Sapp's Apt to Turn Up Anywhere

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Sapp's Apt to Turn Up Anywhere


Byline: Dan Daly, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Am I seeing things, or did Warren Sapp just run right through the Sunday Column? (During my stretching exercises, too.)

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I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the back-and-forth this week between LaVar Arrington and Sapp. We haven't had much pregame woofing around here since Dexter Manley was threatening to ring Danny White's clock.

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Elena Slough, the oldest living American, died last week at 114 (or maybe 115). Slough lived through 22 presidents, seven U.S. wars and one New Orleans Saints playoff victory.

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So I'm reading about Rush Limbaugh heading to drug rehab, and I'm thinking: Gee, maybe ESPN just had him in the wrong vehicle. Maybe it should have given him a part on "Playmakers."

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Speaking of Our Favorite Sports Network, have you been following the voting on ESPN.com for the best uniform in sports? The eight finalists are the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Celtics, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Chargers (powder blue throwbacks), University of Michigan football and University of North Carolina basketball. A respectable group, to be sure, but I still don't see how you could leave out the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders.

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Eagles fullback Jon Ritchie was being interviewed after the game last Sunday when he suddenly found himself surrounded by several southpaw scribblers. "Wow!" he said. "How many of you guys are lefties?" Four pens were raised. "I'm a lefty," he went on. "So was Michelangelo, you know. And Leonardo da Vinci and Marilyn Monroe." Not to mention Philly's own Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Ronald "the Gipper" Reagan and two of the four Beatles - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

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The Top 3 Lefty Quarterbacks of All Time (one man's opinion):

1. Steve Young.

2. Ken Stabler.

3. Boomer Esiason.

Pre-1960: Frankie Albert.

Honorable mention: Keanu Reeves in "The Replacements."

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Rich Tandler, author of "The Redskins from A to Z," passes along this information (which, um, obviously is not to be used for betting purposes):

"The Redskins haven't fared too badly against defending Super Bowl champions [such as the Bucs], going 12-12 against such teams since the game's inception. Only three times, though, have the Redskins beaten a Super Bowl champ from outside their own division. In 1974, Sonny Jurgensen led a memorable comeback as the Redskins beat the Dolphins 20-17. Then, following the 1986 season, Washington shuffled into Chicago for a playoff game and snuffed out what was supposed to be a pending Bear dynasty, winning 27-13. Finally, three years ago, they knocked off the Rams in St. Louis on 'Monday Night Football,' 33-20. Overall, they're 3-6 outside the division and 9-6 vs. title holders from the NFC East."

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Trial by fire: The Redskins are just the seventh team since 1970 to play in five straight games decided by three points or less. And here's an encouraging note: Five of the other six made the playoffs, with three advancing to the Super Bowl (the 49ers in '81 and '88 and the Titans in '99).

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I don't know why everybody's so worried about a Super Bowl in Washington or New York. Given the current rate of global warming, by 2008 the NFC East will be the NFC South.

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Quote of the Week: "The current explanation [for the failure of the Red Sox to win the World Series since 1918] is the Curse of the Bambino, which supposedly changed the fortunes of both teams when the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees. A more likely problem, at least until recently, is that the Red Sox were the last team in the big leagues to hire black players. Call it the 'Curse of the Albino.'"

- Jim Bouton in a guest column for the Boston Globe

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In another guest column in the Globe, the former Yankees pitcher reminisced about the pre-Steinbrenner era in New York. …

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