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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.

And Tony Kornheiser will be back on radio, this time on WTWP. WTEM by early February

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2007; 9:09 AM ET
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An entire graf dedicated to Wiz-Suns! A good start...

Posted by: DD | January 23, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Tonight's game will be great...but TK back on local radio!?! Good thing, Czaban really sounds like he could use a nap.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 23, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"Steve Nash says this Suns team is the best he's ever been on"

Santa Clara and Team Canada fans are pissed!

Posted by: Kev | January 23, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Tony's return is indeed great news. Czaban on from 6am - noon is a bit much for any one (possibly Czaban himself).

Posted by: tmc | January 23, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Is everyone else as excited as I am for the Wiz game tonight??

Posted by: AV | January 23, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Wiz fans save your MVP chants for Steve Nash or Alex Ovechkin, who is going to win the NHL All-Star Game MVP tonight on Versus.

Posted by: CapCrazy | January 23, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Wait - we're supposed to watch the NHL all star game on the same night as the bullets vs. suns and the state of the union? Who's idea was that in the NHL PR office?

Posted by: tmc | January 23, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I hope the Wiz play up to the hype and not the way they did against the Celtics. Al Jefferson and Ryan Gomes were scoring at will. Whats gonna happen when during the Suns-Wiz tilt?

Posted by: CapCrazy | January 23, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

All-Star game tomorrow night, Skills and Young Stars tonight. I am sure AO could deliver a better State of the Union anyways.

Posted by: CapCrazy | January 23, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure the 3500 Caps fans every night can generate an audible M-V-P chant for Ovechkin.

Posted by: AV | January 23, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg can we please get one story about the NHL All Star game

Posted by: CapCrazy | January 23, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Tonight would have been good for All-Stars actually. Ratings are always bumped up in younger demos for shows opposing the State of The Union. That's probably why The CW net is bringing back new episodes of "Veronica Mars" tonight.

Posted by: Everett W. | January 23, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: jhorstma | January 23, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for covering the bag job that the Lerners and Kasten are pulling. I'm paying $3,300 per season ticket this year and the on-field product will be terrible. Probably the worst game experience (team+stadium) in all of MLB. How can the team's management be proud of this rip-off? Let's all remember that Kasten managed the Atlanta Hawks into the ground and underachieved with the Braves. I don't know why the guy gets such a free pass.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser is a pompous jackass and WTEM is a terrible excuse for a sports station that has no ratings. Made for each other.

Posted by: Joe | January 23, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm holding off on the Nats tickets for now...

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 23, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Judging from the tracts of empty seats late last season, I'm willing to be season tickets for anything but the most expensive seats in the park are a complete waste of money this year. Just buy a $5 ticket and move up. We bought full packages the past two seasons, but it's unlikely we'll be back this year. Why should we?

I couldn't be more excited for tonight's game. Do you think Gilbert can throw his jersey up to Section 418?

Posted by: bryc3 | January 23, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

#1 If going to 12 straight post-seasons is "underachieving", then let's hope the nats are underachievers

#2 Steinberg forget the most important news of the day ... GOFF HAS HIS OWN SOCCER BLOG FINALLY!!!!!

Posted by: littles | January 23, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not sure the 3500 Caps fans every night can generate an audible M-V-P chant for Ovechkin."

Well, I probably could. That said I don't see any reason to be a tool about putting down other teams in the area, which really seems to be a specialized fan skill in this town (and people wonder why D.C. is viewed as a terrible sports town).

Case in point: I'm not sure what the impetus is to attempt to belittle just how incredible Gilbert Arenas has been this season. He's evolving into a local major-league sports personality that's being recognized outside the boundaries of our area for something other than criminal activity, community involvement or pure hype. (In a very similar vein to Alexander Ovechkin, as a matter of fact, only on a now-winning team.)

Why not embrace it and enjoy it? He's leading his team to dramatic, meaningful, and nationally recognized victories, which is huge. It's undeniable that Gilbert Arenas is blowing the hell up in a very significant way at the moment.

Oh, and the NHL All-Star game is on Wednesday.

Posted by: Goat | January 23, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

If Agent Zero really wanted to kill Duke, he had his chance in 2001. Shoulder, schmoulder.

Posted by: Duvall | January 23, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Duvall...Jason blew that one.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 23, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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