- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 24, 2006

• It wouldn’t be Christmas without our (possibly) final Tom Cruise update of the season. Cruise earlier this year formed a movie partnership with Dan Snyder but famously jumped off the Redskins bandwagon after attending the team’s Week 1 loss to the Vikings. He hasn’t been back since.

Cruise recently enlisted Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham to star in his new film, “The Thetan,” about Scientology.

• There’s nothing worse than an official being intimidated by the crowd into calling a penalty. Early in the second quarter, Marc Bulger threw an incomplete pass on a third-and-10 play. The Redskins’ Ade Jimoh was in coverage. No penalty was called, but the crowd booed and the Rams sideline erupted. Side judge Mike Weatherford then decided an infraction had occurred and threw his flag. The 43-yard pass interference call set up a touchdown pass by Bulger two plays later.

• The last time the Rams played at home, they lost 42-27 to the Chicago Bears. There were so many Bears fans in the stadium and they made so much noise that Bulger had to go to a silent count. He had no such problems yesterday. The game wasn’t a sellout and was blacked out in the St. Louis area.

Ryan O’Halloran

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