- The Washington Times - Monday, August 7, 2006

Greetings from the Park, where week 2 of the Redskins training camp starts later today with an afternoon practice. The only two-a-day this week is tomorrow. The Redskins will practice five days before leaving for Cincinnati Saturday and playing the Bengals Sunday.

A few mid-morning musings:

• The preseason started last night the Eagles and Raiders. I didn’t watch. It started at 8 p.m., which is when Season 3 of “The Wire” repeats on HBO. I didn’t watch at 9 p.m. (“Deadwood”) or 10 p.m. (“Entourage”) either.

• In my mailbox upon returning from the Redskins-Ravens scrimmage (more on that in a second) Saturday night was Phil Steele’s Power Sweep — Preseason Edition. No joke. The guy is pretty good at what he does — picking both NFL and college games — and I guess he provides a service with preseason analysis. But you have to be an action junkie to bet on preseason games. Sort of like Mrs. Wayne Gretzky (Janet Jones), who bet $5,000 on the Super Bowl coin toss. The Redskins are a 1-point underdog to Cincinnati and the over-under is 35 points. If you’re a gambler, bet the “over” in the Redskins games. The score in five of their last six preseason games has been the “over.”

• Steele has the Redskins ranked 10th in his power rankings, behind Carolina, NE, Denver, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Indy, Pittsburgh and the Giants. At this point, I’d put the Redskins behind only Carolina and Seattle in the NFC. They proved late last year they were better than the Cowboys and Giants.

• One more Steele note. He has the Redskins listed as a 6-point favorite over Minnesota in Week 1 and Dallas as a 3.5-point favorite over the Redskins in Week 2.

• Went to see “Miami Vice” yesterday. I gave it a B. (Spoiler alert!) Great shootout at the end. Love the way Michael Mann shoots a movie (like “Collateral”, it was mostly at night).

• A very disappointing “Entourage” last night on HBO. A D-plus. Scripts aren’t supposed to be predictable in Season 3 and about 30 episodes into the series. This show is still worth watching for Jeremy Piven’s Ari character and there have been some classic episodes this season but the inconsistency is maddening.

I’ll check in later with some actual Redskins stuff.


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