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Joe Gibbs was not in a car crash, hyperventilation notwithstanding. At least one player says he's burned out from offseason workouts; a columnist calls the D.C. media "milquetoast" and the Skins "the Paris Hilton of hype," whatever that means; the milquetoast media points out that Gregg Williams's defense never makes big plays; the milquetoast media calls Mike Sellers a battering ram; Jason Campbell's quarterback rating is terrible, if that matters; and Len Shapiro thinks Comcast's

Redskins coverage is too fluffy. You think that's fluffy, check this out.

Karl Hobbs asks for more discipline and then takes a public shot at the GW student paper after last night's game, which GW won, by the way, despite a Regis Koundjia jaw injury. Up next is No. 24 Air Force, which Hobbs calls a top 10 team. Cool. Gary Williams--who wants his team to pass more and dribble less--says never play Catholic schools around Xmas, but the struggling UMKC Kangaroos should be an easier test. A Richmond basketball player will spend part of his semester break in jail, a Maryland lineman will pass up a year of eligibility for career reasons, Terps linebacker "smells like a cop already," and all three UVA assistants-turned-head-coaches helped their new teams improve.

Esky says he enjoyed playing with Freddy, who buys RSL's No. 11 with a PS3. Jeff Cunningham predicts 10 more goals and Man-U has ended its interest in Freddy, who says he'll be in Salt Lake through the 2007 season and that he needs to play his natural position. Cool.

Tommy Herr will manage the Nats' Hagerstown affiliate, and here are the rest of the minor league skippers; the Washingtonian recommends which games to see at the VC, and this is a day late, but please read what the Wizards wives eat at baby showers. Tonight's opponent, the Nuggets, say they're one of the deepest teams in the league, but they might be without former Terp Joe Smith tonight. Also, Caron Butler is happy that leather is back, and James Earl Jones will recite the National Anthem tonight.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 13, 2006; 9:24 AM ET
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Steinz, Your fluff is by far the most entertaining thing I read all day yesterday.. and I read a lot.

Posted by: Marc | December 13, 2006 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Those are interesting comments from Fridgen. He's hoping that Woods won't regret the decision? He's looking into two careers that are honorable and will protect (in different ways) the community? How's he going to regret that over being a lineman at a middling ACC football program with little to no pro prospects?

Especially after suffering a severe injury this year, what happens if Woods stayed in the program and got put in a wheelchair Fridge? Where would his regret be then? That he missed out on life because some coach thought he should play football an extra year.

Posted by: Kim | December 13, 2006 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Kim - I think that sounds a little unfair to big Ralph. The quote to me read that he wants to make sure Woods graduates. "As long as he graduates I'm ok." I think he's worried about Woods leaving school altogether without being on the football team.

Posted by: tmc | December 13, 2006 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Cool link to the story on the UMD football team. Even more impressive is Jefferson's amazingly upbeat attitude, he'll be an asset to the law enforcement community.

If only we can get him playing rugby after he graduates . . .

Posted by: KJ | December 13, 2006 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I don't know who I'm more excited about seeing, Melo or James Eearl.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | December 13, 2006 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The Shapiro article was this town reacts to a 4-9 team is nauseating. Reminds me of the time a couple of years ago, on one of George Michael's shows, he threatened a panelist with a "hit in the head" if he said anything bad about Danny Snyder. What horsecrap. Thanks Len, for pointing out just a smidgen of this, for this thing goes a little deeper.

I'd like to see Shapiro talk about the channel 4 arrangement, but that would involve discussing the deal his Post colleague, Mike Wilbon, has with Michael.

Posted by: JA in VA | December 13, 2006 11:49 AM | Report abuse

If I cared about the NBA, I would be virtually obliged to go to the game in a homemade "Stop Snitchin'" shirt.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | December 13, 2006 12:04 PM | Report abuse

you know, it's interesting... if some joe-schmo-off-the-street recited the national anthem tonight, he would be booed and villified. but if james earl jones does it, it'll be weird, out of place, but accepted because of his celebrity. if someone's at the game - dan? - could they record/video it. that would be interesting to see. i assume comcast will show the normal commericials before tip off so I will not get the pleasure of seeing this.

Posted by: Ian | December 13, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love James Earl Jones ...

"They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come, Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come."

Or what about this?

"I find your lack of faith disturbing."

And he was one of the best parts of the utterly forgettable "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings."

Posted by: The voice of Peter Prowse | December 13, 2006 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Planning on trying to video tape JEJ's national anthem, at the least.

Trying to think of the best line I could get him to say on video if we have a moment alone. I think this is the clubhouse leader:

"Agent Zero, I am your father."

Posted by: Dan Steinberg | December 13, 2006 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The posters at need to get a life re: The Post's Omar Williams story last year. If it was such a "hit" piece, as they say, why didn't the school publicly rebut any of it? Why did the school not let The Post talk to Williams? What a bunch of sorry losers on that site.

Posted by: Brian | December 13, 2006 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Just get JEJ to post here. He'd easily be atop the celbrity commentor list.

Posted by: Kim | December 13, 2006 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Am I supposed to read the url,
as GW hoops dot com, or G whoops dot com?

Or does it depend on how the team/school is doing?

Posted by: Kim | December 13, 2006 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I hate to sound like a broken record, but getting James Earl Jones to tell Carmelo to stop snitchin' would be glorious.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | December 13, 2006 3:10 PM | Report abuse

My mom had the chance to meet Mr. Jones at the NAB a few years back (she worked for Arbitron) In addition to the family being big Star Wars fans (especially me) they were both Alumni of Purdue. They exchanged numbers, and a few days later I came home from school to a message on the answering machine from Darth Vader himself. I think I'll see if they still have the old digital answering machine around, as we never deleted his message, but they have switched over to voicemail like everyone else.

Posted by: AlecW81 | December 13, 2006 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't even know what milquetoast means :(

is that a bad thing?

Posted by: littles | December 13, 2006 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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