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When Bubba Tyer set Russ Grimm's clothes on fire

Here's a truth about locker room whimsy, including nicknames, costumes, funny facial hair and pranks involving fire: if a team is losing, fans think these things are immature and silly distractions. If a team is winning, fans think they're bloody hilarious.

With the Gibbs Redskins, fans couldn't get enough. Thus, Russ Grimm did a prank segment with Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez, detailing who was responsible for what. Dave Butz put honey on a photographer's stand to attract a swarm of bees. Donnie Warren hung the special teams coach's bike atop a flag pole. Jeff Bostic filled Bubba Tyer's car with popcorn. Grimm himself put hair-removal cream on George Rogers's athletic supporter.

"It was brought up, and it was executed, and it was interesting," Grimm explained.

Grimm also stole some chocolate cakes from the coaching staff, telling Hernandez that "the shed sat right out back, so a lot of times we were sitting in the shed and the Marriott truck would pull inside the gate and...they'd leave the tailgate open. You're sitting there looking out the window, and you knew all the food was prepared, and you'd just go out and grab a couple."

Grimm was also on the receiving end of a Tyer stunt. The trainer apparently used to confiscate the players' snuff. The players first responded by buying new supplies, but that wasn't an acceptable strategy.

"We got fed up with it and we said, 'Bubba, where's it at?' " Grimm told Hernandez. "He wouldn't spill the beans, so we dunked him in the tub. He proceeded to get all my clothes out of the locker and take 'em out on the field while it was snowing during practice, and had his little bonfire over there on the side. I thought he was just dumping water on it. I mean, he was mad. And then he dropped a match and they went up in flames. But it was all in fun. You can buy a new pair of jeans. The sweater costs a little bit, but you can buy a new pair of jeans."

Like I said, if Clinton Portis tried any of these things today, fans would possibly enter anaphylactic shock. But when you win three Super Bowls, you're allowed to light clothes on fire and burn off your teammates' sensitive hair.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
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Fans might experience anaphylactic shock if they were allergic to the swarm of bees. Otherwise, apoplectic, perhaps? :-)

In other news, I always liked Chick Hernandez.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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