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Morning Look: Marty's Pants

(2001 TWP photo by John McDonnell)

Once a month, when I go into The Washington Post's mailroom, I'm greeted by a huge blow-up of this photo. There are many reasons I love it. Here are some of them.

1) Has there ever been another NFL action photo featuring two men named Marty side-by-side? On the left, Schottenheimer; on the right, Booker.

2) The pants. Oh, the pants. They try to reach to the ground, like regular pants might do, but they come up so, so short, leaving acres of white sock staring out at the world like a newborn puppy thrust into the light.

3) This comes out much better in the mailroom, but Marty has more than one playsheet tucked into the high-waisted waist of those pants. Fashion icon.

4) That one fan in the top right? Is he rocking Bruce Smith or Tre' Johnson. I ask myself that question once a month.

5) Is Marty I dancing a polka? Is Marty II going to the beach? Is Champ practicing the Fosbury Flop.

Then I go to my mailbox and realize that another month has past, and still no one has sent me an audio cassette recording of one of Jim Zorn's commencement addresses from the late '70s.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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A better question is how did Champ Bailey wind up so perpendicular on the play?

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 12, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Gotta be ready for the flood in Landover.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | November 12, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd have to say if this was at my workplace I would be inspired every day to try just as hard as those socks are in trying to repel Marty's amazing khakis.

Posted by: trolly_time | November 12, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Those are his white shoes - not socks.

Posted by: charley42 | November 16, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I'd like the last three minutes of my life back (and now another two minutes for the time I'm taking to respond to this drivel)! This was THE most USELESS blog article, perhaps of all time. First, those aren't Marty's socks. They're his white shoes. Second .. WHAT fan? Can you make out ANY fan in that blurry picture? Third .. it's the rather mundane result of a pass play. And what the HELL is a "Fosbury Flip?!"

Posted by: No11 | November 16, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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