Page 2's Power Poll
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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. The ongoing legend that is Pedro Martinez Pedro Martinez Many prematurely buried Martinez, possibly the best pitcher who ever lived, after last year's season-ending injury and his slow start this season. Now he's better than ever -- 15-2, a 2.25 ERA and rolling along on a run of 23 scoreless innings.

2. Jim Kelly, Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly Maybe he wasn't the greatest player, but he had a great heart and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better father, in or out of sports.

3. Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves Like Pedro, they were written off after a mediocre (for them) 2001 and a slow 2002 start. But now they're on a six-game winning streak, have a 17½-game lead in the NL East and own by far the best record in the game (73-38).

4. War Emblem & his connections War Emblem The best horse in training is back in top form after winning the $1 million Haskell on cruise control over the weekend.

5. The legend in the making that is NFL Ball Coach Steve Spurrier Off the meagre evidence of his first pro preseason game, Steve Spurrier should be no different in the pros than he was in college -- an offensive mastermind with a genius for pissing off opponents.

6. The legend that is Jerry Bailey Jerry Bailey America's greatest jockey is making a mockery of the race-winning title at Saratoga, only this country's most prestigious meeting.

7. New York Yankees New York Yankees Best record in the AL (69-41), despite the fact their best two pitchers -- Mariano Rivera and Roger Clemens -- are on the DL, and the rest of the staff has been mediocre all year, at best.

8. Bill Elliott Bill Elliott Showing the youngsters he's not done yet, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville won his second straight race -- the Brickyard 400 -- to climb up to sixth in the Winston Cup standings.

9. Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins Not only is Bud Selig's favorite whipping boy 17 games in front in the AL Central -- Go Twinkies! -- but now they're even starting to draw. This weekend, 90,000 paid good American money to watch the locals, winners of five straight, whip up on the Kansas City Royals.

10. L.A. Sparks L.A. Sparks Defending WNBA champs have the best record in the league (22-6), plus Lisa Leslie, who last week threw down the pro sport's first in-game dunk.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, Anaheim Angels, Guillermo Canas, Venus Williams, Hubert Green, Ian Thorpe, "Signs," "Austin Powers in Goldmember"


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5. New York Mets New York Mets Getting swept at home by the Diamondbacks, despite not having to face Curt Schilling, exposes the big budget Metropolitans for the overpaid, underperfoming mediocrities that they really are.

4. The big mouth that is Bud Selig Bud Selig Despite the wondrously inspiring play of the Twins, who could embarrass the Commish for Life by winning a World Series title (we should only live that long), Selig once again had to point out that the Twinkies are still on his two-team hit list for contraction. For a guy prone to issuing gag orders, he sure doesn't know when to shut up.

3. Ice dancing Ice dancing Wrestling in a freezer.

2. The big mouth that is Jim Bowden Jim Bowden He compared Donald Fehr to the pilots of the hijacked planes on 9/11. Talk about a lack of perspective. No wonder these baseball people can never come to any kind of reasonable compromise -- they all think they're the most important people ever to walk the Earth.

1. Little League baseball Little League First an age scandal, then reports of game dumping, then they are forced to move unruly parents to "special" seats behind the outfield fences. What's next, games played in a cage? Why don't they just give the game back to the kids?

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, AL Central (except for the Twins), Texas Rangers, Rusty Wallace

Mo' Meter explained:
No mo'; holding

Climbing the charts

Peaked; all downhill




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