- The Washington Times - Monday, September 14, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND ” IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Maryland hangs on; Virginia loses again - The Terrapins needed overtime to beat James Madison and avoid becoming the third ACC team to lose to a CAA team this season. New coordinator Don Brown’s defense may have Terps fans pining for old coordinator Chris Cosh; the Terps are giving up 45 points a game through two weeks. Meanwhile, Virginia followed up losing to William & Mary with a blowout loss at home to TCU. Unless Al Groh pulls off a miracle, he could follow in the footsteps of Tommy Bowden and become the second ACC coach to be fired midseason in as many years.

NFL season kicks off - Early observations from Week 1: Jake Delhomme must have thought the 2008 playoffs were still going on, throwing four interceptions in a blowout loss to the Eagles. … Mark Sanchez looked much better than fellow rookie QB Matthew Stafford, leading the Jets to an easy win over the Texans. … If Anthony Gonzalez is out for long, the Colts are in trouble.

TWT FIVE ” ATHLETE MELTDOWNS AT OFFICIALS

1. Angel Matos - After being disqualified from a tae kwon do match at the Beijing Olympics, Matos kicked referee Chakir Chelbat in the face. He was subsequently banned for life by the World Taekwondo Federation.

2. George Brett - In 1983, Brett famously charged at umpire Tim McClelland after he was called out after a home run because of the amount of the pine tar on his bat.

3. Roberto Alomar - Alomar spat in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck after a third-strike call, then said Hirschbeck was bitter because one of his sons had died of a neurological disease.

4. Dennis Rodman - One of Rodman’s many controversial moments, he head-butted NBA referee Ted Bernhardt during a 1996 game against the Nets.

5. Serena Williams - After being called for a foot fault during the U.S. Open, Williams cursed at the line judge and said “If I could, I would take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat.”

SHE SAID WHAT?

“I’ve never been in a fight in my whole life, so I don’t know why she would have felt threatened.”

- Serena Williams on her remarks to the line judge during her loss to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open semifinals

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