- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TV

Is this Donovan McNabb’s last start with the Eagles? Philadelphia hosts Arizona. 8 p.m., NFL Network

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

CLINTON PORTIS

He has been a warrior all season and leads the NFL in rushing. But the next two weeks should be about surviving for the final three games.

ERNIE GRUNFELD

For all the noise about how the Wizards’ front office chief did a disservice to Eddie Jordan by firing him on Monday, how about this: He did Eddie a favor.

FRANK BEAMER

The Hokies coach has clamped down on media access. It may be time to retire to your lake cabin if you can’t take the heat for your offense, Frank.

ALEXANDER SEMIN

The Capitals wing missed the entire road trip. His value has never been higher. It’s time to shop him for a top-four defenseman.

SHAWN SPRINGS

He proved against Seattle what became clear at Dallas two months ago: If healthy, he’s still one of the NFL’s premier defensive backs.

TWT FIVE “ Top Thanksgiving weekend TV events

1. Giants at Redskins (Sunday); New York is the best team in pro football; the Redskins aren’t expected to win, but that’s (of course) when they play their best.

2. Canadiens at Capitals (Saturday); The Caps probably wish they had Montreal goalie Carey Price. Because of their rosters, these teams will run into each other eventually in the playoffs.

3. Michigan State vs. Maryland (Thursday); An early season test for the Terps men’s hoops team against the fifth-ranked Spartans at the loaded Orlando tournament.

4. Notre Dame at USC (Saturday); Just watch the first half. Who doesn’t want Charlie Weis to lose 172-3? This Irishman does.

5. Pittsburgh at New England (Sunday); Talk about a head-knocker. The Steelers will have extra rest, and the Patriots will have momentum. Both these teams will win road playoff games.

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