HE SAID WHAT?
"I say to my fans that I am not stupid. I know the difference between good and bad and there are things that are going to be known. ..." — Detroit's Neifi Perez, who became the first player penalized for testing positive for a stimulant under MLB's drug program
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FOOTBALL ONLINE Excerpt from Redskins 360, our Washington Redskins blog at Washingtontimes.com
His teams have gone through three full-time head coaches and one interim head coach. His teams have employed myriad offensive and defensive philosophies. His teams have started nine quarterbacks and drafted two passers in the first round. And his teams have two playoff wins under his watch.
Yet, Sports Illustrated ranked Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder as the fifth-best owner in the NFL.
No, really, they did.
If the bottom line in the NFL is winning, ranking Snyder fifth is mind boggling. Since 2000, the Redskins have had records of 8-8, 8-8, 7-9, 5-11, 6-10, 10-6 and 5-11. In 1999, Snyder was the owner but took over so late in the offseason, his camp didn't play a big hand in building that playoff team.
According to a press release by SI, Michael Silver ranked the owners "taking into account many factors: business savvy, devotion to league growth, aggressive pursuit of winning with one overriding consideration: If you're a fan of the team in question, do you want this person making the big decisions?"
SI's top five: Robert Kraft (New England), Jerry Jones (Dallas), Jerry Richardson (Carolina), the Glazer Family (Tampa Bay) and Snyder. I agree with Kraft and his family as No. 1. The Patriots are the model franchise in the league. I'm not as sure about Richardson, Glazer and Snyder. I would have put Indianapolis' Jim Irsay — because of the Colts' success — and Pittsburgh's Dan Rooney — because of the Steelers' consistency — in the top five.
— Ryan O'Halloran
TWT FIVE " Questions heading into this week's MLB All-Star game
1. Will Barry Bonds or Ken Griffey Jr. relent and compete in the home run derby?
2. Speaking of Bonds, how many times do you think the word "steroids" will be heard this week?
3. Who has a better shot at getting into the game, Brian Fuentes or Gil Meche?
4. How soon before we see Futures Game pitchers Collin Balester and Emiliano Fruto in Nationals uniforms?
5. Do any of the players realize the WNBA All-Star game is headed to Verizon Center next weekend?