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LaRon Landry is Evil

My Wizardly obsession prevented me from offering anything on the NFL draft, which approximately 9 million people blogged about, but there were a couple things I wanted to point out.

1) Per FanHaus, the Redskins are responsible for both drafted Larons in NFL history.

2) H.B. Blades, like his dad named Horatio Benedict, which is is an awful lot of impressive-sounding first names, once grew a lucky 'fro. That's promising. From the 2002 Sun-Sentinel:

His lucky 'fro, as he calls it, continues to grow. It has become almost as identifiable as his famous family name, so wildly thick in the past year and a half that when H.B. Blades squeezes on his white Plantation football helmet, the 'fro sometimes pokes through the ear holes.

People keep asking him about it at school. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker, leader of the state's No. 1-ranked Class 6A team, refuses to mess with it until the end of the season, which he hopes won't be Friday against Miami Central. When he has trimmed or braided the hair for the playoffs in the past, the Colonels have lost early.

"So I kind of caught on," Blades said, grinning. "As long as we keep winning, I'm not touching my hair."

3) Dallas Sartz's grandfather, as many media reports have noted, was a professional hydroplane driver. From the elder Dallas Sartz's obit in the Spokesman Review:

His hydroplane career came to an end on Seattle's Lake Washington in 1962 when Seattle Too became airborne, nosedived into the water and disintegrated. The impact hurled Sartz almost 75 feet and suffered a shattered left leg that took two years to heal....

In 1945, he nearly drowned in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii after another plane, during mock combat, sheered of most of the tail on Sartz's P-47 with its propeller. Both planes went down.

That same year, he averaged 551 mph while piloting an F86A Sabre jet to a fourth-place finish in a California to Detroit air race.

While testing Miss Spokane on Newman Lake in June 1958, Sartz was pitched into the water when the boat flipped, crossing the wake of a small boat.

In 1965, his F89 jet interceptor caught fire at McChord AFB near Tacoma and his left heel was shattered when his parachute pack caught on the wing.

Cool. Sometimes my fingers are sore from excessive typing.

4) Naturally, the bloggers have been passing around the YouTube clips of all these guys; for example, see The Redskin Report for the LaRon Landry library. My favorite is the following, because of the comment at the end: "That's just evil, there." So the Skins got one guy named Benedict, another whose grandfather was a maniac, and a third who's evil. That's a solid weekend.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 2, 2007; 9:54 AM ET
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Dan, add the new LaRon shirt to your list of DC blog shirts:

Think Chris Farley doing the weather report as Matt Foley, if you don't get the reference.

I have faith though. Keep up the awesome work here at the Bog. Much respect to you and all the faithful.

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | May 2, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"Cool. Sometimes my fingers are sore from excessive typing."


Posted by: Jamie Mottram | May 2, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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