Enjoy that guaranteed BCS slot (being in the Top 6) while it lasts, boys. On Nov. 20, when you lose at Southern Miss, the topic is moot.
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Two Words For You:
The two sides of this TCU debate are nicely
captured by the Fiesta Bowl president in today's
Cinderella: "I'm not sure they are quite
yet," he said. Four words continue to dog them:
Who. Have. They. Played. If Cinderella steals glass
slippers from the neighborhood bag lady (not local
landed gentry), it ain't much of a fairy tale.
Money: The Fiesta prez phrased it as "impact on
the marketplace." Translation: If TCU can't even fill
its own stadium, how will it sell out a BCS
bowl? And does anyone want to watch them on TV?
MLB Voting Fraud
Even though Hideki Matsui qualified as a
rookie under current MLB rules, two baseball
jerks "journalists" left him
completely off their AL Rookie of the Year
ballots. They should lose their right to
Don't like the rules? Get them changed. But
until they are, voters have no authority to play
Baseball God by coming up with their own special eligibility
AL Cy Young
Given the Rookie-ballot problem: Wonder
if any "revisionist" AL Cy Young voters will apply a
one-sided standard of some minimum number of wins or
innings that must be reached.
That will let voters conveniently discount that
Pedro was the best AL pitcher this season -- as
opposed to Toronto's Roy Halladay, who had the
most wins and innings. (Hold on, let's qualify
that IP: Halladay threw 79 more innings than Pedro --
but gave up 59 more runs! That's a 6.72 ERA for those "extra innings.")
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 BCS: USC has Ohio St on its tail for No. 2; TCU 6th?|
2 Eagles go into Green Bay's frozen blunder-a, get MNF W
3 AL Cy Young Award today: Pedro, Halladay, Loaiza in mix
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Jeremy Shockey: Likely done for season (sprained knee)|
2 U-Miami QB B. Berlin: 'Canes done, so him too (benched)
3 Ravens playoff outlook: QB Boller done for season (quad)
MNF: Eagles Rule
Winning their fourth game in a row, the Eagles are suddenly the hottest team in
the NFC (and are 22-5 in November and December since 2000). Donovan McNabb's early critics might want to
replay his last-minute game-winning TD drive.
While everyone is lauding LeBron's 7/12
jump-shooting last night (3/3 3-pt!) in the Cavs'
romp over the Knicks, the most glaring box-score item
is 0/0 free throws.
Slightly troubling that this 6-8, 240-pound
freak is settling for jumpers: Didn't the Cavs want
another MJ? Somehow he's decided he's another Mullin.
Baseball World Cup
MLB is on a roll: Best-ever October,
intriguing offseason kicking off, now talk
of a "Baseball World Cup" as early as March 2005.
But schedule it in February! After the Super
Bowl, before March Madness -- it would have the sports
spotlight to itself.
Soccer has nothing on this "Group of Death":
Dominican Republic, Cuba, Japan, U.S. (Installing
the D.R. as the early favorite.)
Clemens to Rangers?
Speaking of baseball's roll: The Texas
Rangers signing Roger Clemens would be brilliant
(snagging another Yankees ex-pat -- Texas native Andy
Pettitte --wouldn't hurt either).
Not only shoring up an awful pitching staff:
Like Nolan Ryan wrapping his career,
all of a sudden the Rangers are "must-see" when Rocket
Top Music DVDs
Rolling Stone ranked Spinal Tap No.
1 (no problem with that), but undervalued the
rap-roaring 8 Mile (No. 12). Props for putting
brilliant High Fidelity at No. 4.
Here's a *real* guarantee for you: Instead of taking their first L at the hands of the mouthy Bengals, unbeaten Chiefs will win by 3 TDs.
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Maybe all Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga wants to do is
tell coach Wannstedt to shave off that porn-star
Speaking of voting, nice to see Quickie fave Dontrelle
Willis turned insane popularity into electoral
More MLB: Kudos to MLB for officially banning THG.
Now, about those testing results ...
Heat at Rockets tonight: In "Brothers Van Gundy: The
Movie," would cast Paul Giamatti (Jeff) and Horatio
Sanz (Stan) ...
A month ago, we predicted a Grizzlies W over the
Lakers (Kobe scheduled to have a Nov. 10 legal
hearing). Well, no hearing, Bryant played -- and the
Griz won anyway (ESP ... N)