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I stumbled across this older Rob Galbraith article (via) that uses the 2004 Super Bowl (aka the "Wardrobe Malfunction" year) to delve into how Sports Illustrated takes and processes its photos: camera settings, post-processing settings, guidelines, equipment, etc... Their photographers are told to not delete any photos, deliver the entire reel, shoot in RAW+JPEG, etc... Even if the software configuration that is discussed is a bit dated, it is one of the best overviews I've read of a pro pipeline.

Sports Illustrated's digital workflow

Crazy crash

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Levi on the ground

On a whim I decided to drive up to Santa Rosa to see stage 1 of the Tour of California. I normally ignore the sprint stages, but I figured with President's Day and all it would be worth a new experience. The Santa Rosa stage also has three laps on the finishing circuit, so there would be multiple chances to snap photos.

There were tons of people in Santa Rosa and I couldn't get a good spot near the finish line. I managed to convince someone to let me squeeze in but a half an hour later the media folk started setting up right in front of us, blocking our best views. I couldn't get good sightlines down the straightaway, which meant that the autofocus and metering on a lot of my photos were blown. It didn't really matter, either, because there were so many of the thin yellow thundersticks being waved around that half of my photos feature them instead. As it turned out, it really didn't matter what was going on towards the finish line.

After the riders passed on at the start of the penultimate lap, there was a loud popping noise. I turned around and saw bike after bike piling up. There were riders yelling at each other in anger, others were lazily getting up, and others seemed to be figuring out what damage they suffered. All the while, the forty riders who weren't involved in the crash raced away. It wasn't even until a couple of minutes later that I realized that Levi Leipheimer, who's in the overall lead, was involved in the crash. The race lost all organization after that. The announcers didn't know what was going on, the finish had to be reviewed on tape to see who won, the judges belatedly decided to neutralize the finish (award everyone the same time), and one of the riders failed to show up for the award's ceremony.

The photo above is my favorite from the day because it summarizes so much of the chaos. Off in the distance, the riders racing away. In the foreground, riders still piling up on top of one another. In the center, Levi Leipheimer. The Liquigas rider is kicking someone in the head and on the side of #118's right leg: a face (you have to view the full size to see it).

Team Uni branching out

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Team Uni was in effect yesterday. After much practice with the Tour de Comic-Con, it was time to branch into the cycling realm with the Tour of California. parakkum loaned the necessary video capture equipment, offtopicartisan shot the video and reconnoitered the course, and I shot photos.

The hardest stretch was when ota initiated the sprint from Telegraph Hill down to the Embarcadero so that we could catch the podium presentation. Or perhaps the hardest stretch was when we had to walk back up Telegraph Hill to get to my car.

For fans of the Colbert Report

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SAGINAW, Mich. -- Call it "Colbert Day in Canada."

That's what a 5-4 win for the Saginaw Spirit over the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League on Friday has earned Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's satirical news program "The Colbert Report."

Colbert had made a bet with Oshawa mayor John Gray on the outcome of the game. If the Generals won, Colbert would don a team jersey during his show. If the Spirit won, Gray would have to declare March 20 -- also his birthday -- "Stephen Colbert Day" in the Ontario city.

... In a recent game between the two teams in Oshawa, the Generals held their annual teddy bear toss for charity. Colbert took mock offense and aired footage of the stunt, calling it "an obvious attempt to taunt me" in light of the show's claim that bears are the No. 1 threat to America's safety.

In retaliation, Colbert encouraged Saginaw fans to throw General Motors annual earnings reports on the ice during Friday's game -- and fans complied. He even posted a downloadable link to the financial reports on his Web site.

Brawl results

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Last night I went out with the VA crew to watch my first Capitals game in many years -- my first time to see them in the Verizon/MCI Center. The game started off well enough with the Caps taking a 2-1 lead over the Thrashers, but things quickly fell apart as the 2nd period edged on. Eventually the Caps were down 4-2, they were stuck in a 5-on-4 penalty kill situation with their best offensive player in the penalty box, and there was only about a minute and half left; there was no miracle forthcoming. Atlanta's Sutton took this situation as an opportunity to deliver a hard check, which resulted in mass fisticuffs between everyone on the ice. The Caps' Brashear pounded Vishnevski until there was blood in the ice, Kolzig eventually left his goal to have some words with Atlanta's goalie, and there were a lot of penalties/ejections and things to clean up off the ice.

Then as the players lined up for another faceoff, another fight broke out. More penalties/ejections.

