Arkansas at Texas (Noon, ABC) brings back fun memories of bygone league: rowdy tailgates, power running games, massive NCAA violations.
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Two Words For You:
A lot of NFL talk this week about not wigging
out over a Week 1 loss. That's fine for duds like the
Bears, Bengals, Chargers, Cardinals, Ravens and
Jaguars. But for the wannabe contenders looking for
that first W, one more loss will screw 'em
What a loss means for the ...
Packers (vs. Lions): New home-field
Eagles (vs. Pats): Ditto.
Patriots: Shouldn't they be in "dud" group
Rams (vs. 49ers): Hopeless QB situation
Raiders (vs. Bengals): Home loss vs. Cincy?
Dolphins (at Jets): Dave Wannstedt's job.
Say this about college football versus the
NFL: You never hear college fans say, "Oh, don't get
so excited, it's just one loss." With that, here are
the three games of the week:
* N.C. St (22) at Ohio St (3): Clarett Karma
is a boomerang, and if last week vs. San Diego State
didn't quite freak the Buckeyes, a smack from the
'Pack sure will (Noon, ABC).
* Purdue at Wake Forest (21): Seems like Wake
is having One of Those Years, somewhere Purdue has
been. Maybe this week, the Wake students will finally
figure out how to tear down the goalposts (Noon,
* Notre Dame (14) at Michigan (7): The annual
battle for Best Fight Song Ever is won by the Irish,
but ND suffers through "Hail to the Victors" all day
long (3:30, ABC).
This weekend's games nicely capture why strength of remaining schedule will be the key
factor in the tighter-than-Britney's-shorts AL and NL
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|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEKEND|
1 NFL Sunday Night: Bears/Vikings, Jauron's seat stays hot|
2 CFB in Prime time: PennSt/Neb, Ill/UCLA, Gtech/FlaSt
3 MLB: White Sox at Red Sox (AL); Cards at Astros (NL)
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 MLB's 20-win barrier: Jays' Halladay gets there first|
2 Van Exel as Warrior: Rumor -- to Knicks for Thomas, Ward
3 Jen and Ben's cancelled nuptials: For real? Not? (Yawn)
While the Cards and Astros beat up on each other, the
Cubs play the Reds at Wrigley. SportsCenter had the
stat Thursday night: Cubs' remaining opponents have a
.441 win pct., the lightest by far of the three Central
contenders. Prediction: Cubs finish 13-3 to win division.
The White Sox have to play at on-a-mission Boston, but
the Twins play at Cleveland. Aside from a huge three
games with Chicago next week, the Twins finish with
the Tribe and the Tigers. Laughers. Meanwhile,
the Sox have Boston, KC and the Yankees. Ouch.
The Twins should pull away, but how will they respond
to the hospitalization of their third-base coach with
a brain hemorrhage?
Speaking of scheduling, nothing like a
coin flip to potentially decide home field for playoff
tiebreaker games, as MLB announced
AL tie-breaker scenarios. East: Boston at New York ... Central: Chi at Min,
Chi at KC, KC at Min... West: Oak at Sea ...
Wild Card: Bos at Sea.
(What, no Yankees Wild Card scenario? Damn New York Bias.)
NL tie-breaker scenarios. Clip 'n Save.
Central: Hou at Chi, Hou at StL, Chi at StL ...
Wild Card (hold on to your hat): Phi at Fla,
Fla at LA, Chi at Fla, StL at Fla, Hou at Fla, Phi at
LA, Phi at Chi, Phi at StL, Phi at Hou, Chi at LA, Hou
at LA, StL at LA, Hou at Chi, StL at Hou, Chi at StL. Omen: Phils go 0-5 in coin flips, Dodgers go 5-0. But what if there's a multi-team tie?
Obits: Cash, Ritter
Heartfelt condolences to the families and fans
of uber-cool music star Johnny Cash, who passed away
Friday from complications due to diabetes, and sit-com
TV star John Ritter, who passed away unexpectedly late
Thursday night. They will be missed.
Maybe they don't want to tick off the NFL, but "stay-in-school" message to Maurice Clarett typical misplay for league that is barely afloat.
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