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Doesn't much matter who wins the Sugar Bowl or the Rose Bowl. Ralph Wiley says those games won't settle anything. And unless we can convince the good folks who run the Humanitarian Bowl to put together a match of the winners next week, we might as well just forget about naming a national champion this year.

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Only in Hollywood, right? Page 2's Rob Ryder finds himself on a hot Los Angeles blacktop trying to orchestrate a commercial shoot involving streetballers, an exploding backboard and a bowling ball. Does it get any weirder than that? (Well, there was that limousine explosion on the set of a Sean Connery movie . . . )

Spite and Sabotage Sportoon Sees All
Page 2's Tim Keown says the fur is flying fast and furious in Oakland now that Tim Brown has gone public with an accusation that Bill Callahan purposely sabotaged the Raiders' season. The List has details.
Who knows what's ahead as the world of sports embarks on its excellent 2004 adventures? Sportoon does. Like, who's joining Kobe on the NBA's all-defensive team, and how the BCS will save itself.

The Daily Quickie is green with envy over how good it is to be Steve Spurrier these days, now that he can sit back and let the college offers roll in. Plus, a hangover cure with a Leak, and Bowls Gone Wild!

What better way to top off 2003 than with a list of . . . well, lists. Here are our favorites from a Page 2 year chock-full of bests, worsts, and in-betweens, along with some occasional second thoughts..

10]  Worst Cases of Foot-in-mouth Disease
Oops. Did I say that out loud? Yep, people like Al Campanis (to Ted Koppel), Bobby Knight (to Connie Chung) and Marge Schott (to just about everybody) really did.
9]  100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time
Where does Big Mac's 62nd dinger rank? How 'bout the 'Shot Heard Round the World'? Fisk in the '75 World Series? And can any of those top Maz's 1960 Series-ender?
8]  Gutsiest Calls in Sports
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and the Texans' Dom Capers made some nail-biters early in the football season. But did they measure up to Dr. Tom Osborne's 1984 Orange Bowl call?

Saturday Ravens 3 Titans 49
Saturday Packers 7 Seahawks 44
Sunday Panthers 3 Cowboys 34
Sunday Colts Broncos 40½
Rose USC Michigan NL
Orange Florida State 2 Miami NL
Sugar Oklahoma 6 LSU NL
Fiesta Kansas St 7 Ohio St NL

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.

Pedro keeping the ball. Bartman dropping the ball. Annika playing with the boys. LeBron playing with the big boys. Lance at the Arc de Triomphe. Kobe in the courtroom.

They're the indelible images from 2003 -- but which one will we most remember 20 years from now? The members of the Writers' Bloc hop in Marty McFly's DeLorean for a magical ride into the future.

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    In a year filled with the unbelievable, Page 2's Jim Caple gives a wrap up of what went down ... sort of.

    Page 2's Bill Simmons wants something out of 2004: Could owners please stop being so clueless?
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    It's Cowboys WR Terry Glenn, left, and rapper/producer Benzino. This match was requested by four Page 2 readers. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.

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