Why so angry, Denver fans? (Oh, right.) Last night's blowout W over the Lakers solidifies the Nuggets as the NBA's top thrill ride in '04.
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Kobe's mentality: "Expect the
He couldn't have expected last night's game in
Denver to be anything but the Lollapa-BOO-za it was,
from intro to final horn.
But there's a bigger problem: Without Shaq and
Mailman, the Lakers stink. Four losses in a row; six
Ls in the last seven games.
Kobe a one-man show? Sideshow, maybe.
But since half of L.A.'s Big Four sat down, Kobe has
proven to be a poor man's version of ... LeBron. (Given
a draft today -- marketing value and off-court
troubles aside -- who wouldn't take King James first?)
Kobe is all-NBA talent, but no more able to win big as
a one-man show than T-Mac or Vince. There's only one
player who can do that, and he's currently weighing
down L.A.'s bench in street clothes.
Card Hire Green
What a sign of the times in Oakland
when the Raiders can be outrecruited for a new head
coach by ... the Cardinals.
Or maybe it's a signal from Arizona (where the
thrills of the last play of their last game still
linger) that they are willing to open the bank for
Dennis Green, who will have the team in the playoffs
within three years. Just don't ask him to win once
he's there (4-8 career in playoffs with Vikings).
Raiders Hire No One
Adding insult to injury, the Raiders'
"hottest" prospects are the O and D coordinators for
the 49ers -- a team that didn't exactly light the
league on fire.
Right idea; wrong team: The Pats' O/D coaches
will be available after the Super Bowl. Al Davis can't
wait? Or, maybe, watching Dan Snyder, he's got John
Madden on speed-dial ...
Right: Leave it up to the
coaches. Their annual meeting concluded
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 Kobe booed in Denver: Does this really surprise you?|
2 BCS: Coaches favor increasing weight of human polls
3 Van Garden: Jeff VG's homecoming vs. new-look Knicks
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 THG at SLC: All '02 Olympians cleared (wait 'til Athens)|
2 USC's fearsome returning D: Star DE Ken. Udeze going pro
3 Other old-schoolers following Gibbs' lead: Walsh? (Ha!)
recommendation to the BCS to give more weight
to the human polls. It's a deal, but only if coaches
stop handing the weekly poll form to their school's
SID intern to be fill out.
The coaches also support adding a
fifth BCS bowl that includes non-BCS league teams
(previously branded in this column as the "Cinderella
Bowl," a huge hit if they market it that way.
The Redskins' fan base is wildly energized, but on last night's 6 p.m. SC, Skins star LaVar Arrington
threw the rain of reality on D.C.'s Super Bowl parade
plans: We'll see ...
"My Prison Without Bars"
comes out today. Quickie Book Club material? Don't
Let me save you $24.95: He bet on baseball.
The other 300-some pages? Pap.
Catch Rose's interview on ABC News' "Primetime
Thursday," 10 p.m. ET.
Having worked on my Donald Trump
comb-over, the obvious next step is to ask: Who
wants to be ... The Quickie Apprentice?
Menial tasks? Yes!
Low No pay? Yes!
All glory to me? Yes!
"Interning" is out; "apprenticing" is in: Best
part about this "Apprentice" show is that it ignores
the usual cheeseball actor-wannabes who usually annoy
you on reality TV in favor of cheeseball biz-wannabes
who usually annoy you at work.
Bring on their humiliation for our
The "trucker hat" of social identification, the "UGG boot" of booty-calls: Trendy for a millisecond, but quickly becoming overplayed.
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More Rose: Cried Wed. he "never intended to diminish"
day for Molitor, Eck. Then why allow publisher to
release the book this week? ...|
More Rose, Part 2: Buddy Mike Schmidt said he's
worried about the backlash. Funny: He missed the "I'm
outraged" step ...
If Schmidt didn't know about Rose's confession, isn't
he shocked/betrayed like other Rose
If Schmidt DID know, how could he support him all this
time with a straight face? ...
Enough of the Rose stuff: O's reportedly close to
signing both Vlad Guerrero and Raffy Palmeiro; heart
of lineup would be tough ...
Double-homecoming at the Garden tonight: Ex-coach Jeff
Van Gundy returns with Rockets; schoolboy star Marbury
makes MSG debut ...