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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 11/17/2010

Larry Michael on the media "garbage"

By Dan Steinberg

When news of Donovan McNabb's contract extension broke, just about the first thing I did was point out that the experts had said two weeks ago there was no chance this would ever happen. Patting myself on the back like that was juvenile and petty, and I pretty much immediately regretted it. But hey, we're all juvenile and petty sometimes, me more often than others. I'd like to think that with a few days of introspection, I would have just moved on, but maybe I'm giving myself too much credit.

Anyhow, having done that -- and more than once, I might add -- I hardly have the right to criticize anyone else for pointing out media foibles in this McNabb tale. So I won't. I'll just reprint Larry Michael's closing speech from Tuesday's episode of Redskins Nation.

"Now back to Donovan McNabb and his signing of his contract yesterday. And I can just remember back a couple weeks ago, when the writers and the talk-show hosts had Donovan McNabb out of town. No way that he was gonna want to come here, doesn't want to play for the Redskins, doesn't like the coaching staff, all these questions about Mike Shanahan, it was [no] secret he didn't like Donovan, and all the other stuff, all the other garbage that was put out there in a lot of the columns, and on talk shows over the last couple weeks.

"So obviously, no one had a clue. Poor research by them. And now, what are they gonna say? Oh! It's too much money to pay a man of his age! So you know what? Just keep it real. Stay right down the middle with this thing. Donovan McNabb is your quarterback for at least the next few years, folks. He and Mike Shanahan are gonna be together, and that's the bottom line when it comes to this football team. So let all the speculation, all these made-up stories...obviously a lot of folks out there don't have enough original ideas, so they've got to go make up some stuff that has no basis in fact.

"So, take a deep breath. Yes, the Redskins lost a tough one. Lost a real hard one. Fifty-nine points put on the board. But seven games to go. How good can this Redskins team be moving forward? Or, what other direction could they be headed in? That's why they play the games.

Indeed.

By Dan Steinberg  | November 17, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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Comments

I wonder how Larry will put a positive spin on things after next week when the Titans smoke the Skins and leave us 4-6.

Posted by: GeorgeTowner2 | November 17, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Larry Michaels is part of the problem, not the solution(s)

Posted by: chrislarry | November 17, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. The guy's a clown.

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | November 17, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if little Larry Michael, as a child, watching the team with the racist nickname, the last team to integrate black players, said to himself "Someday I'm going to be the mouthpiece for the propaganda arm of the Washington football operation".

Posted by: cao091402 | November 17, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

If Larry had been working for the Skins in the early 60s, he would have blamed media rabble-rousers for the fact the Skins didn't have any black players. He would have blamed the media for the Kennedy assassination. He would have blamed the media for the Lindbergh kidnapping.

Larry's embarrassing; he's a clown. The radio broadcasts are a disaster now, between Larry and the fact that Sam Huff, God bless him, no longer has much idea what's going on around him. Sonny's still great. The Skins radio broadcasts may be the only broadcast in the universe that could be IMPROVED by bringing in Joey T. Give me Sonny, Joey T., and pretty much any normal neutral announcer guy.

Posted by: Gunga2009 | November 17, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"You go girl" comment from Barno in 5... 4... 3...

Posted by: jochpo | November 17, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Larry Michael is a NO TALENT HACK. Get him off the air ASAP!

Posted by: DCFanCouncil | November 17, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, I wasn't paying attention, the Caps are on tonight.

Posted by: playahatah | November 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

For the zillionth time: nothing Larry Michaels says is worth listening to. He is a Dan Snyder stooge. He has nothing insightful, interesting, or relevant to say. He spends his time shovelling b.s. from the front office on the heads of all the skins fans that make the mistake of tuning in to his sorry little show.

Posted by: dbunkr | November 17, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Once and for all, as well as for the sake of all that good and holy -- Can Ted Leonsis be given special dispensation to buy all our area sports franchises?? He seems to have a gift for this stuff.

Posted by: ljo211 | November 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Larry Michael is only about a half-step removed from being a full-time PR guy for the Redskins. Who cares what he thinks? About anything.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | November 17, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Larry Michael is like that creepy uncle wearing the trench coat and cheap cologne that you advise the kids to keep away from.

Posted by: iubiquity | November 17, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Larry Michael is anothr relic from the past.. like Vinny Cerrto in that everyone will happy once he's gone!

