||Manny Ramirez or Alfonso Soriano?:
Two huge names who can make Sunday's MLB trade
deadline a lot more interesting. (See 2nd Item for the
hottest trade rumors.)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Between today and Sunday, more than
half the NFL will join in on training camping, and the
NFL preseason will be so on.
All week, the Quickie has provided a handy snapshot of
the key plotlines for each team.
Today's camp openings are the motherlode, listed in
order of national fan interest:
Giants (Albany, NY)
Plot: Eli Era, Year 2
Chargers (San Diego)
Plot: Gates a no-show?
Browns (Berea, OH)
Plot: Romeo's Pats Midwest?
Plot: OC Norm Chow rules
Vikings (Mankato, MN)
Plot: Replacing Randy
Broncos (Englewood, CO)
Plot: Clarett Mania
Plot: Leftwich breaks out
Bills (Pittsford, NY)
Plot: New top QB (Losman)
Jets (Hempstead, NY)
Plot: Status of Chad
Panthers (Spartanburg, SC)
Plot: Must have hot start
Bengals (Georgetown, KY)
Plot: Steady improvement
Seahawks (Cheney, WA)
Plot: Hot-Seat Holmgren?
Plot: Make or break year
Saints (Metaire, LA)
Plot: The Deuce is loose!
MLB Trade Deadline
All eyes on the Mets: For a team that's
barely clinging to playoff hopes, they sure are
players in the trade market:
Closing in on Soriano? That's a big add, but
will they do it at the cost of their top prospects?
Or maybe a play for Manny? Mets, Manny
connected because NY is the only team that can afford
him. It's a long-shot, but fun to discuss.
White Sox making move? With their best chance
to make a postseason splash in a generation, the Sox
look ready to make a deal.
Getting star RP Danys Baez from Tampa would be
huge; finding a way to land OF Aubrey Huff would just
be a bonus.
SP Shawn Chacon to Yanks: His Rocky 1-7 record
and 4.09 ERA wiped clean with move from NL to AL, as
of Saturday's start at the Stadium.
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Deuce McAllister: RB signs 7-yr extension with Saints|
Chris Carpenter: First NL pitcher to 15 wins. Cy bound?
Bassmaster Classic: It's the Super Bowl of Bass-kicking
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Nats: Swept by Braves. You get the sense the party's over.|
Steve Spurrier: Boots players, infuriates S.C. HS coaches
Orlando Magic: Top draftee PF Fran Vazquez stays in Spain
As is the analysis with every player being dealt this
weekend from a dud to a contender: No pressure or
Deadline: Sunday, 4 p.m. ET
Knicks' Brown Era
Perhaps my Brownalysis from the Quickie
on Wednesday and Thursday gave readers the
impression that I don't think he's a good coach.
Quite the contrary: Maddening Athens snafu aside, I'd
argue that he's the best hoops coach of the ESPN Era:
Remember Kansas '88? Pistons '04?
While Brown seems to short-circuit the Knicks'
long-term rebuilding plans, there's no question he
offers some huge benefits:
• More winning now.
Not much more, but more.
• Instant credibility
To a franchise that needs it.
• Must-See status
Garden's the place to be.
Brown himself admitted, "It's going to be ugly early,"
but he looked happy. Check back next April to see if
he still looks that way.
NFL Camping: Sunday
Hines Ward is upset the Steelers
won't give him a deal extension with the guaranteed
money he thinks he deserves.
Not only is he not showing up for the camp opening on
Sunday, but he has threatened to sit out "as long as
it takes." Yikes. (via PIT P-G)
See Big 5 for more Sunday camp
Best Big Ten coach of the ESPN Era?
Some might say default to Bo Schembechler, but I'll
take Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez.
3 Rose titles? In Madison?!
Alvarez combined the 180-degree turnaround powers of
Gary Barnett (No. 4 B10 Coach, ESPN Era) with the
sustained excellence of Lloyd Carr (No. 2).
(Rank Schembechler No. 3 and round out the Top 5 with
Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.)
After spearheading one of the most
impotent labor power plays in modern sports history,
NHL union honcho (and fan punchline) Bob Goodenow
resigned Thursday. I hear there are some openings
in the AFL-CIO.
NHL draft on Saturday: There's Sidney Crosby
going first to the Pens, and then ... um ... and then ...
well, casual fans have no idea, which is part of the
Quickie 50/50: Wknd
(Click on state name to vote)
Most underrated sports state
'60s football, '90s hoops
Barry, Fab 5, Bad Boys, 1984
||Mark R. Downs Jr.:
Youth baseball coach who allegedly ordered his player
to hurt a mentally disabled teammate ordered to stand
trial. Can they put him away for life?
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|This season's hot b'wagon?|
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|As always: How does O look?|
|Monday start. (No urgency?)|
MLB HOF Weekend: Congrats to Ryne Sandberg (my
favorite player when I was younger) and Wade Boggs
(best known for his passion for poultry).|
Congrats to Peter Gammons, too: He's being given an
award for contributions to baseball reporting. But
will he play a song set on stage?
Carlos Beltran booed in Houston: You'd think Astros
fans didn't remember that it was Beltran's heroics
that gave them their '04 playoff memories.
I'd never question the Pats' pat-ented ability to plug
holes, but replacing both Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson
at LB could be tough.
NBA Free: Will Antoine Walker end up in Miami? If so,
forget the Heat winning the East. Nets sign PG Jeff
McInnis. Is backup PG market that bad?