Friday, September 3, 2004
Page 2 Quickie: September 2, 2004
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"I want to apologize to her."
I thought the first rule of any open-ended legal
proceeding -- from a fender-bender to CEO shenanigans
-- was never apologize.
But Team Kobe ain't dumb: What does Kobe give
up with his statement to his accuser (but, mostly, the
A few (million) dollars on the civil-suit side? In
exchange, he gets to make an immediate start at
repairing his reputation, which is worth many more
"I truly believe this encounter between us was
consensual." No one will remember that
"I now understand how she feels that she did not
consent to this encounter." Let's translate
Empathy for her perception? No, more
accurately, already moving forward, trying to manage
the public's perception.
El Duque to Rescue
The biggest insult George Steinbrenner
could possibly give his team is to try to motivate
them with tired pre-game "rah-rah" cliches like
"Winners never quit; quitters never win."
Aren't the Yankees supposed to be the ultimate
pros? If one staggeringly big loss throws them off
so badly they can be motivated by lame slogans,
they probably don't deserve to be in the pennant race
Moot point: They didn't need "Going gets
tough"-style infantilizing; they needed El Duque, who
reminded why he's NY's most clutch pitcher (7 IP, 7 K,
3 H), running his record to 6-0.
Watching the WC
Credit the Red Sox for keeping their
eyes on the Wild Card prize, beating WC rival Anaheim
12-7 and taking a 3.5-game lead on the race. That's
right: Don't even bother looking up at the Yankees.
Who cares about the division? Just make the
"I prepare to win": And everyone else
prepares to curiously follow the Ravens' game tonight
vs. the Giants, in the hopes that Prime Time gets some
Give 'Zo credit for good intentions in
saying he'll attempt a comeback at Nets training camp
next month. But enough with the Sean Elliott
comparisons; the NBA's physical rigors of the NBA for
a swingman versus a big man are two entirely different
MJ has been lacing 'em up at his old
haunt Hoops the Gym, getting in runs with NBA types.
As usual, NBA Insider Chad Ford has the scoop (see
Q It Up, right). His un-retirement with the Heat is
the No. 1 "Wishful Thinking" concept of 2004.
Dante Hall Watch
He's ESPN the Mag NFL '04 cover guy for
good reason: He's must-see every time he touches the
ball. That's why even though it's a shame that Chiefs
3rd WR Marc Boerigter is out for the season with a
knee injury, the very silver lining is that
Hall will get more snaps as the replacement.
NFL Pre: Last Chance
20 teams play their last exhibition
game. Here are the Top 5 storylines:
BAL/NYG: Let! Deion! play!
BAL/NYG II: Let! Eli! play!
StL/OAK: Let! Woodson! play!
SD/SF: Let! Rivers! play!
CAR/PIT: Cats still "Pre-0"
CFB Preview: Day 4
USC as "everyone's pick"
Remember lesson of '03 OKLA!
West Virginia and Cal
One of 'em guaranteed to flop
Okay, maybe he deserves it
The "new" ACC
Until they all beat each other
Busting on the BCS
PCs diminished, blame humans?
Friday: Hot/Not List preview