Sunday, April 07, 2002

Enquirer Page Two power rankings

Enquirer staff

        Thumbs up — 1. Fear the mullet. One creative Reds fan had a sign with those words Thursday addressing Danny Graves' new hair style. Though you could argue the new haircut made Graves look even younger than he already did, you must credit the fan for recognizing that the team's closer should be feared.

        2. Gary Williams, coach of the national champion Maryland Terrapins. He took a chance when he left a well-established Ohio State program to join his downtrodden alma mater. But he built the program into one of the nation's best. Nice effort.

        3. Michael Jordan. Good for him for shutting it down. We don't need any more visions of Willie Mays stumbling around the outfield for the New York Mets. When healthy, Michael can still play. Not like the old Michael, but still passable. Now, as for the plan to try again next year .. .

        4. Barry Bonds. OK, so Brett Tomko got him out twice Friday, but of course the slugger hit a game-winning two-run homer in the 10th. Consider this: With his five home runs in the first four games this season, he brought his two-season total to 77. Fun fact: Hank Aaron's highest home run total for back-to-back seasons was 89.

        5. Spring football. Somehow, with the Bearcats' Gino Guidugli and the RedHawks' Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, the prospects for a fun fall are much stronger.

        Thumbs down — 1. Donald Little. Where do we start? His stupidity has dealt the UC basketball program another enormous blow. How can the Bearcats shake their bad-boy image as long as knuckleheads like him come through the program?

        2. Kenyon Martin and Danny Fortson. Hey, congrats on the nice NBA careers. But you two aren't doing the Bearcats any favors either with your barrage of flagrant fouls.

        3. Major League Baseball players. Salaries for this season passed $2 billion. You know what you ought to do? Continue to fight the owners, who are trying to share revenues. That certainly would just bankrupt the players.

        4. NFL mock drafts. Basically, we love the concept. But frankly, if the Bengals are going to waste another top draft pick on quarterback, we'd rather be surprised.

        5. The NHL. Is the regular season over yet?


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