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Award Time

(Amended from this morning in light of recent events).

-5 TCCLs - US Soccer Federation. Six months and you still don't have a coach. Great work. If you blow it with Klinsi you'll be hearing about it on this 'lil blog for a long, long time. Why do I feel like these people are going to end up setting the sport back 20 years here? If they hire from within MLS, the bonfire will be in my back yard (small as it is). Bring all of your old US Nats jerseys with you - and a six-pack of Carlsberg, each - and we'll offer them up tot he soccer gods. But we should keep one in good condition, and get "Klinsi" put on the back. Then at the next WCQ at RFK, we all sit on section, and before the game turn our backs at once, and let the cameras see like a few hundrded people making a statement. I'm holding to the notion that Klinsi' public statement is a last hardball gersture to force their hand. I'm sorry, but who is more qualified for this job?

0 TCCLs - Redskins front office. Let's take all of the free-agent busts out of it. The team couldn't find six tickets for the group of Skins fans heading to New Orleans next week to help rebuild the city. Hmm, somehow if TomKat, or the crazy dancing dude from the Six Flags commercials or some corporate bigwig bozo wanted to go to the game with a few pals, I bet those tickets would have gotten into their hands. Okay, maybe not the dancing guy - I think he got the boot - but you get the idea.

1 TCCLs - Brandon Lloyd. 'Nuff said.

2 TCCLs - Officiating uniforms. Anyone else get the willies when they see these new long pants the refs are wearing? Look like full-length hockey pants. Cooperalls for everyone! (my hockey peeps will feel me on that one).

2 TCCLs - Christmas tree stands. I'm sorry, they all sink. What an ordeal last night. The drill would not charge so I couldn't get a hole in the bottom of the tree. So the tree is sitting in a bucket of water on the porch, my wife finally decided she doesn't want to wait for the drill to charge anymore, so she goes out for another stand - the kind that screws in from the side (there goes another $20 bucks) - while I watch Chloe. I still end up having to drill a small hole in the tree, I actually get it up fairly quickly ... and Chloe is essentially freaked out by the sight of this green, portly shrub in our living room. Not that I'm blaming her. Hopefully, it will grow on her. She's definitely big into this whole Christmas thing, so I'm thinking once we get it decorated today it'll win her over.

4 TCCLS - Washington Post columnists. Wilbon brings the midweek Thunder, then Bos gets Coach Joe to breakdown and admit he might need to bring in a GM after all. My boys are swinging lumber.

4 TCCLs - Ladell Betts. Ran hard as hell Sunday. The O-Line was great in front of him, but their issues in pass protection keep them from getting more TCCL luv. Betts missed a key blitz pick up, but was otherwise stellar.

5 TCCLs - Larry. The blog regular has sent me some killer stats this week. Take a looksee: "since gibbs has been back, we've played 9 division road games....in those 9 games, we've scored more then 14 points in only one game...at philly last year....in those 9 games, we scored zero offensive TD's 5 times ... in the 24 regular season games they've lost, they've had the lead at some point in the 2nd half in 12 of those losses...7 of the losses have been at home....of those 12 losses, only 2 teams made the playoffs...if the falcons make it this year, it will be 3 teams......3 of those 12 losses, they had a 10 point lead in the 2nd half...all 3 of those were at home.... on the other hand....they've come back from a 2nd half deficit 7 times...only once from a 10+ point deficit....that was the monday night game against dallas."

5 TCCLs - The group of Skins fans heading to N'Orleans to help volunteer down there next week. You guys rock.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 8, 2006; 12:12 PM ET
 
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Comments

5 TCCL's to Wilbon, for beating Joe over the head with the obvious.

Posted by: tampadave | December 8, 2006 8:39 AM | Report abuse


5 TCCLs to my fellow blogster and a big fat 0 TCCL to me:

Since I don't have 'net access during the day anymore at my new client site, I miss multitasking during the day with the blog, but thanks to ALL for making me evening and morning breakfast reading so friggin' hilarious that milk sometimes shoots out of my nose. Which can be painful when there is also cereal involved, but I digress....

Posted by: HaikuMan | December 8, 2006 8:43 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | December 8, 2006 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Don't hate the n00b, but what does "TCCL" stand for? I've been trying to figure it out for a while and finally figured I'd break down and ask.

Posted by: slow1 | December 8, 2006 8:52 AM | Report abuse

5 TCCL's to Joe Jackson Gibbs for giving a midseason exclusive and giving us hope.

Posted by: Lavar Walt Clark | December 8, 2006 8:53 AM | Report abuse

slow1,

TCCL stands for Tom Cruise Couch Leaps

Posted by: Lisa | December 8, 2006 9:01 AM | Report abuse

10 TCCLs-HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!
10 TCCLs-ROMO-MANIA(FINALLY FRANCHISE QB)
10 TCCLs-PARCELLS (GREATEST COACH EVER)
10 TCCLs-JERRY JONES(GREATEST OWNER EVER)
12 TCCLs-GIBBS STAYING(HAS NO CLUE)
12 CCLs-REDSKINS SUCK!!
10 TCCLs-BOOFER BEING A LEGEND!!
15 TCCLs-jm220 (LIKE GIBBS NO CLUE)
15 TCCLs-TO ALL YOU GOOBER BLOGGERS!!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 8, 2006 9:01 AM | Report abuse

1 TCCL to Boofers uncle for sucking it up and saying "You know, she's really not that young", as his niece turned away from her fisher price airport...

Boof - tell mom and dad I said hi.

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | December 8, 2006 9:10 AM | Report abuse

0 TCCL- Boofer/Skins Suck/the artist formerly known as boofer- He's gotten bitter lately. I liked it better when he just ranted nonsensically about boohoo boxes and what bozo skinny fans we were.

1 TCCL- Tony Romo, it's one thing to suck. I am used to that. It's like Boofers caps eventually it doesn't bother you so much anymore. But to suck and then have Dallas get what looks to be their QB for many years to come, undrafted has sent me into a deep depression.

1 TCCL-B. Lloyd, can't beleive i held out till week 9 to bash you. You sir are an idiot.

2 TCCL- Defense, thanks for the 5 quarters of good football. It took me back to 04, 05. Then you reverted back to your skineptitude that is the 06 season.

3 TCCL- Jason Cambell, bad game but keep your head up and "fight your guts out".

4 TCCL- Ladell Betts, good running. I don't think you are a starting RB in the league and I hope we don't pay you like one but good job never the less.


5 TCCL-Holiday time, For one month a year I can drink whenever I want and dismiss any notion of dependance by chalking it up to holiday cheer.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Jason, Jason, Jason...do yourself a favor and get yourself a high-quality pre-lit tree and a can of pine scent. Up in less than 10 minutes and ready to decorate. No more fighting with strings of lights or misbehaving tree stands. Sure, you miss some of the tradition and nostalgia of a real tree, but it goes up when you want and stays up forever without leaving a trail of needles for Chloe to put in her mouth.

You may now resume Redskins talk...sorry for the interruption.

Posted by: Lester Burnham | December 8, 2006 9:38 AM | Report abuse

cheers to the holidays. Is it too early to start? A lady here just asked what present to get her daughters BF. I recommended one of the following dvd's:

1. My member the Titan
2. Saving Ryan's Privates

Anyone else know of a good flick?

