espn.com Ali Contest
To play or not to play, that is one of the questions all of us who work in sports (or just love them) have to grapple with during a time of war and potential terror. Two of our columnists weigh in -- Jim Caple suggests a few important things we should all be thinking about today, while Jason Whitlock simply says, "Hell, yeah."
CAPLE: GET REAL | WHITLOCK: PLAY ON!




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What kind of parents name their children Koko or KaVoris, Winsome or Dewy, Peaches or La'Tangela, Tan or Mistie? That's easy -- parents who know their innocent infants will be playing in the NCAA tourney someday. For an exclusive rating of the best monikers on display in this year's men's and women's fields, check out Page 2's 2003 All-Name Teams.

When We Was Fab ... Wacky Bracket
Ten years ago, the members of Michigan Fab Five ended their fabled run as trailblazers in hoops style, not to mention destroyers of college basketball conventional wisdom. Page 2's Eric Neel reflects on the ways five talented freshmen changed the way we looked at the game, the clothes we wore, and the meaning of the word "team."
Top-seeded Michael Jackson is in action today as play begins in the Dr. Melfi Region of Page 2's Wacky Bracket Tournament. Rasheed, Iron Mike, Tonya and Tony Soprano are also among the "misunderstood" competing in the Melfi bracket. It's also not too late to vote on the matchups in the Joan Rivers Region.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
What's that smell? Why it's the Daily Quickie, of course, emanating some weird mixture of sweat, dirt and grass. The DQ is wearing NFL cologne today as it tries to decide who stinks and who's smelling like a rose in sports. See what the nose knows about LeBron, Ricky Davis, Charles Rogers and more.


Earlier this week, we listed the 10 best individual performances in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Today, we're focused on the 10 most stunning upsets of all-time. Check out our list and then vote for the top shocker in NCAA history.

10]  LSU beats Kentucky, advances to the Final Four (1986)
LSU, seeded 11th in the Southeast, had already lost three times to No. 1 Kentucky during the season. It seemed destined to be a doomed year for the Bayou Bengals. But in the tourney, they scored three straight upsets -- over Purdue, Memphis State, and Georgia Tech. Then they stunned Kentucky 59-57, becoming the lowest seed ever to reach the Final Four.
9]  Little Rock ousts the Irish (1986)
Tenth-ranked Notre Dame went into its first round game at the Metrodome as 17-point favorites over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans. The Irish played well, but the 14th-seeded Trojans played a near-perfect second half, going 15-for-19 from the field to win 90-83.
8]  Santa Clara beats Arizona, clobbers the spread (1993)
The 15th-seeded Broncos were 20-point underdogs against the Wildcats, who they faced in the first round of the West Regional. Santa Clara survived a mid-game run of 25 straight points by the No. 2 seeded Wildcats to win 64-61.
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VEGAS' ODDS TO WIN 2003 NCAA Tournament
Kentucky 3-1   Duke 12-1
Arizona 4-1   Louisville 12-1
Oklahoma 6-1   Mississippi St. 15-1
Kansas 8-1   Illinois 15-1
Florida 8-1   Memphis 20-1
Texas 10-1   Maryland 20-1
Pitt 10-1   UConn 25-1
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Got a comment about something you've seen on Page 2? Here's your chance to sound off to the editors and columnists. Plus, if you'd like to send an e-mail to The Sports Guy, here's your direct link to Bill Simmons.



THE SPORTS GUY
It's that time of year again, and the Sports Guy wants to share the 10 things he loves the most about March Madness.

THE HOT LIST
Page 2's Dan Shanoff rumages through the bracket to find the hottest players, sleepers, mascots, coaches and favorites.

THE WATER COOLER
As he mulls over his NCAA bracket on St. Patrick's Day, Page 2's Brian Murphy is ready to move Cooler Day to March 17.

GIRL TALK
Guys say they want a girl that can talk the talk about sports. However, Stacey Pressman writes, that couldn't be further from the truth.

HAIL JORDAN
He may be 40, he may be playing his last games -- but according to Page 2's Ralph Wiley, Michael Jordan is still Michael Jordan.

TONGUE-TIED
After a horrific run-in with Oilers coach Craig Mac Tavish, the Flames' Harvey the Hound and his tongue, are back in action writes Page 2's Greg Garber.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


It's Joseph Barber, left, of UNC-Asheville and rocker Billy Idol. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


Men's NCAA first round
Noon ET, CBS
Syracuse vs. Manhattan.
 
Men's NCAA first round
9:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Florida vs. Sam Houston.
 
Lakers at Kings
10 p.m. ET, TNT
How the West is won.
 
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If you missed Page 2 over the last week, check out our back issues:
• Tues., March 18: True Madness
• Mon., March 17: Lions & Lambs
• Fri., March 14: What Men Want
• Thurs., March 13: Air's Last Gasp

Other featured content:
• Page 2's Ultimate Scorecard
• Do's and Don'ts For Your Bracket
• What the Heck Are They Thinking?
• Get Iverson onto Team USA
• 10 Burning Questions with Jennie Finch
• Diary of Anna Kournikova's marriage
• The top 10 divorces in sports history
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
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