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What, you wanted drama? Wasn't to be found in Monday night's national championship game. Unless, of course, you had Georgia Tech and the points and got caught up in that late mini-rally. Still, Page 2's Bill Simmons chronicled it all, from the pregame glitz to that shining moment when it mercifully ended.
SIMMONS: JUST LIKE NORMAN DALE




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For a handful of hearty UConn fans, Monday's big win was just another whistle stop on the road to a chance for an historic double. Page 2's Alysse Minkoff rounds up some road-weary Husky Faithful like Dale Nossel and Joe Menchetti, who've been bouncing between San Antonio and New Orleans.

Big Bad Dance The Daily Quickie
By the time it finally ended late Monday night, Page 2's Tim Keown felt like hanging his own head on the Georgia Tech bench. To Tim, the Big Dance music was out of tune this year.
The Daily Quickie says UConn's Diana Taurasi is the best-ever in the college show, but about her rioting fans back in Storrs . . . not so much. Plus, the Giants' QB-eligible play.

PAGE 2'S DAILY BASEBALL PREDICTIONS
Does the baseball season seem so long that even David Wells could get in shape for a GQ cover shoot? Why wait through all those games? Page 2's summer-long MLB calendars bring you each day's news now.


Our dream finish for this year's Masters? Tiger facing John Daly in extra holes. That finish might be exciting enough to crack the top 10 list of most thrilling Masters finishes:

10]  Norman's long, sad walk (1996)
In an epic meltdown, Greg Norman led by six shots entering the final day, but blew the lead by the 11th hole. He shot a 78, while playing partner Nick Faldo shot 67 to win the green jacket.
9]  Burke's big comeback (1956)
Jack Burke Jr. hadn't won in three years and trailed amateur Ken Venturi by eight shots on the final day. Burke shot 71 while Venturi struggled with an 80, giving Burke the one-shot victory.
8]  Sarazen's shot heard 'round the world (1935)
Gene Sarazen's famous double-eagle on 15 on the final day set up a tie with Craig Wood and a Monday 36-hole playoff. Sarazen won by five strokes, shooting 24 straight pars at one point.
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MLB AL WEST ODDS TO WIN
2004 World Series Angels 8-1
2004 World Series Athletics 20-1
2004 World Series Mariners 30-1
2004 World Series Rangers 300-1


 
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HEY, RUBE
The Good Doctor wasn't impressed with Georgia Tech. But he's more worried about the upcoming election.

WATER COOLER
It's the best day of the year -- Opening Day, the NCAA finale and Masters Monday.

OPENING DAY SURPRISES
Wondering what bizarre things might happen on Opening Day? You just never know, but here's a few possibilities.

THE UNDEFEATED UNIVERSITY
Never heard of Maguire University? Maybe you should have. They've been at every Final Four since 1963.

ON BASEBALL
Sorry, Red Sox and Cubs fans, this ain't gonna be your year. And that's good for the rest of us.
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It's ESPN NBA analyst Tom Tolbert (left) and actor Shrek. This match was submitted by an anonymous friend of Page 2. Browse our archives of past pairings or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


NHL: Nashville vs. Detroit
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Playoff newbies visit Hockeytown.
 
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See Giants' QB catch passes!
 
NBA: Golden State at Portland
10 p.m. ET, ESPN
It's must-win time for Blazers.  
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