- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 25, 2008

TODAY´S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

USC plays for the first time since thumping Ohio State when it travels to Oregon State. 9 p.m., ESPN

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

Jason Taylor

The player who cost the Redskins two draft picks, including a second-rounder, is out for at least this week. Hearing him talk Wednesday, it might be several weeks before No. 55 sees the field again.

Eddie Jordan

The Wizards’ coach got the final year of his contract picked up this week. The best thing to happen to Jordan´s job security was the knee problems of face-of-the-franchise Gilbert Arenas.

Ted Lerner

The Nationals’ owner came off as equal parts Peter Angelos and Al Davis in Tuesday´s story in The Washington Times. Is it too early to call for the Lerners to let the sports people make the decisions or sell the team?

Da´Rel Scott

He´s averaging 135.7 yards a game and has scored three touchdowns for Maryland. After sitting out last week, Scott and the Terrapins have a chance for a statement win at Clemson.

Al Groh

Al´s Wahoos are 6 1/2-point underdogs at Duke on Saturday. Let us repeat, D-U-K-E. Another sign of how far Virginia´s program has fallen. Sooner or later, Groh will stop getting yearly contract extensions.

TWT FIVE » THE DISTRICT’S OWNERS, BEST TO WORST

1. Ted Leonsis — In 2004, the Capitals owner got into a physical confrontation with a fan - four years later he has a playoff team and the reigning league MVP signed through 2021.

2. Abe Pollin — Verizon (then MCI) Center revitalized the Chinatown area, and the charitable owner’s Wizards have made the playoffs four seasons in a row.

3. Whoever owns D.C. United — All the championships would make the ownership group higher, but having Christian Laettner as a part-owner can’t be tolerated.

4. Dan Snyder — Most fans either love or hate the Redskins’ owner, but there’s no doubt he’s willing to spend for victories.

5. Ted Lerner — Loathed by fans, team employees and the District’s government. Sounds like Snyder circa 2000 but without the open checkbook.

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