Play finally got underway. Then Atlanta's Mellanby started hitting Heward in the back of the head, so Heward fought back and took Mellanby to the ice. More penalties/ejections.

It's about how I remember Caps games from the 80s ending, back in the era when fights were more common. Perhaps I'm a bad influence.

Fremont Athletics? Santa Clara 49ers?

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Update: Olympic fallout - SF drops bid for 2016 Olympics

What a weird week of sports moves for the Bay Area: A's, Cisco, reach deal to build ballpark in Fremont and 49ers tell San Francisco mayor they plan to move (to Santa Clara or elsewhere). What will the new team names be? Fremont and Santa Clara just aren't that cool. They are also closer to San Jose than they are their former hosts, though I know that the South Bay is legally SF Giants territory. A map of the proposed Santa Clara site is below (hey -- light rail!). 

World Cup 1

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Below the fold, due to spoilers

Blah Blah Blah

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Two hours after the end of the Superbowl, ESPN had a graphic up on their frontpage that said:

blah blah blah

They have since corrected it to say:

Final: 21-10

I believe that the original graphic was more correct.

Violence seems to have replaced sex in this year's ads. Either that, or we mostly laughed at the violent ones in reflection of our current zeitgeist. I was partial to the non-violent sheep streaker ad -- I also like the 2003's zebra instant replay version -- but I figure with seven ads Budweiser was bound to score with at least one. Nostalgia also hearkened me to the MacGyver ad. IFILM has a pretty descent Superbowl ad page if you want to relive the ads.

Omigoodness Redskins may not suck

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I had pretty much given up hope when the Redskins still had not scored a touchdown going into the 4th quarter. That's seven straight quarters with no TD.

I still had no hope when Brunell threw a long pass that somehow ended up in the hands Santana Moss in the end zone to make it 13-7. The Redskins had lost 14 of the last 15 matchups against the Cowboys and last year's near-victory was lost with 30 seconds left on the clock.

I had no idea what was coming when Brunell put it into the hands of Moss yet again in the final minutes of the game to make it 14-13. The entire Redskins offense was otherwise non-existent -- no running game, no passing game, and frequent false penalties.

Two plays on offense and some hard-hitting defense was all it took. I'm going to have to get used to a lot of low scoring games this year.

Washington Post summary Wilbon column

USC #1

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Man, I love USC football, but I didn't expect them to absolutely kill Oklahoma. Usually USC builds up the drama with a porous first half defense, but after allowing an early OU touchdown, it became non-stop USC: SI.com - A clear No. 1: USC routs OU 55-19 in Orange Bowl

USC/Notre Dame Homecoming

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I got to watch USC beat the crap out of Notre Dame for their homecoming. It was my first USC home game, and it was a whole lot more fun watching a game there than it is at Stanford, even if it was pouring rain on us most of the game. There's just a whole lot more going on when you go to a USC home game than there at Stanford.

It was a typical Pete Carroll game: USC looked terrible in the first quarter and a half, completely unable to stop the Notre Dame running game, then they made some adjustments and completely unloaded on Notre Dame. Leinhart racked up 5 TDs/400 yards, Reggie Bush had a great cut that lead to a 70 yard touchdown, Jarrett got a couple, Smith got one in his return from a broken leg, and a fake punt with seven minutes remaining got the Notre Dame staff pissed off as USC was already up 34-10 (and soon went to 41-10 afterwards).

Woohoo! 'Skins suck! Really, woohoo!

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Via snopes and a mailing list I'm on, I can actually be happy that the Redskins are so pathetic this year. I can even save face with my Packers friends as we are both unified in our desire to have Bush removed from office. I'll even wear a cheesehead if that helps this happen.

The Washington Redskins have proved to be a time-tested election predictor. In the previous 15 elections, if the Washington Redskins have lost their last home game prior to the election, the incumbent party has lost the White House. When they have won, the incumbent has stayed in power.

This election year, that deciding game takes place on Sunday, October 31 ... vs. Green Bay.

Phew, USC beats Stanford

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I love going to USC games. I haven't been to any home games, but their games at Stanford are great events. There are enough USC fans that it seems like a home game, and the USC marching band does performances both before and after the game to keep the USC fans entertained. You also have to like a team where even the head coach is playing catch during warm-up, and the football players come over the USC section to salute them.

Last time I saw USC play Stanford in person, USC stomped the Cardinal 49-17 (2002), and given that today's line was 22 points, I was expecting a similar experience as two years ago. Man was I wrong.

