Thursday, February 3, 2005
Page 2 Quickie: February 2, 2005
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"God has already cleared me to
And with that, T.O. entered the Super Bowl Media Day
Hall of Fame.
Forget the groundhog and four more weeks of
winter; T.O. couldn't see his shadow because of the
media eclipse surrounding him Tuesday.
Translation: Four more days of T.O. mania.
At least he gave us clarity: "I'm going to play, and that's it."
More, in his "T.Own" words:
"I'm never going to be a decoy. I've never been a
decoy since I stepped on the field ... I'm going to be
"If you guys are looking for me to just go out there
and dilly-dally around, it's not going to happen. I'm
going to go out there and play hard, and I'm going to
"I'm 81 percent," No. 81 said. "By game time, I'll be
181 percent... I had a great day of practice. A lot of
people were watching me. All eyes were on me ... I'm
not 100 percent, but I'm getting there. The game is
five days away, and I'll be ready."
Sum it up for us, T.O., and don't insult us
"If you believe in miracles, just wait till
More Media Day
Biggest letdown? Freddie Mitchell. He
didn't even get a podium! Adding injury to insult, he
said nothing provocative. He won't back down from his
anti-Pats comments? Yawn.
Donovan McNabb continues to use charm and
confidence to be the biggest media-relations winner of
Speaking of return from injury, watch Pats DT
Richard Seymour's return (or not) to be the biggest
X-factor of the game. Talk about eclipsed!
The biggest VIP (literally) was Fridge Perry,
working as a celeb correspondent. Was Super Bowl XX
really 19 years ago?
For ESPN.com coverage of both Media Day
sessions, see Q It Up. It nicely captures the frenetic
P-Jax to Lakers
Jackson "mulling" return to Lakers!
Speculation out of L.A. is raging, and reportedly,
even Kobe has been consulted about it.
Wait: Wasn't it "Kobe-itis" that caused Rudy
T's "health problems" or "stress" in the first
Experts insist it's not; from the "fanalyst" p.o.v.,
the theory has to be considered.
The irony: The Lakers could have side-stepped
this entire mess (not to mention their current
mediocre record) by keeping Shaq and Phil together in
L.A. and shipping Kobe out of town.
Any more questions, doubters? Illinois
cruised at Michigan St., 81-68, behind 54 points from
their unstoppable 3-guard combo. (But remember:
unbeaten regular seasons mean nothing without an NCAA
B.C. Watch: 19-0! (d. WVA)
Tonight's sick doubleheader:
17 Cincy at 9 L'ville (7, ESPN)
6 Duke at 7 Wake (9, ESPN)
National Signing Day
Signing Day! When all those illegal
booster payoffs finally pay off! (Kidding!)
No more correlation between financial "largesse" and
quality of recruiting class, particularly now that the
NCAA has cracked down on the surf and turf dinners,
the private jet rides and "welcome hotties."
(Don't worry, recruits: You'll get that when you arrive
Extending the non-accusatory booster-payment analogy:
The early projection has the rich (Tennessee, USC,
Michigan) getting richer and the poor (Nebraska)
suddenly getting rich.
Retiring as a Cowboy was apparently
less of a priority than retiring in time to be part of
an ownership play for the Vikings.
Expect "Ring of Honor" in Dallas next year, but those
of you with a Hall of Fame fetish will have to wait a
few years for his lock of a nomination. He IS the best
RB of the ESPN Era. (See Big 5)
State of NHL Union: When the hockey
players receive the owners' latest proposal today,
they should accept it -- even though it has a salary
Why? Because the owners will never cut a deal
without one. So the players can take their pain now or
take it later.
They'll be kicking themselves when it's Summer of 2006
and they finally accept an owners' plan ... with a
salary cap. Skills erode, fellas.
State of Sports Union
I'm pleased to say: The State of the
Sports Union is healthier than ever before:
24-hour attention spans!
(Thank you, FredEx!)
And averaging at least one Best! Ever!
superlative a day!
Bring on my next term!