- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD AT QWEST FIELD

SEATTLE — Starting 90 minutes before kickoff, Redskins coach Jim Zorn made the right decision. He parked himself at the 25-yard line and let the well-wishers and just-wanted-to-say-hello folks come to him instead of wandering throughout the field.

At least Zorn didn’t have to stare at his name on the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor. The list of 10 inductees was behind him on the Redskins’ side of the stadium. Zorn’s name is between Dave Brown’s No. 22 and Steve Largent’s No. 80. …

Although the game locally created zero buzz - the Apple Cup matching 0-11 Washington and 1-10 Washington State dominated the coverage on television and in the newspaper - Zorn’s presence was felt throughout Qwest Field.

At 12:35 p.m. local time, he had a 30-second reunion with Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck at midfield. Zorn then chatted with the officiating crew before exchanging handshakes and hugs with Seattle coach Mike Holmgren. The conversation - captured by at least a half-dozen photographers - lasted several minutes.

And on the suite level, a silent auction included several autographed pictures of Zorn from his Seahawks playing days. …

Not to be outdone by the Redskins’ white-towel gimmick last week, Seattle fans received fluorescent green “12th Man” gloves when they entered the stadium.

Regardless of the hokey giveaway, Qwest Field continues to be one of the NFL’s best stadiums. Before the game, its giant screen showed the Jets-Titans and Patriots-Dolphins games. …

Antwaan Randle El was a game-time decision with an ankle injury, but evidently the call to play him was easy, judging by the way he bounded out of the tunnel as usual during warmups. It’s a sort of hopscotch, full-body, dry-heave routine that carries him the length of the field.

- Ryan O’Halloran

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