- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2009

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College football finally ends — Florida vs. Oklahoma for the BCS title. 8 p.m., Chs. 5, 45

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS » Who’s Generating Buzz in the D.C. area?

TIM HIGHTOWER

The local (Episcopal High School in Alexandria) is the other area running back — in addition to Brian Westbrook — in the postseason. He scored 10 regular-season touchdowns for Arizona.

GARRISON CARR

He’s averaging a team-high 18.4 points a game for 8-6 American. The important stuff — Patriot League play and the road back to the tournament — starts Saturday vs. Lehigh.

ALEXANDER SEMIN

The wing has returned, so it’s time to start shopping him because the Capitals need to add toughness. How about a package that includes Semin to Phoenix for Shane Doan?

MANNY RAMIREZ

The Giants have removed themselves from consideration for the free agent slugger. He doesn’t seem inclined to return to the Dodgers. Come on, Ted Lerner, make it happen.

LARON LANDRY

The Redskins safety was relegated to a center-field role this season. He and his coaches should watch how Brian Dawkins is used — he would become an instant turnover machine.

TWT FIVE; Reasons to watch the BCS title game

1. To confirm the obvious; Urban Meyer’s Mickey Mouse spread offense hasn’t developed Tim Tebow into an NFL quarterback.

2. To ascertain Sam Bradford’s draft stock; He won the Heisman Trophy, but no recent Oklahoma quarterback has made an impact in the NFL.

3. To see Percy Harvin play; When healthy, he’s always the most dynamic player on the field. He has a balky ankle, but even when banged-up, he’s one to follow.

4. To determine how long the game lasts; College football is unwatchable because of the penalties, missed tackles, clock stoppages, etc. Here’s a guess for ending time: 12:09 a.m.

5. To hear Thom Brennaman’s mistakes; The Fox play-by-play voice is good at baseball but, as his effort during Redskins-Lions showed, not so great at football.

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