- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 29, 2008


No. 3 Oklahoma can stay on track for the Big 12 championship and a shot at the BCS title game with a victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State in Stillwater. 8 p.m., Chs. 7, 2


October 14, 2006.

That was the day the Terrapins erased a 20-0 halftime deficit at Virginia. The cap to Maryland’s 28-0 run that day was Erin Henderson’s 45-yard interception return.

Sure, that rally turned the Terps’ season around. But it also included the last defensive or special teams touchdown Maryland has scored.

Put another way, the Terps’ offense has accounted for every touchdown in the last 31 games.

Now let’s look at Boston College, which has played 32 games since Oct. 14, 2006. In that span, the Eagles have 16 defensive or special teams TDs.

So much of this rests on good fortune. But at some point, the cause of a disparity of nonoffensive touchdowns between two teams moves from luck to something else. I’m not exactly sure what that “something else” is (though “overall talent” and “coaching” are the clubhouse favorites).

- Patrick Stevens


Allen Iverson didn’t start for the Pistons on Friday night after missing practice on Thanksgiving. But what’s the big deal? The former Georgetown star known as the Answer has experienced far worse moments in his basketball career:

1. September 1993 — Told by his high school coach to “have a good time” at a Hampton, Va., bowling alley, Iverson gets caught up in a brawl. He is convicted of a felony and spends four months in prison before being granted clemency.

2. August 1997 — Pleads no contest to gun charge after police near Richmond pull over a car and find a gun belonging to Iverson and two marijuana cigarettes.

3. October 2000 — Commissioner David Stern rebukes Iverson (aka Jewelz) for violent references and derogatory lyrics directed toward gays and women in his rap CD.

4. May 2002 — Holds news conference to talk about trade rumors, which spirals into a diatribe on his penchant for skipping team workouts. We talkin’ ‘bout practice!

5. July 2002 — Charged with four felony counts (later dropped) for allegedly forcing his way into his cousin’s apartment with a gun and threatening two men. And there was that bit about kicking his naked wife out of their mansion.

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