- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2008

NEWSMAKERS » WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

Mark Teixeira

Perhaps the Nationals are better off with him signing with the Yankees. Now let’s see whether they actually use the millions they offered him.

Jim Zorn

The Redskins say the rookie coach will return next season. No word on whether Zorn plans on bringing back the team’s offense as well.

Marshall Faulk

The future Hall of Famer wants to coach his old team, the Rams. Unless he plans to be player/coach, he probably won’t help matters.

Shaun Ellis

The Jets defensive end was fined for throwing snow into the stands at Seattle’s Qwest Field. Here’s hoping he hit a few of the unruly drunks.

Sidney Crosby

The Penguins star draws the most votes in the history of the NHL All-Star Game. Obviously there were no Redskins on the ballot.

TWT FIVE » BEST AVAILABLE BASEBALL FREE AGENTS

1. Manny Ramirez — There’s no major category, including clubhouse meltdowns, that Ramirez didn’t lead Mark Teixeira in.

2. Derek Lowe — His age (35) might be cause for concern, but he has pitched in more postseason games than A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets combined.

3. Adam Dunn — After he whiffed on Teixeira, who wouldn’t be surprised if Jim Bowden went after a former Reds player?

4. Ben Sheets — If healthy, he’s among the game’s best pitchers. But that’s a big if.

5. Pat Burrell — It’s widely assumed the Phillies’ pint-sized stadium caused Burrell’s power numbers, but he hit more homers on the road (21) than at home (12) in 2008.

HE SAID WHAT?

“I know if my grandkids were up there and there was a snowball sitting right there — and they’re good kids, they’re not mean kids — it’d be pretty hard for them not to throw it.” — Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren

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