- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Citizens of Richmond this is not a test of Emergency Action Notification System.

Hide the women and children. Stay in your homes.

The Patriots are coming to town.

The Washington Redskins have invited the New England Patriots to practice with them at their Bon Secours training center in Richmond starting Monday through Wednesday, before their first preseason game Thursday at FedEx Field.

Somebody thought this was a good idea.

“Thanks to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center we have a facility that has the capabilities to host joint practices of this nature where both teams can come together to prepare for the 2014 season,” Redskins executive vice president/general manager Bruce Allen said when they announced the practices in May.

Come together? Who does Bruce Allen thinks Bill Belichick is, one of the Beatles.

“Watching a consistent playoff team like the Patriots will be a good thing for everyone in the building,” new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said.

Unless the Redskins have poor television reception, they’ve been watching other teams in the playoffs for more than 20 years. It hasn’t sunk in yet.

Does Gruden really believe that Belichick is going to have his Patriots mentor his Redskins?

This is Mr. Spygate. He may try to sneak Jordan Reeds out of camp with a disguise. After all, he’s short one Pro Bowl tight end, isn’t he?

Bruce Allen should know better. Belichick is his father reincarnated.

George Allen took no prisoners, broke the rules and didn’t play nice with others. It’s well known he traded draft picks he didn’t have, and was fined by the NFL. George Allen said he didn’t intend to trade the same draft picks to different teams, but Commissioner Pete Rozelle said, “It also happened a couple of times when Allen was coach at Los Angeles.”

Allen, as the story goes, believed spies were always watching Redskins practice and actually had a security officer on the payroll to look out for them. He did this because he supposedly had his own spies scouting out opponents.

Belichick whose weekly injury reports are high comedy for their blatant contempt for honesty is the guy who was fined $500,000 for using a video camera to spy on the New York Jets during a 2007 game.

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