best at his position?
(Haven't we heard similar logic about his team? Only
hypocrites bash Oklahoma yet vote for White.)
This generation's Geno Torretta, White will win
the Heisman on Saturday, but here's what the balloting
should look like:
Quickie '03 Heisman Ballot:
1. Eli Manning, QB, Ole Miss
2. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pitt
3. Jason White, QB, Okla.
4. Chris Perry, RB, Michigan
5. Mike Williams, WR, USC
A powder-puff QB could have gotten 8 or 9 wins
with that Oklahoma roster around them. Meanwhile, Ole
Miss wasn't all that good, yet Manning carried them to
the cusp of the SEC title.
Oh, let's just say it: Eli wouldn't have lost
to Kansas State.
Florida's loss to Maryland last night
(third straight week the No. 1 team lost) is less
about some sort of No. 1 jinx in college basketball
than it is an indicator that the early-season rankings
Oh sure, No. 2 Kentucky will move to the top
spot (if UK survives "Largest Attendance Ever"
game Saturday at Michigan
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2 NFL: Attention turns from BCS to league with playoff
3 MLB: Guardado, Colon sign deals; still waiting on A-Rod
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
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2 Dan Reeves: Ditching him just as Vick returns? Yikes!
3 Trista/Ryan: Who dressed Bachelor Bob's g/f? Good lordy.
State), but it's tenuous at best.
Glancing down the top 25, watch young UNC (5-0)
lurking at No. 8. (Cred: Bullish early on Syracuse
Sebastian Telfair is the next LeBron
James in only one way: As heir to the nationally
televised high school basketball showcase (7 p.m.,
Giving up 10 inches and 80 pounds to LeBron,
the Brooklyn point guard is hyper-telegenic, but not
nearly ready for the NBA. But since when did that have
anything to do with meeting popular demand for "the
After all: Trista and Ryan weren't exactly
Charles and Diana, but their wedding last night will
probably be the most-watched TV show of the month.
Next on Hot Seat?
Dan Reeves left the NFL's Hot Seat section early, but it seems the other
embattled coaches will be given the full 17 weeks to
find the exit:
The See-Ya! Ranking:
1. Callahan, Raiders
1. (tie) Fassel, Giants
3. Haslett, Saints
4. Wannstedt, Dolphins
5. Schottenheimer, Chargers
And next for the Falcons? Cast a diverse net
for a coach, but make sure the pick is enough of an
offensive genius to help Vick realize his "best-ever"
potential (but not get in his way).
Next CFB Champ?
The foursome everyone wanted to see:
Oklahoma vs. Michigan and USC vs. LSU in Page 2's
college football playoff bracket semifinals. (See "Q
It Up," right.)
Vote today to determine who makes Friday's
title pairing. (Quickie pick: Michigan vs.
Next job interview, first question: "How do you screw up with a trio like Marbury, Stoudemire and Marion?"
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Next NBA hotbed: Brooklyn, NY. Would-be Nets owner
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in league, by far ...
Next big legal story: Written arguments due to judge
tomorrow in Clarett vs NFL ...
Next college football issue (or not): 3/4 of coaches polled by
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Next great Chicago QB: Bears name rookie Rex Grossman
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