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.


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