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Sure, Mars is closer to Earth right now than it's ever been in our lifetimes, but it's still got nothin' on Lincoln -- as the Nittany Lions surely will discover when Penn State visits this Saturday. Page 2's Jim Caple swims into the sea of red at Nebraska to kick off our series on the best game-day experiences in college football.

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Warren Sapp isn't known as 'Big Filthy' for nothin'. Just ask Green Bay tackle Chad Clifton, whose season ended with a Sapp de-cleating last year. Or the Philadelphia Eagles, who came up empty against Sapp and the Bucs on Monday night. 'Big Filthy' sits down with Page 2's Jason Whitlock for a revealing Q & A.

Wedding Planners Life on the Mississippi
Ben & J-Lo claim the wedding is off for now (yeah, right), but Page 2's Graham Hays isn't falling for any of that 'postponement' juke-and-jive. We have the real story behind the Union of the Year.
When Jim Caple's trip down the Mississippi takes him to Dyersville, Iowa, where "Field of Dreams' was filmed, he finds a father-and-son story that rivals anything Ray Kinsella experienced in the movie.

The Daily Quickie sends a tip-o-the-cap in the direction of Tony LaRussa, who won his 2,000th game on Wednesday. Plus, more on Maurice and sour grapes in Belgium.

About three weeks to go, and there's a whole lotta shakin' going on in some wicked-good division and wild-card pennant races right now. Could this season possibly edge its way onto our list of the 10 greatest pennant races of all time?

10]  1948: Cleveland Rocks
Cleveland, Boston and New York were tied at the top of the AL with a week to go. A week later, only the Yankees were eliminated. Lou Boudreau's two home runs in a one-game playoff at Fenway sent Cleveland into the Series.
9]  1951: The Shot
The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson, 3:58 p.m. Need we say more?
8]  1956: A Nation of Kids
Don Newcombe's 27th win and two Duke Snider home runs (not to mention a spectacular catch) held off Milwaukee on the final day of the season, and the Dodgers survived to face the Yankees again in the Series.

Sunday Dolphins 3 Jets 36½
Sunday Packers Lions 47
Sunday Seahawks Cardinals 44½
Saturday Texas 13 Arkansas -
Saturday Michigan 10 Notre Dame -
Saturday Nebraska 10 Penn State -
Saturday UCLA 10½ Illinois -
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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.

After taking the Ballpark Tour, Page 2's Eric Neel dreams up the perfect stadium.

Page 2's Jim Caple found that sports is still alive and well at the site of the old Metropolitan Stadium, now the Mall of America.

Say it ain't so! It's so! TMQ got to hang on the sidelines with the Philadelphia Eagles' mega-babe cheerleaders.

Barry Bonds is Frontier royalty, the greatest hitter ever.

Page 2's Bill Simmons kept a running diary of the worst Boston sports day of the year.
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It's USC's Pete Carroll, left and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. This match was requested by Greg Zampiello in San Dimas and Josh Sonne in D.C. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.

College Football Friday
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Toledo at Marshall.
WNBA Finals: Game 1
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Detroit tries to shock Sparks.
Friday Night Baseball
10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Angels at Mariners
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