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Page 2 turns 2 years old today, and we are so darn proud we could burst. We've been getting congratulatory messages from world-class athletes and A-list celebrities from all over the globe, and we want to share some of the printable ones with you, our beloved readers, without whom we are nothing. (So quit telling us to grow up!)
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How does Ralph Wiley always seem to know what everyone in the NFL is thinking? Don't ask us. We just work here. But here are some more top-secret NFL interior monologues, including the hidden thoughts of Marshall Faulk, who's finally back to being himself, and Brett Favre, who ain't plannin' on leavin' anytime soon.

Critical Mass Sports Riddles
The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, the fat man at the North Pole is working at warp speed, and that can only mean one thing ... it's time for this year's crop of basketball shoe commercials. In his Critical Mass column, Eric Neel rates the new spots for AI's "A6" and Tracy McGrady's "TMac2."
You've got to hand it to Page 2's Bob Halloran ... he doesn't know more things than most other people have forgotten. Today, he finds himself wondering why ZhiZhi (as in Wang ZhiZhi) seems to be pronounced "zhoo zhoo," and whether the Stanford Tree's shoddy footwear is painful to the alumni of that proud institution.

WHAT THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING?
We need your help again to explain some strange stories. From Christina Aguilera's new video to Dusty Baker's kid to Larry King stroking an artificial leg, we have to know "What the Heck Are They Thinking?"


This week, Page 2 lists the 10 biggest cancers in NBA history. After taking a look at our list, drop us a note with your choice for the biggest locker room trouble-maker. Then later this week, we'll compile our readers picks along with a poll to crown the biggest cancer of them all.

10]  Vin Baker
"There was a bad aura around him ..."
9]  Micheal Ray Richardson
Became the league's first player to be banned for drug use after he tested positive for cocaine for the third time.
8]  Rasheed Wallace
The Rage Against The Refs act is just old, and it doesn't work.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Steelers 5 Falcons 43
Sunday Rams Chargers 44½
Sunday 49ers 6 Chiefs 51½
Sunday Packers 10 Lions 42
COLLEGE FB FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Saturday Miami (Fla.) 9 Tennessee NL
Saturday Oklahoma 10 Texas A&M NL
Saturday Washington St. 6 Oregon NL
All Times ET | Bold indicates home team
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Got a comment about something you've seen on Page 2? Here's your chance to sound off to the editors and columnists. Plus, if you'd like to send an e-mail to The Sports Guy, here's your direct link to Bill Simmons.




RAIDER NATION
As a man who wore the Silver and Black, Pat Toomay explains what it was really like to play for Raiders coach John Madden.

HEY, RUBE
The Good Doctor's drug of choice come football season is always the scarlet and gold of the 49ers.

BASKETBALL DIARY
Following up Part 1 of trouble in Lakers paradise, Page 2's Charley Rosen explains how Kobe Bryant's blessings and travails can both be traced back to his father.

THE WATER COOLER
Cue it up, Bocephus. It's midseason, and we're finally READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!

THE SPORTS GUY
We hope you're sitting down, folks, because Page 2's Bill Simmons is moving out of Boston and goin' Hollywood.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


It's a couple of Florida hoopsters: Magic star Tracy McGrady, left, and former Gators guard Orien Greene. Page 2 has received 33 requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


College football: Cincinnati at Louisville
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Hoops would be better, but this is OK.
 
Lakers at Celtics
7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
After the game, the Lakers take The Sports Guy home with them.
 
Bruins at Red Wings
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Northeast-leading Boston visits the Cup champs.
 
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If you missed Page 2 over the last week, check out our back issues:
• Tues., Nov. 5: Election Difficulty
• Mon., Nov. 4: Pulling Our Leg
• Fri., Nov. 1: Out of Control
• Thurs., Oct. 31: Back from Dead

Other featured content:
• What the Heck Are They Thinking?
• Sportoon: Head-hunters invade NFL
• Makin' It Better
• NBA slogans for all 29 teams
• Page 2 Goes to the Movies
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