- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2008


“I’m happy. I know I don’t look happy, but I am.” — Alabama coach Nick Saban after his Crimson Tide took down No. 3 Georgia 41-30 Saturday night in Athens, Ga.

TAKE YOUR PICK » Which remaining unbeaten NFL team has the best chance of winning its division?

New York Giants — The defending Super Bowl champions will have to hold off three other potential playoff contenders in Dallas (3-1), Washington (3-1) and Philadelphia (2-2). Dallas is probably the strongest team in the mix, while the Redskins are probably the weakest.

Buffalo Bills — The good news is that the Bills are 4-0 while New England has lost Tom Brady for the season and is still reeling after the defensive debacle against the Dolphins. The bad news for Buffalo is that Bill Belichick is still the best in the business, even when all he’s got to work with is Matt Cassel.

Tennessee Titans — Sure, the Titans have an impressive defense, but that offense is absolutely toxic. Reality is forthcoming.

Our Take — It’s an NFL rarity, but none of the league’s undefeated teams are remotely close to being the best in their respective divisions. Dallas should win the NFC East going away, especially if the Eagles have to play another game or two without crucial offensive cog Brian Westbrook. The Patriots will catch and pass Buffalo in the AFC East once Cassel settles into the starting role. And Tennessee won’t even make the playoffs, much less threaten the division crown, once Jacksonville and Indianapolis get rolling in the AFC South.

TWT FIVE » Golf’s players of the year

1. Tiger Woods — Five victories in seven starts worldwide and a 14th major on one leg.

2. Padraig Harrington — The brilliance of his British Open-PGA Championship double clouded by atrocious season finish.

3. Vijay Singh — He collected three victories and the FedEx Cup title.

4. Anthony Kim — The 23-year-old posted his first two victories and wowed at the Ryder Cup.

5. Camilo Villegas — The first two wins of his career in consecutive FedEx Playoff starts were somewhat lost in the shuffle.

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