||"Flying Illini" II:
No. 3 Illinois ran over No. 1 Wake Forest, proving
it is the REAL No. 1 (dumb pollsters) and
exposing WF as slow, shallow and unready for pressure.
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Notre Dame works fast.
They'll meet today with Urban Meyer -- Utah coach,
presumptive pick and all-around hot commodity.
He covets ND; they covet him.
The problem? Timing.
If Meyer wants to be at ND more than he wants
to be at Utah, he owes it to Notre Dame to get
there ASAP (literally, this weekend) to start
recruiting and rebuilding. He should not stay
in Utah to coach the Utes in their BCS
Utah's gate-crashing destiny? He'd be coaching
it for his own ego gratification -- reward for
past accomplishments (and ultimately
meaningless; it's not like they're playing for a
He's popular with players and fans, but they
should wake up and smell the Irish coffee -- he wants
to be elsewhere. So let him go.
Giambi and 'Roids
Jason Giambi testified to a grand jury
that he used steroids, according to reports.
And if that surprises you, I've got a sweet
deal to offer you, involving Giambi and your fantasy
Bigger picture: Between "The Cream" and "The
Clear" and any other innocuous euphemism doubling as
performance-enhancer, the circumstantial,
guilt-by-association evidence continues to mount
suggesting that Bonds couldn't have avoided 'roids at
BALCO if he tried.
Final tally: ACC 9, Big 10 2. Not much of a
"Challenge." But while the ACC may have unprecedented
league quality, the only depth that
really matters is who's No. 1; right now, the
Big Ten has the team to beat in Illinois.
Trend Bandwagon! Speed rules.
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Unit Watch: Yanks Out?
The Yankees are balking at the D'backs'
price for Randy Johnson, and word is they're out of the Big Unit Derby.
Since we know he's getting traded, the Yankees'
pullout leaves the door wide open for a Red Sox
coup de grace.
Suns Beat LeBron
The week's It City? Phoenix.
That "Pa-ho-nicks" FedEx ad is hilarious. And
the Suns have won 9 straight, including Wednesday's
120-101 romp over LeBron's Cavs.
But the emergence of Amare eclipses team's
story: 21 against Cavs, 25.9 for season; Stoudemire has catapulted into the
league's top 10 players today -- and one of the top 3
Let's hope no one drooling over Amare would
also favor an NBA minimum-age rule; he's yet
another example of a prep-to-pro doing just fine
without the artificial barrier of forced college
Memphis' New Czar
Yes, but will Mike Fratello be able to
use the old-school clipboard and dry-erase marker, or
will he have Jerry West install a telestrator next to
Meanwhile, Fratello is bringing along Eric
Musselman (ex-Golden State coach) as his top assistant,
probably because he wanted someone next to him who had
more recent NBA experience than the Czar's
(The quality of that NBA experience?
Apparently, not as critical.)
||Giambi's p.r. decisions:
So that spring-training "I never took 'roids" stuff
was just hooey? Remember: Athletes only swear to tell
the truth on the stand, not in the locker room.
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