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | December 8, 2006 9:44 AM | Report abuse

3 TCCL for Jane Doe, you make me laugh everyday. (I just picture you as being the old lady from Nutty Professor chasing after the young and slim Sherman Klump)
3 TCCL for Campbell, had a bad game but said all the right things this week.
3 TCCL for Coach Joe, I hope you really do bring in a GM.
4 TCCL for Betts, good running but pick up the damn blitz.
5 TCCL for JLC & Cindy, you guys make my day at work go so much faster with the blog. (looking over my shoulder for boss)
5 TCCL for Scott and the crew going to New Orleans.

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 9:47 AM | Report abuse

PG,

Riding Ms. Daisy has always been a favorite of mine.....

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Just read Boz's new column interviewing Gibbs. Excellent read. After reading it, this is my wish list for the Skins:

(1) Gibbs tosses Saunders to the wayside and re-gains control of the offense and the team.

(2) Demote Breaux and Buges -- I love them, but we need some young blood -- and convince Russ Grimm to join the team as OC-Asst HC. Keep Lazor to assist in the passing game.

(3) Toss Grilliams and Lindsey and promote Blache to DC. Every time I hear Blache interviewed I love what he says. And I've never heard a player - current or ex - speak badly of him. They love him.

(4) Coax Ron Wolf (who lives in Annapolis for crying out loud) out of retirement. It'll be easier than you think because Snyder has really stepped back out of the football decisions, so Wolf should have less worries about that.

(5) Cut loose the malcontent player(s).

(6) Use the 1st round pick on the best available defensive player.

(7) Throw money at Lance Briggs. We desperately need another playmaker at LB. But this must be the only major spend. Forget about Clements -- he is way overrated.

(8) Run training camp and the preseason games like they actually matter, because they do.

Posted by: CMoney | December 8, 2006 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The Post is reporting that The Danny is overpaying for classical radio station WGMS. That's so unlike him. Can it play safety?

Posted by: SMACK | December 8, 2006 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I almost totally agree with CMoney.

With the exception of #7. No more throwing money at people.

Also throw in, move camp back to Carlysle, PA and away from Redskins Park. I was lucky enough to get to go to some camps as a kid with the skins and sleep on the trainers cots while eating with the team and going to practices. The players loved it up there and that's where the team bonded each year.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 10:25 AM | Report abuse

CMoney,

That is an awesome list, but... and despite the article this morning, I'd be willing to bet that none of it happens.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 10:25 AM | Report abuse

It has become common slang to "nuke" a meal, but microwave ovens do not make food radioactive or utilize any kind of nuclear reaction. Microwaves are in the same electromagnetic class as radio waves. X-rays and nuclear radiation are millions of times more powerful. If you were to heat up your burrito with nuclear fission, it would vaporize along with the rest of your neighborhood.

Posted by: loco mullin | December 8, 2006 10:28 AM | Report abuse

TCCL stands for????????????????

Posted by: Anonymous | December 8, 2006 10:29 AM | Report abuse

skinz, im not sure how boof can be bitter your in serious denial its the redskin fans who are and have been bitter!!but the posts are funny when boof is around.

Posted by: boof fan | December 8, 2006 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I still have a bit of a hard time with Brandon Lloyd's response to his penalty.

Saying he didn't regret it. That if he thought he needed to change, he'd have changed, etc.

Sounds like he really is the punk you read about. Too bad.

Posted by: 'Canes Fan (not Miami) | December 8, 2006 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Pub Golf -

The bangbus crew has some solid flicks, i suggest anything in their archive. Note: some of their, ahem, movies look a bit on the "home made" side, great nonetheless.

Posted by: Bangbros | December 8, 2006 10:36 AM | Report abuse

PG, true story:

A buddy of mine just recently ordered, as a gift, a Grey's Anatomy box set from a major online CD/DVD retailer. He received it in the mail and opened it up to prepare for the giving, but found instead...

ba da ba bum BA BUUUUUUUUMMMM...

"My Friend's Hot Mom: Volume 3"

Oddly enough the retailer said he did not need to return the DVD in order to get his actual order. Seems like some Holiday Spirit to me... gift for her... gift for him.

Oh, and by the way, "Jurassic Pork" has always made me chuckle.

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | December 8, 2006 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It's not the front office structure that's the problem.

The Redskins fly in other team's players, give them $10 million, and hand them starting jobs, sometimes over guys who've been with the team for a few years or were even draftees.

That's the real problem.

It's a substance issue, not a structure issue.

I would much prefer Gibbs remain in charge of overseeing the personnel stuff, but just build through the draft. Change that part up.

To me, adding a GM is just going to add another layer of red tape this team doesn't need.

And, let's face it, if a GM were hired, it's not going to be just that GM's vision, just like the offense isn't just Saunders vision.

Gibbs and Snyder are going to have things their way.

Any GM they bring in is just going to be a puppet GM basically.

So why bother.

The Post should be badgering them about building through the draft, not about a bringing in a useless GM who'd be powerless anyway.

Posted by: Cliff Huxtable | December 8, 2006 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The Post is reporting that The Danny is overpaying for classical radio station WGMS. That's so unlike him. Can it play safety?

Maybe D-Money's buying into the Gibbs philosophy and is trying to bring some form of class into his media organization?

Posted by: FlimFlam | December 8, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Just got done ordering Grey's Anatomy from B&N AND Amazon!

The best part about that, bucktown, is "Grey's Anatomy" on it's own infringes upon the namesake realm of adult entertainment! Really makes that a great story. You should send that to Letterman.

Jurassic Pork...lol...

Posted by: Pub Golf | December 8, 2006 10:46 AM | Report abuse

loco mullin give me the weather report for New Orleans for next week.

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Cliff/whoever,

Who is in charge of the scouts now, and would the GM assume that responsibility?

Substance - true. If we could straighten out the "what" of who we are bringing in, I think that would help a ton. Arch/Lloyd obviously were names people bought and not as talented as their paychecks deem them. That is the job of GM, adding value through every transaction.

-isn't donny warren a scout???-

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | December 8, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Another thing I forgot to mention:

how many more times do I need to see fans criticize the Redskins for their free agent activity and then suggest fixing the team by adding more free agents (Freeney, Clements, Justin Smith, Briggs, etc.)?

I see it every year and it's just laughable.

A lot of the Redskins fans are just as bad as the team's front office, including Gibbs.

They want a quick fix just as bad as Snyder...and why?

Because they're too obsessed with the team to wait for the draft every year. They want instant action, and action involving players/names that they know.

It's a culture surrounding the Redskins, one that goes back to George Allen, that Snyder himself came out of.

More people need to recognize this.

Posted by: Cliff Huxtable | December 8, 2006 10:52 AM | Report abuse

In light of the recent developments of a Redskins player leaking interesting insider knowledge that led to an ESPN article how bout everyone actually watch the original "DEEP THROAT." Good 'ol Linda Lovelace sure knows how to act.

Posted by: "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan | December 8, 2006 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Cliff,

What about Gibbs personell decisions thus far have made you hope he retains the GM position?

Was it letting go of:

Peirce
Smoot
Ryan Clark

or

Making Bingus the highest paid safety in the history of the NFL?

Giving up a 3rd and 4th round draft pick for Brandon Lloyd then tearing up his contract and paying him like an Elite #1 reciever.

or

Paying Carter a ton of money when he had had 8 sacks since 03?


