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Clinton Portis's offseason

Maybe you read the Redskins Insider item last week about how Clinton Portis "has surprised many in the organization with his positive outlook and hard work throughout the offseason program."

I thought that was awesome to hear that Portis had changed his offseason outlook and work habits around, so I figured I'd try to find a quote from him about this pattern-breaking summer. Here ya go:

"My preparation for this game, the mindset, the appreciation for the game, that's always first. Going to work Wednesday through Saturday with a positive attitude instead of trying to figure out a way to get out of it, you know? Going out and whatever's asked of me to do, going out and doing that to the fullest of my capabilities. Getting in the weight room this offseason also was a major role. Sticking around, being in the weight room., wanting to be a big part of this team's success. And I think the guys around me, to see me around all offseason, to see me working out, it still shocked people every week. They come in like, 'Who is that? What are you doing in the weight room?' "

Awesome, right?

If you're being a stickler for details, you might notice that the quote is from October, 2008. But that's just being a crank again.

(Inspired by SB Nation DC.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 9:04 PM ET
 
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I'll bypass all the other awesome material in this post and just quote this: "Wednesday through Saturday."

How refreshing it must have been for him to only have to work four days a week.

Posted by: ncromcr | July 23, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Wed to Sat is game prep, Sunday is the game, so it's a 5-day work week, with Monday and Tuesday primarily devoted to recovery and watching film.

Posted by: kingrob76 | July 23, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Wednesday to Saturday is the physical layout of the NFL week (actually, it's Wednesday-Friday (practice), then Sunday (game day) -- Saturday is a walkthrough, Monday and Tuesday are recovery days).

It makes you wonder how much better he could have been had he been doing this his whole career.

Posted by: psps23 | July 23, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I think we have this Clinton figured all wrong.

For somebody who is as dedicated and hard-working as CP26, there is no off season. Rather, any day when he's not suiting up in the burgundy and gold is just another day to prepare for the next time he steps out onto the turf at FEDEX Field, hears the crowd roar his name, sees his other teammates looking on in adoration, while the cheerleaders pick up the pace of their gyrations and the band strikes up, "Hail to the Clinton..."

And then he wakes up... and realizes it was all just a dream... and that he still is and will ever remain... an overpaid and underperforming, over-the-hill, illiterate, mouthy, selfish, lazy and egotistical... legend in his own mind.


Posted by: Vic1 | July 23, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to be a stickler, but shouldn't the headline read:

Clinton Portis' offseason

What is up with the extra "'s"?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | July 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

His work ethic in practice land can always be questioned. No doubt.

Whether he brings it on game day cannot. Clinton Portis has left as much or more on the field compared to any other Redskin during his tenure. FACT.

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | July 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

CP's the class clown who's in love w/ the sound of his own voice. Once you get past that, you'll notice that in his tenure here, he's backed up what he says with his actions. When he says he's gonna kick butt, he's the hardest working guy on the field. When he's whiney & divisive (last year), he sucks. If there's one person on this team that I would give the benefit of the doubt based on what he says, its CP.
I'm not predicting anything, but would be not at all surprised if he had a big year.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | July 23, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

@Dougmacintyre

Here's the entry from The Post's stylebook:

Use 's to form the possessive of singular nouns, proper names and nicknames ending in a sounded s: Lucas's new movie, the boss's secretary, the Boss's big concert, the chorus's big moment, the lass's skirt, Philip Glass's opera, Mars's anger, Zeus's wife, James's book, Dr. Seuss's books.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | July 23, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

@DantheMan!

OK, thanks for the clarification on the "'s". Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | July 23, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Think we all saw the fallacy of the "he'll bring it on game day" argument last season, when his timing was consistently off, he was making the wrong cuts and missing his holes, and nobody knew where he was going next -- except for that old Clinton standard and failsafe, take two steps to the left and fall down.

Granted, we had seen it all before, but never as bad as last season, as he has clearly lost a step or more from his younger days.

A former boss -- an Air Force pilot -- once told me that he didn't mind being in on the crash, just so long as he was in on the take-off. Effectively, you can't take credit for something or complain about a result if you won't participate in the process that brings you there -- because that is actually the work of others.

