- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2008


Exhibition football? Not when there are games that count. The Nationals play early, but two National League playoff contenders face off under the lights. Phillies at Cardinals, 8 p.m., ESPN


Redskins fans turned out in full force in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday morning to celebrate the inductions of Darrell Green and Art Monk to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Legendary quarterbacks Sammy Baugh and Sonny Jurgensen remain beloved in Washington, but only those over 40 saw either of them play, so Green, who retired in 2002 after a record 20 seasons as a cornerback with the Redskins, and Monk, who set the all-time record for catches in 1992, are nearer and dearer to the hearts of most fans.

Green and Monk, close friends as they starred together for Washington from 1983 to 1993, rode in separate cars along with their presenters/sons Jared and James through downtown Canton. Many of the parade-watchers were clad in Redskins colors, including the self-described “Fun Bunch,” a group of 46 Washington area fans all wearing burgundy shirts and holding cardboard signs bearing Green’s No. 28 and Monk’s No. 81.

- David Elfin


The Packers reportedly offered Brett Favre $20 million to stay retired. This inspired an idea: If given that much money never to pay attention to sports again, what are the things I would miss the most? Here’s the list:

1. NCAA basketball tournament - Selection Sunday, the brackets, the pools, the upsets and the drama are parts of basketball in March.

2. Overtime playoff hockey - With a game on the line in the Stanley Cup playoffs, there’s nothing better in sports.

3. Olympics - The games aren’t as important as they used to be, but the immersive coverage for two weeks allows you to watch hours of a sport you’ve never cared about.

4. October - Whether it’s Curt Schilling playing through pain or Scott Brosius playing beyond his limits, the baseball playoffs provide the perfect fall entertainment.

5. Horse racing - The Triple Crown attracts all the attention, but the Breeders’ Cup features a variety of top-class horses every October.

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