- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The Ol’ Ball Coach opens the college football season at 7 p.m., but the better game - Oregon at Boise State - is at 10:15. Both are on ESPN.

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

SHAUN SUISHAM

The Redskins’ incumbent kicker will get one last game situation to shine in his competition with journeyman Dave Rayner.

STEPHEN STRASBURG

After a week working out in Florida, the No. 1 pick returns to the District - not to pitch but to keep working out.

CHRIS TURNER

Finally, he’s Maryland’s unquestioned starter at quarterback. He’ll be trying to orchestrate an upset at California.

CLINTON PORTIS

The Redskins running back rips Riggo and rips his offensive line (again). How about ripping off a long run or two?

RYAN ZIMMERMAN

Quietly having his best season, the face of the Nationals franchise is on pace for more than 30 homers and 100 RBI.

TWT FIVE BEST BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME CLASSES

In honor of next week’s Naismith Hall of Fame induction class - which includes Michael Jordan, John Stockton and David Robinson - here are the top classes since the Hall opened:

1. 1980 -With two players consistently mentioned among the top five or six greats - Jerry West and Oscar Robertson - this class had to be here. Jerry Lucas is just icing.

2. 1993 -These names dot the record books and highlight reels: Dr. J, Walt Bellamy, Calvin Murphy and Dan Issel, along with two groundbreaking women.

3. 1959 -The first class had the depth you would expect with the game’s inventor, James Naismith, along with Phog Allen, George Mikan and the original Celtics.

4. 2008 -Last year’s class was strong with players - Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Adrian Dantley - a coach, Pat Riley, and even an obnoxious announcer, Dick Vitale.

5. 2001 -A small class with quite an impact: two top college coaches, John Chaney and Coach K, and a professional star who skipped college, Moses Malone.

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