- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND - In case you missed it

Green and Monk elected to Hall of Fame: And, oh yeah, there was some football game yesterday. But for Redskins fans, the big news over the weekend was the election of Redskins legends Darrell Green and Art Monk into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The duo will be inducted Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio, with the Redskins likely to play in the annual Hall of Fame Game the following day. Orioles fans know what Redskins fans are going through — last year’s induction of Cal Ripken into the Baseball Hall of Fame helped take their minds off a meddlesome owner and coaching turmoil (manager Sam Perlozzo was fired a month after Ripken’s induction). At least Redskins fans have a recent playoff appearance to fall back on.

Area teams back on track: A month ago, it looked like Georgetown would be the only area team in this year’s NCAA tournament. But after yesterday’s road win against Georgia Tech, Maryland has a 4-3 record in the ACC and several winnable games on the horizon. And don’t sleep on George Mason. The Patriots will be a high seed in the CAA tournament and could very well be dancing in March. As for George Washington (5-12, 1-6 A-10) … where’s Pops Mensah-Bonsu when you need him?

TWT FIVE - BEST 2009 FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES

1. Bruce Smith: A no-brainer. Smith holds the NFL record for career sacks with 200 and likely will enter in his first year of eligibility.

2. Cris Carter: It may be blasphemy to Redskins fans, but Carter (1,101 receptions, 13,899 yards, 130 TDs) had a better resume than Art Monk.

3. Shannon Sharpe: Don’t let his big mouth get in the way of his three Super Bowl titles.

4. Rod Woodson: One of four active players selected to the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994 with nine more seasons and a Super Bowl title still to come.

5. Paul Tagliabue: There weren’t any overblown “Spygate” scandals under Tagliabue’s tenure as commish.

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HE SAID WHAT?

“I thought Ian Poulter was No. 2?” — Tiger Woods on Poulter, who, according to a magazine article, implied he was the only one capable of challenging Woods, then finished 39th yesterday in Dubai

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