Posted by: iubiquity | November 17, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Lets see, a complete lack of analysis or objectivity combined with a blaming of the media for criticism of the teams faults.......


You sure that's not you Barno?

Oh and for the record-"And I can just remember back a couple weeks ago, when the writers and the talk-show hosts had Donovan McNabb out of town. No way that he was gonna want to come here, doesn't want to play for the Redskins, doesn't like the coaching staff, all these questions about Mike Shanahan, it was [no] "

It's possible to address a team controversy without creating a strawman while treating your audience like they are children. NOBODY was saying "McNabb will never come here'. People were questioning whether he was worth the picks and now money the skins paid for him. There's still legitimate long-term questions that FANS can have about the direction of this franchise without blaming "speculation, made up stories, and those that don't have original ideas"

UGH

Posted by: jbanks979 | November 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Dan - why would you quote Larry Michael as some sort of beacon of truth? I think the vast majority of fans were shocked by the terms of the McNabb signing. It's all very Twilight Zone. And you saw how the players reacted Monday night.

Top 5 list of things that sound terrible:
5) Michael Reghi
4) Fingernails on a chalkboard
3) Wailing of tortured souls
2) Inside the Red Zone w/ Vinny Cerrato
1) Larry Michael

Posted by: gary9smith | November 17, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

It's possible to address a team controversy without creating a strawman while treating your audience like they are children. NOBODY was saying "McNabb will never come here'. People were questioning whether he was worth the picks and now money the skins paid for him...

UGH

Posted by: jbanks979 | November 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

RE: Strawman

NOBODY1 David Aldridge, Nov. 1: "Donovan McNabb is not gonna re-sign here. That's over.

NOBODY2 Michael Wilbon, Nov. 1: "I don't believe for a second Donovan McNabb's gonna be here next year now. Not a second. Done."

NOBODY3 ESPN’s Chris Mortensen: "It's almost the worst-kept secret in the league, as far as I'm concerned. There's been no enamorement with Donovan McNabb

NOBODY4 ESPN'S Tom Jackson: "If you don't want Donovan McNabb to be your quarterback, you have to say that. the message sent across is I don't want you to be my quarterback..you have now, to some extent, fractured probably forever your relationship with the quarterback and your relationship therefore with the locker room."

Jbanks, is it 'possible' for you to have some semblance of a clue what it is you are talking about before posting a comment to this site? I'm not asking if it's probably, we all know it's not. I'm asking, is it even possible?

Posted by: Barno1 | November 17, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"No way that he was gonna want to COME here, doesn't want to play for the Redskins, doesn't like the coaching staff, all these questions about Mike Shanahan"

Try to distinguish the difference Barno between the words "come" and "resign" in the context of my initial comment. (Hint hint-I wasn't talking about the past couple of weeks.)

But I see your reading comprehension skills are as fantastic as always!

Posted by: jbanks979 | November 17, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

*should say: I'm not asking if it's PROBABLE, we all know it's not.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 17, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Larry Michael is worthless. Steve Kolbe is worthless.

But so are the journalists who somehow thought $3.5 million guaranteed was the same as $40 million guaranteed.

I really don't care if McNabb stays or goes. I just hope Snyder sells the team.

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CF11555 | November 17, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Everyone can say what they want about Dan and Larry but they were right and most of the media was wrong. Everybody was saying he wasn't coming back and that it was a done deal. Just check the quotes above.

Personally, I think most of the criticism about the "weird" timing of the deal is primarily a defense mechanism because of their comments two weeks ago. Some of the media is typically critical of every Redskin move or game because as they personally admit "it's more fun, it creates more juice". Talk radio in particular is guilty of this. If the Redskins were to publicly state the sky is blue then Andy Pollin, Steve Czaban, Tony Kornheiser, John Riggins, etc would say it is pink. It's just the way they work and it is circus like.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | November 17, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Jbanks, a collection of the smartest men on earth could spend the rest of their lives trying to figure out the point of your last post and still come up empty. Dude, what on earth are you talking about? You said "NO ONE" was saying McNabb wouldn't want to come here...i.e. re-sign. There is no other interpretation. He's already here, clearly Larry Michaels meant people said McNabb wouldn't want to come BACK here. Good grief.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 17, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

GET HIM THE FAULK OUT OF TOWN. He is another embarrassment to this FSM Awful franchise

Posted by: trousers | November 17, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Baghdad Larry, back at it.

Posted by: kingrob76 | November 17, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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