- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2008

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Chatter: Mark Zuckerman is on the road with the Nationals on getaway day.

Outlet: Mike Jones checks in after the scribes get some face time with general manager Ernie Grunfeld.

TONIGHT’S BEST BET ON TV

Game 1 of the NHL’s Western Conference finals — Dallas at Detroit. 7:30 p.m., Versus



LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

CLINTON PORTIS

He missed practice yesterday at Redskin Park because of a hip flexor problem. And thus begins another season of the Portis Injury Watch. At least it’s not his knee again.

CRISTIAN GUZMAN

He’s the only regular in the Nationals lineup hitting (.305 entering last night’s game in Houston). Maybe Manny should move him down in the order.

GREG BLACHE

The Redskins’ defensive coordinator said he would prefer two prostate exams as opposed to one news conference. Memo to Greg: Just see what we will be like after a bad performance.

JEFF HALPERN

The local NHL player can’t win for losing. First, he gets traded from Dallas to Tampa Bay at the deadline (missing the playoffs again). And then he tears his ACL in the world championships.

BIG BROWN

Because only one other Derby horse (from a subpar field) might join him in Baltimore and the new shooters aren’t scary, the colt will be the overwhelming Preakness favorite.

TWT FIVE - Highlights from Sports Illustrated’s PGA Tour Player Survey

1. Tiger over Phil: 87 percent of the players said they would rather be paired with Woods than Mickelson. (That’s a little surprising since most guys wilt when playing with Tiger.)

2. Late nights: 50 percent said they have played a tour round while hungover. (Not surprising; we’re guessing the number of people who have punched the clock feeling weathered is large.)

3. Voting for McCain: 31 percent said they would “take the bullet” if given three choices: Vote for Obama, vote for Hillary or take the bullet. (Racers and golfers have something in common.)

4. Slacks over shorts: 68 percent are against any thought of allowing players to wear shorts. (This one I don’t get. If given the option, who would wear pants while playing in Memphis?)

5. Caddy chatter: 27 percent said caddies are the biggest gossips on tour. (I liked who finished second and third — the wives of Fred Funk and Brian Gay. That’s hilarious).

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