- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 2, 2008

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

D1SCOURSE: Patrick Stevens will live blog the Terrapins’ game at Georgia Tech.

Redskins 360: Ryan O’Halloran and Channel 4’s Lindsay Czarniak debate the coaching search and make Super Bowl picks.

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

There’s not much to fight for in the ACC standings, leaving Virginia and Virginia Tech to tip off for state bragging rights. 1 p.m., Ch. 20

TWT FIVE NBA ALL-STAR GAME SNUBS

1. Baron Davis: Plays like one of the NBA’s best on many nights.

2. Deron Williams: Penalized for playing in same conference as Steve Nash and Chris Paul.

3. Marcus Camby: Nuggets big man is a monster, but two teammates are starters.

4. Stephen Jackson: At one point he was considered an MVP candidate.

5. Hedo Turkoglu: Magic’s surprise averages 19.4 points a game.

NFL LOWDOWN AT THE SUPER BOWL BLOG EXCERPT

The star for the Giants this week has been defensive end Michael Strahan.

He has been engaging, funny, entertaining — all of the adjectives that apply to the phrase “good quote.”

Everybody gets the feeling that Strahan, who has played more games for the Giants than anybody in franchise history, is trying to enjoy the experience because it could very well be his last.

On Media Day, he did his best Alicia Keys imitation (it wasn’t very good). And the big laugh has been a staple of his briefings.

And he’ll talk about anything.

To wit, he was asked how much the gap between his front teeth is worth.

His response:

We could sell advertising in that sucker, I know that. I never sat back and looked in the mirror and wondered how much I could get for this gap. There was a time that I thought about fixing it. I went to the dentist and had all of the X-rays, charts and pictures of how it would look if it was fixed. I decided that if I did it, it would not be me. I decided to keep it.

“People look and go, ‘OK, here is a guy who is not perfect.’ But to me it is perfect because it fits me. It makes people feel comfortable and I feel comfortable when I look in the mirror. You look at people who have imperfections and you say, ‘I am good with that.’ I never felt like I had to live up to what anybody else thinks or challenges. My teammates give me a hard time about it. You know what I tell them? When we go somewhere and you are standing at the back of the line and they don’t notice you, I walk up, smile and automatically get in.”

— Ryan O’Halloran

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