- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 12, 2008

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Win-or-they’re-in-trouble time for the Lakers (again) in Game 4 of the NBA Finals vs. Boston. 9 p.m., Chs. 7, 2

AREA POWER RANKINGS

Eljiah Dukes

In the past week, he has ticked off an umpire and his manager with celebration antics. It’s up to general manager Jim Bowden to tell this guy to start respecting the game and especially manager Manny Acta.

Mike Green

Puck-moving defensemen are as rare as franchise quarterbacks. Translation: No. 52 will cash in big time, either with the Capitals or a team willing to give up draft picks.

Gilbert Arenas

As expected, he opted out of his Wizards contract and will become a free agent next month. And as expected, he will return to the District when he finds there isn’t a market for him.

Rick Dutrow

It’s the oldest excuse in the horse racing book: Blame the guy with the stick. And that’s what Dutrow has done for Big Brown’s Belmont Bomb. Some advice for R.D.: Zip it.

Shawn Springs

To avoid the hubbub when camp starts, he should show up at Redskin Park today, answer all the questions and then move on from going AWOL. But it won’t happen.

TWT FIVE “ REASONS THE U.S. OPEN IS TOUGH TO WATCH

1. There aren’t many birdies. If I wanted to watch players hack it around the course, I’d go out to the local country club. On TV, I want to see shot-making.

2. Too many commercials. The Masters is the gold standard (less than five minutes an hour). The Open? Expect a break after every shot Tiger hits and plenty of tape-delay action.

3. Not enough Johnny Miller. He’s golf’s best commentator, but it’s unlikely he will be used a lot in the first two rounds. A guy this good, he should be on for all 62 hours of coverage.

4. Too much Jimmy Roberts. He’s a fine storyteller but in the middle of the third round, I don’t want a five-minute opus on how the driving range boss’ father once caddied for Jack Nicklaus.

5. There aren’t many birdies. Who watches the Super Bowl for the punts? Who watches the NBA Finals for the bricks? Who watches Wimbledon for the double faults? Nobody.

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