- The Washington Times - Monday, February 23, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Gary Williams owns Roy Williams — OK, that might be a bit harsh. But with Saturday’s upset of No. 3 North Carolina, Gary Williams ran his record against Roy Williams teams ranked in the top five to 5-3. Here’s one possible reason why — Roy Williams doesn’t coach defense. The Heels let Greivis Vasquez post a triple-double and score 35 points, while Jack McClinton (35 points), Toney Douglas (32), Jeff Teague (34), Tyrese Rice (25) and Kyle McAlarney (39) have all lit up North Carolina this season. It’s one thing to outscore teams like Virginia and N.C. State, but good luck making the Final Four playing matador defense.

Alex Ovechkin owns Sidney Crosby — While Ovechkin’s team was routing the Penguins for the third straight time this season on Sunday, all Canada’s golden boy Crosby could do was take shots at Ovechkin. Even NBC, which used to drive the Sidney Crosby bandwagon, seems to be coming around. At the first intermission, NBC’s Mike Milbury was asked whether Ovechkin was the best player in the league, and he responded “Yes.” No word what Milbury would have responded with if asked why Crosby was still being promoted as the face of the NHL.

TWT FIVE: AREA SPORTS OSCARS

1. Best Picture: To the Washington Capitals, who will be the only pro team to make the playoffs this season and have a legitimate chance at winning the Stanley Cup.

2. Best Actor: To the Artist Formerly Known As Esmailyn Gonzalez for defrauding the Nationals out of $1.4 million by lying about his age.

3. Best Supporting Actor: To soon-to-be-ex-Nationals employee Jose Rijo for being either so ignorant to Gonzalez’s scheme… or for his involvement.

4. Best Foreign Language Film: To Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Viktor Kozlov and Sergei Fedorov for turning the Capitals into their own little Russian National Team.

5. Achievement in Sound Editing: To Comcast SportsNet, for making Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier sound excited to announce Wizards games this season.

HE SAID WHAT?

“What I can say about him? He is a good player, but he talks too much.” — Alex Ovechkin on Sidney Crosby

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