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The humans say USC is No. 1. The computers spit out Oklahoma and LSU for the Sugar Bowl. Mock the BCS? Ahh, that would be too easy, writes Brian Murphy. But it gets us thinking: What if the BCS super computer were in charge of other sports and pop culture? The Brewers in the World Series? Tom Green for best actor?
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The Daily Quickie Baby Steps
The only thing hotter than Jessica Alba is the latest BCS controversy and Week 14 in the NFL. The Daily Quickie says USC should be thankful and the Eagles are No. 1.
The positive is that Sylvester Croom is the first black head coach in the SEC. But Alan Grant just hopes other black coaches will get the chance to succeed or fail.

STRIKING BACK
The mourning period is over for Page 2's Bill Simmons. Grady's Boner? Yesterday's news. So what if spring training is still more than two months off: the Sports Guy is pumped about the Red Sox right now.


Let's face it -- with all the comings and goings in 2003, the sports world gave us more than our usual dose of drama. But which ones cracked our list for best moves of the year? There's only one way to find out.

10]  Andy Roddick hires Brad Gilbert
After losing in the first round of the French Open, Roddick fired his longtime coach and hired Gilbert. Roddick went on to win 19 straight matches, including his first major, the U.S. Open.
9]  MLS signs Freddy Adu
DC United inked the 14-year-old phenom to a six-year deal in mid-November, winning out in a bidding war that involved world soccer powers Manchester United, Inter Milan, and Barcelona, among others.
8]  Jerry Jones hires Bill Parcells
After three straight 5-11 seasons, Jones finally hired a coach who knows more about football than he does. Parcells has the Cowboys at 8-5 and in the thick of the playoff chase.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tonight Rams Browns 43
Sunday Patriots 7 Jaguars 36½
Sunday Jets 3 Steelers 40
Sunday Titans 1 Bills 40
Monday Dolphins 2 Eagles 36½
NCAA FOOTBALL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Rose USC 7 Michigan NL
Orange Florida State 2 Miami NL
Sugar Oklahoma LSU NL


 
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We can hear you whining all the way over here. Yes, you (no, not you Sooners fans). Sure, No. 1-ranked USC is out of the BCS title game, but that doesn't prevent some members of the Writers' Bloc from arguing that the BCS system works just fine and is worth keeping.
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SKILES FILES
The Bulls are playing better and it has everything to do with Scott Skiles, Page 2's Eric Neel found out.

LACES OUT
Picture this: Model/actresses in lingerie playing tackle football. Now, go read the story.
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Bengals Cornerback Kevin Kaesviharn, left, and actor Keanu Reeves. This match was requested by Mitchell Mustain and BigDogMatt in Cincinnati. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


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