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AEE Guest Blog

Hello there. What a soggy day, eh? I want my spring days back.

Working on a bunch of stuff, and it looks like I will end up working at least through half of next week before taking off for the new baby.

In the meantime, here's a guest blog from AEE to get you into the weekend.

Cheers.

AEE writes:

We've got a few weeks before a lot of the draft talk gets hot. Instead of focusing on the "Bring Back Lavar" and "The Skins should draft Calvin Johnson" talk. Lets take a look around the league and see what stupid things other teams and players have done this offseason.

1. The 49ers broke the bank for a mess of average players. Not that Skins fans have anyplace to talk on the subject. However, that deal for Clements was insane. Breaking news! There is no such thing as an "Elite CB" in the NFL right now. Maybe it's the talent, maybe it's the change of rules. But the best in the game today (The Law's, Bailey's, etc) can't hold a candle to who was tops a decade ago. Anyway, congrats to San Fran. You're still stuck with Nolan who is still riding off of Marvin Lewis' playbook from Baltimore.
2. The Dallas Cowboys haven't won a playoff game in over a decade. They needed a head coach. It only makes sense that they hire a guy who has never won a playoff game during previous stints as head coach. At least they get to keep Owens. Locker room cancer who's skills are slipping? 31 other teams fans' LOVE that he's not on the market again.
3. The Chargers fired Marty, and hired Norv Turner. Is this bizzaro world? Didn't Washington do the complete opposite a few years ago? I don't doubt that Norv is a good guy, and a good teacher. But a leader of men? Nope.
4. The Steelers hired that Tomlin guy from Minny, while passing on Russ Grimm who made the most sense for the gig. I know they've had success finding head coaches. Who knows? They might have struck gold again. But, Grimm will be a quality HC in the league. Maybe in 2 years he can be the guy in Washington.
5. The Eagles had cap room, but decided to not keep Stallworth or Garcia. But, they did give Kevin Curtis a deal that would make Peter King roll over in his grave....if the Skins had given him that deal. Also, they passed on TJ Duckett. Maybe since Lurie can't get his hands on his favorite team (New England). He's pulling a "Major League" but wrecking his team so they can move to the Boston area? Maybe? Ok...maybe not. But he hated the movie "Invinsible".
6. The New York Giants? Have they done anything? Oh yeah, they traded for Ruben Droughens who would have been released. Mark Brunell Pt II anyone?
7. 23% of Cincy is in Jail
8. The Broncos try to trade Plummer because he's a bum. Reminds me of a funny "The Onion" type article I read on him once. It said "Plummer posed for breakout for 9th year in a row". I think that saws it all. Either way, he's a quitter. "How dare they want me to compete for a starting job!"
9. I saw Pacman Jones on America's Most Wanted last night.
10. Vick is going to have more independence in their new offense? I've got a play for him "IR....IR on two....hut hut!"

Xoxo

Uncle A.E.E.

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 16, 2007; 2:51 PM ET
 
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Comments

From the look of the list we have some challengers for the anual off season STUPID AWARD. Time will tell.

Posted by: Old School | March 16, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

5 TCCLS to Jason La Canfora for providing a new post.

Posted by: The Mole | March 16, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

we can still snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by making a draft day blunder, thereby continuing our dynasty and virtual stranglehold on the offseason STUPID AWARD.

Posted by: Old School | March 16, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Forbes just put out its list of Billionaires 11 NFL owners are on it Dannyboy isnt one?? Cant argue with this list Jason like you did the list of GMs!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 16, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

great blog.vick is overrated and a ball hog.skins should trade archuletta for bly.pacman on amw is hillarious.

Posted by: xpac69 | March 16, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Old School -

That was the point on my last long post in the previous thread. Maybe I should post it again in here - it fits the theme.

Posted by: The Mole | March 16, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

(For those who don't like to read back through older threads; slightly edited for content - the mole's editor)

If the Redskins FO is attending Pro Days for Johnson, Anderson, Landry and Hall, it's probably very safe to say that NONE of next year's draft picks are safe. With Detroit possibly looking to trade out of the #2 spot, it's conceivable that Springs could be part of a package for the Skins to move up, hoping to get Johnson. Then they can use next year's picks to move back into the first round later and get either Landry/Anderson/Okoye/Hall, depending on position and who's available. Rationale? Gibbs isn't going to be around forever, so THE FUTURE IS NOW! (Channeling the ghost of George Allen - these are not my personal preferences.)

Mayock (NFLN) was talking last night about how important the safety positions are in today's complex defenses, and that two very good/great safeties are almost a necessity. He also mentioned that Landry is the best safety available in the draft since Sean Taylor in 2004 and could go as high as pick #6. Maybe there is still hope for getting Landry, AMTTS.

NFLN Path to the Draft is doing cornerbacks today. For whoever asked on Wed, Mayock's current rankings of CB before today were as follows:

1) Leon Hall - Michigan
2) Chris Houston - Arkansas
3) Aaron Ross - Texas
4) Darrelle Revis - Pitt
5) Tanard Jackson - Syracuse

(That is from memory, so don't shoot me on the details.)

Posted by: The Mole | March 16, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice one AEE. The only thing I'd disagree with is I think the Bailey's and Law's etc could hold a candle to CB's of 10 yrs ago (except for Deion probably) if the rules were still the same.

You could also include the Bills paying a king's ransom to Dockery while dumping/letting go McGahee, Fletcher-Baker and Clements.

Posted by: skinswest | March 16, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo! It's Happy Hour! It's Friday! It's St. Patrick's Day weekend! It's Redskins off-offseason! It's March Madness!

I think at least one of those is a good enough reason to go hit a bar about now.