Side note: The guy that replaced Lloyd in San Fran has 42 catches and like 800 yards. I don't remember his name but don't worry, you wouldn't know him anyway.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I just heard a "rumor" on 980 that the Ladell Betts contract extension might include a 6-7 mill signing bonus.

Again, I love Ladell, but that would be INSANE. Not nearly as insane as the AA deal, but a close second.

I guess we'll see how this plays out...

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I like the new ref unis. The black pants are nice...

I dont know about the Betts signing. Snyder has put himself into a bad position. If he doesnt resign him, then Betts is just another drafted redskin that was let go... on the other hand if he does give him 6 mil he's overpaying for a #2 back. a smart GM would look at the Portis contract, suck it up, draft a RB and make the decision to let Betts walk, but we dont have one on staff, so...

Posted by: Jack Kent Cooke | December 8, 2006 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Ricky Bobby I am having a good morning. Wait at least until noon before the insane talk starts. lol

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 10:57 AM | Report abuse

4 TCCLs to Skinz for the perfect new word "Skineptitude"

3 TCCLs for mr. poo yesterday and SMACK today with recommendations to fill in a safety, with Joe Salave'a and a classical music station, respectively.

1 TCCLs for people who keep asking what TCCL means without scanning the archives for the post every Friday called "Award Time" (no TCCLs for people who ask when its already been answered within the same thread).

4 TCCLs for T.O. who continues to drop balls that actually hit his hands and leads the league in doing so (12).

1 TCCL for the Dallas fan who awards 10 TCCLs on a scale from 1-5. This guy gives 110% in practice and awards TCCLs his guts out.

4 TCCLs for J-La for another awesome week on the beat (that's otherwise a perfect 5 but 1 couch leap subtracted for toughing it out and not completely throwing in the towel on a formerly live tree for the sake of a sparkly white fake tree from a consignment shop).

5 TCCLs for Rock Cartwright for being one of the only standouts in the Atlanta game (includes unawarded TCCLs from over the course of the season).

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2006 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Pub Golf, Vinny has line responsibility over the scouts (pro and college).

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2006 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I was always partial to "On Golden Blonde".

It's a 2 Berocca morning here in Seattle. I love holiday parties. I'm scheduled to crash one every day up to Christmas.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Updated anthrax list after last night:

1a. Basedow... still holds the honor, mainly because of the quarter turn pose and the new blond hair... and even abs.

1b. Gumbel... what a riser he has been on the list. Last night he didn't make nearly as many mistakes, but he was still dreadful to listen to. His call on Pittsburgh's first TD, about a 50-60 yard strike from Big Ben, carried as much enthusiasm as a 2 yard run up the gut should.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I don't care who is above the scouts. It's Joe's team. Joe constantly says it's his fault. Unless anyone has any proof otherwise all this lies at the feet of one of two men.

Danny or Joe. The buck stops there.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Cliff --

There isn't a team in the NFL that doesn't use free agency as a method of filling holes -- even the holier than thou Patriots use it. Suggesting a free agent signing does not go hand-in-hand with dumping on the draft. Most of us agree that free agency should be a means of supplementing your drafted players, not as the primary method of acquiring players.

And you have to agree that, before this year, Gibbs' free agent/trade acquisitions have been a mostly a success (Washington, Griffin, Springs, Moss etc have done very well). The problem they ran into was that they relied on it too much and got their hand caught in the cookie jar this year with Archie, ARE, Lloyd, Duckett and 2%.

The "fix" is definitely to rely more heavily on the draft as the main acquisition point for players. But that doesn't mean scrapping free agency. It means using free agency wisely. And, IMO, Lance Briggs would be an excellent addition to a position of great need. But he's as far as I would go.

Posted by: CMoney | December 8, 2006 11:10 AM | Report abuse

jason and my skin peeps, what was so BIG news about the bos article? gibbs been saying the same thing since they lost to tennessee...

here's what i read: "...This is what I do -- pick people. This is all I'm doing,..." Gibbs said, holding his hands wide, perhaps mocking his NFL CEO image. "It's what it's always been about -- in football and the race team."

so gibbs is going to hire a gm that has full control of the team and over him?

my fellow skins fans, please don't fall in this trap...AGAIN. he's lied to us over and over again. please don't fall for this. and get your brown bags ready for sunday!

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Jason,

My last Christmas tree story: Way back in the day when I was married I was responsible for decorating and "un-decorating" the tree every year (our tree was artificial). I got so tired of taking down the tree and suggested to my then husband that we just take the decorated tree to the storage house - it would be ready for following Christmas. Sad to say this did not work out well...everything fell apart..ornaments fell off, etc. on the way to storage. Since I've been single I never bother with a tree anymore. Call me Scrooge.

Posted by: Lisa | December 8, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

The Patriots and Eagles and Steelers don't even have a single GM who controls everything.

They generally do things in a kind of trifecta like the Redskins do.

Pioli's basically the Cerrato of the Patriots. He huddles with Belichick and Kraft like Cerrato does with Gibbs and Snyder.

Reid operates with Tanner and Lurie.

The Steelers, from what I've read, do things by committee (coaching staff, front office, head coach, etc.) just like the Redskins do.

Instead they just have a philosophy of building through the draft and looking for "finds" in the free agency. This is what the Redskins should do under their current set-up...instead of basically ignoring the draft and splurging in free agency.

It would be a seamless transition and probably more precise as opposed to bringing in one GM and going through the cumbersome process of changing everything to his vision.

The Redskins aren't going to do the latter anway because they are simply not going to bring one guy in and let his single vision rule over theirs, especially when the league's top teams don't even do that.

So, to me, there's really no point in this whole GM thing being a story in this town.

The Redskins need to be badgered about the substance of what they do. Gibbs is hiding behind the whole GM thing right now. The media aren't asking about the actual philosophy of what they do and he's probably glad because I doubt he really wants to change it.

Posted by: Cliff Huxtable | December 8, 2006 11:17 AM | Report abuse

-400 TCCL's for me... I am still injured after attempting "the worm" outside FedEx last Sunday. On my 2nd... loop??? (I guess you call it), I went way high and landed directly on my knee... I am still limping... unreal.

0 TCCL's for the crowd at FedEx this weekend... and I'm not just talking about all the empty seats we will see. I'm talking about the amount of green jersey's we'll see in the seats actually occupied. Get ready for the dreaded E-A-G-L-E-S chant all freaking day long.

1 TCCL for Brandon Lloyd... shut up and catch some balls. P.S. you can't rap... yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh BOYYYYYYYYY!!!

2 TCCL's for Gibby... despite my previous comments, I still love the guy. I really, really hope he takes a step back and re-evaluates what he's doing... and the Boswell article this morning gives me that hope.

3 TCCL's for Bangbros, lotion, and box of kleenex.... WHAT????????

4 TCCL's for JC... this guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite Redskins and should give us all a reason for hope. Plus he just seems like a pretty laid back, down-to-earth kind of dude.

5 TCCL's for JLa and all the posters... this blog has become a regular part of my work day and the laughs definitely help me get through my work days.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Looking at the previous thread...

- Studio 60: yes, it's a phenomenal show. I adore it and watch it religiously on TiVo.
- Screenwriting: I subscribe to two fundamental axioms about writing..."Enter a scene late, leave a scene early" and "The essence of story is character, the essence of character is conflict"

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 11:22 AM | Report abuse

re: x-mas tree.
jason, what kind of tree did you get? we buy a live tree from 5' to 9'. i've never had a problem with a tree stand. a drill? what the heck for?

you can't give up on a x-mas/holiday tree! chloe would hate you when she grows up!