USC went up early, but Stanford picked away at the lead with a pass attack and good punt returns. USC also made its share of mistakes, including allowing an 82 yard touchdown on the final play of the first half on a run where Stanford was just trying to run out the clock. Even when USC forced fumbles, Stanford seemed to recovered (3-0). As the game went into halftime I was shocked to see Stanford up 28-17.

The second half was a different story. Reggie Bush seemed to wake up -- his punt returns looked like someone was hitting the spin button on Madden and his running game went from backwards to 5+ yards/carry. USC scored two touchdowns in the second half and could have scored three (they ran the clock out), and their offense gained control over the game.

It helped that Buddy Teevens seemed eager to coach Stanford out of the game. Despite having no evidence of a running game in the first half, Stanford kept going to the running game in a failed attempt to run some time off the clock. If he had stuck with the successful passing game, who knows, but instead Stanford kept going three and out, which gave USC plenty of time and opportunity to catch up.

Woohoo!

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Please, please, please let this be true

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Gibbs Considering Return to Redskins (washingtonpost.com)

I went to a chat session with Michael Wilbon and one of the people asked him "Did you ever think you'd see the day where the Wizards are the most stable team in the DC area?" DC is a football town, and Gibbs could bring all back together.

USC is Number 1!

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USC gets Number 1 in the media poll, splitting the title with LSU. The BCS gets one more year(?) before its contract is due, so it can't be said that USC killed it, but there will certainly be a lot of impetus for change over the summer, hopefully to a system that can actually be understood and explained.

I have a post about the Rose Bowl on my other computer, which is currently awaiting a battery charging. (Rose Bowl entry now posted under Jan 1). I didn't watch the Sugar Bowl, but USC's better :).

USC wins Rose Bowl

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 Michigan (4)007714 
 USC (1)7714028

There were two things I found funny about this game. One was a postgame quote from DE Kenechi Udeze: "People thought we were a 'finesse' line. Half of us on the defensive line can't even spell finesse. We were offended." The other was that this game was billed by ABC as embodiment of man versus machine, polls versus the BCS computer-generated standings. College football seems to be the last place where our fear of obsolescence by computer would turn up, but it has, and it's amusing, partly in a pedantic sense, as the role of a computer in this is mostly irrelevant. The BCS standings are a bunch of mathematical equations thought up by pseudo-statistician humans who are too lazy to work out their solutions on paper. The computer serves the role of the accomplice, accelerating the application of our own hubris, our desire to be able to perfectly categorize, rank, and file all that's under the sun (and stadium lights).

Watching USC play proves the adage that the really good teams create their own luck. Whenever an opportunity presented itself, the USC players were in the position to take advantage of it, from an errant Navarre pass bounced off of Edwards' foot into the hands of two waiting USC backs to the constant pressure from the corners that resulted in a USC player kicking the ball out of Navarre's hand as he dove past and other drops.

Nearly every aspect of USC's game was on fire. They lit up Michigan for nine sacks, tipped passes, knocked the ball out of Navarre's hands multiple times, blocked the field goal attempt on Michigan's first drive, punished Michigan's punt returner on his only return attempt, and even managed to complete a TD pass to their own QB.

Norm Chow seemed to have the pulse of the game -- USC went deep multiple times, and nearly every single time they pulled it off perfectly. The time of possession clock was heavily in Michigan's favor as a result of USC's efficient drives downfield. Matt Leinart hardly seemed a freshman as he was ranking up Carson Palmer numbers, and Mike Williams looked like an NFL player playing with kids.
ESPN.com - NCF - College Football Recap

So long Spurrier

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Although I don't mind Spurrier, I've never had reached the point before where I couldn't even bare to watch the Redskins play. They were so bad by the end of the season that it was more interesting to watch other teams play.
Spurrier Leaving Redskins After Two Seasons as Coach (washingtonpost.com)

Redskins win!?

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Redskins win 20-7 and Bruce Smith finally breaks Reggie White's record by getting his 199th sack. Ramsey stayed on the sidelines with a messed-up foot. This win reinforces my commitment to not watching the Redskins this season, as they seem to do better when I'm off eating brunch than when I'm sitting in the sports bar chugging beer.
washingtonpost.com: Hasselbeck Throws Two TDs to Lead Redskins Past Giants

USC 52, Oregon State 28

No. 2 USC beat Oregon State 52-28, and No. 1 Oklahoma lost to Kansas State, yet, according to BCS predictions, because of a Notre Dame loss, USC will rise to No. 1 in the polls but drop to No. 3 in the BCS and be shutout of a national title bid. If that's confusing, it's because it doesn't make sense. BCS sucks.

