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Who lays claim to The Game?
Harvard-Yale? Michigan-Ohio St?
Biggest factor? The Stakes.
This weekend: Florida-FSU? There's more talk about
Spurrier. Mich-OSU? More talk about scandal.
Auburn-Alabama? Giddyup. The ESPN fave has
its toughest game of the year at Bama, which trumps the patsy (Baylor) Bob "Schtups" Stoops insists is part of the
rugged Big 12.
Runner-up? Utah vs. BYU. What's possibly even
better than The Game? "The GameDay." ESPN invades SLC
for the cult-inspiring pregame show and a prime-time
showcase to clinch an unbeaten (if not title-bound)
Meanwhile, USC plays the most brutal comp of
all: Some team named "Idle." Not sure how it can
keep their No. 1 ranking by not playing, but
I'm sure crackpot voters will find a way to reward
USC for it.
Someone, please, make it stop!
T.O. apologizes: Doing it Tuesday would have
been savvy spin control; doing it Thursday makes him
Rooney rants: Steelers honcho rides his high
horse to Hypocri-City in a Friday New York Times op-ed, calling
the promo "disgraceful" while brandishing the NFL's
"special values"; he neglects to include "letting my
own player go unpunished by me for a pregame
All Eyes on Eli
Where's the pressure?
Across the scrimmage line: The Falcons' D is
sack-happy; unfortunately for Eli, so is the Giants'
Across the sideline: Manning can't win the
comparison game with Michael Vick, good for at least a
handful of spectacular plays.
Across the country: Fans will be
scoreboard-watching to see how many TDs brother Peyton
will be tossing in Chicago.
More NFL Subplots
How bad can it get for Tuna? Frustrated
Cowboys coach takes team to Baltimore. Speaking of
The T.O. Show: Who wasn't offended by
the MNF pregame promo? Likely, Eagles fans, who
welcome back their team vs. weakling D.C.
Peyton's "Peyce": Solid Bears D tests Manning.
(Who am I kidding? Look for another 4-TD day.)
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Spurs: win 5th in row (TD: 34/13); hold Sixers to 6 1Q pts|
Matt Clement: Cubs innings-eater tops Blue Jays' wish list
Phil Knight: Mr. Nike retiring as CEO; just do ... tributes
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DC baseball: Relocation vote delayed by MLB owners. D'oh!|
NHL draft: Won't be held without CBA; wait, no one cares
Mets: Dangling Piazza for LA's Green or Angels' Guillen?!
Big Ben Watch: Steelers' Roethlisberger (best
rookie QB ever?) goes for 8 in a row at Cincinnati in
a classic trap game.
The new Panthers? Who's not on the
Cardinals bandwagon? Arizona actually plays
Carolina; meanwhile surprising Chargers at
Is it the Super Bowl? The World Series?
NBA Finals? Not quite, but for a first try at
"playoffs," NASCAR has created a must-see championship
event in the season's final race, the Ford 500 in
Miami. If nothing else, they've leap-frogged the
Stanley Cup. But that's not exactly a high
If only I could understand it: I get that 5
guys have a chance to win (Busch, Martin, Gordon,
Johnson, Dale Jr). The biggest problem is that someone
could back into the title without winning the race.
Great news for: 'Cock Nation, Steve's
ego, SEC, college FB fans.
Not-so-great news for: Gator Nation, Bob "SEC
Sux" Stoops' ego, UF/Fla St/Miami recruiters, Lou
Holtz, rivals Clemson and UNC, whoever was
recruiting the top prep QB (Texas, for Ryan
MLB Fray Agency
Pavano meets with Sox, sits with
Schilling. We know how these Red Sox "recruiting"
visits go -- money, girls, cars, booster "support,"
sketchy academic tutors. No, wait, that's college
But when you hear Carl and Curt yapped for two
hours, two words come to mind:
Management. Done. Deal.
Vince to Blazers?
Vince the Glide? Eh, maybe not, given
the way he avoids the lane like it's
But if nothing else, Carter's rep as a
malcontent will fit in quite nicely in the holding
cell of Portland, where "jab-step" involves a punch
and "flight" is the move a player makes to avoid the
Speaking of high-flying, you catch LeBron's
sick, chest-at-rim dunk from Thursday? His
reponse? "I told you I could fly." Like vintage VC,
before he lost it.
NBA All-Star Ballot
Unveiled Thursday. Capping an impromptu
"Ballot Week" in the Quickie (MLB MVPs, Heisman), here
are my preposterously premature votes:
G: LeBron, D. Wade
F: G. Hill, J. O'Neal
G: Kobe, Ray Allen
F: KG, Duncan
Reeling after buzzer-beating loss at home to the
terrible Knicks. T-Mac arrives and they stink;
coincidence? Hmm ...
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|NYJ at CLE|
|Edwards must rebound|
|DET at MIN|
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|STL at BUF|
|We're on Losman Watch|
|DEN at NO|
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Week 11 NFL office-pool suggestions: StL, IND, PIT,
NYJ, MIN, DEN, TB, ARI, JAX, BAL, SEA, SD, ATL, PHI,
GB, NE ...|
Good for what ails ya: Weakling 3-6 Bucs host hapless
1-8 49ers; slumping 5-4 Seahawks host brutal 1-8
Opposite directions: Limping Titans at confident Jags
(with hot QB David Garrard); surging Packers at reeling
Texans (8:30, ESPN) ...
I caught Jackpot Jay (and WSOP uber-hottie Erin Ness) in action at a
Netflix/Mediabistro poker event last night; Jackpot is one cool
Pedro Watch: Torre says he's into him. Tit-for-tat
word out of Fenway is that the Sox think they can land
BOTH Martinez and Pavano ...
NBA: FRI, King of East (Pistons at Pacers, 8,
ESPN); SAT, Prove-It Game (Magic at Pacers); SUN, King
James at MSG (CLE at NYK) ...
College Hoops Watch: Syracuse vs. Memphis meet in CVC
finale Fri at MSG; more Garden: Wed's NIT semis are
set -- Wake vs. Prov; Zona vs. Mich ...