- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

TONIGHT’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Two words: Colt Brennan. Hawaii’s prolific passer takes on the Georgia Bulldogs tonight in the Sugar Bowl. 8:30 p.m., Chs. 5, 45

HE SAID WHAT?

“He makes that shot in practice all the time.” — Georgetown point guard Jonathan Wallace after 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert made the first 3-pointer of his career yesterday against Fordham.

TAKE YOUR PICK: 1972 Dolphins or 2007 Patriots?

Dolphins — In an era when the NFL wasn’t as diluted, Don Shula’s team led the league in scoring (27.5 points) and scoring defense (12.2 points) en route to its 14-0 season and Super Bowl run. While the offense wasn’t as potent as New England’s, it did feature Pro Bowl quarterback Earl Morrall and a 1-2 punch of 1,000-yard rushers Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris that far outstrips the Patriots rushing attack. On defense, the Dolphins featured three Pro Bowl selections in Nick Buoniconti, Vern Den Herder and Manny Fernandez.

Patriots — Please, this isn’t your daddy’s NFL. Today’s players are bigger, faster and stronger than those from football’s iron age. Relative to their day, the Patriots are not as strong up front defensively as the Dolphins. But there’s no comparison offensively. The Patriots have set a new scoring standard (36.8 points) behind arguably the greatest quarterback (Tom Brady) and wide receiver (Randy Moss) the game has ever seen.

Our take — We tend to lean toward the Patriots with one massive codicil. If New England doesn’t win the Super Bowl, they don’t belong in the same sentence with the 1972 Dolphins. It’s all-or-nothing time for New England in the playoffs.

TWT FIVE NCAA SHARPSHOOTERS

Jonathan Wallace became Georgetown’s career leader in 3-pointers yesterday (192), but he’s nowhere near the most prolific marksmen in NCAA history:

1. J.J. Redick, Duke 457

2. Kedren Clark, St. Peter’s 435

3. Curtis Staples, Virginia413

4. Keith Veney, Lamar, Marshall409

5. Doug Day, Radford401

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