- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2008

HE SAID WHAT?

“Our job description is basically to destroy a quarterback, but you’ve got to pick and choose how to do it.” — Giants defensive end Justin Tuck on his now-rescinded fine for tackling Cowboys quarterback Brooks Bollinger

On Washingtontimes.com » An excerpt from Redskins 360

When Dan Snyder was growing up in Bethesda rooting for the Redskins, coach George Allen made a point of signing union reps who had been let go by their previous teams in part because of their work on behalf of the players association.

Let’s hope the opposite scenario didn’t occur Friday. Snyder has contributed to Republican campaigns. Cornerback Leigh Torrence was very vocal about his support for Democrat Barack Obama, convincing teammates to register and vote and at times sporting an Obama T-shirt at Redskin Park.

So a conspiracy theorist would have a field day with the Redskins’ decision to make room for newly signed corner DeAngelo Hall by cutting Torrence instead of putting ailing rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly on injured reserve or waiving either corner Justin Tryon or defensive end Rob Jackson, with the expectation of placing one of the rookies on the practice squad.

A less political-conspiracy thought is that front office boss Vinny Cerrato didn’t want to remove another member of his ballyhooed rookie class (after Durant Brooks) from the roster.

—David Elfin

TWT FIVE » Sports ballot initiatives

Over the election already? Sorry, here are five ideas for sports fans to vote on and wrap up these debates once and for all.

1. Pete Rose in or out — It´s just hanging out there. He was a liar and bet on games, but he´s also the all-time hit king. Does that get him past the metal detectors and into Cooperstown?

2. Pay college athletes — This idea hasn´t gotten a whole lot of traction, but colleges are making tons of dough off these kids. It´s worth a fair hearing.

3. Ban the designated hitter — Baseball purists either hate the DH or like it the way it is. Consider those who want the DH in both leagues Ralph Nader.

4. Expand NCAA tournament — Just imagine Jim Boeheim leading the coaches´ fraternity on the campaign trail.

5. College football playoff — Even Barack Obama brought this one up. How it´s done can be argued later.

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