The Skins Offseason: Eat Sushi, Cheer for Eagles
In the excitement of not working very much during the holidays, I forgot to post some other postseason plans revealed by various Redskins last week. They were all pretty much what you'd expect.
Like, Pete Kendall said he's finishing up "When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change" by Mohamed El-Erian, and plans to scan some real-estate texts and possibly enroll in a finance course over the next few months.
"Depending on how [some personal] stuff goes and what my kids' schedule looks like, I might be able to devote some time to an internship," he said, adding that he'd like to work in the financial sector. "But I've got to be fair and honest with myself and any potential employer about how much time I can devote. If not, I'll just continue to try to catch up, read some books, just try to continue to expand my base of knowledge."
Similarly, Casey Rabach promised to go ice fishing before last week ended. "I'm gonna try to go shoot an elk here in the next week or two," he added.
Ryan Plackemeier, everyone's favorite blog-reading punter, will do plenty of running and kicking, but will also golf five times a week.
"But I walk the course," he added. "That's four or five miles a round, if you're playing from the tips, so that helps." (He later did the math on the back of a newspaper.)
I admitted to being skeptical about golf as exercise, and he told me how he spent his bye week playing competitive table tennis, and how Shaun Suisham made fun of him for that, but how when Plackemeier plays the sessions last three hours and he's dripping with sweat.
"You're setting yourself up," noted Suisham, walking by.
"Whoever wants to play, I'm pretty confident," Plackemeier said of his ping-pong skills.
Fred Smoot called the next month "summer vacation basically" and said he'd go fishing and spend time with his two kids. I asked about a list of activities, in light of Jim Zorn's suggestion; "nah, you don't get no list, you just let everything flow," he said.
Clinton Portis, of course, said he wouldn't watch any playoff games, but Smoot had a different take.
"You still love football," he said. "Just because you ain't in the playoffs don't mean you're gonna stop loving football."
(I also asked Portis to look back on his season, including his leading the NFL in rushing for a time and his radio incidents. "I don't call them incidents, I call them opportunities to air out how I was feeling, and I did," he said.)
And, believe it or not, Smoot said he'd be rooting for the Eagles.
"NFC East of course," he explained. "Why not? Like, when we won the Super Bowl last year, it just proved we had the toughest division in football. Why not root for my guys that I have to play against two times a year?"
That's right, "we" won the Super Bowl last year.
Jason Taylor answered plenty of questions about his health; "It was a tough year, but I'm not the first person to go through it, so don't cry for me, Argentina," he said. He didn't offer any clues about his future plans--"I know everybody wants answers, from not only myself but all the people on this team, what we're going to do in the draft and all that crap, so nobody has answers yet," he said. I asked about any interesting offseason plans, since Taylor has possibly had interesting offseasons in the recent past.
"Nope," he said. "Play golf, try to get my handicap below 20."
Jason Campbell said he'll take Pilates and go on some island vacations. Zorn said he'd go mountain biking. And Isaiah Ross said he'd "get to know that house that I just purchased and been paying for that I've never spent any time in, in Reno, Nevada."
Ross, a practice squad guy and incredible quote, talked about the demanding offseason discipline required by an NFL lifestyle, from fitness to nutrition to focus. I asked Ross, who's listed at 6-3, 320, whether he grants himself a few free days on the nutrition front after the season ends.
"Well, I have a tendency of doing that anyway, so that just kind of happens," he said. "But it's more so the focus on that now. Of course, there's gonna be some of my favorite foods back in Reno that I will go and see, have to go and visit from time to time. They have this all you can eat sushi place. It's not bad, but I mean, it's all you can eat, and you leave out of there like [huffing], with short breaths, wishing you didn't finish that last roll. I mean, that's when it kind of gets to you a little bit."
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