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Award Time

They're back. It's amazing what actually having a couple of days to unwind and enjoy a modicum of spare time will do for a man's psyche.

-5 TCCLs - US Soccer. The men's national team is playing for the first time in 6 months, and thanks to their ridiculous bothching of the Klinsi affair my friends and I are about a quarter as pumped for the friendly with Denmark Saturday as we'd normally be. Again, wat to waste a year. Interim coach. What a joke. At least the Under-20s are tearing it up in qualifying for the Youth World Cup this summer in Canada. If you have Gol TV, watch the kids - including my boy Freddy Adu - at 6:30 today against Guatemala. At least the future of US Soccer seems bright, if not the present.

1 TCCL - Ron Mexico. Dontcha know no good?

2 TCCLs - Laurie Berkner. To hear her is to loathe her. To be oblivious to her existence is divine.

2 TCCLs - Choke-job Playoff Coaches. You know who you are. Fellas, you play to win the game, so coach to win the game. One East Cost smack to the back of the noggin, and one West Coast thumping as well.

4 TCCLs - Leffe. A damn solid Belgian blonde ale.

4 TCCLs - The (white) Rapper Show. Anyone else wonder how many times it takes for MC Search to actually get the Chuck Taylor's to stay on the telephone wire at the end of the show? Dude makes it look so easy. This show is some dope (stuff).

5 TCCLs - IPOD gift cards. If these are all I ever get for any holiday/birthday for the foreseeable future, that's perfectly cool with me. They need to update the list of available music, though. Can you believe "Out Of The Cellar" by Ratt isn't available in Itunes? I still have it on cassette and never got it on CD. Need to get that disc on the IPOD.

5 TCCLs - NFL Playoffs. We can't front. These games generally rock.

And finally, a blog sending off/salute to Dale Lindsey. His firing came as no shock - despite Coach Joe's proclamations that no coaches would get the axe - given his confrontational nature, but it still smells a 'lil fishy to me. Anyway, during our last conversation in November he dropped a whole bunch of f-bombs on me and told me he would never speak to me again (he was fired up about the headline on a story, even though he knows I don't write the headlines, and no writers do).

Turns out he was right about that being our last chat. I actually liked the dude - much more than a lot of people in the organization did, obviously - and thought he was the genuine article, even if his mouth often got him into trouble. He was an honest chap, and in this line of work that goes a long way with me. Again, canning him ain't going to fix the secondary. That's all I'm saying.

Music Recommendations:

At The Drive-In "Relationship of Command" - You could give me 5 years to dissect the lyrics with the world's greatest thesaurus and I still wouldn't be able to tell you what the songs are about. But the pure ferocity and diversity of this disc makes it a punk rock classic (actually, I don't know what the hell genre it is so I'll fall back on that designation. These guys broke up right after the came out, and are still tearing up it as either Sparta, or, my fav, The Mars Volta (who I think opened a bunch of dates for the Chili Peppers on their latest arena tour).

Peter Tosh "Legalize It" - Whether you are a proponent of cannabis or not is irrelevant. This is reggae gold right here. Everyone who owns Bob Marley "Legend" - which I believe is 85 percent of the planet - you need to have this as well. Tosh's politics are more extreme than Bob's and, to me, his music and lyrics more profound. Both were members of the Wailers and both died way to soon - Tosh was assassinated - yet only one has received the mainstream kudos he deserves. Every time I listen to this I think back to seventh grade and the cassettes we would listen to with my mom when she picked us up front school. This album, some stuff from Yellowman and UB40 were like all we listened to for what seemed like my entire middle school years.

Sleater-Kinney "Dig Me Out" - Few artists seemed to pack as much raw emotion into this music as these ladies did (recently played what I think was their final show ever - or at least final show outside their Northwest roots - in the DC area). The interplay between the words and guitar will leave you breathless. Every word that is sung - or screamed - on any of their records grabs you by the throat and makes you believe.

Afghan Whigs "Congregation" - One of the few Sub Pop bands not from the Northwest - these dudes are from Cincy - they blended a genuine love for soul music with a heavy punk edge and brushed it all with an overriding dimension of doom, depression and despair. Trust me, it's sounds ugly but it works. Their first Sub Pop release - "Up In It" - is much heavier, but the songwriting takes a much more refined bent on this album. Greg Dulli, the lead singer, could probably make millions writing jingles or something like that. There's no doubt he's a pop genius, but someone who's art and heart take him in much less accessible directions. These guys broke up a long time ago, but Dulli's other band, Twilight Sisters, are pretty amazing, too.

JFA "We Know You Suck" - I can't think about skateboarding in the mid-80s without hearing all the surf/skate anthems these guys produced in the back of my head. Of all the US punk bands of that era, I think these guys really got shafted. You couldn't even find any of their stuff on CD until like a year ago - being from Phoenix never helped them - but if you are into the Ventures or Dick Dale and have leanings a bit more adventurous than that, please do find this disc. It contains all of their essential stuff from EPs and LPs, with some great covers as well. Also, if you into surf rock at all, check out Man Or Astroman. No lyrics with them, but amazing shredding.

Mike Watt "Ball-Hog Or Tugboat?" - Watt is my favorite bassist of all-time, and one of music's true living legends. On this album he lays down the thumping bass with a slew of 1990s indie rock superstars appearing on each song and providing the voice. Watt wears his love of his hometown - the fishing hamlet of San Pedro in Cali - on his sleeve and produces an eclectic masterpiece rock opera. His original band, The Minutemen, are one of my top 10 favorite bands ever, I guess, if you actually forced me to do that kind of list (which I generally despise). If this catches your fancy and you aren't down with The Minutemen, please do yourself a favor and download a few of their tunes. They blended punk/funk/pop/weirdness like few others ever have, often punching you in the face with 45-second blasts of fury that seemed like they went on for much longer.

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 19, 2007; 7:00 AM ET
 
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2 TCCLs - Choke-job Playoff Coaches. You know who you are. Fellas, you play to win the game, so coach to win the game. One East Cost smack to the back of the noggin, and one West Coast thumping as well

LMAO! That's the spirit JLC. Now don't you feel much better.

5 TCCL- JLC now that made my week.

Posted by: jm220 | January 19, 2007 7:20 AM | Report abuse


1 TCCL for my muddy dog, who managed to find the one large pubble still around to roll about in.....

.....actually, make that 5 TCCL's for her since I am suddenly reminded of being a Mud Person at Woodstock II and groovin' to Blind Melon in the pouring rain....

What, you're surprised the Poet Bard went to Woodstock? So were we parents at the time....

This random post brought to you by the letter H and the number 5.

Posted by: HaikuMan | January 19, 2007 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Need some TCCLs for wacky kid stuff -- skip Chuck E. Cheese, but how about 2 TCCLs for the WonderPets? I catch my daughter humming softly to herself, when she reaches the right part bursting out into singing "and Ming-Ming too"

She's auditioning for the "People who Don't Know All the Words" Chorus...

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 19, 2007 8:00 AM | Report abuse

JLC,

Don't hate on the Berkner. She keeps my 3 year old happy on the 3 hour car ride to the grandparents house and if you've seen her on Noggin I think you'll agree she's easy on the ojos.

Anyway, not nearly as creepy as Chuck E. singing "I Want You..." I don't care how much you like Cheap Trick, that's just wierd.

God, I'm a lame middle aged parent. I only recognized maybe two of the bands you mentioned and one was because my 11 year old listens to them.

I used to be in the "scene" at Fugazi shows at Ft. Reno and what not. When BBQed Iguana and DC Space closed I fell away.

Posted by: evan | January 19, 2007 8:05 AM | Report abuse

cload,

mine usually gets the "under pets and they'll hmmm hmmm" and then at the top of his lungs "TEAMWORK!"

