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LSU's stock rises as Pac-10 falls

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Dec. 23
Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.


LSU Tigers -- Coach John Brady had LSU ready to play, and the Tigers upset then-No. 1 Arizona 66-65 on Saturday. I called the game on ESPN with play-by-play man Dan Shulman. The fans in Baton Rouge were going crazy, baby!

Illinois Fighting Illini -- The Illini are undefeated (8-0) after a big 85-70 win over Missouri on Saturday. Freshman guard Dee Brown is averaging 14.5 points and 5.1 assists for the Illini.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football -- Coach Jack Harbaugh, the father of former NFL QB Jim Harbaugh, coached Western Kentucky to the Division I-AA football championship. Who says a college football playoff system wouldn't work? Are you listening, Division I defenders of the BCS?

New York Mets -- The Mets have made three big free-agent acquisitions, the latest being left-handed slugger Cliff Floyd ($26 million, four-year contract). They also signed starter Tom Glavine ($35 million, three-year deal) and reliever Mike Stanton ($9 million, three-year deal). Watch out, Yankees, the Mets might take over New York City!


Pac-10 basketball -- Three of the league's big boys (Oregon, UCLA and Stanford) went down Tuesday in big upsets. Not only did they go down, but these were Shock City losses (to Cincinnati, Northern Arizona and Richmond, respectively). Then, on Saturday, Arizona was upset by LSU and UCLA was blitzed by Kansas. It was a rough week for the Pac-10, baby!

Atlanta Braves -- GM John Schuerholz traded starter Kevin Millwood to the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta's NL East division-rival.

Dallas Cowboys -- Dallas has suffered through a rough season of double-digit losses (5-10). They better hire Bill Parcells as head coach, baby! Owner Jerry Jones needs to step aside and let Parcells run the show. Get the Cowboys back where they belong, Jerry -- hire Parcells. And Bill, hire me as your chauffeur so I can come along!

New Orleans Saints -- How can you lose to the Cincinnati Bengals when you're fighting for the playoffs? And the week before, the Saints lost to the Minnesota Vikings. The New York Giants are thrilled, because they now have the inside track over the Saints for an NFC wild-card berth.

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