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Tony Dungy is a championship coach, and Peyton Manning is a championship QB. Page 2's Ralph Wiley says we can forgive Mike Vanderjagt for not recognizing this because he's an "idiot kicker" and not a football player. What Wiley can't forgive, however, is all the self-professed football "experts" who agreed with Vanderjagt's assessment. WILEY: VILLAGE IDIOT

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Rivalry week isn't just about college hoops anymore. Dan Shanoff dedicates today's edition of the Daily Quickie to the notion that all the rivalries -- from LeBron's World to J-Lo's love life to Mooch's new gig in Motown -- are what make every day so endlessly fascinating.

Basketball Diary Sportoon
The Phoenix Suns are a bundle of deficiencies -- they tend to fall behind early, shoot too quickly, struggle on defense and lose on the road. But never fear, says Page 2's Charley Rosen, because, thanks to rookie Amare Stoudamire and a maturing Stephon Marbury, Phoenix is rising in the West.
He drives a Hummer and gets free gifts from clothing stores, but LeBron James is still an average high school student. Really. Don't believe us? Well, our Sportoon team followed LeBron around during a typical school day and found the kid is dedicated to reading, writing and 'rithmetic.

KILLING TIME
As a wise man (we think it might have been Dennis Rodman) once said, "Every misfortune is also an opportunity." With that in mind, Page 2's Dan Shanoff has compiled an extensive list of creative and profitable options that lay at the feet of King James as he awaits the NBA draft.


With our the next NBA No. 1 pick sitting on the bench, Page 2 reflects on the 10 best high school athletes ever.. Check out our list and vote for the best ever.

10]  Connie Hawkins (Boys High, New York City)
Hawkins was All-City first team as a junior as Boys went undefeated and won New York's ultra-competitive PSAL (Public School Athletic League) title in 1959. His senior year he averaged 25.5 ppg., including one game in which he scored 60, and Boys again went undefeated and won the 1960 PSAL title.
9]  Marion Jones (Rio Mesa High and Thousand Oaks High, Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
As a 16-year-old, Jones was already one of the fastest sprinters in the world, and won an alternate spot on the 1992 Olympics 400 meter relay team. She chose not to go to Barcelona, but if she had, she probably would have raced in at least one prelim round and taken home a team gold.
8]  Wilt Chamberlain (Overbrook High School, Philadelphia)
In a preview of what would come when he hit the NBA, Chamberlain scored a city-record 90 points in one game his senior year, even though he only played about 28 minutes (he ran off 60 points during one 10-minute run).
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VEGAS' ODDS TO WIN 2004 SUPER BOWL
Eagles 5-1   Raiders 10-1
Rams 6-1   Dolphins 10-1
Buccaneers 7-1   Packers 15-1
Steelers 7-1   49ers 15-1
Patriots 10-1   Giants 15-1
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WELL SUITED
With swimsuit issues making a comeback, Page 2's Dan Shanoff has the scoop on plans at a few other publications.

HEY, RUBE
For a moment, it seemed as if the '60s were back as the anti-war movement and the X Games arrived in Aspen -- home of the Good Doctor -- at the same time.

THE SPORTS GUY
OK, so Page 2's Bill Simmons can't help his team on the field. But the least he can do is try not to jinx them!

X FACTOR
Why would anyone attempt a backflip on a motorcycle on a snowy surface? Page 2's Eric Neel seeks the answer at Winter X.

CHEMISTRY 101
In a league where controversy is the norm, a few members forgot about the unwritten rules of the Nobody's Behaving Association, writes Page 2's Jim Armstrong.

TUESDAY MORNING QB
As he closes the book on the NFL season, TMQ looks back on the worst predictions of the year.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


It's NHL All-Star MVP Dany Heatley, left, and Green Day lead singer Billie Joe. Page 2 has received 35 requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


Nets at 76ers
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
How 'bout post All-Star snub, K-Mart?!
 
Men's hoops: North Carolina at Duke
9 p.m. ET, ESPN
A Cameron Crazy's dream come true.
 
Men's hoops: Gonzaga at Pepperdine
Midnight ET, ESPN
The WCC is Zags' to lose.
 
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