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Chris Fordney: Time for football, politics

By Chris Fordney -- cfordney@nvdaily.com

Everything felt a little off last week.

Must be the change of seasons.

One day my overworked air conditioning was wheezing and clanking like the oldest clunker in the Cash for Clunkers program, and the next morning we all woke up with mercury settled down in the upper 40s.

We've actually been losing our summer days -- literally -- for the past 10 weeks. It now gets dark a full hour earlier, around 7:40 p.m., than it did June 21. But under the new dates for daylight saving time that went into effect in 2007, we'll get an extra week before we have to turn back clocks Nov. 1.

Labor Day also came late this year. The kids are already back in school and it seems like we've been watching football for weeks.

But you can bet one thing will be early this year, just as it's been getting earlier every year: the appearance of Halloween decorations.

Until then the days will become crisper and cooler and we'll occupy our time and minds with football and politics.

How will this football season go? Who knows, because we can't get past all the stories about Michael Vick.

I know we're supposed to be good Redskins fans in our area, but then The Washington Post ran a front-page story about how the team has shafted some its most loyal fans by suing them when they couldn't fulfill their contracts for season tickets.

This big spread across three pages was a public relations nightmare. The main photo showed a crying 72-year-old grandmother who had a real estate business that went belly-up, leaving her without the money to pay for her $5,300-per-year, 10-year contract for two seats at FedEx Field.

The Redskins took her to court and won a judgment of $66,364, the Post reported.

And she was just one of 125 struggling season ticket holders who have been sued over the past five years after they tried to be released from multi-year contracts. Adding insult to injury, the team then turned around and sold their seats to a broker.

I have personal experience of how this organization soaks people. My wife and I went to a concert at FedEx Field that cost a pretty penny for tickets and then were shocked to discover that we had to pay another $35 to park at the stadium. It was either that or turn around and go home. It felt like highway robbery.

Someone should pass a law -- maybe one of our gubernatorial candidates.

That contest was due to go into overdrive over the weekend after it heated up with Creigh Deeds' effort to paint Bob McDonnell as some kind of Neanderthal for writing in a 1989 thesis that women should do nothing but stay at home and make babies. McDonnell tried to brush it off as a youthful indiscretion, but he wrote it when he was 34 years old.

The pollsters have already declared McDonnell the winner even though the real race for governor is only beginning. But it's pretty clear Deeds has an Obama problem. Flybynight Polling found that 40 percent of people won't vote for him because, like Obama, he has a funny name.

Election Day is Nov. 3, and it can't get here soon enough.




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