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Haywood and Butler Still Support the Redskins

As always, I'm a sucker for these stories of D.C. sports teams sticking together like one coherent whole. Like the Nats staffers and the D.C. United staffers who sent well-wishes to the Caps staffers Thursday morning? Love that stuff. Also, this t-shirt design.

Of course, the national media types also kind of stick the D.C. sports teams together, but in less complimentary ways. Like, check out the Wall Street Journal, reporting on how the Nuclear Energy Institute just signed a deal with the Caps to promote nuclear power on the dasherboards, in the game programs, on the Web and on the radio.

"Let's be honest," the WSJ wrote, "if NEI wants to partner with a Washington sports team, its options are pretty limited. Would you want to associate your energy message, and the future of a multi-billion dollar industry, with a team that can't beat the Detroit Lions? Or which has the worst record in major league baseball?...Or which finishes its basketball season by Christmas? Or which can't even fend off an expansion team to defend its Cup?"

Nice of the Journal to include United, but seriously, thanks for rubbing it in. (Read more on the NEI deal here, if you're curious.)

Luckily, the players themselves aren't abandoning ship yet. Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood were on the Mike Wise Show earlier this week (listen here), and were subjected to Wise rapping about the Skins over an Eminem beat, which Haywood said offended Vanilla Ice. (Seriously, listen here.) Before that happened, though, Wise asked them about the loss to Detroit.

"I haven't heard anything about it, what happened?" Caron asked, playing dumb.

"It was a tough game, man," Haywood said diplomatically.

Tough game? That's all?

"Hey man, it happens," Haywood said. "The Redskins, they're our brothers, man. Redskins, Nationals, Capitals, we're all linked together."

"D.C. United!" Butler added.

"We represent D.C. sports," Haywood said.

"We represent," Butler agreed.

"Right now, things are struggling, but we're gonna stick with them," Haywood said.

"Always," Butler agreed.

"Man, we won 19 games last year, we're not talking junk about anybody," Haywood continued. "We won NINETEEN games. They'd have to lose to the Lions three more weeks before we would get to talk junk to them. Nineteen games man? When you win 19 games, you've got to be humble. So right now, we're supporting the Redskins, we're supporting Coach Zorn, we hope they get back on top."

"They're my peoples, I love the Redskins," Butler finally said, to close the segment. "Much love to the Redskins, much love to the Redskins, Caron Butler, signing off."

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 2:27 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Nats , Wizards  
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Good stuff Dan. Really good stuff.

Posted by: FloresFan | October 1, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Thing is ...I feel that this Skins team 'might' be the Lions once out of four times.

Posted by: truthaboutit | October 1, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Butler should end every interview that way.

Posted by: mkremnitzer0 | October 1, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

BTW .. 'beat' not 'be'

Posted by: truthaboutit | October 1, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Now if only those who grew up their whole lives as Redskins fans in this area would support the team through tough times as much as our adopted fans like Butler and Haywood, we might actually have a quality fan base.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 1, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

WSJ must have shot term memory loss, the Wizards made the playoffs four years in a row and the Capitals are as legit as it gets. Who cares about baseball anyways?

Posted by: eternale5150 | October 2, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Barno with his typical fan-on-a-soapbox routine.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 8, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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