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Zorn Discusses His Presidential Bike Ride

It took about four-and-a-half minutes of Jim Zorn talking about the improving health of Shawn Springs ("probably 90 percent out there") and Malcolm Kelly ("we're excited about it, and the proof will be in the pudding") before someone asked the first question about bike riding with the President.

"Did you do anything fun or unusual this weekend?" asked Comcast SportsNet's Larry Duvall.

"No," Zorn said to laughter, "just went bike riding and tried to work hard and got errands done."

"Can you explain how that came about at all?" I asked.

"You mean the bike riding?" Zorn replied.

"Not the errands," someone else quipped.

So the story goes that George W. Bush previously read how Zorn is a mountain biking enthusiast, and called and invited him to join his weekend group. Sunday was "the first time somebody had taken a picture," Zorn said, but he said he's joined the group "a couple times already." And Zorn--who was reluctant to talk about the experience in great detail--said there wasn't any idle football chatter of Monday Morning quarterbacking involved.

"It's a serious bike group, and they work hard," he said. "It's all about biking, and I was just a part of it....You know, he loves to ride and he's serious about biking and some of the conversations [are] about riding and gear and all the stuff that goes with it. It's pretty sport-specific, really. He's got serious riding friends and they're all out there to get a great workout in, and he heads it up. He does not mess around."

Of course, Washington has great legends of presidential football involvement, specifically the many versions of the play George Allen supposedly called at Richard Nixon's request in 1971. So, just to make sure, I asked whether the leader of the red white and blue and the leader of the maroon and black had ever talked pigskin at all during these 90-minute rides.

"There's conversation, there's pleasantries and things like that, but it's an opportunity to go and to ride," Zorn said. "And right from the start to right to the finish, it's hard."

As for how this new habit fits into Zorn's life of kayak races and ukulele lessons and all the rest, "you know, it meant a lot to me that he would ask," Zorn said. "But he was trying to judge me, whether I was capable of being out there as well, and so with him it's very competitive, and you kind of have to earn the right as well."

And who goes fastest?

"The President always wins," Zorn said.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 3:43 PM ET
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The obvious follow-ups, Dan:

- "Do you ever shoot hoops with Obama?"
- "Have you ever hunted with Dick Cheney?"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

no wonder these guys enjoy a good ride. they have lots in common.

-both got their jobs under unusual circumstances
-both appear to be over their head
-both should be thinking about how to do a better job instead of riding bikes
-both will be out of a job in january

Posted by: Zorny and Bush | September 8, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Ya enjoy those Bike rides year both you and the Prez will be out of a job

Posted by: FireZorn | September 8, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Ask not what your oil company can do for you, but for what you can do for your oil company..

Posted by: frak | September 8, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Typical comments on here from the Angry Left. Maybe you are all fuming about this:

Did any of you comedians happen to notice Saint Joe Gibbs was a proud speaker at the RNC last week?

Posted by: Rudes | September 8, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse


I noticed. Another reason to be glad not to be a fan of the local football team.

Posted by: odessasteps magazine | September 8, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, maybe the Redskins are becoming too right-wing political...F*CK YOU , THEN , DAN, LET'S ALL START A CHANGE THE NAME MOVEMENT, YOU INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: frak | September 8, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

And, yeah, maybe he offered you some bribes to throw some games, particularly the Dallas games...He's a murderous gangster (9-11 Was An Inside Job) and is capable of ANYTHING, including getting D.C. nuked in the name of the PNAC /NeoCon vict agenda..don't trust..

Posted by: frak | September 8, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

NOTE TO JIM ZORN: Never mind riding around with the outgoing lame duck current occupant of the White House,you need to be fixing that West Coast disaster of an offense and oh by the way would it be too much trouble for you to come up with a two minute drill so we don't look like a pop warner squad in the middle of a chinese fire drill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: | September 8, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me how Jim is getting treated by alot of fans after 1 game that was a loss.But it comes as no surprise either. It just confirms for me how this is a team and fanbase that doesn't deserve to have him in the first place. Someone who has his character and integrity shouldn't be getting treated this way after 1 loss. But the comments that are being made about him just really show once again how shallow so many people are and how so many of you really need to develope a life of your own instead of living vicariously through a football team. Time to mature and grow up.

Posted by: afriendofzorn | September 8, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Note to a friend of Zorn: Nobody's living through football HE IS THE COACH! HELLO! YOU COACH TO WIN THE GAME. Did you watch the game last thursday how inept the offense(that's supposed to be his fortay) was no two minute drill, as the game wound down no hurry up offense when they might have had a chance to win the game, PLEASE! He was terribly disorganized last week and that speaks volumes of this coach not being prepared after weeks of training camp. He will have had almost 11 days to prepare for the Saints for his sake, it had better be good.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | September 8, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

what a bunch of Bammas!
Redskins are not a whole hell of a lot of a different team than they were last year are they?
What's the problem?
OH yeah Jason Campbell sucks.
Start Collins or the thief from UH!!!!!!

Posted by: dadryan | September 9, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

So this means Obama will be hooping with Caron Butler at the new White House full court?

Since, you know, Gil is a Republican and all...

Posted by: | September 9, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

How do I get invited to ride in the Presidential Peloton?

C'mon W, invite me next time. I promise I can hang. And I can definitely talk your ear off about gear, trails, and racing.

Posted by: Javaun Moradi | September 9, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: orthodics | September 15, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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