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Steve Spurrier in South Carolina black and red? It's
looking like it.
The Ol' Ball Coach has an agreement in principle to replace Lou Holtz
at South Carolina, according to regional reports.
For Spurrier, it makes sense:
Knows the SEC as well as any.
Wanted football-first school.
SC has nowhere to go but up.
It's a gut-wrencher for the Florida faithful. Not only does he
spurn a return to UF, but his return would come in the Gators' own
By comparison, this is the feeling New Yorkers would have if
Joe Torre went to manage the Red Sox or Dukies would have if Coach K
moved down the street to coach at UNC.
For college football fans at large, any Spurrier return is a good
thing, but just because he would be coming to a program that stinks
doesn't mean the expectations won't be high; he can deliver an SEC
title by 2008.
But in case Spurrier forgot, the one reality of returning to
the football-rabid SEC:
There better be.
MLB Fray Agency
All about Pedro Love! Martinez goes to Florida to talk
to the Boss, Theo and Larry go to Florida to talk to Martinez. Is he
really that valuable, or will he simply be the most expensive piece of
symbolism in the history of baseball?
MNF Scandal, Day 3
Congratulations, NFL: This is now a third-day
story, and everyone and their mother is coming out of the woodwork
with an opinion.
The bashers are about 48 hours too late. Tony Dungy sounded like a
fool; other critics simply sound hysterical.
Meanwhile, all the (over-)attention may actually be producing a
backlash against the post-Janet watchdog culture This
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Carmelo: Dope charges dropped, then he drops 30 in DEN W
Amare: Season-high 38 pts; averaging monster 28 and 9
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Drew Henson: Parcells stubbornly says "not yet" about QB
Ryder Cup: Tiger blasts Captain pick (Lehman over O'Meara)
certainly feels like a nadir of hypersensitivity.
For 18- to 34-year olds, the whole "controversy" simply doesn't
faze us. In fact, we found the skit kind of amusing. And, after all,
we pay the bills.
As Morning Quickie junkies like to say: "Moving on ... "
Ballots mailed out Wed. Here's some advice for voters:
1. No hurry. WAY too close to call. Hold ballots until the
last possible game is played.
2. No best-player/best-team. Leinart? White? Heirs to Geno
Torretta. Heisman criteria is sketchy, but try to think more
3. No Jason White. He won last season under false pretenses.
If they knew he wasn't coming back, Larry Fitzgerald would have
Pro Bowl Voting
Fans show T.O. their support: He leads all WR in
all-star voting. (Of course, the same fans made Tiki Barber the
leading vote-getter among RBs.)
QB is a hot comp: Fast start gives Daunte a slim lead over
Peyton (325K-310K). Expect that to change as Manning keeps up a
College Hoops: Hot/Not
Sneak peek of my college hoops "What's Hot, What's Not"
List, now available on Page 2:
Hot: Wake Forest
Not: St. Joe's
Tobacco Road stud:
Hot: Marvin Williams (UNC)
Not: J.J. Redick (Duke)
Hot: Ashley Judd
Not: Red Sox players
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With Ls, both remain winless. Who is failing more spectacularly? Chicago lost to the woeful Warriors; N.O. shot a record-tying-low *2* FTs. Two!
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More MLB FA: Tigers make their now-annual big-splash pickup of the
winter, signing Troy Percival; Mets close to signing Kris Benson
More NFL QB Watch: Reliable JAX backup David Garrard will get another
start; CAR's Jake Delhomme questionable (what a difference a year
Where sports and science collide: New research shows the human
physique evolved specifically for the act of running. I smell a shoe
If USC wins the BCS title, credit the help of walk-on Snoop Dogg
(they're so loose!); if they lose, he's an easy scapegoat, too
Zen-ley Cup: If you didn't see the Tampa Bay Lightning get their NHL
title rings, did they actually win them? Wait: What's this
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