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Volume 25 No. 67
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Franchise Notes

In DC, Scott Allen notes the Redskins’ replacement players from 30 years ago will "receive the Super Bowl rings many have long thought they deserved." Tony Robinson and Anthony Sagnella, two of the replacements who led the Redskins to a 3-0 record during the 24-day standoff between the NFLPA and the league in '87, were at the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday. They were presented with a copy of House Joint Resolution No. 151, which "commended the Redskins’ replacements for their 'critical role in the team’s Super Bowl-winning season.'" But the best news of Robinson and Sagnella’s visit to Richmond came from Redskins President Bruce Allen, who told them that all of the replacement players would "receive Super Bowl rings 'this spring.'" The exact date for the celebration has "yet to be announced" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/8).

A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME: In Boston, Nick Cafardo noted there has been "lots of talk on Baltimore radio stations about the possibility of Peter Angelos selling the Orioles." The feeling is he could fetch about $1.8B. The team is already in an "interesting situation" with both Exec VP/Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter "entering the final years of their contracts" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/4).

EVERYONE WANTS TO RULE: THE ATHLETIC's James Mirtle noted the "fine details are a little uncertain," but at some point, Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan sat down with both GM Lou Lamoriello and Assistant GM Kyle Dubas and "laid out the succession plan." Lamoriello, now 75, would be "moving into another, less prominent role." Dubas, now 32, would "become the Leafs GM." One of the "catalysts for that conversation was because other teams came sniffing around" for Dubas. But there are a "million layers to this issue." One of the "most complicated ones is the fact that three men -- Lamoriello, Dubas and [Assistant GM] Mark Hunter -- all seem to want to be the GM of the Leafs." The decision on who gets the role "rests entirely with Shanahan" (THEATHLETIC.com, 3/7).