- The Washington Times - Monday, December 18, 2006

• This was my first visit to New Orleans, but those in the know say the French Quarter looks about the same as it did before Hurricane Katrina.

“Are some parts of the Quarter smelly and dirty? Yeah, but it was the same way before,” one local said.

Still, bars in some parts of downtown were nearly empty around 9 p.m. on Saturday. But one spot, Ryan’s Place … An Irish Tavern, was packed.

• Football is meant to be played outside, but the atmosphere in a dome is superior. Like the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, the Louisiana Superdome was rocking and the overall vibe electric.

Starting with warmups, the music selection rivaled only New England in the preseason. And the reason: No dang marching band. Each visit to a new stadium shows how pathetic the atmosphere is at Redskins home games.

• Speaking of Redskins home games, a topic started this weekend on the team’s official message board was a plea for fans to wear paper bags over their heads at the season finale against the Giants.

If even one fan shows up with a bag over his head, it would be equal parts hilarious (what’s funnier than a fan who takes time to find a paper bag, guestimate where their eyes will be and then construct the mask?) and telling (that at least some fans have had it up to here with ownership and the front office).

Ryan O’Halloran

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