espn.com Ali Contest
Eric Neel keeps on playing those mind games. Like, who wins the April 11 game between the Sixers and the Nets if neither Allen Iverson nor Jason Kidd plays. Who wins between "The Godfather" without Brando and "Apocalypse Now" without Brando? The Lennon-less Beatles vs. the Jagger-less Stones? You get to vote!
NEEL: WHO DO YOU TAKE?




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And so it begins. Baseball season, that is. Which means it's time to take stock of everything we'll be seeing, hearing, tasting and wearing for the next seven months. Page 2's Dan Shanoff has What's Hot and What's Not on the diamond this year. Can you guess where bobbleheads fit?

Wacky Bracket Finals Quickie's MLB Preview
Wow! Jessica Simpson vs. the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. We shredded our Tournament bracket days ago, but we nailed this Wacky Bracket championship matchup. Now it's up to you to pick the winner.
The Daily Quickie prefers a contrarian view whenever possible, but he can't help but jump on the Cubs bandwagon. Cubs win it all this season? Say it is so. Plus, Vladimir Guerrero for AL MVP and other predictions.

OFF BASE WITH JIM CAPLE
Page 2's Jim Caple has searched the world over and never found fans more resilient than the faithful followers of the Cubs. Is it finally time for that resilience to pay off in the World Series?


The spotlight is at its brightest. The pressure is at its highest. Sometimes, the Final Four brings out the best in a player. It did with the ones on our list of the greatest Final Four performances of the last 25 years.

10]  Isiah Thomas, Indiana, 1981
Isiah scored a game-high 23 points in the Hoosiers' 63-50 win over North Carolina for the championship. But his most important contributions might have been his two quick steals at the start of the second half.
9]  Ed O'Bannon, UCLA, 1995
O'Bannon was unstoppable -- at least, Arkansas star Scotty Thurman couldn't stop him -- en route to 30 points and 17 rebounds in the title game. In the semis, he held Oklahoma State 7-footer Bryant Reeves to seven second-half points.
8]  Steve Alford, Indiana, 1987
How do you follow up a 33-point performance against UNLV in the national semifinals? You score 23 against a Syracuse defense keyed to stop you, and you lead your team to a championship-game victory.
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FINAL FOUR FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
April 3 Oklahoma State 5 Georgia Tech 142
April 3 UConn 2.5 Duke 145.5


 
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PLAYOFF PAYOFF
LeBron and Carmelo will not fall short of the playoffs. Even if it means pulling some strings.

THE LIST
Don't you feel bad for Paul Hewitt? He's going to be completely overshadowed at this weekend's Final Four.

HEY, RUBE
The Good Doctor has had some bad experiences with Duke, but he's still betting on them.

WATER COOLER
The Weekend Water Cooler is back with the agony of man-made lakes and the ecstasy of Billy Packer.
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It's Devil Rays first baseman Tino Martinez (right) and actor Andy Garcia. This match was submitted by Saba of New York City. Browse our archives of past pairings or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


Men's Hoops: NIT Championship
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Rutgers vs. Michigan.
NHL: Detroit vs. St. Louis
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Blues are on verge of playoff elimination.
 
The Apprentice
9 p.m. ET, NBC
Back to the '80s: Greed is good.  
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• Mon., March 29: Say What?
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• Thur., March 25: We Need a Hero

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• Being . . . Allen Iverson
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