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 11:25 AM | Report abuse

CMoney,

The Redskins shouldn't ignore free agency. They should just do it right and in a way that minimizes risk.

The Patriots, as you noted, do it the right way: they look for cheap finds.

The Redskins splurge like addicts in free agency and then give away draft picks in order to splurge even more.

I'd also reevaulate the 2004 free agent class, once seemingly great, in light of what's happened this year: Griffin, Washington, and Springs haven't exactly tore things up. Griffin and Springs are becoming injury riddled as well.

It all adds up to what has become Gibbs's free agency nightmare.

Posted by: Cliff Huxtable | December 8, 2006 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"They generally do things in a kind of trifecta like the Redskins do."

That may be true. But it's the structure and parts that are different.

After all as Bruce Dickinson once said, "I put my pants on just like the rest of you - one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on... I make gold records."

Maybe it's the triuverate (no, not the pope, the queen and col. Sanders before he went tets up.) But their remain start contrasts.

They have a core philosophy that they follow.

Pioli is good at personel, Vinnie at Raquetball.

Pioli works for Kraft. Equal to Billy.

Vinnie works for Joe. Is in his employ.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Stark not start.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Titles are worthless. A GM for one team is a Director of Personnel on another. The bottom line is that the Skins need a strong figure to oversee player acquisition. That doesn't mean that Gibbs relinquishes all say in the matters -- he certainly had a say when Beathard was here -- but his wasn't the ONLY voice, which is the problem right now.

If you think Cerrato has an ounce of the power that Pioli has you are delusional. I have no problem with Gibbs having a say in the types of players he wants, but I do have a problem with the team continuing to move forward without somebody who can tell Gibbs that trading a 3rd round pick for a back-up RB insurance policy who will be a free agent at the end of the year is much too risky.

Posted by: CMoney | December 8, 2006 11:29 AM | Report abuse

diddy, i knew i wasn't smart enough to watch that TV show. i want my shows to be simple. good guy, bad guy, climax, conclusion. none of this shti about character! why you think csi shows are hits. KISS!

if i wanted to THINK or had patience to spare i wouldn't feel the need to turn the tv on. real life is much more interesting.


Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Cliff --

If Snyder would just let this Blog run the team, we'd be a perrenial winner in 3 years.

Posted by: CMoney | December 8, 2006 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I can't watch CSI anymore (any of them). It's the same exact thing every week. Bo-ring. Loved the first couple of seasons of the Vegas one, though. And, the Miami one looks stellar in HD.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"Pioli's basically the Cerrato of the Patriots. He huddles with Belichick and Kraft like Cerrato does with Gibbs and Snyder"

Yes and Champ Bailey and Kenny Wright are basically the same. They huddle with the defense and cover WR's.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 11:38 AM | Report abuse

hey diddy, you just reminded me of something (since you're from seattle)...
so i'm walkin the dc streets this morning with my headphones on listening to 980 and a hat on to cover my ears cuz it's friggin frigid cold today.

and i see this lady in a car that left her starbucks on top of her car. so i run over to the front of her car and put my hand up like a traffic police signaling STOP. and as i'm walking over to remove the starbucks cup and hand it over to her she's saying something to me and i can't hear cuz i have the headphones on and my hat on. so i grab the cup and i notice it's stuck to the car. i pull harder. and i feel a tug on my NORTH FACE jacket and it finally occurs to me to take my headphones off and listen to this pretty lady. and she says...

"it's okay, it's a promotion we're doing for good samaritin...here's a gift card for $5 from starbucks!"

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 11:41 AM | Report abuse

now diddy, would you have come up with something so clever? or was it you who came up with that?

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Good one Skinz.

From the Boswell article: "Gibbs rules that room on aura alone. When he and Beathard or Casserly went to the late Jack Kent Cooke for a tiebreaking vote, Gibbs had no upper hand."

Hate to say I told ya so :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't work for Starbucks, so, no, it wasn't me. I do enjoy Starbucks, though. In Seattle, it's not cool to say that (it's akin to saying you love going to Home Depot on Friday night). But I must admit, I loooove my morning mocha.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 11:47 AM | Report abuse

0 TCCLs - Too much information from Ricky Bobby

Posted by: Lavar Walt Clark | December 8, 2006 11:48 AM | Report abuse

ummm yeah i never got into csi. at one point before 24 and lost came along i was only watching hbo. carnivale, sopranos, rome, entourage, big love, bill mahr...

i can still watch eddie murphy raw and LMAO. it NEVER gets old.

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 11:51 AM | Report abuse


DP fanatics is pretty good also.

Posted by: Bangbros | December 8, 2006 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I do enjoy Starbucks, though. In Seattle, it's not cool to say that

i didn't think it was cool to say that anywhere. to me it's like having an ipod and wearing those retarded white headphones which are worthless.

i don't drink coffee but they do "make" (as in give me the water and tea bags and i'll do the rest thank you!) the best Tea.

everyone else doesn't get it. they(other coffee shops) don't take tea seriously. us tea drinkers can be just as fussy/picky as the caffiene freaks...

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't sleep on "8th street latinas"

Posted by: Bangbros | December 8, 2006 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I want my rights Eddie!

Posted by: LWC | December 8, 2006 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Dealer I listen to those headphones. Next thing you are going to tell me is that it's not cool to pop my collar when i walk into bars.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 12:01 PM | Report abuse

You're seriously knocking the iPod????

I wouldn't be able to survive airports and airplanes and buses and trains and just plain walking around without it.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 12:02 PM | Report abuse

not the ipod, diddy. their WHITE headphones! the color. if you're a true music lover you can't use those headphones. they're annoying and they're not good. they attract attention. they say "hey, look i'm cool cuz i have an ipod". they (the ipod headphones) are just as bad as those people with bluelight special thingies in their ears.

skinz, haa haa...:)

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 12:08 PM | Report abuse

ROMO-MANIA JUST GOT ANOTHER AWARD!!(OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH)WONDER IF NOODLE WILL EVER GET SUCH AN AWARD?
HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 8, 2006 12:09 PM | Report abuse

ohh yeah! tony romo. i been meaning to ask did anyone read Dr. Z's NFL rankings this week? he said archie's boy's brother had a better game actually 10 times better game than romo did.

just wondering if he was alone in saying that.

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I guarantee Diddy has bluetooth, and dealer is driving him slowly insane.

Posted by: LWC | December 8, 2006 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how the color of headphones connote the love of music, but whatever. I do agree that the stock headphones that come with the iPod are pretty lame. I love my little Shures, personally.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I have a Bluetooth headset and it's great. I just don't wear it all the time. What's the deal with that? You never know if people are talking to you, the phone, or themselves. I suppose it's a good coverup if you're actually insane.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I think Romo is cuter that BBM. He makes me feel funny in my special purpose.

Posted by: Boofer | December 8, 2006 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I felt funny in my special purpose while I was in Vegas.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 12:20 PM | Report abuse

5 TCCLs for *SallieMae* - she's the very best part of reading this blog, even though she is on vacation for a week.

(She should hurry back though - the daily entries are currently on track to reach the boredom horizon in less than 24 hours.)


Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | December 8, 2006 12:22 PM | Report abuse

us tea drinkers can be just as fussy/picky as the caffiene freaks...

