By Pete Medhurst

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – In a veritable roundup of local and national sports, regarding both amateur and professional athletes, sports anchor Pete Medhurst offers his thoughts straight from the sports desk, in this collection of random musings.

Was Robert Griffin III headed down a Jeff George prima donna like path with his comments on Monday, only to come out Tuesday in a special edition of RG3 Speaks, to say all was well?

RG3 Speaks usually only happens on Mondays, but, the national attention his comments this past Monday garnered – sparking responses from Jason La Canfora, Jason Whitlock and Donovan McNabb – forced the Redskins’ quarterback to issue a special report, like President Obama, to tell the media nothing was wrong between he and head coach Mike Shanahan.

How much money is Jim Johnson costing himself by allowing critical wins to get away from Baltimore?

The Orioles closer is only the 9th highest paid closer in the game and would you believe Carlos Marmol of the Dodgers (Formally of the Cubs) is making 9.8 million this year? Former Nats and Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan 7 million? While I don’t think he’s going to make it into Jonathan Papelbon territory at 13 million, someone will offer up some cash for Johnson. If it’s not Baltimore, perhaps they will splurge for local product Brett Cecil who was an all-star for Toronto this year. Cecil, a Dunkirk, MD native and DeMatha grad, has found his role and a dominant lefty in the bullpen.

Chip Ganassi Racing is releasing Juan Pablo Montoya from his Sprint Cup Car Contract at the end of this season. Does this open a spot for Ryan Newman?

Newman is being replaced by Kevin Harvick at season’s end at Stewart-Haas Racing. Newman who won two weeks ago, would seem a perfect fit here. Considering there are at least 10 non-competitive teams/drivers per week, I can’t see Newman ending up in a poor ride. At some point, does NASCAR finally reduce the number of entries, helping the teams who want to compete find sponsorship opportunities? Why would you sponsor a car who will park after 50 laps?

Randy Wittman is in the final year of a two-year contract with the Washington Wizards. Does he have the parts to finally get the Wizards to the playoffs?

He said the Wizards needed more parts, and Ernie Grunfeld went and got Al Harrington. The veteran forward is front court scoring help in case Nene gets hurt and misses significant time, even though they play with different skill sets. The wizards will also become a more versatile offensive team with Harrington on the floor. I like the move. Health dictates a lot, but, I think WIttman has this team in place to get an extension by January.

Parting Shots: College teams shouldn’t penalize their fans bases because Johnny Manziel may have blown it with Texas A&M. In a controlled environment, on Media Day or fan appreciation day, fans, especially kids should get autographs. Louisville went overboard in stopping the autograph process.

Curtis Malone’s arrest for his involvement with Drugs among other things is terrible. It puts a black eye on DC Assault which has done so much for several young people in the DMV. There are many people who have busted their tails over the years in support of this organization who do the right thing by Kids. Hey AAU, how about background checks? Just saying. Hoping this story has a better ending.

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