||NFL MVP Peyton Manning:
This was the biggest no-brainer award pick of 2004.
The bigger question is: Who *wouldn't* vote for him?
(See DQ'ed for the shocking answer.)
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Two Words For You:
If Randy Johnson was a celebrity like
Ashlee Simpson, yesterday's violent run-in with a
pesky New York cameraman -- heading into today's
introductory press conference and appearance on
Letterman -- would seem awfully
But as Johnson learned, there's no need to manufacture
drama in New York; it's a way of life. The media
doesn't cover sports as much as literally create it.
Welcome to the big city, Big Unit!
If he's put off by aggressive cameramen, what will he
think of this morning's tabloid headlines: "Pitching a
Fit" (Daily News) and "Big Jerk" (Post). NYC's version
of the Welcome Wagon is to throw you under the
From anger management to media management: The dueling
crosstown press conferences today aren't a quirk of
the schedule; the Mets know exactly what they are
doing, introducing Beltran at 11 (before the Yankees
introduce Johnson at 2).
The back page of the tabloids is officially up for
grabs. The biggest question is: Are these two
franchise foundations ready for it?
The NFL is actually considering a $5K fine?
Or worse?! Here's a handy rule of thumb: If the refs
themselves don't flag it, it's probably not worth the
Yesterday's overreaction was the true embarrassment,
and fan opinion (via SportsNation) statistically bears
Here are "should-know" stats:
59%: Labeled moon "funny"
54%: Said "no fine" needed
69%: Want Moss on their team
74%: RM/TO antics? Let it go
68%: Moss is good for NFL
(Source: SportsNation polls)
Thank you, Tony Dungy, who explained
that the origin of the Moss mooning might have been
the abusive way Packers fans moon opposing players as
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New York media: Wait less than 24 hours to tick off Unit
team bus exits the parking lot. Put in
that context, and not only is it tit-for-tat,
but downright clever. Don't give it if you can't take
NFL Draft Watch
Virginia TE Heath Miller: Arguably the
best TE in ACC history (record-holder for receptions,
yards and TDs) -- and one of the best TEs in college
football history. And no K2-like baggage!
50 percent of sports fans "would not be
disappointed at all" if the NHL season was
cancelled, says a new poll. Come on: Does that shock
What's WAY more surprising is that, by
inference, that means that 50 percent of fans would
have at least some level of disappointment.
You'd never know it.
Of course, that probably didn't count the overwhelming
number who simply said: "What's this 'N-H-L' you speak
Kings Trade Christie
Doug Christie for Cat Mobley: "Just
when Mrs. Christie thought she had a handle on the
local sports media vixens ..."
Someone alert the TV producers in charge of "The
Christies" reality-TV series that they're going to
have to relocate from Sacramento to Orlando.
Looking for classic reality-TV angst? Keep your
eye on Steve Francis, who isn't happy that his team
shipped out best buddy, Cuttino Mobley.
Quickie Book Club
"Blink" by Malcolm
Anyone who writes a column called the "Quickie" should
love a book called "Blink" (by the author of "The
Tipping Point.") It's a must-read about the science of
Note to SABR-haters: It's not an endorsement of "gut"
or "instinct"; rather, it presents a skill that is
undervalued as something you can develop.
Give me "Blink," "Moneyball" and 2004 fave "Wisdom of
Crowds" (Surowiecki), and I'll call it a complete
package for a fans' decision-making theory.
||Vick for NFL MVP:
Voter Mike O'Hara (Detroit News) should be
banned after casting a ludicrous first-place ballot
for Mike Vick over Peyton Manning. What a joke!
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the motions -- be it ambling through a route or
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MLB Fray Agency: Mets not done! While in P.R.
introducing Beltran, they're wooing Delgado; Derek Lowe
to Dodgers (Neyer has must-read) ...
Leinart update: Says he'll likely announce his
stay-or-go decision on Thursday ...
49ers coaching search: Interviewing Titans O honcho
Mike Heimerdinger (let's call him "Coach H" for
simplicity). SF fans, in unison: "Who?!" ...
Happy retirement to the LPGA's Ty Votaw, whose legacy
will be his widely publicized plan to play up his
players' sex appeal ...
Congrats to Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, who became the
first Big East coach to record 300 conference
The new Syracuse AD (ne USC) isn't looking at his old
school for a new football coach; Texas D-coord Greg
Robinson will get the job ...