Sunday, March 31, 2002

Enquirer Page Two power rankings



Enquirer staff

        The top five: 1. UConn women. Came into national semifinals averaging 36 1/2-point margin of victory, then humbled storied Tennessee. Tune in for coronation tonight.

        2. Prime-time Bengals. The Sept.22 game at Atlanta is the team's first evening TV game in four seasons. Circle the date and clear your social calendar. You might not get another chance until 2006.

        3. Opening Day. You'll have 161 games to complain about what's wrong with the Reds. Monday, from the Findlay Market Parade to the ceremonial first pitch through the final out, is about what's right with them.

        4. UC coach Bob Huggins. Mighty glad he decided to stay. Here's hoping the unfinished business he referred to Monday wasn't fielding offers from the NBA.

        5. Northern Kentucky jockey Tony D'Amico. He has handled it well, losing the mounts on Derby contenders Harlan's Holiday, Repent and Perfect Drift. That's $1.35 million in purse earnings that went to his former mounts — a $135,000 cut for the jockey. Let's hope Take Charge Lady isn't next.

        The bottom five

        1. Bob Knight. Yeah, we know you didn't leave Indiana on the best of terms. But still, you hired Mike Davis and recruited these players. You can't pick up the phone and say congratulations and good luck?

        2. Baseball players. Owners have pledged to play another season under work rules favorable to the players. It's time for players to reciprocate and guarantee no strike until after the World Series.

        3. Televised Final Four practices. Just hasn't been enough hoopla surrounding these games, nor enough games to watch in the last three weeks, evidently. But you just know some nut watched it.

        4. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. As you know, this never happened at all, contrary to TV and Internet reports.

        5. Marat Safin. He damages his comped Mercedes at Key Biscayne tournament, then gets angry when officials won't give him another one. Hey, Marat, they're called courtesy cars for a reason. Take the bus.

       



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