Yes, cause tea from the bags just plain sucks. Almost as bad as the stale coffee *$$ serves, but sometimes you have little choice.

Posted by: Megskin | December 8, 2006 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"2 TCCLs - Christmas tree stands. I'm sorry, they all sink."

Okay, JLaC, that's TWICE that you have mentioned the great sinking tree stand. What is the over/under on catching the error and inserting the correct word?

Happy Holidays - LOL!!!

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | December 8, 2006 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Are we really throwing around slorno titles (sweaty porno)? On one hand, there should be a whole mess of TCCLs for us getting a little freaky and on the other hand...there should be very little. I'm torn.

1 TCCL: the defense. One inspired week does not a season make. Just do better. Repel them! Repel them! Make them relinquish the ball! (Best cheer ever)

1 TCCL: people reading and responding to the chancelor of choochtown (dallas). Someone else pointed it out last week I think but, we should be using the 'Simpsons Tree House of Horror Paradigm' of 'Just Don't Look'. I have skipped every one of that plumber's posts and it feels good. Especially since they censor stuff so absurdly on the Dallas version of this blog. They take down my inflamatory comments every time I try and post there. Like last week, I may have mentioned that all the cowboy fans were soulless devil worshipers who put money in the pocket of a yea-oh sniffing plastic embassador of evil...and they took that down. Bunch of bamas at that 'news' outlet...

5 TCCL: The Kid. Just give me a reason to have a little hope.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | December 8, 2006 12:27 PM | Report abuse

It is awful, but every once in a while I do crave a cup of mcdonalds coffee. I have no idea why. It's like buying from the little stores in the NYC subway stations. SOOO hot and no flavor, but it does the trick sometimes.

Posted by: LWC | December 8, 2006 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Repel them! Repel them! Make them relinquish the ball!

Where is this from again?

Posted by: LWC | December 8, 2006 12:30 PM | Report abuse

jm220 -

I'll tell you this, I was born in the 80's. How is everything going at work today? Any applications that are going to pass? talkt to you soon *wink*

Posted by: Jane Doe | December 8, 2006 12:32 PM | Report abuse

This is the most disappointed I have been in Washington sports in a long time. Two Wizards games were on this past week, and I didn't watch either one. At all. Didn't care if they won or lost. I didn't care about missing Buckhantz and Chenier. I am going to the Skins game on Sunday and I don't care. I am just going.

I am sad. I hope Campbell turns out to be what I thought he was when we drafted him.

One last random thing, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are the biggest idiots in the world. What a disaster. They draft a franchise QB who is a great leader and a great person. They make the playoffs last year and then they bought the hype about their lousy back-up and threw Leftwich under the bus. Ugh. How stupid are front office people and coaches? I mean seriously.

Posted by: The Governor | December 8, 2006 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Gov -

don't be sad, there have been plenty of viewing suggestions today that could cheer you up.

Posted by: Bangbros | December 8, 2006 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I remember fondly the days of playing roundrobin FIFA '98 with pals on the playstation. I'd play Germany, take Klinsman straight up the field and score time after time. Clearly the boys running the US national team never logged any serious FIFA '98 minutes

Even upset Brazil on a throw-in awarded via computer glitch from the end line next to Brazil's goal. Opponent was so busy yelling at the TV video-Klinsman headed it in without opposition.
Good times.

Posted by: The New Romantic | December 8, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jane Doe I am really not getting too much work done today. I am just too excited about the New Orleans Mission. (maybe lame to some but I just enjoy helping others) Give us body weight and height.

ArtMonkToTheSticks I pay no attention to his post and feel better as well.

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Art Monk - way to call the Dallasholes Bamas...straigt out of '88 I need to go listen to some Public Enemy now.

Pub - May I suggest Forrest Hump?

Posted by: etrod | December 8, 2006 12:53 PM | Report abuse

How do you not conceed to ALL of Klinsi's demands!?!

There is a reason you are hiring a European star ex-player and coach... HE KNOWS MORE THAN US!!

Give him all the power and hope that he takes us to the next level. If not, can anyone really blame the US Soccer Federation for giving him too much power? No.

So give it to him already...

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | December 8, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

J, hope you're right about Klinsi. I share your thoughts that his last public statement was a hardball gesture. We shall see. Deflating news otherwise.

Re: NO tix - the Skins front office is pathetic. Is there anything else they can possibly due to sour me on this organization? It's friggin' embarrassing.

Posted by: Wes Mantooth | December 8, 2006 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Klinsi is gone. I think we should hire a coach out of the Premier League for one reason. If there is talent here he can go back to the coaches there and tell them to go after a guy. That would help us immensely.

Just got Santa Suit delivered for Santarchy tomorrow. If anyone is in Arl tomorrow and sees a bunch of pub crawling Santas start yelling my name.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I am going to the Skins game on Sunday and I don't care. I am just going.

Governor,
Don't forget your brown paper bag! You can write "Reppin General Manager to the death" on it.

Posted by: Lavar Walt Clark | December 8, 2006 1:03 PM | Report abuse

*do

Posted by: Wes Mantooth | December 8, 2006 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Just got Santa Suit delivered for Santarchy tomorrow. If anyone is in Arl tomorrow and sees a bunch of pub crawling Santas start yelling my name.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 01:02 PM


Start yelling Skinz at a bunch of drunk dudes? hahhahaha

I do believe you could get your @ss kicked for saying something like that...

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | December 8, 2006 1:08 PM | Report abuse

meg, can you suggest a good tea place in dc? imnsho, tea-ism is a ripoff. but haven't really tried all sorts they have.

wegman's has a huge selection of tea's. but i've been kinda striking out lately while spending good amount...hey just like the skins in fa market.

lwc, when it comes to brewing tea. water can never be hot enough.

diddy, sorry i put the carriage before the horse in my arguement. i meant to say that ipod headphones aren't good enough in quality to listen to your favorite music. and the color of it adds to my annoyance with them. because unless you're wearing a white shirt and have an albino face and ears those headphones are the first thing people are going to notice when they see you. and in my humble opinion that's not such a great thing...

i just had an uncooked pizza! yuck!

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Screw -5 TCCLs...

3 WRCS (Wayne Rooney Crotch Stomps): US Soccer Federation for not hiring Klinsi as USMNT coach.

I can just hear Sunil G

"Well, I know Klinsi's got a truckload of individual awards and a boatload of WC experience as a player and coach, but he isn't the the winingest coach in MSL history like Bob Bradley"

ARGH!

Posted by: so much for 2010 | December 8, 2006 1:20 PM | Report abuse

meg, can you suggest a good tea place in dc?

The Smile Herb Shop, over near College Park, or you can just shop online....smileherb.com (amazing isn't it?) and see if they have what you want before you go.

Since your a bloggy-mate, I guess I should warn you before you go, it's a very girly place. But don't send your woman, she won't come back for hours(well, maybe that's a good thing?) and she'll put a serious dent in the credit card.

Posted by: Megskin | December 8, 2006 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Skinz,

Sorry, but the USMNT has to be comprised of US soccer players. With the paucity of USMNT players in the league (T Ho, Convey, and Hahnemann are the first 3 that come to my mind, but they are all known commodities) I can't see how a Premiership coach gives much scouting advantage.

Besides, moving from Premiership manager to USMNT head coach is a major demotion. That's what's so galling about not hiring Klinsi. Here's a guy that is very interested in moving from a far more glamorous and successful national team to the minor leagues (albeit the high minor leagues) of world soccer and we're failing to hire him.

