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* To Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who actually had the guts to interview one of head coach Jim Zorn's assistants - secondary coach Jerry Gray - several weeks ago for Zorn's job. It's been clear for a while now to everyone, including Zorn, that he's a dead man walking. But Snyder apparently wants to humiliate him as much as possible before he cans him. He could at least have the decency to wait until he fires Zorn to start interviewing replacement candidates. Snyder has absolutely no intention of hiring Gray. But the NFL requires teams to interview at least one African-American candidate for all head-coaching and top front-office positions. Guess he thought he'd get it out of the way early.

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* To the NFL for moving the Pro Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl. I know they're trying to find a way to get more people to pay attention to this game. The problem is, by moving it up, they are effectively devaluing the significance of playing in the game. Every year, there are at least a dozen players selected to the Pro Bowl who back out because of injuries, real or imagined. Well, that number is going to swell now that the game is being moved up 2 weeks. Also, the Pro Bowl players on the two Super Bowl teams, which could feasibly number as many as 15 or 20, won't be playing in the game. By game time, they might have to raid some Arena2 rosters for players.

- Paul Domowitch