Sunday, May 4, 2003

Top Of The Second power rankings



By Mike Ball
Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

1. Karl Malone and John Stockton. You can just about bet the NBA never will see another tandem play 18 seasons together.

2. The Cyclones. At last, they stood up to those (Boardwalk) Bullies. Probably got tired of them taking their meal money.

3. $1 Blue Jays tickets. Sure, it was a one-time deal designed to show Toronto was safe from SARS. But maybe Major League Baseball - not to mention the NBA and NHL - should take note. They're slowly pricing the regular guy out of the game.

4. Ben Roethlisberger. The stud Miami QB has shown up on Danny Sheridan's Heisman Trophy list as the sixth choice at 15-1. The champion Buckeyes, by the way, are co-favorites with Oklahoma at 6-1.

5. The Flying Pig Marathon. Granted, running 26.2 miles doesn't sound all that appealing to most of us. But those who get it, get it bad. Quite an event.

6. The Kentucky Derby. A much shorter race but better hats.

7. Alan Trammell and Kirk Gibson. They get points for not killing any of their players during a 3-25 start. After all, the Tigers legends were on a team that started 35-5.

8. Andre Agassi. He won his 58th career title last week and is the oldest player to be ranked No. 1. Here's hoping he comes to the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati to tune up for the U.S. Open, with a shot at a grand slam.

9. Jim Rome. The national radio host makes a tour stop here this week. Epic.

10. The Reds. Hey, what other team could enter the weekend four games out of first playing baseball like that?

Thumbs down

1. Mike Brown. He deserves a lot of credit for his change in ways. But quoting the movie Patton? As in, "America loves a winner. It will not tolerate a loser." Well, there never have been more tolerant Americans than Bengal fans.

2. Larry Eustachy and Mike Price. You've got it wrong, guys. It's the co-eds who go wild, not the coaches.

3. New baseball All-Star format. Now the winning team earns home field for the World Series. One just shouldn't have anything to do with the other.

4. Expanded baseball All-Star rosters. Good move by the players' union. Now even more of those silly All-Star bonuses should kick in for guys who don't deserve to be All-Stars.

5. Jason Richardson of the Warriors and Julio Lugo of the Astros. Each was charged with beating his wife. At least the Astros made the strong move of cutting Lugo.

6. NASCAR. The safety record is pretty amazing, really. But crashes like the one that seriously injured Jerry Nadeau make you wonder.

7. Fred Couples. There's no crying in . . . wait, that's baseball.

8. Dmitri Young, batting .174 for the Tigers. "What made the day worse was nobody was in the stands. Nobody is behind us." What did he expect from fans of that team?

9. College football players leaving early. Only 20 of 45 players who came out were drafted in the first three rounds. And none of the contracts is guaranteed.

10. Idiot fans, part XIV. Pacers bad boy Ron Artest has garbage thrown at him. Another knucklehead charges the field in Toronto.




FLYING PIG MARATHON
Locals win Flying Pig
Complete results

REDS SUNDAY GAME
Giants 6, Reds 1
Reds Box, Runs

REDS SATURDAY GAME
Giants 9, Reds 6
Reds notebook: Riedling prepared to start
Harnisch putting in his innings
First win of season gives Graves shot of confidence
Aussie takes American game for a kick and a jog
Reds chatter
Reds Q&A

MORE BASEBALL
Fay: MLB power rankings
NL: Pujols, Cards hot
AL: Pedro twirls five-hitter
Notes from Saturday's games
Louisville 4, Buffalo 1
Cy Young vs. Cy Old
Mix up makes Choi the NL rookie of month
Ex-Astro Lugo says he didn't strike wife

KENTUCKY DERBY
Funny Cide up in Derby
Jockey Santos realizes dream with a gelding
Frankel accepts defeat in stride
A win for owners, and their home state
In a N.Y. minute - or two
No fade at finish for humbled Patton

BENGALS
Bengals begin to take shape
Newest receiver should fit right in
Bengals Q&A
Kitna comes out with early praise for Warrick

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Price fired as Alabama football coach
Tide president made the right call
Alabama players upset by coach's firing

PREP SPORTS
Daugherty: O.J. Mayo
Prep Insider
Prep results, schedule

BASKETBALL
Cronin's goal is to outfox ex-employers UC, U of L for recruits
Pictures worth 1,000 words for Missouri English major
Court: newspaper may be entitled to Knight records
Duncan to repeat as MVP

AUTO RACING
Ky. Speedway still hoping for Cup race
Driver Nadeau critical but improving

HOCKEY
Giguere pulled in loss to Stars
Clones lose finale

GOLF
Verplank maintains 3-shot lead

TENNIS
Venus advances

BOXING
De La Hoya stops Campas

SUNDAY SPORTS SPOTLITE
Ignorance is bliss for Thomas More
Some college coaches can't be trusted
'I made some very, very poor decisions'
Division II Lewis beats BYU for NCAA title
Top Of The Second power rankings

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