Who the hell do we think is queuing up for this job, anyway?

Posted by: so much for 2010 | December 8, 2006 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Who is Sunil Gulati, and who put in him in charge of US Soccer? All I have to say about this Klinsman disaster is Oy Vey!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Todd | December 8, 2006 1:44 PM | Report abuse

so much for 2010, I think he meant it works out for the US in the reverse order.

If a Premiership coach spots talent on the US team while coaching, he can send word back to the EPL, get him signed over there and help cultivate the US talent pool.

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | December 8, 2006 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Skins suck so bad we're reduced to discussing...soccer is it? Meh.

Posted by: Megskin | December 8, 2006 1:54 PM | Report abuse

*thinking out loud* i guess if we can talk about tea and ipods on this blog then we shouldn't have a problem when it's taken over by soccer moms.

meg, thanks for the link. you must make a pilgrimage to wegman's. also i'm looking for pomegranite black tea and the only place who serves it is Oyamel in crystal city. don't go there for food. it's horrible. but desert and tea is to die for. and they get the tea from a place in rockville called "casa". (a "mexican" food distributer).

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The fun part of this blog has always been the non-football conversation. After all, when your team is a complete trainwreck, it gets kind of tiring looking at the disaster.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 1:58 PM | Report abuse

this thread alone should make snyder quiver...4 weeks to go in the season, 2 days before a division game and we're talking about SOCCER and TEA!!!

thank you gibbs, snyder. job well done!

well at least one person is happy: host of this blog who's first love is soccer.

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

R Bobby -

That knee is still banged up huh? You really tried to do too much. You were like watching Sean Taylor just before a personal foul for a late hit. Just play within yourself! The worm is simple, you don't need to be airborne Sunday!

Who wants to get some drinks at Bentleys and then go to the Smile Herb shop on Saturday? If I see Jamaican Red on the menu it's friggin ON.

Forrest Hump...classic, keep em coming. Not literally.

I hear there is a new one in the theatres (I'm actually giddy, I just came up w/it and can't stop giggling):

Apocanympho

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | December 8, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Bucktown is right. I meant someone who has some credibility with EPL coaches could say "hey this guys a legitimate talent". That would help US players development.

Buck,

Good point about yelling Skinz.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Bucktown Skins Fan

That makes a little more sense than pulling dudes from the premiership or other european leagues, but I still don't see much merit in it. Between the Premiership teams' scouting departments and the lure of bigger money abroad, talent migration from the MSL to foreign leagues is going to/already is happening (viva the free market!)

However, I do agree with the premise that we need more of the USMNT playing abroad. I'd definitely like to see Clint Dempsey, as well as (much as this would hurt DC United) Bobby and Esky start playing abroad in the near future.

Posted by: so much for 2010 | December 8, 2006 2:00 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I'm flying to Denver tomorrow to do my 90 second pitch for the NFL Super Ad competition (http://www.nfl.com/superad)...

The rules say that it's a game of skill, not chance, so I may stand a chance after all :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I've been to Wegmans; it's sickening how large that place is.

Posted by: Megskin | December 8, 2006 2:01 PM | Report abuse

We should just go to the game Sunday and all throw soccer balls onto the field.

And you're right P. Diddy, not sure there is much football (about the skins) left to discuss - well, at least discussion that is fun.

Go Chargers!

Posted by: Megskin | December 8, 2006 2:06 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I agree that there is plenty of football to talk about rather than soccer or tea (not that the archives of the Redskins Insiders blog constitutes a "record"). Are there any newmetal bands that have any tunes about football?

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2006 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Megskin, my previous one lagged behind your last one. You can have the Chargers. I'll take the other end of the expectations spectrum and root for the Browns. [Somebody else can have the Raiders.]

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2006 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I just want to see more of LT, watch him shatter the record. Who knew MartyBall could put so many points on the board - good gawd.

Posted by: Megskin | December 8, 2006 2:25 PM | Report abuse

5 tccls - JLaC for mentioning Cooperalls!!!

JLaC, do you know what the deal is with the new uniforms the NHL is mandating for all teams??? I got wind of this and all i know its that they are changing it for style and improved equipment functionality and going to unveil it at the All Star game...i figure its going to look something like cooperalls...dying to know...

"Get that stick in his side...let 'em know youre there!!!"

"Get that lumber in his teeth...let 'em know youre there!!!"

"Bleed all over 'em, let 'em know youre there!!!"

Posted by: deadskin | December 8, 2006 2:27 PM | Report abuse

P Diddy, are you serious about pitching the Superbowl ad? Let us know if you make it to the finals (up on the NFL site).

We'll all vote for you...

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | December 8, 2006 2:27 PM | Report abuse

5 KITNs (Kick In The Nuts) - Sunil Gulati. Good Lord, man. Klizza's forgotten more soccer than we'll ever know in this country! It's like having Tony Dungy walk up to your pee-wee football team and asking you if he can coach your team, and you telling him, 'No thanks, we can get Phflapfwaplett Giggles Walrusbooty from the next town over to coach, that'll do us well enough!' Cripes, do you NOT want us to win? What, does our next coach need to be able to solve the Da Vinci Code in 36 seconds or less to qualify?

0 TCCLs - Skins Office. Couldn't spare a few tickets for a few hardworking folks that are going down to N'Awl'ns to build houses and make children happy. Moo, I say. Moo!

5 TCCLs - N'Awl'ns Volunteers - wish I could join you. Have a blast while you're down there.

And as to the Redskins, when the heck is Rocky Mac going to actually get to play as a linebacker? Can't Getta is still just not getting the job done, here....

Posted by: FlimFlam | December 8, 2006 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Dealer and Megskin here is a web site that my boss gave me. The tea is really good.

http://www.justinlloydtea.com/

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 2:35 PM | Report abuse

5 tccls for all the banter about movies...its makeing me fell funny in my special purpose...
5 tccls for the feeling funny in your special purpose...

you guys crack me up!!!

Yank My Doodle, It's a Dandy
Ho's in the Hood

Posted by: deadskins | December 8, 2006 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Skinz, what time are you engaging in your pub-ingus? I might be in Arlington and I will yell 'Skinz' at the top of my lungs. I'm raw like that.

This klinsi shabingus has got me all sorts of miffed. That chooch Sunil should get an atomic wedgie every hour for messing this up. You've got to rock the 'whatever you say Klinsi, as I'm just a chooch and you are one of the 10 best players EVER!'

etrod: listening to Public Enemy actually helps.

Everyone else: Never forget how much we hate philly. They have a statue of a fictional character instead of the real heroes from the town (Joe Frazier for example) because they are an evil, racist, dirty sesspool of sadness and despair. Never forget this.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | December 8, 2006 2:45 PM | Report abuse

100% serious about the Super Ad competition. I fly at 6am tomorrow to Denver, have a 90 second slot somewhere between 12-4pm, and then fly back to Seattle right after I'm done.

I don't usually enter contests. The prizes are almost always lame, no matter what it is. But this one was clear that it's a game of skill, not chance, and that there's a distinct possibility that no one's ad will be selected and the NFL's ad agency (which I believe is BBDM) might end up having to make up one of its own.

I've spent my life being a marketing genius, a football fan, and an eccentric. This was a contest that lets me combine all three of my life skills.

