- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2008

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM » AN EXCERPT FROM REDSKINS 360

It’s not the Hall of Fame Game. It’s not the season opener at the Super Bowl champion New York Giants on Sept. 4. But Saturday night represented Jim Zorn’s first home game as Redskins coach.

For the record, Joe Gibbs lost his FedEx Field debut, a 23-20 preseason loss to Carolina in 2004. Steve Spurrier won his first game in the stadium 35-34 over Pittsburgh in August 2002. Marty Schottenheimer’s Redskins were walloped 27-6 by Atlanta in his welcome to Washington game in 2001.

Zorn has coached four games in Landover as an assistant, including the only playoff game played there. That was Washington’s 1999 first-round victory over Zorn’s Detroit Lions during which Redskins guard Tre’ Johnson and Lions defensive lineman Robert Porcher were ejected for fighting. Zorn also was on hand when former Maryland kicker Nick Novak hit an overtime field goal to beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2005.

— David Elfin

TWT FIVE » BORDERLINE ACTIVE BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS

1. Curt Schilling — His win-loss record (216-146) is not Hall-worthy, but his playoff performance makes him the most likely of the group to get in. He has won three World Series titles and compiled a 2.23 ERA in the playoffs .

2. Mike Mussina — With numbers similar to Juan Marichal and Jim Palmer and approaching 300 wins, “Moose” has a shot with a couple more solid seasons.

3. Jeff Kent — An elite offensive second baseman, Kent went to five All-Star Games. Still, injuries have hampered his production.

4. Omar Vizquel — The best-fielding shortstop of his era, Vizquel only went to the All-Star Game three times.

5. Jim Edmonds — Batting numbers are OK (batted over .300 five times), but his eight Gold Gloves put him in the discussion.

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