Will bat cleanup and play left field in his
must-must-see 2005 debut tonight at home vs. the NL
West-leading Padres. Expect a home run? Why not?
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Who needs the Senate questioning John
Roberts when Week 1 in the NFL provided so many
confirmations of its own:
Confirmed: Saints Mania!
The Saints' last-second FG to beat the would-be
XL-contending Panthers in Carolina confirms their
status as the feel-good story of the season.
Confirmed: Bad is the New Good
Both the Dolphins and 49ers delivered mind-boggling Ws
to open their seasons, confirming that "experts" have
no idea what they're talking about.
Confirmed: Willie Parker Rules
Leave the Bus and Duce on the bench; as anyone should
have predicted, Parker went nuts as the Steelers'
starting RB (161 yards rushing with a TD).
Confirmed: Chargers are Idiots
Does anyone doubt that if they had let Gates play, he would have caught the game-winning TD on
their otherwise futile last drive?
Confirmed: Cards B'wagon Done
That lasted, what, all of 30 minutes?
Looking for a new one? How about the Jaguars? JAX's D
was sick and the O is catching up.
Confirmed: Colts D is Improved
Held Ravens to 7 points and knocked Kyle Boller out of
the game. Of course, let's be real: It WAS Baltimore.
(And only 24 for the Colts O?)
Confirmed: Parity is Healthy
Mind-boggling: The Saints, 'Skins, Fins, 49ers, Lions
and Bucs are 1-0; the Seahawks, Broncos, Jets,
Vikes, Rams, Pack and Bolts are 0-1.
More NFL Week 1
* Priest + LJ = My goodness
* Packers O is as bad as its D
* Cadillac = Rookie of Year
* C. Palmer will be Pro Bowler
* BUF QB Losman is a real deal
* Skins, Bears both stink.
CFB: Who's No. 1?
Texas is No. 1 this week. And anyone
who didn't vote that way is lazy and ignorant and
should have their ballot revoked.
USC hasn't proven anything yet. UT went into a
tougher arena than any USC has played in in 2 years (or
will this year) and gritted out a huge win.
This week? UT has earned it.
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Quickie Top 10 Ballot:
1 Texas | 2 USC | 3 LSU
4 Louisville | 5 Notre Dame
6 VA Tech | 7 Purdue
8 OH St | 9 Florida | 10 Cal
(Dropped: MI, IA, TN, GA)
Game of the Week:
Tennessee at Florida.
Notre Dame: For Real
Did you just see ND at No. 5? That's
right: Because of the masterful way Coach of the Year
Charlie Weis has blasted through the expectations,
beating UM at the Big House and doing it not with
offense but by overwhelming UM's own vaunted O with
the Irish's monster D.
MLB: AL Madness
The Yankees better catch the Red
Sox for the AL East title (or the Sox better hold off
the Yanks), because the East runner-up won't catch the
sizzling Indians for the wild card.
NYY 3 GB BOS: THIS is why the Boss acquired
Randy Johnson (7 IP, 1 H, 8 K). Three games vs.
nemesis Tampa starting Tuesday are
Cleveland: 7 straight Ws. Leads the AL WC
heading into a HUGE series with Oakland (2.5 GB for
WC) today. Remaining sched includes 7 vs. KC and 3 vs.
Wouldn't it be awesome if the D-Rays eased up on their
effort vs. the Indians, simply to mess with the
Yankees? (Throw the games? Nah, it's called "playing
MLB: NL Wildness
Even with 20 games to go, is it possible the
wild card comes down to the next seven days?
WC-leading HOU hosts FLA, and it's the last
time the Astros will play a team outside of the
mediocre NL Central. The Marlins are .5 GB.
Meanwhile, Philly (1.5 GB) will try to benefit from
the attrition in Houston, but play the Braves before a
late-week head-to-head with Florida.
Will go down as the most charismatic
hockey player of the ESPN Era. Delivered one of the
great NHL images of the last 25 years while holding
the 1994 Stanley Cup, grinning like a madman as the
Rangers' savior. (Report via MSG Network.)
MNF: PHI at ATL
T.O. can/should/will get all the
attention in this NFC title-game rematch, but the real
storyline you should watch out for it ... I'm sorry, I
don't know what I'm thinking. It's all about T.O.
Who's NOT No. 1? Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa all saw
their national title hopes implode on national TV. The
Big Ten's Rose hopes with Purdue.
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Quickie Heisman Watch: New data, new list. (1) Texas
QB Vince Young; (2) B. Green QB Omar Jacobs; (3) USC
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Andruw Jones may have sealed up his MVP bid with HRs
No. 48 and 49, which set a new single-season Braves
One more confirmed: NFL "Eliminator" pools are the
roughest, toughest on the planet. How many took the
Rams over the Niners and are now OUT? (Me!)
Superlative alert! N.O. Times-Picayune columnist Peter
Finney has it right: Yesterday was the most
significant win in Saints history.
New SportsNation toy for you to play with: NFL Coach
Approval Ratings. Should be fun to track all season
long. To vote off Week 1, see Q It Up.