Plus, oddly enough, my travel schedule this year will put me about 2,000 miles short of United 1K status. Seattle-Denver round-trip is, wow, 2400 miles :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Betts just resigned with us!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: OC Skins | December 8, 2006 2:47 PM | Report abuse

yank my doodle...!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!

TG everyone here is on vac-a! I've busted out at least 5 times today.

Posted by: Pub Golf | December 8, 2006 2:51 PM | Report abuse

AM2DStix,

Not sure they havne't posted a schedule yet. Starts in DC at 1 so hit Gtown around 2 then across the key. I think we hit Whitlow's around 3:30 last time. We got thrown out because one of the Mrs. Clause "got hot" and took her shirt off.

I'll post when i get the schedule. Be about 8 of my boys. We'll look like the rest but I guarantee you we'll be the ones yelling for more Jaeger because we never learn how bad it hurts.

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Betts just resigned with us!!!!!!!!!

Oh christ, what was he thinking?

Posted by: Megskin | December 8, 2006 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I hate Philly to my core. I would rather listen to Boofer for an hour straight then see any Philly team be sucessful.

Posted by: BT | December 8, 2006 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It came to me like a dream, not just what it will feel like when Gibbs leads us to his fourth and final championship, a victory in Super Bowl XLII in February 2008, but how we will celebrate: our own P Diddy hosts the after-after-party in his plush condo atop the Space Needle, after his personal Airbus A380 Flying Palace brings everyone up from Phoenix.

Guests include the newly crowned SB MVP Clinton Portis; newly named head coach Russ Grimm; all 17 of the QBs, with the exception of Jeff George; Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn; Art Monk (HOF class of '07); Dale Jr, Tony Stewart, whoever is driving the #18 car; Wilbon; Oprah; the Olson twins, the Bush twins, the Bernaola twins; Barack Obama; Pardee, Petitbon, Turner, Robiskie, Schottenheimer, not Spurrier; G.O.B., Buster, Tobias; Coy Gibbs, J.D. Gibbs, Marla Gibbs; BBM, gracious in defeat; Shatner; Dion Foxx, Todd Yoder, Zeron Flemister; Sonny, Sam, and Frank; the other P Diddy; Ricky, Julian, Bubbles; John Kent Cooke; Manute, Muggsy, Georghe; cast of the smash hit reality series "Redskins Insider Blog House"; Bigfoot; and the greatest trophy in all of sports, Lord Stanley's Cup.

Did I forget anyone?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | December 8, 2006 2:56 PM | Report abuse

jm220 -

Height: 5'6

weight: 220. HA! j/k
REAL weight: 116lb

anything else my dear? *wink*

Posted by: Jane Doe | December 8, 2006 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Contract numbers out on Betts...

6 years, 24 mill plus an 8 mill bonus...

okay, not really, but would that suprise anyone?

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me it wasn't for the 6 million

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 3:02 PM | Report abuse

We resigned Betts? I don't get it? What did we trade for him? and to whom?

Posted by: Skinz | December 8, 2006 3:03 PM | Report abuse

This blog is quickly turning into e-harmony.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 3:03 PM | Report abuse

YOU GUYS FUNNY!!!! ha, ha, ha!!!

I've gotten rather addicted to this thing. (I copy it late in the evening and go home and read it on my unconnected computer. I really should be writing my book.)

Re : Let's hit the Danny where it counts....the wallet.

If the Skins win the next three games in a row - FedEx F will be packed with no tickets available and next seasons season's tickets will be gone and it will be full again. Hope eternally springs eternal.

Re: Why does the Danny do it the way he does? (or for that matter most of the other professional club owners)

These guys are smart business people. They've learned how to do things in the field of business. The NFL, NBA, NHL, etc. are different in the sense that even if you bring in the best coaches and the players with the most talent - which the Danny is doing - the intangible is the ability of the PLAYERS to work together on the field. Working together is not really the proper lexicon. It's much more than that - it's the on-field sense of what is going on at any given moment and adjusting accordingly - and not just at any given moment but as the game and season unfold. (Brady has "it." His qb rating was lower than MB's after 8 games when NE was 6-2.) The Danny thinks (thought?) that he could apply the same methods to make a winning team that he could with building a large company. But football/sports is a team performance where you see the results in real time. One cannot expect the same results as you can by doing it the way you build theme park or cable company. (But even the most successful company constantly make mistakes or have inefficiencies.) Hell, even BBM and MHarrison have been together for EIGHT years and have not yet been to the SB.

The other thing about owning a professional team is that it is either a "plaything" or a passion for the owners and of course, when one has a deep emotional tie - well, as we all know, sometimes logic is not quite the reasoning behind decision making process. For the Danny, this applied to him pre-Gibbs II. Since then, since he admires JG so much, he has backed off. I do believe that he is just as frustrated as us Core Skins are. I've been a fan since '73 when I was a just a boy.

(Thank goodness for the Nats and that Peter Angelos doesn't own the Skins. The O's lost me as a fan because of him - much, much worse.)

I think that in the Gibbs Series 2 that Danny, Gibbs and co. (DGC) were/are in too much of a hurry to build a SB club. I think eventually (more or less than JG's 5 yrs? I don't know) the DGC would be able to find the right combination of high priced FA's to win a SB. Until then all I can do is cheer them when they win and cringe when they don't.

Gggrrrilliams should play Archibingus if only to reduce wear and tear on the other safeties who will be back next season.
Speaking of next season - I think almost all the coaches will be back again - except MAYBE Gggrrrilliams if the defense continues to bottom feed the rankings - but it wouldn't be his choice- who'd want to hire him if the Skins end up ranked 30th?

Does someone have a list of all the players picked up by teams of the Skins draft choices that they have traded away - not swapped? (At least for the last five years)

I know we should ignore Boof(oon)er, Suck, and/or Nobody/Nothing but it is hard for me. Not because he tries to diss the Skins (It's only a game. I have friends who are Cowpoke friends and I have even seen a Dallas/GB game in Dallas - in a suite, too! No, I didn't pay to get in.) but because it really bothers me that I actually share the same genetic material as this lily-livered COWARDLY piece of...... The reason that I call him a coward is because if Dallas started losing and the Skins started winning that he would not even bother reading this and plus he hides behind his anonymity since he can't even identify himself with a nom de plume or has to constantly change his name. Biggest chicken in all the world.

Brrraaaaccckkk!

Posted by: charlie | December 8, 2006 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I think we gave a third round pick to Denver.

Force of habit.

Posted by: P Diddy | December 8, 2006 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It was for the immediate money. Good job Betts!

From John Clayton:

Ladell Betts considered hitting the lucrative free-agent market in 2007, but he opted to go with the safe money of the Washington Redskins.

Betts, 28, signed a five-year extension Friday worth $11 million, but the key was in the early payout of the deal. He got $3.5 million in signing bonus money this year and a $2 million roster bonus in 2007. With half of the money going to him early, Betts figured it was the best of all worlds.

Most importantly, he wanted to stay with the Redskins and head coach Joe Gibbs. He's comfortable working with Clinton Portis and being part of a one-two running punch. The 5-10, 222-pound back is in his fifth season with the team. He was a second-round choice in 2002.

With Portis on the injured reserve list, Bettis is having a career year. He's rushed for 643 yards on 141 attempts, career highs. He's also caught 50 passes for 301 yards. Last week against Atlanta he rushed for 155 yards.

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | December 8, 2006 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Bucktown Skins Fan thanks for the info. That doesn't seem to bad.

