Sam Donaldson Discusses Daniel Snyder
Somehow I lost my mind last Friday morning and forgot to listen to the "Inside the Red Zone With Vinny Cerrato" politics extravaganza, co-hosted by Bernard Shaw (or "Bern," as Cerrato preferred) and featuring guest appearances from Wolf Blitzer, Sam Donaldson, Jack Kemp and Mel Kiper. Listen here. It was a truly amazing American moment, at least judging from the Donaldson segment, which I just listened to.
If great radio means putting reflexively putting your hand on your head and screaming out "Oh my God!" in a crowded Redskins Park media room, then this qualified, repeatedly. My personal favorite bit followed a long story about when Donaldson left a Monday night game with the Cowboys early, and never received another invitation from Jack Kent Cooke, for which he said he didn't blame Cooke.
Cerrato: Well, I saw you in the [owners] box last week. Dan invites you.
Donaldson: Yeah, but see, that's Dan, that's not Jack.
Shaw: Night and day difference.
Donaldson: You know, you asked about Zorn. You know, Dan's a very controversial figure and now that you've outed me in the fact that once in a while he's nice enough to invite me in the box, everyone says you're prejudiced, you want the invitation, what have you. But I think too he may turn out to be a great owner for the Redskins. Already I think he's made some moves that put them maybe on the track to another Super Bowl. If not this year, next year.
Cerrato: Well I think the biggest thing when you're with an owner, and I was fortunate to be with Eddie DeBartolo in San Francisco. To me the thing that Dan has, he has passion and he's willing to do whatever it takes to win, and he's willing to spend the money, and he's willing to put the money that he makes back into the team, and he cares about winning, and he cares about the players, he cares about the team. So I think that's the biggest thing with an owner, because it's trickle-down, and the players see that, feel that, and they they want to come here and play for the guy, because he'll take care of them.
[Boss, if you're reading this, you're a terrible, terrible leader who has submarined morale and contributed to the death of our industry. I mean, the cosmic balance of the world requires some laborer to do the opposite of this suck-up job right about now. Really, is pride that dead in this world?]
Donaldson: Well, he's got the passion. I've got to tell your listeners who haven't been able to watch him during a game, he jumps up, he's the first guy telling everybody, 'All right, defense!' You know, yelling, screaming, hollering. He's the guy when the play goes right that just runs around waving his arms. And I won't tell you what he does or says when the play goes wrong, that'll be our secret, right?
Cerrato: Well, he yells at me.
Shaw: Well, I was just gonna say, I love it most when an official makes a questionable or outright lousy call.
Donaldson: Oh yeah, that poor official should roast in you know where, is the mildest of Snyder's views at that moment.
Cerrato: Sam, you should be fortunate enough to be on the road games, because on the road game box, the visiting owners' box, you know, there's probably only, what is it Bern? Probably 10 people, eight people in there.
Shaw: Tight tight tight.
Cerrato: Yeah, so it's even more intimate Sam.
Donaldson: Oh my goodness! Plug your ears, children!
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