Sunday, February 8, 2004

All thumbs: The week's winners and losers

By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

1. The Crosstown Shootout

It's time for everyone at UC and XU to quit making excuses. So it came in the middle of the conference season. So the hype can be a little out of hand. The game is for the fans. And it rarely disappoints. (And keep it on campus.)

2. New turf at Paul Brown

Boy, we're gonna miss those play-by-play stories about resodding the turf. And for the price range of what, a backup tackle?

3. The Curses

The Cubs and Red Sox will sell tickets no matter what. But both are going to cut off season-ticket sales in the neighborhood of 27,000. They want seats to be available for the common fan.

4. Lennox Lewis

He has carried himself with class, a rarity in the sweet science. If he stays retired, it will be another rarity.

5. Speedweeks at Daytona

Gentlemen, crank it up.

Thumbs down

1. Bob Knight

He never ceases to amaze. His latest confrontation with the school chancellor was just wild. The General at a salad bar?

2. Greg Norman

The Aussie came out against women participating in PGA events. Really, what does it hurt? Would you have watched the mid-January Sony Open without Michelle Wie?

3. The NFL

It got what it deserved. There was more talk about Janet Jackson's anatomy than the game.

4. The NBA

For a league that markets its stars, it sure was odd for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to be left off the All-Star team.

5. St. John's

The once-proud men's basketball program has bottomed out following a sex scandal in the midst of a dreadful season on the court. For the love of Lou Carnesecca.

Bearcats barely escape
Hicks endures letdown after XU performance
Baby steps suit Xavier
Cage makes presence known as a starter
Same script, same result prepare UK for postseason
Big game still not enough for Hayes
RedHawks end recent trend of late losses
Coles puts on running shoes to fight cancer
Top 25: Stanford stays unbeaten
Norse fall to streaking Rivermen on road

2004 payroll down $11M
Busy offseason saw many catchers on the move

Johnson relishes all-star honor
NFL insider: Pats have winning formula
Dubious honor remains enjoyable for coaches

2000 Comets still stars in Mason
Princeton 70, Oak Hills 65 (OT)
Low-scoring tilt has Mustangs riding high
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La Salle gets nod as No. 1 D-I seed
Moeller wins GCL to stake claim to city crown
Ernst: All 'A' Classic has grown into a huge success
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