- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The NHL is back with its awards show from Las Vegas. Versus, 7:30 p.m.

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

MANNY ACTA

The clock is about to strike midnight for the likable Nationals manager. Firing Acta is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

ALEX OVECHKIN

The Moscow Dynamo could earn a second straight NHL MVP on Thursday. My vote would have gone to Penguins center Evgeni Malkin.

ELIJAH DUKES

Promoted to fourth in the Nationals’ batting order, he responded with a ninth-inning grounder in which he loped down the line.

TIGER WOODS

He comes to town in two weeks for the AT&T National. There really isn’t any doubt he’ll win the U.S. Open, right?

MIKE GREEN

Like Ovechkin, he’s up for an award - the Norris (best defenseman). He gets the nod because of his offensive production.

TWT FIVE ” WHY THE U.S. OPEN IS OVERRATED

1. Not enough birdies,/strong> - Golf is about shot-making, not hacking around trying to save par.

2. Too many players - All those groups of three make for marathon rounds and too much TV coverage.

3. Not enough Johnny Miller - Television’s best analyst (any sport) will be on for only a combined four hours in the first two rounds.

4. Too much rough - The clowns at the USGA don’t allow room for error off the tee.

5. Too much Tiger - Each of his shots will be analyzed and poetically praised; other contenders will be ignored.

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