- The Washington Times - Monday, October 13, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND » IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Rams stun Redskins — With only 16 regular-season games, get ready for a week of typical NFL overreaction. One week the Redskins are going to the Super Bowl; the next they will be lucky to sneak into the playoffs. This should teach a lesson to anyone who looked at the Redskins’ three games after the wins in Dallas and Philadelphia (vs. St. Louis, vs. Cleveland, at Detroit) and figured on a 7-1 start. As the last month has showed, the Redskins can beat — or lose to — anyone.

More unbeatens fall in college football — Three top-five teams (No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Missouri, No. 4 LSU) fell Saturday, leaving former No. 5 Texas as the nation’s top team. The Longhorns’ jump is the largest for a No. 1 team since Miami moved up from No. 6 on Aug. 29, 1988, after beating preseason No. 1 team Florida State 31-0. With only five teams from the BCS conferences unbeaten halfway through the season, it’s looking like the BCS formula will have to pick the best of the one-loss teams yet again.

TWT FIVE » WIZARDS QUESTION MARKS

1. Gilbert Arenas’ health — After signing a six-year, $111 million contract in the offseason, Arenas underwent a third knee operation and is expected to miss at least a month of the season.

2. Replacing Brendan Haywood — Haywood will miss most of the season with a wrist injury, meaning Andray Blatche and Etan Thomas must replace his production at center.

3. Bench scoring — With Roger Mason Jr. in San Antonio, the Wizards need Nick Young and Juan Dixon to fill the shooting void.

4. JaVale McGee — The rookie’s athleticism has been praised, but is he ready to help replace Haywood?

5. Getting past the first round — It has been three seasons since the Wizards won a playoff series, and most contenders in the East have improved.

HE SAID WHAT?

“It would take too many air buses and Boeing 747s to transport our 6,000 guests. We’re in the basketball business, not the travel business.” — NBA commissioner David Stern on the possibility of an NBA All-Star Game in London