- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 26, 2009

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

ABE POLLIN

Every time you see a movie at Gallery Place, have a pizza at Matchbox or a cup of chowder at Legal Sea Foods, thank the late Wizards owner for revitalizing Chinatown.

BEN OLSEN

The D.C. United midfielder retired Tuesday after 12 seasons, 221 matches and 49 assists plus appearances in the 2000 Olympics and 2006 World Cup.

CODY GRIMM

Russ’ kid, who grew up in Fairfax and attended Oakton High, tied an FBS record last week with three forced fumbles for Virginia Tech.

ROCK CARTWRIGHT

For the first time in six years, Cartwright will get to the stadium Sunday in Philadelphia knowing he will carry the running load for the Redskins.

SEMYON VARLAMOV

It took two months, but he has emerged as the Capitals’ best goalie. He entered Wednesday having stopped all but eight of the past 126 shots he faced during a 2-0-2 stretch.

TWT FIVE TOP THANKSGIVING WEEKEND TV PICKS

1. Steelers at Ravens, 8:20 p.m. Sunday (Chs. 4, 11) - The Ravens (5-5) have reached last-stand territory. They need a win if they harbor any postseason hopes.

2. Capitals at Canadiens, 7 p.m. Saturday (CSN+) - Montreal beat Washington on Friday at Verizon Center.

3. Redskins at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Sunday (Chs. 5, 45) - The teams are separated by three games, but the Redskins have won two straight and three of four at Lincoln Financial Field.

4. Texas at Texas A&M;, 8 p.m. Thursday (ESPN) - The Longhorns, trying to remain unbeaten and in the national title chase, are the far superior team - but anything goes in a rivalry game.

5. Notre Dame at Stanford, 8 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) - What’s not to like about Charlie Weis absorbing one last beat-down?

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Denver tries to avoid a five-game losing streak as it hosts the Giants. 8:20 p.m., NFL

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