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Granted, the opponents in three games (Boston twice and Indiana) were playoff teams last season, while the other opponents (Milwaukee and Cleveland) had better records than the Wizards. But even without John Wall and Nene, the Wizards have been competitive enough to eke out a victory.

No excuses next game against Charlotte. That’s the only team that was worse than Washington last season.

How playing basketball on ships is a good idea.

Last season, on an aircraft carrier, North Carolina and Michigan State produced ESPN’s highest regular-season college hoops rating in five years and its highest-ever game in November. The contest went off without a hitch, unlike the copycat events last weekend. Four of five waterborne games were canceled or postponed due to condensation.

It’s time to say “bon voyage” to this novelty-turned-trend.

Why the Washington Redskins are penalized so heavily.

Coach Mike Shanahan claimed early this season that his team is “very disciplined.” But the lack of evidence is overwhelming. Entering its bye, Washington was the NFL’s most-penalized team (75), uncharacteristically of most Shanahan squads. These Redskins have been equal-opportunity offenders, committing a wide mix of infractions.

If Washington is going to remain near the bottom of the standings, the least it can do is follow the rules.

How the NHL can recover from another self-inflicted wound.

Just as it was enticing new fans who sprouted since a lockout canceled the entire 2005-04 season, the NHL is on the verge of imploding again. I guess the copious amounts of football and the genesis of new basketball seasons aren’t enough competition for the attention-starved league.

Maybe the proximity to ice has caused brain freeze, because owners and players are insane if they flush another season.

Why Adam LaRoche can’t get a three-year deal from the Nats.

He has earned a nice payday from some team, and it might as well come from Washington. LaRoche won Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards this season and was invaluable in the clubhouse. Now the Nats should sign him, even if they eventually trade him.

The Nats have plenty of promising options, but the best-case scenario involves the NL’s best first baseman.

How Thursday Night Football doesn’t diminish safety and quality.

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