Ageless, charismatic hockey all-time great moves past Gordie Howe to the No. 2 spot on the NHL career points list.
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Don't let last night's Nuggets performance
fool you: 60 total points (7 in 3rd Qtr?!)
and 1-of-13 FG shooting for Carmelo Anthony?
'Melo had to be looking ahead -- with
the rest of us -- to tonight's epic head-to-head with
LeBron (in the Cavaliers' home opener, no less).
PPG 18 13.8
RPG 7.3 5.5
APG 7.7 2.5
FG% 46.9 33.9
Min 40.7 30.8
Rec. 0-3 2-2
In their last H2H meeting (as preps in '02),
LeBron outscored Carmelo 36-34 -- but Anthony's team
That reads like a good template for their rookie
years (careers, too): Cavs struggling despite
LeBron's individual ultra-brilliance; Nuggets, led by
Anthony, steadily rising in the West.
Here's another prediction: Tonight's battle (8
p.m., ESPN) will be a ratings high-water mark -- it's
the must-see show of the fall NBA schedule.
What does it mean to the Spurs to miss
Duncan for the next few weeks? Considering they
barely beat the Heat last night, yesterday's
contention that they aren't a playoff team without him
seems just about right.
Like Jack at the Oscars, Raymond at
the Emmys and any has-been star over 40 at the
Grammys: baseball's overrated, reputation-driven
Gold Glove awards make All-Star Game voting-by-rep
||IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ THE FULL QUICKIE
|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 Best young NBA rivalry debuts today: LeBron vs. Carmelo|
2 LeBron's first Nike shoe debuts today (I need a pair!)
3 Matrix 3 debuts today -- and there better be answers
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Bulls as NBA's rising young team: Nope, they stink|
2 Rockets as still a year away: Coach V.G. ahead of sked
3 Booing Kobe: Only motivating him (31 pts Tues vs. Bucks)
Let's start competing "Web Gem Awards,"
promoting some undervalued defensive players aced out
by the "rep" guys.
If the TV producer shopping around the Andy
Roddick reality-TV series really wants to
create a hit, there's a simple tagline: Moore
Mandy, less Andy.
(BTW: Andy's off-court performance chops get a
test when he hosts SNL this weekend.)
Jeter = Martyr?
Was the Yankees' disclosure yesterday
that Derek Jeter played the W.S. with an injured thumb
(a) Be a belated excuse?
(b) Promote DJ as martyr?
(c) Manage '04 expectations?
(d) All of the above
Politics and Sports
How fascinating and unusual is it that
Democratic Presidential contender Howard Dean is
polling his supporters over his campaign-finance
strategy? It would be like every NFL GM asking fans
who to draft in the first round.
I'm all for that kind of populism, but there's an
old sports saying: When a coach listens to the
fans, he usually ends up sitting with them.
||Bowling Green QB
I was all set to make a great case for him as a Heisman guy -- until No. 15 BGSU lost at Miami (Ohio). At the top, the MAC is brutal!
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24/7 Reality Shows:
|He's a ratings machine|
|Vibrant off-court life|
|Too hot for TV! (DVD only)|
|Just the dating life ...|
|Already coming in '04 ...|
Andy Pettitte will poke around with free
Local economy is in the tank, yet Miami has a spare
$73 mil to throw at a Marlins stadium that fans won't
even bother to fill...
When comparing to the the future, souped-up version, this
season's version of the Big East puts the "lame" in
Here's a shocker: UConn women's hoops is preseason No.
Direct from the "Where-Are-They-Now?" File: Maurice
Clarett (remember him?) dropped his lawsuit against
Ohio St ...