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Can we blame it on Beckham? Didn't his look start this whole metrosexual thing in sports, this obsession with appearance that A-Rod, Oscar, Mike Modano and others cultivate? Wherever it began, Stacey Pressman wants her men back. Plus, we present photos of our favorite metro and non-metro athletes.
PRESSMAN: MANLY MEN | PHOTO GALLERY




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Page 2 didn't have to look any farther than into the ESPN Radio studios to illustrate the difference between a metrosexual and a . . . well, a Mike Golic. So we put a series of grooming questions to Golic and his partner, Mike Greenberg. And you, too, can answer them in our SportsNation poll.

What the Heck??? Weekend Water Cooler
It sure is a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world. Just ask Ben and J-Lo. Or Britney and Madonna. Or even Rex Hudler. Page 2 wondered: What the heck were they thinking? You tell us.
Are these fans at Oregon's Autzen Stadium celebrating the Ducks' big win over Michigan? Or the end of the Weekend Water Cooler Era at Page 2? Tough to tell. But maybe Brian Murphy's transition game will help.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
Sure, Miss Florida won the pageant. But the Daily Quickie says the real Miss America is Mia Hamm, who set up every USA goal on Sunday. Plus, Warren Sapp's waggle and Reggie Wayne's wiggle.


We're just through Week 3, but that doesn't mean we can't start talking about the NFL's top rookie. Is it Arizona's Anquan Boldin? Seattle's Ken Hamlin? Maybe Green Bay's Nick Barnett? Make your case, but be sure to measure your favorite rookie up against the players on our list of the NFL's greatest rookies of all time.

10]  Randy Moss (Vikings, 2001)
His teammate, the veteran Cris Carter, said the kid Minnesota chose with the 21st pick in the first round "could be Michael Jordan." Was Moss that good? He scored 17 TDs on 69 catches for 1,313 yards in his first season.
9]  Gale Sayers (Bears, 1965)
After Sayers scored six TDs on 336 total yards against San Francisco in one game during his rookie season, 49er quarterback Y.A. Tittle said, "I just wonder how many he would've scored if we hadn't set up our defenses to stop him."
8]  Dan Marino (Dolphins, 1983)
So much for easing into the league. In his first pro start (Game 6), Marino completed 19-of-29 for 322 yards and three TDs. He still holds the record for the highest passer rating as a rookie.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tonight Broncos 5 Raiders 45
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Saturday Tennessee 15 So. Carolina NL
Saturday Pittsburgh 1 Texas A&M NL
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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 REAL CURSE
The Sports Guy turned down a Red Sox HBO special. And he's glad.

MISSISSIPPI TRIP
In New Orleans, the Saints are still marching in mediocrity and the Mississippi drains to its end.

THOUGHT BALLOONS
Page 2's Ralph Wiley knows what's going on inside the heads of players around the NFL.

TUESDAY MORNING QB
Tuesday Morning Quarterback ponders the big week for NFL running backs, the NFL's anti-teenager rule and Miss Slovenia.

INSTANT KARMA
Page 2's Eric Neel says that down the stretch of the baseball season, it's the intangibles that will get a team to the promised land.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


It's Piston's great and champion Detroit Shock head coach Bill Laimbeer, left, and Patrick Warburton, aka David Puddy of Seinfeld. This match was requested by 29 Page 2 readers. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


Rome is Burning
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Xtreme Bulls Tour
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