Seen and Heard at Qwest Field

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Starting 90 minutes before kickoff, Redskins coach Jim Zorn made the right decision. He parked himself at the 25-yard line and let the seemingly dozens of well-wishers and just-wanted-to-say-hello folks come to him instead of him wandering throughout the field.

At least Zorn didn’t have to stare at his name on the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor. The list of 10 inductees was behind him, on the Redskins’ side of the stadium. Zorn’s name is between Dave Brown’s No. 22 and Steve Largent’s No.  80.

* Although the game locally created zero buzz — the Apple Cup game between 0-11 Washington and 1-10 Washington State dominated the coverage on television and in the newspaper — Zorn’s presence was felt throughout Qwest Field.

At 12:35 p.m. local time, he had a quick midfield reunion with Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. It lasted about 30 seconds. Zorn then chatted with the officiating crew before exchanging hand-shakes and hugs with the Big Show himself, Seattle coach Mike Holmgren. The conversation — captured by at least a half dozen photographers — lasted several minutes.

And, on the suite level, a silent auction included several autographed pictures of Zorn from his Seahawks playing days. …

* Not to be outdone by the Redskins’ white towel gimmick last week, Seattle fans were given flourscent green “12th Man” gloves upon entering the stadium.

* Regardless of the hokey giveaway, Qwest Field continues to be one of the NFL’s best stadiums. Before the game, their giant screen showed not shots of warmups or commercials but the Jets-Titans and Patriots-Dolphins games.

Antwaan Randle El was a game-time decision with an ankle injury but evidently the call to play him was easy judging by the way he bounded out of the tunnel as usual during warmups. It’s a sort of hop-scotch, full-body dry heave routine that carries him the length of the field.

Ryan O’Halloran

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