ESPN The Magazine’s latest issue breaks down all 121 NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA franchises and ranks each club for quality based on elements such as affordability, personnel (from players to coaches) and stadium experience. Not surprisingly, the Green Bay Packers took first place. The Titans, meanwhile, ranked a respectable 25th on the list, outscoring legendary franchises such as the Oakland Raiders (33rd), the Los Angles Lakers (37th) and the Atlanta Braves (39th). Unfortunately, Nashville’s other pro team came in at No. 74, just ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies (73rd) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (70th). Attendance during the Predators playoff-pledge-fifth-season is down 13 percent. “Music City puckheads may not be the NHL’s savviest,” says ESPN’s editors, “but after four years of mediocrity, they know bad when they see it.” Not surprisingly, the Cincinnati Bengals finished last among professional teams. ♦ If the Predators are to salvage anything positive from the 2002-03 season, they need to capitalize on their post All-Star game schedule. Nashville (17-23-8-4) plays six straight home games in February, beginning with Columbus (20-25-5-2) this Saturday and the Los Angeles Kings (20-24-4-4) Feb. 11. In fact, nine of Nashville’s upcoming 12 games will be skated at the GEC. But will anyone be there besides the stellar bunch in section 303? If the Predators falter out of the gate, they could best the franchise record for losses in a season (47 in 1998-99). ♦ Stat of the week: Michael Jordan, who entered this season with a career 31.0 scoring averagean NBA recordhas averaged only 17.7 points in 2002-03 and has dropped his career average to 30.5. Wilt Chamberlain’s 30.1 average is a close second to Jordan and will force MJ to average at least 20.6 ppg to maintain his position. Saturday Jordan netted a season-high 45 points against New Orleans.