Posted by: The Mole | March 16, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

And one final cautionary note before the weekend -

AVOID THE GREEN BEER!

Posted by: The Mole | March 16, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Uncle A.E.E. The only thing that was consistent in that long winded post, was EVERY team you busted on did better then the LAST PLACE 5-11 team we had, so I suggest you dump that fu**ing kool-aide out and include us at the top of your list?

Posted by: just a suggestion | March 16, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Old School, the way the Skins can win the offseason stupid award is trade away next year's draft. Other than TWO good defensive guys (DE and either DT or CB), the only other thing on my offseason wish list is a complete flush of the FO talent evaluation staff. $nyder should agree to split the tab w/Baltimore for THEIR non-Blesto non-Quadra team-specific scouting service. [Which is a firing Snyder might have to do anyway if they go for the offseason stupid award and do trade away next year.]

Posted by: dcsween | March 16, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Well SF hasn't been known for doing anything smart since the last SB win. Still you should hear my students talk about how they are definitley in the playoffs and good shot at the SB. Makes me think of well all of us at some point with the Skinnies in the last years.

Gotta say though that even though that is a list of stupid is as stupid does (thanks AEE!) we still hold the lifetime achievement award . . . Jeff George . . .the horror . . . the horror. . .the horror.

Posted by: sfskin | March 16, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

AEE, nice. ITA the post just before mine. See the previous post for other names he/she uses.

Nice tooling on NYG for Brunell Part Two: Reuben Droughns. They should be nervous about keeping Coach "Laces" Coughlin, while picking the GM who's clearing out the underbrush with a blow torch to prepare for a "down" year. Nice that you got the Beagles and Cowburps in there too.

Also, I see your numbers on Cincy, but its hard when they gotta compete w/Chicago.

Posted by: dcsween | March 16, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the kool-aid suggestions. It's St. Patrick's day (weekend anyway). Green beer, Guinness, Bass and Harp should be the primary beverages of consequence under discussion today.

Posted by: skinswest | March 16, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Otter: Greg, look at my thumb.
[Gregg looks at Otter's thumb. Otter punches Gregg in the face]
Otter: Gee, you're dumb.


I hearby dub boofer/sorry/s.o.b./etc: Greg

Posted by: 4-12 | March 16, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Prioleau says he was doing light jogging as of December. http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=761

4-12, good dubbery. Like our own Gwilligan, the guy in Animal House had two Gs ... Gregg Marmalade I think.

Posted by: dcsween | March 16, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

sorry for drinking too much kool-aid ...and vodka but who is AEE?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 16, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Do you remember? HHHHAAAAAAYYYYY KOOLAID!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBeUGqeYsQg

Posted by: sfskin | March 16, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Snow day, everyone go home.

Posted by: Throwback | March 16, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

MAn, I'm doing good since ALL of my Sweet 16 teams are still in.

Virtual GM - Here I come!!

Peace

Time Stamp - 5:56pm EST

Posted by: 4th Floor's Bracket | March 16, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

sween,5 of the teams the skins loss to last yr did not make the playoffs(BAD TEAMS), 4 were in the VERY BAD NFC(2 with Brunell) and this doesnt count the 2 losses to the 8-8 Giants who got in playoffs?? Using Campbell as excuse when he won at New Orleans & home against Carolina is WEAK,The GREAT 2005 PLAYOFF winning redskins should never of loss to any of these teams UNLESS they werent as good as people thought in 2005?

Posted by: skinsfan4real | March 16, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Damn you kids are rockin' n rollin' over on the bracket. Nice going Nate, sf, 4th, et al. I guarantee I finish no better than 42nd in our field of 20. I'm in a pool similar to a SB grid, $100 a square, and my numbers for every game are winner 0 and loser 1. Has any game ever finished 80-71? Haven't won thus far but the final game pays $2K.

I think we have a Skins fan playing a Cowboys fan playing a Skins fan. It's genius. Props man. Shame that your writing reads like the alphabet magnets on my neighbor's refrigerator. And his kid is three. And they are Lebanese.

Posted by: SMACK | March 16, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The 49ers definitely stole the crown from The Danny and Joe this off-season.

I'm worried this means Joe will come back with a vengeance next off-season.

Posted by: Clinton Hill | March 16, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

SMACK, the way you talk smack makes me so glad you're a friend of the blog. You are a credit to Cowboy Nation, perhaps its only credit, and that you've earned a place in the RI ring of honor speaks volumes.

As far as my pool, even a blind squirrel... I expect to quickly abdicate my share of the lead.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The Danny and Gibbs were officially at Calvin Johnson's Pro Day...

Posted by: Paul TAJ | March 16, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

A little dose of the obvious:

Offensive linemen do not play defense... unless Betts has fumbled again.

A team is hurt by its players' injuries, and its opponents accordingly benefit, except in that rare case where an injured player's backup is equal to or greater than the injured player, or when the team as a whole 'rallies around' the injured player (viz, Iggles sans McNabb).

There are usually more injuries per team as the season progresses, due to the cumulative effect of playing so much tackle football.

It's just green food coloring, it's not leprechaun blood.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Free agency fades,
like playoff dreams in autumn;
Draft picks bring new hope

Posted by: HaikuAlien | March 16, 2007 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Nate. I know being a credit to Cowboy nation is damning with faint praise, but hell it's a Skins blog so I'll take it. It was probably you, or maybe Diddy, who described it as a cool little corner of the internets. I'd have to agree. Hmmm, who picked Illinois?

Posted by: SMACK | March 16, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

ummmmmmm LOOKIE HERE!!! i'm number ONE!!! woohooo!!

why we talking futball? it's MARCH MADNESS!!!!

