- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2007


PHILADELPHIA — When they built The Linc, they got it right. Plenty of good parking (unlike FedEx Field). Affordable $20 parking (unlike FedEx Field). Good sight lines from nearly every seat (unlike FedEx Field).

But the folks at McFadden’s Ball Park restaurant across the street at the Phillies’ stadium deserve mention — for all the wrong reasons. Upon arriving in Philly at 4:15 p.m. to beat traffic, a few of us walked over to McFadden’s to have dinner … and were forced to pay a $5 cover charge. At first, we thought they were joking and waited to be seated. But they insisted, and, yes, we did get a receipt.

Later on, most of the parking lots were filled three hours before game time, with many fans obviously taking a half-day off from work to get an early start on the tailgating.

The first Redskins on the field (at 5:48) were Casey Rabach and Jason Fabini. Sean Taylor — sporting a large Afro — was doing running drills with Shawn Springs, who was wearing a white T-shirt with “Watch This” on the back.

At the other end of the field, new receiver Reche Caldwell was getting extra work with Jason Campbell. Caldwell, signed Tuesday, was inactive for the game.

Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham was the first player in uniform to take the field, showing that the Redskins were wearing their burgundy jerseys for the first time since last September in Houston.

Ryan O’Halloran

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