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Page 2's Bill Simmons doesn't think it's possible to improve on the real deal of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. So for as long as he can, the Sports Guy will boycott "Miracle," the movie about the gold-medal winners. Page 3 didn't stay away, though. Jim Caple and Sherry Skalko weigh in on the merits of the new flick.
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The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team? Been there, done that. Time for Hollywood to move on. Page 2's Eric Neel wonders what's next: a movie about Jim McMahon and the 1985 Bears? Or the '78 Bronx-Zoo Yankees? And how would the cast from "Spinal Tap" fare in a film about the Lakers?

Shock and Dismay The Daily Quickie
Page 2's Jason Whitlock says the NFL is wringing its hands over the wrong things. Why break out in hives over Janet Jackson's peep show when the real embarrassment is Tom Brady's absence from the Pro Bowl?
The Daily Quickie wonders how "Miracle," the movie about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, might work with Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken instead of Herb Brooks. Plus, bad assumptions about Maurice Clarett.

10 BURNING QUESTIONS FOR PATRICK RAMSEY
Talk about a culture shock. Patrick Ramsey is going from Steve Spurrier to Joe Gibbs. The Redskins' quarterback answers 10 Burning Questions about coaches, a broken foot and Valentine's Day.


We all want a little bang for our buck, right? That includes owners of NBA teams, who pay out mega-salaries to so-called stars and all-too-often get precious little in return. These guys run up and down the court, sure. But that ain't enough for us. We're naming names: the NBA players who don't really earn their paychecks.

10]  Wesley Person, Trail Blazers ($7.7 million)
Good guy, veteran presence, no trouble -- a valuable commodity for this franchise. But at that price, the Blazers ought to be getting more than six points a game. And Person ought to be more than Portland's 10th man.
9]  Eddie Robinson, Bulls ($6.24 million)
This year's salary isn't the worst of it. The worst of it is that the Bulls owe him another $14 million over the next two seasons. And for what? He comes off the bench for one of the league's worst teams and contributes next to nothing.
8]  Austin Croshere, Pacers ($7.61 million)
Indiana rewarded Croshere with a big contract after he had a couple of good seasons a while back. The key words in that sentence: "a while back." In the new millenium, he's been little more than a highly-paid cheerleader..
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Feb. 6 Pacers 3 Raptors 172
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Feb. 6 Princeton 22 Dartmouth NA
Feb. 6 Penn 21 Harvard NA


 
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A judge in New York has ruled that Maurice Clarett is eligible to be drafted by the NFL. Oh my. Is this the end of the world as we know it? The Writers' Bloc goes deep into the ramifications for Mo, for Tags, and for the way of life in the NFL.

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