Monday, September 22, 2003
Updated: July 14, 3:47 PM ET
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Who's Maurice Clarett?
Ohio State QB Craig Krenzel is the biggest
reason the Buckeyes keep winning. And if he sits
Saturday with that elbow injury, underrated Bowling
Green will put the most prized of BCS pelts on the
wall of the Mighty MAC.
(Check out four other Upset Specials in the Big 5,
As if your
addiction fantasy team wasn't reason enough
Two's for real? Of the 2-0 teams playing
Sunday, Seattle most needs the cred of another W (vs.
the revived Rams).
Mercy rule: The Bucs own the Falcons
anyway, but coming off a brutal loss?
RB vs. RB: '02 sensation LaDainian Tomlinson
in a monster stat-watch vs. '03 early star Jamal
Panic button: Of the oh-fer teams staring
at oh-blivion, the Jets and Browns are feeling the
SpitGate: Ah, manufactured drama -- the
best kind. Bills don't need it to smear the Fins.
Sweep Home, Chicago
Calling the AL Central race! After
sweeping the rival White Sox in a de facto
playoff, the Twins have locked up the division. Not
mathematically, of course, but "common sensically." A
literally graphic representation of the Twins'
The final AL Central margin (now 3.5 games) won't even be close.
Sweep Dreams, Seattle
You could label the Mariners "done,"
too: Except they play
Oakland 6 of their last 9.
With that many head-to-heads, a miracle is possible,
but there's no margin for error -- nothing less than a
six-pack sweep. Meaning: Even one Oakland win this
weekend, and the M's are toast. (Wild Card? Ha, that's
a good one.)
NL Central Watch
Winning your division is overrated
(hello, Atlanta): Just get to the postseason
any way you can. While the Marlins and Phillies beat
up on each other three more times next week, watch the
Cubs surge into the Wild Card lead with that
Charmin-soft schedule (Pirates, Reds, Pirates).
Women's World Cup
With reports that the WUSA is being
revived, those sympathetic early-week obituaries
now read merely like tools of the year's riskiest
So even though the World Cup likely won't
have the emotion of a "Farewell Tour" for U.S.
players, they are still a lock to win. Two more
* National interest will surge, much like
* Dumb investors, blinded by that
interest, will throw good money after bad.
What does it say that the Miss America
pageant is significantly
more enduring than America's
women's pro soccer league?
For starters, that men ogling hotties in
swimsuits is an iron-clad tradition, along with women
making catty comments while scoring at home. (WUSA
investors, take note: Don't run the revived version
like a sports league; run it like a reality-TV
The pick to win it all on Saturday night (8 p.m.,
ABC): Miss Virginia
(Nancy Redd), who won the preliminary swimsuit
competition, went to Harvard and won
$250,000 on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
If you're getting thumped in your office's
weekly NFL pool, there's still time to deliver
your Emmy pool ballot to the office pop-culture freak.
Watch these in the big categories: Curb, West Wing,
Jenny Garner (heart) ... Edie Falco (head), Peter
Krause, Patty Heaton, Larry David.