- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2008


It’s Cowboys week here in the District, but the night game between Philadelphia and Chicago could be closer than expected with Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook banged up. 8 p.m., Chs. 4, 11


We’ve gotten a good amount of feedback in recent days about the article that Tim Lemke and Mark Zuckerman wrote about the dismal state of the Washington Nationals franchise and the column that I wrote to accompany the story. Here is a sampling — not one has been in support of the team:

“Great article on the sorry ‘Baseball’ team! Stay on Lerner, and Bowden needs to get his share of Blame also! Thanks for saying what is being said around the stadium!”

“Today’s critiques of the Nats, the Lerners, and “the Plan” is the kind of impartial coverage that a major-league city deserves. … Ted Lerner is sounding like Peter Angelos, only cheaper. … I feel no connection to these mediocre journeymen and revolving minor league washouts posing as major league ballplayers. When we get some credible stars, listenership and viewership will follow.”

Thom Loverro


With Gilbert Arenas’ revelation about his latest knee surgery, it’s worth wondering whether he’ll be the same player when he returns. Here’s a look at some recent players who weren’t the same after a major injury:

1. Daunte Culpepper — Had one of the best seasons in the NFL in 2004 (39 TDs) when Peyton Manning went off. He suffered a knee injury, and now he’s retired.

2. Chris Webber — Too many knee injuries to count for a player who seemed to have limitless potential.

3. Grant Hill — Signed a big endorsement deal with Fila, and his feet ended up failing him in Orlando.

4. Mark Prior — He was a stud with the Cubs before experiencing arm trouble. He hasn’t thrown a major league pitch since 2006.

5. Eric Lindros — Concussions felled the former Hart Trophy winner, and his career wasn’t the same after getting hit by Scott Stevens in the 2000 playoffs.

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