What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words
Here's how you want to start your NBA season: with a disgruntled agent popping off about his disgruntled player (Brendan Haywood), and your coach admitting his reserve center (Haywood) had just outplayed his new starter (Etan Thomas). Anyhow, DeShawn Stevenson says defense is how he feeds his family, Wilbon knocks the Wizards and then picks them fifth in the East, and here's more on Cuban's scientific study of the new NBA ball, which confirmed our research, I think.
Santana Moss has 150 percent confidence in Brunell (nearly 100 percent per win!), Jason Campbell splits time with Todd Collins and Gibbs says it's hard even to practice through all the injuries (and also declines to comment on the Cowboys' QB situation). Plus, Campbell says fans "probably shouldn't" chant for him, Portis says no one thought they'd lose five games all season, and Dan Daly says Tony Romo is Gibbs's worst nightmare, which I sort of doubt. (Think fiery darts.) Oh, and whether Brunell practices would determine who plays if Brunell can't, or something like that.
Yet another Canadian story lionizing Ovechkin, this time in Calgary, where the Caps got yet another win after a significant personnel change. Also, a columnist looks at the Alexanders and calls Ovie "a puppy dog on skates."
Robert Fick and Jose Guillen file for free agency and are likely to depart. The Phillies are ready to offer Soriano at least $75 million and the Mets are still intrigued while the O's are blown away by his contract demands. (They also add two to their coaching staff.)
October 31, 2006; 9:03 AM ET
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