- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 8, 2009


“I’m happy to be back in Southern California and hope Dodger fans will take advantage of the generous $99 Manny Fares from my friends at JetBlue.”- Manny Ramirez on an airline´s promotion to celebrate his signing with the Dodgers

An open plea to the Washington Capitals

Hey, fellas, guys, dudes, whatever. You’re starting to make us nervous. Not to get frantic over your little slump, but enough’s enough. Cut it out already.

We don’t need this from you, OK? The city hasn’t exactly been crawling with winners lately. The Wizards are awful. The Nationals had the worst record in baseball. The Redskins again are trying to buy a championship, and we know how that goes. Amazingly, maybe none of our college basketball teams get into the NCAA tournament. And we have a lot of college basketball teams.

You, Caps, might be our only hope. Since early last season you’ve been terrific, or at least really good, a shining beacon piercing the gloomy sports landscape. But now it’s March. The playoffs start in about a month. Sure, you’ll get in, but that’s not the issue here. Losing three straight at home to three tomato cans is not the mark of a potential champion. This is no time for that.

Yeah, Ovie and a few others are hurt. But true contenders, the teams playing in June, shake off the injuries, maintain their focus and keep grinding. You can do it, Caps. You have to. You’re all we’ve got.

TWT FIVE ” Active NBA players who have worn the most uniforms

1. Damon Jones, G, Milwaukee - Ten teams. Not only that, he also played with all 10 in his first eight seasons.

2. Joe Smith, F-C, Cleveland - Nine teams. But he makes a good impression: No. 1 pick from Maryland in 1995 has returned to a former team three times.

3. Mike James, G, Washington - Nine teams. After spending first two years in Miami, it’s been eight teams in six seasons.

4. Mikki Moore, F-C, Boston - Nine teams. Chooses his shots wisely: The 55 percent career shooter has never averaged at least 10 points a game.

5. Eddie House, G, Boston - Eight teams. Has found a home with Celtics last two years after playing for seven teams in five seasons.

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