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He wore a toga at Marquette. He attended class at Syracuse. He was invited to a sorority party at Kansas. He ran with the ROTC at Texas. All week, Jim Caple has visited the campuses of the Final Four schools and soaked up student life. So, who's he rooting for now?
CAPLE: TIME TO SHOW MY TRUE COLORS
TEXAS | KANSAS | 'CUSE | MARQUETTE




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OK, we'll tolerate soaring ticket prices, bad behavior by athletes and overpriced concessions. But that doesn't mean sports fans are a stupid bunch. The Sports Guy says he's getting sick and tired of hearing how the war in Iraq has reminded fans of what's really important. C'mon, do you think we're so stupid that we really need that lesson again?

Doggone It! The Wacky Bracket
We make up a lot of stories on Page 2, but this one is too weird to be invented: The winner of the world's biggest dog show is being accused of having had a facelift. Although we've seen "Best in Show" a dozen times, we never dreamed such chicanery was possible.
Christina Aguilera has had a remarkable run through Page 2's Wacky Bracket, but it might be time for midnight to finally strike for our tourney Cinderella. The No. 16 seed is up against Miss Page 2, Jennie Finch, in our championship final this weekend.

BEING A BLAZER
Ever find yourself asking: Where on earth does Portland find its players? Well, Page 2 investigated and we not only found the guidelines to being a Trail Blazer but the Sportoon helps out by wrapping up all the current events in Portland. The Daily Quickie just wants to see these Blazer practice scuffles on pay-per-view.


Monday was one of our favorite days of the year: Opening day of the baseball season. As we begin the 2003 campaign, Page 2 looks back on the 10 most memorable moments in Opening Day history. Check out our list and vote for the top lid-lifter of all-time.

10]  Karl Rhodes hits three home runs (1994)
Unknown Cubs outfielder Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes shocked the denizens of Wrigley Field by hitting three straight home runs off Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden.
9]  Reagan throws a wild pitch (1986)
Legend has it that Ronald Reagan was an excellent athlete. But you wouldn't have known it if you'd witnessed his ceremonial first pitch to Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey at Baltimore. Throwing from about 30 feet away, Reagan went into a full windup and uncorked a toss that flew way to the left of Dempsey and 10 feet over the catcher's head.
8]  Frank Robinson homers in first game as manager (1975)
In his debut as the first African-American manager in major-league history, Robinson hit the record eighth Opening Day homer of his career.
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NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
DAY FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Saturday Kansas Marquette 153
Saturday Texas 3 Syracuse 151
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
DAY FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Duke Tennessee NL
Sunday UConn 6 Texas NL
All Times ET -- Bold indicates home team
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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 LIST
Page 2's Tim Keown wants to know: Why do the coaches get praised for calling a timeout when the players do all the work?

CLUB 500
Just because four players might reach the 500-Homer Club this season doesn't mean it has lost meaning, writes Ralph Wiley.

FLYING THE COOP
With all Roy Williams' double talk, no one knows if the Jayhawk will fly away to Chapel Hil, writes Page 2's Jason Whitlock.

NOT SO FAST ...
Hold the hype on LeBron James, Michael Jordan tells Page 2's Jim Armstrong: The kid isn't ready to be a star right away.

FINAL FOUR GRADES
The modern era of the Final Four began in '79 with a tilt for the ages. Eric Neel hands out a grade for each of the Final Fours since.

HEY, RUBE
How did the Good Doctor survive Kentucky's untimely demise? With the love of a good woman, of course.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


It's Final Four-bound guard Tasha Butts, left, of the Lady Vols and R&B singer Alicia Keys. Page 2 has received 25 requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


Diamondbacks at Dodgers
4 p.m. ET, ESPN
No snow out west, they're playing!
 
Men's hoops: College Gamenight
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Everything you need to know about the big game.
 
NCAA Final: Kansas vs. Syracuse
9 p.m. ET, CBS
It's prom night ... someone's going home happy.
 
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If you missed Page 2 over the last week, check out our back issues:
• Thurs, April 3: Rock, chalk
• Wed., April 2 Pass or Fail?
• Tues., April 1: The Big A
• Mon., March 31: To-ga! To-ga!

Other featured content:
• What the Heck Are They Thinking?
• 2003 All-Hair Team for NCAAs
• 10 Burning Questions for Chris Rock
• Page 2's Ultimate Scorecard
• 10 Burning Questions with Jennie Finch
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