Posted by: evan | January 19, 2007 8:08 AM | Report abuse

evan, LMAO! Before I was aware that this was a show they were watching, my son would ask my daughter "what kind of work?" and she'd come running over to shout 'TEAMWORK' as loud as she could.
Which is quite loud, actually.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 19, 2007 8:24 AM | Report abuse

5 TCCLs to Father Blog P Diddy for his wine recommendations and otherwise agreeable blog-disposition.

1 TCCL to Ron Mexico as well... I hate it when people make the wonderful Commenwealth of Virginia look bad. Come on Mike, we have Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Joe Millionaire to make us look bad ( I left AI off the list cause he's a BAMF, but he's had his moments as well) Lock it up Mike. Lock it up.

Good work this week friends. Nice guest bloggers, nice JLaC insights, nice off topic discussions.

Good looking out on the beer recommendation Jason. Between you and Diddy I may never settle for grandpa's ol' cough syrup ever again. Also, if you ever stumble upon a gift-cache of iPod gift cards, hook a brother up. iTunes has become a rather costly addiction. Good thing RI is free o' charge.

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse

5 TCCLs to all who participated in yesterday's chat - ROTFL funny stuff!

Diddy

Need to get a baseline on you wine tastes. Have you ever had the Holloran Vineyards (Willamette Valley) unfiltered Pinor Noir? If so, what did you think?

BTW, I think you and jm220 should team up to do a weekly/bi-weekly guest blog entitled "jm220 pumps you up, p diddy drinks you under" where you would share fitness and drinking tips for the masses. Maybe you guys could even collaborate and come up with a series of myoplex/protien powder based mixed drink recipes.

Getting pumped for playoff football,

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Whoa! They closed DC Space? Friggin' communists!
Yeah, I've been way far away for a long time.. kept up with my "inner skins fan" via the miracle of the internet. The next thing ya know, they'll be building a new Wilson Bridge!
I'm gonna go hug my Hogs doll.

Posted by: ILikeSonny | January 19, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

And by far, the the bane of my existence is Dora. I have a love/hate reltationship with that Puerto Rican chica. When something is good he calls it "Dora".

Posted by: evan | January 19, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

If you like the Minutemen you have to check out We Rock Econo on DVD. My 13 month old even liked it, bouncing her head along with the music.

Posted by: Andy | January 19, 2007 9:23 AM | Report abuse

no Stones, Who, Clapton, Bruce, AC/DC fans out there?

I guess I chose the right blog name.

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

man you guys get started earrly out there . . .

evan, can't hate on Dora. Too many kids who are bi-lingual like her that can feel left out b/c of this. Dora, to some extent, brings them into the mainstream in a very positive way. not at all like the carmen miranda stuff of the last century.

jm: I'm tellin' you those "smack in the back of the head" t-shirts and bumper stickers will be a gold mine, even JLaC is using the term in his posts now!

Next thing you know you'll hear it from Howie Long on the fox pregame show. I am surprised doc walker hasn't already picked up on it . . .

Posted by: skinsfan@8KaboveMSL | January 19, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Once again, I am in awe of JLC's prowess on the musak tip. Will try to check some of that stuff out.....But come on, no Angry Samoans?

I know, baby steps, baby steps.

Posted by: Pulldownclaw | January 19, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

i'm with old school on the music thing. though at the tender age of 27 i've turned to the classics more for the simple reason that nothing good is coming out anymore. i love the who but is there anything worse than each new CSI stealing another song? when i heard baba o'riley on the latest one i almost vomited.

Posted by: big pisano | January 19, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

JLaC,

Any chance one of the off season defensive meetings will turn into this?

http://football.guardian.co.uk/continentalfootball/story/0,,1994002,00.html

AA could definitely play Beckham's role by telling GWill he's been lied to (though he's already done this, by and large) and I could see several people telling the coaching staff "That's enough s**t out of your mouth"

Good to see other sports teams are doing their part to put the fun back in dysfunctional

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

evan,
you have to use Dora to get what you want -- for example, when I want the little one to clean up her toys, I say
'I need YOUR help.'
That usually gets her attention, at least.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 19, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Dora is the best EVER! We arent even a bilingual familia, but we want our kids to learn spanish (not quite like the kid in Fun with Dick and Jane). It's awesome the oldest (2 1/2)can say more stuff in Spanish than me!!!

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | January 19, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Long time reader, first time blogger. I'm in the Old School, ILikeSonny category. Grew up Montgomery County in the 70's. Classic rock for me. Ensconced these days in Long Island, fending off the Giant fans constantly. Redskins, Wizards, Terps and Orioles fan. Years ago, convinced my teenage son to follow suit, but really need some kind of success to keep him in the fold. Terps national championship can only last so long. Thoroughly enjoy the generally light hearted banter on this blog. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: mad dog | January 19, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Okay gang, first of all, as I beleive I posted int he comments yesterday, Wonderpets is genius. Chloe and I were wacthing it on the web and I found this behind the scens clip and they have a full orchestra play and arrange the music on each episode. I knew there was a reason that stuff was so infectuous.

Dora rocks, too. Chloe says hola now when I ask here to, which went over big aroudn the office when i brought her in last week.

Berkner - yeah, the kids love it, but that stuff is low lowest common denomenator in terms of what children's music should be. All around, she doesn't do it for me.

I will definitely get that Minutemen DVD. Thanks for the heds up on that.

Old School - I love the Stones - especially Exile, Some Girls and Tatto You - but I try to keep the music recomondations obscure to give some love for those who fell through the cracks.
However, it should be noted that when the Stones got their own label from Virgin, Peter Tosh was the first person they signed. So there's an old-school connection for you.

Cheers.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | January 19, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Well, as Carlos Rogers would say "As the D line goes, we go." He has a point so I have hope (with Springs & Prioleau regaining health) for our secondary.

Posted by: Lisa | January 19, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Welcome aboard mad dog. I have already lost my son (12),Brueski Fathead, to the Pats, we live in RI.Can't blame him for not following the old man, even with directv and my 24/7 addiction to the skins, 3 championships in 5 yrs is hard to compete with, when all have is 15 years of medocrity.

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

1 TCCL: Vick flying airtran and bringing weed on the plane. What a bama.

2 TCCL: Bashing Marty. Marty didn't blow that game, his players did. If you look at the actual game and not the hype around his playoff past you never blame the coach on that loss. It's not like they got blown out, they were winning the game until the end when players just screwed the pooch.

3 TCCL: For firing Lindsay. Would have gotten 5 had they gone farther and fired the secondary coaches. Old school or not he was disrespectful and lacked class handling the Lavar thing. He should have kept his mouth shut and deserved to be let go.

IMO LB play was just as bad as secondary play. Secondary's get burned on pass plays but alot of it starts with LB coverage and LB blitz's getting pressure.

4 TCCL: Bill Polian, I had no idea but that's the guy that put together all the Bills championship teams. Then moved to Carolina and got an expansion team one win from the SB in it's second year. Then moves onto a pathetic Colts franchise, picks Manning and makes them a perrennial contender. Pretty impressive...

5 TCCL: Agent Zero. If that guy starts playing defense you start talking about him as a top three player in the league. When was the last time this area had any player in any sport as a top three player in any league?

Posted by: Skinz | January 19, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

5 TCCL's for having to uncomfortably watch ED commercials with various loved ones.

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | January 19, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

oh yeah and...

5TCCL: Peter Tosh, another phenomenal artist who died far to early....what a waste. It's too bad most people only know the lyrics "legalize it, don't critisize it" . He was a supreme talent.

Posted by: Skinz | January 19, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

5 KHSJ For Where does POPS live?

Posted by: WIlbon's Peeps | January 19, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I hear you, Old School. Luckily the Giants haven't done much lately either.

Posted by: mad dog | January 19, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

JLaC,

Thanks for the love.

Just to be clear, I am not one of those dudes who keeps the dial tunned at all times to the "classic Rock" station, have alternative and jazz and of course sports radio on the presets too.

oh yeah, I have an ipod. Got a little Greenday on it, see i'm trying to stay current.

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Even as a noted bachelor and hater of all things tiny, I will admit that Dora rocks. I love the whole concept and I think everyone should be bi-lingual. If more people in this country traveled to places where they felt left out and confused by the culture, we probably wouldn't be as stupid in the things we do to one another, the rest of the world, and our planet.

