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Page 2's Jim Caple was there for the first two nail-biting games at Fenway Park and saw it all, including the brawl between Pedro and little Darren Baker, Dusty's son, over the Beanball War that broke out in Game 1. Now the Cubs and the Sox, knotted at a game apiece in this Series for the Ages, head to Wrigley. Stay tuned!
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It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. So Page 2's Brian Murphy sings the praises of the Yankees and the Marlins, even if the World Series they're currently playing isn't the matchup most people wanted to see. Here, then, are five reasons to watch, including Ronan Tynan's rendition of "God Bless America."

The Sports Guy's Lament The Daily Quickie
A weekend's worth of reflection didn't change the result; the Red Sox still lost. It didn't change Bill Simmons' thinking about Grady Little, either. Four days after the fact, the Sports Guy still says Little has to go.
Somebody is lucky that Warren Sapp is still playing, but it isn't Sapp. The Daily Quickie says Paul Tagliabue has it backward. Plus, who's No. 2 in the Yankees' all-time World Series rotation?

PAGE 2'S WORLD SERIES RANKINGS
They started playing the World Series 100 years ago, and Page 2 ranks them all -- including that phenomenal Series that starred Kirby Puckett back in 1991. Was the Twins' seven-game win over Atlanta the best ever?


All we can say is: Red Sox and Cubs fans, we still feel your pain. Those were devastating losses last week. But were they so agonizing that they make our list of the most painful losses in baseball history?

10]  Cubs Lose 1984 NLCS
The Cubs lead the Padres 3-2 in the seventh inning of the deciding game. But Tim Flannery's routine grounder goes through first baseman Leon Durham's legs, and the Cubs' misery continues.
9]  Indians Lose to Marlins
Cleveland has a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 -- three outs away from a World Series title in 1997. But the Indians lose to Florida in the bottom of the 11th.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Monday Chiefs Raiders 47½
Sunday Bucs Cowboys 37
Sunday Steelers Rams 46
Sunday Vikings Giants 44
NCAA FOOTBALL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Wednesday Virginia Tech 13 West Virginia NL
Saturday Michigan Purdue NL
Saturday Washington State 8 Oregon State NL
Saturday Tennessee Alabama NL


 
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 SPORTS GUY
After the most heartbreaking night of his life as a Red Sox fan, Bill Simmons relives the championship that wasn't.

FORGET THE GOAT
Forget about the goat, Page 2's Ralph Wiley has the real deal on the curse of the Cubs and Red Sox.

A BROAD PERSPECTIVE
Midnight Madness is here -- and for a Sports Gal, it's rough not to have a date for the Big Dance.

TAILGATE TOUR
Page 2 visits the best places in college football, this time in a caboose outside South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium.

WINDY CITY
Page 2's Jim Caple was there when some of Chicago's most notable personalities took in the Cubs' collapse.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


It's Red Sox manager Grady Little, left, and Bobby from "King of the Hill." Page 2 has received 18 requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


Rome is Burning
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Hot topics and heated words.
 
World Series, Game 3
8 p.m. ET, FOX
Mussina battles Beckett in Miami.
 
ESPN Entertainment: Playmakers
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The Playmakers marathon begins.
 
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• Thur., Oct. 16: Great Career Move
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