ITA!!!

Posted by: dealer | March 16, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Bracket buster alert on Illinois. Nice, Hokies, niiiiiice.

Bodes ill for the Razorbacks, the 12 seed I picked tonight. Lightning striking twice?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

i'm watching (not by choice) grey's Ant...

Posted by: dealer | March 16, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Nate I thought everyone was saying the Hogs (Arkansaus Misincludus) weren't supposed to even get in and Drexel and Syracuse were.

Posted by: SMACK | March 16, 2007 8:02 PM | Report abuse

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm i have texas winning the WHOLE thing!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dealer | March 16, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

PHEW!!!!!!!!!! that was close!

Posted by: dealer | March 16, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

can i change my pick? i didn't think rick barns was still coaching texas. i thought he got fired couple of years ago. crap!

Posted by: dealer | March 16, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Nate! way to come back in the bracket! Umm who the F (oh spirit of CL) is Winthrop? I know it was yesterday but Winthrop?
Okay I should shut up cause I chose Holy Cross to upset.

Posted by: sfskin | March 16, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think the MJ/Kevin Bacon ads are random? Why this pair? Is it because Kevin wore a Hanes Beefy T in his immortal dance/gym routine in the grainery in the immortal Footloose?

Posted by: sfskin | March 16, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Bacon pairs with anyone because of the six degrees thing. I wasn't paying attention but it'll probably come on again.

Posted by: SMACK | March 16, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

sfskin, you were close... it was the immoral dance/gym routine....

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The Hogs are 'playing with house money' and 'have nothing to lose' and 'have a chip on their shoulders' and blah blah blah. So they'll give USC a bit of trouble maybe.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Guess a lot of us missed on Purdue/Arizona, eh?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

That's three, count 'em three, picks against the Big 10 I have whiffed on so far. Excellent work. This will be my undoing.

Starting to think that based on the percentages, it's better to pick higher seeds exclusively in the first round and THEN start picking your upsets. Maybe next year.

Ah, next year, when all our dreams come true.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Notre Dame, where the heck is MV Dame?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Okay, that's enough monologue from me. For now.

Expecting the blog stinks guy any minute. That dude hates me.

I'm taking a break.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 16, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

i'm still okay. bracket hasn't burst yet. but i feel stupid now to've picked RICK BARNES to win it all!!! idiot!

Posted by: dealer | March 16, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

i just went to check to see who i picked in the wapo bracket. and it's gone. my bracket got erased somehow...losable type my ass!

Posted by: dealer | March 16, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Nate did you fart? This blog stinks? And theres NO excuse, not even injuries when you lose to BAD teams as pointed out by the other post!!You guys make it sound like the Redskins had injuries at ALL key positions,What happen to that Fire Power at WR you guys braged about? 2 or 3 injuries and you go 5-11? Drink more Kool-aide Youll need it!!!

Posted by: natesfriend | March 16, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

GRRR 'Nova come on now! Well only one of my teams of I sent to the Regional Semis is out.

Posted by: sfskin | March 16, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

furuncle:(noun) A painful sore with a hard pus-filled core.

a fitting word-of-the-day

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 16, 2007 11:42 PM | Report abuse

So Archi and the skins are "exploring ways to either release him without taking a big salary cap hit or trade him, sources said."
Is there ANY feasible way to lower the cap hit and still release him? I can't think of any. He gets his $5M guaranteed plus the proration of his original $5M signing bonus ($4M in 2007) for a $9M cap hit. Even if he was Mr. Nice Guy and tossed the entire $5M due next week back, he'd still be a $4M cap hit. If he stays, he's a $2.4M cap hit.
Bottom line -- if he's let go, you can guarantee that the dcsween nuclear option (trading next year's draft picks for 2007 picks) won't happen... figure they have a bit less than $8M in cap room right now, -$4M for the #6 pick, - $2M for the 5/6/7 round picks, -1.6 additional for Archi and there's no room to pay anyone else.
They cannot let Archi walk/trade him if they pay him the $5M. He would be untradeable/unreleasable until June 1 2008.

So if you want to know why you keep him, he costs $2.4M to keep and $9M to drop. It's not even my money and I know which way to vote on that one.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 17, 2007 12:35 AM | Report abuse

The latest buzz is that the Redskins, who have the No. 6 overall pick in next month's NFL draft, want to trade down. If that happens, the Vikings, who have the No. 7 pick, could end up with defensive end Gaines Adams of Clemson.
-- St. Paul Pioneer Press

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2007 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Dealer,

Your bracket is still there. You are tied for 7th place - 24 of 32 correct. Select the "Standings" tab at the top of the Group front page.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | March 17, 2007 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Ocho-Ocho, nice work sneaking up to grab a share of the RI pool lead.

I think my bracket is busted. Only one of my Sweet 16 teams is already eliminated, but I just have a bad feeling about how this plays out.

Who is "protosnot"?

Hey, troll, thanks for the stink up above. Much obliged. Good work getting the damn joke about Captain Obvious.

The quasi-official first beer of Saint Paddy's Day is down the hatch. Wanna dance?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 17, 2007 2:28 AM | Report abuse

dealer, I think you were complaining about the WashPo bracket, right? I put 'dealer' in the 'search for a bracket' box and found a bracket associated with that name. I'm guessing that's you because it has the Terps in the final quatro. Give it a shot and see if it comes up that way...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 17, 2007 2:36 AM | Report abuse

GTech? Arkansas? What was I thinking?

Checking out the competition, looks my bracket lives or dies based on what Texas A&M does ...

