- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 19, 2008

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

One of the top five “Seinfeld” episodes ever: “The Contest.”

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

MANNY ACTA

His name will be connected with the Mets’ managerial opening, but he’s under contract for another couple years and, really, why would anybody want to join that mess?



TIGER WOODS

He’s out for the year with another knee surgery. It hurts the AT&T National at Congressional. It won’t hamper the Americans’ Ryder Cup chances because he has been only so-so in that event.

JUSTIN SPRING

The Lake Braddock High School alum is the local to watch during this weekend’s gymnastics trials in Philadelphia. He will have to overcome an ankle injury to make the team.

GREIVIS VASQUEZ

The hits keep on coming for the Terps men’s basketball team. Vasquez underwent ankle surgery earlier this week. What’s next: Somebody steals Gary Williams’ golf clubs?

DALE EARNHARDT JR.

He broke his two-year winless streak with a victory at Michigan. But a close second highlight for him was getting to hang out with Redskins tight end Chris Cooley.

TWT FIVE REASONS JULY IS THE WORST SPORTS MONTH OF THE YEAR

1. No pro football. Until late in the month, the NFL shuts down - no minicamps, no OTAs, little news aside from rookie contract negotiations.

Too many British sporting events. The British Open is boring because every hole looks exactly the same, and Wimbledon is boring because I already know who will win (Roger Federer).

There’s only baseball. MLB gets to take center stage. It makes for great background noise, but Nationals-Reds on a Tuesday night makes me sprint to the clicker.

Too much World Series of Poker coverage. The Worldwide Leader will broadcast poker 24/7 in July. It ranks right up there with watching paint peel.

NBA/NHL free agency isn’t intriguing. The Association has those insane sign-and-trade deals. The puck-heads usually procure their own talent.

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