- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 22, 2007

By John Taylor


• Ryan O’Halloran makes his weekly NFL picks on Redskins 360, our Washington Redskins blog

• Patrick Stevens checks in from Winston-Salem, N.C., on D1SCOURSE, our colleges blog.


“You never want to win a competition like that.” — Spanish cyclist Oscar Pereiro, who finished second to Floyd Landis in the 2006 Tour de France but was named the winner Thursday


There are real heroes in the audience at K-Plex, and I’m certainly not talking about six-touchdown tossin’ Carson Palmer.

A couple dozen members of the armed forces, police force and fire department are taking in practice. There were two sessions, and in between there was an on-ice ceremony with Caps captain Chris Clark and David Montelione, who has been in the Coast Guard for 21 years. Montelione is re-enlisting for four more years, and Clark administered the oath before presenting him with a signed jersey.

The reason for the Palmer reference is, I’ve been scouring the room the past few days trying to find some fantasy football players. I know a lot of professional baseball players are big on fantasy football, but it doesn’t appear the Caps are.

There are plenty of football fans, but I am sure the conflicting schedules has a lot to do with it. A few players did say they have participated in team-sanctioned pick ‘em pools. Dave Steckel said the Hershey Bears had a pretty good one last season, and John Erskine said the Dallas Stars were really into it. He said he definitely paid more attention to the NFL when he was with the Stars because of the pool.

One type of pool the Caps don’t miss out on is March Madness. Clark is the orchestrator, and Mike Vogel told me that radio play-by-play man Steve Kolbe is enjoying a Florida-esque dynasty with back-to-back pool championships.

Corey Masisak


1. Duke — Blue Devils travel to Annapolis, but they’re on a relative roll while Navy has struggled.

2. Washington — Huskies hope they’re getting the same Bruins squad that didn’t show up last weekend.

3. Michigan — Playing host to the sentimental favorite Nittany Lions, who could be walking into a trap.

4. Kentucky — Rich Brooks’ rejuvenated Wildcats head to Arkansas, which is coming off a tight loss to Alabama.

5. Maryland — Ralph Friedgen‘s crew could author an early-season signature win over the defending ACC champs.

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