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You can always count on Page 2 to cast the first stone toward the hair-brained antics of people who can't keep their feet out of their pie-holes. Folks like Vijay Singh and Bob Ryan keep food on our table by being politically incorrect. The Sports Guy weighs in on Ryan, and we dig deep into the grey matter to explore "Being Vijay Singh."

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Better hurry if you want to read Godzilla's elementary-school essays. They're about to be expunged from the Hideki Matsui Museum in Japan. Page 2's Jim Caple gets to the bottom of that issue and more as he sits down with the latest star in the Yankee constellation for 10 Burning Questions.

"Bend It Like Beckham" The Daily Quickie
Nobody does football ... er, soccer, like the man who brought the World Cup Diary to Page 2. So who better than our Michael Davies to get the lowdown on the newest chick-flick rage, "Bend It Like Beckham." Here's a hint: Real men don't bring hankies.
How big is the Lakers-Spurs series? The Daily Quickie says it's big enough to get J-Lo and Ben to quit gazing into each other's eyes and glance at the court. Plus, the DQ has a suggestion for new Celtics exec Danny Ainge, and it involves Employee No. 8.

Now that Coach Phil is back, is there any stopping the Lakers' quest for a four-peat? Page 2's Charley Rosen says the only thing L.A. has to fear is the NBA itself. The conspiracy theories just keep on coming.

With the sixth-seeded Minnesota Wild battling the seventh-seeded Anaheim Mighty Ducks for the right to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, we can't help but remember the champs who had no chance -- the underdogs for which, somehow, the word "upset" doesn't do justice to their ultimate victories. The greatest underdog champs of all time:

10]  Houston Rockets (1995)
The Rockets went only 47-35 during the regular season and were the sixth seed in the Western Conference. But they beat Utah (60-22), Phoenix (59-23) and San Antonio (62-20) in successive series to make it to the finals against Orlando.
9]  Charismatic (1999 Kentucky Derby)
Charismatic, who three months earlier could have been bought at a claiming race for $62,500, won in 2:03 1/5, easily beating the favorites, Excellent Meeting and General Challenge. If you had put down $2 on the horse, you would have gone home with $64.60, the third-largest payout in Derby history.
8]  New Jersey Devils (1995)
The talented Red Wings had the best regular-season record in the strike-shortened 1994-95 season -- 33-11-4. They eased through the first three rounds of the playoffs with a 12-2 mark. On the other hand, the Devils were only 22-18-8 in the regular season.

Tuesday Mavericks Kings 218½
Tuesday Spurs 3 Lakers 192½
Wednesday Pistons Sixers 182½
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After watching Rafael Palmeiro join the 500 Club, Page 2's Brian Murphy wonders why the achievement seems so uninspiring.

Page 2's Jeff Merron finally completes his mission of finding Anna Kournikova, and he learns she's more than a pretty face.

Legendary sportswriter Sam Lacy played the game like Raffy Palmeiro: beautifully and consistently, writes Ralph Wiley.

It's another May and another year for the Good Doctor to live and die by the NBA playoffs.

The NBA playoffs are all about winning, but Page 2's Eric Neel salutes eight guys who are able to win with a little style.

Even though the Wizards are a laughingstock, Page 2's Gregg Easterbrook asks are they really better off without Michael Jordan?
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Here are a couple of "beautiful" guys: Spurs guard Tony Parker, left, and musician Sean Paul. This match comes from Justin Laurie of Philadelphia. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.

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