- The Washington Times - Friday, September 5, 2008


A countdown to the Redskins‘ season opener Thursday night against the New York Giants:

3:25 p.m.: At the Newark airport Marriott, Sir Scribble gets his glimpse of tonight’s officiating crew, and none other than Ed “Muscles” Hochuli drew the opening night assignment. Scrib would have loved to ask Ed whether he intends to do pushups at midfield before the coin toss.

4 p.m.: A sign on the New Jersey Turnpike: “Donate Car, Free Towing.” That’s the same kind of offer a car-jacking outfit makes.

4:15 p.m.: The Giants Stadium press box remains in the heavens, but a look at the new stadium next door reveals the box there will be even higher. The top level of the new place is higher than the current stadium, which suggests several levels of luxury boxes.

4:30 p.m.: The first Redskins are on the field - a bunch of linemen, including Casey Rabach and Ethan Albright. They’re lounging around the 40-yard line. Meanwhile, punter Durant Brooks is practicing the all-important snap catch.

5 p.m.: Jason Taylor takes the field to do some running.

5:15 p.m.: During Scrib’s radio interview, he notices Manhattan is barely visible. Call it smog or haze or whatever, but it sort of looks like Beijing.

5:50 p.m.: The Redskins post their inactives - Taylor is in, and cornerback Shawn Springs is out (calf). Six of the team’s 10 draft picks also are inactive.

6:19 p.m.: Jason Campbell takes the field with some hideous looking shoes - more yellow than black.

6:30 p.m.: The first jersey rundown of the season, Giants style. Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Jeremy Shockey, Brandon Jacobs, Tiki Barber, Plaxico Burress, Justin Tuck, Antonio Pierce and the big-time leader, Eli Manning.

6:52 p.m.: The delightful Kate Mara is trotted out to sing the anthem. The stands are about 60 percent full because of brutal New York-New Jersey rush hour traffic.

7:01 p.m.: Michael Strahan emerges with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

- Ryan O’Halloran



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