Posted by: PapsinManila | March 17, 2007 4:30 AM | Report abuse

For all you Monday Morning draft experts who think the redskins will take a DE at #6 if they cant trade down(which they desperately want to)You need to read our expert evaluations and you will see that NO DE is ready to start in a 4-3(3-4 is another story)and investing that kind of money at that pick, you need a starter and thats why DT Branch(Instant starter) will be the pick if they cant trade down, and then pick a DE at a lower price!

Posted by: Scouts inc | March 17, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

you guys had a RI bracket going?!?

real life sucks is all i got to say . . .

Merry SPD!

Posted by: skinsfan@8KaboveMSL | March 17, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Just watched a replay of SB XXVI. I have it on DVD. Brad Edwards, the FS, had the most incredible game a Skins FS ever had.

Posted by: Throwback | March 17, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Skip if not into the NCAAs

My Yahoo bracket is not updating with last night's incredibly devastating losses. Is anyone else having the same problem? I look at my bracket and all my Sweet 16s are still alive, which I know is a fool's promise. Yahoo, stop hitting the fn snooze alarm.

Posted by: SMACK | March 17, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the Arch Delux article in the WP definitely made me puke up a few Brilliants.

How they could have made him the highest paid safety EVER, without an escape clause after the first year, is honestly beyond me. It's enough to cry, eat some ice cream to feel better, then cry again.

Oh, and Throwback, I freaking loved Brad Edwards. He definitely didn't get as much credit as he deserved.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | March 17, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, they have a lot of confidence in their talent evaluation process.

There is some discussion within RI Nation about exactly how misplaced that confidence is, but this is a question of degree, not of nature.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 17, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone understand the Archuleta situation? I got the first parts, keep him at 2.4M or cut him at 9M cap hit. What is this option that they don't have to do but can keep him at 6.4M? He's guaranteed the 5M bonus but this third option is a mystery to me.

Posted by: cdubb | March 17, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

nate, i can't find it. it shows up but my bracket is blank. (on wapo)

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

dealer, SMACK, no trouble out here viewing those brackets.

Maybe the west coast has slipped around to join Paps in tomorrow, an unexpected side effect of the early time zone change...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 17, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

So Nate, if you click on my bracket, it has updated my Illinois shabingus? Very strange.

Posted by: SMACK | March 17, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

cdubb, my recollection is that if we don't pay the option bonus, the remainder of the salary portion of the contract becomes guaranteed. That's $4M, $5M, $6M, $5M over the remainder of the contract. "Guaranteed" money can be prorated over the length of the contract, so that's $5M/year + $1M for prorated signing bonus + there's some other option bonus listed that I'll assume makes up the extra $400K.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 17, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Ok, weird, SMACK. Your score looks right (21 of 32 correct) but as you say, the bracket itself does not completely reflect the rightness or wrongness of yer picks. Strange...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 17, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Well, of the first 32 games if one had picked the higher seed, you would have missed only 3 games.

Posted by: charlie | March 17, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

charlie, I think that is 4 games missed - VCU, Xavier, Mich. St., and Winthrop - if you went with higher seeds. The Tournament Committee actually only counts a team seeding 5 slots or lower beneath its opponent as an 'upset', actually, so the Xavier and Mich. St. wins (both #9s over #8s) don't really count, apparently. Weird, I thought.

Posted by: stevie in gp | March 17, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

ooops, Anywayyyyyyy, that would still be better than what I did - just a little better though.

(Since this is a Skins blog. Go Skins!)

Posted by: charlie | March 17, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Maryland better get its act together or there are going to be a few hurt feelings on this blog. Quite a few of you have them in the Final. What were you all thinking?

Posted by: LH | March 17, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I had Butler in this game because a quick analysis of Butler's team spirit shows them well ahead of Merryland:
http://www.butler.edu/spirit/?pg=1062

Plus, I've had a strong affection for butlers, dating all the way back to Mr. Belvedere, who was something of a father figure for me.

Oh well, I feel bad for the Terps, but at least we still have the Hoyas to root for...

Posted by: P Diddy | March 17, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Freaking MD lost this game at the FT line. Ibekwe alone was 0-4. I think they also missed a few front end of 1-and-1's. Their perimiter defense was also disgusting to watch. How do you let them have so many WIDE OPEN 3 point opportunities?

Butler is a good team, and definitely deserved to win the game, but MD clearly beat themselves today.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | March 17, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

WTF!?!? I had a soccer game this morning - we won, thank you.

MARYLAND? What a bracket breaker shabingus!

*sigh* Go Hoyas! Happy SPD! I did waaaay to much celebrating of the weather here yesterday cause today it's foggy and freezing which is super fun to play soccer in!

*sigh* Go Hoyas!

Posted by: sfskin | March 17, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

cload (12:35), there has to be a way to make this Archuleta thing work ... and it has to be through a trade. From what I can patch together, the cut option ($9M hit) cannot work. There seems to be some room to come up with a cap hit btwn $2.4M - $6.4M (i.e., the one where, on paper, the Skins "keep" him). The article says AA's bottom line is that $5M this year. That would mean the $2.4M cap hit option and a keep. If trade counts as "keep", esp. if Chicago/AA negotiate a new contract, then there seems to be some daylight. What I don't understand is how a guy can get paid $5M and only represent a $2.4M cap hit.

This is definitely one of those scenarios where I am making this shti up. I need a capologist to explain what sort of cap hits a team gets stuck with in a trade that results in re-negotiated contract ... esp., is a trade the same as a cut? I assume they are both considered a "release".

All of this says that, if there is money to be saved in parting ways with Springs, that money will be saved. Sorry Lisa.

