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It can't be easy for any quarterback, even a 40-year-old veteran like Vinny Testaverde, to have Broadway Joe Namath looking over your shoulder from the sidelines, as Namath did in his old team's opener last week. But Ralph Wiley says Namath's presence spotlights the shortcomings in this current batch of Jets.
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College kids are returning to campus across the country these days, which jogs The Sports Guy's memories about his good, old, school-day games of Wallball, Hall Hockey and other death-defying pastimes. Page 2's Bill Simmons says college sometimes is more about survival than report cards.

Life on the Mississippi Fond Farewells
If Mark Twain isn't your cup of tea, then Hannibal, MO (his birthplace), isn't for you. Good thing Jim Caple is a Sam Clemens fan. Ever wonder how Twain would chronicle Life on today's Mississippi?
Page 2's Jeff Merron bids farewell to a pair of American icons who passed away Thursday night, John Ritter and Johnny Cash. And the Daily Quickie weighs in on "Three's Company," fight songs and more.

10 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH KOREN ROBINSON
If this is to be a season of resurgence for the Seahawks, then wide receiver Koren Robinson will be a big reason for it. Page 2's Eric Neel fires 10 Burning Questions at Mr. Robinson. Now, about those uniforms . . .


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.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Dolphins 3 Jets 36½
Sunday Packers Lions 47
Sunday Seahawks Cardinals 44½
NCAA FOOTBALL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Saturday Texas 13 Arkansas -
Saturday Michigan 10 Notre Dame -
Saturday Nebraska 10 Penn State -
Saturday UCLA 10½ Illinois -
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TAILGATE TOUR
Page 2 visits the best places in college football, beginning with Nebraska's sea of red.

WARREN COMMISSION
In a revealing interview with Warren Sapp, Page 2's Jason Whitlock asks the Bucs star about history, dirty play and retirement.

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

THE MALL
Page 2's Jim Caple found that of all the ballparks out there, none evokes emotion like the Field of Dreams.

TUESDAY MORNING QB
Say it ain't so! It's so! TMQ got to hang on the sidelines with the Philadelphia Eagles' mega-babe cheerleaders.
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It's presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman, left, and ABC Sports commentator Gary Thorne. This match was requested by eight Page 2 readers. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


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