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The Wash Times vs. The Wash Post

Here's columnist and forever-Bog-friend Mike Wise, writing in Saturday's Washington Post:

And if Gibbs is honest with himself, he knows he contributed to the complacency by essentially proclaiming "Super Bowl or bust" during an offseason team meeting more than a year ago.

Here's Wash Times beat guy Ryan O'Halloran, writing in his blog the same day:

Through two interview sessions with various Washington Redskins following practice yesterday and today, I've been amused with the theory that the team -- led by coach Joe Gibbs -- had a "Super Bowl or Bust" mantra last training camp. Nothing could be more inaccurate....

The only player who intimated the Super Bowl talk last year was quarterback Mark Brunell, on the first day of camp.....

So how does that turn into a familiar line of questioning, particularly by media members who aren't regulars at Redskin Park?

Oh, snap! No he didn't!

(For the record, Ryan O'H says he was writing largely about out-of-town television reporters, and that he wrote the above before reading Mike Wise, but I dunno about all that. I still say this means war.)

Someone else will have to check whether Brunell was indeed the only one who made Super Bowl mentions last August.

Incidentally, this was only Part I of the weekend Wash Times vs. Wash Post throwdown. Here's Part II:

Wash Times Wiz writer John Mitchell: "According to two league sources, the Washington Wizards last night offered restricted free agent forward Andray Blatche a three-year deal worth about $11 million."

The next day, Wash Post Wiz writer Ivan Carter: "I was on the phone this morning talking to a team source who refuted a published report which said Ernie Grunfeld has offered Andray Blatche a three-year, $11 million deal."

It is so on, Washington Times people, it is sooooo on.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins , Wizards  
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