Anthony Armstrong screams at the Dallas bench
If you watched the Redskins' opener from home, your lasting image of Anthony Armstrong will probably looking something like the above shot, perfectly captured by The Post's Jonathan Newton. The Redskins tried to go to Armstrong two plays in a row early in the third quarter, and neither resulted in a touchdown. Then they botched the field-goal attempt and got nothing. That's probably what you'll remember.
In the fourth quarter, Armstrong got his first (and only) catch of the game, the first of his NFL career. That's probably what he'll remember.
But none of that will be my lasting image of Armstrong from Sunday. Mine is of the young receiver sprinting halfway across the field when the game ended -- reaching that point before virtually any of his teammates -- and then standing there, screaming at the Dallas bench while gesticulating wildly.
Other Redskins joined him. Clinton Portis could be seen dancing some sort of jig, and other players raised their arms and hugged and made all happy-like, but none with Armstrong's intensity.
Sadly, I can't find a single image of this. Happily, he was willing to explain.
"I was out there just yelling, saying that this is our house, to make it interview friendly," Armstrong said. "That was for the whole city of Dallas, all of that. That was just like this is our house, and we got y'all. I was just extremely excited. It was out of this world. All the emotions. You can't even imagine."
I asked him how long he was yelling, because I eventually had to leave the press box.
"I don't know, I've just barely stopped since we got in here," he said 20 minutes later. "We had to do the Lord's Prayer, so you can't really yell through that. I'm so excited. I'm on Cloud 12, 13, I don't even know."
(Speaking of outstanding yelling, here's Orakpo entering the locker room after the game. The video is too hot for the Bog, but he's colorfully suggesting that the Cowboys can't block him.)
Armstrong, of course, was previously a lifelong Cowboys fan with a Cowboys-blue bedroom, whose relatives have given him grief for days about this game. He knows people who play for Dallas, and other people who work in the organization. That's why he was there, waving his arms, before anyone else.
"Once I saw that ref give that holding penalty, I knew the rule - 10-second runoff - so I took off," he said. "I was just so excited. It feels so good to beat those guys. There's already the rivalry, and then being from there, everybody talking crazy to me all week, I just get to put it in everybody's face. I'm ecstatic."
Finally, I asked whether he saw how any of his teammates were celebrating.
"I saw some other people kind of jogging over, I saw Orakpo coming," he said, trying to remember. "But I was worried about those guys in the white."
Posted by: JAMNEW | September 13, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: bbmcoachk | September 13, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: bbmcoachk | September 13, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: alex35332 | September 13, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Scoonie97 | September 13, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: MillBurray | September 13, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: gclyde | September 13, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: fakedude2 | September 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: JAMNEW | September 13, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: aarseneault06 | September 14, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: poguesmahone | September 14, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: BrownBagIt | September 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse