- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WEDNESDAY’S BEST BET ON TV

The Wizards continue their West Coast trip against the Kings, a rare chance for a road win. 10 p.m., CSN

NEWSMAKERS: WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

REX RYAN

The former Ravens assistant is the New York Jets´ newest coach, and one of his first decisions should be his easiest - tell Brett Favre to remain in Mississippi.

MATTHEW STAFFORD

Because Heisman winner Sam Bradford and Texas stud Colt McCoy opted to stay in school for another year, this Georgia quarterback is the obvious choice to go first overall in the NFL Draft.

BRENDAN SHANAHAN

The soon-to-be 40-year old signed with the New Jersey Devils last week and scored in his debut. He would have looked great in a Caps sweater.

AL DAVIS

Crazy Al still can’t figure out who will be his next coach in Oakland, further tarnishing his reputation. At this point, he might as well stick with interim coach Tom Cable.

JEFF TEAGUE

Never heard of him? College basketball fans know that he’s the sophomore point guard for top-ranked Wake Forest, which hosts Virginia Tech tonight. He averages 21.4 points a game.

TWT FIVE ” PRESIDENTIAL SPORTS CHANGES

Now that Barack Obama is president, he should use his power and influence to improve sports. Here are some suggestions:

1. NCAA football playoff - The president brought this up in November, and he should tell the lame college presidents that an eight-team playoff is the only way to go.

2. Expand the NCAA tournament - Eliminate the conference tournaments and allow every Division I team into the Dance.

3. NBA contraction - Five teams are winning less than 30 percent of their games. Eliminating some teams would increase the quality of play.

4. Shorten the baseball season - At 162 games plus three rounds of playoffs, this season will extend into November. Cut the regular season down to 150 with more doubleheaders and off days.

5. Eliminate the instigator penalty - Hockey needs fighting so justice isn’t administered with checks from behind and swinging sticks. Getting rid of this penalty will increase the intensity.

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