DCU Items: Fractured Teeth, Redskins Dislike
Because I know you wanted these questions answered.....
Bryan Namoff tweeted that he has fractured teeth. What does that mean?
"I fractured the bones holding my teeth in place," Namoff told me. "They're hanging on by threads."
Too many elbows over the years, he said. Too much sticking out his into teeth-rattling spots. "I seem to be the only one," he added. "I guess I put my face in the worst areas for people to latch on to."
But those are the spots where heads need to be placed. So he's had root canals and all that, but eventually will need implants. And the real-world implications? They're grim, by my way of thinking, especially for someone with the refined tastes of a Namoff.
"Well, I can't bite into an apple," he said. "Like, I'd love to take a bite of one of those hard-crusted French baguettes. No chance. I've sort of gotten used to it."
Athletes make all sorts of sacrifices in pursuit of their chosen profession; many are trivial, and some are severe. But I'd be hard-pressed to think of anything worse than a life without apples and crusty bread. So next time you eat either of those foods, take a moment to think of those who have fractured their teeth for your sporting entertainment.
Santino Quaranta is from Baltimore. How should that affect your view of him?
"I don't like the Redskins," he told me. "I'm from Baltimore, man. I'm not a Redskins fan. I play here for a living, but I'm from Baltimore. I just don't like [the Redskins'] style. They don't do it for me at all, man. It just seems like in Baltimore, it's just instilled in us. [The Ravens] work hard, never any [nonsense], they get down to it and they try to win. Here, it's always something. You know what I mean, the owner trying to get new quarterbacks...."
(Note: All this was said in good humor, and I wouldn't expect a Baltimore native to cheer for the Redskins. Just joking, folks.)
So, fair enough. D.C. fans can be understanding. He's got to represent his city and all. But at least in baseball, a few of us will understand where he's coming from, right?
"I'm a Yankees fan," he said. Dagger. Ok, the NBA?
"Not a Wizards fan either, bro," he said. Double dagger.
Ok, anything? Some token nod to the all-sports D.C. fans among us?
"I like the Capitals, I do," Quaranta said. "I like their brand. When they're on the ice, they're hard working, fun to watch. The Redskins, you never know what you're gonna get. With the Capitals, I know what I'm gonna get when I'm watching them."
In the interest of preserving community-team relations, I will withhold the quotes about how Quaranta thinks D.C. is too much of a transient place, and how he's proud that a few teammates have started to embrace Baltimore, with Louis Crayton even moving there.
There are plenty of stories about the decline of RFK, and the need for a newer stadium. Everyone knows that to be true. But is there anything to still cherish about the old joint?
"The nice thing about playing here is there's so many memories that have gone on here," Namoff said. "It's more of a sacred place to play, based on the history, whereas these new stadiums, they still need to make that type of history. I mean, that's the one positive, which is why it's so good to play here."
"I like RFK personally, that's me, I like it," Quaranta said. "I don't know man, it just has so much history. As old as it is, and as nice as the other new stadiums are, you feel like it's a home."
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