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Gibbs's New Addition

No, not new running back Dee Brown, whose full name is "Dadrian LaBreece Brown" and who is no better than the third-best-known Dee Brown in the world of pro sports, which has to smart.


(By Rusty Jarrett -- Getty Images For Nascar)

I'm talking about Kyle Busch, who is described thus by The Motorsports Soapbox:

There's no doubt, Kyle Busch gives people plenty of reasons to dislike him. It's easy to pigeonhole him as a foul-tempered, ill-mannered, overaggressive menace, especially if you count the number of cars his balls-to-the-wall bravado has wadded-up this season.

And here's from the AP:

He's had some eyebrow-raising behavior, such as storming out of a news conference, throwing a safety device at Casey Mears and launching an ungracious rant against NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow after winning its debut race.

If I were a NASCAR blogger, I'd be all for him, but he doesn't sound exactly like the prototypical Gibbs guy, in an ideal prototypical world. Here's Gibbs, about the NFL:

"Character is very important. You can run fast and catch the ball well and tackle well, but character is important. You want good people on your football team."

I happen to think Tony Stewart is funny, and the Busch Bros. don't outrage me either, but if you were trying to build a NASCAR stable known for its high character, I just don't think a Tony Stewart-Kyle Busch combo would be high on the list of potential hires. ESPN's Terry Blount calls them "arguably the orneriest guys in Nextel Cup." SI.com's Tom Bowles notes that "they've spent a decent portion of their careers trading more nasty barbs than Republicans and Democrats." But now they'll be teammates? For Mr. Character Counts?

Potential infighting among teammates? A volatile mix on a team once known for its amazing success? Ornery stars? Well, it worked pretty well for the Skins last year.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 10:19 AM ET
Categories:  NASCAR , Redskins  
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