- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2007

The only Redskins news today was an organized workout for local college players who are eligible for this month’s draft.

The team invited 59 players to Redskin Park for combine-style testing. Basically, these are players who haven’t been rated high enough to be invited for individual workouts. In addition to letting the players get a 40 time on paper, the Redskins are of course looking for a diamond in the rough.

Players from Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Howard, Georgetown, William & Mary, Richmond and several other schools from the mid-Atlantic region were invited.

Next week, players expected to be drafted in the first round will start arriving at Redskin Park for individual workouts and meetings with coaches and front office types.

Enough Redskins for this week. Some non-burgundy musings as we head into the weekend:

* The NFL schedule was supposed to be released on Thursday. Instead, it has been delayed until April 19 at the latest. My guess: The schedule is completed, but when ESPN got a look at it and saw too many Arizona-St. Louis-type matchups in the season’s last two months (when flex scheduling starts), the Worldwide Leader said, “Wait a darn minute. We’re paying a gazillion dollars for Monday Night Football. At least give us a Cowboy or Patriots game.”

* It’s unfortunate the Masters has turned into the U.S. Open where par is cause for high-fives and a birdie is cause for a parade. The most thrilling three hours of recent sports television history was the ‘04 tournament when the shot-making was sensational on the back nine and Phil Mickelson drained a tricky putt to win his first major. The way the course is set up, the game is now all about surviving, not going for the jugular.

* Following his opening-round 73 (only 1 over) on Thursday, Tiger Woods reportedly did not speak to reporters, instead heading for the driving range. This is unconscionable and unacceptable for the world’s best player. Heck, even Mark Brunell — my long-time favorite whipping boy at Redskin Park — talked every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. I wonder if we can expect the same kind of childish behavior from Tiger when/if he plays in his own tournament this summer at Congressional.

* Upset but not surprised to see that one of the best shows on television — “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” has likely been cancelled. It will be a must-buy for me on DVD.

* Sunday may be one of the great television days of the year. Despite the carnage, I’ll still watch the Masters. Then it’s the season premiere of the “Sopranos” and “Entourage.” Here’s hoping “Entourage” features more Ari, more Drama, less E, way less Turtle and the same amount of Vince.

* And finally, a few words about “American Idol.” I’ve centered my support around Jordin Sparks, who keeps improving every week and unlike her main competition — LaKisha and Melinda — is not a professional singer. But the idiot who is dominating this show is Sanjaya, the no-talent, look-at-me kid from Seattle who somehow made the final 24 via judge’s decision and has survived for several weeks because pre-teen girls have cell phones. The longer this kid is on the show, the more credibility it will lose. But it won’t be until one of the three aforementioned female singers gets bounced and Sanjaya stays that America will get a clue and stop voting for him.

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