||NY G3 starter
Yankees signed him for this: Arguably overmatched by MIN starter Silva and knowing if he loses, NY faces Johan (and possible elimination) Saturday.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Making last weekend's "Housewives" look at ease with
their circumstances, there's a discomfort level among all the
MLB playoff teams heading into the weekend, beyond the obvious two
SoCal teams down 0-2.
Yankees at Twins:
MIN: G2 collapse lingering?
NYY: Looking at Johan in G4
Angels at Red Sox:
BOS: NY scoreboard obsession
ANA: No Rally primates in '04
Cards at Dodgers:
StL: Can they win close one?
LA: Worn out by NL West race?
Braves at Astros:
ATL: Play 2 in rabid Houston
HOU: Never clinched a p'off
Fri: Boston brooms at Fenway
Sat: Cards close out, easy
Sun: Yanks top Johan, advance
Mon: HOU/ATL Game 5 madness
Sox Rooting Interest?
In the Morning Quickie show Thursday, the hottest topic
was which team the Red Sox would rather see advance this weekend to
meet them in the ALCS -- the Yankees or Twins?
Is a Red Sox World Series appearance less meaningful if they
don't exorcise the Yankees en route? Boston fans seemed to see the
bigger picture; it was the rest of fans who wanted to see a NY-BOS
(Gotta love the paranoid Red Sox fans, who made solid arguments that
the Twins' better pitching made them the team to worry about.)
To join in, check out SportsNation, 9-10 am, Mon-Fri (or just see Q
It Up for a link.)
Pats: 19 in a Row?
More impressive than the 1972 Dolphins. (That's not to
say the '72 Fins weren't impressive, just that these Pats are
Why? This era is infinitely more competitive than the early
1970s. (And, to bolster the argument that 2 titles in 3 years is good
enough to be called a "dynasty," this current era of the last five
years or so is more competitive than any previous.)
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McNair: Looking probable for MNF showdown with Favre|
Milton Bradley: No investigation into slur incident
NASCAR: Jumps on 5-second delay bandwagon. Thanks, Janet!
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Dodgers P Jeff Weaver: 4.6 IP, 6 R, 0-2 career playoff
Portis-Bugel feud: Skins asst says air has been cleared
But with every W after 19, it will become less and less of a
debate, and the NFL purists' screeching will simply fade into the
Next up: Is this the greatest all-time team game-winning streak
in any sport? I'd vote yes.
NFL Unbeatens Watch
Only a dozen or so more wins in a row until the three
other remaining unbeatens on the Week 5 schedule enter the '04
Pats-'72 Fins "better-streak" debate!
NY Jets (vs. BUF) Can you believe the Jets would be 4-0 (and
the Bills will be 0-4)?
Atlanta (vs. DET) Falcons better on both sides of the ball
(except for Roy Williams).
Seattle (vs. StL) Hawks in great shape, as long as Martz is
making those crack decisions.
Don't forget the winless!
49ers (vs. ARI), Bucs (vs. NO) jockeying to see which team is
second-worst in the league, behind the Dolphins (who we know
See Big 5 for more subplots.
CFB: Huge Weekend
Speaking of desperate, there's Texas coach Mack Brown,
who is one win over Oklahoma from reputation salvation -- or one
(more) OU loss from being Texas toast.
Five more must-see games:
Cal/USC: No gimme for Trojans
Tenn/UGA: Dawgs eyeing No. 1
Minn/Mich: Prove it, Gophers
Wisc/Ohio St: Watch Ant Davis
LSU/Fla: Playing for pride
"Friday Night Lights"
Only question: Why'd this take so long to go from
must-read book to movie? Who didn't inhale this book and instantly
recognize the flick potential?
You can just imagine those development meetings:
Exec: We love it! See it now:
"Varsity Blues meets 8 Mile"
Producer: Yes, but Blues borrowed from this story.
E: "Remember the Titans II?"
P: Uh, replace race relations with economic sociology.
E: "Any Given Sunday meets American Pie?"
He's griping (and skipping training-camp practices). They're steaming.
You see what's coming don't you? Two words: Midseason. Trade.
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Apparently, the NFL equates a 4-month prison stretch with a 2-game
suspension; isn't that the same penalty for a TD dance?
More Jamal Lewis: Here's hoping his bunkmate in the pokey didn't draft
him for the Cellblock D FFL (Groupname: It Wasn't Me; Password:
MLB playoff dynamic to watch: How do Boston's non-Schilling, non-Pedro
Last remaining NFL Week 5 subplot: CAR at DEN. Panthers need Stephen
Davis back (badly); Broncos should deploy similar two-headed RB
Best kind of problem: Juggling up to 4 MLB games Sat with best day of
CFB games yet? Or how to juggle up to 4 on Sunday with full NFL
In Friday's Morning Quickie: MLB playoffs, NFL Preview, CFB madness
and more. *LIVE*, 9-10 ET or read the transcript. (See Q It