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What is Angelina Jolie thinking when she eats cockroaches? What's up with Warren Sapp's little skip through the Colts? How 'bout Renee Zellwegger's diet? And you know Grady Little had something besides baseball on his mind in Game 7 of the ALCS. It's another edition of Page 2's 'What the Heck Are They Thinking?'
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As Page 2's Alternate Universe World Series between the Cubs and Red Sox continues, we're reeling over the shocking developments surrounding Sammy Sosa's use of an aluminum bat. Talk about your curses! And how 'bout that unbelievable Boston comeback? Who'd have thunk it? Jim Caple did.

Yankee Propers Playing for Keeps
Say what you will about the Yankees. (We often do.) But Page 2's Eric Neel says you have to appreciate Joe Torre and Mariano Rivera. Plus, Jim Caple looks at the Hardest Working Man in Sports: Mr. Clemens.
To Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice, the game is still the thing. Always has been, even as kids back on the sandlot. Always will be, too. Alan Grant looks for the reasons these two Hall of Famers keep on keepin' on.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
The Daily Quickie has a notion about the Cowboys' 5-1 start, and it has more to do with Bill Parcells' Jedi mind tricks than his Xs and Os. Plus, the Rocket's last red glare, and pulling a Grady, McKeon-style.


Sure, this baseball postseason has had its share of off-the-field distractions -- including steroid-related subpoenas and an alleged barroom brawl involving a couple of A's pitchers. But those mini-dramas don't match up to the wildest off-field happenings in playoff history.?

10]  Bill Frieder Quits
Just before the University of Michigan began play in the 1989 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Wolverines' coach Bill Frieder announced he was leaving the team to coach at Arizona State. Guess who became national champion?
9]  Vince Carter Graduates
On the day the Toronto Raptors met the 76ers in Game 7 of a 2001 playoff series, Vince Carter flew to North Carolina to participate in Commencement. He was back in time for the game. Guess who missed a last-second shot as Toronto lost?
8]  George Allen Cracks Down
Before Super Bowl VII, Redskins' coach George Allen tried to eliminate distractions by imposing a curfew on his players. Guess who looked distracted once the game began?
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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.




THE SPORTS GUY
Bill Simmons selects the best of the many letters he received after the Red Sox blew Game 7.

THE EXILED COUPLE
Grady Little and Steve Bartman made big mistakes -- Page 2's Jim Caple thinks they'd make a great sitcom.

THE LIST
"The List" says baseball managers in the playoffs are the most scrutinized people in sports.

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH
Page 2's Brian Murphy wonders why many people outside of New York and Miami don't care about the Fall Classic.

FORGET THE GOAT
Forget about the goat, Page 2's Ralph Wiley has the real deal on the curse of the Cubs and Red Sox.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


It's Marlins' young gun Josh Beckett, left, and actor Lou Diamond Phillips. Page 2 has received 19 requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


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• Fri., Oct. 17: Intolerable Cruelty
• Thur., Oct. 16: Great Career Move

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