Pregame thoughts

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\ 1. Boy, was the locker room loud at Redskin Park today. Why?\ It was Friday and the players were done practicing for the week. And it had been a tough week with four days in the heat after just one day on on the field the last week of preseason. And of course, Fred Smoot is back. The Smooter can take over a room with the force and the volume of his personality.\

\ 2. With Renaldo Wynn having been released, Smoot (2004) is the only former winner of the Good Guy Award in the room other than last year’s co-winners, Santana Moss and Phillip Daniels. Champ Bailey won the award in its first two years, 2002 and 2003.\

\ 3. Wynn’s departure moved alternate James Thrash up to player rep. Thrash said this year’s alternate has yet to be named.\

\ 4. Driving home from Redskin Park, I was behind a car with a Virginia license plate “Brunela.” If that’s your car, are you a huge Mark Brunell fan or are you making fun of the soon-to-be 37-year-old QB?\

\ 5. The Redskins and the Dolphins beat each other in arguably the most important games in each franchise’s history. Miami beat Washington 14-7 in Super Bowl VII to win its first title and cap the NFL’s only modern-day unbeaten season. Washington returned the favor 10 years later, 27-17, to win its first Super Bowl and first title in 40 years.\

\ 6. The Dolphins were also the victim in the last great game of Sonny Jurgensen’s career when the Hall of Fame quarterback led a comeback victory over the two-time defending champions in 1974. The Redskins also won in Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino’s last regular season game in the 1999 finale. That was also the last time that Miami visited Washington.\

\ 7. What are the odds that Brian Bell and Byron Westbrook, teammates at DeMatha High in Hyattsville, would wind up as rookies together for the hometown team’s practice squad?

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