CP On OJ
No fireworks from Clinton Portis's weekly appearance on ESPN 980's John Thompson Show, but there was this fairly classic dialog at the very end of the segment concerning Portis, O.J. Simpson and blogs. (And yes, I've been reduced to this market's official transcriber of sports talk radio.)
Anyhow, like I mentioned the other day, Portis offered this classic response to my colleague Sally Jenkins when she related to him the confusing stat that he and the Juice were the only NFL backs to twice rush for at least 120 yards in five consecutive games:
"It's great company; it's one of the few times you can say O.J. is great company," Portis had said. Smokin Al told C.P. that it was a great line, which it was, which led to this:
Portis: Yeah, you know, everybody throw heat out on O.J., you know, you take away his credit and the things he did. But for me to be in the same realm as him in this accomplishment is great for me. You know, not a lot of people want to say, 'Aw man, I did something with O.J.', but you know, that's a great honor for me.
Thompson: Watch out now, boy.
Thompson: Clinton, I'm gonna write down five things when y'all go to the playoffs nasty to say about you, boy, because I figured you out now.
Portis: They'll probably have a blog up saying get rid of me from the Redskins because I like O.J. all of the sudden.
Thompson: That's right, that's right.
Koken: "Clinton says, O.J.'s ok with me!"
Portis [joking]: O.J. is a great guy, leave him alone!
Thompson: We gotta add some yeast to it now, you know how we do it in the neighborhood, we've got to add some yeast to it.
Portis: I'll be ready to take the heat. Oh well.
Anyhow, fulfilling my historical destiny, here's that blog: Jeez, get rid of Clinton Portis from the Redskins. He apparently likes O.J all of the sudden.
The next best thing in the segment concerned Portis's take on the bye week. I'm sure this will thrill Zorn to no end. In fact, I think I can hear him very vigorously and suddenly and violently conveying his thrilled-ness onto some helpless podium right now.
"A lot of guys don't want to stick around for treatment during that week," Portis said, "but, you know, I think coach gonna have to bend on that and just expect guys to go and get healthy. Now, if you just really hurting you might have to be around, but the little aches and bruises, I'm sure guys gonna pay that five hundred dollars and leave."
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