- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2006

The wins over Atlanta and Philadelphia were huge for the Capitals. They had struggled with the Thrashers but to score two goals late to win 3-2 was big. And they took care of the Flyers just like a good team should do with a struggling team. It will be very interesting come early March if the Capitals are hanging around, say, the Nos. 6-9 playoff positions. Will George McPhee try to add some veteran help or will he think, ‘Even if we make the playoffs, we can’t get out of the first round?’ and stand pat. For the sake of the young players, I would try to make a deal or two add guys who won’t cost much in the way of money or prospects. Even if Ovechkin and friends get to the playoffs and lose in seven games, getting that experience is better than missing the playoffs by five points.

* The Nuggets-Knicks brawl: What’s the big deal? Nobody got hurt. Nobody had their forehead cracked open. Nobody went into the stands. Nobody left the stands to fight. ESPN, naturally, went overboard in their concern about the NBA’s image. Who cares? It was an isolated incident. The refs made the easy decision by throwing out everybody on the court at the time of the fight.

* I’m trying to think of reasons why Ohio State’s men’s hoops team won’t win the national title. I can’t come up with any.

* I highly recommend “Blood Diamond.” Saw it last Friday. Leonardo DiCaprio is, as usual, great. The accent is a little tough to take but when he’s talking to Jennifer Connelly, just focus on her and not the accent.

* I survived my first trip to New Orleans. Not my favorite place. It’s a town for people in their 20s who can stay out all night and still be in fighting shape after 90 minutes of sleep. I’d rank it way behind Chicago, NYC, San Francisco and Seattle.

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