- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND ” IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Lesnar defeats Mir at UFC 100 - After not touching gloves with Frank Mir to start the match, Brock Lesnar caused a stir when he encouraged fans to boo him after the match and made reference to going home to have sex with his wife. UFC president Dana White quickly tried to downplay Lesnar’s postmatch remarks; Lesnar apologized, saying he was just trying to sell the pay-per-view. No need to apologize, Brock. Just because the match is real doesn’t mean the sport couldn’t use a super villain who fans will pay to see get beat. Pro wrestling may be fake, but the money it makes from selling its product is very real.

Baseball’s first half wraps up - It was a mixed bag for Major League Baseball in the first half of the 2009 season. For every positive story like Albert Pujols chasing a triple crown and Joe Mauer chasing a .400 batting average, there was Manny Ramirez suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and the tragic death of Nick Adenhart. The second half should be filled with compelling pennant races and, in a pathetic sort of way, the Nationals’ attempt to chase down the 1962 Mets.

TWT FIVE ” SPORTS VILLAINS IN THE D.C. AREA

1. LeBron James - Area fans would have loved to witness Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron during his Nike camp.

2. Terrell Owens - No longer in Dallas, T.O. won’t inspire the same hatred when he goes 6-10 with the Bills.

3. Tony Romo - It’s hard to vilify someone who has never won a playoff game, but the Cowboys quarterback was booed at the AT&T National pro-am.

4. Mike Krzyzewski - To some, he gets bonus points for coaching the U.S. basketball team to a gold medal. To others, he’ll always be the hated Duke coach.

5. Peter Angelos - The Orioles owner helped keep baseball out of the District for years, but now Nationals fans may be wishing that Angelos had gotten his way.

HE SAID WHAT?

“He gets in there, and the adrenaline starts kicking. The mouth is moving, but the brain isn’t sending stuff to the mouth.” - UFC president Dana White on Brock Lesnar

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