The Trade Rumor That Wouldn't Die ... is dead?! A-Rod himself admitted that his swap to BoSox is looking less likely by the hour.
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Two Words For You:
Ranking the MLB winter-meeting
attendees you'd most ideally want to gofer for:
(1) Theo Epstein
(2) Peter Gammons
(3) Vlad Guerrero's agent
(4) Billy Beane
(5) The New York GMs
On second thought, scratch that last one. (Does anyone
in sports have a worse job than Yankees GM Brian
Cashman right now?)
NFL Week 15 Subplots
Game of Week: SEA at STL
Seattle on wild-card bubble; Rams jockeying for
Hot Seat: Dave Wannstedt
It's December; Miami must be folding. Bad timing: Play
Eagles on Monday night.
Rookie QB: Rex Grossman
Bears adopt Cubs' "Wait Till Next Year" mantra, bench
Kordell Stewart vs. Vikings.
Feel a Draft?
3-10 Bunch (Falcons, Raiders, Cards, Chargers) all in
hunt for top pick. Why win now?
Steve McNair (likely) vs. Bills
Peyton Manning vs. Falcons
Priest Holmes vs. Lions
Jamal Lewis vs. Raiders
The momentum for Quickie Heisman fave Eli
Manning has surged, but will probably be
too-little-too-late to pass Jason "Torretta" White.
Too bad the Heisman Trophy doesn't have a single
election day on Saturday (but that kind of
real-time drama would certainly help the Trophy regain
In bulletin-board material of the
month, the Boss growled, "If you're counting us
out next year, don't bet the house." Not my house, but
how about The House That Ruth Built? George just
And adding insult to injury, Pettitte (how
happy did he look?) alluded to trying to lure
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 NFL Week 15: Rams/Seahawks, AFC home-field angling|
2 Heisman: White still favorite, but watch Manning's mo'
3 Yankees spinning Pettitte loss, finalizing K Brown trade
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Big BoSox/Rangers deal: A-Rod makes it sound unlikely|
2 Mizzou prez won't resign over scandal (We add: "yet")
3 L. Arrington, Redskin for life: Rejects deal extension
Clemens to come out of retirement and join him
NBA All-Star Voting
Three biggest storylines:
Vinsanity tops all balloting:
And, yet, I can't find a single person who admits to
being a Vince Carter fan. Baffling.
Kobe leads West votes:
"Free Kobe" not just a T-shirt, but an election
Yao Ming lags behind Shaq:
Wait 'til Beijing polls check in; suddenly, the
West's starting five resembles Houston's.
At the prep hoops game last night on
ESPN2 showcasing Brooklyn PG Sebastian "Next
LeBron?" Telfair (27 pts in 82-77 W):
Prospective Nets part-owner Jay-Z ...
prospective AL East runner-up captain Derek
Jeter ... prospective future Telfair coach Rick
Pitino (who looked absolutely nauseous when
Telfair went down with an ankle sprain.)
Rule of thumb: Judge a phenom by the Q rating
of the celebs who hop on the early bandwagon.
But will they re-do the "Anteater"
scene? "Love Don't Cost a Thing" has got to
owe royalties to its '80s template, the classic "Can't
Buy Me Love." Hard to buy cool Nick Cannon as a dork;
Patrick Dempsey -- now there was a legendary
casting job. He better have a cameo in this remake.
Watch for lots of athlete cameos in Farrelly
Brothers' new comedy, "Stuck on You."
Bowl Replacement Series
USC vs. Michigan for the national
title! That's how Page 2 readers see it, picking
Michigan over Oklahoma and USC over LSU in the
semifinals of our "Bowl Replacement Series"
Vote today (and all weekend) for which team you
think would win this fantasy matchup (wait ... isn't
this the real Rose Bowl? How appropriate.) Quickie
"Wack" is right: Will force Hawaii to play its bowl game, even though the school said it wouldn't if players weren't academically eligible.
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|Page 2: Simmons on NFL playoff chase|
|MLB: 10 guys who may be traded|
|NFL: Games of the week|
|DAL (at Was)|
|Pull out of tailspin?|
|MIA (vs. Phi)|
|Simply put: Must-win.|
|DEN (vs. Cle)|
|AFC wild card on line|
|BAL (at Oak)|
|Div. title in sight|
|CAR, MIN, SEA|
|Sorry: AFC just tighter|
NFL Wk 15 office-pool picks: StL, NE, NYJ, TB, MIN,
CIN, TEN, IND, KC, DEN, BAL, WAS, CAR, GB, NO, PHI
(LW: 9-7; season: 129-79) ...|
Antoine Walker accused Danny Ainge of trying to "set
my career back." As opposed to his no-conscience
shooting and playoff choking ...
Worst. Seats. Ever.: Ford Field nosebleeds for
Kentucky-Mich St in front of college-hoops record
Yankees' tag-team Nelson/Garcia due in Boston court
Friday re: playoffs beat-down. If goes to trial, how
to find an impartial jury? ...
Pedro Martinez names Mets, Giants as teams he would
consider pitching for if Red Sox don't offer contract extension by April ...
New NBA record! Spurs, Rockets combine for worst-ever
55 points in first half ...
Next "Brewing" sports scandal: Local Milwaukee
backlash against Brewers for possible fuzzy accounting