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October 29, 2008 1:52 PM

Powerless Rankings: Overdosing on Husky drama

Posted by Jerry Brewer

Our weekly tracking of the 10 wackiest stories in sports:

10. Greg Oden
Comment: After the long wait, The Next Great Big Man couldn't even get through his first game without injuring himself. What's his body got against him?

9. Lute Olson
Comment: The Arizona coach is retiring after an on-again, off-again past year with the Wildcats. The reason for the drama: Olson reportedly suffered a stroke last year. Let's wish him well as he leaves basketball.

8. Staph infections
Comment: It's a new mystery in sports, especially in the NFL. Why are so many players -- prominent players -- getting staph infections? It's a medical dilemma that transcends sports, actually. Doctors are perplexed.

7. Isiah Thomas
Comment: The overdose was scary enough. But to try to cover it up by using your own daughter? Zeke remains one shady character.

6. Bumetanide
Comment: The NFL has a drug controversy, involving some water pills that are considered a steroids masking agent. ESPN.com reported that the number of violators may be more than 15. Uh oh.

5. Mike Singletary vs. Vernon Davis
Comment: Can't get enough of Singletary's rant. Feel privileged to say I covered that game. But a question: How does the coach top that the next time the 49ers get walloped?

4. World Series rain
Comment: Just when you thought Phillies-Rays couldn't produce any history, ha, it pours. Anybody up for considering a neutral site, good weather Series in the future?

3. NBA-less in Seattle
Comment: Yes, it's sinking in big time now. No, it won't feel normal for a long, long time.

2. Jim Mora's silence
Comment: The Huskies have a coaching opening, the fans overwhelming want Mora, but the Seahawks' coach-in-waiting is trapped in a tough position. So, he's handling it by ignoring it publicly. Is he leading on the UW or giving the Huskies the silent go-ahead sign?

1. Tyrone Willingham
Comment: R.I.P. -- in six long, grueling weeks.

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