- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2007

By Ryan O’Halloran


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


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


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.


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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