- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 17, 2008

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The pickings are slim, so we stay local with Detroit at Baltimore. Camden Yards is sure to be hopping. 7 p.m., MASN

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

JIM ZORN

His first Redskins training camp opens Sunday. Our requests for Big Z are short morning practices (90 minutes sound good) and even shorter afternoon special teams practices (20 minutes is ideal).

WILY MO PENA

Shoulder surgery mercifully has ended his season with the Nationals. Watching him play left field actually became amusing. The team should eat his $2 million player option for 2009 and let him go.

BRETT FAVRE

The Redskins, predictably, have been floated as a possible destination for the soon-to-be unretired Packers quarterback. This drama is turning into a pathetic stand-off between stubborn parties.

BROOKS LAICH

Didn’t have room to mention him last week, but he reupped with the Capitals. Over time, the casual hockey fan will realize how valuable he is because of his willingness to do anything.

BILLY PACKER

He’s out as CBS’ lead basketball commentator after roughly 147 years at the mike. Here’s hoping he changes his mind and returns to work the ACC regional games, making those snooze fests a little more tolerable.

TWT FIVE » REDSKINS WHO COULD BE IN THE PRO BOWL

1. Chris Cooley — He made it to Hawaii last year after leading the Redskins with 66 catches and eight touchdowns. There’s no reason to think his production will dip in his fifth season.

2. Chris Samuels — He was in the Pro Bowl last year, an impressive feat considering he missed all of training camp. If he continues to excel in pass protection without double team help, he will head west.

3. LaRon Landry — Even though he had no interceptions in the regular season, he did play stout against the run and is a message-sending kind of hitter. The leading candidate to become the team’s breakout player.

4. London Fletcher — He has never made a Pro Bowl despite consistently being his defense’s heart and leading tackler. Maybe this year he gets his due and earns a trip to Hawaii.

5. Shawn Springs — This is a contract year for Springs. At 33, he enters the year knowing he could be due a short-term big-time pay day with a solid season. Expect a determined season from Springs.

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