BTW, I also love "Blue's Clues", but the old ones with Steve, not the new ones. For a thankfully brief six-month spurt I worked in our little set-top box division and had a TV with cable in my office. I used to have Sesame Street, Blue's Clues, and The Electric Company (!!!!) on all the time. Sesame Street still makes me happy to this day.

As for wine, most of the Willamette Valley wines are pretty good, sometimes even spectacular. To be truthful, I'm not a wine snob by any means. I drink and enjoy, and drink to excess and enjoy to excess. Last night, for example, was a tequila night. Went to a Google party at a local steakhouse. Let me tell you, if there's ever a Google party in your 'hood, go attend by all means. Free open bar (Johnnie Blue for those so inclined) and free food (filet mignon!). And, lots of cute little ad agency girls. Mmmmmm.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

CHLOE, DROP WHAT YOUR DOING. I NEED DANNY-BOYS LOCATION DOWNLOADED TO MY PDA, NOW!!!

HUH?!?!?!?! HE'S IN HIS BACKYARD CUTTING DOWN TREES?!?!?!?! WHAT A DOPE, NEVERMIND! I'LL JUST GET ANGELA LANSBURY TO DO IT.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 19, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Like I said, love/hate the Dora. The whole bilingual thing is cool since half my family is Mexicano. My kid says "salta" instead of "jump" and can count to ten en espanol.

And I love how she has co-opted the "Si se puede!" from the Cesar Chavez days.

But If I have to see the "Boots' Special Day" Episode one more time the little monkey will be muerta!

Posted by: evan | January 19, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Sammy Baugh.

no, I didn't see him play.

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Americans spent $68.1 billion on carbonated soft drinks last year, which totals 828 eight-ounce servings per capita (per Beverage Digest). In return for our money we received the biggest source of calories in our diet.

Our taste for a sweet drink is natural, but enough already.

"We are born with a taste for sweet because breast milk is sweet," explains Samantha Heller, senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center. "When we start feeding sweets and soda to infants and toddlers, we're taking the natural instinct for a sweet taste and intensifying that desire. Soon, even the sweet taste of fruit is not enough for the little ones--they want extreme sweets, like soda."

The love of sugary soda lives long past childhood, too. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, carbonated soft drinks are the single biggest source of refined sugars in the American diet.

Posted by: loco mullin | January 19, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

BTW, not so sure I like this "Father Blog" nonsense. It makes me wonder if I should grow a beard or something. Actually, if I had a beard it would hide my second and third chins. But then I'd look like a terr'ist and either President Bush would lock me away in Guantanomo, or Jack Bauer would put a bullet in the back of my head.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Skinz, absolutely on point today. I wish to throw in 5 Ticals (TCCLs in a Wu-Tang style) to my dog Caron Butler. Career year and the Scottie Pippen to our superstar.

JLC, wondrous call on Peter Tosh. High amounts of excellence.

I would seriously like a criminal investigation into the Chargers receivers for the dropped passes and the punt-bingus. Astounding.

JLC, I would bet the farm that you would dig this band: http://www.hard-fi.com/

They are sort of like a 2007 version of The Clash. Repping british rock-pop. I caught these dudes at the 9:30 club on a whim and was blown away.

Last, for those with a comedy jones, this weekend Bill Burr is at the DC Improv. He is one of the 3 best comics working today.

AMTTS out.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | January 19, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

>>> "We are born with a taste for sweet because breast milk is sweet"

Interesting.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Diddy, you are the lifeline for all of us Dads with young uns and bleary eyes, and not because of the drink. Okay, maybe just a little. Keep the stories coming my friend, we have to live vicariously thru someone, and you are hereby nominated.

Where are we partying this weekend?

Posted by: Pulldownclaw | January 19, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

How much did we spend on Muscle Milk, loco?

Posted by: MV Dame | January 19, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Just for loco:

The new BK Hamlette sandwich features thinly sliced ham, melted American
cheese and fluffy egg, topped with honey butter and served on a sesame seed
bun. Another savory breakfast addition is CHEESY TOTS(TM), bite-size
portions of melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses inside a golden, crispy
potato crust. CHEESY TOTS(TM) will be available all day in six-, nine- and
12-piece portions.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Love Bon Scott-era AC/DC plus Back in Black. Bon Scott was a true genius. All their stuff after that... eh.

Posted by: MV Dame | January 19, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

loco mullin is who i aspire to be...

Posted by: 4th | January 19, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Tonight will likely be a little bit sedate. Going to head out to a friend's restaurant, enjoy a little home-cooked Italian food, and planning on going light on the booze.

Sadly (cue hilarious laughter), one of my adorable little chick friends convinced me to do a spa day with her. She told me I had to get a pedicure. She's hot and I can't say no to hot chicks, so here we are. In 3 hours, I'm going to get a pedicure, manicure, facial, and massage. I'm not in the least bit proud of this, but I do expect to get some of that 'in flagrante delicto', as Nate would put it.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Anyone catch high school basketball on ESPN last night? I don't know what to think about that. Part of me is happy that these kids get to be on teevee, another part of me is sad that the innocence of high school sports is being commercialized to that degree.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Victor Vito kicks ass.

Posted by: DC | January 19, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

>>> "We are born with a taste for sweet because breast milk is sweet"

Interesting.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 11:03 AM

This reminded me of an "encounter" I had last night. People, two words.....Shyla Stylez. Don't let her name fool you, there is nothing shy about this women. If she does not win an Oscar, there needs to be an investigation, trust me

Posted by: Bangbros | January 19, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

5 TCCL's to Pizza Hut's thin and crispy style cheese pizza. That is some great tasting stuff if I had ever had any.

Posted by: Macaca Johnson | January 19, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The Wikipedia entry for Shyla is hilarious.

Bangbros, you need to go down to the San Fernando Valley. Truly unusual experience.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

5 TCCL's for having to uncomfortably watch ED commercials with various loved ones.

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | January 19, 2007 10:43 AM

Nice, way to throw that out there!

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | January 19, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see that article on the Sallie Mae probe?

"Sallie Mae has to be particularly careful with handling those school relationships..."

Is our very own SallieMae one of those teachers who has affairs with her students? Is this probe the reason she's been MIA for a while now? Why wasn't she one of my teachers back in the day? I'll bet she could use a *hug* right now...

Posted by: MV Dame | January 19, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I have to comment on Mike Vick and his famous water bottle. Forget about his bad habits or ours, glass houses and all that jazz. But, GEEZ! Do you want someone that dumb running your offense??? Anyone who hasn't lived under a rock for 5 years knows you don't play that crap at the airport! I'm scared to death that Super Dan is going to trade our next three years #1 picks for the right to over pay Vick when ATL terminates his deal.....

Posted by: Bob-Ashburn, VA. | January 19, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Diddy, I'll back off on the Father Blog shabingus. I'm just in desperate need of a father figure and since my old man never taught me the ins and outs of fermented drinks, I started to get a little clingy. I will cease.

Call me young, but Foo Fighters really does it for me. Dave Grohl is one fine Virginian.

Sadly, I once watched Blues Clues to impress a girl. She dumped me for my x-best friend though. I don't want to talk about it.

Oh Jason, quick question... I haven't been up on ESPN in a while, I'm sure they've talked about it... but has there been any player reaction to the Andre Waters situation??? If I was cracking skulls all day, It'd make me concerned. Just a thought.

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

5 TCCLs for La Canfora suggesting the Afghan Whigs. Honestly, the first two albums are great (Congregation and Up In It), but their next two albums (Gentlemen and Black Love) are much more accessible and polished for the average Whigs virgin, and still retain a lot of the anger, edge and emotional distress that the first two have in surplus.

The first two Twilight Singers albums are also VERY good, but they are a huge departure in sound, not so much in content or subject matter.

The last show they played in DC at the Black Cat had a heavy dose of Mark Lanegan, and while it was good to see them, it wasn't half as good as the last three shows they've played locally. It may be that I just don't care for the most recent album that much, or it may be age and weight have finally caught up with Dulli. Either way, an excellent recommendation, and www.summerskiss.com is a great source for whigs/twilight related news.

