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Golic, Smith sort-of pass Haynesworth test


Another day, another two journalists taking (and supposedly passing) the Haynesworth conditioning test. This is the biggest growth market our industry has seen in years. Depending on how long this thing lasts, we might have to export some of the shuttle runs to low-paid workers in India.

Above, see ESPN's Mike Golic supposedly pass the test, although the circumstances were a bit questionable. He seemed to leave early on both attempts, he didn't necessarily reach every cone, and his finishing time for Part I was first called out as 71 seconds, then changed to 70.

Part II was even worse; as a reader points out, the video shows 76 seconds of elapsed time, even though Mike Greenberg later says Golic finished in 73 seconds. Either way, he certainly came close to the appropriate time, and he's a similar weight to Haynesworth. Plus he's 47 years old.

"I'm gonna go throw up now," he said upon completing the run, but no one ever said post-test vomiting was against the rules.

Then there was Michael David Smith of AOL FanHouse and Pro Football Talk. His test is much less comparable, since the man is just 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds at the age of 34. Still, Smith came in at 68 and 69 seconds, comfortably earning a passing grade.

That makes at least six journalist types who have publicly attempted this stunt in recent days. (See two here, and see two more here.) If the world is taking requests, I'd like to throw out the names of Jason Whitlock, Mike Wise and Christiane Amanpour. I also wouldn't mind a match race between Ezra Klein and Tucker Carlson, but I don't want to be greedy here.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2010; 7:28 PM ET
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Comments

Mike Golic couldnt pass the test if his life depended on it and he is the lightest and in the best cardiovascular shape of his life. The other giu weighs 150 and is 34 and still only makes it by 1 and 2 seconds. Its a hard test.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | August 2, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is fat.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 2, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

is there more to this test than Albert running some cones? I'd think these journalistic antics, would give him the impetous to pass this test, or die trying.

Posted by: Hattrik | August 2, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The Bog should have some tshirts printed up and hand them out to people who can qualify out on the Mall at lunch tomorrow.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 2, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Dbrine, Thats a hard test? Hahahaahahhaha. I just watched that video and that's jogging dude. JOGGING!!! All week I heard about this test and I was envisioning something like Ivan Drago from Rocky IV running on an inclined treadmill, and now I see this 300 yard jog done twice with a break in between. The only way you can say this is a hard test is if you are an overweight fat a** like Albert Haynesworth. And the Redskins under no circumstance should be required to pay Haynesworth, as a supposed professional athlete, anything whatsoever. Nada! Not one dime. Not being able to perform such an easy test would be akin to occupational negligence in a different profession and that voids his contract.

Posted by: ericthered1 | August 2, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Dbrine, Thats a hard test? Hahahaahahhaha. I just watched that video and that's jogging dude. JOGGING!!! All week I heard about this test and I was envisioning something like Ivan Drago from Rocky IV running on an inclined treadmill, and now I see this 300 yard jog done twice with a break in between. The only way you can say this is a hard test is if you are an overweight fat a** like Albert Haynesworth. And the Redskins under no circumstance should be required to pay Haynesworth, as a supposed professional athlete, anything whatsoever. Nada! Not one dime. Not being able to perform such an easy test would be akin to occupational negligence in a different profession and that voids his contract.

Posted by: ericthered1 | August 2, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The point is that Fat Albert should be in condition to pass the test. He missed camp for business/salary reason. I won't hold that against him. But he knew that he wanted to play somewhere [remember his TRADE ME tantrum]. He should have had his fat you know what in a gym somewhere so he would be ready to play. The only workout he seems to have gotten in recently was lifting a fork.

Posted by: mamaspearl | August 2, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dan, remember that time you called Mike Golic a journalist? That was hilarious.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 2, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

What I really enjoy is watching Haynesworth coverage 24/7 on ESPN. Thank jebus that I can be reminded every 3 minutes of how much of a non-issue this will be 2 months from now. Anyone who has ever watched a game during his career knows he is out of shape. He's been that way since entering the league. Yet somehow he's been an all-pro. Weird. He plays a sport that rewards both athleticism and size. He's managed to make a living having some (minimal?) level of both. All I know is he makes our defense better. Whoever doesn't think this can check the stats from last year. Yes, he's lazy and annoys the crap out of me. Yes, he should be in much better shape. Yes, he should have been at OTAs. Yes, I would have preferred to trade him for a good wideout/running back under 30. Regardless, he helps our D and he's going to be a Redskin this year. Hail.

