- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 24, 2009

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

In the slowest sports night of the year, Nevada faces SMU in the Hawaii Bowl. 8 p.m., ESPN

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS WHO’S GENERATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

JASON CAMPBELL

Especially after taking a beating against the Giants, he has to be asking himself, “If given the chance, why not run out of Washington pronto?”

BRUCE CAMPBELL

The former Maryland tackle has already signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus and projects as a first-round pick. He’ll be a building block for some team.

ALEX OVECHKIN

Treated as royalty last week in western Canada, he leads the Capitals to the West Coast next week for intriguing games against San Jose and Los Angeles.

JASON MARQUIS

The Nationals’ newest starting pitcher learned from several future Hall of Famers, and his arrival is good news for the team’s group of up-and-coming hurlers.

JIM ZORN

The swinging-gate fake field goal? Down 24-0? After the Giants called a timeout? Seriously?

TWT FIVE BRUCE ALLEN’S TOP NON-FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS

1. Shane Lechler (fifth, 2000, Oakland) — He’s on track for another record-setting season in net punting average and is one of the best of all time.

2. Tanard Jackson (fourth, 2008, Tampa Bay) — The safety started immediately for the Bucs’ defense. He has seven interceptions and 163 tackles in 42 games.

3. Lance Johnstone (second, 1996, Oakland) — The Raiders made the 250-pound linebacker into a defensive end, and he posted 29 sacks in five years with the Raiders before moving on to Minnesota.

4. Grady Jackson (sixth, 1997, Oakland) — The defensive tackle posted 19 sacks in five years with the Raiders and is still in the NFL at age 36 as a space-eating run stopper.

5. Jeremy Trueblood (second, 2006, Tampa Bay) — The offensive tackle started all but two games in his first two years before battling a knee injury this season.

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