Link of the day: Heath Shuler talks to his biggest critic, ShopShuler.com, and promises to reverse the Skins curse. Other link of the day: Gil driving himself to play in the Barry Farms league. (Video of the action here.) (Part I of Mike Wise's Gilbert opus, which deals with Gil's serious childhood stuff, should also be read.)
After DCU's harrowing series win, Ben Olsen calls a teammate "Uncle Gomez" and Peter Nowak says NE should be favored next week. Soriano files for free agency, and the Nats make headway in the Richmond radio market.
A columnist says the Terps are likely destined for Charlotte's bowl, but QB Sam Hollenbach's knee might not be right, and Ralph Friedgen criticizes an assistant. Elsewhere, if UVA hadn't blown that massive lead to the Terps, they'd be tied for the division lead, and a Cavs LB gets engaged.
A columnist says limited access to Ovechkin (and the Caps) shortchanges fans, and Canadians are similarly irritated, maybe because Ovie plays "like a Canadian," while a former teammate hints that Ovie sort of coasts in practice. The Wiz take care of some minor injuries, and Roger Mason will almost definitely be on the final roster (announced today).
And there are dozens of long Red Auerbach profiles. Bill Simmons calls Red "a cross between the Celtics leprechaun, Yoda and God;" Bob Ryan writes about the Auerbach chutzpah, John Feinstein tells of Red insulting David Stern's, um, masculinity; and here's a book excerpt on the origins of the China Doll gang.