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 -- soon to be myth -- that is Tiger Woods Tiger Woods On behalf of all the golfers who ever walked the Earth, living or dead, Page 2 would just like to say, "We are not worthy."

2. Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers Men against boys.

3. U.S. soccer United States They dared to go where no U.S. soccer team has ever gone before. Now whip those Huns!

4. Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings Wire to wire, the wisdom of the aged -- not to mention an offense you could not even hope to contain -- brought them the Holy Grail of sports, Lord Stanley's precious cup.

5. Nine-title-winning coaches Scotty Bowman, Phil Jackson Phil Jackson caught Red Auerbach, Scotty Bowman passed the legendary Toe Blake. Let us not turn our backs on the truth -- they are the greatest ever in their respective sports. Sorry, Celtics fans, but Red had the best players, too, and a lot fewer rounds to win.

6. Brazil soccer team Brazil Only Spain has also won all of its matches, but the powerful Brazilians have won all of theirs in regulation and been in control throughout.

7. Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves Don't look now, but the once-stumbling AOLers (10-2 in their last 12 games) now own the biggest lead of any divisional leader in the game ... and the Iron Sheff is just starting to wake up.

8. Senegal soccer Senegal Honk if you love underdogs.

9. Unlikely Cy Young candidates Lennox Lewis Former erratic reliever Derek Lowe is 11-2 with an AL-leading ERA of 1.85 for the Red Sox after whipping Tom Glavine (11-3, NL-leading ERA of 1.71) of the Braves on Sunday.

10. Matt Kenseth's racing team Matt Kenseth Kenseth became the first three-time winner of the NASCAR season, winning the Sirius Satellite Radio 400.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: England soccer, Spain soccer, Germany soccer, South Korea soccer, Turkey soccer, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners, Anaheim Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Shawn Estes, Luis Castillo, Lance Armstrong, Phil Mickelson, "Scooby-Doo"



5. Texas Rangers Texas Rangers Most-overpaid team in baseball is sinking in the West, as umps informally annoint A-Rod as game's No. 1 whiner.

4. The legend that was Jack Nicklaus Jack Nicklaus It's official. The Golden Bear is now No. 2.

3. Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers On the strength of a 1-9 roll, Bud's Boys pass the Devil Rays for the worst mark in the majors.

2. World Cup "favorites" France, Argentina, Portugal, Cameroon Early eliminees France, Argentina, Portugal and Cameroon are joined by Sweden, Mexico and Italy. What in the name of "the other football" is going on here? Why, nothing short of a world-wide changing of the guard.

1. Roger Clemens Roger Clemens The Rocket gets a memorable lesson in classy revenge from Shawn Estes and Mike Piazza.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Ireland soccer, Sweden soccer, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs

Mo' Meter explained:
No mo'; holding

Climbing the charts

Peaked; all downhill


Page 2's Power Poll: June 4-10

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