Posted by: DCLance | January 19, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey Jason

"At the Drive In" is lumped in with that "Prog Rock" category. I don't know what that even means though. But regardless I think the fellas from "At the Drive In" are all members of "Mars Volta." BTW did you ever get into the Frances the Mute album? I never did. Stick with the first two albums.

Posted by: dan | January 19, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Dorf, Diddy, I think Uncle Blog might be a better fit. The wild, wealthy, jet-setting uncle who is every kid's favorite, the life of every family get-together. The one who never had time to settle down. The one all the parents mildly pooh-pooh to the kids but in fact deeply envy. Yeah, Uncle Blog.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Here is a little something to stimulate a football discussion as we head into championship weekend. My contention stated many times on my posts is its all about the QB position and you build a contending team around this,if you don't have this you are kidding yourself as an organization year after year(skins) and trying to spin it to your fans and yourself that you can turely contend(skins).I will admitt that the margin, with free agency is very thin from good or decent teams to bad. But the "real contenders" have the "man". So here is my list not, ranking in order, but more grouping together teams that have legit shot each offseason of winning it, teams just below that (maybe moving up or down within this group) teams that have serious doubts ( would take a huge improvement in QB play to move up) to early to tell (talented but unproven) and finally no shot.

The"Man" list

Pats,colts, steelers, bengals.

Next level

eagles, saints,bears seahawks,rams,boys,chargers

doubt it

giants, jets, chiefs,falcons,ravens,carolina jags

To Early

Redskins, cardinals, broncos,titans,9er's

No Shot

Raiders,Bills texans,vikings, lions,packers,dolphins,bucs,browns

Discuss.

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

In addition to Leffe, I'd recommend Kwak, good stuff with a funny name. If you like fruit beer, the Lindemans Kriek (cherry) and Framboise (raspberry) lambics are pretty good, although more sour than you might expect. Other Belgian-style beers that are good include "La Fin du Monde" from Quebec, and the New Belgium beers from Colorado (unfortunately they are hard to find east of the Mississippi).

On a music-related note, I saw a "WWJSD?" bumper sticker this morning - What Would Joe Strummer Do?

Posted by: straight outta hampton | January 19, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

J-La, you mentioned Frank Black many moons ago. The man is my very favorite musical artist and has been since I first heard the Pixies back in high school ('89).

The "We Jam Econo" tip above reminded me to mention "loudQUIETloud," a documentary on the Pixies' reunion tour. Highly recommend this DVD. Some great, great moments.

By the way, "fishing hamlet of San Pedro" = utter brilliance. Well done, sirrah!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dc | January 19, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Old School - Nice list. The main places I'd differ is I think the Steelers are one notch below where you put them. While I think Big Ben is good I'm not sure he's great though. Can't wait to see how the "too early" group pans out. They've all shown a lot of promise.

Also, I'm with you on the classic rock station - I've never heard of half the groups mentioned here.

Definetly agree with the Peter Tosh 5 TCCLs - still remember Mick Jagger joining him on stage on SNL for Walk and Don't Look Back - great stuff.

Posted by: skinswest | January 19, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Redskins fix for the day:

http://redskins.scout.com/2/610926.html

Posted by: 4th | January 19, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

What about the specials

A message to rudy...poor bastard

Posted by: BIG J | January 19, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

slow blog day...

Mister Nate, good suggestion, more appropriate... Its up to Diddy though.. some Uncles despise their adoring nephews.

Old School-> is this a list of teams that have a QB that can, with the right guys around him, make his team a contender? If so, Delhomme gets put in the same boat as LBB? Even if Steve Smith is a beast, the ball has to get into his hands somehow. Rough. How did Ben Helmetlessburger reach the upper echelon of the "man" list??? Trent Difler would have never made it on that list and they accomplished the same feat. I think he gets put down on the Too Early list. Maybe I understood your list. Please help me out.

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

BIG J, the Specials, YES. They just shuffled past on my ipod yesterday morning. Love those dudes.

I like a whole lot of the rock 'n roll stuff mentioned up here, and I like hearing informed recommendations from you peeps because the tastes are so broad.

I absolutely despise Steely Dan. Just about anything else -- aside from screeching, clanging metal, pounding house music, or whiny female post-folk singers -- I can handle.

This is old news, but any rock fans who haven't checked out the Yacht Rock videos must do so ASAP. Go to youtube.com, search for Yacht Rock, start with episode 1. Absolutely hilarious, mock-behind the music walk through the history of 'smooth music' from Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. The guys who play Loggins and McDonald are brilliant. They're up to 10 videos I think, the first few are priceless and then the quality varies.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

If you like Uncle Blog, tell him we'll let him choose between that or 'Posh Diddy'.
I think he'll make the rigt choice.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 19, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

AM2DStix,

On point on Burr, I have tickets to the 10:30 show on Sat with some friends. Of course I'll be getting down there a bit early for the adult sodas.

Posted by: Skinz | January 19, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Old School, your QB list reminded me how well things turned out for the Iggles this season when Donovan went down and Garcia went in.

How fortunate they were to have a recycled dude on the bench who knew the system and could still play at a high level. (Though system/team is a huge part of this -- McNabb was hurt a few years ago and they did well for a long stretch with a couple of pikers at QB.)

Given how a handful of teams don't even have ONE competent QB on the roster, it seems all the more incredible that the Eagles had two.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

You are the victims of identity theft

Posted by: 4th GovDiddyMVdorf in the PDX | January 19, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Morris, quit giving Milo grief and figure out what Loco mullin's last transmission was all about!

Posted by: Chloe | January 19, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Posh. Hmmm. No.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

whats a KHSJ?

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Chloe, send the coordinates of my turkey sandwich to my PDA NOW. Damnit!

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't want no peace. I want equal rights and justice.

5 TCCL's for Peter Tosh

Children's CD recommendation: "Pockets" by Joe Wise. Tough to find, but it's worth it. Lots of crazy hippie 70's type stuff but it grows on you.

Posted by: Lavar Walt Clark | January 19, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

On the frosty beverage tip, now that it's actually winter in DC, I'd recommend Bell's for some really good stouts. Saw Larry Bell (brewery owner) at a Brickskeller tasting (12 stouts of Christmas) and he brought some awesome stuff to the show. Unfortunately, they condensed the product line so the Rye Stout (my favorite) no longer exists, but both the Java Stout (even if it's a bit too coffee flavored) and the Expedition Stout are damn good.

Here's a WaPo link on Bells

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/16/AR2007011600284.html

and for those in the DC area, here's where to go for a free tasting (and no, I don't work for this store)

FREE IN-STORE EVENTS
The Curious Grape
4056 South 28th Street
Arlington, VA 22206
703-671-8700
FAX 703-671-0100
tcgrape@earthlink.net

BELL'S BEER TASTING (Wed, Jan 24, 6-8 pm) -- Did you happen to see the feature on Michigan's Bell's Brewery in this week's Washington Post Food section? Arguably one of the country's top brewers, Bell's brews its beers in a full-bodied, full-flavored, over-the-top style, especially true of its stouts, which were featured in the article. This week's cold weather makes it as good a time as any to begin thinking about these fine beers which have fortunately just become available. Stop by the tasting bar this Wednesday, January 24 from 6-8 for a special tasting of some of Bell's top stouts, as well as some of its lighter beers, presented by a special guest from the brewery. Wednesday's line-up includes powerhouse favorites like:

*
Bell's Winter White, a full-flavored take on the white style
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Bell's Cherry stout, brewed with Michigan-grown sour cherries
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Bell's Expedition stout, always on the Beer Advocate Top 100 list
*
Bell's Porter, with flavors of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee

In addition to tasting, you'll enjoy a special discount on any 12 or more bottles of Bell's. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy,

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Peter Tosh: "Equal Rights" album is better than "Legalize it" album.

That's just like, my opinion, man.

Posted by: LWC | January 19, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Dorf,

Big Ben is young atheltic, is leader and Already has a ring. This year he gets a pass. Now he has something to prove next year or steeler fan starts to doubt.

