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Page 2's Jason Whitlock says the love we've been giving Brett Favre for his courageous play over the last few weeks is misdirected. (Wouldn't be the first time the media missed the boat on a story, right?) The real kudos ought to go Favre's teammates, who treat their quarterback like he's just one of the guys.

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The Daily Quickie sees Joe Gibbs getting hired and the Knicks getting pounded and sees one easy connection: Isiah should hire his old coach, Chuck Daly. Plus, the Quickie's playoffs picks, and how two home teams will lose.
As far as Eric Neel is concerned, only one person in the whole, wide world knows whether the Rams will give the ball to Marshall Faulk often enough to win this weekend. Here's a clue: It's all in the (Neel) family.

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Page 2's Ralph Wiley says it's only a matter of time until LeBron James and the Cavs are dominating the Eastern Conference. And the Sports Guy agrees: It isn't possible to over-hype King James.


The Vikings were 6-0. The Vikings were without weaknesses. The Vikings were on their way. Of course, that was before the Vikings lost four games to teams that finished with 4-12 records. That was before their monumental collapse. But was Minnesota's implosion devastationg enough to make our list of the greatest swoons in sports history?

10]  2000: Portland Trail Blazers
For six-and-a-half minutes in the fourth quarter of the seventh game of the Western Conference finals, Portland's basket simply disappeared. The Blazers missed 13 straight shots, losing a 15-point lead and the game to the Lakers.
9]  1996: Greg Norman at the Masters
The Shark had a six-stroke lead to start the final round. An even-par 72 would win the Green Jacket. But from holes nine through 12, he was five-over par; his 6-over 78 didn't cut it. Nick Faldo won.
8]  1993: Jana Novotna at Wimbledon
From out of nowhere (well, the 8th seed, at least), Novotna rolled into the finals against Steffi Graf. In the third and deciding set, she was up 4-1 and a point away from making it 5-1. Then came a double-fault and . . .
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It's hard to love Pete Rose right now. But Robert Lipsyte says Pete is the dark side, the desires, the sweat, craving and bleeding hormones in all of us. Love Pete Rose? Maybe not. But hold a place in your heart for him? Yes.

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