The Washington Times - November 3, 2008, 08:39PM

Normally, a sign of arriving well ahead of kickoff is hearing the anthem singer rehearse their routine, players from opposing teams catching up at midfield and the referee’s microphone being tested.

But Monday night games are different.


Not only did Sir Scribble likely beat both teams to the ballyard, he and most of The Washington Times team arrived while the cheerleaders were fine-tuning their act.

Translation: Wheels went up at the office at 4:05 p.m., four hours and 32 minutes before the Steelers and Redskins kickoff, and somehow missed all of the traffic.

- Scrib’s decision to park in a different area of the Green lot, at the behest of others and after needing Crisco to squeeze into a parking spot before the St. Louis game, has proven to be a sound one. Arrival was a piece of cake (and no, this plan will not be revealed).

- An incredible revelation in the press box – the ice machine was actually working. For years, the ice was merely in a big bucket and it was left to the customer to use a scooper to chop up the ice.

A big thank you to The Danny.

Meanwhile, the pre-game offerings — beef stew, ziti and salad — sent Scrib down to the lower concourse to pay $5 to The Danny for Johnny Rocket’s fries.

- A little after 7 p.m., a hot rumor was officially confirmed when the Redskins’ specialists took the field  …  in burgundy jerseys and pants. Although Scrib’s fashion sense isn’t like Tim Gunn from “Project Runway,” they didn’t look half as bad as he anticipated.

- As expected, Steelers fans infiltrated FedEx Field in a big way. The jersey rundown: Troy Polamalu, Jack Lambert, Hines Ward, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, James Farrior, Gregg Lloyd, Mean Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Willie Parker, Tommy Maddox, Jerome Bettis, Antwaan Randle El, Lynn Swann and Santonio Holmes.