Posted by: dcsween | March 17, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

there's no reason to exist anymore

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

there's no reason to exist anymore

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 8:25 PM | Report abuse

there's no reason to exist anymore

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

there's no reason to exist anymore

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Sure there is dealer first there is this blog which is clearly reason enough.

Second there is a football season full of potential triumphs and frustrations and downright defenstrative moments. We must exist as long as we can to witness Skinshabingi go into a cocoon and emerge as SB winners 2020!

Posted by: sfskin | March 17, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

2020? sfskin, there you go again with your glass half full attitude. i love people like you. i showed your comment on the weather last night to dealeress. she's moving back to west coast and i'm going with her.

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I had Butler over MD, but my bracket is nonetheless a shambles.

Interestingly, in my work pool I am the only guy who picked Georgetown to win it all. West coast bias in full effect out here! Shame on them for sleeping on the Hoyas.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 17, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

yeah, i saw butler play before the season started...and when i saw the draw terps got...mmm mmmm mmmm

how's carolina doing? i have them losing this round...to MS

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

i think this game showed why they haven't been in the ncaa last two years: ibeque. and jones can't defend.

but i don't know why the two freshmen (gervis and hayes) weren't shooting, driving in....anyone know the answer to this? vasques is "unguardable" driving to the basket.

sincerely, anyone know why vasquez didn't do that(drive in)? and why hayes wasn't shooting wide open 3's?

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 10:22 PM | Report abuse

dealer the terps lost because they didn't defend the three and they didn't attack the inside on the offensive end.

Posted by: LH | March 17, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

lh, really i can understand the 3's. they were doing their best cuz when your big man is shoots 3/4 3 pointers...you give 'em that all day...and their best dude was under wraps most of the day too. mike jones had more 3's than him i think.

but my question is why didn't they attack the terps attack the basket? what was the logic in not attacking the basket? and when i say attack the basket i don't mean feed inside i mean drive...

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

dealer, sorry about the hopelessness thing; I assume it's bracket-related.
"What I don't understand is how a guy can get paid $5M and only represent a $2.4M cap hit." The key is that guaranteed money can always be prorated from the time it is given to the end of the contract. So the skins didn't want to pay Archi $10M up front, but Archi wanted $10M guaranteed -- they pay him the first $5M, with an option for another $5M next year. Now, how does Archi know that the skins won't throw him overboard after year one? By putting a provision in that if the skins don't pay the additional $5M then the entire contract becomes guaranteed -- that whole $30M over six years.
So Archi knows that he's getting $5M soon; that becomes one parameter of any deal you can think of... as far as you, me, and the wall are concerned he's already spent that money.
None of the salary parameters of his current contract are all that relevant, he knows the big numbers in the out years are kind of unlikely -- no matter how much he improves. And he's free to renegotiate at any time; so, if another team (say, Chicago) came to him and said "we want to void the existing contract, pay you a $5M signing bonus with a salary of $2M, $3M, $3M, $5M, $5M (i.e. Smoot numbers), he's free to do that, and as long as that $5M signing bonus is there, he's no worse off (and might be considerably happier).
With that kind of deal in place, only Archi's $4M remainder of the original signing bonus is a cap charge for the skins.
Now -- ask yourself who wants Archi enough to pay him Smoot-type numbers (remember that safeties don't typically make as much as CBs) and give the skins a draft choice or player? There are a number of decent safeties floating around. There is the whispering campaign that he's finished as a player. And you have to give the skins something -- a 7th rounder? -- to make the trade.
So maybe -- just maybe -- you can find a team that feels he's the right fit -- like Smoot here. Or maybe there's somebody who's in a similar situation on another team, and we can swap problem players (umm, Taylor Jacobs for Mike Rumph would be an example of the excellence of that idea).
So -- in the end, expect to see #40 standing in the general vicinity of #4 a lot this year. I'm a bit more optimistic than that -- I can't believe he has no value as a player. But chances are he'll be a "cord redskin" -- a stack of wood riding the pine.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 17, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that's a long one.... part of it must be the Bushmill's talking.
Consider both the time and the source when reading...

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 17, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, when did they fix the time?

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 17, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Some doctors and bioethicists, however, say the practice raises the disturbing specter of transplant surgeons preying on dying patients for their organs, possibly pressuring doctors and families to discontinue treatment, adversely affecting donors' care in their final days and even hastening their deaths.

taken from wapo's front page...

ummmmm you know what i was a donor. not anymore. i've seen enough grey's anatomy (and this article re-enforces what i learned on ga) that i'm changing to non-donor. and instead i'm telling my wife that when i die that she can donate my organs.

Posted by: dealer | March 17, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Mad props to the Redskins Cheerleaders for their impressive performance in the NFL Networks Cheerleader Playoffs (rd 1 so far)

They crushed the NFL Trivia portion of the contest... I saw that they had some kind of notebook that they studied with NFL trivia organized into categories (seriously). At first I thought the notebook was assembled by Vinny C... but then they did well answering the trivia so I knew he wasn't involved.

Posted by: Diesel | March 18, 2007 1:12 AM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: test | March 18, 2007 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Panties

Posted by: jm220 | March 18, 2007 3:51 AM | Report abuse

cload, thx. that helps. I think (and this is the Kool-Aid talking) that AA still has some good miles left, that safeties ARE undervalued (esp. with the rise of Cover-2/Tampa-2 and recent hirings of young coaches who rose as D coaches), and that some teams with a need at the FS/SS/hybrid S position. When he got the job, after the 10 hour film study session, I was thinking the Skins thought he was super smart on reading offenses. If its true that no one talked to him, they'd never know (two DB coaches with communications issues anyway). His post-Skins future seems destined to be like so many leaving underperformers ... much better after they go (see Walt Harris/Omar Stoutmire for recent examples).

