What You Need to Know
In Sacramento, Antawn Jamison carries the Wiz, who have reached at least 106 points in nine straight games and have won four of five on the road. Meanwhile, Sacramento fans receive TVs and DVD players and an Official Wizards Beat Writer begins writing A1 weather stories. Oh, and nice picture, Ivan. The next hot chocolate's on me. Oh, and go buy your Wizznuttz Agent Zero t-shirts now, before Gil snaps them all up for his swimsuit models.
Experienced minor leaguer Tom Soehn, who is known for brutal honesty, promises a smooth transition and promises to "make the game beautiful." And here's some poor news on the stadium front. The Caps are suddenly fighting extensive injury problems, the Devils talk about Ovechkin, rookie defenseman Johnny Oduya talks about facing the team that drafted him, and Caps fans talk about wearing shades tonight.
Local No. 1 UVA...just wow. The past three days might have been historically bad, and frankly, the world is ending. In an "unmitigated disaster" for Seton Hall, Local No. 5 Va. Tech uses its defense to expose all the Pirates' flaws and get a comfortable win. Local No. 9 George Mason gets a nice defensive effort in a win at Holy Cross while AD Tom O'Connor flashes back. Local No. 10 AU's Lithuanians play video games, Local No. 11 Towson's Gary Neal has dropped 30 pounds over the past two years, unranked Howard gets absolutely drilled in Portland, unranked Liberty loses at home to Lipscomb, unranked Radford gets killed, unranked Richmond doesn't really play defense. The Terps women win by at least 40 for the fifth time, as Loyola's coach calls them the best offensive women's team he's ever seen. In football, Maryland guard Donnie Woods talks about his upcoming attempt to join the Army, saying he's 10 times more excited than scared, and Navy trots out a new fullback.
Here's more on Ladell Betts's potential 2,200-yard season (and btw, if the Redskins' defense played a whole season like the second half last weekend, they'd be on pace to allow just 96 points); and more on the O-line moving this season from chaotic to competitive. The offensive has had a philosophical shift since the Brunell era, Marcus Washington is unlikely to play this week, people might have figured out the Cover-2, and former Howard DB Ron Bartell may have finally found a home with the Rams. Don Sutton is close to being finalized as the Nats'
PBP color man, and new Nat Emiliano Fruto is having a great winter.
December 22, 2006; 10:07 AM ET
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