Sunday, March 16, 2003

Enquirer Page Two Power rankings



By Mike Ball
Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

1. Bearcats basketball. Hey, if you're troubled by a 17-11 record and an apparent position on the bubble, then you weren't around for the roarin' '80s. Does 3-25 sound familiar?

2. Bob Knight. Upset with his and his team's performance, he's returning his $250,000 base salary. It's not without precedent. Remember when he returned that chair?

3. Junior Griffey. He seems to be in mid-'90s form. Quick stat: Barry Bonds has hit 253 home runs since turning 33. Hey, Junior's 33!

4. Marvin Lewis. Some downright decent signings. And now reworking the stats to give Jon Kitna his $1.6 million bonus? Has Mike Brown been taken over by aliens?

5. Michael Jordan. He's gonna show the young Wizards how to play even if he has to rip 'em.

6. Bob Uecker. Ball four, ball eight, ball 12! And he's a real-life announcer headed to the Hall of Fame, too.

7. The North College Hill girls. They were the last area girls team standing in the Ohio basketball tournament. Heck, there's nothing wrong with being a homer.

8. Small-conference tournaments. From the Patriot League on up, games meant something. Miami's loss to OU was excruciating.

9. The Villanova women's team. Let's see, a deliberate game plan against an overwhelming opponent. Paging Ed Pinckney.

10. Middle Tennessee's leading scorer - Tommy Gunn.

Thumbs down

1. The Great American Ball Park lawn. Have you stepped into your back yard lately? How'd they do that?

2. Jose Rijo. An awesome guy, but maybe it's time to finally call it a career.

3. Bengals fans. They have a right to be excited. But don't act as if the previous 12 years never happened.

4. Whining NCAA bubble teams. Listen, Minnesota, you lost to Northwestern - you're not allowed in.

5. Kirby Puckett. Say it ain't so.

6. Gino Guidugli. When you're the big man on campus, you're treated differently.

7. Bud Selig. If you're not really gonna say anything concrete about the Pete Rose situation, don't say anything at all.

8. A senior basketball player at Ottawa Hills High in Michigan. Seems he dropped a bag of marijuana on the basketball court - during a game.

9. Riddick Bowe. He was arrested on a domestic violence charge less than a week before he was to begin serving a prison sentence for abducting his first wife and five children.

9. The Iditarod.

10. The judge who turned down the injunction requested by Georgia players so they could play in the SEC and NCAA tournaments. Too bad they couldn't just play for St. Bonaventure.




REDS / BASEBALL
Injuries slow down RHP Wilson
Bottom of the 9th, but the big job's done
Reds 6, Twins 1
Hamilton grateful, now a Cardinal
Dempster keeps coming up aces
Reds Q&A
Reality bites players bound for minors
Cardinals expecting to be grand in Central
Robinson: Minorities have a long way to go
Trammell asks Sparky for guidance
A's say they won't re-sign Tejada

BENGALS / NFL
Daugherty: Bengals' perception
Bengals Q&A
Douglas will make impact on Jaguars

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UC confident bid will come
Good seeding likely for XU
XU rifle team 2nd
Kentucky thumps Auburn
Daniels' scary fall gives fans pause
SEC: Mississippi State 76, LSU 61
This is how to win your office pool
College basketball today
Teams can get Dance Card punched here
Atlantic 10: Dayton stops Temple
Big East: Pitt wins title
Big 10: Illinois withstands Coverdale's heroics
C-USA: Cardinals win first title
MAC: Central Michigan blows past Kent
Top 25: Missouri exacts revenge on No. 4 Kansas
Tournaments at a glance

PREP SPORTS
Spartans' repeat hopes fizzle
Moeller turns Hamilton blue
Regina easily wins fourth straight title
Prep Insider: State titles on the line

GOLF
Love in control at Honda
Greater depth on PGA Tour astounds veterans

HOCKEY
AHL Ducks set playoff roster

HORSE RACING
Empire Maker takes Florida Derby by record margin

NBA
Hawks' bench packs powerful 1-2 punch
Kemp overcame demons to salvage career
Stackhouse may test the market
Wizards turn up defensive heat to douse Miami

COLLEGE SPORTS
Baseball: Xavier overcomes its early struggles

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