Redskins blow it

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Despite the Dolphins giving the Redskins numerous gifts and placing them in the red zone multiple times, the Skins' still managed to figure out how to lose in the fourth quarter, 24-23, including fumbling the final kickoff that would have given them one last offensive shot.
Redskins Get a Lift, Then Collapse (washingtonpost.com)

Good day for USC

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Despite being ranked #2 in all major polls, USC was still ranked #3 by the BCS formula. Today everything was fixed up as Ohio State had the decency to lose to Michigan, and USC stomped UCLA. Mike Williams had nearly 200 yards as well as two TDs after the first quarter. The score says 47-22 final, but that seems too close for the actual game, which was 33-2 at the half (the two came from a blocked PAT). Oh, and Stanford lost to Cal.
USC 47, UCLA 22

Redskins suck again

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Last minute touchdown sinks the Skins 20-17.
Panthers Are a Handful (washingtonpost.com)

USC blanks Arizona

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USC, now ranked No. 2, looks like they're in top form.
- USC 45, Arizona 0

Now they win...

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One of the few games this year that I don't watch and they finally win. Maybe I should just stop watching...
- washingtonpost.com: Redskins 27, Seahawks 20

Redskins suck even more

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Redskins had two weeks to prepare for their 21-14 loss to the Cowboys. There was a point in the second half where their total offensive passing yards was -10.
Thrown for a Loss (washingtonpost.com)

USC gets big boost from VaTech

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USC unloaded on #6 Washington State and received the good news of Virginia Tech's win over #2 (and previously undefeated) Miami came in. After it seemed that the Sugar Bowl was out of reach after their terrible loss to Cal, USC is back in the national title hunt.
USC 43, Washington State 16

USC beats Washington

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USC is making itself look better and better in the BCS standings with a solid win against the Huskies. This, along with VaTech's loss to Miami will most likely push them into the #3 slot.
USC 43, Washington 23

"Oh no! We suck again!"

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Redskins lose to the Bills, 24-7. I had to watch the other games on at the time at the sports bar, they were playing that bad (and have been all October).
'This Is One of the Worst' (washingtonpost.com)

and takes the shillelagh for another year
USC 45, Notre Dame 14

Bucs beat the 'Skins

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While the Redskins kept it close in the first half, the continued punishment of Patrick Ramsey by Simeon Rice et. al took a toll on the Redskins, and the Bucs offense eventually opened up for 21 fourth quarter points to bury the Redskins 35-13.
This Time, Over Before It's Over (washingtonpost.com)

USC Stomps Stanford

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It still doesn't make up for losing to Cal, but it still is nice to stomp all over a Pac-10 opponent. The Trojans were so far ahead (41-14 at half) that they even stuck in a backup quarterback with the name "Booty."

In related news, eight teams started undefeated this week. Only three survived (Oklahoma, Miama, Virginia Tech), with the most noticeable upset being Ohio State, which lost to number 22 Wisconsin.
USC 44, Stanford 14

Redskins lose to Eagles

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The Redskins made an amazing comeback with less than five minutes to go, kicking a field goal, recovering the onside kick, and scoring a touchdown with thirteen seconds left on the clock. But they were still down two points, and Ramsey's pass went sailing over the Coles head, which meant that their last minute effort was all for naught.

Even during this last minute attempted comeback, the Redskins displayed all the problems that had ut them behind in the first place. It hardly looked like they had been practicing snaps, as they committed seven false starts during the game, and the receivers were constantly dropping Ramsey's passes (not that he was entirely accurate this game).
Two More Points to Make (washingtonpost.com)

USC beats the Sun Devils

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Not quite redemption for their play last week, but they turned in on in the second half and won by a comfortable amount.
USC 37, ASU 17

You win some, you lose some

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Being a Redskins/Trojans fan, this isn't the season start I expected. The Redskins improve to 3-1 by beating the Pats 20-17, giving them their best season start in four years, while the USC Trojans, who had high hopes of a national title, lose to Cal in triple OT.
washingtonpost.com: Hang Time for Redskins
- USC Recap

