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Zorn's Maroon and Black Blowback


Mark Rothko's "Black on Maroon."

As predicted here yesterday, there were 4 trillion news stories, blogs and columns this morning that seized upon Jim Zorn's "Maroon and Black" comment, to the point that two of the first four Google responses to that phrase now refer to the Redskins. Dan will no doubt begin selling ironic "Maroon and Gold" tinted t-shirts next week, with 0.000004 percent of the profits devoted to color blindness research, plus $8.99 shipping and handling.

Anyhow, the comments ranged from the cynical (Hogs Haven: "Researching your employer prior to an interview is either vastly overrated or else Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato just stared at Jim blankly throughout the interview process") to the really cynical (Mister Irrelevant: "The Zorn Era may end well, but it certainly hasn't started so good, and boy am I glad that Russ Grimm never got an interview") to the amused (David Elfin: "Jim Zorn might be the new head coach, but he has a little to learn about the Redskins") to the cheerful (Sally Jenkins: "The fact is, there is something immensely likable about Zorn, with his rough, curry-comb haircut, and his untutored answers, and his high enthusiasm, even when he talks about how great it's going to be to wear maroon and black") to the disappointed (Paul Woody: "Zorn was overwhelmed at first yesterday. He referred to the Redskins colors, burgundy and gold as, "maroon, black and yellow").

Truth be told, semantics aside, if the greater Zorn family wore maroon and black to a game, you'd probably get the right idea about which team they were rooting for. What is burgundy, anyhow? But instead ot pointing that out, or even ignoring the color issue entirely, Tacoma columnist John McGrath chose to use this occasion to take a shot at Joe Gibbs. You remember McGrath, right? The guy who took a reasonable idea (that the Sean Taylor deification was getting a little creepy) and turned it into a controversial column accusing the Redskins of exploiting their ex-teammate. Here's from today's column:

Jim Zorn wasted no time making his first mistake as a rookie head coach. Introduced by the Washington Redskins on Sunday as the surprise successor to Joe Gibbs, Zorn referred to the team's color scheme as "maroon and black."

Uh, not quite. The Skins are affiliated with Burgundy and Gold, which sounds like a law firm and is as firm as a law....[Huh? -ed.]

A few minutes into his first day, he confused Burgundy and Gold for Maroon and Black. Things happen. In a botched ploy to rattle a kicker's game-winning field-goal goal attempt this past season, Gibbs drew a 15-yard penalty flag for calling consecutive time outs. The 15 yards proved essential. The kick was nailed.

After 16 years - after 248 regular-season games - a Hall of Fame coach was still learning on the job.
Dude, didn't you get the memo? Now that Gibbs is re-retired, having led his downtrodden franchise to two playoff berths in three years before leaving amid adulation, you're not allowed to take shots at him. Also, Pacific Blue, Navy Blue and Neon Green sounds like a Home Depot paint section, and is as despotic as a painted home. See, I could be a columnist.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2008; 10:12 AM ET
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Comments

Big Stein,

Love the complete over-the-top Zorn coverage. Not just what does he eat for breakfast, but what does he call the meal that the rest of us call breakfast?

How about a thread of possible website names for the new coach? For example: zornucopia.com, zornofplenty.com, zornography.com, mesozorny.com, doImakeyouzorny.com ...

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | February 11, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Googling "Fire Jim Zorn" yields, wait for it, "firejimfassel.com" - or have we been down this path elsewhere in the Bog?

Posted by: Rob Iola | February 11, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

To be fair, my remark about Zorn's humble beginning with the Redskins has less to do with the color scheme gaffe and more to do with the botched hiring process.

Also, John McGrath seems like a large-type a--ho!e.

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | February 11, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

If we win 12 games next year his fam can wear silver and blue, for all I care.

Let me also agree with Bill Fitzgerald; there is no limit to the private information I want on Jim Zorn, and there is no journalist better prepared to deliver it than Dan Steinberg. You keep feeding me his feeding habits, and I'll never stop refreshing this space. Keep up the good work, Dan.

Posted by: Skin Patrol | February 11, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

he had a 67% rating as a QB

he will be a loser as a coach like Danny Boy and the puppet Cerrato are losers running an NFL franchise

the Redskins organization is pathetic

Posted by: Anonymous | February 11, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Firejimfassel.com was already mentioned on the Bog, trust me on this one.

Posted by: Everett W. | February 11, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say that Danny is pathetic at running an NFL franchise. Running an inconsistent team, YES. He seems to be doing fairly well with keeping the market value of the franchise in check, unlike other ownership groups/teams. The closest comparison I have would be the 1980s Yankees, they were a pathetic example of a sports team, yet still had one of the best trademarks and values in the league. Like the Skins, they have never been an unsuccessful franchise, just an inconsistent team. Did I mention I am a die-hard and older Sox fan. - Nuff Said

Posted by: D. Advocate | February 14, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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