Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Page 2 Quickie: Dec. 30, 2003
The Lead Item
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
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.