- The Washington Times - Monday, May 25, 2009


Nationals starters turn it around - While the bullpen is still a mess (all six of the Nationals’ losses last week were by relievers), the team’s starting pitchers have put together five straight stars deserving of wins. With Scott Olsen (sore shoulder) and Daniel Cabrera (inability to pitch) out of the rotation, minor league call-ups Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen pitched well in their first career starts. Olsen may get his rotation spot back when he’s healthy, but it should be made clear that Detwiler — and not Olsen — figures prominently into the team’s future.

Penguins push Hurricanes to the brink - Capitals fans must be kicking themselves watching the Penguins dismantle all-world goalie Cam Ward and the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Penguins have two of the top three players in the world in Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, and the Caps will need someone to emerge alongside Alex Ovechkin if they ever expect to topple Pittsburgh in the playoffs.


1. Michael Jordan, Bulls vs. Jazz, 1998 - What hasn’t been said about this shot? Others may have come at the buzzer, but none looked smoother than Jordan’s final shot (we’re pretending the Wizards comeback never happened).

2. Magic Johnson, Lakers vs. Celtics, 1987 - The first two entries took place in the NBA Finals, plus Magic’s sky hook beat a Celtics team better than any of the losing teams on this list.

3. LeBron James, Cavaliers vs. Magic, 2009 - The shot itself was unbelievable, but so were Magic coach Stan Van Gundy’s decisions not to have Rashard Lewis pressure the inbounds pass or to have Hedo Turkoglu guard James.

4. Robert Horry, Lakers vs. Kings, 2002 - Before Michael Ruffin’s ill-fated “toss the ball in the air with time remaining” move, there was Vlade Divac inexplicably tipping the ball out to Big Shot Rob.

5. Michael Jordan, Bulls vs. Cavaliers, 1989 - Jordan’s first playoff game-winner earns bonus points for destroying basketball in Cleveland for the next 15 years.


“The kid doesn’t get it, and he never will. He’s just clueless out there.” - Marco Andretti after being knocked out of the Indianapolis 500 on a crash with Mario Morales

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