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Two Words For You:
Sure, there's the "ESPN 100." (See "Q
It Up," right) But after 250-something daily editions,
leave room for the "Quickie 10" from 2003:
Top 10 Most Intriguing Names:
Only 1-name wonders need apply
Top 10 Most Intriguing News:
You say "It's the new black!";
we say, "It's the new NASCAR!"
10. Parcells: Revives Cowboys
9. Celly-brate: Horn's antics
8. Poker: Yes, the new NASCAR
7. A-Rod: Greatest Near-Trade
6. BCS: All poll breaks loose
5. Coll. coach: Scandal-mania
4. Corkgate: Say it ain't Sosa
3. 'Roid rage: THG explosion
2. Kobe: His shocking arrest
1. MLB: Best postseason ever
And in 2004 ...
Sneak peek at the Quickie's
biggest stories for next year:
5. Cubs/BoSox: World Series
How can you snicker anymore?
4. Clarett: Wins NFL lawsuit
And world doesn't end.
3. Olympics: Steroids scandal
THG was just the start ...
2. Pete Rose: Reinstated!
On deck: HOF, Reds mgr job
1. Kobe: Trial of the year
Headline verdict: Not guilty!
All guaranteed to happen, naturally.
NFL Coaching Carousel
Seeing your favorite NFL team's coach get
fired is a lot like a good New Year's Resolution:
It sparks some hope, some activity, some promise for a
more successful upcoming year ...
... Until you realize that taking advantage of
that gym membership remains as unlikely
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 NFL: Nothing inspires hope like firing the coach|
2 Bowls: Three today just warm-up for Wed/Thurs (5 each)
3 End-of-year lists: Go ahead -- make your own!
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Cardinals' wild win: Didn't save coach McGinniss' job|
2 Jauron's 13-3 in '01: What have you done for me lately?
3 Nick Saban leaving LSU to coach in NFL: Keep dreaming
as the Cardinals (or Bears or Bills or Giants or Raiders)
making the playoffs.
For now: It comes down to which of three
recruiting camps you personally favor:
"Saban Worshippers": Importing a college coach
"Crennel Clubbers": Promoting a career
assistant coach (formerly: "Marvin Lew-natics");
"Fassel Fools": Recycling a head coach who
couldn't make it elsewhere (formerly "Ericksonians").
Since the dot-com era began, there's
always been one random internet company every year
that takes the brunt of the jokes about bowl
title-sponsors. See if you can find this year's champ:
Navy vs. Texas Tech
What else are you doing this afternoon? Yet
another great QB to watch: Tech's B.J. Symons, who might
throw for five bills. (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Pacific Life Holiday
Texas vs. Wash St.
Few guarantees of any holiday season: You'll
gain some weight;
you'll get some gifts you hate; and
the Holiday Bowl will hit the "over." (8 p.m. ET,
Silicon Valley Football Classic
UCLA vs. Fresno St.
What's pretentious? Shunning "Bowl" for
"Football Classic." After 12 other games, who do they
think they're fooling? (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Arizona WR Nathan Poole is getting VIP
treatment in Green Bay for catching the
game-winning, playoff-clinching TD (for the Packers)
vs. Minnesota on Sunday. GB's mayor invited Poole to
watch Sunday's playoff game at Lambeau, where he'll be
an honored guest. I guess Vikings master strategist
Mike Tice turned it down.
Likely axed today. Fact that he lasted through Monday night is a bigger accomplishment than anything Oakland did all season.
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|P2: Wiley on BCS|
|The ESPN 100|
|CFB: Bowl Central|
|Ranking Open NFL Coaching Gigs:|
|Two words: Healthy. Vick.|
|7-9 team has working parts|
|High risk, high reward|
|Could have had Marv Lewis|
|Maybe with Eli Manning ...|
Maybe Dave Wannstedt won't WANT to just be the coach.
The personnel stuff stripped from his job is the fun
part (that's why fantasy football is about being a GM,
not calling the plays) ...|
Give Isiah Thomas credit for creativity: He imported
buddy Mark Aguirre to work with the Knicks' big men.
Call it "Agu-irony" -- he is 6-6 and so are the team's
big men ...
Did Nebraska assistant/interim Bo Pelini earn full-time head-coaching gig? Please. Huskers went that
route last time. Find a big name ...
Is anyone actually taking the college hoops Top 25
seriously anymore? UConn back on top, yet Ga Tech (who
BEAT UConn) still sits underrated at No. 3 (and 12-0) ...
NFL Draft Top 10: SD, OAK, ARI, NYG, WAS, DET, ATL,
CLE, JAX, HOU. If only there was a LeBron James for
the NFL ...
Tomorrow: The Quickie's New Year's