- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

United States takes back Ryder Cup — When Tiger Woods went down with knee surgery, it was assumed Phil Mickelson would have to fill his void for the U.S. team to have any hope. Instead, it was AT&T; National champion Anthony Kim who set the tone early Sunday with a singles win over Sergio Garcia. Nearly 10 years after Garcia burst onto the scene in the 1999 PGA Championship, Kim is now the young star of the PGA Tour who may be a healthy Tiger’s biggest rival in 2009.

Yankees bid farewell to “The Stadium” — It’s fitting that a decade of spending on free agents and ignoring the farm system would come back and bite the Yankees, who will miss the playoffs in the stadium’s final season. There’s someone out there who made a lot of money betting that the Rays would win the American League East and the Yankees would be home in October.

Dolphins upset Patriots — Looks like Joey Porter was right. Porter caused controversy when he said beating the Patriots with Matt Cassel at quarterback wouldn’t be “that hard.” Maybe Bill Belichick isn’t “that good” of a coach without videotaping opponents and his star quarterback.

TWT FIVE: THINGS LEARNED ABOUT THE NATIONALS IN 2008

1. Elijah Dukes is crazy … good — Despite a few emotional outbursts during the season, it became clear Dukes is the Nationals’ best power hitter.

2. You don’t have to pay rent on a new stadium — A dispute between the Nationals and the District has resulted in the team withholding rent on taxpayer-funded Nationals Park. Somewhere, Dan Snyder is paying attention.

3. Jim Bowden should have traded Dmitri Young — One season into a two-year extension, Young has had almost as many trips to the disabled list (two) as home runs (four).

4. Nationals Park is nicer than RFK — “Substantially complete” or not.

5. “The Plan” forgot one key detail — If you drive away your fans with a 90-plus loss season, any goodwill from a new stadium disappears rather quickly.

HE SAID WHAT?

“I’ve never done that. I apologize for that. I’ll have to deal with my kids on that one.” — Orioles pitcher Jamie Walker after slamming his glove to the ground Saturday

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