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Redskins Have Trouble Sleeping After Loss

Smoot, a few hours before buying 240 donuts. (By Gerald Herbert - AP)

Fred Smoot's postgame routine Sunday night was unique for a few reasons. For one thing, unlike many of his teammates, on his way out of FedEx Field Smoot bought 20 boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts from children doing a fundraiser. He's not a big sugar eater, though, and didn't end up eating a single donut, which leaves him with approximately 240 donuts at his Great Falls home.

"Anybody wants a donut, just stop through," Smoot said. "Just bring your own cup for coffee."

But for another thing, after he arrived home shortly around 1 a.m. this morning, Smoot said, he watched a few sports highlights and then went to sleep.

"Just pass out," he explained. "Fade away. Fade to black."

Other Redskins had a less immediate trip to the land of playoff dreams and jumping sheep, or jumping sheep-like towel-waving fans, or whatever.

"I never fall asleep," Chris Cooley said. "It doesn't matter if it's a 1 o'clock game. I get home and I'm up all night."

Media members are the same way. If it's hard to go to sleep after a 1 o'clock game, it's impossible after an 8:15 game, and stories of 3 or 4 a.m. bedtimes and 6 a.m. wake-up calls were legion. I whiled away the hours reading Redskins message boards. The players themselves had other tactics.

* Chris Wilson ate two steak sandwiches around 2 a.m. "You know, I can do that," he said. "I've got the body type. It's not gonna damage me."

* Casey Rabach watched his saved programs on TiVo, including XTREME 4X4, Two Guys Garage and Midwest Outdoors. In this week's episode, the Midwest Outdoors guys went fishing for walleye in Green Bay.

Had trouble sleeping. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)
* Cooley watched an episode of Entourage, an episode of Californication, and three episodes of Smallville, hoping the latter would put him to sleep, since he doesn't particularly like the show. It didn't.

* Rock Cartwright watched the Redskins-Cowboys game, also on TiVo. He does that following every game, trying to explain to his wife what was supposed to happen on certain plays, and what didn't happen. He usually rewinds his own plays three or four times, but found that he didn't have to hit rewind on his failed attempt to down a punt inside the 1.

"They showed it on TV like 9 or 10 times," Cartwright said. "I was trying to make a play, probably could have let the ball go. I didn't know if it was going to roll into the end zone and I was trying to make a play. But it's just part of the game. Maybe that could have stopped those guys from scoring seven points going into the half, maybe we would have won the game, but it's part of the game. Things happen."

* Ryan Plackemeier stayed up until 3 a.m. working on Sunday's Washington Post crossword puzzle.

* Todd Yoder lay in his bed and waited for his brain to stop churning, as did several of his teammates, and didn't fall asleep until 3. "Your brain's so wired up," he said. "I can sit in bed trying to go to sleep, but you just think about stuff." ("Tylenol PM helps," advised Rabach.)

* And Coach Jim Zorn did much the same as Yoder.

"I think you could find me just doing this," he said, breaking off his news conference to stare blankly into space. "And then I can talk, and we can have a little conversation, and then all of the sudden you'll see me doing [this]," he said, again staring into space for several seconds. "You get caught just staring at the woodwork, thinking about what went on. That's what I was doing in bed last night, just looking up and staring, focusing up on some of those things that happened. It's hard. It's not, not fun."

Zorn said he got "a couple hours" of sleep, and his players agreed. Some, like Rabach, woke up before dawn to watch cartoons and drink hot cocoa with their kids. Others, like Wilson, said they're accustomed to not sleeping after games.

"That's the nature of the beast," he said. "That's just the minor toughness of this profession."

I asked him what the major toughness was. "Shoot, beating the Cowboys," Wilson said. "THAT's tough."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 4:09 PM ET
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I didn't get back from the game until 3 am and I still haven't gone to sleep. Maybe reading the Washington Times coverage of the Redskins will help me pass out.

Posted by: G20FdaCowboys | November 17, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Fans also have trouble sleeping after losses like these... I just don't want to get out of bed after a loss.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 17, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I have one thing to say to my friend Jim:

Stop losing sleep over this. You prepared and you gave your best effort as always. This losing sleep over it and staring out into space over this stuff is a waste. This game is not worth doing this to yourself. There are too many other things in your life that need your attention and energy that are far more important than this game.

Posted by: afriendofzorn | November 17, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

While staring off into the paneling, 6 and 2 Superman Zorn was asking Bizzaro 6 and 4 Zorn why the heck he didn't run Portis on the 20 yard line going in for the score after the first down and instead called some crap passing plays that resulted in sacks and a missed field goal.

Zorn should lose sleep, as his playcalling affected people who spent the whole day waiting for the game, traveling to the game and driving home disspirited from the game. At least 49,000 that were at the game and hundreds of thousands of home viewers and radio listeners. His fourth down call after the timeout in the fourth quarter was sub-standard.

Posted by: DownTownClown | November 17, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Next time, I just hope to catch Andy Pollan vs. Drunken, Spitting, BBQing, Beer-drenching parking-spot hogs. Good times.

Posted by: WaPoGuy | November 18, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan for supplying me with even more evidence that Casey Rabach is a complete and total redneck. Bet $100 he voted for McCain.

Posted by: C-dub703 | November 18, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

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