by Bomani Jones

Also Receiving Votes

  • Kobe not as much of a brat as we thought: two wins this weekend for the Lakers
  • Eagles are done: embarrassed by Cowboys at home Sunday night
  • Jimmie Johnson will win the Nextel Cup: OK, I'm pretending I have a clue about NASCAR; all I know is he took the lead in the Chase

Oddities

  • Odds on responses Thomas Riccio got from law enforcement when he alerted them that O.J. Simpson planned to retrieve items he believed were stolen from him:
  • 10,000,000 to 1" Someone should investigate the theft of Mr. Simpson's property."
  • 10 to 1 "You mean to tell me J. Edgar Hoover took a picture with that son of a b---- but wouldn't even say 'hello' when I saw him in the office back in '71?"
  • 2 to 5 "Any chance you own a voice recorder?"

Not In This Issue

  • Exhausted from hype, Patriots to take week off
  • Stephen Ames thought Tiger was more beatable than ever Sunday
  • LSU new BCS No. 2, wonders if winning was the best idea
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  • BOLD PREDICTIONS THAT I'D PUT MONEY ON (IF YOU LOANED IT TO ME, OF COURSE)
  • 1 DENNIS DIXON SHOULD BE THE HEISMAN FRONT-RUNNER

    Dixon was on fire against Arizona State before getting hurt. He's not Vince Young, but Vince didn't become Vince until his first trip to Pasadena. Tell you this -- if he was the leader Vince was, he'd do something about those damn uniforms. It makes no sense that Oregon's football players look like they're scheduled to scrimmage on the moon, and the mascot looks like a sailor on Old Ironsides. It's the worst of the past and the future.

  • 2 RANDY MOSS IS THE NFL MVP

    His performance in the Game of the Millennium carried the Patriots, while Tom Brady struggled to get it going. The way Brady forced the ball to Moss in double coverage -- and the way Moss kept hauling it in -- makes him look like a video game character. That ain't natural. If the attention you draw can turn Wes Welker into a 1,000-yard receiver, you get the MVP.

  • 3 ADRIAN PETERSON IS THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE NFL

    Breaking the all-time single-game rushing record on a team without anything approaching a credible passing threat should prove this to be true. Think about it -- when it was announced that Troy Williamson wouldn't play Sunday, wasn't that like finding out the furnace is broken in the middle of August? A.D. is making fools of those who passed on him in the NFL draft.

  • 4 DARREN McFADDEN SHOULD BE THE TOP PICK IN NEXT YEAR'S DRAFT

    McFadden tied the SEC single-game rushing record with 321 yards against South Carolina. He's like an unnatural hybrid of Herschel Walker and Tommie Frazier. Plus, he'll go to the concrete over his Cadillac. I don't care if he broke his toe or not. That's a guy with his priorities in line.

  • 5 LES MILES MIGHT JUST BE THICKHEADED ENOUGH TO WIN A NATIONAL TITLE

    Against Florida, LSU won on the strength of a series of gutsy, smashmouth fourth-down calls. The Tigers beat Auburn on an idiotic -- though successful -- pass into the end zone as the clock wound down. So what happens when Miles gets to thinkin'? He tries to get cute and almost blows the biggest game in his time on the Bayou. But "almost" means the dreams of a BCS championship are still alive.

  • 6 NOTRE DAME IS THE WORST TEAM IN DIVISION I-A

    Navy's 43-game losing streak to the Fighting Irish is over. But you can't help but wonder if Navy is more embarrassed about allowing 44 points to Notre Dame than surrendering 59 to Delaware, a I-AA school. Step your game up, Middies.

  • 7 THE CELTICS WILL WIN THE EAST

    Since Kevin Garnett is very good at so much, it's easy to forget he's the best rebounder in the NBA. His 16.5 rebounds per game in the C's 2-0 start show what his biggest contribution this season will be. At least as long as Rajon Rondo, whose jumper is so broken that he'd be better off trying to miss, starts at point.

  • 8 BILL CALLAHAN WAS SHOCKED SUNDAY MORNING

    That's because after Callahan's Cornhuskers lost 79-36 to Kansas, the front seat of his car didn't have a brick and broken glass in it (as far as we know). Huskers fans really are the classiest in America. I'm sure Callahan had no idea there was any place on earth that people were so nice.

Monday November 5

  • 1 RAVENS VS. STEELERS: 8 PM ET, ESPN

    So how is it that Ravens coach Brian Billick could help Jamal Lewis get 295 yards in a single game, but he can't get Willis McGahee into the end zone more than once a month? (Gee, how'd you know McGahee is on my fantasy team?)

  • 3 JOE TORRE PRESS CONFERENCE: 1 PM ET, ESPNEWS

    Terrible though it may sound, Torre leaving the Yankees is a lot more interesting than Torre getting hired by the Dodgers.

  • 2 "JURASSIC PARK": 8 PM ET, AMC

    Executive producer: San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean.