- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 10, 2009

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS - WHO’S GENERATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

CLINTON PORTIS

Since his season has ended, there is only one compelling reason to think he’ll be back with the Redskins in 2010 - the salary cap implications.

IVAN RODRIGUEZ

That the Nationals gave the veteran catcher a two-year deal sure seems like they don’t think Jesus Flores is the answer, or they don’t think he can stay healthy.

BRUCE BOUDREAU

It was last Saturday, but a late tip of the cap to the Capitals’ coach for letting his team score at will (8-2) after Matt Bradley was sucker-punched against Philadelphia.

SHAUN SUISHAM

Management figured somebody had to take the fall for giving away the New Orleans game, and firing Jim Zorn would be reneging on a midseason promise.

MIKE LONDON

The no-brainer college football hire returns to Virginia, and his first objective would be to recruit the D.C. area even harder because of Maryland’s struggles.

TWT FIVE BEST BOWL GAMES

1. Fiesta (Jan. 4) - Boise State vs. TCU. Two undefeated non-power-conference teams get to show why they belonged in the national title game.

2. Sun (Dec. 31) - Oklahoma vs. Stanford. The Sooners’ defense hasn’t stopped anybody good this year, and Stanford never plays defense. First team to 45 points wins.

3. Rose (Jan. 1) - Ohio State vs. Oregon. A contrast in styles: the grind-it-out Buckeyes against the speedy Ducks. Terrelle Pryor will have to pass well for Ohio State.

4. Holiday (Dec. 31) - Arizona vs. Nebraska. The last college game for Huskers defensive tackle/one-man wrecking crew Ndamukong Suh.

5 Las Vegas (Dec. 22) - Oregon State vs. BYU. The Beavers nearly made the Rose Bowl, and both teams are averaging more than 30 points.

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The Celtics come to town to face the Wizards. 8 p.m., TNT

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