* More than any other Redskins road trip, there were just as many Dallas fans at Dulles on Saturday morning and definitely Saturday afternoon at the cesspool that is the Atlanta airport. Luckily, Scrib had his iPod on early and was buried in the debut novel from fellow North Dakotan Chuck Klosterman.
* For the best whipped garlic mashed potatoes in Texas, visit the Saltgrass Steak House throughout the state, including the Grapevine location that Scrib, Times columnist Dan Daly and long-time NFL bard Paul Woody of the Richmond Times-Dispatch visited Saturday night. And the cheesecake? Let’s just say the portion is as big as a brick.
* Texas Stadium is one of the last dinosaurs to still have the press box at midfield. Scrib’s seat — although in the sardine section of the box — was at the 35-yard line. The current trend for NFL stadiums is to go high and in the corner (Denver, Seattle, Tampa Bay) or high, low and completely out of the way (Landover, Md.).
* Although it’s early in the season, Dallas has officially retained its title as Best Popcorn in the Press Box. In fact it deserves the belt permanently.
* Another cool thing about Big D — all it takes to get down to the field is a press box credential. So Scrib spent an hour during the pregame taking a lap around the field with a colleague. No question, Tony Romo is the most popular Cowboy.
* Dan The Man (Snyder, not Daly) took the field at 1:35 p.m. with the Wing Man (Bernie Shaw) in toe. It was a little warm in the sun, though, so Dan and Co. shed the jackets when talking to coach Jim Zorn at midfield.
* Fifteen minutes before warm-ups, Redskins assistant Bill Khayat holds court with two media members in the end zone. The topics covered: The Texas State Fair, corn dogs, the York (Pa.) Jaycees’ corn-on-the-cob, organizing the Redskins’ scout-team defense, the predictability of the network pregame shows and, most memorably, an episode of “Three’s Company” where Jack juggled three dates at once.
* Spotted in the press box watching warmups is Philadelphia scout Louis Riddick, who was bounced as Redskins’front office man this past offseason.
* The Cowboys cheerleaders take the field, minus a marching band. Amusing site is a Cowboys fan with a hardhat and two beers in each hand trying to mimic their routine.