espn.com Ali Contest
What possessed Jose Canseco to think he could catch on with the Dodgers? Don't you wish you knew what went through Jon Kitna's mind when he heard he'd lost his starting job with the Bengals? Anybody have any idea what's lurking inside Pamela Anderson's cerebellum? You can help figure it out. Vote now.
WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY THINKING?




ESPN TOOLS
 
Email story
 
Most sent
 

Where was Jim Harrick Jr. when we were in college? That "Coaching Principles" final exam sure would've been balm for our sick GPA. Now, Page 2's Patrick Hruby uncovers the finals from the other courses Harrick taught at Georgia. Plus, we've discovered Harrick's syllabus for "Strategies of Basketball."

Position Available Illegal Motion
In the Beginning, there was Derek, Nomar and Alex -- the Holy Trinity of Shortstops. But there's a vacancy in that troika now that A-Rod is playing third base. Page 2's Eric Neel wants to know who will fill it.
All of BALCO's secrets will come out at the trial, right? Sure, if the court gets hold of Page 2's secret videotapes from Illegal Motion's security cameras. Here it is: Life on the inside of the BALCO complex.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
Damon Stoudamire's self-administered urine test is a nice gesture, but the Daily Quickie wonders when that other sport (hint: nine per side) will take the hint. Plus, bracket clutter, and Tales of Terrell.


It's Championship Week in college hoops and we've got the first of our March Madness lists: the 10 biggest surprise conference tournament winners.

10]  Central Florida, 1996 TAAC
UCF had lost 12 of 13 games at one point, lost twice by at least 40 points ... and then reeled off its first three-game winning streak of the season to win the conference tourney and reach the NCAA Tournament.
9]  Florida International, 1995 TAAC
The coach had already announced his resignation, the team was 8-18 in a terrible conference. Then, mini-miracle: FIU won three straight; at 11-18, it was in the Big Dance.
8]  Providence, 1994 Big East
The Friars were just the sixth seed for the conference tournament, but upset No. 3 UConn in the semifinals and beat Georgetown in the final to win their first Big East title.
  • GET THE FULL LIST


MLB AL CENTRAL ODDS TO WIN
2004 World Series Twins 30-1
2004 World Series White Sox 30-1
2004 World Series Royals 50-1
2004 World Series Indians 100-1
2004 World Series Tigers 100-1


 
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.



Sometimes, it seems like forever until the hoops and hockey playoffs get here. That's because their regular seasons mean diddly-squat. Today, the Writers' Bloc addresses the most meaningless regular seasons of them all.

  • Archive: Remedy for St. John's
  • LAST UPDATED FRIDAY 4: 15 P.M. ET



    SOUR GRAPES
    The outrage over Barry Bonds isn't about steroids. It's about a guy people don't want to see breaking home-run records.

    THE SPORTS GUY
    After watching regime after regime blow up his beloved Celtics, the Sports Guy is ready to take over.
    If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


    It's Michigan State hoops coach Tom Izzo, right, and Swedish ping-pong star Jan-Ove Waldner. Browse our archives of past pairings or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


    Women's Hoops: ACC Title Game
    8 p.m. ET, FSNE
    Winning fundamental basketball.
     
    Women's Hoops: Big Ten Title Game
    8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
    Nobody turned pro early here.
     
    Straight Plan for the Gay Man
    10 p.m. ET, Comedy Central
    Yogo instructor learns street basketball.
     
    • Complete TV Listings


    If you missed Page 2 over the last week, check out our back issues:
    • Thur., March 4: In Defense of Barry
    • Wed., March 3: The Way We Were
    • Tue., March 2: "Hoosier" Daddy
    • Mon., March 1: Diamond Dreams

    Other featured content:
    • 10 Burning Questions for Heather Mitts
    • The 100 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments
    • Best Sports Cities of 2003
    • Sex and Sports, 2003
    • All-Time World Series Rankings
    • 100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time
    Weekend Edition, March 5-7, 2004
    .