Nicely summarizes the duality of the "fantasy/NFL
fan": Makes some FFL GM happy with an NFL season-high
233 rec. yards, yet Titans lose shootout.
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Two Words For You:
All this hysteria for a guy no one is
sure can even get the job done anymore.
But Pedro brings cachet.
But a career in stat decline.
He brings three Cy Youngs.
But that 100-pitch red flag.
He brings an ace's attitude.
But MLB's most mercurial ego.
He brings Nelson De La Rosa.
But Who's Your Daddy? chants.
He brings MLB's best hair-do.
But no NL DH? No hair-cuts.
But he brings a Sox WS ring.
(And no "But ..." about that.)
Unit to Yanks?
Not to be outdone by their crosstown
rival, the Yankees are suddenly back in discussions
with Arizona for Randy Johnson.
"Price too steep" is apparently relative, MLB execs'
equivalent of beer goggling after one drink (early
last week) versus 10 (today).
While questions about Pedro's arm linger, everyone
agrees that if the Yankees get Johnson, they are
(once again) the favorite to win the title.
Your Move, Boston
Action by the Yankees triggers an
impulse in Boston to make a pitching deal of its
own. (Is the "new Moneyball" hiring ex-Cold War
experts to analyze proliferation strategies?)
Hottest rumor? A.J. Burnett, in a potential trade
with Florida for Boston's top SS prospect Hanley Ramirez (made
dispensable if the Sox sign Renteria). Boston is also
looking at Matt Clement and, least appealing, signing
Derek Lowe, who everyone knows -- after THAT
postseason -- is SO due to suck.
NHL Lockout Mess
NHL to reject union offer: Owners
wrongly fixated on salary cap; rightly think the
players' proposed short-term payroll cut isn't a
long-term financial answer.
Speaking of "long-term," there's not going to be an
NHL season, in case you (a) were still wondering, or
(b) still care.
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CLE QB Jeff Garcia: Done for season; probably better off
BoSox team doc Bill Morgan: But stitching legend secure
MLB Steroid Deal?
Owners, union will meet in NY today to
talk about new-'n-improved steroid testing. How ironic
that the sworn enemies of MLB and MLBPA are about to
give the NHL and its union a lesson in
Weis Arrives at ND
"Nasty": That's how Charlie Weis
described his team's necessary attitude. He's also going to find
that's the competitive mantra out on the recruiting
Biggest pitfall: Recruiting? Competing
time-commitments? Nah. NCAA rules and regs?
Ah, there's the rub! Team control is one thing;
"institutional control" is much tougher.
MNF: KC 49, Ten 38
As long as we're going
to watch two teams not even sniffing the playoffs,
they might as well put on a telegenic no-D show: 87 total points is second-most in MNF
Heat Rule East
The Wizards looked great feasting on
the dregs of the East, but the Heat -- no: Shaq -- put
them back in their place. Shaq went off for 40 and 12, cementing the
Heat's status as the
MLB Fray Agency
The Mariners are going with the "See If
the Pasta Is Ready" strategy: Throw deals at Delgado,
Sexson and Beltre to see if any stick. They're hoping
for 2 of 3, but they'll be lucky to bat .333.
If the Cards can't repeat their success next
season, look to the migration of C Mike Matheny to the Giants. Won't help StL to re-sign a guy like
Matt Morris if they don't have anyone to catch
Bowl Season Begins
Wyndham New Orleans
Teams: N. Texas vs. So. Miss
Location: Do you have to ask?
Time/TV: 7:30 ET, ESPN
Subplot: Eh, it's still early
Stud: NT Fr RB Jamario Thomas
Pick: Gotta love "Mean Green"
||Manny to Mets:
Ramirez joining his buddy Pedro in Queens looked
promising until GMs Theo and Omar had a squabble over
money (go figure) and the deal went south.
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"I'm not going to be a star in another Bryant soap
opera," says the Mailman. That's a clip-and-save quote
for anyone dealing with Kobe ...|
Kudos to the two newspapers using open-records laws to
force the coaches' poll to reveal the ballots of its
voters. Tracking ...
Corey Koskie: "I'm leaving Minnesota with a heavy
heart." Yeah, but a heavy wallet, too. And there's the
story of team loyalty in a nutshell ...
Tough news for 49ers fans: coach Dennis Erickson will
reportedly remain for rest of the season. Memo to
SF: Wait for Pats' Romeo Crennel ...
Expect NBA trade talk to heat up tomorrow, but in the
meantime, chew on the champ Pistons making a trade for
Bulls backup PG Frank Williams ...
Hornets at Bobcats: The irony here is that the new
Charlotte team should be favored over the old one
Last word on Pedro: All I can say is that the Big
Apple might not be big enough for the human
thrill ride that is Nelson De La Rosa ...