- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2008


“I think he’s been looking in the mirror and conning himself for a long, long time. Now he’s got to go and find out what the real world is like.” — Louisville coach Rick Pitino on Derrick Caracter, who was told he was not welcome for another season


Chatter: Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling check in from Nationals Park, where the Nationals open a series against the Braves tonight.

TAKE YOUR PICK - Who had the best NFL Draft?

A. Washington — The Redskins pilfered perhaps the two best wide receivers on the entire board in the second round (Michigan State’s Devin Thomas and Oklahoma’s Malcolm Kelly).

B. Kansas City — The Chiefs exit the weekend with three immediate starters in defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, guard Branden Albert and cornerback Brandon Flowers.

C. Pittsburgh — You easily could argue that each of Pittsburgh’s first four picks should have gone higher (running back Rashard Mendenhall, wide receiver Limas Sweed, outside linebacker Bruce Davis and offensive tackle Tony Hills).

D. Miami — Nobody had more work to do, and the Dolphins started strong by selecting a can’t-miss franchise offensive tackle (Jake Long) with the No. 1 pick, stealing Clemson defensive end Phillip Merling in the second round and potentially finding the team’s future quarterback (Michigan’s Chad Henne) with their third selection.

Our take: The Chiefs undoubtedly boast the best weekend haul, which was almost guaranteed after they dealt sack specialist Jared Allen to Minnesota last week for three picks (one first and two thirds). Dorsey’s tumble to fifth was a stroke of good fortune. And aside from the three opening-day starters, don’t be surprised if Tennessee tight end Brad Cottam and Clemson offensive tackle Barry Richardson also make immediate impacts.

TWT FIVE - Most Annoying ESPN Personalities

1. Stuart Scott — So awful he makes us want to soil our own TV: Boo-yahtrocious.

2. “Around the Horn” — If we had only one bullet to use on the cast, we would shoot ourselves.

3. Chris Berman — His schtick was insufferably tired several decades ago.

4. Stephen A. Smith — Screaming at your viewers “IS AN ABOMINATION.”

5. Skip Bayless — Again, just too much screaming.

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