Zorn Gets Philosophical
On these days, when locker room morale is low and yet readers and editors still demand more and more Skins coverage, it's easy to get introspective and morose and metaphysically depressed about your career, whether you play for the Redskins or blog about them. I asked the players about their life philosophies, and will report the findings later. But first, here's what happened when I asked Jim Zorn what happened to his "Stay Medium" dictate.
"That's a good question," Zorn said. "I think this is a GREAT time to not get so low that you can't bounce back. I think that's what we've been doing each week. Now we've lost four out of the last five games, and so just that sinking pit in your stomach just wears on you each week. It drives you down a little bit more.
"But I've got to come in to our group this afternoon and we've got to tell it like it is, take the medicine before us, because the picture's gonna speak loudly as we watch the video. We have to make the corrections, but we can't get so low. We still have, if you can believe it, we're still alive. We're playing for something. And I think that part's exciting, and that's what we need to focus on, because if we don't give ourselves a chance, then we're not the group I think we are, and then we're not actually living out this whole idea of acting medium.
"And that's why you don't get so high when things are going good. I mean, we won seven games and probably no one thought we were going to be where we were, 6-2. And now the wins have come sparsely, but we still have to stay in there, and I've got a couple things to address the team about with that very thing.
"I'm not gonna say, 'Hey, you know, everybody needs to act medium,' Because you can overdo it, right? I mean, how about me saying that with you? That's why I'm not saying it.
"But I'm feeling it. I'm not gonna flinch, because we still have an opportunity. Now, once we run out of the opportunity, then we're playing for a different reason, but we still have goals ahead of us. And we owe it to ourselves to play toward those goals, and not just go, 'Oh gosh, we're so bad, woe is us.' Nobody cares. You don't care. You want us to win. The fans, they want us to WIN. And that's what we're here for."
Chills, right? Or at least a mild breeze? And lest you think all was frowns and sprains and tears and MCL tears and sinking intestinal pits, Fred Smoot announced to his international corner of the locker room that he has an idea for his first-ever tattoo.
"I might as well get a Raisin Bran tattoo right here," he said, gesturing to his bicep, "because I'm crunchy. I'm a crunch time player. That's why I'm gonna get this Raisin Bran tattoo.
Someone suggested Captain Crunch might be more appropriate, even putting aside the nautical overtones.
"Naw, see, that's for little kids," said Smoot, who provided probably the six best quotes of the day. "This is grown folks. We're gonna eat Raisin Bran."
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