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Posted: Wednesday February 21, 2007 11:43AM; Updated: Wednesday March 7, 2007 9:16AM
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How is Wisconsin ranked No. 1? Florida clearly is still the best team in the country. Do you agree? And don't you think it's a joke that a team automatically gets dropped after it loses a game?
-- Dean, Sarasota, Fla.

Dean, I am sorry you are having difficulty coming to grips with the fact your Gators dropped the ball last week against Vandy. I truly am. But the fact is, only the best team in the land can get ranked No. 1, and the Gators simply did not bring their "A" game last week. It's OK though, because I am sure you guys will still claim a high seed in tourney and have a chance at redemption. Until then, a bronze isn't so terrible unless you're a fan of Ricky Bobby: "If you ain't first, you're last."

Are you doing a fantasy baseball league this season? My league is has an open spot and we'd love to have a beautiful girl like you. It's a big-money league, though. The entry fee is $300. Would you like to join?
-- Stephen, New York City

Ordinarily, I would have said yes, but I am going to have to decline on the offer to take your money. I'm already involved in one fantasy baseball league at Baseball Prospectus. It's a charity league that donates the proceeds to the charity of the winner's choice. I happen to be the only one in the league with estrogen, so if these guys think I am picking my players based on which color uniforms they wear, they got another thing coming. So stick around for some great smack talk, especially if I beat the two other guys from the SI office -- baseball writer Jacob Luft and NFL guru Peter King. I will make them hate their life come the end of baseball season, because let's face it there are few things in life that suck worse for a man than being beaten by a girl.

Don't you think one of Britney's friends needs to step in and make her get in control? If you had a friend going down the path she is, wouldn't you do something about it?
-- Michelle, San Diego

Sometimes you have to hit the bottom of the barrel before you can climb out, and poor Britney is doing just that. We get it, Brit. The constant partying was supposed to be a silent cry for help. So why shave your head and treat your body like a human coloring book? If I had a friend going down a similar path, I would have already staged an intervention. However, a person can only get help when they are ready to admit they have a problem and get it for themselves, and if not themselves, then their loved ones -- and in this case children! At some point you have to pick yourself off the ground, wipe the dirt of your knees, and start a new life.

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