Sunday, February 9, 2003

Enquirer Page Two Power rankings



By Mike Ball
Cincinnati Enquirer

Top five

1. Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal and Antoine Walker. O'Neal, the Pacers star, came up with the idea of hosting children of service men and women who are overseas during the NBA's All-Star weekend. So O'Neal, McGrady and Walker used their own money to make it happen.

2. Tubby Smith. Funny how some UK fans still don't like the guy. (Admit it: Some of you Wildcat fans have longed openly for Florida's Billy Donovan as coach.)

3. David Justice. The outfielder who retired last week debuted in 1989. All Justice did was carve out a fine 14-year career - making the playoffs 12 seasons and playing in more postseason games than anyone else.

4. Daytona. Speed Week is upon us. You no longer can ignore NASCAR.

5. Tiger Woods. He's going to come out swinging next week. Ernie Els looks like he's ready to mount a challenge. And then you have Phil Mickelson's comments about Tiger's inferior Nike equipment.

Bottom five

1. ESPN2. Chess? Man, we were taken aback by the spelling bee. But we shouldn't complain, because we can't wait for the Westminster Dog Show on Monday.

2. Pat Riley. The Heat coach called the officiating a "tragedy" last week. Right.

3. Bruce Froemming and Mark Hirschbeck. Big-mouth umpires. Yerrrr out!

4. Marge Schott vs. Carl Lindner. Hmmmm.

5. The NHL. All-Star TV ratings below those of Arena Football? Ouch.




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Another weekend at Sterny's
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Enquirer Page Two Power rankings