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Sellers says Redskins are (almost) a team


Noted Caps fan Mike Sellers talked to Comcast SportsNet before Game 7 of the Montreal series, and yet the conversation got to football, as interviews with football players often do. Sellers -- who, depending on your definition, is possibly the team's longest-tenured player -- praised the changes that have come to Redskins Park.

"Donovan's a great guy to have around, he's a great leader, he's taken over right away," Sellers said. "And with Coach Shanahan, he's a no nonsense guy, kind of like Coach Gibbs, but a little bit more firm. He's taken a lot of the individuality out of the team and brought it together as a team, minus one or two people. And it's been awesome."

"Minus one or two people," huh? Well, I can think of one. Trying to figure out who's "or two."

In other Skins news, it turns out Willie Parker grew up rooting for the enemy. From the News & Observer:

While growing up as an enthusiastic Dallas Cowboys fan, the last thing Willie Parker ever wanted to do was play football for the Washington Redskins.

"I gotta admit it still seems a little bit funny," the Redskins' new running back said this week.

"It's like, 'You sure you really want to be wearing this jersey?' But yeah, I do. There's nothing I've ever wanted more than be with this team at this time."

Also, former offensive lineman Mark Adickes talked to Hogs Haven recently, and he discussed what the team used to eat back in the glory days:

My first day at Redskins Park I couldn't believe what I was seeing. They just brought in the paper bags full of Micky D's, dumped them on a folding table in the gym, and we consumed all we could. I don't think I can blame injuries on the fast-food but life expectancy will almost certainly be affected. Oh well, big dogs die young.

Can you imagine the jokes about Albert Haynesworth if he played in an era where Redskins ate as much McDonald's as they could stomach? And also, this, from the AP:

Oakland's city attorney is advising the police chief not to enforce the A's policy banning fans' homemade signs at the Coliseum. The baseball team has had a policy for decades banning signs that are negative or done in poor taste directed at a specific person....

In a letter to Police Chief Anthony Batts, City Attorney John Russo said the A's policy is an unconstitutional restriction of free speech and could open the city to lawsuits. Russo says the A's could only restrict signage for containing threats, potentially inciting violence or similar reason.

So, in one man's opinion, the dangers of pointy-cornered signs poking people in the head isn't reason enough.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2010; 2:53 PM ET
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"My first day at Redskins Park I couldn't believe what I was seeing. They just brought in the paper bags full of Micky D's, dumped them on a folding table in the gym, and we consumed all we could."

Didn't either you (Steinberg) or LaCanfora describe the Skins feeding the press corps in roughly the same manner? I seem to recall something like this a few years back. Must have been before the team started its budgetary belt-tightening. And before relations between the team and the Post devolved to outright animosity. Such as.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 3, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't the "one or two people" be the ones holding out of training camp? Obviously Haynesworth but dont forget about Rocky.

Posted by: wisdom80 | May 3, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Wisdom80 is right. Sellers wasn't taking a shot at Portis, Steinz.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 4, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

WISDOM IS A GENIUS!!! i was trying to think the "other" At first I thought Portis but he's there. You're right, Big Al and Rocky come on down and wise up and F the ME-BALL

Posted by: BurgwithaU | May 4, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

dont think i like willie right now.. he better b outstanding to make the team & to wear the b&g..

Posted by: cboyhater | May 5, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I think "or two" is Rocky McIntosh. Carlos Rogers got back on the bandwagon after whining pretty quickly but Rocky is still at home sulking. I would say throw him to the wolves but we really didn't bring in a lot of LB talent like we did D-Line talent so we are thin there and can't afford it.

Posted by: cgteddy911 | May 5, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Cut Parker

Posted by: robjway1 | May 5, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

i agree, parker is a liability to us as a cowboys fan and certainly shouldn't play when we're playing them.

Posted by: bbachrac | May 5, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Cut Sellers too.

Can't play.

Can't catch.

Can't block.

What's his purpose?

Posted by: rmart2817 | May 5, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Free speech should not be limited because of your corporate s(ck-up comment. Can we please get some writers with a backbone here. Pleeeeaaassseee.

Posted by: jmissale | May 6, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief!!!! You people are ridiculous!!!!

Do you honestly think that because a person grew up rooting for the enemy of your home team they should not play for your team? That's the silliest thing I ever heard!!

As an athlete there is always a chance you will end up on the rival of the team you grew up rooting for. This is not just in football, but in all sports. When you reach that level of play you understand that this is a job and not a jr. high school or high school rooting thing. This is what you do for a living and the only side you should be rooting for is the one that is paying you. These guys understand that. Look at McNabb, did you think he thought he'd be anywhere else than Philly? Yet, here he is. Playing hard and getting ready for the season. Many of you hated D Mc and now you want him to lead you to the promise land. (But he played for a rival!!)

Many athletes grow up routing for teams other than the Skins. If you took an honest pole of this team or any team for that matter, you'd probably find a lot more people grew up rooting for other team like the cowgirls, the midgets and the parakeets, but they know that none of those teams are who they play for and none of them are paying their salaries.

Cut a guy because of something he did when he was 7,13,14 or 17. You guys are nuts.

Posted by: ajb1094 | May 7, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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