Annoying, but critical to success: Redick (26 pts in W over Maryland, 5/6 3s) is to college hoops what now-booted Sam was to "The Apprentice."
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
The Nets are moving to Brooklyn! And
there's no excuse like relocation for the chance to
change a team name. My three suggestions:
The Crossovers ("X-Overs"):
Homage to the borough's legacy of fancy dribblers.
Bonus: Nod to the team's relocation.
The Hot Dogs:
Homage to the borough's legacy of fancy-dribbling
showoffs. Bonus: Nod to Coney Island's top export.
Homage to the borough's legacy of passionate sports
fans. Bonus: Nod to BK's greatest movie character,
Tony Manero. (Plus: "Saturday Night" tickets:
Final Four Preview
If prematurely projecting Final Four
teams was like picking stocks, here's what I'd
advise as your broker, based on last night's Top 10
No. 6 L'ville: Buy.
Pitino is top college CEO.
No. 5 Cincy: Sell.
Exposed by L'ville pressure.
No. 3 St. Joe's: Hold.
Cupcake sched inflates value?
No. 1 Duke: Strong buy.
And it pains me to type it ...
Forget the "Was he or wasn't he" hiring
Raiders head coach Sean Payton. Old news. The real
issue this morning: Al Davis doesn't have a coach.
The hiring snafu works out for the best if he
waits the 10 days until the Super Bowl is over, then
hires either of the Patriots' lead assistants, though
both are seemingly a little too "veteran" for
Oakland's dirty old man, who likes 'em young (coaches,
Who's got the over-under on new Blazers
detainee Darius Miles' inevitable first "incident"? I
think if I proposed "By the end of
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 NBA: How fast before "Brooklyn Nets" T's hit NY streets?|
2 CBB: Louisville is for real; so is Duke. (Cincy is not.)
3 NFL: Raiders remain coachless; Payton returns to Big D
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Darius Miles' cachet: Even movie-star status won't help|
2 Ageless Jesse Orosco: Retires at 46; began career in '79
3 Favre at the Pro Bowl: But worthy Matt Hasselbeck is in
All-Star Weekend," I'd lose my shirt to the "Unders."
So instead, I'll say "Before the Feb. 19 NBA
trading deadline, when he's shipped off to the Knicks
with Rasheed Wallace for Allan Houston, Frank Williams
and Kurt Thomas." Just a suggestion ...
more reliability than Democratic primary
prognostication, Mel Kiper's first mock came out
yesterday. (See "Q It Up," right.)
No. 1 (Chargers):
QB Eli Manning J. Garner
No. 2 (Raiders):
WR L. Fitzgerald G. Union
No. 3 (Cards):
QB B. Roethlisberger K. Knightley
No. 4 (Giants):
OT N. Gallery K. Bosworth
No. 5 (Redskins):
TE K. Winslow M. Bello
No ... wait: That's my mock
His motivation? Call it a
"hate-triangle" -- Trinidad owes Hopkins a whupping;
meanwhile, De La Hoya owes Trinidad a
likely, they all owe the beach-house contractor some
cash, and super-hyped rematches will make them all a
lot of it.
What if the three American Idol
judges were put in charge of MLB arbitration
hearings next month? The answer: "Arbitration
Contestant: Albert Pujols
'03 salary: $950K
Asked: $10.5M | Offered: $7M
Randy: What's up, Dawg? Yeah, yeah, I'm feelin'
Paula: Power? Average? I'd say you have it
Simon: Where were you in late October? Sitting
at home staring at your telly? I'm sorry, this year
the bar is set a little higher.
For the first time ever, "Keyshawn mugged" isn't a self-referential phrase about his me-first attitude; it's a police report.
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In literally the biggest marriage of sports and pop
culture in TV history, Giants QB Jesse Palmer will be announced as
the next "Bachelor" (full analysis coming
Sweeping nation today (but tired by Monday): Howard
Dean "Scream" dance remixes. But it heralds the Era of
Apple's cool "GarageBand" ...
LeBron Watch: Bum ankle will keep him out of tonight's
game vs. Kings and likely more over the weekend. There
should be NO rush ...
White Sox import Japanese career saves leader
immediately installed as "best MLB nickname": Shinga
Takatsu, a.k.a. "Mr Zero" ...
Truth to Ashton/Demi wedding rumors? Perhaps, or maybe
just a p.r. ploy to spike interest in Kutcher's new
movie, opening Friday? ...
Gary Payton can't carry the
star-less Lakers alone; loss to Grizzlies last night
is L.A.'s third in four games ...