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The Redskins' Hit Stick

Since Danny Smith joined the Redskins in 2004, the special teams coach has purchased an array of "Hit Sticks," which are passed around to the special teams player who authored the biggest hit in the team's most recent victory. That player's number is plastered onto the stick, and at the end of the season, whichever player's number is on there the most gets to take the stick home for good. Then a new stick arrives the following year. This year's model came from Jamaica.

I think that's the deal, anyhow. The Washington Post seems never to have written about hit sticks, and I had never seen this stick before this week, when Chris Wilson--the current owner, from a hit during the Eagles game--decided to prop it up in front of his locker.

"A lot of people like to just hold it," he told me. "Me, I like to walk around and pretend that I'm King of the Hard Hitters or something. I like to order people around sometimes. You know, 'As Holder of the Hit Stick, I command you go to get me some juice or a sandwich!' Or something like that. You know?"

Well, obviously. Whenever I win The Post's weekly Blog Stick, I use it to procure as much juice as possible from Tarik.

Anyhow, Wilson's special teams mates were letting him have his fun, although they seemed amused that he was so proud of himself.

"[I] pretty much just left it in the special teams meeting room and then just gave it to someone afterward, you know what I'm saying?" Rock Cartwright said, of his time as Holder of the Hit Stick. "Chris carries his around everywhere he go, though. He does, he carries it to the meetings and everything."

"There's not many D Linemen out there, so he's got to represent," Khary Campbell tried to explain. "Like, H.B.'s on there, right? Fincher's on there.We put it in our linebacker room, you know, so it always sits in our linebacker room. As long as we get it in the linebackers room, we think we all earned it."

Cartwright and Campbell have both had their numbers on the stick, but neither has won a stick at the end of the season. Mike Sellers, on the other hand, says he has three hit sticks at his home, which sit in his family room, next to the TV.

"I'm done getting them," Sellers said, for indeed, a quartet of hit sticks might be an interior decorating nightmare.

And no, the hit stick isn't to be used for actual hitting, which was my initial impression.

"I wouldn't advise hitting anybody in the locker room with that," Wilson told me. "You don't know what you're going to get yourself into."

(Via The Redskins Blog, initially.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2008; 3:27 PM ET
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Can we use the stick to hit Shaun Alexander on the knee and then put him on IR and sign Marcus Mason?

Posted by: G20 FdaCowboys | October 16, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Wha..wha ...what?

Do what and sign who? Give me a break. As much as I don't like Shaun Alex either, don't forget Mason's success was in the preseason. I don't think I need to mention Shaun's success and not to mention that he did play on a team that made it to the Superbowl. That in itself for this team is a major plus.

Posted by: Jim Zorn | October 16, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Everyone wants dannys stick.

Posted by: Alex35332 | October 16, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Dennis DeYoung authored several sticks hits!

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan | October 16, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

A quartet of hit sticks might be an interior decorating nightmare for anyone lacking the aesthetic touch of, say, a Fred Smoot.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 16, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

By the way, that hit stick is completely freakin' awesome, and I want one to keep here at my desk.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 16, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Marcus Mason cant block and we cant afford to get Campbell hurt. Mason needs some more practice squad steps before he can play with the big boys.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

LaRon Landry does not support this information being released to Brandon Jacobs.

Posted by: | October 16, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Of course Mike Sellers has three. He just became my favorite redskin by an even larger margin.

Posted by: Grant | October 16, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

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