Recent mocks have show both Carriker and LaRon Landry moving up. [For the Skins, up up and away ... for the reach available through trades.] Let's hope every one who actually does make the Skins roster stays healthy.

From the moves so far in FA, the 07 opponents penciling themselves on the Skins ' loss column look like New England, Chicago, and maybe Philly once. [4-12, I don't see your blogname ever looking better than 11-5, even with HGH-laced Kool-Aid.]

Posted by: dcsween | March 18, 2007 8:17 AM | Report abuse

make that 10-6, forgot about Tampa Bay, aka "the quarterback store," who picked up Cato June yesterday. with a Booger replacement, they are nearly back to the Tampa D they thought they were.

Posted by: dcsween | March 18, 2007 8:21 AM | Report abuse

sween,Did you just Shi* your pants this Blog stinks? or is the smell that BULLSH** coming out your mouth? Drink more kool-aide

Posted by: Anonymous | March 18, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

cload Arch would be an idiot to go for the void my current deal get 5 mil bonus elsewhere in a trade. Bottomline: the Skins owe him $5 mill right now, no matter what happens. If he's cut they have to pay him $5 mil and he'll still get some guaranteed cheddar from his next stop. He was gracious enough to put off the payment date but why should or would he help them and cut himself out of some extra cash when they scapegoated him all last season?
If I'm his agent we go with the Paul "Paulie" Cicero negotiation technique: "F... you. Pay me."

Posted by: LH | March 18, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

LH, I was guessing that in cload's scenario, the Skins pay the signing bonus of the new team -- kind of an 'unsigning' bonus.

Posted by: dcsween | March 18, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

jm220- It looks like your "Panties" threw the blog into emergency shutdown mode for a few hours! lol

sween- I'd take the chemical free kool aid 10-6 right now.


Posted by: 4-12 | March 18, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

'sween,Did you just Shi* your pants this Blog stinks? or is the smell that BULLSH** coming out your mouth? Drink more kool-aide'

Posted by: | March 18, 2007 08:37 AM

Oh, and Good Sunday morning to you too "Gregg" (see 4:16pm post above if you need clarification)

Posted by: 4-12 | March 18, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

DALLAS -- Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones, the boisterous Dallas Cowboys fan who energized crowds for decades with his cowboy getup and sideline cheerleading, died Saturday. He was 76.


Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones entertained Cowboys fans with his sideline antics and magic tricks for decades.
Jones died at his home, said Tracy Moberly, a friend of the family. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease were listed as the causes of death, according to the Dallas County medical examiner's office.

Known as the Cowboys' unofficial mascot, Jones entertained fans with sideline antics and magic tricks while wearing his signature chaps, six-shooter and blue vest.

Though he was not paid by the Cowboys, he was given a special parking space at Texas Stadium and granted all-access at home games.

"He touched thousands of lives and generations of football fans," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on the team's Web site. "He will remain an important part of this team's heritage and family for as long as fans go to Cowboys games and feel his spirit."

"Crazy Ray" Jones, who had a leg amputated in 1997, had battled ailing health in recent years, including five heart bypasses and a stroke. Friends had set up a Web site -- www.savecrazyray.com -- seeking donations to help the family pay for medical and utility bills.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press



27 comments on "'Crazy Ray,' who sparked Cowboys fans for years, dies"

madface1016 (3/17/2007 at 10:49 PM)

I remember watching him sparring with the Redskins' Mascot on TV when I was young. That's is a real shame My prayers also go out to his family too. As far as a Fans' wing in The Hall, who else would you guys put in it?

Posted by: Not BOOFER | March 18, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

LH, the only way he gets out of Ashburn is to let us transfer the $5M bonus to the next team. The moment we add that $5M to our cap he becomes a "cord redskin", at least through 2007 and perhaps 2008 as well.
So this house of cards relies on the following assumptions:
1. He wants out
2. He wants to protect his $5M, but realizes he'll have to be flexible about everything else
3. Someone else thinks they can turn this sow's ear into a silk purse
4. The skins have given up hope for the boy

all of which is why Archi can safely convert his website to Redskins gear.

The point to take away from all this is that the skins can't pay that $5M (or at least can't have it appear on their cap). The moment they do, they need to keep him around to spread the cap hit.

So, maybe they can trade Archi and $5M for a ham sandwich and rights to use the name 'monsters of the midway'? I don't know how cash is added to a transaction like that (it sounds like a huge cap loophole to me so it probably can't be done), but the skins are good at lawyering up to make that kind of a thing works. Bottom line -- the new team takes the $5M cap hit, or there is no deal.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 18, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

4-12 check your diaper this blog stinks?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 18, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The Bly ordeal

According to a Broncos source, Bly will not be traded and will play for the team in 2007. There will be doubts, though, until after the draft - when many deals are made - or Bly douses speculation about his preference to play closer to home with the Washington Redskins.

Reached Friday, Bly would not comment.

Posted by: Denver Post | March 18, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Knowing several NFL teams are drooling over the talents of wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Detroit Lions have let it be known their No. 2 overall draft pick is up for trade.

Yes, the Lions have held preliminary discussions with the Broncos regarding the No. 2 pick during the past month, NFL sources confirmed.

But Broncos fans shouldn't get their hopes up.

According to sources, the Lions asked for multiple draft picks that included Denver's No. 21 selection. The Broncos considered the asking price far too high, and trade discussions have ceased.

While a Denver deal with Detroit appears unlikely, the Broncos have been trying to trade their No. 21 pick. Some of the Broncos' trade possibilities have them moving up on the draft board and others have them moving down.

