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61-year old journalist passes Haynesworth test


Last week, I noted that two reporters -- Fox 5's Lindsay Murphy and Comcast SportsNet's Ivan Carter -- attempted the Albert Haynesworth conditioning test, which Haynesworth himself failed to attempt on Monday morning for the third straight day. Murphy passed Part I and failed Part II, assuming she was a defensive lineman. Carter passed both parts.

I should have figured, but these are boom times for the people-attempting-the-Haynesworth-conditioning-test industry. Er, not Haynesworth attempting it, but other people.

Above, see WTOP reporter Andrew Mollenbeck give it a whirl. The test was sprung on Mollenbeck unawares, and he had just had two coffees and two breakfast sandwiches. Also, his bosses accidentally had him run half the test, which he completed in a sizzling 31 seconds, before following up with 71 seconds on his real attempt, which would have passed Part II but failed Part I. I'll give him an incomplete.

The best attempt yet, though, was pulled off by veteran magazine writer James Fallows of The Atlantic. Fallows reported that he "just barely made it, in both the first and second passes, but I did meet the time standards." Also, he's 61 years old.

Losing to former Division III football star and sort-of young person Ivan Carter is acceptable. Losing to 61-year old magazine writer James Fallows is not.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
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Comments

I think the fat chick with the luggage cart did a pretty good job...give her a contract.

Posted by: katekirk | August 2, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

That's one-sixth of a mile at a seven-minute-mile pace. (OK, one-third of a mile if you count both reps.)

If a man in his 20s can't do that, he should be under constant medical supervision.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 2, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Don't be dissin' J-Fall! Quick, sign him before Jerry Jones wakes up....

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | August 2, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, ok, but...show me the headline that says "61-year old sportswriter stands up two NFL O-Linemen". Haynesworth is a deebag but he didn't sign that contract for being able to do shuttle runs.

Posted by: rgm34 | August 2, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Godfather -- If he were running 3/4 of the way around a track, maybe. But the stopping and starting makes it a LOT harder, particularly when you're trying to bring 300 pounds to a stop. I'd guess 30% of American men in their 20s could pass the test -- fewer if they're carrying a lot of weight.

Good for Fallows.

Posted by: BDVienna | August 2, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

For what its worth Haynesworth is bending down and touching the line with his hand every 25 yards (definetly makes the run a little more challenging when you're his size)-

none of the clips you've shown have any of the reporters bending down and touching the ground every 25 yards other than Ivan Carter.

Posted by: jpish | August 2, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

He would've been able to pass it had he done it right.

But how can we be sure either he or Carter were going 25-yards in each direction?

Posted by: CF11555 | August 2, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@jpish, the report I read in the Post said he had to touch the line with his foot, not his hand.

Posted by: pundito | August 2, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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