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It’s been looking for a while like Dan Snyder’s going to have trouble filling his stadium come football season. But a Beatle could be just the ticket Snyder needs.

Shortly after Paul McCartney and Snyder announced a few days ago that the ex-Fab would be playing FedExField on August 1, the Redskins posted an offer on the team’s website: Buy club seats for the 2009 football season, and you can also purchase Paul McCartney tickets before they go on sale to the general public next Friday.

If you sign on to redskins.com now, the first page that will hit you features a McCartney/premium seats offer.

This was a rare Redskins offseason without any real ooomph — Albert Haynesworth’s skills far outweigh his name recognition, so his signing probably didn’t sell a dozen season tickets.

That means to Snyder, McCartney is this year’s Steve Spurrier, his Bruce Smith, his Deion Sanders and his Joe Gibbs 2.0. All in one.

Even if McCartney doesn’t fill up all those yellow splotches in the club level, look for the Skins owner to set aside a massive amount of concert seats in his stadium to unload for big bucks on Stubhub, the official scalper of all things Snyder.

BTW: Snyder’s early buy-in offer for the McCartney show isn’t exclusive. American Express is also advertising on radio and TV (including spots during NBC-4’s US Open coverage yesterday) saying tickets are now available to “American Express card holders only.”


Nowhere is Snyder’s black belt in gouging more evident than in the parking realm.

Parking was $10 at FedExField when he bought the place. By last season, he’d quadrupled the charge. Now, according to new rules posted by the entertaining putzes on Snyder’s message board, extremeskins.com, the team has eliminated all cash parking lots for the 2009 season.

Since mass transit options to FedEx are paltry, that pretty much means every season ticket holder will have to buy a 10-game parking pass that will charge fees for the two preseason games.

This change, if it sticks, won’t cause the big stink that Snyder’s alleged War on Tailgating will.

But has Snyder ever done anything the fans like?


On to other Snyders, and some good news: Brandon Snyder, a Chantilly kid and former bonus baby who I saw hit homers in Little League, was just promoted from AA Bowie to the O’s Triple-A affiliate in Richmond Norfolk. (Thanks, DH!)

Come September, he’ll get his cup of coffee.


Sure, Calbert Cheaney was all-world with Bobby Knight at Indiana, and wasn’t much as a pro.

But does Cheaney, the Washington Bullets top pick in 1993, really rate as the Fourth Biggest NBA Bust of All Time? Rivals.com blogger Chris Chase thinks so.

I dunno ’bout this. Cheaney was too bland for such a high ranking on the all-time shitlist.


The great Thom Loverro, fresh off pounding on Rob Dibble like he was a side of beef on the set of “Rocky,” defended Manny Acta over the weekend.

But four Nats victories and two series wins in a row, before yesterday’s return to form, means Acta won’t really need anybody in his corner. Not for at least a week. John Feinstein, the Garth Brooks of sportswriters, got in Acta’s corner a week ago, when the manager was getting a standing eight count from the national media.

When the Nats win the 2009 World Series, Feinstein’s article will be viewed as the turning point.


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