Delhomme is sliding, but he is not to old yet, he gets next season and then carolina fan says its time for him to go.

My point with list is that if your a fan of a team with either the man or next level who's moving up, alomost regardless of what else your team is doing draft wise, free agency etc., you are totally fired every off season. Say your Bengal fan, your not on fire 5/10yr possibilities with Carson at the helm? But it evolves he may take them to a certain level and not get it done (mcnabb) then your outlook starts to change a little, to can or he will ever?

I have always had that attitude with Skins my heart always believes and always will, but my mind says ferrotte, schuler, ramsey, brunell no way.

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Long-time viewer, first-time poster. I'm not a Skins fan but you guys have a lot of fun "up here".

You all give the Skins FO a hard time, but if you want to talk about a LOOOONG wait for another trophy, how about this? (screen fades out, harp music plays, Diddy can write this link better than I).

First super Bowl shown live in the UK was XIX. I watched the pre-game show and decided I liked the cut of young Dan Marino's gib, so I was going to support the Dolphins. The rest is history (or not). Since then, the safety screw-up against San Diego in 1994 aside (d*mn Stan Humphries!) never even a sniff of another appearance. So, maybe I'm the reason for Miami's perpetual underperformance since then, but eitehr way I can;t stop supporting the Fins now, can I? That would make me a fair-weather fan. :)

Keep up the good work you guys, it's fun to read! By the way, I now live in NoVA and am married to one of a family of Skins fans! (more on that in another post about embarrassing moments).

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

But Nate, the QB controversy in Philly amongst the fans may drive me nuts.

Not sure why joe philly fan can't figure out that McNabb/Garcia is going to work infinitely better than Garcia/McNabb. Garcia's much more likely to accept a backup role than Donovan, and he's hopefully smart enough to realize that if he QBs anything other than a West Coast offense, he's no good.

However, as most of my Skins fans like to point out to me, most Philly fans aren't too bright

(sigh)

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

We can't be talking deep reggae roots and not mention "The Harder They Come." Fantastic movie, great picture of ruff tuff Jamaica from the early Seventies. And of course the great title song.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Jason - I actually think Laurie Berkner is kinda hot in those tight fitting duochrome tees. Sometimes when the lighting is just right.... Songs are kinda simple though but hey. BTW - I have a 1.5 yr old and a 3.5 yr old. Her videos show on the Disney channel.

Here are some good alternatives for your little one to listen to and Mom and Dad can dig the sounds as well: There is the mighty Dan Zanes. I'm sure you've heard of him but he used to be in the great 80's pop punk band the Del Fuegos. Bloodshot Records of Chicago (Jon Langford's label of the Mekons fame) have a release out called "The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides" that is pretty good punk-Americana stuff for kids. Then there is good old Putamayo for the World Beat angle for kids. And finally there is a great indie rock cd called, "See You On The Moon: Songs for kids of all ages," that has really cool indie rock songs with a touch of the electronic for the wee ones.

Hope this helps. BTW I really enjoy your writing on the Mighty B&G. I just wish the soap opera would end!!! Please God , It's me Todd, Let it end!!! ;-)

Posted by: Todd | January 19, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Please forgive me derailing discussion but I had to share a football-related embarrassing moment:

My first visit to my prospective wife's family was Thanksgiving 2003. There I am in rural VA, a Dolphins fan in a house full of Skins fans watching Miami vs. Washington on 11/23. Miami scores 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to win 24-23. You could have heard a pin drop for about an hour after the game was 'switched off' before the end!

Only thing that saved our relationship? 11/27 Miami 40 Dallas 21 - in Dallas! Thank God that game happened before we flew back to the UK!!

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Love the influx of new blood in the form of mad dog and Redcoat. Welcome, lads! I was a long-time/first-time a few months ago, and then this blog ate my life.

Old School, I sort of kept an eye out for Carson Palmer as the only one of the big three badly hurt QBs from '05 who didn't change teams, Culpepper and Brees being the others. Brees and Daunte were under the microscope -- we know now how that turned out for each of them -- but Palmer had a pretty darned good year on a team that took a collective step backwards.

I would be pretty excited about Palmer if I were a Bengals fan, but I think being a Bengals fan in general would suck so much that it wouldn't matter. (And dang, how Bengals fans must rue that Von Oelhoffen rolling thunder move. What a drag!)

EaglesFan, we merrily await a long offseason of bickering among your team about its QB choice! May that locker room be rent asunder! (Though I have a feeling Reid will work this out as he seems to work everything out, doggone it.)

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat, love the name, love the story...

Posted by: MV Dame | January 19, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the clarification Old School. I'm still not sold on Ben... I gotta respect the guy for coming back from a windshield face plant and appendix issues, but he was in a system much like the Ravens were where all they needed was a QB that wouldn't make mistakes... obviously, they could get it done on the ground and on defense... Takes some skill to do that and he showed maturity and reliability, but you're right... he does have something to prove now. Mark Brunell didn't throw many picks this year, but the system wasn't in place to support his inconistancy and lack of ability. Enter Jason Campbell.
Wow... too much Redskins talk for me. I have surpassed my quota.

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Ok somehow I've been reading this blog for a while yet never knew what TCCL stood for. Help a brutha out!

Posted by: Umm? | January 19, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

TCCLs=Tom Cruise Couch Leaps, signs of approval (or dementia). More is better.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I love how the we've shamed people into not submitting their names when they ask blog questions.

Tom Cruise Couch Leap

For some reason it just stuck... I'm actually a little surprised how little we saw of Tom this season. I guess we named it so in expectation of being hit over the head repeatedly with he and Danny making out while Katie Holmes watched. It was not the case, but were fond of the the TCCL so it stays.

Redcoat, welcome... no forgiveness needed, we hardly talk about the redskins here anyway, story us up chap. Question: are you british or just live in UK?

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the welcome, it's good to be here; h*ll it's good to be anywhere at my age! I rather like that name too. Every year I suggest to my wife that I dress as a redcoat for Halloween and parade up and down waving the Union flag in honour of my forefathers. For some reason she thinks this may not be a good idea in VA so close to hunting season, why would that be?

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

You know those hunting bumper stickers that go

"If its brown, shoot it down" or something like that?

Well one of my redneck students said it today and he was in a room full of "brown" students who thought he was trying to start something. Fridays are a lot of fun up here in the middle school.

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat, I am going to be perpetually confused that you are not a Skins fan but have a 'Red-' based codename for the blog. Okay, you are a British fellow who unfortunately decided to pull for the Miami American football franchise.

A question: what's your favourite English football club? Or other sporting team from that side of the Pond? As you have doubtless noted, we get some footie chatter in here periodically.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

And for all you Mark Brunell haters, here is an extract from my worst day as Dolphins fan AFC playoffs 2000, Jacksonville 62 Miami 7.

"... "I've never experienced a game like this in my life," said Marino, 38, who deflected questions about his retirement. "Even as a kid, I've never had a game like this."

Marino was 11-for-25 for 95 yards before Johnson pulled him early in the third quarter. More telling: By the time gimpy Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell was lifted with a 38-0 lead, Marino had thrown two interceptions, no completions and lost a fumble....."

Can you believe Mark Brunell ended Dan Marino's career! The cruel God of the NFL must really have been laughing that day.

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the confusion Nate, my moniker is just representative of my warped sense of humour.

Favourite football (soccer) team? I've been a Manchester United fan since birth; my dear-departed Dad was born within sight of Manchester City's ground but for some reason always supported United. So I and my brothers do too, it's in the blood. I did go an watch QPR for several years in my lost teen years of the 70s but always look for the Man U. result first.

Other than that Bath for Rugby (I used to live there) and England (NOT Britain) for most team sports. I must sadly admit that I played cricket for 20-some years as well, but no I am NOT available to try to explain the game. :)

Will chime in on music stuff sometime - if you like the Specials you MUST like The Selecter and the (British) Beat - but I feel like I'm monoloising the conversation.

