- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 30, 2007

Turns out our Presidents Cup team is tougher than people thought. And, hey, why shouldn’t it be? I mean, we’ve got Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk in the foursomes, we’ve got Steve Stricker and Scott Verplank in the four-ball, and we’ve got Woody Austin in the 400-meter individual medley.

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Did you see Austin lose his balance and go ker-plunk Friday after hitting out of the water? You would have thought he’d just won the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Looks like Dan Marino might lose his record for career touchdown passes (420) to Brett Favre today. On the plus side for Dan, though, he’s also lost 22 pounds on the NutriSystem diet.

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How hideous were those 1933 throwback uniforms the Eagles wore last week?

The club is celebrating its 75th season, so Donovan McNabb and Co. had to don the blue-and-white unis Philly wore in its first year in the NFL. Yuck.

Undeterred, McNabb and his mates exploded for 56 points against the Lions. That’s almost as many, believe it or not, as the ‘33 Eagles scored all season (77). The crowd of 67,570, meanwhile, exceeded the ‘33 team’s total home attendance (53,100 for six games).

Not that anyone — except me — was counting.

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Here’s my favorite Then vs. Now stat:

The Eagles’ leading passer in 1933 was Red Kirkman, who threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

In just the first half versus the Lions, McNabb threw for 322 yards and four TDs.

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The ‘33 Eagles played at the Baker Bowl, the Phillies’ field. According to “The Eagles Encyclopedia,” by Ray Didinger and Robert S. Lyons, “fans were given a free car wash if they purchased tickets to an Eagles home game. … Children were admitted for one cent when accompanied by an adult.”

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It’s all so confusing. The Eagles, who were born in 1933, are celebrating their 75th season, and the Redskins, who were born in 1932, are celebrating their 75th anniversary (five years after they announced their 70th anniversary team).

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting anniversary-ed out.

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And let’s not forget, next year will be Dan Snyder’s 10th season as the Redskins’ owner.

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Elsewhere in football, a Jets fan has filed a $184 million class-action suit against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick. What, was the Pats’ SpyCam blocking his view of the action?

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Actually, the fan is suing, his attorney says, because the Patriots “violated the integrity of the game.”

Maybe the guy would go away if the NFL gave him the Pats’ forfeited first-round pick. …

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So I’m watching Padres manager Bud Black injure his own player, Milton Bradley, while restraining him from an umpire, and I’m thinking: Maybe Ohio State will give Black an honorary degree.

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If I were Bradley, I’d spend the offseason walking around in a Ted Ginn jersey.

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News item: Former major leaguer Jose Offerman pleads not guilty to charges he swung his bat at a pitcher and catcher during a minor league melee.

Comment: The Long Island Ducks’ third base coach is totally perplexed by Offerman’s actions. He claims he gave Jose the take sign.

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Number of the Week: 495. (Dollars it will cost Red Sox season ticket holders to buy a pair of Fenway Park’s famous bleacher seats, which are being replaced after this year. The price for the general public is $550.)

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The Sox reportedly can’t guarantee which seats fans get, which is a turnoff for some. “If I could get my seats, I’d think about it,” a longtime bleacherite told the Boston Globe, “but everyone else’s seats have their own gum stuck to them.”

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U.S. women’s soccer coach Greg Ryan has a lot of nerve accusing benched goalkeeper Hope Solo of breaking “a personal code, a code of community,” after she criticized replacement Briana Scurry following the 4-0 loss to Brazil in the World Cup. Or is Ryan unaware that he broke a code, too, the one that says, “You dance with the one who brung you”?

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I haven’t talked to Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy about it, but I have a pretty good idea where he stands on the issue: To have acted so unfeelingly, Ryan can’t possibly be “a mother with children.”

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Turning to hockey, Flyers rookie Steve Downie received a 20-game suspension — the fifth-longest in NHL history — for a concussion-causing hit on the Senators’ Dean McAmmond.

The kid’s name is Downie, huh? He probably told the league he wasn’t trying to hurt McAmmond, he was just trying to soften him up.

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And finally …

Denny Hamlin says he’s “got to learn to grow up” after incidents on and off the track with Kyle Petty. Teammate Tony Stewart, on the other hand, might be in trouble for uttering another on-air obscenity.

Guess we know now why Joe Gibbs returned to football: He missed the peace and quiet.

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