Posted by: Denver Post | March 18, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Know what I hate? Kevin Bacon in the Hanes commercials. He isn't as creepy as the King, though -- thank God.

Posted by: Cindy | March 18, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

cload I understand where you're coming from but that presumes Arch and the 'Skins have equal bargaining positions. Arch is negotiating from a position of strength. He is guaranteed the $5 mil but not guaranteed playing time. His agent said he isn't giving up the $5 mil. Skins have to pay the $5 mil, Arch counts $2.4 mil against the cap and takes up a roster spot. $2.4 mil is a lot to pay a guy to play special teams. The 'Skins want him gone. From all appearances the 'Skins approached Arch. So he was prepared for a 2006 redux. He gave them some time to work something out. Again, "F... you. Pay me."

Posted by: LH | March 18, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Hi Cindy!

The man behind the mask in the Burger King commercial is probably also Kevin Bacon, wearing Hanes tights. He has a perfect name for shilling fast food, after all.

The next step is to imagine Kevin wearing the King mask in all of his best-known movie roles. The King as lead character in "Footloose" would be excellent. Or how about The King as Army officer/prosecutor in "A Few Good Men" with Tom Cruise? (The King does TCCLs all the time.) And there could be no better casting ever than The King as "The Woodsman". Very creepy.

Now you can do a Double-Cheese-with-Bacon shudder whenever you see Kevin or The King. (If not for the trademark headaches, I would ask Nate to do a Blog t-shirt that reads "Have It Your Way at Redskins Insider" with a picture of The King above it. Priceless!)

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | March 18, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Ocho! I like the idea of The King in Kevin Bacon's roles....Mystic River!

Posted by: Cindy | March 18, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

NEW THREAD, POR FAVOR!!

Posted by: Macaca Johnson | March 18, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Are we veering into wild speculation land on Pork Chop?
(Clarification - I've decided to give Archie an additional nickname Pork Chop because "chuleta" in spanish we speak in Chile means Pork Chop)

I know the $ discussions that J-La reported on gives some indication that they aren't pumped about him but is it possible that they'll give him another chance? I'm willing because I figure he's here and he's costing us $ than get him out there.

Or is it ManBoobs and d coaching staff at it again? I don't know if you guys have heard Beyonce's Irreplaceable but the lyrics match Gwilligans attitude about his abilities and defense at least last year.

You must not know 'bout me
You must not know 'bout me
I can have another you in a minute
In fact he'll be here in a minute
So don't ever get to thinkin you're irreplaceable

Posted by: sfskin | March 18, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

sfskin, I got all excited that you were about to lead us down the path of wild speculation about our possible acquisition of Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack of the Shehawks.

Has any player provided us so many juicy nicknaming opportunities as this Adam Archuleta fellow? Sadly, it's mostly been due to our Hamlet-like torment over his status vis-a-vis the football playing.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 18, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

My bracket is so busted. I'm fielding a Sweet Six.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 18, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Nate, I was just examining the carcass of my bracket. It has been ruled a suicide. That Leave the Group button is looking pretty tempting about now.

Posted by: SMACK | March 18, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

RIP Cowboy Dude. I had a good time watching him and our unofficial Mascot as well. He's not doing good either, you know. I think he also had his leg amputated........

Posted by: 4th Floor | March 18, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Blaw against leaving the pool is in effect. (Well, I just made it up.) We suffer to the very end.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 18, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

It is too bad about Crazy Ray and your Redskin dude. It's nice that Jerry Clones can give him a parking spot and acknowledge his place in Cowboy folklore, but did he lift a finger to take care of the guy? I doubt it. I often wonder if I were rich would I also become a d-bag. Probably.

Alright Nate, blaw accepted. I was here after the Van der Joke fg attempt, so NCAA humiliation is a walk in the park. Kansas looks pretty tough. At least my Elite Eight appears to be intact.

Posted by: SMACK | March 18, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

arch
i.
1. grand, superior (archbishop, archduke)

chu·le·ta
f.
1. cutlet, chop


arch+chuleta=archuleta

1. the grand cutlet (i.e., the big cap hit)

2. the ultimate pork chop

(see also "the big piece of chicken")

Posted by: Jose Webster | March 18, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

we need to invent a word for when you think you picked one NCAA team to win a match up (oh say, Tenn over VA) but when checking results later, realize you picked the other. A bracket brain fart. Doh.

Posted by: Paps in Manila | March 18, 2007 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Ooh my little wimpy one, wimpy one.
When you gonna make me some plays, Chuleta?
Ooh you make my anger run, it ain't no fun.
Gun it comin' off of the line, Chuleta!
Never gonna stop, give it up.
Such an empty mind.
Always get it up to kick butts
of the richer kind.
My my my i yi woo. Ar Ar Ar ArChuleta...

Come a little closer huh, ah will ya huh?
Close enough to look in my eyes, Chuleta.
Keeping it a mystery gets to you, gets to you
Learning all the bumps on the bench, Chuleta
Never gonna stop, give it up. Such an empty mind.
Always get it up to kick butts
of the younger kind.
My my my i yi woo. Ar Ar Ar ArChuleta...

When you gonna learn the Cover-2, the Cover-2
Is it just a matter of time, Chuleta?
Personal pass protecting may be your destiny, destiny
Or is it just a plan in my mind, Chuleta?
Never gonna stop, give it up.
Such an empty mind.
Always get it up to kick butts
of the younger kind.
My my my i yi woo. Ar Ar Ar ArChuleta..

Posted by: G WIlliams | March 18, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

yep!!!! what was i thinking picking a rick barnes team???!!!!!!!!!!!

i almost picked ucla and usc championship but then thought "they" wouldn't want an all california/west coast matchup. cuz no one on the right coast would watch it...and that's where the money is...

