Seen and Heard at Ford Field

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DETROIT — Too bad the Lions stink because Sir Scribble’s third visit to Ford Field confirmed his previous opinions: Whoever built the stadium got it right. There doesn’t appear to be a bad seat in the house and we’re guessing it can get pretty loud.

The game was blacked out locally when 5,000 tickets remain available on Thursday. Although there wasn’t a heavy Redskins presence on Scrib’s flight from Dulles on Saturday afternoon, there certainly was at the downtown Renaissance hotel.

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- An hour before kickoff, the joint wasn’t exactly hopping. Straight across from the press box, in eight sections of the upper deck, the number of fans were 4, 6, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0 and 1. With 19 minutes left on the pregame clock, the atmosphere was more like a preseason game.

- On the lower concourse, Scrib spotted his first No. 48 Chris Horton jersey. Horton was scratched because of an ankle injury. For some reason, there was a big fellow wearing a Chester Taylor No. 29 Vikings jersey.

- It was tough to miss the concessionaries who roam the stands. They’re wearing fluorescent yellow hats and t-shirts.

- It was old home week in the press box beforehand. Current Chicago front office man Bobby DePaul, who worked  for the Redskins during Gibbs Version 1.0, was here scouting the Lions.

- Interesting music selection leading up to kickoff — Madonna blared when the Redskins’ offense was introduced.

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