Chain Reactions: A Successful Sunday For Capitals, Wizards, Terps And George Mason

Alex Ovechin breaks out of his scoring slump and John Wall hits a big shot, plus the Terps and Patriots get big wins in their respective conferences.

No championships were won. No playoff berths were clinched. None of our teams found their way to the Super Bowl. Still, you can excuse D.C. Sports fans if we show up to work with out chests pumped out a little on Monday.

It was Saturday that was full of success. In the college ranks, Maryland got an ACC home win and George Mason got a big road win in the CAA. In the pro ranks, Alex Ovechkin snapped out of a scoring slump in a win and the Wizards rallied from 16 down to beat the Celtics. 

Sunday was not too bad either. Usually, Redskins fans spent the day lamenting the former Redskins that are having success elsewhere. Yes, it's true that Ryan Clark is going to yet another Super Bowl. However, Todd Collins clearly left his best football in D.C., and Mark Brunell is now just a booger rag


Is this a Slump Buster for The Great 8?

Alex Ovechkin netted his first hat trick of the season in the Capitals 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Can we say the scoring funk is over, or is it too soon? Not surprisingly, the Great 8 thinks this is just the start of bigger things.

"It's not luck. It's hard-working goals," Ovechkin said. "I'll take these goals, and I'm going to try to do the same next game."

Is John Wall showing "immaturity?" No

Did John Wall call bank? Who cares. His big three-pointer was the difference in the Wizards rally from 16 down in their win over the Celtics. The next step will be getting a road win for the first time this season. Their first chance will be Monday against the New York Knicks. 

Wall might have a little extra motivation come Monday night.  Mitch Lawerence on the NY Daily News, had this less than flattering item in his Sunday Column

Speaking of Wall, he came into the league touted as the fastest player in the game and lived up to the billing, until he was nagged early in the season by injuries and, at times, indifference. Lately, the No. 1 overall pick has looked slowed by an apparent leg injury, according to several scouts. The Wizards don't think Wall is hurt, but they've started to fine him $50 for every time he pouts, rolls his eyes or otherwise shows a defeatist attitude. The fine total could start growing, with Wall starting a killer stretch of games last Friday. His head-to-head matchups in 12 days come against Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Raymond Felton, Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook, Jason Kidd and Chris Paul.

Lawrence forgot that Wall self-imposed that fine, but of course, there's no reason to let facts get in the way of a good story.

New Guy Plays Well, Jersey Not So Much  

The Wizards signed Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract on Saturday, coming from the Rio Grande Vipers of the D-League. Shakur did not disappoint, showing up hours before the game and chipping in with five points and five assists. The one disappointment: his number "2 2" jersey. At least it didn't have "Natinals" on the front.

"I don't know. I think they tried to put my zip code on there," Shakur said, eliciting laughter throughout the locker room. "They, you know, messed it up a little bit."

Is Cam Newton the next Big Ben?  

The Redskins as we all know are in dire need of a franchise quarterback, and Cam Newton's name constantly comes up. However, many have concerns about his mechanics, small work sample (just one year starting at Auburn) and the Redskins' need for every other position on the roster. Newton supporters have compared him to Ben Roethilsberger because of his size, strength and playmaking ability. Critics compare him to Jamarcus Russell, which is just mean. Anyway, at least he working with the guy that helped Roethilsberger this season

Will The Redskins Deal Albert Haynesworth to the Eagles?

Would the Redskins be crazy enough to do another trade with the Philadelphia Eagles? We all know which team came out on the short end of the Donovan McNabb deal this past off-season. Rumors are swirling Philadelphia could be a destination for Albert Haynesworth if the disgruntled D-lineman had anything to say about it. If it was up to me, I would have already sent him back to Tennessee for a late rounder before the trade deadline. Now they may end up with tickets to Dolly World.

Terps Take Advantage of Charity Stripe

Maryland held off Clemson Saturday 79-77 in College Park for their first ACC home win of the season, as they try to scrap their way into the NCAA Tournament picture. The Terps are the ACC's worst free throw shooting team, but they came through at the line, hitting 12 of 15 in the final four minutes.

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