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It's going to be a long season. Might be tough to keep up with everything that happens between today's openers and October. But thanks to a season's worth of baseball calendars from D.J. Gallo and Kurt Snibbe, you can know exactly how every day will unfold. Plus, Jeff Merron presents Page 2's Opening Day festivities.
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It's one cool Page 2 day, this first Monday in April -- just right for a trip to Brian Murphy's Weekend Water Cooler. Major League Baseball's openers (the real openers, that is). The national championship of college basketball. The start of Masters week. Let the balls fall where they may!

Illegal Motion Maguire University
You already knew the NFL is concerned about excessive celebrations after touchdowns. Now, thanks to Illegal Motion, you know how far the league will take its technology to stop to these shenanigans.
It started as a joke, and grew into a major-college basketball power. Sort of. Page 2's Alysse Minkoff applies to the legendary Maguire University (well, at least to its hospitality suite) at the Final Four in Texas.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
It was Opening Day. It was only the first game of 162. But the Daily Quickie says the Astros already need a refresher course in Don't Pitch to Barry 101. Plus, the UConn job, and new expectations for Mo Clarett.


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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NCAA FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
April 5 UConn 5.5 Georgia Tech 146.5


 
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ON BASEBALL
Sorry, Red Sox and Cubs fans, this ain't gonna be your year. And that's good for the rest of us.

SEX OR COLLEGE HOOPS
It's a tough call -- tougher than you think -- because sex and college basketball have a great deal in common.

CLASS IN SESSION
Paul Hornung's been lecturing people on college admissions policies -- Page 2's Ralph Wiley has a rebuttal.

NO DUNK YOU
Some see Candace Parker's dunk as a step forward for women in sports. Jason Whitlock sees it differently.

THE HOT LIST
Baseball season is here and the Cubs are hot! But who's not?
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


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.


MLB: San Francisco at Houston
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Can Barry do it again?
 
Women's College Hoops
8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Huskies try to corner the market.
 
NYPD Blue
10 p.m. ET, ABC
Sipowicz's suspicions run wild.  
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If you missed Page 2 over the last week, check out our back issues:
• Fri., April 2: Sex or Basketball?
• Thur., April 1: Work For Us!
• Wed., March 31: Missing Links
• Tue., March 30: Morning Glory

Other featured content:
• Being . . . Allen Iverson
• The 100 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments
• All-Time World Series Rankings
• 100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time
Monday, April 5, 2004
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