If you ever needed more evidence that sportswriters, "experts" and other know-it-alls are truly
don't-know-anythings, just look at the Kentucky Derby.
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You can keep Pistons-Heat or Suns-Spurs for
the NBA's best playoff pairing.
For "brawlicious irony," nothing beats Pacers-Pistons;
fans haven't seen a back story of mutual loathing like
this since the heyday of Knicks-Heat.
Don't expect "Brawl II": Fans (and the NBA)
will be watching way too closely. But that's also
precisely the reason it will be a hit.
It's the tantalizing prospect of another brawl.
This is the striptease of NBA playoff series.
Under scrutiny: Every pick, every foul, every
glare, every arena response to visiting-team
starting-lineup announcements ...
But the drama of Indiana's redemption, the chance of
the defending champs being KO'd, the ceaseless
replays of November's zany antics ...
With the other three conference semis looking like
done deals, this one provides more drama than the rest
Heat Crush Wiz
This is going to be quick. Sure, the
Wizards were hamstrung by the NBA's ludicrous playoff
... But Shaq and Wade didn't even play well, and Miami
still cruised like a senior citizen on the way from
Boca to the Bahamas.
Spurs Crush Sonics
If Seattle wanted a glimpse of what
life would be like if Ray Allen left as a free agent
this summer, they got it in Game 1.
A 22-point loss to the Spurs, with the game getting out
of hand when Allen went down with an ankle sprain in
Allen is listed as "day-to-day"; not coincidentally,
that's also the Sonics' prospect of not getting
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Mavs at Suns
All hail the MVP!
(If "all" means "everyone outside of Dallas, where the
fans will spend four games watching their offseason
blunder run 'em out of the playoffs.")
"Playoff defense" may yet be the Suns' eventual
demise, but the Mavs sure as shootin' ain't gonna be
MLB vs. Bonds?
Baseball denied it is investigating
Barry, as reported this weekend; it is happy to
admit, however, that it is "monitoring" his
Come on: Fantasy owners "monitor"; when MLB executives
pay close attention, it's a bigger deal. (But what did
you expect them to do?)
ChiSox Roll On
The line of doubters resembles the line
for Star Wars tickets -- long and eager. But at some
point, they'll come around that Chicago is having one
of "those years."
"They can't keep this up!"
News flash: They are.
The latest: 8th straight win on Sunday, tying
the best start in franchise history (24-7). Mark Buehrle
pitches again into the eighth and improves to 5-1.
Brady Gets Paid
$60 million, 6 years? What a bargain
for the biggest success story in NFL history.
Small price to pay for the biggest single player
responsible for the NFL's greatest dynasty (without
gutting the team's cap, Manning-style).
No reason to think there won't be even more rings over
the next half-dozen years.
The 50-1 shot wins it all, Nick Zito is
shut out and Steinbrenner's odds-on favorite Bellamy Road finishes seventh. NFL parity has
nothing on the Derby.
"Royals win World Series": That's how NYT's Araton
smartly put it. But if Giacomo is playing the Royals,
then does that mean the Boss is playing the role of ...
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Two shutouts in a row put a damper on what had been
one of the most fun weeks for sports fans in years.
Good thing we've still got Bellamy Road.
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Maybe all the Nash haters will lay off because the MVP
vote total was so close between him and Shaq (65-58 in
Twins 1B Justin Morneau is still sizzling since his
return from that head conk: Sunday, he was 4-4 with 3
RBI in a Twins W.
So much for that revamped Dolphins secondary; CB Will
Poole may miss the entire season with an ACL
Always watching the Pats' personnel moves: Scott Pioli
may have scored another coup, landing ex-SEA LB Chad
Brown (to help replace Bruschi?)
Clemens starts today vs. the Marlins, which means that
you can expect either (a) no run support, or (b) a
Break up the Pirates! Pittsburgh has won 5 of 6,
including a 16-2 walloping of Arizona on