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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."'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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