Daniel Snyder and Jim Zorn Celebrate, Loudly
The two most important men at Redskins Park issued two of the most noteworthy post-game grown-man celebrations in recent memory, which, by the standards of NFL media members, is about three weeks. But still.
First, owner Daniel Snyder, who treated this Week 4 victory with all the calm detachment of a Wall Street trader watching the bailout go down in flames while freebasing espresso-laced chocolate corn syrup. Except with more sweat. (Watch the video at Mister Irrelevant.)
"We're physical!" he bellowed, playing high school gym teacher for possibly the first time in his life. "We play physical, we win!"
And while Snyder played the part of coach, the actual coach, Jim Zorn, was busy playing the part of Cub Scouts pack leader, spurring his men on with an inspirational post-game chant of...."Hip Hip Hooray?"
"That's what he does," Santana Moss said of the post-game cheer. "Not weird at all. Everybody has their own little thing, and that's his thing, and I'm down for it. If you're Hip Hip Hooraying, you've got something to Hip Hip Hooray about. So I'm down for it."
I swear, he'll have these guys building
Soap Box Pine Wood Derby cars before the season is over. When the proprietor of Homer McFanboy told me about this Hip Hip Hooraying, I was still stuck in Dallas, so I asked my colleague Paul Tenorio to query the coach on this post-game treat. And the head man delivered, in classic Zorn Star style.
"It's a long history of that cheer, because when Chuck Knox came to the Seattle Seahawks, he gave the old Hip Hip Hooray," Zorn told Tenorio this afternoon. "And I thought, you know, 'This is very old school, really old school.' Like, Hip Hip Hooray? But it kind of fired me up.
"And when I was a player, I thought when we were doing this, 'What's wrong with old school?" Yeah, let's go. Hip Hip Hooray! And so I enjoyed that cheer because I just enjoyed that enthusiasm Chuck Knox had when he led that cheer. And I sort of just carried the banner, if you will, through being a coach....We only did it once in Seattle. We won the NFC Championship against the Carolina Panthers in 2005. We were going to the Super Bowl and I had to have that cheer in the locker room after the game. We gave three cheers for Mike Holmgren, you know what I mean? It's kind of a special cheer for special games, anyway, in my mind."
A jolly good fellow, this one. Can't wait for the Naughty by Nature re-mix. And it turns out that Oregon State also reps the Hip Hip Hooray. Anyhow, the dogged Tenorio managed to ask several other players what they thought about the cheer.
"Everybody was happy, it was a big win, the last win at Texas Stadium," Marcus Washington said. "We done the Hip hip Hooray, but after the game that was the first time we've done it. It was very exciting."
"It's a little bit old school," Malcolm Kelly said, piling old school atop what was already old school last century. "Whatever he want to do. That's up to him.....I'm not for it or against it."
Asked if he had ever heard of a team celebrating with three cheers, Kelly laughed again.
"Not in the last 20 years," he said.
Added Anthony Montgomery from a few lockers over: "As long as we Hip Hip Hooraying, I'm alright."
And huzzah to that.
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