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There he is, knocking himself out day after day to entertain the good citizens at Shea. But how can a kind, conscientious seamhead be expected to keep his focus in the middle of all these distractions? Page 2 digs deep into the frontal lobes of the hardest-working man in Met-dom and finds the truth: It ain't easy being Mr. Met.
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Maybe Rey Sanchez just didn't get the word about haircuts on company time. Hey, it happens. So as a public service to Sanchez and other needy ballplayers, Page 2's Jim Armstrong finally puts all of baseball's unwritten rules into ... well, writing. Here it is, our guide to proper conduct in the clubhouse.

The Daily Quickie Anna's Slummin'
What do Armando Benitez and Sal Maglie have in common? The Daily Quickie has the answer, of course. Plus, Mr. Quickie has the lowdown on Mr. Jordan, Mr. Billups and Mr. Kotter. (Or, at least, one of his troubled Sweathogs.)
It isn't the $1.2 million German Open; but, hey, she might actually win. Page 2's Patrick Hruby has some suggestions for how Anna Kournikova might spend the first-place money if she happens to win this week's USTA minor-league event.

SPORTOON
Life as a college coach can be so ... well, confusing. If you aren't plowing through a rulebook the size of Montana, you're maxing out a credit card with room service. What's a molder of youth to do? Grab one of Sportoon's NCAA Survival Kits, and never let it out of your sight.


So, a couple of college coaches sampled the local nightlife. What's the big deal? Athletes and coaches have been hitting the town for decades. To prove it, we give you Page 2's list of the biggest sports party animals of all-time:

10]  Billy Martin
Billy lived in ballparks and bars, and brawled frequently in both venues. "It's not that Billy drinks a lot," wrote Dick Young. "It's just that he fights a lot when he drinks a little."
9]  Max McGee
The aging, seldom used receiver took in the L.A. scene the night before the Packers played the Chiefs in Super Bowl I. But when Vince Lombardi called his number he delivered with seven catches for 138 yards and two TDs.
8]  Hollywood Henderson
Cocaine. On and off the field. Now a recovered drug addict, Henderson admitted that he often played high, like when, during Super Bowl XIII, he tucked an inhaler of liquefied cocaine inside his uni.
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SECOND CHANCES
Your heart wants to give Larry Eustachy and Mike Price a second chance. Page 2's Eric Neel points out that you can't always give one.

HEY, RUBE
Amid his first week of marital bliss, the Good Doctor still found time to mix a little hoop with his honeymoon.

EUSTACHY VS. PRICE
Can't a man relax? Page 2's Nick Bakay compares the troubles of Larry Eustachy and Mike Price.

THE WATER COOLER
Just how bad are the Detroit Tigers? Page 2's Brian Murphy tries to answer that ugly question.

BASKETBALL DIARY
Now that the NBA is down to its elite eight, Page 2's Charley Rosen looks at the X-factors and intangibles in each second-round series.

THE SPORTS GUY
After five months on the Left Coast, The Sports Guy still can't get used to watching sports the minute he rolls out of bed.
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It's Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, left, and actor Carlos Bernard of Fox's "24." This match was requested by Scott Shoals of Galesville, Mich., and Joe Roberts of Alberta. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


NBA Playoffs: 76ers at Pistons
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Dallas hopes to find Big D at home.
 
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