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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 10/23/2006

What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

The contest? Who can be the most existentially miserable. WashTimes: "the Redskins' season essentially ended yesterday." Dan Daly: "Say so long to their playoff hopes, folks." LaCanfora: "it will take a monumental reversal to salvage the season." Boz: "R.I.P." (with some choice words about Gibbs). Rick Snider: Joe Gibbs's honeymoon is over, and fans are thinking divorce. NYTimes: "the Redskins are in danger of being the National Football League's biggest bust." BaltSun: they were a "helpless, hapless" team in the second half. Virginian-Pilot: this was "one of their most inelegant three-game stretches in recent memory." TheSundriesShack: Washington DC is home to the worst football team in the NFL. Official team website: "an upset bid was too much to ask for." (Cool.)

(Btw, again we read suggestions that the Skins play dirty, as Bob Kravitz calls them "the NFC's version of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Only more overpaid.")

Former Terp Shawne Merriman's suspension was "definitely for steroids," although a source close to him hints of "a reason behind this." The 5-2 Terps are now thinking big, Friedgen's peeved with the officiating, and Hokies QB Ike Whitaker might get more PT this week.

Maryland basketball is picked seventh in the ACC, whose coaches are already complaining about NCAA tournament bids, with Gary Williams asking for six or seven.

After he talks to the Giants, Mets third-base coach Manny Acta will become at least the seventh managerial candidate to meet with the Nats, while Cecil Cooper and Joey Cora are out of the running. Eddie Jordan still hasn't chosen a center, and the O's become the second MLB team to hire a female head groundskeeper.

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