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Mario Williams and Redskins fans talk mushrooms


(By John McDonnell - TWP)


Not sure which was odder:

1) Redskins fans taunting Mario Williams by using references to video games that were popular 20 years ago, or

2) Mario Williams thanking those Redskins fans for helping motivate him on a day in which he sacked Donovan McNabb three times.

The exact nature of the taunts is a little unclear. The Texans' Web site said fans were saying "eat a mushroom, and all that." The AP, meantime, said fans were saying "you need a mushroom, and all that." Either way, the taunts involved mushrooms, and the response from Williams was the same.

"They got their mushroom," he said. "They definitely got it. It's nothing but motivation, nothing but hard work and playing for each other on the field and, like I said, just getting that crowd quiet."

And Williams's reaction to Andre Johnson's game-tying catch?

"That whole crowd, they got quiet and we got crunk," he said.

In fact, Williams took time out to specifically thank the FedEx Field crowd.

"I definitely want to say, you know, I appreciate the help from the fans behind our bench," he said, via the Texans. "It really meant a lot, talking all that noise. It's great to have 92,000 (fans) shut up."

(A commenter points out that I'm horrifically out of touch with modernity by not knowing that newer versions of Mario Bros. remain popular. Apologies.)

(Someone else points out that the Texans show Super Mario graphics when Williams makes a big play. So clearly I'm the real idiot here. I can accept that.)

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 9:32 AM ET
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Comments

I love that Mario is thinking about our fans during the game, means we are doing something right. Nice jobs fans!

Posted by: Hondo5 | September 20, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

You sound surprised that fans were making a reference from a video game from 20+ years ago. Remember that there are still some people in the stands who cross-dress, carry parasols, and wear pig noses for some reason.

Posted by: cao091402 | September 20, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Dude, Super Mario Bros. for Wii is the best-selling video game of 2010.

Posted by: pb42 | September 20, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Redskins' fans don't have a whole lot to cheer about with their sorry team. Oink! Go Texans!!

Posted by: IM1RU12 | September 20, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

As a proponent of taunting by home team fans, I'm not sure anything was done "right" by fans toward a guy who went out and sacked McNabb multiple times. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose with fan taunting. There's a difference between getting in a player's head and having the player turn taunts around as motivation.

Posted by: GFisher1 | September 20, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Mario is still one of the most popular characters IN ANY MEDIUM in the world. As someone mentioned, the latest Mario game is the best-selling Wii title this year. Pretty much anything with the Mario game is a sure-fire blockbuster. It's a pretty normal reference to make.

Posted by: thezapperdigital | September 20, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I was at the stadium and it was LOUD. Ask Rackers why he shanked his first FG attempt. Or their punter why he shanked a couple of his attempts. Or why their KO returner stepped out at his 1-yard line to open the game.

Of course since they won the match, he'll say he used it as motivation. Do you think if Gano's kick had made it, Williams would have been thanking the fans?

Posted by: tundey | September 20, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Strange. I sat right behind Houston's bench and did not hear anyone saying anything about mushrooms. Mostly, we were heckling Matt Leinart. Tho one guy was obsessed with Jackson. Didn't see anyone saying much to Mario, though it's possible it was someone in the Dream Seats since they were in front of us.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Strange. I sat right behind Houston's bench and did not hear anyone saying anything about mushrooms. Mostly, we were heckling Matt Leinart. Tho one guy was obsessed with Jackson. Didn't see anyone saying much to Mario, though it's possible it was someone in the Dream Seats since they were in front of us.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 20, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

who heckles matt leinart anyway?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Talk's cheap, Mario. Thanks for a little return motivation should we meet again in the near future. You were lucky once and won't be lucky again.

Posted by: Rational_Man | September 20, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Quite a few people heckling Leinart, Poop. I was doing it mostly because he's an a---ole who took my friend to court over the rights to the website www.mattleinart.com, which my friend smartly bought while leinart was still in high school.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 20, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

yeah but picking on matt leinart is like picking on the kids on the short bus.

Just too easy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

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