Guest Column: Alex35332

The last 30 or so posts on this blog have been Redskins-centric, so why change it up now? I promise to consider thinking about maybe posting something about the Nationals next week, but for today, we have a guest blog from Alex35332 (the prize for winning the haiku challenge):

DC fans have a lot to be happy about right now. If you grew up in the Washington/Baltimore area in the 80's and 90's this Saturday probably brings closure to your childhood. For me personally three childhood sports heroes are all in their respective HOF's come Saturday. Cal, went in a year ago. Green, Monk this year.

They are the men who kids in my neighborhood idolized, and it was a big deal going to watch any of them play. Playing little league baseball and soccer almost everyone went for 8, 28, and 81 as there uniform number, being a Z name I always got last pick on my number so I never got them. I remember, when my Cub Scout troop went to see Art Monk at a restaurant, and what stuck with me to this day is how much of a normal guy he seemed with the uniform off. Growing up in Baltimore/DC during the 80's and 90's they were the best three role model athletes one could have. When I watched them as a kid, I did not watch them to really think," I want to be a ball player", rather, they made you want to be the best at whatever you did sport or not.

What did we learn from watching all three? We learned how to be true professionals. It's not about being the shining star or getting on the highlight tapes for ESPN, they all did for sure, but you never got the feeling that it was why they went on the field every day. It's about doing something you love, and trying to do it better than anyone else can, setting a high goal and tring to reach it. It's about showing up every day regardless of injury or the other things in your life.

I never missed a day of high school because I wanted to emulate that behavior of the Iron Man. When I broke 3 toes as a door-to-door canvasser in college, I went to work the next day because that's what 28 would have done. Even now I would rather see my company get all the praise for a video I did than take credit myself, because Art Monk's humble nature showed me the value of that kind of attitude.

Mr. Ripken, Mr. Monk and Mr. Green are all iron men, in fact they are all stronger than iron, because over time iron rusts and through their long careers they never really did. Even today all three are active members of the community in the region, and I would be willing to bet if you put them on a field they can still get it done.

-Alex35332 (Alex Zeese)

By Lindsay Applebaum |  August 2, 2008; 10:06 AM ET  | Category:  Redskins
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Posted by: Alex35332 | August 2, 2008 1:44 PM

Awesome Alex!

Respect that work ethic you mentioned. As far as role models go, you can't get much better than 28 and 81.

One thing I'm puzzled about: How does one break three toes canvassing door to door? Did a homeowner do this to you?

One final note; congrats on Mission Accomplished. Only piece of advice I have for you is to treat her well. Everything else will fall into place.

Peace!

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 2, 2008 4:03 PM

Well, I broke the toes while at school, doing karate. I was canvassing later that day just to be clear. I felt like that story was a bit longer then I wanted in my post.

Posted by: Alex35332 | August 2, 2008 4:17 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

;-)

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 2, 2008 4:27 PM

After extensive research I have found that a fried pork-loin sandwich is the appropriate thing to eat due to the Redskins playing the Colts. As some of you know I am attempting to eat food from our opponents city on game-day now.

Posted by: Alex35332 | August 3, 2008 9:07 AM

Alex,

Don't ever "attempt," just do.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 3:23 PM

Attempting to eat food?

Is that what happens when you miss your mouth and it lands on your lap for the dog to eat?

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 3:24 PM

I meant lands on the floor, not on your lap.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 3:25 PM

If it lands on your lap you can attempt to eat the food again.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 3:26 PM

I'm sure Cal would be happy with your enduring the pain to canvass. As long as you weren't canvassing for some hippy cause. Because as we all know, Cal hates hippies.

Posted by: JDP | August 3, 2008 4:24 PM

Actually Chia I believe in the saying. Try try and you will succeed.

Posted by: Alex35332 | August 3, 2008 4:30 PM

Keep on Tryon.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 4, 2008 1:56 AM

Tryon, is he wear 20? He needs to be kept out of Zone coverage it looks like. He was playing too shallow in that TD pass.

Posted by: Alex35332 | August 4, 2008 8:36 AM

And he didn't look to good in kick returns.

Posted by: JDP | August 4, 2008 9:51 AM

You might be able to attempt to eat food that lands on your lap, it depends on where your dog is sitting.

Posted by: Andy | August 4, 2008 12:38 PM

What is the point of this blog? Is there a point?

Posted by: Point? | August 4, 2008 3:52 PM

what do you mean by point?

Posted by: Alex35332 | August 4, 2008 8:22 PM

A lapdog maybe.

Also, why is it those little yappy dogs that get the name lap dog ... and not dogs that actually run laps, like greyhounds?

Posted by: dcsween | August 4, 2008 9:11 PM

Laprador retriever?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 5, 2008 12:25 AM

Great post... I grew up a Skins fan in the DC area but what struck me most was when I went to visit my grandparents out in California who had moved from the DC area. My grandfather was probably the biggest Skins fan in Forty-Whiner territory and I heard Green's and Monk's names frequently. They are as much a part of my childhood (along with Cal) as Transformers and He-Man. It was great to see them get recognition and I hope we get a new crop of athletes as determined as you to emulate the character of these two hometown heroes.

On a side note, part of what made an impression on us DC/MD/VA Skins fans was team loyalty. Here were two guys who stuck with the team for years; it is a long-lost virtue in the NFL these days (outside of maybe Brett Favre, but we won't get into that mess).

Posted by: MDNCSkinsFan | August 8, 2008 10:00 AM

Good Job!

Posted by: John McSame as Bush | August 9, 2008 6:39 PM

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