- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2008


”The only thing I know of a possible trade is what I’ve seen in ESPN.” - All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez, whom the Red Sox traded to the Dodgers at Thursday’s nonwaiver trade deadline


The Nationals look to start a series out right tonight against Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Reds. 7:30 p.m. MASN



The Angels now have a new offensive threat after having traded for Mark Teixeira. And the Yankees got a future Hall of Fame catcher in Pudge Rodriguez. Possible playoff preview here.

Women’s British Open

Julie Inkster, 48, looks to hang on for her seventh major title. But the biggest story line here is still Michelle Wie’s decision to skip the trip over the pond in favor of playing in a men’s PGA Tour event.

NASCAR Sprint Cup

The top drivers head to Pocono, where Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson have each won twice. Here’s to hoping they can get through the race without another tire debacle.

U.S. Open Series Tennis

Rafael Nadal could supplant Roger Federer as the world’s top-ranked player with a win at the Cincinnati Masters. A title there also would extend the Spaniard’s winning streak to 34 matches.


1. “Dan vs. Dave” — In 1992, Reebok used decathaletes Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson in a campaign to promote their latest cross-trainer. Reebok looked silly when O’Brien failed to qualify for the games in Barcelona.

2. McDonald’s “Dream Team” - Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin were in the same ad to promote special collector cups for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Best line came from Ewing: “Hey, they’re large, just like me.”

3. “Thirst for Greatness” - This ad for Coca-Cola featured athletes training for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona but also featured video of a girl practicing ballet, which at last check was never an Olympic sport.

4. ExxonMobil, 2006 Torino - The commercial flipped back and forth between scenes of small children and scenes of Olympians in action, then finished with the words “ExxonMobil: Taking on the World’s Toughest Energy Challenges.”

5. McDonald’s “U.S. Wins, You Win” - The fast food chain in 1988 gave out scratch-off game pieces featuring certain Olympic events, and customers got free food if the United States won a medal in those contests.

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