Page 2's Power Poll
Page 2 staff

Page 2's Power Poll dares to rate the teams that are currently wielding the most power in the entire sports universe.

Each week, our poll will rank the 10 teams at the top of the power heap -- and the five teams that have lost the most power in the past week. And, by the way, Page 2 uses its own definition for a "team" -- any group of two or more bonded together for the common purpose.

Our Momentum Meter also predicts the direction these teams will be heading in future weeks (see the bottom of the page for a full explanation).

If you've got anything to say about our Top 10 or our Bottom 5, click here to comment -- or forever hold your peace.

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1.MLB players' union Don Fehr Not setting a strike date ... pure PR genius, putting the ball squarely in the owners' court.

2. High-flying Hall-of-Famers-to-be Bonds, Sosa, Johnson, Martinez Bonds hits No. 600, Sosa knocks in an NL-record 14 runs in two straight games (and is closing fast on homer No. 500), Pedro is on a 30-plus innings scoreless run and headed for Cy Young No. 4, and the Big Unit moves into fifth place on the all-time strikeout list. Good week for baseball history.

3. The quiet legend that is Karrie Webb War Emblem A golfer accomplishing something Tiger never will?!?!? You bet. The non-self-promoting Australian superstar won the Women's British Open -- her sixth victory in the last 19 women's majors -- to become the first golfer ever to complete the Super Slam, which includes the British Open, U.S. Open, Nabisco Championship, LPGA and now-defunct du Maurier Classic.

4. Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves Los Bravos are far and away the best team in baseball this year, with a 77-40 record (the Diamondbacks and Yankees would be 4½-games out if they played in the same division) and a 19-game margin in the NL East. But will free agents Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine be back next season?

5. Suddenly human Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Well, El Tigre recovered nicely from his rain-drenched debacle at the British Open, didn't he? His four-shot cruise to the Buick title set him up nicely heading into this week's PGA, the last major of the year. No Grand Slam, it is true. But to paraphrase Meat Loaf, Three out of four ain't bad.

6. Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks Not only do they have a seven-game lead in the NL West, which may be baseball's toughest division, but Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling are quickly establishing themselves as perhaps the best one-two pitching punch in baseball history ... yes, even better than the previous consensus one-two -- Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

7. Small-market miracle squads Twins, A's What's in the water up there in Minnesota? And we're pretty sure nobody wants to face the A's youth squad -- Zito, Mulder, Hudson, Tejada and Chavez -- if they squeeze into the playoffs.

8. New Jersey Nets New Jersey Nets The one-time swamp jokers are serious about mounting a challenge to the mighty Lakers (not to mention, convincing Jason Kidd to re-up). They've acquired Dikembe Mutombo to shore up a soft middle and seem to be on the verge of signing free agent Rodney Rogers to replace Keith Van Horn on the perimeter.

9. Vin Diesel Vin Diesel He's obviously got it, whatever it is. "XXX" is No. 1 with a bullet this week, and Diesel is already on board -- at a Tom Cruise-like $20 million -- for the inevitable sequel. James Bond, move over.

10. Miami Hurricanes Miami Hurricanes The defending champion 'Canes are No. 1 in both preseason polls. Now all they have to do is ... play the games.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Anaheim Angels, Philadelphia Charge, Seattle Storm, Los Angeles Sparks, New York Liberty, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, "Signs"


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5. Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tampa Bay Devil Rays Adding injury to the insulting performance of baseball's worst team (39-78), second baseman Brent Abernathy is treated for dehydration after Sunday's 10-0 loss at Kansas City. Can't call this Ray a quitter after he played all nine innings and went 1-for-3 in the 90 degree heat.

4. New York Knicks New York Knicks Could have had Mutombo for three pieces of hoop detritus, but know-nothing owner James Dolan said no.

3. The constantly yapping quote machine that is Warren Sapp Warren Sapp Page 2 has a suggestion: Talk less, play better.

2. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks New era looking like the old. No. 1 quarterback Trent Dilfer will miss at least four weeks with a knee injury and fans are stuck in the will call line through the first quarter and more in the team's first game in the new stadium.

1. New York Mets New York Mets Apparently, a $100 million-plus payroll is not sufficient to make the playoffs ... or even guarantee players running out ground balls. And a recent New York Times Magazine article on Mike Piazza, which suggests most of the Mets don't even talk to one another in the clubhouse, has done very little for their image. Toss in an embarrassing feud between co-owner Fred Wilpon and soon-to-be former co-owner Nelson Doubleday (who accused Wilpon with conspiring with Bud Selig to artificially reduce the value of major-league franchises, in general, and the Mets, in particular), and you have all the elements for a tabloid disaster that could go on for years.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Milwaukee Brewers, Portland Fire, "Blood Work," "The Master of Disguise," "Stuart Little 2," "American Idol" voting patterns, Mark Cuban

Mo' Meter explained:
No mo'; holding

Climbing the charts

Peaked; all downhill




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