NBA game tonight. Eddie Jordan can sense the excitement, while Mike D'Antoni can't, although he predicts Gil will "kill Duke" and insists to Wilbon that he had nothing to do with the whole USA basketball thing. Gilbert says the Wiz have to
play "like wild dogs" against Phoenix, Susan O'Malley says the Wiz are now attracting "Others" (and they don't wear shoes!), Ivan Carter says tonight's game (featuring the reigning East and West POWs) could be more explosive than the teams' last game (which featured 283 points), and Steve Nash says this Suns team is the best he's ever been on. The two teams are the highest scoring in the league, Craig Heist is on the Tough Juice Train, and USAToday has Gilbert tied for third in the MVP race.
Rick Maese goes after Gary Williams and calls the No. 5 Terps the ACC's most inconsistent team (and no ACC team has made the tourney after a 1-4 league start since 1998), Dave Leitao doesn't want to make too much of Local No. 6 Virginia's road problems, Local No. 10 Towson has done a 360 (in a good way), VMI scores 102 points in a win, Howard loses to Florida A&M, and a white guard scores a lot at Bowie State (his second HBCU). Also, Maryland lands an offensive lineman, and here's an explanation for why the screen went black during the second half of the MD-Va. Tech game.
Mike O'Connor isn't healthy enough to compete for a spot in the Nats' rotation and there's no timetable, the Nats aren't a finalist for Tomo Ohka, Nook Logan talks about keeping his starting CF role, and color man Don Sutton says he'll help with the pitching staff if asked. In Caravan coverage, here's the treacly version and here's the Thom Loverro rip-job that complains there were more mascots than players at the start.
A few people will write about Ovechkin/Crosby this week: Ovie says "we just have fun" and endorses Crosby for MVP, the Boston Herald calls them "the two jewels of the next generation," and Ovie says the new uniforms won't inhibit his goal celebrations. Also, Mike Green is a YoungStar, and Brent Johnson is going to Disneyworld.