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Jim Zorn's Cool-Keeping Invention

I'll admit that I missed part of Jim Zorn's opening-day press conference. The parts I saw were fairly straightforward: "I was amazed, driving in about 6:30 this morning, and they were already parking cars," for example.

Or "I thought it was a great first practice....What was fun for me was just to stand back and see all the systems work."

Or "I really felt like we were putting some mileage in that we're going to benefit from as we get into the season."

Not too amazing. But apparently I missed the part where he said, jokingly, that he was applying for a patent for the white tubular shade devices erected around Redskins Park. Later someone followed up, and he apparently confirmed that he really did design these cool-keepers, pictured below. Let's call 'em Zumbrellas, I guess.

(The Cindy points out that "Zawnings" would be a much better name, and I completely agree. And Zach the Intern tells me that Zorn referred to them as "Z-Shades," which is, at least, creative. Or maybe Zee Shades. Not sure.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2008; 12:38 PM ET
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