Todd Pinkston: Alligator Body
Redskins Insider raised the idea of Todd Pinkston and his alligator arms yesterday, but it's worth further expanding, by quoting from that famous Dec. 2004 Sunday Night Football broadcast, Eagles v. Redskins:
Mike Patrick: "Plenty of time, [McNabb] throwing down the middle, and Pinkston....."
[Group]: "Ohhhhh, unbelievable, uhhhhhh!!!!"
Mike Patrick [seeking cardiac help]: "I don't know what happened on that play, Pinkston turned his shoulder away from it and didn't go after the ball!!!!"
Joe Theismann [seeking a non-sensical metaphor]: "You've heard of alligator arms; this is alligator body. Todd Pinkston has got a touchdown. Watch this, he now sees the safety coming from the left, that ball's in the air, he just, he does not want to get hit. Ryan Clark, he sees Ryan Clark...."
[Joseph, "alligator arms" works because alligators have short arms; the phrase refers to short-arming a ball. But alligators do not have short bodies, and even if they did, Pinkston sort of gave up on the ball, but he didn't shrink in height. When seeking a metaphor, try harder next time. Oh, right.]
Mike Patrick: "Holy cow....That's unbelievable."
Joe Theismann: "This is a great way to lose your job as a receiver in the National Football League."
Or, apparently, to get signed by the Redskins. What's interesting is this clip was later used by former colleague Nunyo Demasio in the WaPo as a way of showing how scary Sean Taylor is, when in fact Ryan Clark was the guy getting ready to hit Pinkston.
Here's what Nunyo wrote:
Washington's defensive players suspect that Pinkston gave up on the ball because he feared getting hit by Redskins rookie safety Sean Taylor....
"It's been many of those this season," Fred Smoot said. "Believe me. Receivers don't like to get hit, especially going deep. And right now I have somebody behind me that will try to kill you if you catch a deep ball."
Bizarre. Pinkston apparently claimed he lost the ball in the lights.
EDIT: The Realests already covered this exact ground. My bad.
Three other tremendous things about this signing:
1) Last week, I made a joke about how three offensive Redskins were named Todd: Yoder, Wade and Collins. All were growing mustaches. I spoke then of Todd Solondz. Silly me. Pinkston, it shall be. Next: Heap and Sauerbrun.
2) Nearly a year ago, there was a farcical Extreme Skins thread on the idea of the Redskins signing Pinkston. Here's what swaroopm wrote then: "I don't think Pinkston wants to be in the same area code as Sean Taylor, let alone on a team with him. I bet if the Redskins call Pinkston in, he will just retire so he doesn't have to come to Redskins Park for a tryout."
Here's what Riggo-toni wrote: "Actually, bringing in Pinkston would help the Skins public image, what with all the flak over the team name. We can say, "Hey, at least we were the only NFL team this year to provide a woman with a tryout."
3) A Redskins Insider commenter linked to this very fun "Pass to Pinky" video game in which you, acting as Donovan McNabb, can throw balls for Todd Pinkston, acting as Carlos Rogers, to drop.
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