July 21, 2005
After "Friends," Lisa Kudrow has to sweat the TV business. The actress, who played Phoebe on the NBC comedy, is still waiting to hear whether her latest show, HBO's "The Comeback," will be renewed.
I watch The Comeback every week, despite the fact that I absolutely hate it and think it is by far the worst show HBO has put on in years. I literally complain outloud (to no one) about how horrible what I am watching is, which I'm fairly certain is sign of extreme insanity. The show is so bad that it actually angers me.
I like Dwane Casey, but letting Saunders go was a mistake. When you have a coach who has led a team to significant success on a consistent basis after years of having no success at all, letting him go after one sub par season (or half season, in Saunders' case) is generally something that looks bad a few years down the line. The Timberwolves' problems go far beyond anything having to do with Saunders, and as we've seen with the Vikings the grass isn't always greener with a new coach.
Our task is simple: to determine, via a time-tested method (the 64-team elimination tournament as seen in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, which ESPN used to show in its pre-sucking days) which ESPN broadcasting personality is the most totally loathsome and most deserves to suffer permanent paralysis of the vocal cords.There's even a PDF file with the 64-person bracket. Suffice it to say I'm extremely jealous about not coming up with this myself, but I guess I was too busy picking on Joe Morgan to create something so brilliant. As you might expect, there are a ton of tough matchups throughout the bracket, but I like Chris Berman, Stephen A. Smith, Stuart Scott, and Jay Mariotti in the Final Four.
My sleeper picks are Buster Olney, who goes up against Mariotti in an epic first-round matchup, and John Kruk, who looms as Scott's second-round opponent. Actually, Scott's entire region is a beast, with Scott (#1 seed), Morgan (2), Mike Lupica (5), Woody Paige (6), Whitlock (7), Kruk (8), and Jeff Brantley (12). Boo-yah!
I'm guessing one recognizable name will make it to the final table and the champion will be someone under 40 years old who no one has ever heard of.The "one recognizable name" would be Mike Matusow and the under-40 champion "who no one has ever heard of" would be 39-year-old Joseph Hashem. By the way, the CardPlayer.com live, streaming audio broadcast of the final table was incredible. I realize that does no one any good after the fact (although I did link to it that day), but it's still worth mentioning just because of how great it was.
A report in the Boston Herald suggested an expanded deal, with Romero and Joe Mays going to Boston for Mueller and first baseman Kevin Millar. But officials from other teams said if the Twins were indeed ready to part with Romero, Mays or starter Kyle Lohse, they could command much more in return.I can only hope this is true and Terry Ryan is as against trading J.C. Romero and Joe Mays or Kyle Lohse for two guys who haven't managed a .350 slugging percentage outside of Fenway Park over the past two years.
Today's Picks (79-67, +$1,085):
Houston (Clemens) -160 over Washington (Drese)
Cleveland (Elarton) -125 over Seattle (Moyer)