- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 22, 2008

SATURDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Maryland fans can buy their tickets to Tampa, Fla., for the ACC title game (if Wake Forest takes care of Boston College earlier in the day) with a win over Florida State at Byrd Stadium. 7:45 p.m., ESPN

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM “ AN EXCERPT FROM D1SCOURSE

Because Florida State has lost only 90 games in 33 seasons under coach Bobby Bowden, it seems obvious Maryland could wind up doing something very rare indeed if it defeats the Seminoles on Saturday.

That rare thing: Take three in a row from a Bowden-led Florida State at home.

Actually, it was a little less rare than I had guessed. Five programs have done it a combined six times, though only one of the streaks incorporates the Seminoles’ glory days of the late 1980s and 1990s.

Only one team has pulled it off while exclusively a member of the ACC — Clemson, with wins in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

- Patrick Stevens

TWT FIVE “ GAUGING MUSSINA’S HALL-WORTHINESS

Mike Mussina officially announced his retirement Thursday, which also officially marked the start of debate on whether he’s a Hall of Famer. A who’s who of starting pitchers in the Hall have fewer than Mussina’s 270 wins, including:

1. Jim Palmer: Longtime Orioles pitcher had 268 wins, but his career 2.86 ERA is almost a full run lower than Mussina’s.

2. Bob Feller: Surely would have reached 300 had he not missed almost four seasons in his prime after enlisting in the Navy following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

3. Bob Gibson: Trails Mussina by 22 wins … but his 1968 (22-9 with a preposterous 1.12 ERA) will forever stand as one of the best seasons by a pitcher.

4. Whitey Ford: Yankees ace had 236 wins, along with a 2.71 ERA in 22 World Series starts (Mussina’s postseason ERA was 3.42).

5. Don Drysdale: “Only” 209 wins, but posted a 2.95 career ERA and led the Dodgers to three World Series titles. His 2,486 strikeouts rank 30th all-time.

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