Portis's Post Game Style
Two quick post-game notes, before we tackle the main attraction.
1) Hip Hip Hooray? Dead as the Lions playoff dreams.
"We didn't do it today," Chris Samuels told me. "It was 'Win on Three!' "
Seriously? The Hip Hip Hoorayride gets derailed at the season's midway point by "Win on Three!" Trust me, SportsCenter isn't coming through that door to do a "Win on Three!" feature. At least some fans had the HHH spirit.
2) Media breakdown. We win. The Detroit Free-Press sent four writers and three photographers to a home game.The Washington Post, on the other hand, sent eight writers, plus two photographers, to a mid-season away game in Detroit. Will any other newspaper in the country send eight writers to an NFL road game this season?
Now, as for Clinton Portis. It's been a while since he didn't go to the post-game podium to speak formally to the media. But the fact that he was going to speak in front of his locker didn't cause him to scale back his planned outfit. Red, was the theme. I'll let the more fashion conscious Sally Jenkins take it from there.
Afterward Portis stood before his locker clad in so many rich textiles he seemed upholstered, from his red cashmere V-neck to his gleaming red square-toed, soft crocodile shoes. He was the image of surfeit, after his fifth straight game with over 120 yards (126 on 24 carries), and he kicked up an exquisite loafer to show it off.
Oh, one more thing. He wouldn't start his interview until he popped on the red Marc Jacobs shades. Oh, and until he applied his red chapstick.
"Cherry chaptick, you can't do no better," he said. "Cherry or strawberry. Keep your lips pink."
He said repeatedly that the shoes were not gator, but I'm not sure whether he actually confirmed the crocodileness.
"You want to feel these, man? Feel them," he said, handing a shoe to one of the reporters. "Check them out. Feels fabulous, don't it? Bend it. Bend it. See how soft it is. See what I'm saying? You can't do gators like that. I can't tell y'all my secret, everybody gonna be trying to do this."
And the socks? I don't even know where to start with the socks. Wizard of Oz? Where's Waldo? NFL MVP? Whatever.
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