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If you paid attention to the hullabaloo in Our Nation's Capitol this week, you know that the Second Coming occurred over at Redskins Park. Page 2's Ralph Wiley says Joe Gibbs' return to the sidelines is even bigger than that other deity's reappearance would be. And, says Ralph, maybe rightly so.

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The Vikings were 6-0. The Vikings were without weaknesses. The Vikings were on their way. Of course, that was before the Vikings lost four games to teams that finished with 4-12 records. That was before their monumental collapse. But was Minnesota's implosion devastationg enough to make our list of the greatest swoons in sports history?

10]  2000: Portland Trail Blazers
For six-and-a-half minutes in the fourth quarter of the seventh game of the Western Conference finals, Portland's basket simply disappeared. The Blazers missed 13 straight shots, losing a 15-point lead and the game to the Lakers.
9]  1996: Greg Norman at the Masters
The Shark had a six-stroke lead to start the final round. An even-par 72 would win the Green Jacket. But from holes nine through 12, he was five-over par; his 6-over 78 didn't cut it. Nick Faldo won.
8]  1993: Jana Novotna at Wimbledon
From out of nowhere (well, the 8th seed, at least), Novotna rolled into the finals against Steffi Graf. In the third and deciding set, she was up 4-1 and a point away from making it 5-1. Then came a double-fault and . . .
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Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls in his first tenure with the Washington Redskins. For Tom Friend, it's a reminder of the good days of the past and the good days of the future for his team -- something to share with his young son. Other members of the WB aren't so sure Gibbs was the right hire.

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