- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2008


“I don’t think there’s too many people that would take the white flag and like finishing third.” — Tony Stewart on his Daytona 500 finish


Nats Home Plate: Mark Zuckerman and Thom Loverro check in from spring training with blogs, video and audio.

TAKE YOUR PICK: Should Indiana fire Kelvin Sampson?

Yes: He promised to clean up his act upon arriving in Bloomington, and it took him only a little more than one full season to break his word. That’s pathetic.

No: Sure, Sampson has some issues with the NCAA’s recruiting-contact restrictions, but virtually every major program bends the rules. Sampson has returned the Hoosiers to top-25 prominence after inheriting Mike Davis’ mess.

Our take: There’s no question Indiana should and will jettison Sampson before week’s end. Indiana never would have hired Sampson two years ago had his violations at Oklahoma come to light before he arrived in Bloomington. The Indiana administration stuck by him through that mess on one condition: his promise that he was a changed man. Few schools guard their image of propriety more doggedly than Indiana, giving Sampson no hope.

TWT 10: Best Sports Movies

1. “Hoosiers” — Could make a convict stand up and cheer like Shooter.

2. “The Natural” — Heroic without having to overdose on seamhead mysticism.

3. “Caddyshack” — Probably logged more viewings than the other nine films combined.

4. “Slap Shot” — Caddyshack on ice with a triple-shot of Paul Newman.

5. “Bull Durham” — Both Costner and Sarandon should have retired after this gem.

6. “Bad News Bears” — Walter Matthau and the boys of Chico’s Bail Bonds.

7. “Raging Bull” — Scorsese and De Niro introduce “Rocky” to reality.

8. “Heart of the Game” — An exponentially more riveting version of “Hoop Dreams.”

9. “Rocky” — Makes the list mostly for its continuing impact on the culture.

10. “The Big Lebowski” — Sure, bowling isn’t a real sport, but it’s hard to deny The Dude.

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