Clinton is great at talking the talk... but seldom as effective in walking the walk. But he does seem to think he deserves to always be in the right place at the right time, while leaving the sweat and toil to others who are apparently less worthy than he.

Just saying.

Posted by: Vic1 | July 23, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I would say in online gaming parlance, Doug got pwned.

Posted by: playahatah | July 23, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's the entry from The Post's stylebook:

Use 's to form the possessive of singular nouns, proper names and nicknames ending in a sounded s: Lucas's new movie, the boss's secretary, the Boss's big concert, the chorus's big moment, the lass's skirt, Philip Glass's opera, Mars's anger, Zeus's wife, James's book, Dr. Seuss's books.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | July 23, 2010 11:49 AM
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Just curious what the WAPO rationale is for violating what I thought was a standard rule of spelling (or am I behind the times)? Is it that the old way is potentially misleading? - Thanks

Posted by: JLDorsey | July 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

We talkin'n 'bout practice...not a game...not a game...practice. We sittin' here talkin' 'bout practice? Practice? Practice? Not a game. Practice.

Posted by: largetony86 | July 23, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If he lost the weight that was necessary to be a battering ram under Gibbs, he might return to a semblance of his former self. He'll almost certainly have some holes to run through for a change.

Posted by: shanks1 | July 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Portis Pockets Still Straight!

Posted by: rlomax67 | July 23, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

So the Post makes up its own rules of grammar?

Posted by: largetony86 | July 23, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis knows Clinton Portis will be in shape this season, because Clinton Portis understands the meaning of dedication, commitment and all that get-you-fired-up stuff Clinton Portis' old coach used to tell him in Denver. Clinton Portis loves playing for Mike Shanahan, because that's Clinton Portis' best years right there. Peace out,
C.P.

Posted by: MikeWise | July 23, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm a big Miami Hurricanes fan, but I have to wonder what going on in English/grammar classes for their football players. Between Santana and Clinton, they can't speak a lick of proper English. To say nothing of the butchering of grammatical rules.
I wish they were as embarrassed about it, as I am for them.
Every time one of them opens his mouth Webster and Roget roll over in their graves.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | July 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I clicked on a Redskins (or is it Redskins'?) bog and somehow ended up on a grammar thread. Who cares about Portis' or Moss' (excuse me, Portis's or Moss's) grammar? They were hired for their ability to play football. No one's handing them a microphone and asking them to read one of Shakespeare's plays at the 50 yard line.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 23, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Right On Vic1!! You are my Hero! You must be reading my mind! BTW,F-Dallas!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | July 24, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

both those guys make Kwame Brown sound like Hemmingway. they need to cut these over rated bums. you are what your record is and if they can get to 6-10 they should give shannabag a ticket tape parade down Pa. ave. they are a disgrace to sports from the top down.

Posted by: doyouktt | July 24, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Keep Portis and Haynesfork!!! I'm lovin' it Deadskins will be terrific!!! How about some more "stick a fork in 'em ex Eagles!!!" Well the grass will be cut well at Fed-Ex Field. Enjoy all the wonderful passes the most inaccurate starting QB in the NFL will be throwing!! Hey T.O.'s available - why stop now!!!!

Posted by: Dog-1 | July 24, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Dan and Doug -- The very first rule of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White confirm the usage. It is absolutely correct to "Portis's Offseason."

Posted by: buster5 | July 24, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Dan and Doug -- The very first rule of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White confirm the usage. It is absolutely correct to use "Portis's Offseason."

Posted by: buster5 | July 24, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Dan and Doug -- The very first rule of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White confirm the usage. It is absolutely correct to use "Portis's Offseason."

Posted by: buster5 | July 24, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line, no matter how you slice it, this man, right here, well, his pants be straight. Need I say more?

Posted by: TheDubb | July 24, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

buster5 is right. If I recall, the only time you just put the apostrophe is in biblical usage (Jesus' disciples). There may be some other funny exceptions, but for the most part, it's 's even if the word ends in s.

Posted by: crashinghero | July 27, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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