- The Washington Times - Friday, July 26, 2002

A tough sell

CARLISLE, Pa. It's not easy making a buck outside Biddle Field. Several youths selling water and cookies were ordered away from the entrance by Dickinson College officials after undercutting concessions inside.

The Patriot-News delivered an A1 centerpiece on the blow to junior entrepreneurship yesterday. Seems 9-year-old Henry Kohler and two siblings can't sell mom's chocolate chip cookies and drinks for $1 on college property. Undeterred, the Kohlers plan to circle the stadium with their wares on a wagon to stay one step ahead of security.

Even cornerback Darrell Green can't sell his T-shirts commemorating his 20th anniversary as a Redskin on stadium property. The $20 shirts were hot sellers at the adjacent ice cream stand.

But for those starving inside in the stands, there's plenty of food and water. Channel 7 sportscaster Rene Knott scarfed down a hot dog before 10 a.m.

The Love Coach

Having a problem with the spouse over watching too much football? Need answers on how to trap block your friends? Offensive line coach Kim Helton swears he's off the air, but his old radio show in Houston made Helton football's answer to Dr.Laura.

Helton delivered a weekly sports show as a University of Houston coach from 1993 to 1999. After talking about the coming game, he would take three questions. For some reason, callers wanted to know more about touchy feely than touchdowns.

"Some lady said her husband was running around and what should she do. I said I'd trade him," Helton said. "I just gave dumb football answers."

Even Dr.Laura became a topic for "The Love Coach."

"Dr.Laura said you can only accept a date before Wednesday and my comment was, 'What happens if you fall in love on Thursday?'" Helton said.

Don't look for Helton on WMAL-AM after Dr.Laura this season.

"It was fun, [but] I wouldn't want one of my players' wives calling me asking questions," he said.

Do see do

Who needs rookie hazing when the bosses are available?

Coach Steve Spurrier and his new assistants entertained players with their dance rendition of "Hail to the Redskins" during dinner Wednesday. It was a form of square dance and was received with great cheers.

"We could have made a lot of money if someone had that on tape," one player said jokingly.

Extra points

•Quarterback Shane Matthews looked sharp after a rough start to camp. He made several nice throws on deep corner routes and completed most of his passes. Wide receiver Kevin Lockett, who is having a nice camp, seemed to find a rhythm with Matthews. Passer Sage Rosenfels, though, had a poor effort, and his chance at the job seems to grow more and more slim.

•Linebacker LaVar Arrington steamrolled running back Kenny Watson in a 1-on-1 blocking drill, leveling the second-year player on a bull rush. Watson held his own earlier in the activity against other linebackers and Arrington seemed to ease up on a few initial snaps, but their meeting was a mauling.

•Otis Leverette is a quick, athletic young defensive end who has taken first-string snaps throughout the offseason in Bruce Smith's place. However, Leverette has started thinking too much and not just playing enough, and yesterday afternoon coaches gave Carl Powell a shot. Powell is a thicker and more powerful player not as suited for the right side, but he earned a solid reputation in limited snaps for Chicago.

•A second practice was added after a free afternoon had been scheduled. The extra session made up for the rainout on Tuesday, camp's opening day.

At a glance

Today's practices: 9:30 a.m., 4 p.m.

Weather: 74 degrees, late thunderstorms

Health watch: DE Bruce Smith (knees) and DT Santana Dotson (calf) missed both practices.

Rick Snider and Jody Foldesy

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