Morning Bog: Take Photo of Cooley, Get Punched
There are many fascinating aspects to Chris Cooley's writing debut for Sports Illustrated. The revelation that he talks to kickers during practice about "Barack Obama staring down girls' backsides." The throwaway line about "a holder's chubby, jittery hands," since I can't think of any recent Redskins holders who were chubby. The accusation that Donovan McNabb is a terrible writer. But the best part is this:
If athletes/celebs are out having a good time, I don't think fans should try to take advantage of them by sneaking photos online. Cell phone cameras are out of control right now. Just shake hands and say hello. Oh, and I know that if someone tries to video me taking a piss again, I'm not going to hesitate to punch them square in the face.
And then, Chris, someone will take a photo of the punch and sneak it online. You can't punch us back into the 20th century. I think your contribution to the world should be to take cell phone pictures of bloggers and writers in compromising situations. No, it won't end this scourge, but at least you can help us understand what it feels like. First up: Peter King, please, at the urinal.
More morning links, with help from Max Wasserman:
* Here's a photo of me interviewing Oleksiy Pecherov, possibly for the last time of my life. (Flickr)
*Check out this Pistons summer league starting roster; it includes Deron Washington, DaJuan Summers and Sean Singletary. That's a DMV delight. (NBA.com)
* In case you forgot, Jim Riggleman grew up as a Senators and Redskins fan. (Self pimp)
* Hiring Manny Acta in New York would be a tough sell for Mets fans. (Hardball)
* Looking at the downward progression of Nats' first-half records is sort of jarring. (Federal Baseball)
* Here's a fascinating 2007 column from Thomas Boswell in which Stan Kasten called himself the Village Idiot. Hadn't realized that phrase had been in use for so long. (He also called himself that this spring, earning Village Idiot headlines.) (Washington Post)
* Dueling viewpoints on whether or not the Nats deserve your scorn. (ESPN.com)
* The Nationals' lone representative in the XM All-Star Futures Game, Danny Espinosa, went 0-3 for the U.S. team, including two strikeouts. (MLB.com)
* Did a married Nationals player ask out a female media intern in Houston? Has the D.C. Sports Bog turned into Page Six? (Deadspin)
* People keep putting sketches online of Stephen Strasburg in a Nats cap. (eBay)
* And to return whence we started, Chris Cooley makes a clay pot. It will be mass produced and sold at the Redskins store for $2,000. (Cooley Zone)
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