- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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HE SAID WHAT?

“My confidence isn’t shaken.” Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis after Saturday’s 38-0 loss to previously winless Michigan dropped the Irish to 0-3 for the second time in school history

TAKE YOUR PICK: WHO SHOULD WIN THE NL MVP?

A. Matt Holliday Of the two primary candidates, the Colorado left fielder clearly has the best overall offensive numbers. Holliday leads the NL in RBI (122), hits (197) and doubles (47), could wind up with the league’s best batting average (at .334 he’s one percentage point behind Chipper Jones) and is tied for fourth with 32 homers.

B. Jose Reyes Though Reyes can’t match Holliday’s overall production at the plate, the Mets shortstop does lead the majors in steals (78) by 20 swipes, and he’s fourth in hits (180) and third in runs (109). Reyes is only a .291 hitter, but he’s also the best defensive shortstop in the game.

Our take The award should go to Holiday this season because Reyes hasn’t been as productive as he should be at the plate. If New York closes out the division race, however, look for the voters to use New York’s superior season as a reason to give the award to Reyes, even though Colorado is on pace to post the second-best record in franchise history. Sure, it will be a slight case of NE Metropolis bias, but we can live with it because Reyes is the most exciting player in the game.

TWT FIVE HALL OF INFAMY

The recent legal troubles of Michael Vick and O.J. Simpson prompt us to explore the five most infamous athletes in history:

1. O.J. Simpson Jailing this guy for waving a piece around is like snagging Capone on tax evasion.

2. Mike Tyson Tremendous history of drugs, violence, arrests … and cannibalism.

3. Michael Vick Raise your hand if you want Ookie to do his time in a kennel.

4. Pete Rose Charlie Hustle was universally regarded as a shady customer long before his gambling ban.

5. Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan was kind of whiny, but we can’t sanction knee-capping her.

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