- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 23, 2008

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Stay up to watch the U.S. men’s basketball team go for gold against Spain in Beijing. 2:30 a.m., Chs. 4, 11

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM: AN EXCERPT FROM INSIDE OUTSIDE, GENE MUELLER‘S OUTDOORS BLOG

Could it be that Asian herbal healers and users of strange substances, such as gall bladders taken from bears - hopefully dead ones - might be on to something? While all of us should frown on shooting bears to get their gall bladders (it actually happens) there is a growing fondness in the West for ground-up appendages taken from ruminants, such as deer.

Watch out, deer bucks. It won’t be long before we, too, will be coming after you not so much for tasty venison steaks and roasts, but also for the bone-like substance that grows between your ears every year.

TWT TOP FIVE: CITIES THAT WILL NEVER HOST THE OLYMPICS AGAIN

1. Atlanta - The IOC will never put the games in a city of Atlanta’s size again, especially after complaints about a lack of organization at the 1996 Summer Games.

2. Lillehammer - The 1994 Winter Games were lovely, but a city with a population of just 25,000 would be unlikely to land the Olympics a second time.

3. Barcelona - There were great memories made at the 1992 Summer Games, but the Olympics have become too large for a midsize city to host it again.

4. Sarajevo - It would be a great story to see this war-ravaged city return to Olympic glory. But Bosnia has trailed fellow former Yugoslavian republics Serbia and Croatia in showing that it has the economic strength to support the games.

5. Lake Placid - Has hosted the games twice, in 1932 and 1980. Would definitely lose any chance of hosting again if New York City ever hosted a summer games.