- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TV

For the fourth and final time this season, it’s Capitals vs. Flyers. 7 p.m., CSN

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS: WHO’S GENERATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

ADAM DUNN

The Nationals slugger has been an ESPN regular with his home runs in the World Baseball Classic. Finally, some good publicity.



GREIVIS VASQUEZ

Which Greivis will show up for Maryland in the ACC tournament - the one who beat UNC or the one who lost vs. Duke?

SERGEI FEDOROV

Showing the instincts of a veteran, he scored the OT winner for the Caps at Nashville. He will be a crucial player in the postseason.

BRIAN GILMORE

Guards Garrison Carr and Derrick Mercer get the attention, but this American senior could be the difference Friday against Holy Cross.

VINNY CERRATO

TWT will give you a gift card to Bonefish Grill if you provide the truth on who the 2009 strongside linebacker and right tackle will be.

TWT FIVE: EARLY NASCAR OBSERVATIONS

1. Kyle Busch has some work to do. He’s the best driver and has two top-fives, but he’s 120 points behind Jeff Gordon in the standings.

2. Tony Stewart’s performance is impressive. A brand new team isn’t supposed to be in the top 10, but Smoke ranks sixth in points through four races, a credit to his skills.

3. Enough with the Joey Logano hype. He gets attention because he drives for Coach Joe, but he’s only 18 years old and even less than a top-25 finish would be a success.

4. The No. 5 team is cursed. The fourth Hendrick car has never experienced success, and that’s continued this year (34th in points) despite having Mark Martin as the driver.

5. When can we officially label Dale Earnhardt Jr. as overrated? He hasn’t won a points title and has limped through the first four races - 24th in points with only one top-10.

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