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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.)

Finally, basketball celebrities stream to a D.C. funeral home in honor of Red.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 31, 2006; 9:03 AM ET
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I'm so sad to see the Robert Fick era end. Though I suppose he must continue on his unspoken quest to ride the pine for every MLB team.

Posted by: Kim | October 31, 2006 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Imagine the Phils with Utley, Howard and Soriano in the middle of their lineup!

Posted by: Bryan76 | October 31, 2006 10:24 AM | Report abuse


More importantly, imagine the Phils with Burrell OUT of their lineup!

I'd almost settle for Robert Fick as a left fielder.

Wait this isn't the Philly Sports Bog?

Posted by: Kim | October 31, 2006 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Whoever wrote the article on the two Alex's needs to do some fact checking. Alex Semin is NOT a rooke. There was that whole year he played in 03-04, when he scored ten goals and stuff. I kind of doubt anyone calls them Alex Freshman and Alex Sophmore, considering they are BOTH in their second NHL season.

Posted by: FS | October 31, 2006 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Dear Brenda Haywood,

The team would trade you for a ham sandwich if anyone was willing to take you. The problem is that the rest of the league knows what the fans have known for quite some time- you're soft and you stink.

At every step of your career, from your days as a Tarheel to your sad tenure as a Wizard, you have been a tremendous disappointment. You are a giant of a man, but you play like a 90 pound weakling. You should, frankly, be ashamed when you see the effort and desire put forth by players like Gilbert Arenas; you simply do not deserve to be on his team.

Your agent suggests your future in Washington is uncertain once your contract expires. I assure you the fans have already marked our calendars.



Posted by: bryc3 | October 31, 2006 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I guess when it comes to Nationals personnel moves, we all have to wonder, "What the Fick?"

Posted by: Gee Whillikers | October 31, 2006 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if, in the last few years, there was ever a time when Red Auerbach, John Wooden, and Morgan Wootten were ever in the same room together? The kinds of stories to be swapped; the wisdom shared!

Posted by: Wicked awesome | October 31, 2006 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Wicked, Red's shared a room with each of them. As for all three together...I doubt it.

Morgan is usually too busy worshiping Satan and letting Joe suck at his teet.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | October 31, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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