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Friday, January 13, 2006

On the way to Redskins Park earlier this week, long snapper Ethan Albright turned up the radio for what he recognized as "Redneck Yacht Club," one of his favorite country songs. Instead, he heard the singer referencing Washington's win over Tampa Bay and boasting about LaVar Arrington and Clinton Portis.

"I almost stopped paying attention to the road," Albright said. "I was like, 'Wow, this is about us!' "

The Redskins have thoroughly invaded Washington's airwaves since Saturday's win. Flip through the dial, and you might hear Redskins odes to the tunes of 50 Cent, Young Jeezy or Britney Spears. Country station 98.7 WMZQ wrote Albright's favorite tribute, using Craig Morgan's top 20 hit to create a song called "Redskins Fan Club."

Morning show hosts Ben Campbell and Brian Egan put the song together. Campbell, known for his ability to mimic country singers, wrote and sang the lyrics. Egan, a die-hard Redskins fan who traveled to Tampa and will go to Seattle this weekend, mixed in audio play-by-play from the game.

"We get requests for it every 10 minutes or so," said Egan, who directs requesters to a link for the song on the station's Web site. "People can't get enough of it."

The song -- and the station -- might be most popular among the Redskins. Yesterday morning, during a week in which the team has been besieged by media requests, Gregg Williams, the assistant head coach for defense, requested time with Egan and Campbell on the air, the radio hosts said.

Williams spent 10 minutes on the show, talking mostly about the Redskins. At the end of the interview, Egan and Campbell asked which song Williams would like to dedicate to his wife. "Redskins Fan Club" seemed like an obvious choice, but Williams had something else in mind.

He requested "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," by Joe Nichols. Seriously.

AIRPLANE FOOD: If you're worried, like many Redskins fans seem to be, about the team traveling all the way to Seattle, take heart: It's actually only a little farther than the commute to Redskins Park. Plus, the long flight might pass more quickly than the 35-mile haul from Washington to the team's facility in Ashburn. On the team plane last night (a spacious 747, a team spokesman said), players expected to enjoy an elegant meal that included steak and shrimp. Typically, seats are assigned based on experience. Coaches sit at the front of the plane. Rookies sit in the back.

HOME-FACILITY ADVANTAGE: Despite Redskins Park's out-of-the-way location, the inside of the place is practically palatial. The facility has four practice fields, a spacious locker room and state-of-the-art strength facilities. Even better, it has a full dining room with an extensive menu and instructions on what players should eat depending on the time of a game. The dining tables are covered with white table cloths. Flower bouquets, placed at the center of some tables, made the room feel practically romantic.

AIRLINE ISSUES: Alaska Airlines, one of the main carriers servicing Seattle, has had its share of problems recently. On Wednesday, an Alaska plane made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff because a mechanic left a landing-gear door open. Two weeks earlier, another Alaska plane was forced to the ground when a hole opened in the fuselage at 26,000 feet.

WET WEEKEND: Seattle might be even more damp than usual this weekend. According to the Seattle Times, rain hit the area for 24 consecutive days through Wednesday night. Meteorologists predict at least seven more days of rain in Seattle, including some tomorrow. The regional record is 33 straight rainy days.

-- Eli Saslow

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