- The Washington Times - Monday, December 29, 2008

HE SAID WHAT?

”I’m sitting by the greatest winner in college football today.” - West Virginia coach Bill Stewart on quarterback Pat White

WEEKEND REWIND “ IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

NFL regular season wraps up: For a season that was light on actual drama and heavy on overblown drama - Pacman Jones, Terrell Owens, Plaxico Burress, etc. - Week 17 finally provided some excitement. The Lions became the first 0-16 team in NFL history, Drew Brees barely missed out on Dan Marino’s passing yards record and Sunday was filled with win-or-go-home games. But one week of excitement doesn’t make up for 16 filled with watered-down parity.

Wizards “win” battle of NBA bottom-feeders: Saturday night’s game between the Wizards (4-23) and Oklahoma City Thunder (3-27) was the worst matchup according to winning percentage (matching teams that had played at least 25 games) in NBA history. But leave it to the Wizards - when losing would improve their ‘09 draft position, they had to go and win. In typical Wizards fashion, even when they’re one of the NBA’s worst teams, as they were in 2001, there isn’t a LeBron James-type of player available. At least they can’t draft Kwame Brown again.

TWT FIVE “ 2009 AREA EVENTS TO WATCH

1. Stanley Cup playoffs: With the Wizards out of the picture, April, May and possibly June will belong to the Capitals.

2. Frozen Four: Schools like Denver, Boston University and Air Force aren’t big names, but Verizon Center will host one of the best postseason events in sports - the college hockey championship.

3. AT&T National: Tiger Woods returns from injury to play host at Congressional, but with the U.S. Open keeping the tournament away in 2010 and 2011, it may be his last stop in the area for a while.

4. NCAA tournament: Verizon Center isn’t hosting any games, but Georgetown and possibly Maryland will keep March interesting.

5. NFL playoffs: But only if you consider Baltimore part of the area.