||Lord of the Rings:
11 nominations, 11 awards. That kind of top-to-bottom dominance reminds makes the 2004 Yankees' lineup look like the Mets.
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Two Words For You:
The revamped BCS has a payoff, but no
Spreading the wealth: Those pesky "mid-major"
schools agree to stop griping so publicly in exchange
for a fifth BCS bowl game open to any
conference and ... wait for it ... increased revenue
Of course it's about the money: Especially because
there are no guarantees in the proposal that a
mid-major school will be among the two at-large teams
that get picked for this fifth bowl. Unless
required, a bowl's incentive remains to pick
big-name teams with hefty fan bases and telegenic
Standing by my old suggestion: Embrace/market
the fifth bowl as the "Cinderella Bowl," pitting a mid-major team against
a traditional-conference powerhouse.
(I'm only trying to make lemonade here, because we're
no closer to a definitive national champ.)
MLB P.R. Snafu
Textbook p.r. mismanagement by the MLB
players union on the steroids story, capped by their
reported disinterest in being part of an all-sports
"steroids summit" being called by President Bush.
There's always got to be a villain. It
should be the steroid-makers, but the union
seems to be doing everything it can to assume the role
of bad guy. Its lame "CBA!" excuse is too easily spun
into a public perception of "they're hiding
The union can stonewall, but individual players
themselves aren't that stupid: It's too easy for them
too position themselves on the friendly side of
John Smoltz's public call Sunday for more testing is a
warning shot; under his cover, expect more players to
sound off soon. (Then the union is really in
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Blazers: Reportedly losing fans; whew: THERE'S a shocker
"Fits like a Glove?" Not in L.A.
Gary Payton's 16 points last night in a Lakers blowout
W over the Nets is just a Band-Aid on a gusher.
If he's frustrated now, how will he feel when the team
morphs into the "Playoff Lakers" -- even more
dominated by Kobe, Shaq and Phil?
It's GP's own fault: Like he didn't know what he was
getting into in L.A. He could have gone to San Antonio
for the same short money.
Who's No. 4?
Forget the NCAA Tournament's 64-team bubble;
the more intriguing "bubble" is for that fourth No. 1
seed (the other three belonging to Stanford, St. Joe's
Burst: Pitt, after a nationally televised home loss to
Syracuse on Sunday.
Here's your No. 4: Either Kentucky or Mississippi
State, whichever survives the SEC tournament. (See
"Big 5" for more contenders.)
St. Joe's Watch
Two-point win over Rhode Island on
Saturday sets up a completion of an unbeaten regular
season at home on Tuesday night versus hapless St.
But, 57-55? Just that kind of game to
stick in your head when you fill out your NCAA
Tournament bracket to justify that St. Joe's won't
make it to the Sweet 16.
Coming tomorrow: Ranking St. Joe's against
"Red Carpet" interviewers make the
inane Super Bowl Media Day reporters look like Jim
More next-day talking points:
Hottie? Scarlett Johannsen
Hideous? Uma Thurman
Hunh? All that over-tanning
Old conventional wisdom: He can't be beat! New conventional wisdom: He can't beat the good teams!
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No. 1 seed
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Kobe case resumes today, with a hearing about
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evidence. If this wasn't messy before ...|
Terrell Owens blames the NFL and 49ers for his
free-agency filing mistake. Sure, if "blame" means
"No, wait: That's my own stupidity ..."
The Bills' deal to import QB-of-the-future Drew Henson
is no lock; no way Houston lets him slide back in the
Warren Sapp says he wants to stay in Tampa -- but do
the Bucs really want to pay the bucks to keep
Michigan H.S. Athletic Association wants Chris Webber's school to
forfeit his 3 state titles, because C-Webb took money from a booster. They should ...
More Oscars: "Bringing your mom" might be all the
rage, but NBA players have been showcasing their moms
at the draft for years ...