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They're fabulous running backs, of course. But Page 2's Gregg Easterbrook says Jamal Lewis, Clinton Portis, Deuce McAllister, Ricky Williams and Ahman Green are impressive because they broke out against cartoonish defenses stacked to stop them. These guys are good enough to have ice cream flavors named after them.
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Nothin' like fun at the ol' drug-testing labs, is there? Page 2's Steve Woodward says urinalysis has become so hilariously ubiquitous in sports that the sound and fury of a positive test signifies a big fat zero. And if you think the Can-Can Dance of testing is a joke, get a load of the excuses for failing one.

Life on the Mississippi Being Jeremy Shockey
Page 2's Jim Caple stops in at Ole Miss on his trip down the Mississippi, and finds a mascot whose time has passed . . . that is, if Colonel Reb ever had a place at an American university.
We've been wondering exactly what rattles around Jeremy Shockey's brain. Now we know. Page 2 breaks out the scalpel to get inside the mind of the Giants' controversial tight end.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
The Daily Quickie continues to marvel at the miracle-worker coaching the Cowboys, even if Bill Parcells got a little help from the Giants' special teams. Plus, playoff passion a new nickname for Maurice.


So who are your Rookies of the Year? Do you take Hideki Matsui or Rocco Baldelli in the American League? How do you choose from among Dontrelle Willis, Brandon Webb and Scott Podsednik in the NL? And are any of them having the kind of year that measures up to the performances on our list of the greatest rookie baseball seasons of all time?

10]  Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners, 2001)
Forget the argument about his real rookie status. Ichiro electrified baseball, winning everything in sight. In addition to Rookie of the Year, he won the AL MVP, the league batting title and was the leading vote-getter in the All-Star Game.
9]  Jackie Robinson (Dodgers, 1947)
Pretty solid numbers (.297, 12 home runs, 48 RBI and a league-leading 29 stolen bases) and a Brooklyn pennant certainly helped, but Robinson won the Rookie of the Year award and finished fifth in MVP voting because he changed everything in baseball.
8]  Frank Robinson (Reds, 1956)
Robinson wasn't even on the Reds' spring roster that season, but he was an All-Star by July and a unanimous Rookie of the Year by the end of September. That's what 38 home runs, 83 RBI and a .290 batting average will do for you.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Monday Giants Cowboys 37
Sunday Patriots Jets 37½
Sunday Bucs Falcons 35½
Sunday Seahawks 3 Rams 47½
Sunday Dolphins 3 Bills 41
NCAA FOOTBALL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Thursday Virginia Tech 14½ Texas A&M NL
Saturday Michigan Oregon NL
Saturday Miami 12½ Boston College NL
Saturday Florida Tennessee NL
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THE LIST
"The List" asks who can we trust after Broncos coach Mike Shanahan told a fib on Sunday.

HEY, RUBE
The Good Doctor sounds off on the sad state of professional boxing, and Week 2 in the NFL.

THE WATER COOLER
Page 2's Brian Murphy pays tribute to Johnny Cash -- the man who should've wore Raider black.

JETS
Page 2's Ralph Wiley says the Jets might be better off with Joe Namath over Vinny Testaverde at quarterback.

ST. LOUIS
Page 2's Jim Caple stops off for a game at Busch Stadium, in a city where baseball is king.
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