Jane Doe nothing else wink lol 116lb nice.

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 3:13 PM | Report abuse

P Diddy,

Last comment = straight comedy. We might have sent a 3rd to Jax as well.

I guess the re-signing of Betts means that we have officially wasted a 3rd round pick and probably cost TJ, personally, millions upon millions of dollars.

This has to go down as one of the biggest bone head moves in NFL history. I mean, look at Philly last year. Westbrook went down, Buckhalter went down... did you see them go out and give up a 3rd rounder for a guy that didn't play? NOPE!!!! They played the guys they had, which for us would have meant Betts, Rock, and maybe someone else like Lumsden. Why give up a 3rd for a guy you aren't going to play... then not even go to the playoffs.

I just can't voice how angry I am over this.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Ricky Bobby you know he is going to sign with Philly and kills us next year. Damn there goes my day.

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 3:16 PM | Report abuse

CHARLIE YOU CLOWN BRRRRAAACCCKKK!
YOU SHARE NO GENETIC MATERIAL WITH ME!! OH WAIT A SECOND I DO HAVE THIS NASTY PIMPLE ON MY A** THAT WONT GO AWAY(THATS PROBABLY YOU)WE WONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR ANALOGY(BOYS LOSING & SKINYS WINNING)FOR MANY YEARS!!BY THEN I WILL HAVE TAKEN A LIGHTER AND BURNED YOU OFF MY A**!!hehehe

Posted by: Anonymous | December 8, 2006 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow... if those numbers are accurate, that is a very reasonable deal. Good job, Betts... and good job, FO!

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | December 8, 2006 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I DONT CARE WHO YOU ARE"THATS SOME FUNNY STUFF"!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 8, 2006 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Klinsi is gone. I think we should hire a coach out of the Premier League for one reason. If there is talent here he can go back to the coaches there and tell them to go after a guy. That would help us immensely.

Who would you get? The only one that I'd consider is Big Sam, and he's not going to leave. US Soccer HAS to get Klinsi. If US Soccer hires out of MLS, it will be like England hiring Sven.

Posted by: Deanna | December 8, 2006 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I think the Betts deal is great. It is a reasonable price for a dependable backup RB, and it uses ths year's cap space, if I am correct (the 3.5 million signing bonus).

Ricky Bobby, I agree that TJ Duckett got screwed by us this year. I feel awful for him, although I do think the Eagles example is a little rough because they were awful last year. I don't know if I would look at that as a shining example of how to handle injuries. Regardless, I am happy for the Skins and Betts.

Might this be considered some sort of continui... conti... I can't seem to remember the word, but it means the same thing year in, year out. I'll google it and see if I can figure it out...

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | December 8, 2006 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If you're going to do a pub crawl, u should play pub golf - it's silly stupid.

get into teams (2's/3's or 4's) and the scoring system is as follows:

Each round is a "hole"
no drink +2
domestic beer +1
mixed drink/shooter/strong beer is par
double mixed drink/shot/carbomb -1
Long Island Iced Tea -2

18 holes is tough. 20 minutes per hole. We played it in Indy and accidentally blacked out by #10.

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | December 8, 2006 3:33 PM | Report abuse

diddy, sorry my attention span is shorter than of a 2 year old. i didn't understand the contest only that it had somethign to do with an ad. previous ad or future ad, that i couldn't understand.

what exactly is this contest? because i went to the site and it said tell us the best sb commercial ever? and they'll record it ...huh?

could you please explain what the contest is?

jm, thanks for the link brother.

betts resigned but no details? really guys, if gibbs was so serious about hiring a GM he wouldn't have resigned betts. you know what i mean? he's not giving up draft picks but he's tying up lot of money in a position that we don't need a starter for...

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, nobody.

Nope, that nasty pimple on your a-- ain't me. But it is good to know that it won't go away! ha, ha ha

Posted by: charlie | December 8, 2006 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Skinz,

Do you roll with Whitney and the crew from William & Mary? I know those dudes do a pub crawl every year and dress up like Santa "I'll put it on your back" Claus. Holla back.

Posted by: The Governor | December 8, 2006 3:38 PM | Report abuse

in other words this team needs starters(D line, O line, LB, DB...) in a LOTS of other positions than it needs backups in ANY position.

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Geez, maybe we can get Ted Leonis and the Danny to switch teams - an even straightup trade. Ted is such a great owner.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2006/12/06/DI2006120600659.html

Posted by: charlie | December 8, 2006 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Credit to the FO for getting keeping one of our own.

For the Record, I believe that Philly traded a 4th rounder, and Mark Simoneau to NO for Donte Stallworth, who is also a free agent, and will probably hit the market after this year.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | December 8, 2006 3:41 PM | Report abuse

my favorite word in the english language is 'poop'

Posted by: Anonymous | December 8, 2006 3:41 PM | Report abuse

all those in favor of boofer's new nickname being a$$pimple?

Posted by: bigpisano | December 8, 2006 3:43 PM | Report abuse

guys, do i really need to spend $150+ for HD wires to get the "true" HD experience? what are you guys using (wires)?

Posted by: dealer | December 8, 2006 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Hood Hunter" and "Round and Brown" have a splendiferous catalog of offerings for the slap happy.

Posted by: Fine Art Collector | December 8, 2006 3:43 PM | Report abuse

New Post.
Betts gettin paid.

Posted by: CMoney | December 8, 2006 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Dealer --

Don't overpay for monster cables. Not necessary unless the cable run is longer than 25 feet. Get the radio shack brand. Or try this website (this is where I get my HD cables and they are excellent): http://www.audioshowcase.com/

Posted by: CMoney | December 8, 2006 3:47 PM | Report abuse

jane Doe-
Describe those "ta-dows" for us!!

Posted by: Richard Cranium | December 8, 2006 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I think it's cute to see Jane Doe and jm220 flirt . . . I hope they're not actually the same person.

Posted by: FCC | December 8, 2006 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Hood Hunter" and "Round and Brown" have a splendiferous catalog of offerings for the slap happy.

Posted by: Fine Art Collector | December 8, 2006 03:43 PM


now your talkin my language....MILF HUNTER acts his guts out

Posted by: Bangbros | December 8, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"BY THEN I WILL HAVE TAKEN A LIGHTER AND BURNED YOU OFF MY A**!!"

I am starting a charity auction. Highest bid gets to burn Nobody's nasty pimple off his a$$!!!

Posted by: charlie | December 8, 2006 4:08 PM | Report abuse

FCC LMAO! I may be a little off but not that much off. Hey shouldn't you be coming up with more crazy E-Rate rules to drive me even more crazy!

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2006 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Diddy - keep us posted on how you do. I want the exclusive blog interview rights if you win this thing. No talking to the Moonies.

Jame Doe - Are you truly a female, or is this a stunt?

Skinz - If there is any rough itenerary for this pub crawl? I've got the Chloestir all day tomorrow, we live in Arlington, and I think she'd get a kick out of hanging with some drunk Santas. Seriously. My wife'll be none the wiser (she's X-Mas shopping all day tomorrow).
Let me know where you guys will be around 4. She should be through here post-nap mad-at-the-world-stage by then, and god knows I'll need a beer.

Bob Bradley? This has to be a joke. Seriously, it's only one of the most important jobs on the planet - in every country except this one, but still, overall, come on. Why not just hire like Tommy Lasorda and Scotty Bowman?

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | December 8, 2006 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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