espn.com Ali Contest
It's an old game. Throw out two names. Who you gonna take? We threw 10 names to Eric Neel and made him choose. The democratic dishing of Jason Kidd or AI's fearless drives? The stud receiver (Randy Moss) or stud running back (Jamal Lewis)? A-Rod or Manny ... and don't forget the money. Larry or Eli? Catherine or Nicole?
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Sure, the Blazers traded away Bonzi Wells. Sure, they're finally looking to break up the team. And before the E! True Hollywood Story episode of the Blazers has been filmed. Bill Simmons can't believe it: Are the Blazers cleaning up their act?

Bowl Replacement Series Santa Claus Blues
We're into the quarters. Can Texas shock USC? Will Georgia upset one more Big Ten foe? Vote now in the Bowl Replacement Series, Presented by Page 2.
Santa is depressed. He wants to hand out gifts to the sports world, but only sees naughty little boys this year. What is Santa to do? You won't believe what he decides.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
OK, maybe the Quickie's idea of a 117-team college football playoff won't work. But what will work: Trading Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox and trading away Nomar Garciaparra. Get it done, John Henry!


Let's face it -- with all the comings and goings in 2003, the sports world gave us more than our usual dose of drama. But which ones cracked our list for best moves of the year? There's only one way to find out.

10]  Andy Roddick hires Brad Gilbert
After losing in the first round of the French Open, Roddick fired his longtime coach and hired Gilbert. Roddick went on to win 19 straight matches, including his first major, the U.S. Open.
9]  MLS signs Freddy Adu
DC United inked the 14-year-old phenom to a six-year deal in mid-November, winning out in a bidding war that involved world soccer powers Manchester United, Inter Milan, and Barcelona, among others.
8]  Jerry Jones hires Bill Parcells
After three straight 5-11 seasons, Jones finally hired a coach who knows more about football than he does. Parcells has the Cowboys at 8-5 and in the thick of the playoff chase.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Patriots 7 Jaguars 36½
Sunday Jets 3 Steelers 40
Sunday Titans 1 Bills 40
Monday Dolphins 2 Eagles 36½
NCAA FOOTBALL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Rose USC 7 Michigan NL
Orange Florida State 2 Miami NL
Sugar Oklahoma LSU NL


 
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Is George Steinbrenner trying to corner the market on malcontents? He's re-signed David Wells and is reportedly going after Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown and Kenny Lofton, all hardly known for the locker-room friendliness. Is chemistry important in baseball? The Writers' Bloc mixes together some opinion on the subject.
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THE LIST
Tim Keown says the only entertainment needed at a sporting event is the actual game.

HEY, RUBE
The Good Doctor reminds us that the Honolulu Marathon isn't for the insane, but the crazy are more than welcome.

HOLLYWOOD JOCK
Page 2's Hollywood Jock gets to hang with Ray Allen on the set and discuss 'Playmakers'.
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It's Derek Jeter, left, and Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. of Tennessee. This match was requested by Ryan Schaal of Arlington, Val, Lawrence Pina of West Linn, Ore. and Randall Watts of Aiken, SC. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


2003 College Football Awards Show
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Handin' out the hardware.
 
NHL: Red Wings at Blackhawks
9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Red, black ... and blue.
 
College Basketball: Men's Big 12 Hoops
9 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Purdue at Oklahoma
 
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