In front of Britney and friends, Gilbert gets 31 in the 4th Q and OT en route to a Wiz-record 60 points, the most against the Lakers in 40 years. A non-gracious Kobe says Gil has a mentality of "just chucking it up there," Gil talks about his dreams of playing for L.A. and says the 60 points were "a Christmas present to myself," Charley Rosen says Gil must be Superman for the Wiz to advance deep in the playoffs, and an impressed Washingtonpost.com calls him Agent Zero. Also, a depleted Denver roster could be another Xmas gift.
With a defense that made New Orleans adjust, the suddenly confident 'Skins get a road win, and Joe Gibbs has "never been prouder." The Saints get their division championship hats (and Renaldo Wynn felt disrespected), but Sean Payton says New Orleans was flat. Ladell Betts admits his emergence is surprising, Carlos Rogers celebrates, O-line fill-in Todd Wade "played his butt off," Gregg Williams had "an unbelievable sense of calm" during the last drive, here's a vote for Danny Smith for Washington's Coach of the Year, and Mark Brunell pretends to be Drew Brees.
Columnists: Skins can make lemonade out of this lemon of a season (Dan Daly). This was how the Skins were supposed to play this year (Paul Woody), and this team should have been a contender (Rick Snider). More on those horribly offensive championship hats (Boz).
After winning a league opener for the first time in a decade, Local No. 5 Va. Tech will be in first place in the ACC for three weeks while getting ready for a brutal January. Local No. 9 Navy crushes a DIII school, and a guard for Local No. 6 ODU bounces back after being shot last winter. The U-Conn. women come to Charlottesville for the first time since '92, leading to a clash of local high school stars.
And a British paper wonders whether Freddy will ever reach his true potential.