- The Washington Times - Monday, May 18, 2009


Nationals lose four times in three days — Just when it seemed like the “Natinals” had turned a corner in May, winning five of their first seven, the team’s ineptitude creeps up again. After losing two of three in San Francisco, the Nationals were swept by the Phillies in a four-game series that featured three losses within 24 hours between Friday and Saturday nights. In every game last week, the Nationals scored at least five runs but were able to win only once after allowing 66 runs in the eight games. How many days after Stephen Strasburg is drafted and signed until he’s pitching for the Nationals? One? Two?

Rachel Alexandra wins the Preakness — Hypothetical question: If a filly wins the Preakness Stakes for the first time in 85 years but no one is there to see it, did it actually happen? Officially, attendance was down nearly 35,000 from 2008, but the drop was most noticeable in the infield, where fans were banned from bringing their own alcohol into Pimlico. While it’s refreshing to see a stand taken against the violent behavior in past years at the Preakness, perhaps there was a better option… one that wouldn’t result in the race being taken away from Baltimore.


1. Stanley Cup playoffs — Nothing beats the drama of a Game 7, unless you’re the Capitals and don’t bother to show up.

2. NFL playoffs — Even ignoring the overhyped nature of the Super Bowl, the opening weekend’s four wild-card games provide one of the best sports weekends of the year.

3. NBA playoffs — Certain series may be duds (anyone vs. the Cavaliers), but the conference finals and NBA Finals consistently provide the best basketball in the world.

4. MLB playoffs — An entire generation of baseball fans are growing up unable to see completed playoff games because of the late start times.

5. Chase for the Cup — NASCAR takes the No. 5 spot by default over the FedEx Cup (PGA) and MLS playoffs.


“For what he did this series, they should build a monument for him.” — Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov on Sidney Crosby

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