- The Washington Times - Friday, January 20, 2006

Nobles: The Washington Redskins, for a remarkable end-of-the-season sprint and a playoff berth.

It won’t be easy for Redskins fans to watch Sunday’s National Football Conference Championship game. The city was riding high after a six-game winning streak before heading into the Jan. 14 divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. The two words ‘Skins fans have not dared to whisper since 1999 — the last time the team made the playoffs — were everywhere: Super Bowl. Once more under the helm of Joe Gibbs, the team seemed destined for a trip to Detroit. Well, you know how that ended.

But suddenly Washington is full of another word fans have been hestitant to utter: hope. Has Gibbs done it? Has he turned around a franchise that was on the verge of becoming the NFC East’s official doormat? All signs point to yes.

So, rejoice, ‘Skins fans. It was a great year, full of the best football has to offer: Last-minute wins, a punishing defense, a star running back and — finally — a quarterback who is able to carry the team.

For allowing fans to say “wait till next year” without laughing, the Redskins are the Nobles of the week.

Knaves: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, for blaming the Bush administration for Hurricane Katrina but not in the way you might think.

It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Mr. Nagin gave a speech in which he promised that New Orleans would once again be a “chocolate” city. “You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink,” he later explained. “That is the chocolate I am talking about.”

Mr. Nagin also had this to say: “As we think about rebuilding New Orleans, surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country. Surely He’s not approval [sic] of us being in Iraq under false pretenses.”

This is a new twist on the “Bush caused Katrina” theme. Previously, it was the administration’s environmental policy and global warming.

For his juvenile theology and racist euphemism, Mr. Nagin is the Knave of the week.

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