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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE

The Redskins, in case you've lost count, have gone through 20 starting quarterbacks in 20 years since Mark Rypien led the 1991 team to the Super Bowl, with John Beck becoming No. 20 on Sunday.

"Before you get too excited," wrote Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, "don't forget he lost a QB competition to Rex Grossman."

FECKLESS IN SEATTLE

Local economists say it will take a whopping $3.2 billion to properly rebuild the tattered: a) Alaskan Way Viaduct; b) Seahawks offense; c) Washington Husky defense.

LOSING THEIR SHIRTS

In another sign of these bad economic times, the Lingerie Football League's Miami Caliente has ceased operations. At least every player was given a pink slip.

REVISIONIST HISTORY

"Raiders owner Al Davis died, and immediately he was a legendary football pioneer and visionary," wrote Greg Cote of the Miami Herald. "While still alive, he'd been a confrontational, abrasive meddler whose teams had a record of 39-93 since 2003. 'Death: The Ultimate Extreme Makeover.' "

BRING YOUR EARMUFFS

Weather Channel meteorologists say that in terms of such things as cold, snow and wind, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Green Bay are the four worst places to watch an NFL game.

Penguins and polar bears excluded.

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times

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