Page 2's Power Poll
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Page 2's Power Poll dares to rate the teams that are currently wielding the most power in the entire sports universe.

Each week, our poll will rank the 10 teams at the top of the power heap -- and the five teams that have lost the most power in the past week. And, by the way, Page 2 uses its own definition for a "team" -- any group of two or more bonded together for the common purpose.

Our Momentum Meter also predicts the direction these teams will be heading in future weeks (see the bottom of the page for a full explanation).

If you've got anything to say about our Top 10 or our Bottom 5, click here to comment -- or forever hold your peace.


1. The legend that is Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong Jumped from eighth to second Monday as he makes a move for his fourth straight Tour de France victory.

2. Tiger Woods Inc. Tiger Woods Just a hunch that this is going to be Tiger's week.

3. Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves Cruising along in first in NL East as usual.

4. Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners Quietly tied with the Braves for best record in baseball (58-35).

5. Kevin Harvick and Childress racing Kevin Harvick NASCAR's bad boy wins Tropicana 400, or as rival Jimmy Spencer says: "He still drives like an idiot, but what are you going to do?"

6. Contraction teams Twins, Expos Twins have the biggest lead of any division leader (10 games over the White Sox), and the Expos picked up Cliff Floyd to help their improbable push to a playoff berth.

7. Dallas Burn Dallas Burn Third win in last four games (3-0-1) pulled the Burn within two points of league-leading San Jose in MLS's Western Division.

8. Pamplona Bulls Running of the Bulls Before the one-sided bullfights, the final tally of Pamplona's Running of the Bulls was: 12 dumb humans injured, including five gorings for the Bulls.

9. Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes Surprisingly jumped into the free agent market by signing Tony Amonte, but they're in danger of copying the irresponsible model of team building set by Jerry Colangelo and the tenuously leveraged Diamondbacks.

10. Patrick Carpentier and Player's Forsythe Patrick Carpentier Carpentier's victory at the Grand Prix of Cleveland moved him into a tie for fourth in the standings and ended Cristano da Matta's four-race winning streak to keep the CART points race from becoming a rout.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Charge, "Men in Black II," "Reign of Fire," "Road to Perdition," "Crocodile Hunter: The Collision Course," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Phil Donahue



5. San Diego Padres San Diego Padres Losers of three straight and eight out of their last 10 have the second-worst record in the National League.

4. Wall Street Traders Every week brings another huge corporate scandal and another reason for investors to distrust the greedy, overpaid movers and shakers of the business world.

3. Florida baseball teams Marlins, Devil Rays Why not contract these two losers? The Marlins have thrown in the towel by starting their annual fire sale, and the Devil Rays have the worst record in baseball (29-61).

2. Allen Iverson Inc. Allen Iverson Here are some stats that really matter to The Answer right now: He faces 14 charges, including four felonies, and risks losing $40.5 million over three years if the 76ers invoke the morality clause in his contract.

1. Bud Selig's credibility Bud Selig In the best interests of baseball, it's time for Bud to step down.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Minnesota Lynx, Michael Jackson and "friends," Winona Ryder, Worldcom, "Jerry Springer," reality shows based on lives of celebrities

Mo' Meter explained:
No mo'; holding

Climbing the charts

Peaked; all downhill


Page 2's Power Poll: July 2-8

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