Friday, April 1, 2011, 7:12 a.m.
UPDATED 8:10 p.m.
By Benjamin StandigCSNwashington.com
Thursday was not only Opening Day for the Nationals, but also the debut for their new television analyst, F.P. Santangelo. The former outfielder, who began his career with the franchise in Montreal, has some interesting shoes to fill. So how did the replacement for the bombastic Rob Dibble mesh with play-by-play man Bob Carpenter? The Washington Posts Tracee Hamilton (generously?) calls it a work in progress.
The Nationals' push for a .500 season started the wrong way, but Jayson Werth made a strong impression with two diving catches. Now the team needs a win on Saturday plus an on-time return of Werths pants from the dry cleaners and theyll be back on track.
One day after a noted analyst ripped the prospect of drafting Cam Newton early, an NFL executive said of the former Auburn star: Hes not a good guy; very self-absorbed. But if you had to win right now, he gives you the best chance to do that. That sounds like the textbook definition of faint praise.
If all that makes you squeamish about the Redskins potentially drafting Newton, I dont suggest looking at which team the Charlotte Observer projects the Carolina Panthers will trade the No. 1 overall pick to.
D.C. Uniteds 18-year old midfielder Andy Majar is expected in the next two weeks to choose a national soccer team path. That means either his native Honduras or the land where Bruce Springsteen was born. The Washington Posts Steven Goff knows, if he were Majar, which way he would go.
The Redskins' defensive front seven has been labeled many things. Solid isnt one of them, until now. Really, Brian Billick?
Last season, Virginia Techs normally stout defense sprung leak after leak opponents gained 20 or more yards on 68 plays. During spring practice, Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster says hes still looking for a leader to emerge.
Because the Redskins have a decision to make about whether to retain cornerback Carlos Rogers debated here by Ryan OHalloran and Rich Tandler it makes sense that Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara is one of the players reportedly set to visit Redskins Park in the coming days. For more on the projected top 10 to 15 pick, check out parts 1 and 2 of a Q&A with the shutdown corner.
Speaking of the draft, former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly talks risers (including offensive tackle Tyron Smith) and fallers (former Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram), video style.
Hey, DeAndre Liggins, veteran Kentucky guard, any thoughts on why this years group of green Wildcats reached the Final Four over last seasons crop? "I just think, personally, too many egos. Everybody wanted to be the man. John Wall, anyone?
The Sports Reporters (ESPN 980): CSNwashington.coms Nats insider Mark Zuckerman chatted about Washingtons stepped-up defense and the pressure on cleanup hitter Adam LaRoche and others to drive in runs with Jayson Werth in the No. 2 hole. Capitals winger Mike Knuble talked all angles of puck, but was kind enough not to spoil the dinner hour by providing any additional details into the apparently unattractive leg injury to defenseman Dennis Wideman.
The John Thompson Show (ESPN 980): Live from Houston, site of the Final Four, Coach and Doc Walker spoke to a cavalcade of college hoops folks, including Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, who pushed for the NCAA tournaments selection committees final voting process to be made public (wonder why). Former George Washington and current Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis dropped by, as did former Kentucky and NBA star Jamal Mashburn and Providences new coach Ed Cooley.