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

EaglesFan, we merrily await a long offseason of bickering among your team about its QB choice!

Nate, from what I can tell, the bickering is much more amongst the fans than the team, so I'm not worried about Andy keeping the locker room together. I'm worried about a soccer style riot breaking out in the Linc between the McNabb and the Garcia supporters.

Provided no one was killed, imagine the joy that would bring to this blog

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey, here's a thought: If Redskins really IS unacceptable as a modern NFL team name, how about the Washington Redcoats!! That's gotta be worth some free tickets from Mr Snyder....

Posted by: Redcoats | January 19, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Provided no one was killed

Cyn City or Editor Diddy, in this phrase, is the correct tense was or is?

Since all my learning today appears to be confined to this blog, I might as well try to improve my grammar while I'm frittering away the working hours.

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Favourite

C'mon Redcoats, you're in America now. Write American damn it!

We kid because we care,

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I think "provided no one was" is incorrect because you're referring to something that could potentially happen in the future. I believe the proper tense is "provided no one is".

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Dorf missed your question. English (subtle but important difference to being British) and I did live there, now live here.

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Red is a good colour my friend

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The Blindside by Michael Lewis is a great book.

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

so being british and being english are different? please explain

I am but a humble ignant chap.

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Alright...what's the difference between British and English?

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the "official" welcome, Nate. You will know when Redcoat and I(or is it me?) collaborate as we will be obliged to sign off as Mad Dog and the Englishman.

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 19, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

BTW, the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Mad Dog,

If you collaborate with jm220, you must sign off as MadDog 20/20 (or md20/20 for short).

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

If you haven't read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird since middleschool, pick it up. Quality.

Posted by: Dorf | January 19, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

EaglesFan, you can't take many years in frozen, unheated classrooms being poked with a pointy stick to "spell correctly, what what?" out of me that fast. :)

But I'll give it a try. 'Favorite'

S'okay?

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I have to say, the most disturbing thing about the Mike Vick incident is that he was flying AirTran. Who flies AirTran? I didn't even know it was an airline until yesterday.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

PS Diddy, thanks for the grammar pointer. I second guessed it after I posted and you confirmed my suspicions

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat

No worries (more an aussie phrase, but it will have to do here) and hope you didn't take the spelling ribbing the wrong way. Besides, if you were to really write American, you would probably had had to say something ghastly mis-phrased like "most bestest loved" ;)

Let's raise a pint and bury the hatchet. Preferably in a Cowboy ;)

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

1 TCCL and a smack in the back of the damn head for FCC. With all these new e rate rules how in God's green earth is a brother going to be able to post on the blog? lol

Posted by: jm220 | January 19, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Why English and not British?

If you talk to people from Scotland, (Northern) Ireland or Wales, they will usually describe themselves as being Scottish, Irish, Welsh first and British second. For some self-effacing reason the English always describe themselves as British first and then get puzzled if you ask them to be more specific.

History lesson on: The UK is actually "the United kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland", Great Britain being the collective name for England, Scotland and Wales.
History lesson off.

I was born in England and I'm proud of that. I always support England in anything, UK not so much. As it was the English who conquered most of the planet a few hundred years ago (with the help of others they had previously conquered just like the Romans did) I think that England doesn't get enough credit for that. But then of course the last 60 years hasn't been so great for an Englishman.

And my tongue remains firmly in my cheek as I write this.

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Mockingbird is not only a truly stellar book (Harper Lee won the Pulitzer for it), but the movie is fantastic. Gregory Peck is one of my all-time favorite actors.

True Peck story: he is set to star in "Roman Holiday" with a brand new, practically fresh off the bus actress named Audrey Hepburn. Peck is a huge, huge, huge star, top billing, the whole deal. Roman Holiday was one of the rare on location shoots in the early days of Hollywood, so Peck shows up in Rome, rehearses with Hepburn for the first time, and immediately calls the producers.

Keep in mind that Peck is a HUGE star and Hepburn is a total nobody. He tells the producers that he can't get top billing, that the movie is Hepburn's and that she should be the star.

That incident really speaks to the decency and class that Gregory Peck exhibited every day of his life and career, and which shines through in the Atticus Finch role. Peck was a giant, a legend, and an actor that will truly be missed.

BTW, Hepburn's screen test for "Roman Holiday" is the stuff of legend. She's also one of my all-time favorite actresses. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is sooo awesome (apart from the truly horrid Chinese stereotype...I cringe everytime I see that portion of the movie).

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

To Kill a Mocking Bird - read it in one weekend in 9th grade - my all time favorite book.

English - England. British - England, Scotland, or Wales. I think.

Posted by: Mark | January 19, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

More importantly Diddy, who flies AirTran into/out of FL after their ValueJet misadventures in the FL everglades? That's just crazy.

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

EaglesFan, no harm no foul. You can rib me all you want. Bring it on, it's all good.

And Diddy, as a friend of mine once said
"ignorant? He doesn't know the meaning of the word!".

Live long and prolapse.

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

24 minutes to next pointless work meeting

If I hadn't carpooled to work, I'd have skipped out of here after lunch

Adam

PS jm220 - just in case I need to sidetrack a meeting to avoid another awful decision from being made, got a quick primer on e rate rules for me?

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Jason, I thought I was the only one who could sustain guitar rock love for both Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Warren DeMartini. I foresee a early 90s George Lynch namedrop sometime next week.

Posted by: 1buj | January 19, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

(A)moral dilemma of the week

Friend A is selling his car. Friend B is very interested in buying the car and is trying to entice friend A into selling it to him by (in addition to cash and other prizes) pimping out his (friend B's) sister.

Should friend A also hold out for livestock and if so, is the going rate 5 head of cattle and 2 live chickens?
If friend B is already pimping out his sister, is he also free to pimp out other family members?

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

For anyone with a youngin' looking for music for em check this one out: "Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Tool." Might as well get 'em started on listening to good, quality music from the get-go.

Posted by: "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan | January 19, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

EaglesFan: Had to go to the Web to get your vinous Mad Dog 20/20 reference but it was worth it. Clever( for an Eagles fan). Just kidding. Some of my good friends( from Penn) are rabid Eagles fans. (Aren't they all?)
Jm220: Mad Dog 20/20 also sounds like a WFAN reference.

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 19, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Take a good look at Jason's picture up above, his head-and-shoulders shot. Go on, take a look. Something is amiss. (I noticed this when the pic hung there waiting for the thread to refresh.) Either Jason's glasses are crooked or his entire head is lopsided. Whatever it is, it makes me want to holler, "Boo-yah!"

I kid because I love. I have that one-ear-slightly-higher-than-the-other syndrome and am constantly fretting about the evenness of my glasses. And here I am projecting this insecurity onto our beloved host.

Dang, yesterday I dragged the blog into a quagmire of naughty innuendoes, and today I am insulting J-La. For shame, for shame.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The rain in Spain falls mainly on zee plane, zee plane.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 19, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Victor Vito and Freddy Vasco... they like to eat fast, they never eat slow..." C'mon Jason, sing along!!!

Posted by: Mike D | January 19, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I liked that list of teams/QB categories. I think it's already been said but putting Ben Roethlisisethburgers on that top list is like putting Keenan Thompson on the list of 'best SNL characters ever'.

The more I see on it, the more worried I am about a potential betts/portis shabingus next season. My first order of business in my Madden franchise was to trade Betts for a draft pick. Its just good policy...

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | January 19, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think you're actually talking "subjunctive" which would make it "provided that no one were killed."

obscure.

Posted by: LWC | January 19, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Reporters usually have that "crooked glasses" look because interviewees throw the right cross in anger first.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I kid because I love. I have that one-ear-slightly-higher-than-the-other syndrome and am constantly fretting about the evenness of my glasses.

Holy hannah! Me too. That is weird, huh. Once you notice it, it's like you can't ever ignore it again. I am Lavar Walt Clark of the freakishly lopsided head.

Posted by: LWC | January 19, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

LWC, I was also going to submit "were" but felt like a dork.

Thanks for jumping on that particular grenade, brother.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else fling their boogers around their office while sitting at their desk doing work?

