LaRon Landry's barbershop celebration
Toward the end of Sunday's practice, Redskins safeties LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore helped break up a deep pass, after which they celebrated together. Three times.
I wasn't there to witness it, since I was at the other end of the field, but my colleague Paul Tenorio described the routine as a complicated number involving kicking, helmet slaps and a salute. The first two times, they struggled to complete it successfully, but after all, training camp is all about learning and practice.
"We got it down pat," Landry insisted to reporters after that practice, via my other colleague Rick Maese. "[Moore] messed it up. It'll be fine. He messed it up."
"We just made it up like yesterday," Moore said, when I asked him about his failures. "We're still in the works, trying to get a little repetition, a little muscle memory, get that thing back down pat. We're gonna put it out, whenever we make a big play, and everyone will see it."
Which is all fine. Still, I had to ask where the many-limbed celebration was born, and the answer was jarring.
"All I'm gonna say is big ups to my guys in D.C., at the barber shop I go to," Landry told me. "They taught me the handshake, and I told them I'm gonna bring it to my guy, we're gonna critique it and make it a little better, and we're gonna gonna put it out for y'all."
The barber shop in question turns out to be Like That Barber Shop, located on Good Hope Road in Anacostia, not terribly far from the Frederick Douglass Nationals Historic Site. When I called the barber shop, they told me that in addition to Landry, their clients have included siblings of Clinton Portis and Fred Davis, and that all three players and many more have their photos hanging on the wall.
The particular handshake in question was dreamed up by "Little Darren," who wasn't in when I called, but everyone knows about it.
"We've got this celebration we do here, we kick the feet, slap the heads, all that stuff," said James Spencer, an assistant manager. "This barbershop here, we've got all different type of personalities."
So now all that's left is a step-by-step guide for how you, too, can do Little Darren's Like That Salute, which doesn't actually have a name. Ok, instructions?
"I can't give it to you like that, you've got to wait, man," Moore said. "I can't give you the secret, man -- I can't tell you, I can't tell you."
"Can't teach it, can't teach it," Landry agreed. "It's nasty, huh? You like it. You love it."
"See, we should have copyrighted that," Spencer joked. "There's different types of celebrations -- feet kicking, little tapping on the head, the hands, dapping the elbows. We all do that here. You can learn a lot here."
To be continued, obviously.
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