Thursday, March 31, 2011, 9:52 a.m.
UPDATED 7:55 p.m.
By Benjamin StandigCSNwashington.com
Major League Baseballs Opening Day is always a highlight on the sports calendar and a time-honored tradition in the nations capital. Nationals Park will be jacked up as the hometown heroes will hear Play ball for the first official time this year when they host the Atlanta Braves, but Tom Boswell and Rick Snider know the real attention is being paid on the future. More specifically, on a certain youthful dynamic baseball duo that is not with the big-league club and the promise offered once they both get here.
The Nationals and their Interstate 95 neighbor to the North, the Baltimore Orioles, are both likely facing some ownership changes in the near future, says the Washington Examiners Thom Loverro.
Not one of ESPNs 40-plus baseball analysts or announcers picked the Nationals to make the postseason (no shocker), but former major-league outfielder Doug Glanville did select catcher Wilson Ramos for Rookie of the Year.
The Washington Posts Jason Reid makes it abundantly clear: Baltimores own, New York Knicks new star Carmelo Anthony, is not a franchise player.
VCUs Shaka Smart and Butlers Brad Stevens share more in common than simply coaching their so-called mid-major programs in the first of Saturdays two NCAA semifinals. The two youthful coaches are also scorching hot commodities and figure to be given a full-court press by schools with vacancies.
"Very disingenuous, a fake smile, scripted, always knows where the cameras are and plays to them, has an enormous ego." Thats not a description of The Situation, Snooki or anyone else on "Jersey Shore," but the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton. The Redskins are thought to be in the mix for the mobile passers services, but Pro Football Weeklys draft analyst says run, run very far away from the former Auburn quarterback.
This weeks tournament involving some of the best high school hoops teams in the country takes place at Georgetown Prep. The juiciest matchup assuming top seed Montrose Christian (Md.) and No. 4 Winter Park (Fla.) advance past Thursdays opening round would pit newly-signed Maryland 2012 recruit Justin Anderson against the nations top incoming freshman and soon-to-be Duke Blue Devil Austin Rivers.
The Sports Junkies (106.7 The Fan): EB needs a masseuse, JP rails against people opening fake Twitter accounts under his name and the three of them (no Lurch) are in awe over those whose job it is to rescue downed combat pilots. On the sports front, MLB Networks Mitch Williams likes where the Nationals are headed, which this season he thinks is third place, though hes not in favor of their slotting Jayson Werth in the 2-hole (Williams prefers fifth). For what its worth, the former pitcher known as Wild Thing names the Milwaukee Brewers as a team to watch. Later, D.C. Uniteds Dax McCarty gave his early (and positive) impressions of new teammate Charlie Davies.
The Sports Reporters (ESPN 980): Comcast SportsNets Alan May chipped in with his take on how the Capitals blue-liners will function without Dennis Wideman (better than last year when Mike Green was injured) and whether Bruce Boudreau will manage Alex Ovechkins minutes down the stretch (yes, but he said his shifts were reduced even before the injury). Andy Pollin and Steve Czaban also talked Butler and the Final Four with David Woods of the Indianapolis Star. Czaban is all over the Bulldogs, calling for them to cut down the nets Monday night. If they do, he said, it will be the greatest achievement in sports since the Miracle on Ice.
LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes (106.7 The Fan): Along with the Washington Examiners John Keim, Arrington and Bill Rohland (in for a Wrestlemania-attending Dukes) tackled the bizarre (and currently one-sided) spat between Redskins radio analyst Sam Huff and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. LaVar also blogs about respecting the Hall of Fame linebackers old-school pride.