- The Washington Times - Monday, January 26, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Terps humiliated by Blue Devils - Saturday’s 85-44 rout at Duke was Maryland’s worst defeat ever against an ACC opponent and exposed the Terps’ inferior talent level. Gary Williams‘ teams always have been slightly talent deficient in the ACC, largely a result of his recruiting, but the talent disparity between Maryland and Duke may have been wider than any time since Williams took over in 1989. With many Maryland fans now calling for blood, it’s not hard to believe that, seven years after winning a national title, Williams’ exit from College Park may not be on his terms.

Ovechkin steals the show at NHL All-Star weekend - Between his truce with fellow Russian Evgeni Malkin and his costumed performance during the skills competition, Alex Ovechkin showed yet again that he - not Sidney Crosby - should be the face of the NHL. With Crosby nursing an injured knee, the spotlight in Montreal belonged to the league’s reigning MVP. But it may take a deep Capitals playoff run - a la the Penguins last season - for Ovechkin to overthrow Crosby as the league’s public face.

TWT FIVE: OVERHYPED SUPER BOWL STORY LINES


1. Larry Fitzgerald’s father - Yes, he’s a sports writer. Yes, it’s an interesting story. No, it’s not so interesting after it has been talked about throughout the Cardinals’ playoff run.

2. Media day - Technically it’s not a story line, but can there be a ban placed on comedians and small-time TV networks asking “funny” questions?

3. Kurt Warner’s religious beliefs - Did you hear he’s a very religious man? Thought so. Leading two different franchises to Super Bowl appearances is about 10 times more interesting of a subplot.

4. Ken Whisenhunt vs. his former team - The Cardinals coach was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator for their last Super Bowl win, but here’s betting the Steelers have changed their offensive signals since then.

5. Anquan Boldin vs. Todd Haley - The Cardinals wide receiver and offensive coordinator were at each other’s throats during the NFC title game. But it’s how Boldin matches up with the Steelers’ secondary, not Haley, that will help determine the winner.

HE SAID WHAT?

”I’m excited. When I first started, we was nothing.” - Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals franchise