- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 22, 2008

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Chatter: Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling check in with Nationals updates from spring training.

D1SCOURSE: Our gang will have updates from Verizon Center and from around the country.

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Hot-shot freshman Michael Beasley and Kansas State take on third-seeded Wisconsin. 4:20 p.m., Chs. 9, 13

NATS LIVE CHAT

Mark Zuckerman chats live on Nationals Home Plate each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Here’s a question and answer from this past week’s session:

From Ron in Centreville:

Although the Nationals haven’t seen everybody and W-L records mean nothing, what teams and/or players have impressed you so far this spring?

Mark Zuckerman: I’ll couch this by saying I only get to see about eight other teams in Florida, and obviously you can’t read too much into spring training. But when I was in Lakeland and saw the All-Star roster the Tigers have assembled, it’s hard to believe they’re not going to be REALLY good this year. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Cardinals appear to be a mess. It’s amazing that franchise is two years removed from a World Series. Individual player to watch: Marlins rookie outfielder Cameron Maybin, one of the guys they got from Detroit in the Cabrera-Willis trade. The kid can fly around the bases.

MARCH MADNESS IT TAKES A VILLAGE (OF POLITICIANS) TO FILL OUT A BRACKET

Bill Clinton is going with his heart, picking alma mater Georgetown to reach the Final Four.

The former president also chose North Carolina, Memphis and UCLA to get to San Antonio. Clinton made his predictions on James Carville’s and Luke Russert’s XM Radio show.

After yesterday’s win over UMBC, the Hoyas tomorrow will take on Davidson for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.

But, when asked who would win the title, Clinton said: “My heart’s with Georgetown, but my head tells me it’s going to be Carolina or Memphis.

“If you look at Carolina, they have been able to run with everybody this year, as well as play that powerful inside game, which is why I kind of favor them.”

In what appears to be agreement cutting across the political spectrum, Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain have said they are going with the Tar Heels.

Clinton’s wife and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has not filled out a bracket — at least not for public consumption.

Associated Press

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