Friday, April 22, 2011 8:42 a.m.UPDATED 2:32 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comGeorge Mason's April MadnessStunning seems to be the word of the day with regards to the breaking news that Jim Larranaga is leaving the Fairfax program for the University of Miami. So now what? This George Mason basketball blog lists a few coaching names that will likely be floated as replacements over the coming days, including Harvard's Tommy Amaker, a Fairfax native. Vermont's Mike Longergan, a former assistant at Maryland and head coach at Catholic, is another potential candidate with local ties.This take says Larranaga went to the ACC program not for the money, but the challenge. (Baltimore Sun)NFL Draft 2010, reduxIf last year's draft was conducted over again,Trent Williams would be the 15th pick.(FOXSports.com)Capitals Killer InstinctThe stirring game 4 comeback against the Rangers was epic, but now over. The series is not. Now the task at had for the Capitals,as sensei John Kreese might say, is to FINISH THEM off on Saturday. (Washington Post)One way to do achieve the above goal is (at least try) to forget the past. (Washington Examiner)With the Capitals in need of some scoring punch in game 4, folks might have guessed a Swedish center would have been a candidate for two goals. Marcus Johansson was not at the top of that list. (Washington Times)Rangers looking for a miracle. (NY Daily News)"Focused" Capitals verging ondeep postseasonrun. (Hockey News)McNabb Affair Must EndMost were happy when the veteran quarterback came to town, but the results were not only lackluster, but in line with the Redskins recent past and the "handling of the situation was atrocious." That's why cutting ties with McNabb is a must. (Washington Times)Doug Williams to be among the NFL legends announcing second-round picks for their former teams at the NFL Draft. Even Barry Sanders is making an appearance and I can't wait to see what the burly runner Natrone Means looks like these days. (Sporting News)Four reasons why drafting a QB could set the Redskins back. (Hogs Haven)ESPN 980s Chris Russell emptied out his notebook on all things Blaine Gabbert, the Missouri quarterback projected as a top 5-10 pick.Satisfying WallJohn Wall's rookie season wasn't just about the NBA youngster improving, putting on a performance, but pleasing those around him. (Washington Post)And the number one moment of the Wizards season isdrum roll pleaseJohn Wall doing the Dougie. That says all you need to know about what happened on the court this past season. (Washington Post)Theismann, Zuckerman on ESPN 980Some complain they cannotalways understand the logic hes doled out over the years, but Joe Theismann sounded highly lucid on Thursday's edition of The Sports Fix with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, talking about the Redskins draft needs and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.The former Redskins star and Super Bowl winning quarterback is not enamored with the crop of passers available in the upcoming NFL Draft, particularly the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Theismann said Newton, who is projected in many a mock draft to be the overall number one pick, is not a first round pick.Youre talking about a kid thats started one year of football, Theismann said. Hes rushed the ball a lot more than hes thrown it. He hasnt thrown the football a lot and when he did throw at the combine he was not impressive. I think the interview that he did with Jon Gruden showed another side that wasnt impressive.
The lack of love for the quarterbacks had Theismann saying the Redskins should not look to take one in the first two rounds, but instead focus on the defensive line. One signal caller Theismann praised - despite his flaming red hair - was TCUs Andy Dalton, but overall wherever you go with the quarterbacks youre stretching.Theismanns Redskins rationale might also be a stretch in that he thinks their quarterback situation could be squared away considering Donovan McNabb remains under contract and Rex Grossman could be re-signed. While the McNabb aspect of thatangle seems a bit squirrel,his overall point about not looking forpassing help early in the draft is music to the ears of the "build up both lines" faction.As for Zuckerman, the Nats Insider dropped some statistical knowledge about the Nationals pitching rotation. Through 17 games - and now 18 after Thursday's loss to the Cardinals - , their starters have lasted at least five innings, the only team in baseball to make that claim. As Zuckerman notes, thats not a very high bar, but it shows reliability and that type of sustained effort can keep this team afloat.For more Nationals insight, listen to Zuckerman on ESPN 980's The Sports Reporters at 5:40 today.NFL Draft Nuggets Outside the BeltwayThe NFL Networks Mike Mayock lists the Ravens as one team that can handle the buyer beware tag many haveapplied to the talented cornerback Jimmy Smith, a potential first-round pick. (Baltimore Sun)Nobody does the draft better than the Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin, who chats up the Cowboys options at No. 9, one in front of the Redskins.Breakfast BuffetMikael Hopkins is taking lessons learned at DeMatha to Georgetown, where the 6-foot-8 forward will have plenty of competition next season. (Patch)Before scoring two goals in Thursday's win over D.C. United, international soccer, sorry, futbol star Thierry Henry said playingfor the MLS' New York Red Bull is reminding him of "great European nights." (CNN International)