Capital's Assets

Pigskin, politics, and baseball's coming back. Welcome to Hog heaven
October 10, 2004

OCT. 10 >> BALTIMORE RAVENS AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS >> 8:30 P.M. EST

[1] WHITE HOUSE Where Clinton, Kennedy and Roosevelt (Teddy) played football on the lawn and Reagan made the Super Bowl XIX coin toss. [2] SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Now showing: "Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers," a display of mementos from athletes who left their mark on society. Ogle Jordan's jerseys, Ali's robe and the Babe's home run balls. [3] RFK STADIUM Next spring, baseball returns after 34 years. In '71, with one out left in the Senators' last game in D.C., fans stormed field and took bases and turf. [4] CHANDELIER ROOM, SHERATON-CARLTON HOTEL Vince Lombardi held his first press conference as Skins coach here in '69, saying, "I can't walk across the Potomac, not even when it's frozen." After going 7-5-2 in one season, Lombardi succumbed to cancer. [5] ARLINGTON HOSPITAL Hospital where Joe Theismann got a call the day after Lawrence Taylor broke his leg on Monday Night Football in 1985. It was LT. "I don't do things halfway," he explained. [6] TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH CEMETERY (Upperville, Va.) In '97 owner Jack Kent Cooke's ashes were buried in the town John Updike wrote of in his poem Upon Learning That a Town Exists Called Upperville. [7] PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE Thrice-traveled Super Bowl parade route. [8] SWEETWATER TAVERN QB Patrick Ramsey says the grilled fish is "almost" as good as back home in Ruston, La. [9] WASHINGTON TELEVISION CENTER Home of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives--and the same building where elite ranters (and Washington Post columnists) Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon tape Pardon the Interruption. [10] GOLD'S GYM In off-season wideout James Thrash, certified by the National Strength Professionals Association, worked here as a conditioning specialist. [11] MAYFLOWER HOTEL Where LB Sam Huff roomed with aptly named running back Joe Don Looney in the '60s. The team gave Huff $1,500 annually to keep Looney out of trouble. One year Huff lost the money when the two brawled at a practice. [12] WASHINGTON SHERATON At the '85 White House Press Club dinner, John Riggins passed out after urging Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to "Loosen up, Sandy baby." --Adam Duerson

Visitors' View

The Ravens on Washington

"The funniest thing about D.C. is when I see the nation's Capitol. When you're growing up, you see it on money, and then when you see it in person, it kind of trips you out."

--Gary Baxter, cornerback

"I enjoy the clubs near Howard University. They've got beautiful women in there." --Cornell Brown, linebacker

"I like to go to the Four Seasons. It's an all-day spa. I treat myself to the whole nine yards: facials, manicure, pedicure, massage, body wrap." --Baxter

225 MILES NE

New York City, ABC STUDIOS

Backup QB Tim Hasselbeck's wife spends weekdays in NYC cohosting The View.

638 MILES SW

Atlanta

RT'S RIBS 'N' FLAVAS Guard Randy Thomas opened this rib shack in '04 and hosted a shrimp eating contest against competitive eater Sonya (the Black Widow) Thomas. She scarfed down 61/2 pounds in 10 minutes. He got through 11/2.

390 MILES S

Huntersville, N.C. JOE GIBBS RACING FACILITY

With Papa back in the NFL, son J.D. oversees this car shop, which houses the team's two Winston Cup trophies (Bobby Labonte, '00; Tony Stewart, '02).

2,335 MILES W

Phoenix, ARIZONA OUTLAWS

Defunct USFL team from which Gibbs salvaged QB Doug Williams in '86. Two years later Williams became first, and so far only, black QB to win SuperBowl.

FEDEX FIELD

• CAPACITY: 91,665 (NFL high)

• ANTHEM SINGER AT SEPT. 14, 1997, OPENER: Mary Chapin Carpenter (Skins win in OT, 19--13)

• QUARTERS PER GAME: 5. The fifth, by tradition, unfolds at club level's Wild Goose Landing; bands perform

• CLUB LEVEL TABLE SERVICE AREA: 15,472 seating capacity; world's largest waiter service area

• ON-SITE FEDEX DROP BOXES: 1

COLOR PHOTOJ. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP (THEISMANN) COLOR PHOTOJASON KIRK/NEWSMAKERS (GOLDS) COLOR PHOTOHARRY CABLUCK/AP (SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR) COLOR PHOTOSTEVE FENN/ABC/AP (THE VIEW) COLOR PHOTOLINDA SPILLERS (PTI) COLOR PHOTOMARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES (CAPITAL) COLOR PHOTOFRED KAPLAN (MCLAIN) COLOR PHOTOJESSICA GRIFFIN/AP (WING BOWL) COLOR PHOTO DONALD MIRALLE/GETTY IMAGES (CAR) COLOR PHOTOTONY TOMSIC (WILLIAMS) COLOR PHOTODOUGMILLS/AP (PARADE) COLOR PHOTO MARK GOLDMAN/ICON SMI (HOGETTE) COLOR PHOTOERIC F. LONG/SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE (ROBINSON) COLOR PHOTO DENNIS MACDONALD (WHITE HOUSE) COLOR PHOTOLARRY MORRIS/THE WASHINGTON POST (FEDEX FIELD) COLOR MAPWashington D.C.

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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
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