Posted by: Sam Snead | January 19, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

And I agree wholeheartedly with Diddy on both G. Peck and A. Hepburn. Also recommend, of course, My Fair Lady, since we're talking about the rain in Spain.

Posted by: LWC | January 19, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for jumping on that particular grenade, brother.

Don't worry about it. I caught you a delicious bass.

Posted by: LWC | January 19, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

LWC, it doesn't help that I have dark eyebrows, big'uns, that highlight any mispositioning of the glasses. Not quite in Peter Gallagher territory, but I'm working on it.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

What LWC said on the grammar thing....That is you, LaVar Walter Clark, right? Megakudos for being hip to the subjunctive.
So Diddy is doing a spa thing. How do you guys feel about that?

Posted by: Jason's editor | January 19, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Dorf,

Back to your point about Ben and Dilfer. Dilfer was already a retread having gone through his evolutionary cyle in tampa ie. promise (to early to tell) playoffs (Maybe and moving up)and crash (no way) he lands on a team with a once in a millinium D, stays out of the way for the most part, but he did make a few plays, nice pass to brandon stokley over jason seahorn for their first TD. Big Ben is very young. When they won it, he didn't throw much but he was accurate and made some plays when he did throw and made lots of plays with his feet.He will be asked to do more in the future, maybe he delivers.

In terms of championships the Dilfer story is very, very rare. Most superbowl champs have that Hall of Fame / border line Hall of Famer at the helm, either that or the guy who plays at a very high level for a short period of time Rypien/Warner/Johson come to mind.

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Tasty Toasty Subs: Every Quiznos Sub is made right in front of you with freshly sliced meats and fresh vegetables on our own white or wheat baguette-style bread. Then we oven-toast them until they're golden-brown so all the flavors burst through every toasty bite. Experience a better-tasting sub made just the way you want it. We offer several bread types; White, Wheat, and Rosemary Parmesan Bread.

Posted by: loco mullin | January 19, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija has decided to forego a pro football career for that of a baseball pitcher -- and he'll be well compensated for it.

Samardzija signed a five-year deal Friday to play baseball full-time, starting in the Chicago Cubs' minor league system.

ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs reports the deal is worth $8 million, guaranteed. A news conference was scheduled for Friday afternoon."

At least the Skins won't think about drafting him now.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Diddy getting a pedicure for nookie?
-2 cool points

Sorry Diddy, but under no circumstances should a man ever get a pedicure. Even if nookie is involved. A man's got to have his principles.

Adam

Posted by: EaglesFan | January 19, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Cyn, beloved editor, where y'at? Are you going to be around and posting during the games on Sunday?

Trying to plan my Sunday afternoon, triangulating between a teevee, access to the Internets, and beer service. Want to make sure some peeps will be up here a-posting.

Also, who from WashPo is covering each game? I forget, is J-La heading to Chi or Indy?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

one day i riding the bus to school and looking out the window. i saw a rabbit and a deer. then when i got to school i put my coat on the coat rack and sat at my seat. i did all my school work and after the final bell got on the bus to go home. on the way home riding the bus and looking out the window i saw some grass and the road. when i got home i ate a snack of milk and cookies. they were good. then i went outside and played tag with my friends. after playing tag i went inside and ate dinner. i had meatloaf. after dinner i had ice cream for desert. than i went to bed

Posted by: Anonymous | January 19, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The short bus, perhaps?

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Dude at the office says the Redskins told Colt Brennan they'd draft him with the 6th overall pick if he came out early. That must be why he did the quick u-turn and announced he's staying at Hawaii for his senior year!

Posted by: 4-12 | January 19, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Now son, don't make fun of people who are in the situation that you were in not all that long ago.

Posted by: Ricky's Mom | January 19, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

LMAO

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey all, I just saw Gene Upshaw on the street, I said "hello" and he smiled at me and replied "Hi - how are you doing?" Not much but it was kind of exciting - since I love football so much.

Posted by: Lisa | January 19, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Lisa,

You can say hello to Gene Upshaw but were too intimidated to say hello to Wilbon?

Weird.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"The Miami Dolphins have extended an offer to San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to be their next head coach, but there is no indication when or if Cameron will accept.

The Dolphins might opt for a coach with an offensive background because a sputtering offense is a major reason Miami failed to make the playoffs the past five seasons."

Obviously the Dolphins FO didn't watch the second half of the Chargers' playoff game last weekend.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Ricky,

Gene Upshaw was looking at me and smiling....Wilbon was not looking at me. However, it was a few years ago that I saw Wilbon...I would speak to him now.

Posted by: Lisa | January 19, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Even the Chargers' second half offense would be an improvement on Miami's offense this year!

Posted by: Redcoat | January 19, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"A veterinarian will be in court next week to face accusations he injected horses with vodka to calm their nerves before races at Fonner Park in Grand Island."

I wonder if P Diddy acts as a horse racing consultant in his spare time.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I understand completely, Lisa.

I saw Wilbon at Eddie Bauer in Tysons Corner Center a few years ago, but he seemed to be mesmerized by plaid shirts at the time.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey all, I just saw Gene Upshaw on the street, I said "hello" and he smiled at me and replied "Hi - how are you doing?" Not much but it was kind of exciting - since I love football so much.

Posted by: Lisa | January 19, 2007 03:23 PM


My favorite color is green

Posted by: What? | January 19, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if P Diddy acts as a horse racing consultant in his spare time."

Nah, everyone knows red zin goes best with horse flesh.

Posted by: skinswest | January 19, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the gym - awesome cardio workout - and I hate cardio. It flew by because ESPN was running the NFL films SB specials- Skins SB victories back to back to back - mercifully skipping the Raiders debacle. So after watching all those good times I'll give Gibbs a pass on last year - He's come out on top in the past - so maybe he'll figure it out now. Have faith people - really what choice do we have anyway.

Posted by: skinswest | January 19, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Lisa - Do you work by 13th & L? I think that's where the NFLPA office is. My grand father lives a Block away....

Posted by: 4th | January 19, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I do work at 13th & L but I saw Gene at 20th & L as I was leaving the gym. The NFLPA office is actually at 21st and L.

Posted by: Lisa | January 19, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"My favorite color is green"

Attn: loco mullin

It appears you have been outmaneuvered for today's "Non sequitur post of the day".

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I do work at 13th & L but I saw Gene at 20th & L as I was leaving the gym. The NFLPA office is actually at 21st and L.

Posted by: Lisa | January 19, 2007 04:11 PM


Isn't that near 14th and vermont.......nevermind

Posted by: Mr. Mackey | January 19, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Lisa,

Isn't the Wash Post building close to 13th & L? I don't go downtown much, and my memory is fuzzy anyway.

If so, you could just drop by and visit Wilbon.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This is why I am glad I am not in the public spotlight:

"Falcons QB Michael Vick's rap sheet

• Involved in an incident at Miami International Airport involving a water bottle that police said held a trace substance that smelled like marijuana.

• Photographed making an obscene gesture to fans as he left the field at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 26, Vick was called on to make a public apology and still drew a $20,000 fine from the NFL.

• Sued for $45 million by a sports agent for services not rendered.

• 2005 civil suit, since settled, over his alleged transference of the herpes virus to an unknowing sexual partner"

Posted by: 4th via the AJC | January 19, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't we be talking football here sometimes? Okay, here is my football entry of the day.

For this weekend's games, I am picking the Saints to crush the Bears, and the Patriots to squeak by the Colts. Saints are a team of destiny, while Manning again freaks out on the big stage.

That will give us a perfect Super Bowl - status quo versus destiny's kids.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

14th and Vermont is basically the other side of the block (almost)

WaPo is @ 15th & L (sits on 15th)

Posted by: 4th | January 19, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there a Quiznos near there?

Posted by: loco | January 19, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is on 15th Street at its intersection with L.

Posted by: LH | January 19, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Vick's agent isn't doing his job then.

Vick should be the spokesman for Valtrex if that other civil suit had merit.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

L, aren't you glad you posted.

