Sunday, September 29, 2002
Enquirer Power Rankings
Best and worst of the week in sports
By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The top five
1. The Cinergy Farewell. At first blush, it seemed silly, selling out a ballpark to watch a bunch of fifty-somethings play a softball game. But it was more than just the triumphant return of our banished hero, Pete Rose. When Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez stood side-by-side to bid farewell, it produced an instant classic. You think we'll ever see a Reds - or for that matter Bengals - team that will command that kind of love from Cincinnati fans? Doubtful.
2. Donovan McNabb. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has evolved into one of the NFL's most dangerous players, and now his new deal makes him the league's richest man. McNabb has passed for 791 yards, rushed for 118 more, and has a quarterback rating of 99.3. What if, in 1999, the Eagles had opted for Akili Smith with the second pick overall, leaving McNabb for the Bengals? Candy and nuts.
3. The Reds. It ends, mercifully, today. But, hey, it wasn't that bad. Consider: They got eight home runs from Junior Griffey, Barry Larkin and Sean Casey suffered through injuries, Opening Day starter Joey Hamilton ended up in the bullpen, and the team still was in first place for 51 days. Now let's get some pitching and hope Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns are the real deal.
4. Tearing down the goalposts. It's still one of the most fun things to see in college football. And the Louisville students' effort in a driving rainstorm following Thursday's upset of No.4-ranked Florida State was a beaut.
5. Bengals bashing. Hey, we get lots of practice. And you must admit, it's pretty cool that even the team's flagship radio station makes fun of the club in its promos.
The bottom five
1. Randy Moss. What's worse - his dogging it on certain plays each game, or his off-field behavior in which he was arrested for driving his car into a traffic control officer? He's not looking for trouble, he said. Trouble just seems to find him, he said. Blah, blah, blah. And when he did apologize, he did so to everyone but the officer. Nice.
2. The Bengals. See previous power rankings from September-January, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992 or 1991.
3. The FBI. It has begun an investigation of figure skating! In this day and age, wouldn't you think they'd have more important things to worry about?
4. Tiger Woods. Until Saturday, when he partnered with Davis Love to win both matches, bet his Ryder Cup teammates were tired of carrying his lame butt.
5. Gamblers. A Christiansen Capital Advisers report says online gamblers will lose $4 billion in 2002.
Huggins' coaching status unclear
Send get-wells to Huggins
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Huggins' friends, colleagues stunned
Coles knows Huggins' plight
UC 35, Temple 22
UC football team somber despite victory
Bengals pass Bucs to Akili
Rehberg's challenge: Deny Sapp
Keys to the Game
Who's Got The Edge?
Bengals-Bucs by the Numbers
Bengal fans petition for help
Searching store aisles for a QB
Johnson cousins engage in family spat
Levi Jones' Rookie Journal
Mark Curnutte's NFL picks
Ballpark could build up Reds
Sizing up Reds prospects for 2003
Pena guaranteed roster spot
Bowden brags about future pitchers
Reds axe Lefebvre, keep other coaches
Boone finishes iron-man season
Cinergy Field remnants go on sale
Expos 6, Reds 0
Reds Box, Runs
Diamondbacks repeat NL West title
Giants wrap up wild-card
Baseball Postseason Schedule
Pacers may open Xavier camp to fans
Football scores & game reports
How Enquirer poll teams fared
Ohio Football Scores
Kentucky Football Scores
Indiana Football Scores
Beechwood 24, Simon Kenton 20
CCD 42, Summit Country Day 7
Conner 22, Holmes 18
Edgewood 47, Fenwick 13
Newport 21, Garrard County 18
Purcell Marian 21, Badin 7
Scott 38, Campbell County 13
Woodward 20, Dayton Meadowdale 16
Public league's progress slow but steady
Ryle trying to match Elder with nation's No. 1
Holmes shows no Mercy to Oak Hills
Prep Spotlight on John Dixon
Boys cross country results
Boys golf results
Boys soccer results
Girls cross country results
Girls soccer results
Girls tennis results
Girls volleyball results