Will Manning stay scorching? Will McNabb finally break through? Will Brady re-capture '02 form? Will Delhomme realize where he is?
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Losing is not an option for Philadelphia.
Pats? Have their rings.
Colts? Hurdled their hump.
Panthers? Bathe in gravy.
Will the Eagles feel Sunday's cold? Nope:
They'll feel the heat, in part thanks to their
thankless fans, but also attributable to their recent
record in NFC title games -- two losses and
That crackling sound in Philly isn't from the
icy weather; it's the game's strain on the city's
psyche. McNabb and Co. blow an entire season's work if
they blow Sunday's game. Carolina's celebration would
actually be dwarfed by the implosion from Eagles fans.
The Panthers can't beat the Eagles ... but the
AFC Title Game
Colts at Patriots (3 p.m. ET)
Weather forecast: Mid-20s
*Unstoppable Colts O
*Immovable Pats D
*Pats 13-game win streak
*Week 13: NE 38, at IND 34
*Road team has won 3 of last 4 AFC title games.
Monday's taboids today:
Pats D freezes out Peyton
NFC Title Game
Panthers at Eagles (6:45 ET)
Weather forecast: Mid-20s
*Eagles have any mojo left?
*Carolina's D handling McNabb
*CAR RBs: Foster vs. Davis
*Week 13: PHI 25, at CAR 16
*Philly's two-year NFC title game losing streak.
Monday's tabloids today:
Eagles flying to Houston
Colts vs. Panthers?
The lack of marquee
teams would even strain a TV event as
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 AFC: Colts' O vs. Pats' D. Weather will be huge factor|
2 NFC: Hard to be anti-McNabb; easy to be anti-Philly
3 Knicks: How will Lenny Wilkens do in his debut?
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Trading T-Mac: He nearly doubles LeBron's All-Star votes|
2 Nets staying in Jersey: Move to Brooklyn a near-lock
3 Pudge winning back-to-back Series: Going to Detroit?
unmatched as the
Super Bowl. Good thing the halftime show just added
Nelly, P. Diddy and Kid Rock. Even then, we probably
need a "Britney-Madonna" moment; any volunteers? (Kid?
Lots of cannon drives, a few birdies
and a bunch of near-misses later, 14-year-old Michelle
Wie is actually better than people's
1st-round 2-over 72? Fearless. She may not make
the cut after today's round (she needs 66-ish; her
course-best is 65), but her poised performance makes
more 2004 PGA-event sponsor-exemptions a lock.
2004: Year of 14-Year-Olds? With lack of drama
topped only by last year's NBA draft, savior Freddy
Adu will be the No. 1 pick (DC) in today's MLS draft.
Hank Hammers Rose
With a Home-Run King's power (but the
rusty timing of one who's been out of the game for a
while), Hank Aaron took a huge swing at Pete Rose and
his reinstatement. "A rule is a rule," Aaron said of
baseball's lifetime ban for gamblers.
"Hogwash": In a bolder stance, Aaron said any
fans' crusade to reinstate Rose shouldn't matter. No
worries, Hank: Supporting Rose is so two weeks
Top 25 Athletes
SportsNation wants you to rank the Top
25 athletes of the last 25 years. (See "Q It Up,"
above right.) Here's my Top 10, to get you started:
(10) Elway; (9) Sugar Ray; (8) Navratilova; (7) Magic; (6) Bird; (5) Tiger; (4) Lance; (3) Bonds; (2)
Gretzky; (1) MJ
Even if the Eagles get to Houston, will anything but a win there satisfy this fickle bunch? (Let's not look too far ahead.)
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Super Bowl matchups
|That's right: East Coast Bias|
|Manning vs. McNabb: Huge!|
|Three words: Bet the under|
|Maybe as halftime show?|
|Would be lowest-rated ever|
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