- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 16, 2008


Even for those without a rooting interest in Cowboys vs. Redskins, it’s still the game of the day. 8 p.m., Chs. 4, 11


One game down, 29-plus to go.

And it’s unlikely much was really learned about the Maryland basketball team Friday night.

The last 15 minutes were essentially garbage time, so it’s tough to draw many conclusions from that. And unlike some early season games last year, the Terps had control of matters well before halftime and never seemed in serious danger of losing.

The frontcourt was a jumble beforehand. It remains a jumble.

Cliff Tucker looked like a breakout candidate beforehand. He still does.

The Terps’ offense was questionable. It still is. Their defense figured to be farther ahead. It is.

One thing coach Gary Williams was willing to acknowledge was that freshman guard Sean Mosley‘s ankle injury isn’t fully healed. So a reasonable attempt to evaluate Mosley’s play will probably have to wait for a while.

That just reflects the entire team. So the real conclusion to draw about the Terps is that (assuming no missteps at home) any real assessments begin on Thanksgiving when the Old Spice Classic opens in Orlando, Fla.

Until then, most of this will probably just be guesswork anyway.


CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez get all the talk, but here are some of the best players who could be overlooked — or signed at a decent price:

1. Randy Johnson — For somewhere between $3 million and $8 million, some lucky team will get a lefty starter with 295 wins and 4,789 strikeouts.

2. Kerry Wood The big-name closer on the market is Francisco Rodriguez, but Wood could be more consistent in the long run.

3. Jon Garland — This list is pitching-heavy, but this 29-year-old is a legit ace. He went 14-8 with the Angels last season.

4. Pat Burrell Not as feared as Ramirez, but Burrell has put up comparable numbers the past few seasons.

5. Rafael Furcal — He’s a good fielder at shortstop whose average has hovered around .300 his entire career.

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