- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2006

• An hour before kickoff, and it’s hard to tell which place is colder — outside the RCA Dome or inside the Colts’ home stadium. It’s like somebody forgot to turn off the air conditioner. It is clear, however, that the Colts like their banners. There are flags hanging from the ceiling for just making the playoffs — 1996 Wild Card — and for just making the conference title game. Banners should be reserved for division titles, conference titles and league titles. Period.

• Our first visit to Indy for a game and we’re putting RCA Dome near the top of the list, right up there with Seattle and Philadelphia in terms of atmosphere. The press box is carved into the top part of the upper deck, literally a few feet from the fans. The crowd noise was deafening at times, and they don’t need a marching band: Rock music blared during every timeout.

• Mark Brunell continued to struggle yesterday (he finished with a hollow 106.4 passer rating), and our choice to quarterback the Redskins in 2007 — if it’s not Jason Campbell — was recently cleared to practice. Kansas City’s Trent Green, who sustained a severe concussion in Week 1, will be able to participate in most practice drills. If the Redskins deem Campbell unfit next season, Green would be a perfect stop-gap because of his relationship with Al Saunders.

Ryan O’Halloran

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