- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 8, 2008

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Nick Saban returns to “Death Valley” and tries to keep Alabama atop the Top 25 rankings with a victory over No. 15 LSU. 3:30 p.m., Chs. 9, 13

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM » AN EXCERPT FROM REDSKINS 360

It was news last year when Barack Obama discovered that he and Vice President Dick Cheney were distant relatives. But the president-elect is also distantly linked to the Redskins.

Former Cardinals and Chargers coach Don Coryell had gotten his start as an assistant at Punahou Academy in Honolulu. That happens to be the school where Obama, then known as Barry, starred in basketball nearly three decades later.

Coryell, of course, coached former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and current tight ends coach Rennie Simmons at San Diego State. Coryell later gave Gibbs his first college and pro coaching jobs: at San Diego State and with the Cardinals before making him the Chargers’ offensive coordinator in 1979. That’s what Gibbs was doing when he was first hired by the Redskins as their coach in 1981.

David Elfin

TWT FIVE » UGLIEST JERSEYS IN MLB HISTORY

While the Nationals’ new jerseys are sure not to please everyone, at least they won’t go down in history alongside these grotesque designs:

1. San Diego Padres, 1980-84: In these brown and yellow togs, players were dressed for a post-retirement career at Taco Bell. You want pintos ‘n cheese with that?

2. Chicago White Sox: 1982-86: These duds featured horizontal blue and red stripes and “Sox” in gigantic letters — just in case teams forgot who they were playing against.

3. Houston Astros, 1975-79: Every imaginable hue of yellow and orange, a massive star and numbers strategically placed on the thigh. Don’t mess with Texas.

4. Montreal Expos, 1982 (road): Besides featuring pale blue, these featured a cryptic cursive “M” logo that — what’s this? — is also a lowercase “e” (Expos) and “b” (baseball)! It took me years of my childhood to decipher that one.

5. Philadelphia Phillies, May 19, 1979: This all-burgundy gaffe was so hideous, the Phillies banished it after one game. Pitcher Jim Lonborg to portly slugger Greg Luzinski: “Bull, you look like a big grape.”

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