Plenty of drama, but Redskins lose

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We were trying to choose a restaurant after metamanda finished her marathon and I noticed that the Redskins were playing the Giants on TV, so the choice became much easier. It was already in the fourth quarter with the Redskins down 21-10, so I didn't have my hopes up. Suddenly, though, by the time the entrees came out the Redskins had tied it at 21-21 with a touchdown by Rod Gardner, a two-point conversion, a great defensive stand, and a field goal in the closing seconds. However, it was not to be as the Giants couldn't manage to screwup a second straight overtime game.
- washingtonpost.com: A Kick in the Teeth

Fun 'n Gun emerges

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So that's why the Redskins bought Coles. Didn't get to see this one b/c I was at the T-Mobile International, but it sounds like it was a fun game to watch if you're a Redskins fan - and were also lucky enough to miss the first half. Ramsey unloaded for 356 yards of passing, including 180 to Coles to fuel a 17-point comeback.
- washingtonpost.com: Last One Standing

USC annihilates Hawaii

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61 points and almost double the score of Hawaii? Also, four of their touchdowns came from their freshman running backs. The other top four teams crushed their opponents as well, so USC will probably sit tight in the four spot for another week.
- ESPN.com - NCF - College Football Recap

USC beats BYU 35-18

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BYU rallied from 21-0 to 21-18, but two more scores by 4th-ranked USC put the game back in control.
- Two late Trojan scores blunt Cougar rally

Jets 13, Former Jets 16

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The Redskins took the NFL season opener 16-13. They looked good offensively for a little over a quarter, which was long enough to hand the game over the Redskins defense. It also helped that the Redskins had the Jets former kicker to kick three field goals.
- Off on the Right Foot (washingtonpost.com)

USC 23, Auburn 0

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8th ranked USC crushes 6th ranked Auburn 23-0.
ESPN.com - NCF - Recap - USC at Auburn - 08/30/2003

I'm going to try to make my pilgrammage to SoCal to see USC beat up Stanford in October.

Redskins sign Canidate

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Redskins sign Trung Canidate, trade draft pick to Rams

Orange Bowl: Go USC!

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In the matchup of the Heisman-candidate quarterbacks, Palmer crushed Banks (with the help of some excellent USC D). USC simply unloaded on Iowa for the entire game by spreading the ball around on offense (Fargas, Williams, McCullough, Byrd). Palmer racked up 303 yards and a TD pass (Williams). Iowa was able to put seven on the board after a 100-yard opening kickoff return, but after that was fairly silent. In the words of Mike Williams, "After the kickoff, they didn't do anything."

Orange Bowl Boxscore:


Final 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
Iowa (3) 10 0 0 7 17
USC (5) 7 3 14 14 38

Palmer outduels Banks in bowl showdown

Redskins Finally

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Redskins beat Dallas 20-16
- Darrell Green's last game
- end of 10 game losing streak to Dallas
- Possibly last games of Emmitt Smith and Bruce Smith
- 9 combined turnovers
- Arrington on fire (fumble recovery for TD)

Redskins still stink

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Got their butts kicked by the Eagles

USC and Redskins

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USC going to Sugar Bowl
- After Georgia and Washington State win, Rose Bowl ruled out
- Notre Dame not picked as at-large

Redskins fumble game to Giants, 27-21
- Comeback ruined by Bailey fumble on punt return and McCants fumble after catch in 4th quarter
- Ramsey came in for injured Wuerrfel, led comeback
- 5 turnovers

USC crushes Notre Dame

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Man, what a great season: USC kills Notre Dame 44-13. This was the first time since 1983 USC has beat both USC and Notre Dame. USC walks away with the shillelagh (or however its spelled).

Redskins slide

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Redskins lose to Cowboys, again, 27-20
- 10 straight losses to the Cowboys
- blow 20-10 lead with Watson dropping pass on 5 yd line, picked up for INT, TD

Redskins

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Redskins hold out against Rams 20-17
- fumble recovery with 0:11 to go in the red zone (Arrington/Gardener)
- great plays by Smoot
- Controversial call: refs whistled ball dead on Rams fumble in red zone, Rams scored TD

Go USC!

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USC crushes UCLA 52-21
- Palmer #2 on Pac-10 All-Time passing leaders

NFL

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Redskins beat Seattle
- defense mighty, offense sluggish

49ers beat Raiders in overtime
- Cortez missed field goal in final seconds of 4th quarter
- Cortez hits game winner in overtime

Redskins vs. Colts

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- Redskins hold on to win
- waste 20 point lead

Redskins lose

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Redskins lose... again
- Shane Matthews injured, again
- Missed tackles
- Wuerfel throws away best field position of the day