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. Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers Let's be serious now. Yes, the Nets have had an amazing season. But all good things must come to an end.

2. Detroit Red Wings Colorado Avalanche Looks like a wire-to-wire job, from the opening game to the Stanley Cup title, for the most talented team in the NHL.

3. Savior point guards Jason Kidd, Mike Bibby The Nets obtained Jason Kidd (even better than we realized) from Phoenix for the self-centered and overrated Stephon Marbury, and the Kings stole the sublime Mike Bibby from the Grizzlies for the supremely erratic and unreliable Jason Williams. The rest is history.

4. War Emblem & his connections War Emblem He stands on the precipice of a Triple Crown -- the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes (at Belmont Park this Saturday) -- one of the rarest and most difficult feats in all of sports. And two months ago, nobody had ever heard of him.

5. Senegal soccer team Senegal Defeated onetime colonial oppressor and defending champion France in the opening game of the World Cup, one of the most amazing -- and satisfying -- upsets in soccer history, if not in the history of sports.

6. Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox Best record in baseball (37-17) and winners of 7-of-11 against the mighty -- and mighty expensive -- Yankees. Apparently, the swoon will start a little later than usual this year.

7. Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes The Nets of the NHL. If they win the Stanley Cup, everybody but their families will be shocked. (And maybe their families, too.)

8. Germany soccer team Germany Whipped up on Saudi Arabia, 8-0. This is roughly the equivalent of a baseball team winning a playoff game 30-0 ... in other words, virtually unheard of in soccer at this level.

9. Paul Tracy and Team Green Paul Tracy After losing a controversial Indy 500, Tracy led for 184 of the 250 laps to win CART's Miller Lite 250.

10. Diamondbacks dynamic duo Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson are a combined 20-2. (As a point of reference on their greatness, the rest of the Diamondback pitching staff is a combined 15-20.)

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners, Anaheim Angels, Barry Bonds, Brazil soccer, South Korea soccer, Italy soccer, Spain soccer, Costa Rica soccer, Mexico soccer, "The Sum of All Fears," "Thoroughly Modern Millie"


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5. Hasim Rahman Hasim Rahman Not only did he lose to a boxer who is the equivalent of a 100-year-old normal person, but he was disfigured in the process.

4. Celtics "dynamic duo" Paul Pierce, Antoine Walker Paul Pierce boasted before the conference finals that no Net could stop him on D; Walker just generally shot off his mouth, as is his career-long habit. Both looked pretty silly when they combined for a total of three -- three! -- points in the fourth quarters of Games 5 and 6. Needless to say, both losses.

3. Free-throw shooting shooting free throws Beyond pathetic. Whatever else may have cost the Kings the Western Conference title -- bad refs and horrid shot selection also come to mind -- making less than half their free throws in Game 7 has to be a major factor. And just think of what a bad example they are setting for the kids!

2. Arrogant superstars Pete Sampras Patrick Roy, disliked by many for his self-centeredness, gave up six goals in less than two periods in Game 7 against the Red Wings, and a freakish goal -- the first of the game -- he surrendered because he was showboating after a save seriously hurt the Avs in Game 6. World's No. 1-ranked tennis star Lleyton Hewitt, an ill-tempered and heedless equal-opportunity offender of civility, came unglued -- rifling balls into the grandstand and beheading courtside geraniums -- during an upset at the French Open by unknown Guillermo Canas, the 20th seed.

1. Whistle-blowing former sluggers Ken Caminiti, Jose Canseco After retiring from baseball, former MVPs Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco offered various estimates of the percentage of players using steroids (50 and 85 percent, respectively, though Caminiti backed off his claims, which were published in Sports Illustrated, after a firestorm of negative publicity, making himself not only a tattletale but a self-proclaimed liar, as well). Just guessing, but this should put the final nail in the coffin of Canseco's chances of making it to the Hall of Fame.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Buck Martinez, Poland soccer, Croatia soccer

Mo' Meter explained:
No mo'; holding

Climbing the charts

Peaked; all downhill




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