What's that smell?
From the Page 2 mailbag

Plenty of things in the sports world stink, but we still weren't sure what was causing the foul odor in this week's Page 2 Mystery Photo.

So, we asked our readers to explain what might be causing the disgust for the fans above, and, as usual, you came out smelling like a rose. Here's the best of the nearly 800 responses we received:

As the meetings between owners and players continue, the Starbucks delivery boys emerge speechless.
San Fernando, Calif.

The peons revolt in Seligville ...
San Diego

After being forced to turn their T-shirts inside out, desperate Seattle and Boston fans get creative and find another way to insult the Yankees.
Ron Weil
Tucson, Ariz.

As if things couldn't get worse for the Brewers, the beer distillery in Miller Park exploded, leaving the players drenched in an odor reminiscent of their record.

And in the last "Idol" episode, Simon reaches a record low in trashing the next round of contestants.
Kevin Gray
Nashua, N.H.

Whoa! All this crying from the union, smells like some baseball players need a diaper change.
Earl Letourneau
Crofton, Md.

"I don't have to tell you why teams in the AL Central aren't challenging the Twins ... it's written all over your face."
Bob Nowak
Euclid, Ohio

Devil Rays managment, in an attempt to improve stadium attendance, launches its new unpresidented "honesty in baseball" campaign.
Stamford, Conn.

Figure skating officials quickly regret allowing the American replacement judges to drink beer during competitions.
Chris Toohey
Clifton, N.J.

Outrageous concession prices cause outraged fans to turn these into masks just to "get their money's worth."
Jason Van Arkel
Omaha, Neb.

George W. Bush's first attempt at a campaign slogan for the 2004 Presidential election was quickly vetoed by the Republican National Committee.
Peter Yates

Baseball fans, angered over the rise in popularity of "communist kickball" (more commonly known as soccer) show their dissapproval with an expressive protest.
Williamsburg, Va.

Ever the innovator, Steve Spurrier dips into his bag of tricks to come up with new ways to rattle and haze the opposition.
Rob Williams
Elmira, N.Y.

Not seen since their classic movie "Strange Brew," the McKenzie brothers are back in Montreal and dominating the bleachers with their trademark high jinks.
Matt Taylor
Terre Haute, Ind.

Another admirer of Anna's vast tennis skills.
Bronx, N.Y.

Expos fans, in an attempt to save their team and their revenue, begin a recycling program.
Mike Bianco
Waltham, Mass.

A fan of Page 2's "Mystery Photo" contest visually describes his feelings about those entries that got printed, while his were left off the list, despite submitting what he thought were winning captions week after week.
Chuck Miller
Albany, N.Y.

Owners were not amused when NL player rep Tom Glavine showed up for labor negotiations wearing his "Union Rally Cap."
Rob Catlin
Jersey City

Jerry Jones' new face lift gone completely wrong.
Michael Berk
Lexington, Mass.

Tired of reporting on the usual verbal barbs exchanged as both sides depart the bargaining table, Donald Fehr stoops to the maturity level of most of the players by breaking down his analysis of the negotiations in a manner the players can relate to.
Jeff Schnurbusch
St. Peters, Mo.

In response to the "higher-class" baseball parks, good old brat-eating, beer-drinking fans mock the snooty sushi and wine enthusiasts of today.
Andy Kooyer
Mankato, Minn.

And here is the real caption from The Associated Press: Two young fans make their feelings known on the Indians' play Aug. 8 during a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Cleveland's Jacobs Field. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


Mystery Photo responses Aug. 5: Bang the drum slowly

Mystery Photo responses July 30: Anna's New Look

Mystery Photo responses July 24: Crash Davis

Mystery Photo responses July 16: Glad to see you

Mystery Photo responses July 8: Bottoms up

Mystery Photo responses July 1: Wet Mr. Met

Mystery Photo responses June 13: A hit brickhouse

Mystery Photo responses June 6: It's Showtime!

Mystery Photo responses May 29: Slap Shot III

Mystery Photo responses May 22: Ready to rumble

Mystery Photo responses May 16: 'I thought you were a lefty'

Mystery Photo responses May 13: Gettin' buzzed

Mystery Photo responses May 6: Model citizens

Mystery Photo responses April 30: Double shots

Mystery Photo responses April 23: Beyond Yankees domes

Mystery Photo responses April 17: Take a number

Mystery Photo responses April 10: Off-Broadway BP

Mystery Photo responses April 3: Ahoy, Matey

Mystery Photo responses March 15: Duck, it's Costner

Mystery Photo responses March 4: Ohno, it's Katie!

Mystery Photo responses Feb.25: Pairs who share

Mystery Photo responses Feb. 6: Two minutes for stripping

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 25: Fore!

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 18: Look into my eyes

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 7: Eye of the Hurricanes

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 31: Might as well jump

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 19: Saint Nicked

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 10: Mac attack

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 3: Swept away

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 26: Tastes like chicken ...

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 19: At least these are in team colors

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 9: You can't hide

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 2: Trick or Treat?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 26: 'So the priest says ...'

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 19: Hello?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 12: Tennis, everyone?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 7: He shoots, he ...

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 28: Safe at home

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 21: Coming up short

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 18: Hat tricks

Mystery Photo Sept. 7: Tough shot

Mystery Photo Aug. 31: Oh, Danny boy!

Mystery Photo Aug. 24: Baby doll

Mystery Photo Aug. 17: Wild night at the ballpark

Mystery photo Aug. 10: Doubles divas

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