Tuesday, February 12, 2008


D1scourse: Patrick Stevens looks ahead to tomorrow’s game between Maryland and Duke.


“That was not a good look.” — Louisville coach Rick Pitino after seeing his sweaty navy boxer shorts through his white linen suit


A disappointing week included a number of reasons to think the end is near:

Rocket fuel — The juice cloud already has blotted out the summer of Sammy vs. McGwire and the biggest bopper (Barry Bonds). Now it’s threatening to erase the career of the greatest pitcher in the modern era (Roger Clemens).

The Zorn Ultimatum — The convoluted odyssey otherwise known as the Redskins’ coaching search ends in fittingly bizarre fashion. In related news, Bubba Tyer has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

Spygate II — So just how long has the NFL’s team of the decade been cheating? By the way, has anyone seen Bill Belichick and Emperor Palpatine at the same time? Fear the hoodie?

Shaq Fu-tility — The transition-driven Suns trade the Matrix for basketball’s immovable object. Does Pat Riley have pictures of Robert Sarver and Steve Kerr leaving the light on at Motel 6?

Errant Andrews — The way she was dressed Saturday, “sideline reporter” Erin Andrews is single-handedly setting back the clock for serious women in the sports workplace.

TWT FIVE - Best College Rivalries

It’s good to have Dickie V back, but his rivalry rankings Duke vs. UNC at No. 1 are flawed. A look at the best:

1. Michigan vs. Ohio State (football) — Bo vs. Woody. Script Ohio vs. Hail to the Victors. Scarlet and gray vs. maize and blue. Buckeyes stickers vs. those wonderful wings. The Horseshoe vs. the Big House. Tradition, history, impact — nothing else is really close.

2. Boston University vs. Boston College (hockey) — A trip to the Beanpot final belongs on every sports fan’s bucket list.

3. Oklahoma vs. Texas (football) — Cotton Bowl … high noon … the ultimate Western classic.

4. North Carolina vs. Duke (basketball) — The sport’s marquee game for three decades running lacks visceral hate, season-shaping impact.

5. Iowa vs. Iowa State (wrestling) — NCAA grappling title didn’t leave state borders between 1975 and 1987. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones have combined for 27 NCAA titles since 1965.

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