Posted by: emc7x | August 2, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

"Its a hard test."

Professional athletes.

That is what players in the NFL are supposed to be.

It's not supposed to be hard for them.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 2, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Mike Golic completed that test about as well as he hosts a radio show.

Why does ESPN subject us to dreck like "Mike & Mike"? It just sounds like one long commercial for other ESPN programming-- and it only runs in 6 minute blocks which are then followed by 4 minutes of actual commercials!

Total garbage show. And yet, somehow light years better than Jim Rome.

Posted by: drischord | August 2, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Fed -Ex better ensure they have a couple of carts ready to drag his butt off the field like last year. Haynesworth's "personal trainer" must be a serious piece of work...

Posted by: semilost44 | August 3, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

I drove by a high school field yesterday and saw a guy in a wheel chair, a blind guy, a midget and a nun all being timed in the 300 yard shuttle.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 3, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Give Haynesworth some roller skates and get this over with. It would be nice to hear how the team is doing than this testing saga!

Posted by: semilost44 | August 3, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

People are overly anxious to have Haynesworth run this "test", although he is hurt. They don't care. The players are interchangeable blocks on the field in some wild fantasy football game, with the only goal the final score and the playoffs, and if Haynesworth had a career ending injury, they'd (hopefully) say "Oh, that's too bad" and then (certainly) say "Who do you think they'll put in his place?" And move on. For Haynesworth, this is the only football career he's ever going to have. He may be sad about the "Fat Albert" comments, but it isn't going to change what he's going to do, or what is right.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 3, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

My son who is going into 10th grade and will be playing JV soccer took the test last night and got 61 seconds both times. Granted he is a lot lighter, but he also isn't a professional athlete. Also, the first time he did it, I had to stop him half way through because I noticed the stopwatch hadn't started, so he took about a 2 minute break and then took the test.

Is it hard for someone that big to do? Probably. Is it too much to ask for a professional athlete? No.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | August 3, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Can Lindsey Lohan take the test as a condition of her release from the drug rehab facility? Let's start making everybody that is doing unspeakable things in their lives take the test and have everybody barffing all over the place for failing the test!!

Posted by: Hackersk | August 3, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Exclusive video of Haynesworth attempting to complete the conditioning test

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsvR1lM6lQ4

Posted by: LesGrossman | August 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

As others have noted....

Despite jogging the entire second half of the test, Golic either passed the test or came quite close. If you watch the video, at no point was he ever sprinting. The Denver Broncos require THREE 300 yard sprints and for lineman to complete it in 68 seconds.

I still have no sympathy for a professional athlete who can't beat Mike Golic in a jogging test despite recently making 21 million dollars. Sack up, pass the test, and end this already fat al

Posted by: jbanks979 | August 3, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

That Haynesworth managed to hurt himself bad enough to sit out 3 straight days, while jogging for 3 minutes, says all you need to know about the kind of shape he was in coming to camp.

Posted by: tha_prophet | August 3, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Two things:

1) There's a YouTube mashup of everyday folk doing this conditioning test waiting to be done if it hasn't already. They just need a song of some kind and maybe a ribbon magnet/wristband to complete the cause.
2) If I were the Redskins (and I'm not), I'd worry about the potential insurance liability of having a morbidly obese guy who is, by their own definition, not in shape, on the field practicing. I mean, what happens if he runs more than 20 feet and has a heart attack? Plus, you'd have to worry how many of his dependents would sue.

Posted by: jcurrin | August 3, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Maybe my math is just funny but how does running 25 yards back and forth 6 times come up to 300 yards? Call me Einstein but shouldn't that be 50 yards each way 6 times, but these WaPo blogs say 25 yards. Plus why would Shanny (or any coach at that) need a DT to run 600 yards?

Posted by: bijelu | August 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind my math was funny.

Posted by: bijelu | August 3, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

i wonder about haynesworth's unusual body size. maybe he can't get in any "better" shape without having a heart attack. think about the sheer effort needed to move a 6 foot 6 360 lb man at hustling speed, starting and stopping. a skinny dback that weighs 190 can complete this test without breaking a sweat. i bet komeatu would fail this test too.

Posted by: destewar | August 3, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is hurt? really? if he was really hurt wouldn't they have done an MRI?

Posted by: tidalwave1 | August 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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