- The Washington Times - Friday, March 6, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“I’ve loved the Olympics since childhood, and to have a chance to be a part of the coverage again, especially on the 30th anniversary of the Lake Placid Games, will be a thrill.” — NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels, who will host a portion of the 2010 Games in Vancouver three decades after calling the United States’ hockey upset of the Soviet Union in 1980

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

Capitals vs. Penguins

The last time these two played, Alex Ovechkin got grief for having too much fun after scoring goals. But that’s secondary to the fact that the Caps could put a real damper on Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes with a win.

NASCAR Kobalt Tools 500

Kyle Busch is looking for back-to-back victories. He may get it in Atlanta, a race he won a year ago.

Connecticut at Pittsburgh

UConn’s only loss in 2009 came last month at home against the Panthers. Both teams are battling with Louisville for the top seed in the Big East tournament.

Louisville at West Virginia

UConn and Pitt have gotten the most attention, but the Cardinals could clinch the Big East regular-season title with a win against the Mountaineers.

TWT FIVE • REASONS WHY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS ARE DUMB

1. Regular-season titles don’t matter. A team from a small conference could run the table in conference play, then lose once and fail to make the NCAA tournament.

2. They allow teams with losing records to make the field of 65.

3. Teams play more than 30 regular-season games. That’s plenty of opportunity to build their NCAA tournament resume.

4. Seeding is based on conference record. But many conferences have unbalanced schedules, making those records misleading.

5. They offer no real indication of how a team will play in the NCAA tournament - against a new opponent on an unfamiliar court.


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