- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

HE SAID WHAT?

“Basically we didn’t do anything this season. Nothing that happened in the regular season mattered since we didn’t finish it up. … This season means nothing now.” — Randy Moss on the Patriots’ legacy

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YOUR PICK: Will the addition of Pau Gasol make the Lakers a major player in the playoffs?

Yes: In a perfect scenario, Gasol steps in for the injured Andrew Bynum over the next six weeks to keep the Lakers within striking distance of the Suns, and then Los Angeles surges down the stretch behind the quartet of Kobe, Gasol, Bynum and Lamar Odom, arriving at the playoffs with one of the conference’s top seeds and its youngest roster.

No: Gasol is a major upgrade over Kwame Brown, but in no way does he replace Bynum as a physical presence in the middle. Even when Bynum comes back this season, it’s still largely a finesse team with pedestrian Derek Fisher at the point in a loaded Western Conference.

Our take: It might not happen this season, but Gasol’s addition makes the Lakers the Western Conference’s team of the future by giving Kobe a pair of young 7-foot frontcourt sidekicks. While the Spurs, Suns and Mavericks look older every week, the Lakers now have the game’s best twentysomething trio.

TWT FIVE: Comeuppance classics

1. Adolf Hitler, 1936 Olympics — Jesse Owens mocks Hitler’s Aryan nonsense with his performance, winning four gold medals in Berlin.

2. Adolph Rupp, 1966 NCAA championship — Texas Western introduces integration to the game’s most famous coach in hoops finale.

3. Bill Belichick, Super Bowl XLII — Karma police arrest NFL’s hoodie hoodlum 35 seconds short of perfection.

4. Miami Hurricanes, 1993 Sugar Bowl — Alabama buries a bombastic dynasty by defensively dominating Team ‘Do-rag 34-13 after 1992 season.

5. Muhammad Ali, Ali-Frazier I (March 8, 1971) — After absorbing Ali’s trash talk for weeks, Joe Frazier unloads 15 rounds of pain on Ali to win a unanimous decision.

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