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The Redskins Don't Watch Football

Such men do not watch football on TV..

The Redskins had a bye last week. That means they were off on Sunday. That, I figured, means that for one week, they were like the rest of us, parked at home, taking advantage of the Sunday Ticket in HD on the big screen, using four or five Internet browsers to monitor fantasy football scores, flipping on the radio on for additional scoring highlights in the kitchen, great quantities of Blazin' Buffalo & Ranch Doritos within reach, that awful feeling of dread as darkness arrives and you're onto your seventh hour of games. Or, at least, they were watching football, right?

"Bro, I don't watch sports, period," Mike Sellers said. "Nothing. No basketball, no tennis, no golf, no nothing. It never did anything for me."

At the adjoining locker guard Pete Kendall offered that he, for one, was taking full advantage of his Sunday Ticket. He had bought it for his wife so she could watch him playing in New York, and now that they're all reunited in D.C. and the package is already paid for, he figured he might as well use it himself.

"I watched a lot of games," he said of his free Sunday. "Back and forth and forth and back."

"You can watch games all day?" Sellers asked, wrinkling his nose at the very idea, and indeed, his was the prevailing viewpoint. Why, several players asked, would they want to watch the non-edited, slow-paced marathons on their off days when so much film awaited them at the office and when so much else needed to be done? Derrick Frost went to church and ran errands with his wife. Marcus Washington did the laundry and organized his home office.

"You'd be amazed," said Washington, who rarely watches games and especially avoids sports blabfests like PTI. "I'd definitely rather watch a sitcom than watch something sports-based."

Wide receiver Reche Caldwell, of course, has had two free Sundays this fall, since he spent Week 1 still waiting for a job. That Sunday, he stayed in his bed and watched his former team, the Patriots, smash the Jets. But the other new WR, Keenan McCardell, took pains to avoid football during his free Sundays last month. During Week 1, he worked on his "Honey Do" list: "change this light bulb, go outside and move this plant, stuff like that," he said. For Week 2, he went to his mom's house. Everyone was watching football. So he left.

"I was like, 'I'm going outside with the kids,' " he told me. "You play enough of it, you kind of understand. I'll click back to it and maybe catch two or three plays, and then move on. When you play it, you try to get away from it when you get a chance to. Sometimes the best thing for a player to do is get away from it, because it keeps you fresh. I mean, this is a grind."

Even the players who said they did watch some NFL action during their off week said it wasn't like you might imagine, with the rapid-fire clicking and the Doritos and all that. They attempt to break down trends, where they're able. They attempt to check in with the broadcasts just for the key moments.

"I watch it kind of different than a regular person would," Fred Smoot said. "I'm looking at the game like it's supposed to be looked at. It ain't the whole ritual for me, because I rarely get to do it, so it's more just relaxing on the couch, watching other people work."

And then there's Frost, the punter. He played for I-AA Northern Iowa, so he doesn't follow big-time college football, "could care less" about the heavyweights. Sometimes he and some teammates go to Morton's on Monday nights, when the game is all over the TV. Frost will deliberately sit with his back to the monitor. All in all, he'd much rather watch baseball.

"I don't know, I'm just not a football fan, really," he said, before adding that he loves playing the game. "You're doing football all week. I don't want to get burned out on things mentally, so when I'm away from the game I like to get away from it. I like to watch CNN and Fox News, that's what I watch."

Spoken like a true Washingtonian. Anyhow, I asked Sellers what he actually did on Sunday, instead of watching football.

"Barbequed, laid on the coach, laid on the couch some more, then I think I went to bed," he said. "I only think I got off the couch like three times."

So he's one of us after all.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2007; 4:51 PM ET
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After reading that first MIke Sellars quote, I laughed my tail off.

I just don't imagine him doing anything "mortal." He's such a bad ass. It'd be like asking Chuck Norris if he watched Karate Flicks.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | October 3, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

How can they not watch football with all of those hot guys running around in tight pants???????


Posted by: a hottie | October 3, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

My friend who plays in a string quartet doesn't listen to string quartets in her off hours either. It's good to have some sort of separation between job and fun activities.

I've always imagined Mike Sellers sitting around chewing on rocks to make himself stronger in his off hours.

Posted by: Lindemann | October 4, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"and especially avoids sports blabfests like PTI."

How does he feel about Blog Show?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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