Posted by: dealer | March 18, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

marisa miller.

Posted by: dealer | March 18, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

So... my soft-headed alma mater pick of UVa to the Final Four was just plain stupid. Puts me even with all you Terp lovers who had them playing on the final weekend.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 18, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

To think you have picked the upset, and bragged incessantly about it, only to learn otherwise, is to "Winthrop". I propose.

Posted by: SMACK | March 18, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

well, all the RI peeps are still in it. Not many points separating top from bottom. (Yes I am Captain Obvious).

Gotta love all those soft-headed Terp picks!

Posted by: Paps In Manila | March 18, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Especially bitter since the arseclown in the cube next to me is going Winthorp Winthorp Winthorp.

Posted by: SMACK | March 18, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Nate I do you one better I went with "home" teams almost all the way i.e. UVA, Terps, Gtown.

When bad and stupid things happen in this country they inevitably come from Texas or Florida. Stupid Texas!

Well at least half of my final four are still in it and my winner is too. . . .now of course it's cursed.

Posted by: sfskin | March 18, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

"When bad and stupid things happen in this country they inevitably come from Texas or Florida. Stupid Texas!"

Amen, brother. Never have truer words been posted on this blog.

Posted by: Diesel | March 18, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Um, Diesel, that should be "Amen, sister." Our trusty Bay Area correspondent, sfskin, is a lady.

But amen to your amen, brother.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 18, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

If we're dogging entire states now for bracket bustin woes, I'd like to throw California into that mix (just to be fair):

- Al Davis as an NFL owner
- Arnold as governor
- OJ. Nuff said.

Posted by: Paps in Manila | March 18, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Apologies, sfskin. I retract my amen, brother and respectfully submit a heart-filled Amen SISTER!

Nate, thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Posted by: Diesel | March 18, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I think we were all floored and amused when we learned that sfskin is a she.

There was a flurry of funny comments, sheepishly acknowledging that -- probably because most of us up here on this football-ish blog are boys -- pretty much across the board we had assumed sfskin was a he.

Who is "protosnot" in the RI pool? Is that someone from up here? Doing great in the pool so far, though I think Bucktown, Learned Hand, P Diddy and Paps are really well-positioned going into the second weekend of play.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 19, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

So if anyone is still reading the posts on this blog, ask Bucktown Skins Fan to reset my posting privileges on the Yahoo bracket. Seems he didn't take too kindly to my humorous reference about Gen Peter Pace. If you saw the subject line, it said "In GENERAL the Terps PETERed out and couldn't keep PACE." I wasn't trying to make a religious, moral, or ethical statement. I was poking fun at the previous posts. Its going to suck winning this whole thing and not be able to brag about it.

Posted by: protosnot | March 19, 2007 3:17 AM | Report abuse

If my posting privileges are reinstated, no more GEN PACE comments....honest.

Posted by: protosnot | March 19, 2007 3:20 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 6:10 AM | Report abuse

seems like peeps were thinking about Wade at guard ... interesting to hear that Wade is thinking about Wade at guard.

Adam Archuleta, the other white meat (but still tastes like chicken?). I know I'm in the minority about AA thinking he still could be good here, but $$ is $$ so on that part I'm in the majority. In the end, another team is going to be happy with the results. Followup question ... can one team PAY another team (w/cash) in a trade or is that just too much like paying money (say, an option bonus) to the player?

Posted by: dcsween | March 19, 2007 6:55 AM | Report abuse

That was my last question, and I assumed that there was some sort of prohibition against it. Essentially, it's buying cap space from another team.
But remember the rumors about Springs going to Denver if they would've helped out with the cap hit? I never understood how that would work -- but perhaps it was an allusion to the same type of deal?
And don't get me wrong -- I've been believing that Arch Deluxe Chop (ok, how about Twice-Cooked Pork in our increasingly un-funny attempts to name the boy) was going to be back the whole time -- the terms of the contract really don't make any alternative possible. But he made a concession last week -- not much of one, but enough to force us to start reading tea leaves.
If there was any real news happening, it would've been completely ignored. As it is, three days down, three months 27 days to go...

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 19, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"POSTED 9:03 a.m. EDT, March 19, 2007

PORTER, JONES IN BRAWL

Per numerous media reports, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal, newly-signed Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was cited for misdemeanor battery on Sunday night after allegedly punching Bengals left tackle Levi Jones in the face.

The altercation started at a gaming table at the Palms casino.

Per an e-mail from a reader who claims to have witnessed the incident, "They started talking sh-t, Joey Porter saying he'll always be a Steeler. He showed off the Super Bowl ring and Jones got up to him, and Joey Porter pretty much kicked his ass . . . . Jones never got a shot in.""

Posted by: 4th via trying to get a shot in journalism (PFT) | March 19, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

4th did the really go down? If so LMAO

Posted by: jm220 | March 19, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want to bet me that Wilbon won't take any questions about the Redskins during his chat today and highlight that fact to everyone as well?

Anyone else notice that he does that ALL the time?

Posted by: nyskinsfan | March 19, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Chances Archeletta will be a Redskin in 2007, 100%.

Posted by: Kornheiser | March 19, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Chances Archeletta will be traded to the Bears, 0%, I hope. But given the nature of the Bears front office these days, anything's possible.

Posted by: Wilbon | March 19, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

nyskinsfan, no way I take that bet. He will also slag off the NFL Draft as the most meaningless event in recorded history, and disparage anyone who would dare think outside the NCAA box in March.

Posted by: SMACK | March 19, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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