Redskins OTA Questions Answered
If Spring Practice is the Scott McClellan of the college football season (all optimistic speculation, to be followed a few months later by perplexed regret), then OTA's are the final days of the Clinton candidacy of the NFL (no one's sure why they exist, no one's sure why the media covers them, but we all still pay attention). And if that's not tortured enough, check out some of these transitions.
I remember hearing that rookie quarterback Colt Brennan studied Samoan at Hawaii. Is that coming in handy in Ashburn?
"Unfortunately, we don't got any Samoans on the offensive side," Brennan said. Although Mike Sellers does have some Samoan heritage, and Brennan recently attempted to take advantage of this bond.
"He gave me a blank look when I said 'Whattup' to him the other day in Samoan," Brennan reported.
Speaking of things indecipherable, why is new safety Stuart Schweigert nicknamed "The Butcher?"
That's just an abbreviation, duh. It comes from his musical stage name, "DJ Sagnasty the Butcher," which pays homage to his hometown of Saginaw, aka "Sagnasty."
But that white fitted hat with the number 30 he was wearing around Redskins Park today? It didn't say "DJ Sagnasty the Butcher."
No, you're right. It said "Mr. Too Clean III." That's another nickname of Schweigert's. But rest assured that he has a blue fitted that says "DJ Sagnasty" on the back, and a black one that says "The Butcher" on the back.
How about the throwback Bob Probert Detroit Red Wings jersey Schweigert was wearing today? Significance?
Well, he's from Michigan, so he roots ardently for the Tigers, Wings and Pistons. (Used to be a Lions fan, too, "but once they didn't draft me, they can kiss it," he said.) He also has a collection of about 110 throwback jerseys, many featuring Detroit sports legends. He buys them on eBay. This was the only Red Wings one he brought to D.C., since he's just here for a few weeks.
What else does he buy on eBay?
All sorts of things. Jeans, for example. Or a utensil holder for his kitchen.
Speaking of kitchens, I read where Chris Cooley says he drinks a half-dozen Mountain Dews a day. What's that about?
He doesn't intend to reach the half-dozen mark in a day. It just sort of happens after he gets home, sometimes accompanied by a cigar.
"Like, I'd rather drink Mountain Dew than water," Cooley said. "When I drink water I have to put a Splenda pack in it."
And the caffeine? Doesn't it keep him up at night?
"Caffeine does nothing to me," he said. "I could drink three Red Bulls and go to bed."
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