Sunday, February 1, 2004

Page Two power rankings



By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

1. The Chicago Bulls. They've remained loyal to Jay Williams, who seriously injured himself while riding a motorcycle, which violated his contract. The Bulls placed him on the injured list instead of cutting him and are negotiating to give him a $3 million lump settlement. Aaron Boone can only hope the Yankees are so kind.

2. King kegler. Fran Lasee, 83, threw 30 of 36 strikes to become the oldest man to throw an 800 series. He rolled 279, 290 and 265 for an 834, breaking the record of three 77-year-olds.

3. Maurice Clarett. The exiled Ohio State running back has been cleared to work out with the Buckeyes but is choosing to continue his fight against the NFL for early entry. Good luck.

4. The NBA. TNT's ratings are up 31 percent, ESPN's 9 percent. LeBron? Carmelo? Yao Ming? The winter deep freeze?

5. Mark Dantonio. The new UC football coach drew plenty of criticism for "re-recruiting" players who had committed to the Bearcats while Rick Minter was still coach. But despite losing two local recruits, a scholarship opportunity for Elder star running back Bradley Glatthaar is a good thing.

Thumbs down

1. The Reds. They're making a big mistake not finding the money to finish the Reds Hall of Fame, the final, crowning jewel to Great American Ball Park. If there were ever a season to lure fans with more than a ballgame, it's this one. Really, how many West Virginians will make a weekend of Brewers-Reds? (And it's good to see the injuries are behind them - except, of course, top free agent John Vander Wal injured himself shoveling snow).

2. The Super Bowl. Are we there yet? Is it over yet?

3. Xavier. A decent effort in a loss at rival UD, but a 10-9 record entering February? Maybe this string of struggling will help Muskies fans appreciate the run of success they've had. (And, perhaps more important, what a great college player David West was for four years.)

4. NBA coaches. Job security? Not here. When Celtics coach Jim O'Brien resigned last week, it meant 14 of the 15 Eastern Conference coaches have changed since the end of last season. The survivor? You can't name him. (Terry Stotts, Atlanta)

5. Nicknames. With the passing of colorful pass catcher Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, it reminds us they don't make 'em like this anymore. E-Hirsch just wouldn't cut it.




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Dayton 74, Xavier 67
UD seniors finally get better of rival
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