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Today in Blachisms: Mice Turds and Elephant Dung

Elephant dung. Roarrrrrgh! (By John McDonnell - TWP)

Special Wednesday treat: in honor of tomorrow's holiday, Greg Blache's weekly media availability was moved up a day. If you were hoping to hear the d-coordinator expound on animal droppings, well, today's your lucky day. (More normal Blachisms over here.)

On London Fletcher's availability: I have no clue. Honestly, years ago I used to say I don't think about it, I don't worry about it, and I'd lie. Right now, it matters to me, but I don't worry about it. I've just learned that hey, me worrying's not gonna make him get well faster, all it's gonna do is make me take more Zantac. You know? So there's no sense in me worrying about it. I've learned not to worry about it. I've learned to worry about the things I can control.

On the key to staying medium: Maturity. And just realizing you have this stomach where it's up in the top of your throat, and you've got heartburn and everything else. You're thinking, 'This is really, really foolish,' because I'm worrying about things I can't control. I was worrying about mice turds, and there's just mounds of elephant dung around. And you realize, watch out for the big stuff and don't worry about the little stuff. Don't worry about those little things, because they're not gonna stay with you as long as the big stuff does.

On this week: This is the biggest game we've played since I've been here. This is gonna make or break our season. We still have the chance to win our division, but we've gotta win on Sunday.

[This is, apparently, the second time in a month Blache has faced the biggest game since he's been here.]

On the return of Ryan Boschetti: He's always been a favorite and he's earned that. I mean, that's something you earn, the respect of your players. And that's the one thing that's great about this business, guys know who the phonies are and guys know who the real guys are. Because you can't hide it. You can fake and fool anybody for a short period of time. I always tell the guys, they can go sit at the bar and BS that girl down the bar for an hour or two. But when you have to deal with them over a period of time, everybody, who they are, surfaces."

On his calling Boschetti The Cockroach during training camp: Was I prophetic or what? He'll outlast me. There'll be a point in time, you guys will be interviewing Boschetti and you'll say, 'Hey, remember when Blache used to be in coaching with you?' He'll survive....He fits us. He represents who we are. Blue collar, hard-nosed, though, might not be the prettiest, but we'll fight you till you put us under....And the one thing you know, you're gonna get every ounce of boschetti he's got. There won't be anything less.

[Boschetti's response? "I was just so excited when they called me man, because I really felt like if there was one team I wanted to come back to it was these guys. They kept me in the playoff hunt, which is awesome, you know what I mean? And I'm a hard guy to get rid of. I knew they'd get me back. I knew they'd take me back. You know what, in this game, people will stay stuff about you, you're gonna get [dunged] on one day, and then the next day you're gonna make the play to save the game. That's the way this League is. So if I get an opportunity to play on Sunday, whether it's this Sunday, next Sunday, the Sunday after, hopefully I can do something to contribute to a Skins win. That's it."]

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 1:51 PM ET
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It's true about elephant dung. I once watched an elephant produce a brick of said dung at the National Zoo. It was huge. I would definitely risk soiling my shoes with mouse turds to avoid one of those things. They're quite substantial and inelastic. Elephants eat a lot of hay and straw.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 26, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

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