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Yes, that 12-inning Red Sox loss to Oakland has him ready to jump off the Green Monster. But Page 2's Bill Simmons isn't afraid to play hurt when it comes to wagering on (or against) the likes of Dante Hall, Jake Delhomme, Steve McNair and Matt Hasselbeck. And neither is the Daily Quickie, whose Week 5 subplots abound.
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The end of Rush Limbaugh's down-in-flames tenure on "Sunday NFL Countdown" might have been predictable. But Page 2's Ralph Wiley says those controversial statements about Donovan McNabb grew as much out of Rush's own power drive as from any social concern about black quarterbacks.

On-Time Departures Best Uniform Bracket
Red Sox fans whine about a 10 p.m. start, and the Boss bitches about afternoon games. So Jim Caple wonders if there is a right time for a playoff game. Plus, Sportoon accessorizes the playoffs.
Sure, you love the Packers and hate the Bears. Or maybe it's the other way around. But in Page 2's Best Uniform Bracket, your loyalties don't matter. We simply want to know which jersey looks better. Vote now!

100 GREATEST HOME RUNS OF ALL TIME
Did Babe Ruth hit the most significant home run in the history of Major League Baseball? We had our say in Page 2's list of the 100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time. Now SportsCenter weighs in with its own Top 25 Home Runs of All Time. Check it out.


Fasten yourself in, because the next few weeks are going to be wild and woolly in Major League Baseball. By the time the World Series rolls around, we'll have a memory bank chock full of the thrills, spills, joy and heartbreak that come 'round every October. But will these games measure up to baseball's all-time best playoff games?

10]  Reds 4, Pirates 3 ('72 NLCS)
Tried-and-true Reds' fans will never forget the ninth-inning rally that started with Johnny Bench's home run and finished with Bob Moose's wild pitch that scored George Foster and gave the game to Cincinnati.
9]  Dodgers 2, Expos 1 ('81 NLCS)
Fernando Valenzuela was a rookie, and Fernando-mania was in full swing. In rain and 41-degree temperature in Montreal, he froze Montreal through eight-plus innings -- long enough for a Rick Monday home run to win it for L.A. in the ninth.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Titans Patriots 41
Sunday Giants 1 Dolphins 38½
Sunday Eagles 5 Redskins 39½
Sunday Steelers 7 Browns 43
Mon, Oct. 6 Bucs Colts 38
NCAA FOOTBALL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Friday Oregon 3 Utah NL
Saturday Auburn Tennessee NL
Saturday Michigan Iowa NL
Saturday Texas Kansas State NL
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THE SPORTS GUY
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WORN OUT
After a long tripleheader of playoff baseball, Page 2's Eric Neel is tired ... of the new road uniforms.

WORLD'S SERIES
Page 2's Jim Caple wonders what it'd be like watching a Russian broadcast of the World Series.

A BROAD PERSPECTIVE
When Page 2 sent two women to check out The Black Hole in Raider Nation, the results were ... not nearly as scary as expected.
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It's Yankee hurler Andy Pettitte, left, and Pardon the Interruption's Tony Reali, a.k.a. Stat Boy. This match was requested by 69 Page 2 readers. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


NFL Monday Night Countdown
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Red Sox at A's, Game 5
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Colts at Buccaneers.
 
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