In the final dog days of another losing season, the Washington Redskins played the distraction game - by trotting out a reminder from the glory days.
Out came the three polished Super Bowl trophies. In walked owner Dan Snyder to rattle off some statistics from an era before he bought the team.
The guest of honor: Richie Petitbon, the defensive coordinator whose name is on all three of those trophies. Petitbon will be inducted in the Redskins' ''Ring of Fame'' at halftime of the Christmas Eve game against the Minnesota Vikings, a ceremony that might motivate at least a few fans to show up for a matchup between teams whose combined record is currently 6-20.
''It hadn't been fun,'' said Petitbon, when asked what it's been like to follow the Redskins for the past 20 years.
He went on to say that he thinks the Redskins are ''really on the right track'' despite a 4-9 record in the second year under coach Mike Shanahan.
At least he gave an opinion. The two people in the room whose tho...