The Anti-Carlos Rogers
He's pictured below, and he's fantastic. But first, some more Redskins items:
1) Did you hear the Tom Friend interview on the John Thompson show yesterday? In which he proudly said that he's a Redskins fan? And that his ring tone is "Hail to the Redskins?" Wait, ESPN lets Redskins fans write articles, purporting to be serious, about the Redskins? And the Wash Post is hiring (or, "was hiring") Redskins fans as Redskins beat reporters? This is the same paper whose boss goes on and on about the purity of non-voting so as not to display any political allegiance? Although said boss doesn't hide his college football allegiances, so I guess we're allowed to be biased w/r/t sports teams we supposedly cover objectively, and put team fan songs on our cell phones? Or, at least, ESPN reporters are? The Ubiquitous Big Lead, am I crazy, or is this all weird?
I'm gonna post the Friend transcript later.
2) The guessing about Anonymous Redskins Defender continues. The various fan threads mention basically every guy on the defense, plus Mark Felt and "Professor mustard in the conservatory with the lead pipe." The prime suspects, fans think, seem to be Archuleta and Shawn Springs. I would stake Tom Friend's credibility on it not being AA; strange ring-tone fandom aside, Friend strikes me as a serious-type journalist who wouldn't base a story on a new player with so obvious an axe to grind. No way. The various non-WaPo media people I've talked to all whisper about Springs, who has vigorously denied everything.
Plus, there's the theory, apparently subscribed to by Gibbs and bunches of fans, that possibly Friend just made everything up. Interesting theory:
Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs doesn't believe one of his players complained anonymously to ESPN.com about the defensive coaches.
"I don't think one did," Gibbs said sharply. "If someone puts something out there and puts names on it, then I'll talk about it. If someone wants to quote somebody, then I'll deal with it. I think I have a good feel for our team, the way our team feels. When you lose, you have to understand that a lot of things are going to be said."
Anyhow, assuming ARD exists, unless he is deliberately fiddling with pronouns to throw us off, it would have to be a member of the secondary, based on this quote:
But ever since minicamps, OTAs, training camp, we hadn't met as a secondary.
Emphasis added. I don't see why we wouldn't just go to every member of the secondary and ask them if they were ARD. At the least, it would be fun to parse their denials.
I also love this Virgnian-Pilot reporter claiming he wouldn't have done such a story because of the anonymous sourcing and reliance on one player. Right. Here's what he says:
As to the obvious question about why other media outlets haven't reported this, I can only speak for my paper. First, the meat of the ESPN story is based on just one source. Frankly, that's not something we at The Pilot feel comfortable with in any department. If you cover a team, you want to give readers a sense of the group's overall feeling, not build a story on someone who may have an axe to grind that others don't share.
Also, we have implemented increased caution regarding the use unnamed sources as the basis for a story. There's been too much well-documented abuse of that technique over the last few years, and circumstances should be severe to employ it. I've had the sense that players are frustrated at the way things are going on and off the field, but never has anyone been ready to have their name associated with discussing it publicly.
Does that make the story any less true? Not necessarily. Even if the player quoted has an axe to grind with Williams, that doesn't necessarily make his account of what's happening inaccurate.
3) Official Nats beat writer Barry Svrluga was at the game on Sunday. He saw two guys with the ever-creative D and picket fence props. D took his prop with him, but Fence left his prop behind. So now Barry has a big white fence, and he's parading around the office yelling "Fence, Fence, Fence." So now The Post is sort of like the Wizards; we have quirky, charming characters, but we pretty obviously have no D.
4) So this article by an American Enterprise Institute scholar is also sort of old, and has surely been blogged about elsewhere, but he jumps on and gets a few shots in at Skins management, since that seems to be the thing to do nowadays. You know, the usual stuff: the Redskins behave irrationally, make bad free agent signings, are economically illiterate, etc. Wonder if this AEI guy has Hail to the Redskins as his ring tone.
The problem for economics is that teams like the Redskins continue to exist, and are not driven out by competitive forces. They confound our ability to model for two reasons. First, it is impossible to conceive of what foolish thing the Redskins might do next. Second, their behavior can alter the decision framework for the fully rational teams. If the Redskins are going to bid up the prices of all wide receivers, for example, then a team like the Patriots has to adjust (as they did) and load up on cheaper pass-catching tight ends.
The Redskins are not driven out of business because there is a high demand for football in Washington, and the NFL has a monopoly. A wisely run team cannot enter Washington and compete for Redskins fans.
5) Anyhow, finally, here's the anti-Carlos Rogers, courtesy of some guy named Jack, and he definitely has Hail to the Redskins on his celly. A non-rhythmic version. In which the musicans bring cheat sheets so they can remember which notes to play. And they chew gum. And they make Barry Svrluga scream in agony.
November 28, 2006; 12:39 PM ET
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