- The Washington Times - Monday, December 14, 2009


Ingram wins Heisman - If there ever was any doubt the Heisman Trophy had turned into the award for the best player on the nation’s No. 1 team, this should erase it. Alabama’s Mark Ingram posted solid numbers in leading the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season, but he wasn’t the leading rusher in the country - Stanford’s Toby Gerhart was. This isn’t to suggest Ingram isn’t a worthy winner, simply that predicting the recipient has become far too easy. There’s far too much groupthink that goes on among the voters - it’s too bad more didn’t have the courage to make an unorthodox vote like Ndamukong Suh or C.J. Spiller.

Arenas chokes again - When Gilbert Arenas returned from multiple knee surgeries this season, the conventional thinking was his biggest problem would be his lack of quickness. Instead, chemistry with teammates Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison has been an issue, and so has free throw shooting. In both Thursday’s and Saturday’s losses, Arenas missed two late free throws with the game on the line. Now with their $111 million man facing mental hurdles, it’s not too early to wonder whether Arenas’ contract will haunt the Wizards for the next five years.


1. Big 12 - Kansas and Texas are Nos. 1 and 2 in the AP poll, and Kansas State and Texas Tech have been early surprises.

2. Big East - With 16 teams, there always should be a few in the national title mix, but both Syracuse and West Virginia have looked unstoppable so far.

3. Big Ten - Michigan State’s two early losses have hurt, and Evan Turner’s injury may derail Ohio State’s chances of a high tournament seed.

4. ACC - Once again, it’s North Carolina, Duke, then everyone else. Georgia Tech is the only other ranked team.

5. SEC - Kentucky may be the country’s most talented team, and both Florida and Tennessee are in the top 10.


“I ain’t got no comment on that Tiger.”

- Boo Weekley on Tiger Woods

• Harrison Goodman can be reached at hgoodman@washingtontimes.com.old.

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