Political pundits haven't had all the fun in Washington. It's been a great two weeks to be a sports pundit in old D.C.
When the Redskins last played, Oct. 30 against Detroit, Mike Shanahan benched Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman in the final two minutes of a 6-point game. Why? Well, only Shanahan really knows ... or maybe he doesn't.
Shanahan has been flip-flopping like a Washington politician out of water, at first claiming that Rex has a better grasp of the 2-minute drill than Donovan does. The coach then called an audible, saying he actually was concerned about McNabb's sore hamstrings. Apparently realizing how ridiculous that sounded, Shanny cited D-Mac's lack of "cardiovascular endurance."
Shanahan and his minions also said they told McNabb during the week that just such a benching might happen. McNabb said that wasn't true.
That Rex fumbled on his very first snap - you miss him, Chicago, don't you? - made the whole thing even better.
Because the Redskins had a bye last Sunday, this silliness was the gift that kept on giving in Washington. Every day offered new nuggets of nincompoopness.
On his weekly radio show Tuesday, McNabb called it "hilarious" and "funny" for Shanahan to suggest he was either mentally or physically unprepared for the type of 2-minute drill he has been running since he started playing football.
I don't often get columnist envy any more, but I admit I'm a little jealous of my Washington colleagues these days.