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U.S. team should train with Ramos in Tahoe

When is the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team going to move their summer training camp to South Lake Tahoe?

Team officials looked kind of foolish on Sunday when Travis Ramos, a team reject in the summer, became the first American to win a World Cup this season.

Ramos declined to attend several camps last summer and subsequently was dropped from the U.S. team. Ramos didn’t have the money for the pricey camps and felt strongly about training on his own in South Lake Tahoe.



Next summer, the team should train under Ramos. They’d definitely be in better condition and would perform more consistently against international competition.

Of course, there probably aren’t too many guys on the team who wouldn’t party hardy after winning their first World Cup. But Ramos isn’t one of them.



“I’ll probably do a little bit of something, but the World Cup isn’t over yet. I need to keep that in mind and keep my eyes on next week,” Ramos said.

Students are Warriors’ sixth man

Not since Nick Crawford, Beau Baiocchi and Aaron Wicklund led George Whittell High to the Nevada state 3A quarterfinals in 1993-94 has the student body embraced boys basketball like it is now.

Seats still are empty, but the students are doing their part to fire up the Warriors, who are making a run for their first state tournament appearance since ’94.

Students actually stood for the final minutes of Whittell’s 55-54 setback to Hawthorne on Friday night.

“I love the fans. They’re awesome, and trust me, they’re louder than they used to be,” said WHS senior forward Bryan Sigel after the crowd helped motivate the Warriors to come back from a seven-point deficit against Hawthorne. “They always cheer us, even when we’re down 20. And they always bring us back.”

Whittell only has one date left on a thin home slate, but it’s a dandy: a Feb. 9 matchup with rival Incline.

After that game, Sigel hopes to pack the student body in buses and take them to the division and state tournaments.

“We have a great chance at making state, and even taking it,” Sigel said.

Dilfer was just average, not MVP material

Could you believe the nerve CBS broadcasters Phil Simms and Greg Gumbel had in suggesting that Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer was the Super Bowl MVP on Sunday? They agreed that Dilfer deserved the honor since he didn’t make any mistakes to hurt his team.

No matter that Dilfer had thrown for only 153 yards and one touchdown. But Gumbel and Simms were really juiced about Dilfer’s interception stat line, which read 0.

Quarterbacks are usually lead candidates for Super Bowl MVPs, but not a QB that just did his job and didn’t cause defeat.

Not that linebacker Ray Lewis deserved the award any more. Lewis, the NFL’s defensive player of the year, made seven tackles and deflected a few passes. That’s just an average game for him.

Perhaps they should have recognized someone in the secondary like Duane Starks, who returned one of the Ravens’ four interceptions 49 yards for a touchdown.


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