- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 9, 2001

The Redskins vs. Norv Turner in Week 1. Yummy.
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Too bad they don't go up against Larry Centers in Week 2.
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And Tre Johnson in Week 3.
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It probably won't take Norv long to get points on the board today. In his Washington debut in '94, the Redskins scored just 3:54 into the game (on a 27-yard touchdown pass from John Friesz to Desmond Howard against the Seahawks). In his Dallas debut in '91, the Cowboys scored just 6:30 into the game (on a 38-yard field goal by Ken Willis against the Browns).
That makes the Norval Over-Under now there's a bet for you 5 minutes, 12 seconds. (I'm taking the over. I envision the Chargers scoring with 7:05 gone on a 7-yard pass from Doug Flutie to tight end Freddie Jones.)
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My spies tell me ever-controlling Marty Schottenheimer has prohibited his players from having regular radio or TV gigs. (Except for Darrell Green, who was already obligated to WTEM-AM.) This includes the Redskins' own pregame show on Fox, which starred Irving Fryar a year ago.
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Schottenheimer will loosen the reins a little today, though. He's leaving the coin toss entirely in the hands of his game captains. Heads, tails it's up to them.
"I don't really have a preference," he told Rick Snider, The Washington Times' intrepid reporter.
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So if the Redskins lose the coin toss, don't blame Marty.
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But feel free to blame him for anything else, because it's his show now.
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Guess the Bears liked Skip Hicks as much as the Redskins did. (And, undoubtedly, as much as the team that just picked him up, the Titans, eventually will.)
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I'm reminded of a nickname Jerry Glanville once gave to a back with Hicks' proclivities. Jerry called him "Shrine Game" because he always ran east-west.
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Hard to believe: For the first time since 1985, when he was a freshman at Florida State, Deion Sanders is out of sight and out of mind. (He's "retired" from pro football and "between engagements" in baseball.)
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Just saw the pictures of Jerry Jones' "makeover" in Sports Illustrated. Yi yi yi. He looks like Vincent Price in "The Abominable Dr. Phibes." (Or was it "House of Wax"?)
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Memo to the Cowboys owner: You might want to wear a name tag this season, just so everybody will know it's you.
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This Week's Mini-Rant: Why, exactly, should NFL officials make as much money as officials in other sports? After all, NFL players don't make as much as players in other sports. According to the most recent figures, the average NFL salary is $1.2 million compared to $3.55 million for basketball, $2.26 million for baseball and $1.4 million for hockey. Somehow, this detail has been omitted from the discussion.
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Am I the only one who thought Lleyton Hewitt, in his oh-so-cool black tennis shirt with the white stripe down the back, looked like a skunk the other night?
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In majors other than the French Open, Gustavo Kuerten plays more like Jane Curtin.
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The Worst Idea I've Heard In A Long Time: A columnist for the Phoenix paper thinks you could solve a lot of the problems in men's tennis by hiring John McEnroe as commissioner. John McEnroe? Give me a break. Johnny Mac couldn't even handle the Davis Cup captain's job when it was given to him. And now you want to put him in charge of the whole game? Yeah, right.
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Tokyo won the Little League World Series, so it's only fair that Tuffy Rhodes (.224 average for his major league career) is threatening Sadaharu Oh's Japanese record for homers in a season (55).
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Has a pitcher ever had more long winning streaks than Roger Clemens? In the last five years alone, the Rocket has an 11-gamer ('97), a 20-gamer ('98-99), a nine-gamer ('00) and, currently, a 15-gamer. (He also had 14 straight wins in '86.)
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Speaking of Yankees hurlers, Mike Mussina has now flirted with two perfect games and come up empty. He also had a 15-strikeout effort in the '97 playoffs that resulted in a no-decision and followed that up with eight innings of one-hit, shutout ball and a second no-decision.
Some athletes, I'm convinced, are cursed like that. For whatever reason, they're destined to be denied Their (Much-Deserved) Moment.
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The Tyranny of Soccer, Continued: Went to a neighborhood school not long ago to play some baseball with my kids, but a soccer practice spread across two ball fields prevented us. So we tried another school. Same problem. Doesn't it seem a little ridiculous that one soccer workout could keep people from using two baseball backstops?
(The third time was the charm, by the way. The next playground we drove to was 100 percent soccer-free.)
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Needless to say, I was greatly amused by the following soccer results recently:
1. Honduras (population 6.3 million) 3, U.S. 2 (at RFK Stadium).
2. Costa Rica (population 3.7 million) 2, U.S. 0.
At least in baseball we can win the gold medal.
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No, I'm not some soccer hater. I actually played the sport when I was younger, and my two boys are playing it now. I just think it's waaay out of control in the U.S. and I don't know how you can justify it when we're still losing to countries with fewer people than Virginia and South Carolina.
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Craig Esherick's non-conference schedule for the '01-02 Hoyas (UCLA, Georgia et al.) is a big improvement over John Thompson's usual assortment of cream puffs. Big John would have played the Computer Learning Center if it had a team.
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And finally, what's going on at the University of Minnesota? First football, then basketball and now the men's golf program is running afoul of the rules? I mean, how long is the golf season in Minneapolis, anyway, three weeks?


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