As the coach Wade Phillips era began, Dallas was delighted that T.O. (above)actually showed up to minicamp and happier still when he snagged a long TDpass. QB Tony Romo seems to be over the muffed hold that blew a playoff game toSeattle ("I always knew I would be O.K."), and the Boys are diggingPhillips's relaxed style. Running back Julius Jones: "Everybody's justhappy-go-lucky."
After winning on Sunday, the Devil Rays were going to Disney World (to play theRangers at the Sports Complex). Two ex-Buccaneers, linebackers Jeff Davis andRichard (Batman) Wood, were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, andRoger Clemens (left) was slated to hurl at Class A Tampa on Friday.
Giants catcher Bengie (right) had one homer in 97 at bats when he jacked two inone inning against the Mets. Younger brother Jose, the Angels catcher, had onesteal in 68 games when he stole home against the Indians. ("Just followingorders," he said.)
Watch him rake! Marlins 28-year-old leftfielder smoked a walk-off homer to beatthe Dodgers—"It's something you remember for as long as you live," hesaid—then went 7 for 10 in three games against the Nationals.
As the Brett Favre era enters its 17th season, the QB is antsy: He scolded theteam for not landing WR Randy Moss. Green Bay has added little offense, and RBAhman Green left for Houston. The final insult: Speaking in Lake Geneva, Wis.,presidential hopeful Senator Sam Brownback called Peyton Manning the"greatest quarterback, maybe, in NFL history," ignoring you know who(above).
Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan is out for the year (elbow); ace Roy Halladay couldmiss six weeks (right, appendectomy); and slugger Troy Glaus has a bad foot.The Jays had lost 10 of 12 through Sunday, and as the city's NBA and NHL starswatched the playoffs from home, MLS's Toronto FC provided no solace at1--4.
For the first time in 30 years neither Princeton nor Syracuse nor Virginia madethe quarterfinals of the NCAA lacrosse playoffs—which will unfold partly atPrinceton. A hex on the Tigers? They've missed the quarters three times since'89, all in years they've hosted.
Watch him leave! Marlins 28-year-old reliever was traded to the Rockies for aguy (Byung-Hyun Kim) with a 10.50 ERA. Of course, Julio's was 12.54. At leastthings can't get much worse in Colorado: The team's already in last place.
SI PLAYERS MLB POLL
Who is the friendliest player in baseball?
Sean Casey, Tigers 1B 46%
Jim Thome, White Sox DH 7%
Mike Sweeney, Royals DH 7%
Dave Roberts, Giants CF 4%
David Ortiz, Red Sox DH 4%
Who is the least friendly?
Barry Bonds, Giants LF 26%
Jeff Kent, Dodgers 2B 20%
A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox C 13%
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 3B 12%
Randy Johnson, D-Backs P 4%
FAST FACTS: Players were not allowed to vote for ateammate.... No pitcher finished among the top 10 in the "friendliest"vote.... Among NL West players, Kent (31.3%) outpolled Bonds (13.6%, page 62)as "least friendly." ... Two years ago Hal McCoy, a Cincinnati Redsbeat writer for 35 years, said, "There's no debate, and there never will bea debate. Sean Casey is the nicest guy in professional baseball. Ever."
[Based on a survey of 464 MLB players] For an expandedversion of the poll, go to SI.com/players.
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