- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2008


“I’ve been looking forward to playing this game the last two years.” — Carmelo Anthony on Team USA’s Thursday rematch with Greece, which beat the Americans in 2006


Michael Phelps

Likeable or not, he’s the most compelling story of the Beijing Games so far - and it’s hard to imagine that changing.

American gymnasts

Bronze medal was a moral victory for a team not expected to do much after loss of Hamm brothers.

Kobe Bryant

The most popular American basketball player in China is off to a horrid start, shooting 37 percent.

Adam Dunn

He was acquired from the Reds to give the Diamondbacks the power they have missed for the last two seasons.

Kyle Busch

His win at Watkins Glen ended a mini “slump” for the points leader, who clinched the top spot entering the Chase.

TWT FIVE: Best Madden Football Covers

With Madden 2009 out Tuesday with Brett Favre on the cover — in Packers, not Jets, green — it’s worth taking a look at previous boxes.

1. 1990 — The first is the best, with John Madden mimicking the way he busted through the wall in Miller Lite ads.

2. 2001 — The first one without the former coach on the cover, Eddie George started a new era of injuries.

3. 2005 — Madden turns it over, making Ray Lewis the only defensive player to grace the cover.

4. 1993 — The end of an era; it’s the last one that reads “John Madden Football” on the box, which takes us to …

5. 1994 — The game gets serious. The smile is gone. And so is the first name.

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