- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2008

Weekend Rewind In case you missed it

Baseball season under way: It likely was impossible to miss, given all the traffic surrounding Nationals Park last night. Early feedback on the stadium has been positive with most of the issues fixable, such as long lines at concession stands. The on-field product, however, is going to take time, so will Nationals fans still find the new stadium so appealing next season if the club isn’t a winner?

President Bush throws out first pitch: There was controversy surrounding the decision to throw to Manny Acta instead of Paul Lo Duca, the Nationals catcher linked to the Mitchell Report. Hopefully Lo Duca doesn’t take the Elijah Dukes approach to this. The Secret Service doesn’t respond well to threatening messages left for the president … or so we’re told.

Final Four set: For the first time in NCAA tournament history, all four No. 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four. The big winners … people who know nothing about college basketball in your office pool.

TWT FIVE AREA STORY LINES IN APRIL

1. Capitals’ playoff chase: Meaningful area hockey in April? What is this, 1998? The Caps need help, starting with a win against Carolina tomorrow.

2. Nationals Park opens: Last night’s home opener was a big event but the first homestand starting next Monday will be the real test.

3. NBA playoffs: The Wizards are a playoff lock in the woeful Eastern Conference, but the real story is the power struggle in the West.

4. NCAA tournament: The men’s Final Four is set, but the Maryland women play Stanford today with a berth on the line.

5. NFL Draft: A distant fifth. The Redskins have been quiet this offseason but need plenty of help.

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Opening Day, duh. There’s baseball everywhere you look with five games on ESPN and ESPN2, the Orioles on MASN and the Nationals and Phillies on MASN2.

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Chatter: Mark Zuckerman and Tim Lemke give their impressions of Nationals Park the day after the home opener.

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