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Congratulations Philadelphia Phillies! Did anyone notice basketball started this week? Not to mention that there's not been much mention of football and it's already November. Alison talks live with ESPN's Howard Bryant about this week in sports.


Time now for sports. Congratulations Philadelphia Phillies and goodnight baseball. Did anyone notice basketball started this week? Not to mention that there's not been mention of football, and it's already November. Joining us now is Howard Bryant. Good morning, Howard.

HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning. How are you?

STEWART: Good. Need to talk about Greg Oden. He was the basketball messiah for the Portland Trail Blazers last year, got injured, missed the season, then on the first game this week against the Lakers, he goes and sprains his right foot. He's going to miss two to four weeks. What gives with this guy?

BRYANT: Well, and that's exactly what I saw watching the game last night against San Antonio. And gee, lo and behold, there's Greg Oden in street clothes again, and the first thing I said to myself was, that's a familiar sight.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRYANT: And so the folks up in Portland are looking at the curse of Sam Bowie once more, the great Kentucky center who got - was taken ahead of Michael Jordan and broke his leg and was never a factor. And they're looking at this and they're thinking, this is Sam Bowie all over again.

Greg Oden is a great player, when he actually plays. And it's starting to look like he's - he's got a challenge ahead of him because I think that when you're - when you start out injured for the whole season and then you start out against the Lakers and then you get hurt again, people are starting to wonder if maybe he's just too fragile to be the player that you think he's going to be. And so this is going to be a very, very big year for him because once you - once you get into this kind of injury-prone reputation, it's hard to get out of it.

STEWART: I don't think fragile when I see that big dude, by the way.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Hey, as I mentioned, all seems quiet on the gridiron, but the Tennessee Titans are undefeated, seven and 0? Are they really that good?

BRYANT: Well, they're good because they do the things you're supposed to do to win. They run the football. You've got a rookie, Chris Johnson, who is a really, really good player from East Carolina. You got LenDale White, who they thought was big and fat and out of shape from USC, but now he's got ten touchdowns, and they play great defense. I've always liked Tennessee. I think Jeff Fisher is a much underrated coach. They play the game right. They - and they've got Kerry Collins, back from the dead from the Giants.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRYANT: And I really like them. There's no great team in the NFL this year with the Patriots and their injuries, with the Dallas Cowboys and their drama. I think that you've got three really good teams. You've got the champion Giants, Tennessee and the Pittsburg Steelers.

STEWART: What are you going to watch this weekend?

BRYANT: This weekend I am going to watch, believe or not, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks. And then, of course, the Patriots and the Indianapolis cult Sunday night to see which team is going to get knocked out of playoff contention so early.

STEWART: Howard Bryant, senior writer for, ESPN the magazine, and ESPN the ankle brace. Thanks a lot.

BRYANT: Bye-bye.

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