- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 27, 2008


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Even though I wasn’t covering it, I intended to watch the Redskins’ scrimmage today at the Park.

I never got there. I made it as far as the intersection of Waxpool Road and the Loudoun County Parkway before seeing the gridlock, hearing reports from other media members sitting in traffic and decided to give up before I started.

It’s Amateur Hour in Ashburn today on the part of everybody involved in organizing Fan Appreciation Day.

Here’s how appreciative the Redskins are: Fans were walking more than a mile (from the strip mall of restaurants) because traffic was so unorganized. When a colleague drove to the Park 10 minutes ago, people were already leaving, obviously fed up that they couldn’t see anything.

A note to The Danny, which he should pay attention to because it could make him some money: Move next year’s scrimmage (if the Redskins don’t scrimmage the Ravens) to FedEx Field. Charge $2 for parking. Open the lower bowl concession stands. Allow for free admission. The stadium is equipped to handle 90,000 on fall Sundays, it can surely handle 28,000-plus fans on an August Saturday.

— Ryan O’Halloran

TWT Five » X-Factors

The Yankees kicked off the final week before baseball’s trade deadline Friday night, acquiring Xadiel Ferrera fell a couple letters short):

1. Xavier Nady — It has been a career year for the outfielder, who is batting .330 with 26 doubles.

2. Xavier Hernandez — The reliever spent time with five teams during a 10-year career starting in 1989, going 40-35 with a 3.90 ERA.

3. Xavier Rescigno — His numbers were pedestrian during his career that lasted from 1943 to 1945, but Rescigno is on this list for his nickname, “Mr. X.”

4. Class AAA Las Vegas.

5. Class AA Tulsa.

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