Sunday, January 26, 2003

Enquirer Page Two power rankings



By Mike Ball
Cincinnati Enquirer

The top five

1. The Ray-duuhhs. Clarence Davis. Daryle Lamonica. Dave Casper. Ted Hendricks. Howie Long. Fred Biletnikoff. Art Shell. Otis Sistrunk (University of Mars). Jack Tatum. Mike Haynes. Willie Brown. Jim Otto. Warren Wells. Mike Siani. Mark Van Eeghen. George Blanda. John Matuszak. Warren Bankston. George Atkinson. Jim Plunkett. Cliff Branch. Dave Dalby. Lyle Alzado. Matt Millen. Marcus Allen. Lester Hayes. Mickey Marvin. Kenny "Snake" Stabler. Rod Sherman. Morris Bradshaw. Pete Banaszak. Ben Davidson. Raymond Chester. John Madden. Drew Buie. Neil Colzie. Phil Villapiano. Ray Guy. The AFL. Al Davis. Just win, baby.

2. The Bucca-neeeerrs. Ricky Bell. Chuck Fusina. Lee Roy Selmon. Ray Perkins. Willie Drewery. Sam Wyche. James Wilder. Steve DeBerg. Donald Igwebuike. Funnyman John McKay. Awwww, never mind.

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Michael Jordan passed Wilt Chamberlain and moved into third place on the all-time scoring list with 31,424 points. What's Lew Alcindor got to do with it? He's No. 1 on the list - nearly 7,000 points ahead of M.J.

4. Andy Roddick and the Williams sisters. Roddick's epic five-hour, five-set victory over Younes Al Aynaoui in the Australian Open was one of the great sporting events in recent years. As for Serena and Venus, think about what they've accomplished. It's just amazing.

5. Softball. It's time. Get that club together. (Men, take it easy on those food trays this evening).

The bottom five

1. Pete Rose. It would be great for him to get into the Hall of Fame. But he just can't get out of his own way.

2. LeBron James. He's amazing, drawing sellout crowd after sellout crowd. But for him to criticize the Cavaliers for firing John Lucas is out of place, even for the greatest prep hoopster ever to come along.

3. Grumpy Huggy. UC coach Bob Huggins has overcome his own health problems and now those of his mother. In the middle of it all, he has produced one of his best coaching jobs - no way that team should be 13-3, 6-0 in C-USA. Do us a favor, Coach: Try to enjoy it.

4. The Super Bowl halftime show. Just because.

5. The Rolling Stones. Boy, those old dudes are doing one heck of a Willie-Mays-in-his-final-days-as-a-Met impression.




SUPER BOWL XXXVII
Raiders, Bucs play to their strengths
Offensive Oakland better than defensive Tampa
Super Bowl doors are now wide open
Super teams: Ten Years of Superiority
Daugherty: Two wacko teams go for broke
Romanowski obsessed with health, fitness
Mystique may give Raiders an edge
Davis has no redeeming value
Bucs' defense will prevail against Raiders
Bucs' defense facing Super test
Levels of intensity different for two coaches
Hard-hitting Alstott gives Bucs versatility
Williams' Super performance redeemed black QBs

NFL HALL OF FAME
Allen heads Hall of Fame Class of 2003
Hall voters snub Carson, Young

REDS
Reds Q&A

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UC 83, Charlotte 79
Bearcats want their Top 25 ranking back
UC-Clermont making slow but steady progress
Xavier 75, Fordham 61
No. 8 Kentucky 63, No. 15 Alabama 46
Miami 58, Ball State 56
Cold-shooting Miami women outlast chilly Buffalo
No. 1 Arizona 91, No. 6 Kansas 74
Ohio State 83, Iowa 72
Purdue 69, No. 14 Indiana 47
Top 25: Close call for Cards
How Top 25 fared, scores

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Ruffin's record FG wins Gridiron Classic
MU's Wauford offers regrets, resigns

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS
Agassi wins fourth Australian Open
It's same old story for Serena
Australian Open notebook

GOLF
Frazar stays atop Phoenix after third round

HOCKEY
Kovalev, Robitaille lead Pens
Panthers optimistic despite mounting losses
Amerks blank Ducks again

NBA
Van Horn, Iverson lead 76ers to win
NBA Today

GAMBLING
Sports bets just a click away on Internet

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Lumpkins rides 5 winners
These old soldiers won't fade away
At least they had the course to themselves
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: Rockets' basketball season sputtering
Schmidt: Diving takes its toll on oft-injured Long
NewCath 56, Holy Cross 41
Ohio boys games
Ohio girls games
Ky. boys games
Ky. girls games
Cougars awarded top seed
Swimming results
Wrestling results