Injured Villanova star will miss Sweet 16 game vs.
UNC, seriously hurting the Wildcats' chances of
upsetting ESPN.com's No. 1-ranked Sweet 16 team. (No!)
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Two Words For You:
Today's Quickie Vocab word:
It means: "Taking pleasure in a top Tournament team's
And, frankly, that feeling sustains most of us in
March. (After all, you sure can't rely on the pleasure
of your bracket once it's busted.)
But we're being denied!
Peeking around the weekend bend, you can see we're on
a collision course with the unprecedented, the
All four No. 1 seeds making the Final Four.
No! Where's the fun in
In fact, Illinois, UNC, Duke and Washington all making
the Final Four would be the worst thing to
happen to the Final Four -- ever.
The NCAA Tournament -- riding its highest TV ratings
since 1993 -- could actually be
ruined by accurate seeding.
If we wanted to watch the top seeds all advance, we'd
watch tapes of the NFL playoffs.
The NCAA Tournament's lifeblood is the
But when the expected happens? It's the opposite of madness.
Which No. 1 seed would you MOST like to see go
down? Vote in today's poll.
Bonds' Ex Speaks
What's most damning isn't the
'roids stuff, ironically enough. It's the accusations
that Bonds used her as an unofficial tax
You see where this is going, right?! The Feds
and media will use the "Capone" strategy: They can't
nail him on the steroids, so they'll get him on the
Has McGwire's popularity taken a hit
from his performance in front of Congress?
Politics' most-watched metric is
"Favorable/Unfavorable," the percent of people who
like you (and the percent that don't.)
Key? Watch trends over time.
(In McGwire's case: Uh-oh.)
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Pat Summitt: Could top Dean Smith all-time W mark tonight|
Tourney on TV: Viewer ratings are highest in 11 years
"Popping the jersey": When NY Times even talks about it ...
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NFL labor talks: Tagliabue says NFL, union at "dead end"|
Ron Artest's reinstatement: Not this season, Stern says
"Whuppergate": AI tries to defuse altercation with ref
McGwire's favorability rating in a new Gallup poll has
plummeted from its 1998 high of 87 percent to 53
And his "unfavorables" have jacked up from only 3
percent in 1998 to a whopping 25 percent
Circle your calendar: Temple at St.
Joe's, early 2006. That's when John Chaney --
returning for another season -- will wander
into Hawk Hill for the most hostile reception
What is Temple thinking? If they won't fire him
now, then when?! Maybe there's a side deal that he'll
retire after next season.
Davis staying, too? Even more inexplicably,
Indiana coach Mike Davis will reportedly keep
Indiana is one of the top five jobs in college hoops;
keeping Davis is a huge mistake.
This era's Doug Collins? Coaching the
NBA's best player in his early years, only to be
ousted just in time for the player to go on a tear of
Who's next: I've heard noise about Flip
Saunders, but hasn't Flip shown that he can't take a
single-star team to the Finals?
My vote: Phil Jackson. And I bet he'd take the
call. It's precisely his m.o. to hitch a ride with the
league's best on the elevator up.
(He also happens to be the best ever at getting great
players over the hump to championship
Out 2-4 weeks (ankle): So the Spurs
won't finish with the best record in the West. Who
The only thing that matters is that Duncan will be back in
time for the playoffs, at which point the Spurs will
return to dominance.
Week 1 preview:
Opener: Raiders at Pats
Oakland debut for Randy Moss
Sunday Night: Colts at Ravens
Top O vs. Top D: Who'll give?
MNF: Eagles at Falcons
Rematch of '04 NFC title game
Permanent Super host cities, specifically
fitted to maximize the two-week Bowl extravaganza.
Tags lauds thinking "out of the box."
Mexico City game:
Cards-49ers confirmed. Apparently, the NFL is now
outsourcing its worst games.
Lose Francis for 3 games (suspended), then lose to the
lowly Bobcats, as Charlotte ends a 10-game losing
streak. The wheels are off the Magic train.
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|No! LOVE dissed UW!|
|2s aren't fun either|
Cards announcer apologizes for saying Rockies'
Todd Helton was "on the juice"; you can't throw that
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UConn F Charlie Villanueva, whose matador D was a big
reason the Huskies lost to NC State, is reportedly
declaring for the NBA. G'luck with that.
Chamique Holdsclaw never met the MJ-like expectations
for her in D.C. Maybe playing Kobe to Leslie's Shaq in
L.A. will energize her career.
Bills RB Travis Henry said he'll sit out until Buffalo
finally trades him. They'll sure miss his sunny
NFL FA watch: Ravens lose LB Ed Hartwell to Falcons,
whose D just got even nastier.
NBDL, westward ho: Expands to Fort Worth, Austin,
Tulsa, Albuq. Stern is right: Won't fulfill promise
until each NBA team has an NBDL "minor."