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Pete Rose has a lot on his bobble-headed mind. The Marge Schott lies. The Johnny Bench pranks. The Schottzie Exlax. The best way to lay his burdens down? Allow Jim Caple to excerpt his new book on Page 2, of course. So here they are -- every last Hit King sin in a career worthy of a Hall of Fame for Miscreants.

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The Daily Quickie says new/old Washington coach Joe Gibbs just might work a miracle even more impressive than bringing the Super Bowl trophy back to the Redskins. He just might make Daniel Snyder look like a good owner. Plus, the latest hero in the Pete Rose saga, and the original title of Pete's new book.

Hollywood Jock Tonya and Nancy
Suddenly it occurs to Page 2's Rob Ryder that maybe the insiders he disses aren't taking kindly to Hollywood Jock. After all, who wants Whoopi Goldberg as an enemy? Not to mention LeBron's agents.
It was Jan. 6, 1994. Ten years ago. The knee-thwack heard 'round the world. Just when you thought the statute of limitations had run out on the Tonya & Nancy story, Steve Woodward cooks up a reunion tour.

Sometimes, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Page 2's Tim Keown wonders in 'The List' if Pete Rose realizes what he'll miss when he gets readmitted to the baseball establishment.

The Vikings were 6-0. The Vikings were without weaknesses. The Vikings were on their way. Of course, that was before the Vikings lost four games to teams that finished with 4-12 records. That was before their monumental collapse. But was Minnesota's implosion devastationg enough to make our list of the greatest swoons in sports history?

10]  2000: Portland Trail Blazers
For six-and-a-half minutes in the fourth quarter of the seventh game of the Western Conference finals, Portland's basket simply disappeared. The Blazers missed 13 straight shots, losing a 15-point lead and the game to the Lakers.
9]  1996: Greg Norman at the Masters
The Shark had a six-stroke lead to start the final round. An even-par 72 would win the Green Jacket. But from holes nine through 12, he was five-over par; his 6-over 78 didn't cut it. Nick Faldo won.
8]  1993: Jana Novotna at Wimbledon
From out of nowhere (well, the 8th seed, at least), Novotna rolled into the finals against Steffi Graf. In the third and deciding set, she was up 4-1 and a point away from making it 5-1. Then came a double-fault and . . .

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Kenesaw Mountain Landis? Candy Cummings? George Kelly? Who are these guys? Not only are there too many members in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the whole election process is a little bit messy. The members of the Writers' Bloc have a Hall of Fame rumble about the Hall of Fame.

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