- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 18, 2001

If 28-year-old Chris Weinke can win the Heisman Trophy, then 27-year-old Ichiro Suzuki can be the AL Rookie of the Year.


But I'm still not too keen on a 14-year-old pitching in the Little League World Series.

Hard as it is to believe, the Capitals are playing as badly right now as the Redskins were in September.

When I saw they had lost to Ottawa 11-5, I thought to myself: Heck, that's practically the score of the '99 NFC Championship game (Rams 11, Bucs 6).

One of the more interesting stats to come out of the Senators debacle was Jaromir Jagr's minus-5 rating. Minus-5 sounds like the average January temperature in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The trade of Trevor Linden to Vancouver makes you wonder: What exactly do the Capitals have to show for the Jan Bulis-Richard Zednik deal with Montreal last March?
Answer: A lot of wishin' and hopin' not to mention waitin'.
To refresh your memory, the Caps shipped Bulis, Zednik and an '01 first-round pick (Russian center Alexander Perezhogin) to the Canadiens for Linden, Dainius Zubrus and a second-rounder. But they later sent the second-rounder (61st overall) to Tampa Bay for New Jersey's No.2 next year. And now Linden is gone, too for a No.1, also next year.
So after all this maneuvering, George McPhee is left with Zubrus (10 assists but, so far, no goals in 19 games this season), and first- and second-round picks in the '02 draft. And the players he selects figure to take years to develop if, indeed, they ever do.
Bulis and Zednik, meanwhile, have combined for six goals and 13 points this season. The way the Caps are going, six goals seem like 600.


If the club's struggles continue, it wouldn't surprise me if Adam Oates were the next to go. His goal scoring has declined six years in a row from 25 in '95-96 to 22 to 18 to 12 (in 59 games, which adjusts to 17 over a full schedule) to 15 to 13. And he hadn't put the puck in the net at all this season until last night. He's still a fine setup man, sure, but he just doesn't make that much of a difference anymore.

A week with Marty Schottenheimer in Osaka, Japan, to begin the '02 preseason. Now that's my idea of a good time.

Maybe the Japanese will be able understand the Ways of Marty. Me, I'm stumped.

Ben Coleman would make a good sumo wrestler, for what it's worth.

And Dan Snyder, I suspect, will feel 10 feet tall over there.

Which reminds me, it's time for Great Snyders in Sports History. And this week we bring you …
Russ Snyder, major league outfielder, 1959-71 Orioles fans will remember Russ topping .300 in '62 and again in '66, the year the O's swept the Dodgers in the World Series. He also played with the Kansas City A's, White Sox, Indians and Brewers. Lifetime batting average: .271. (Not exactly Dr. Longball, however; 763 of his 984 hits were singles).

For 22 years, Walter Payton's record for rushing yards in a game 275 in 1978 didn't receive a serious challenge. Then Corey Dillon broke loose for 278 last season and now Shaun Alexander has gone for 266. You just never know, do you?

Here's hoping Rick Dempsey's hiring as the Orioles' first-base coach puts him back on the managerial track. It's ridiculous he was out of the game last season, as knowledgeable a baseball man as he is. (He did terrific work on Comcast, though, and will be missed by the folks over there.)

With six Cy Youngs and one MVP, Roger Clemens may well have won more major awards than any baseball player ever. Let's see … Roy Campanella won three MVPs and a Rookie of the Year. Tom Seaver won three Cys and a Rookie of the Year. Sandy Koufax won three Cys and an MVP. Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson, of course, have both won four Cys along with Steve Carlton.
And how's this for a trifecta? Frank Robinson won two MVPs (one in each league), a Rookie of the Year and a Manager of the Year.

I know what you're gonna say: It ain't fair. Pitchers can win the MVP, but position players can't win the Cy.
So sue me.

What's really strange is that in the last five years, only four pitchers have won the Cy Clemens (three), Johnson (three), Pedro Martinez (three) and Tom Glavine (one). There's never been a stretch like that, not even when Maddux was reeling off four straight from '92 to '95. Question: Are Roger, the Big Unit and Pedro that great, or are their rival pitchers that lacking? Or is it a combination of the two?

Speaking of F. Robby, he's probably the happiest guy in baseball now that Mark McGwire has retired. After all, he was the next slugger McGwire was going to pass on the all-time home run list. (Big Mac finished with 583 to Robinson's 586.)

Now Frank gets to stay at No. 4 for a few more months until Barry Bonds (567) overtakes him.

For a player who didn't really get going until he was 28, Brady Anderson had himself a nice little career in Baltimore (10 dingers pre-28, 199 after). And in '96, sheesh, he was Duke Snider.

Western Kentucky beats Kentucky at Rupp Arena. Hampton shocks North Carolina at the Dean Dome. George Washington rallies from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat Marshall, allowing just one field goal in the last 19 minutes.
I think we're going to like this college basketball season.

And finally … forget about the Rahman-Lewis bout, I want to see a rematch between Jose and Ozzie Canseco. (But instead of 12-ounce gloves, maybe they should wield 12-ounce beer bottles.)



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