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Page 2's Bill Simmons and Charley Rosen don't always agree, but they're in harmony about this: Neither Jason Kidd nor Tim Duncan has done enough to make the NBA Finals memorable. The Sports Guy says it's a style thing, and Kidd is letting him down. Rosen says Duncan can't hide his few flaws, and his coach isn't helping.
SIMMONS: SORRY, KIDD | ROSEN: TIM TIED




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It isn't just crimes and misdemeanors dragging down the world of sports these days, says Page 2's Jim Armstrong. It's the lame excuses we're hearing from the culprits who commit them. From Sosa to Neuheisel to Tyson, the sad truth is that our athletes today can't even lie properly.

Thanks, Dad! The Daily Quickie
Sunday is Father's Day, which gives Page 2's Jim Caple the chance for a touching tribute to the highlights and lowlights of daddy-dom in sports. Plus, our Sportoon takes you through a father's way of bringing up a baby champion.
The Daily Quickie wonders which will come first: Roger Clemens' 300th win or Christmas? Plus, Tom Watson turns the Open into the Seniors Tour, and the DQ debates whether today's NBA is better than the NBA of the '80s.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE IN THE NBA
Tim Keown's weekly list suggests the NBA is getting too many free passes on the old-boy network that keeps recycling Tim Floyd into coaching jobs. And will next season start before this one ends?


Earlier this month, NFL teams had to pare payroll to get in line with the salary cap. Lots of high-priced players got the axe. Page 2 is left wondering, what if Major League Baseball had a similar June cutdown day? Who needs to go?

10]  Rob Nen (Giants)
Savings: About $6 million this year. $15 million total. We have just two words for you: shoulder surgery.
9]  Andy Ashby (Dodgers)
Savings: About $5.5 million. Are the Dodgers trying to justify his outsized salary by moving him into the starting rotation?
8]  Damion Easley (Tigers, Rays)
Savings: Tigers: About $12 million. Devil Rays: $7,000? Easley set a record on March 28, when he became the most expensive player in MLB history to be released.
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BLESS THE ASTROS!
The Yankees were no-hit this week. It was only one game, but people could lose their jobs, and Page 2's Jim Caple couldn't be happier.

THE SPORTS GUY
As Father's Day approaches, the Sports Guy pays homage to the biggest fan he knows.

FRIDAY THE 13TH
With Friday the 13 upon us, Jeff Merron examines how bad luck can plague the sports world.

GO FOR IRON
In an open letter, Page 2's Jason Whitlock hopes Roy Jones Jr. sees the light and doesn't get in the ring with Evander Holyfield.

TUESDAY MORNING QB
What do the NBA Finals and Miss Universe have in common? Very little, says TMQ.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


One guy wants to be a dentist, the other just wants a job: It's former Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel, left, and Hermey the elf from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


NCAA Baseball: College World Series
2 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Southwest Missouri State vs. Miami
 
MLB: Cubs at Reds
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Sammy still sittin', 4 to go.
 
MLB: Mets at Marlins
7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports
Jim Duquette takes reigns in N.Y.
 
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• Thurs., June 12: No-no? Oh, Yes!
• Wed., June 11: Animal Houses
• Tues., June 10: The Beautiful Game
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