- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 30, 2008

HE SAID WHAT?

“She [said] in her testimony to police that it was a closed fist. To [Syracuse] security, she said it was an open hand.” - Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, defending reinstated guard Eric Devendorf

TAKE YOUR PICK ” Which NFC team will go to the Super Bowl?

A. Giants - The conference’s top seed limped into the playoffs by losing three of its last four.

B. Panthers - With the NFC’s eighth-best defense and an explosive offense led by running back DeAngelo Williams, Carolina could have the most complete team. The Panthers are a lock to reach the NFC title game.

C. Vikings - Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the game, but whoever starts - Tarvaris Jackson or Gus Frerotte - is easily the worst quarterback in the playoffs.

D. Cardinals - Arizona staggered to the finish by losing four of its final six.

E. Falcons - Atlanta gelled behind bullish workhorse Michael Turner and rookie quarterback Matt Ryan, winning five of six down the stretch.

F. Eagles - This season’s Giants? Possibly. Philadelphia features a good defense and a handful of dangerous playmakers in Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and rookie DeSean Jackson.

Our take - Beware the Eagles. They beat depleted New York in the Meadowlands just a month ago and have the kind of pressure defense that gives Eli Manning fits.

TWT FIVE ” WORST SEASONS

The Detroit Lions finished a perfectly atrocious 2008 to cement their place among the worst teams in professional sports history:

1. 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14) - Expansion club lost by an average of 20 points.

2. 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73) - They are the only single-digit winner in NBA history.

3. 1935 Boston Braves (38-115) - Boston finished 26 games out of seventh place in the American League.

4. 1974-75 Washington Capitals (8-67-5) - Goalies Ron Low, Michel Belhumeur and John Adams yielded an NHL record 443 goals.

5. 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16) - Awesomely incompetent bunch finished last in NFC in offense and defense.

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