Credit Unit for sensing the weight of the moment and
delivering (3H in 7IP), outdueling the 19-y.o. phenom
Hernandez (4H in 8IP, but with 2HR)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Is Steve Spurrier worthy of the
bandwagon his return to college football has
Three words sum up why his previous success is no
indication of future performance:
This. Ain't. Florida.
South Carolina has an enthusiastic fan base, a good
chunk of booster money and a nickname worthy of
Spurrier's "Cocky" persona.
*But the talent is iffy.
*The recruiting is spotty.
*The NCAA has clamped down.
*And the schedule? Merciless.
No mercy: That's the problem.
Every week, it's going to be SEC coaches looking to
extract payback from years of being bullied by "Steve
Superior" when he was at Florida.
There will be no dramatic turnaround this season. By
the time SC hosts the Gators on Nov. 11, UF will be
sealing a sub-.500 season for Spurrier.
This. Ain't. Florida.
(UCF at S. Car, 7:30, ESPN)
Unit vs. Felix, Cont'd
If fans learned anything last night, it
was the reminder that Randy Johnson is still a sick
"big game" pitcher.
That means forget his mediocre regular season if the
Yankees make the playoffs; they'll have at least one
ace in an ALDS rotation.
As for King Felix, there's no shame in losing
to the best lefty of the ESPN Era. (Anyone else
slightly troubled by the *2* HRs he gave up?)
Wells... apologizes?! One can only
imagine the "discussion" David Wells had with MLB
execs that would trigger his humble apology for
lashing out at Selig and MLB.
NL Wild Watch: Pedro pounded by the Phillies,
who use a clobbering 8-2 W to put one more game's
breathing room between them and Mets.
AL Wild Watch: Angels' Lackey handcuffs A's to
end LAA's slump and get within 1 GB of OAK in West and
1 GB of NY for WC (.5 GA of CLE).
NL West Watch: It's September 1 and the
West-leading Padres have finally crept to .500.
Instead of a pennant race, we get this.
Pujols earns a first: First player ever to hit
30 HR and have 100 RBI in his first five seasons. Best
"first-5-year" player ever? You bet.
"First time since 1898": Love anytime a player
does something that includes a detail like that.
Marlins OF Jeremy Hermida hits a GS in his first-ever
at-bat. (Yes, it's THAT rare.)
More on Katrina
Hornets relocating? While the NFL
struggles with temporary solutions for the Saints, the
NBA might relocate the Hornets out of New Orleans for
the entire season, period. Huge. (via NY
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NFL Labor Progress: League cancels October owners meeting
Chris Webber: Fined $100K in Fed criminal contempt charge
Based on positive feedback I got for my idea
yesterday, the NFL should seriously consider
auctioning off Saints home games to the
highest-bidding city, then giving the proceeds to
Finley to Spurs
Let's just save the trouble and give
the Spurs their 2006 championship rings in the same
ceremony we give them rings for '05.
Because having swiped Mike Finley from the Heat and
Suns (along with grabbing Nick Van Exel), the Spurs
are as much of a favorite as they could be.
Kudos to Finley on the decision: He took the best
chance for a title over Miami money and glitz. What's
his ring size?
The Spurs were already among the top contenders
for 2006. Now, they could challenge for the NBA's best
regular-season record of all time.
(This isn't the dysfunctional '04 Lakers; this is the
best TEAM in the NBA, loading up with a talented
swingman and a potent combo guard.)
Rockets Re-up Yao
Huge coup for Houston, locking up Yao
for an extra 5 years (at $75 mil), and effectively
taking him off the table from would-be pursuers who
had been planning cap room in anticipation of his free
agency. (Tough luck, Lakers.)
DT Simon to Colts: Sure, Indy might
overpay, but what price can you put on increased
pressure on Tom Brady?
WR Warrick to Seahawks: Anyone else want to
speculate that as soon as he signed the contract, he
dropped the pen?
Cowboys eyeing WR Price? Reunion with Bledsoe?
But will Parcells let him have "I Hate Y'all" on the
back of his jersey, XFL style?
NFL Pre: 11 Games!
Key theme: Don't. Get.
NYJ/PHI: More of T.O. Show
ATL/MIA: Ricky done 'til Oct
HOU/TB: How's the Caddy ride?
PIT/CAR: More Willie Parker!
WAS/BAL: Which QB is WORSE?
JAX/DAL: Cowboys D is solid
CLE/CHI: Keep eye on QB Orton
GB/TEN: Just how bad is GB D?
NYG/NE: Whither the Bachelor?
NO/OAK: Heavy thoughts here
SF/SD: Rest LT... please!
Quickie Tennis Book Club:
"A Necessary Spectacle": My favorite newspaper
columnist, Selena Roberts of the NY Times, smartly
analyzes the King-Riggs "Battle of the Sexes."
"On Being John McEnroe": A fascinating (and
quick!) psychological profile of the biggest
personality in tennis history.
CFB 2K5: Bandwagons!
Vols: 13 1st-place votes?
BCS' awful new "human" poll
Joe Paterno's still got it!
Texas A&M: In shadow of UT
Norm Chow's impact on USC's O
Louisville leap to BCS league
Spread Offense Mania: Rules!
Mids: Boise, Fresno, B. Green
GameDay: Sports' best TV show
Coming Friday: Books!
No. 1 Prep FB News
Top-rated prep FB player Myron Rolle, a
DB from New Jersey, will announce his college choice
today (5:20, ESPNews) from Atlantic City. That kid's
got style! Choice reportedly down to Penn St and
Speaking of Florida, I'll be in Gainesville
this Friday and Saturday for the Florida-Wyoming game.
Any fraternities having a party or a tailgate?
Email me below. Why should
Caple have all the college fun?
Appealing NCAA ban on nicknames and claimed to have
Sioux support. Now one local tribe has come out
AGAINST the school. Not what you'd call "support."
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|vs. Florida (11/12)|
|Meyer wants this one bad|
|at Tennessee (10/29)|
|at Georgia (9/10)|
|That's NEXT weekend|
|at Auburn (10/1)|
|Or 11/5 at ARK (pick poison)|
|vs. Alabama (9/17)|
|Home L would be u-g-l-y|
Quickie 50/50: South Carolina. Impressions: Two of
sports' top nicknames -- "Death Valley" (Best
Stadium?) and "Gamecocks" (Best College?)|
US Open Wrap: Williams Sisters, Sharapova advance.
(Who needs Andy Roddick and his mojo? I'll take
Maria's mojo or Serena's mojo every time.)
And even though Rafael Nadal beat him in straight
sets, teen sensation Scoville Jenkins is going to be a
huge name in men's tennis.
More CFB: Minnesota RB Laurence Moroney is a stud
(10:15, ESPN2). Plus: Oregon at Houston (7, ESPN2),
Temple at Arizona St.
Among ESPN.com's CFB experts' picks for the Rose Bowl
opponent of USC, not a single one joined me in picking
Louisville. I love it. Bring it on.
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