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A Portis Alias, Len Bias, and Mike Green's Fantasy

Noted briefly....

* Clinton Portis has an alias. Diego Morales. Because "he just sounds like a hard-working guy." Diego, he means. Not sure if that's a reference to the Mexican boxer or not. He also defines "Portis Pockets Straight," and while he's previously done so on Best Damn Sports Show, I never saw it. Here's the definition, via The Redskins Blog:

"My paycheck is gonna continue to be my paycheck. So I'm not hurtin', I'm not dying to be friends with somebody, I don't care what people throw out and say about me. When I go home, I go home in luxury. I live my life, I do the things I want to do.

"If I feel like travelling, I travel. If I feel like buying a new car, then I buy a new car. If I feel like hanging out, I go out and party. If I feel like staying low, I do me. So when I say my pockets straight, that means I do me, and I will continue to do me, and no matter what you say, I'm'a do it. What you gonna do?"

* We all saw Mike Green's shout-out to his fantasy-hockey playing friend who needed (and received) a big showing from Green last night. Well, Puck Daddy tracked down this kid--Kyle Lieske-- to get the full story.

Hours before the game, Green and Lieske were messaging on Facebook when Green vowed to score two goals to increase his old friend's fantasy championship chances; a vow that morphed into a friendly wager between the two.

"I told him dinner would be on me if he did it. If not, he's got an Escalade truck that I wanted to buy, so I told him the price better drop if he didn't [score]," said Lieske.

With that, Green was off to play for the Capitals and his former Bantam AAA and Midget AAA hockey teammate was off to a men's league game. The last Capitals score Lieske heard was 2-0 in favor of the Islanders; he tried to find an update while heading home. Then Green sent him a text message on his cell phone: "I won the bet." "I guess I owe him dinner," said Lieske.

I will say that every athlete in the world, certainly in the NFL, has at this point been bombarded by "I need you to score for my fantasy team!!!?!?!1!11" screaming fans. They hear it from childhood friends, family members, random strangers on the street, media personalities, you name it. Would that they were all as responsive as Green.

* The Len Bias documentary will be released this June, on his birthday the anniversary of his death, likely in Boston and D.C. Images could be sullied. But it's hard to imagine people who live here won't want to see it, regardless. Still one of the touchstone athletic moments for any long-time D.C. sports fan. (Deadspin)

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2009; 2:41 PM ET
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"The Len Bias documentary will be released this June, on his birthday, likely in Boston and D.C"

Bias died in late June. Wasn't born then. It'll probably be released on the anniversary of his death.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 2, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Yep. June 19th, the anniversary. I wasn't into college basketball then (heck, I kept thinking that he had been from Georgetown for years) but even *I* remember that day.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | April 2, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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