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Friday, September 3, 2004
Page 2 Quickie: September 2, 2004


 
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
FREED.  KOBE.

"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 world)?

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 (million) dollars.

"I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual." No one will remember that part.

"I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter." Let's translate that:

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 at all.

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 postseason....

Deion Comeback!
"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 P.T.

Mourning Comeback?
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 things.

MJ Comeback?
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
Today: Bandwagons

USC as "everyone's pick"
Remember lesson of '03 OKLA!
West Virginia and Cal
One of 'em guaranteed to flop
Paterno-bashing
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