NOTEBOOK Hall of Fame Game

Not so fast: Joe Gibbs is the third coach hired by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder in five years and his Hall of Fame credentials would seem to bring some stability to the franchise. Redskins linebacker LaVarr Arrington isn't so sure. "It's not stability yet," he said. "Stability comes with time. You guys are jumping the gun on that."
Company in Canton: Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls with Washington from 1981-92, is one 15 Redskins inducted in the Hall. Washington is tied with Cleveland for the fifth-most all-time. The top four are the Chicago Bears (26), the Green Bay Packers (20), the Pittsburgh Steelers (17) and the New York Giants (16). Surprisingly, former Denver quarterback John Elway is the only Bronco enshrined in the Hall. Elway was inducted this weekend along with Barry Sanders, Carl Eller and Bob Brown.
Halftime entertainment: The band "Jimmy and the Solo Blazers" performed 1950s rock songs at halftime alongside a middle-aged blonde woman doing flips in the air while attached to an oversized blue and white helium balloon. It was just as strange as it sounds.
Down the field: Monday's attendance was 22,177, which was just below the Fawcett Stadium seating capacity of 22,375. ABC's "Monday Night Football" crew televised the game live nationally. ... The first Hall of Fame game was in 1962 and the game has been played in Canton every year except 1966. The current AFC-NFC format was adopted in 1971. ... The Kansas City Chiefs won last year's game 9-0 over the Green Bay Packers. Denver last played in the game in 1991, losing to the Detroit Lions 14-3. Washington's last appearance was 1999, when the Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 31-6.
Joe Scalzo

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