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Jim Zorn vs. The Reporter

Zorn, angry at the Washington Times's Ryan O'Halloran.

By now, you've perhaps seen the highlight from Jim Zorn's, shall we say, "animated" post-game press conference. I wasn't in the press conference room, since I was in the locker room chasing down Clinton Portis to hear about that Zorn outburst. But I just watched the video on, and shiver me timbers, the guy looked ready to play 60 more minutes. Say what you will, but the passion shoots in giant laser beams out of his eye sockets. Watch the lectern-pounding here. Just like with Portis, we're gonna chalk this one up to a misunderstanding.

As I understand it, the Washington Times's Sir Scribbles Ryan O'Halloran was attempting to ask a question about Washington's final drive of the first half, which included timeouts from both teams and which resulted in a Shaun Suisham field goal. Apparently, there was some sort of misunderstanding between O'Halloran and Zorn about what exactly was being asked.

UPDATE: O'Halloran has now blogged about the episode; he writes that he hasn't watched the tape and won't, but that he and Zorn were talking about different drives and each was frustrated that the other didn't understand. "No big deal" and a "misunderstanding," according to O'Halloran.

The clip doesn't allow you to hear the reporter's mic, but you don't need that context to know that it's interesting when Washington's quirky gadget-selling, viola-playing head coach is pounding his fist on the lectern and shouting out this:

"Ok, well then you keep looking, you keep rolling your eyes, and I'm getting ticked off! And I think [smash] I'm answering your question! Are you ok? Ok."

(Previously, he had said things like "You guys are misunderstanding my use of the clock," "I can't get what you're asking" and "I thought you were talking about the drive before that.")

O'Halloran and Washington Times columnist Dan Daly chatted with Zorn after the press conference and smoothed things over, but it sort of makes you understand how the Durant Brooks and Portis blow-ups could happen. And also, as reader Stephen writes, the guy is authoring his own future Coors Light ads before our eyes.

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By Dan Steinberg  |  October 26, 2008; 11:51 PM ET
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I like having a coach that shows some emotion for once.

Posted by: RyanKelly | October 27, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Slamming a fist on the lecturn re-mediums a situation.

Posted by: dcsween | October 27, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Are you ok definitely mediumed out that podium smash.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | October 27, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Glad I wasn't the podium...hew~
I love the coach...he aint gonna be disrepected by anyone!

Posted by: HelzYea2DaSkinz | October 27, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Best part is reporters will think twice before asking a stupid question.

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 27, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The fierce urgency of NOW

I like Zorn. He's smart. He's dedicated. He's in your face.

He's winning.

Posted by: burgundee | October 27, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

O'Halloran rolling his eyes at Coach Zorn, regardless of the situation, was an utterly d o u c h e b a g g i e thing to do. He deserved a good chewing out, the amateur.

Posted by: fan1 | October 27, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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