Hot start a fluke? But they beat
the Spurs, ending a 21-game S.A. home W streak. Ray
Allen for MVP? Not quite, but All-NBA for now.
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Starting today, the MLB winter meetings
will offer a much-needed break for fans weary of the
punishing steroids scandal.
The meetings are the closest that GMs ever get to
playing in a fantasy league. (Which is going to be the
first team to hire a star Fantasy GM for the front
office? It's the new "Moneyball!")
Speaking of fantasy, 75 percent of the rumors
flying out of the Anaheim Marriott hotel lobby will be
distortions, distractions and plain ol'
MLB learned from last winter that some sizzling
hot-stove rumors can push everything else to the
even especially the
'roids issue, which fans really don't want to
Biggest scuttlebutt? We may finally see trade
movement on Randy Johnson and Sammy Sosa,
and perhaps on two young studs, Alfonso Soriano and
Watch the hometown Angels: They've got money to
spend and that itching, burning feeling to use
Get behind rooting for Adrian
Peterson, simply for the novelty of seeing the first
freshman ever get the award (then to hear the
stammering excuses why he's "not ready" for the NFL
simply because of his age.). USC's Reggie Bush was the
As for the QBs? Matt Leinart is a system guy;
Jason White stole it last year; Utah's Alex Smith is there
for the "Cindy" factor.
More CFB Awards
The only on-field specialization that doesn't
have its own award is water boy. (And if it did, you
KNOW it would be the "Bobby Boucher.")
Nevertheless, if it's a legendary player, there's an
award for him: Bednarik (top D player); Biletnikoff
(top WR); Butkus (top LB); Groza (top K); Guy (top P);
Mackey (top TE) ... the list goes on.
(And if Leinart wins the Heisman, you can re-name it
"the Torretta," in honor of the Miami QB who set
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Cal talk about the Rose Bowl snub: Tedford says, No more
the template for winning simply for being the QB on
the nation's top team.)
Tonight's award show is most compelling for the
tight races for top QB (Davey O'Brien), between
Heisman finalists Leinart, Smith and White and top RB
(Doak Walker), between Texas' Cedric "Lifetime
Achievement" Benson and eye-popping super-frosh
Harrison's New Deal
7 years/$66 million extension with the
Colts means Marvin Harrison can waltz hand-in-hand to
the Hall of Fame with Peyton.
It also means the Colts can slap a franchise
tag on the Edge. (Ever notice "slap" is always the
verb used with "franchise tag?")
Now, if Indy could only firm up that D, we'd be
talking about a Colts dynasty.
The Next LeBron?
LeBron ... Bassy ... Greg Oden? The heir
to TV's "Chosen One" throne is Indiana's schoolboy
7-footer -- who isn't even eligible for the NBA draft
until 2006 (but is a near-lock as the No. 1 pick, once
he's in there). Judge for yourself tonight (7:30 ET,
MLB Fray Agency
The biggest winner if the Mets sign
Richie Sexson? NY tabloid editors.
"Feeling Sexy?" Yikes, it already feels
clichéd. But if this winter's version of Vlad Guerrero
(injured slugger who could have monster comeback year)
stays healthy, there'll be a lot of that.
"I meant nothing by it, he said of his
off-the-cuff comments that hurt the Mailman's tender
feelings. "The door's always open."
Left unsaid: "Just don't let the handle hit you
where they split you on your way out!"
NHL Talks Today
Perhaps recognizing that their sport
has redefined the phrase "fallen off the map," NHL
owners and players will sit down today. The Quickie
has obtained exclusive transcripts:
Union: Hockey is suffocating!
Owners: What's this "hockey?"
When your outgoing president breaks ranks and goes on
the record as "embarrassed" over the Willingham
debacle, you know you've got problems.
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|Happy if mold-breaker wins|
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More MLB Fray Agency: A bitter Al Leiter signs with
Florida (1yr/7m); ex-pat Yankee Jon Lieber signs with
Pro Bowl Voting: Peyton leads all players (not
unsurprisingly), but take note, haters: TO is running
4th overall ...
Bush urges "strong steps" to curb steroids in
baseball. Isn't "strong steps" what got us into this
mess in the first place? ...
Pedro meets with BoSox execs: Is greeting free-agent
baseball players in a D.R. airport the new "woo them
over Thanksigiving?" ...
"Be Careful What You Wish For" file: Vikings coach
Mike Tice listed the U-Washington job as one he'd
want. And he may need the work ...
ContinUUity: Utes hire D-coord to replace Meyer after
Fiesta Bowl (he snubs BYU, too; a double-whammy) ...