- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2007

By Ryan O’Halloran

TONIGHT’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Is there any doubt whatsoever? Forget Southern Miss-Boise State; it’s time for a new Grey’s Anatomy. 9 p.m., ABC

THEY SAID WHAT?

Of course it’s a wake-up call because you don’t want it to continue in a downward spiral … and then all of sudden, it’s over. — Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson on the team’s 1-2 start

AREA POWER RANKINGS

1. Clinton Portis: He said all the right things, but No. 26 has a ton of pride and wants to play (see his blitz pick-up vs. the Giants), so he has to be seething he wasn’t on the field for the last three plays Sunday.

2. Gilbert Arenas: The Wizards open training camp next week (didn’t the NBA Finals just end?). The guess is that No. 0 will promise to play better defense roughly 242 times during his first press conference.

3. Manny Acta: Only a dreadful final weekend will make the Nationals a 90-loss team. For a rotation that had 13 different starters and an offense devoid of much pop, job well done by the rookie skipper.

4. Norv Turner: My 14th and final candidate to replace Joe Gibbs should he retire after the season. Why Norv? Well, it’s not looking good for him in San Diego … and, frankly, I’ve run out of potential names.

5. Cedric Peerman: The Virginia running back is on pace for a 1,200-yard season and the Cavaliers are 3-0 in the ACC (albeit against Duke, North Carolina and Georgia Tech), giving Al Groh some breathing room.

TWT FIVE THINGS FOR REDSKINS FANS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

1. Fire up the DVR or TiVo and watch a replay of the Redskins-Eagles game, specifically the Redskins’ final scoring drive on which Jason Campbell had passes of 28, 9 and 18 yards.

2. Find a way to see last week’s Lions-Eagles game in which Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb did everything right against the Redskins’ next opponent.

3. Avoid watching the St. Louis-Dallas tilt. A week after thumping Chicago, the Cowboys are a good bet to pound the Rams, move to 4-0 and further establish themselves as the NFC’s best.

4. Take solace in the 2-1 start. If they take care of their business, the Redskins should be a minimum of 4-2 heading to New England in Week 7. It’s a lot better than being 0-2 last year.

5. Stay off the message boards. Even the most diehard fan shouldn’t spend additional hours questioning every aspect of the Giants loss. Log off for a couple days.

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