- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“The high fuel prices really put our fans in a difficult spot. Then the manufacturers had their issues in the fall when the credit crisis and all the repercussion of the high-energy costs occurred. So it was a very difficult year to get through.” — NASCAR president Brian France

BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

NHL All-Star Game

The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby is out to nurse his hurt knee, but the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin will be there and may even get a chance to start.

Maryland at No. 2 Duke

The Terps always seem to have their “A” game when they play the Blue Devils, and they will need it against Mike Krzyzewski’s team, which has won nine in a row overall and is 13-0 at home.

Louisville at Syracuse

The Cardinals have yet to lose in the Big East; the Orange are coming off a win against previously unbeaten Pittsburgh. Man, the Big East is good this year.

Spurs at Lakers

San Antonio won Round 1 of this intense rivalry with a 112-111 win at home last week. A Lakers win would set up a must-watch rubber game in March, setting the stage for another possible playoff showdown.

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM “ An excerpt from an online chat with Tim Lemke

Q: Speaking of the Super Bowl, what kind of big bucks are we talking about here?

A: Each player on the winning team gets about $80,000, while the losers get around $40,000. I’d love to have that kind of cash for working one day, but it’s not a massive amount when you factor in what these guys make in salary.

The big winner here may be Cardinals QB Kurt Warner. Bloomberg News reported last week that he will get a $4 million bonus if the Cardinals win the Super Bowl. On top of that, he could solidify his place in the Hall of Fame and become one of the most revered athletes in Phoenix sports history.

Cardinals receiver/freak of nature Larry Fitzgerald also could see his endorsement stock rise with a good performance. The Cardinals as a whole should also benefit, as we likely will see more of the team’s games on national television next year.

According to a study by PricewaterHouseCoopers, the Super Bowl will generate about $150 million in direct spending, which seems like a lot but is actually $45 million less than the last two Super Bowls.

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