- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Green, Monk inducted to Hall of Fame:Redskins fans took over Canton, Ohio, this weekend to see Darrell Green and Art Monk inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Monk received an extended standing ovation before his speech, and both players cited the roles their families and religion played in their Hall of Fame careers. The mere mention of any former Redskins player or coach (Joe Gibbs, Joe Theismann, etc.) drew raucous cheers, while former Cowboys players Tony Dorsett and Michael Irvin were loudly booed. Is there a retired athlete less popular in more cities than Irvin? Booed at the Hall of Fame by Redskins fans, booed after suffering a neck injury by Eagles fans — Irvin probably would lose a popularity contest with Congress.

Goodell reinstates Favre: As if the circus surrounding the Brett Favre saga hadn’t already become tiresome, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Favre on Sunday, and the Packers quarterback will report to training camp on Monday. Now that it’s open warfare between the two sides, it will be interesting to see how long Favre remains in the good graces of the media and Packers fans. The only other NFL player capable of a distraction this big is best known for doing crunches in his driveway and initiating a suicide watch by nearly overdosing on medication.

TWT FIVE: REASONS TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE OLYMPICS

1. Distraction from Brett Favre coverage: What leads “SportsCenter,” Michael Phelps breaking Mark Spitz’s record or a Favre sighting at a McDonald’s in Green Bay?

2. It’s not the Winter Olympics: Sports with history and tradition (track and field, swimming, basketball) take the place of X Games wannabes (snowboarding).

3. Last hurrah for baseball, softball: America’s pastime is on the outs with the International Olympic Committee — both sports will be dropped from the Olympic program after this year.

4. A real Dream Team: A third-place finish in 2004 should have no bearing on the 2008 team, with Jason Kidd, Chris Paul and Deron Williams replacing malcontents Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury at point guard.

5. Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps: By Aug. 24, it will be a toss-up between Favre and Phelps for most overexposed athlete.

HE SAID WHAT?

“When you are the biggest country in the world and you’re an illiberal regime and you’re hosting the Olympics, then it’s bound to be political.” — Victor Cha, the director of Asian Studies at Georgetown

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