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 19, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Another Vick incident:

He refused to return a Rolex (owner said it was fake) that a buddy took out of one of those bowls you put keys, etc. in to go through x-ray machine at the airport. The buddy gave it to Vick who was present when it was taken. It was caught on videotape.

Posted by: LH | January 19, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Vick Related, kind of:

Speaking of Valtrax, before I was married I use to be very uncomfortable with these commercials becuse they wouldn't come on until after llpm and only on shows like Blind Date and the such. I would sometimes watching tv with a female and then see these Valtrax commercial and be totally turned off. I wouldn't be riding on a bike with some girl with herpes......

Posted by: 4th | January 19, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Attn: Editor

The Insider web page needs a new ad. The demographics here seem to indicate that the space is wasted on a "Better than Botox" ad.

How about the Redskins Store? NFL Shop? Snyder's Online Emporium? Levitra? Valtrex?

Anything but "Better than Botox".

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the WashPo is at 15th & L - I work 2 blocks from there which is how I saw Wilbon.

Mr. Mackey, you seem to be really preoccupied with the Vermont Ave/14th Street Ladies.....

Posted by: Lisa | January 19, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

That Valtrex ad is awful.

M - I've got herpes.
F - And I don't.

Geez, Honey - find yourself another boyfriend.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

How does one despise Steely Dan? That's like hating on pizza (Chuck E. Cheese pizza notwithstanding). I can understand being sick of Do It Again, but Everyone's Gone to the Movies, Daddy Don't Live in That NYC No More, Your Gold Teeth? Great stuff.

No discussion of reggae is complete without mention of the incomparable Fela Kuti. Too bad one thing all great reggae artists have in common is deadness.

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Fela Kuti isn't reggae. His was Afrobeat.

Posted by: LH | January 19, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo - the web page finally changed!

Now I've got "Bodyshape by Hydroderm" - WTF!

I hope the web page person is paid by the "click" only.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Based on the recent posts, I would say an ad for Ritalin would be appropriate. Or maybe Garmin GPS.

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 19, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

13th and L is like a block from the paper. I was actually in there for a rare appearance today. Wish I knew you were chilling with Mean Gene.

Berkner back a few years,m when she was rocking the tight shirts, on the right day ... maybe. But not lately bro. Her new stuff on Jack's Big Music Shoe has me contemplating cuddling up with a revolver. That Victor Vito song could be used in Guantano Bay as a torture device.

High School BB on ESPN is tantamount to kiddie exploitation. Will they cross no line over there? Leave the kids alone.

If anyone knows where I can get a WWJSD t-shirt, you would be king. The guy is like my alltime music idol. Never forget where I was whne I heard he had dided. Was just about to buy tickets for the Joe Strummer and the Mescellaros tour that was coming up. There were rumors The Clash was going to reunite to play the Rock and Roll Induction as well.

That was a tough one ot get over.

As for Bill Polina, he may be a great arictetct of teams, but his press box behavior stinks.

Big J - The Special are legends. Love the selector too. If you are ska fan and do not own anything by Mephaskapheles, you must indulge. "God Bless Satan" is genius. Maybe my favorite ska album of all time, next to the Skatalites.

Pixies and Frank Black can do no wrong in my book. Frank is awesome live.
I had n idea a DVD was made of the renuion tour. Saw both shows at DAR Constitution Hall.
Both were killer but I think the first one was better.

Dora is golden in my house. For whatevr reason Chloe loves Joe from Blue's Clues much more than Steve.

One final thing. Someone mentione dThe Curious Grape on here. That store is like right near my house and it rocks.

I mentioned my Spatan rampage many mponths back - I vblamce the Curiosu Grape for that because they had a bunch of that stuff that I destroyed while covering the World Cup but had trouble finding int he States.

Alright, that's all I got.

Cheers.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | January 19, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Brady Quinn won't play in Senior Bowl. I guess he prefers to rest on his laurels. And if you've been to Laurel, you know what a questionable decision that is.

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Al Davis like pot smoking left handed QB's hmmm...

Posted by: Old School | January 19, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Having a handful of Ritalin and a Garmin GPS at the same time would be fun.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah Afrobeat. Still great. And Linton Kwesi Johnson, though he would be what, dub?

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Jla, Who typed that last post? Chloe?

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 19, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"vblamce the Curiosu"

would be a good name for a magician

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Michael Vick would be a prize acquisition for Matt Millen. All those receivers and a Dome, too.

No chance Davis passes on Jamarcus Russell.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

P Diddy, have you tried any local vineyards?? Breaux, Hillsboro vineyards, Naked Mountain?...........etc

Posted by: WVHillbilly Skinz | January 19, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"vblamce the Curiosu"

would be a good name for a magician
"

Sure - from Romania.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

WV - I think P Diddy lives in Seattle.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Ideas for RI t-shirts/sweatshirts.

Hardcore Insider

&

We got weird together.

(Sorry, I forgot who came up with that one.)

In burgundy and gold with little Skins logos on the sleeves.

Posted by: charlie | January 19, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

As a former Al Bundy (High School football player), I wouldn't mind having my game broadcast on ESPN2HD360. Exploit me. At least I get to be on TV, and that can open your chances for more schools to have interest you. It's give and take JLaC.....

Posted by: 4th | January 19, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

In burgundy and gold with little Skins logos on the sleeves.

Posted by: charlie | January 19, 2007 05:19 PM

Karl call the lawyers. Some cretin is trying to encroach upon our trademark. Also, call the sweatshop and get them to work on t-shirts, hats and hoodies that say "Hardcore Insider" & "We got weird together" in burgundy and gold with little Skins logos on the sleeves. Put 'em on our website and get Lisa (she loves us no matter what) to post a link on that vile Post web log.

Posted by: Mr. Snyder | January 19, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

You know I gotta add in a little controversary before the end of the day :-)

Posted by: 4th | January 19, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

There ain't a whole lot of interest in shots of the of the bench so you wouldn't have been seen much.

Posted by: 4th's HS Coach | January 19, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

WV - I think P Diddy lives in Seattle.

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 05:14 PM

Sorry about his luck!!...lol ;)

Posted by: WVHillbilly | January 19, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Actually, if you were going to print T-shirts, I'd print up a graphic of some sorts ...

Shabingas

|
|
\|/

Fan

Or something of the sort. Hey, we might as well make that word globally known?

Posted by: FlimFlam | January 19, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

My kids are past the kiddie music stage. Unfortunately they've graduated to High School Musical 24-7 - or so it seems. On the bright side - The Clash's Train in Vain and Police on My Back, The Stones, The Police, and John Hiatt are regular music requests on car rides.

Posted by: skinswest | January 19, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Coach - You got Alzheimer's or something? It was football coach. Not BBall......

Side note - (Al Bundy moment) I got a picture when I blasted Darnell Dockett (Arizona Cardinals) and knocked him back on his a** in a high school game.....

Posted by: 4th | January 19, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

diddy...
the terrain in Maine is stained with acid rain!!!

Posted by: deadskin | January 19, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

What the heck is a TCCL?

Posted by: Kish | January 19, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

J-La, your post is killing me. Bill Polina? That is pure gold, brother. The last three Frank Black shows (Olympia, Seattle, Portland) have been best ever. The man gets better and better and better, on disc and on stage.

My Redskins Insider tee shirt slogan suggestion is "This blog ate my life." Because it did.

The back of the shirt could say "No really, I am working." Or "Do Not Disturb." Or "Please don't fire me."

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

TCCL = Tom Cruise Couch Leaping. Search back through today's previous posts, and you will find explanations.

Posted by: Mark | January 19, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Ok...I have a crazy question....what if Calvin Johnson is available at the 6th pick? Would you all be happy/angry if the Skins selected him - knowing our defensive needs? He is a very talented TALL receiver. Just wondering...

I'm sure he will be taken much earlier - probably at #2 by Detroit since they keep drafting offense even though they do not need it.

Posted by: Lisa | January 19, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Nate and gang, I will be here around 2 p.m. EST Sunday and blogging my lil brains out. Jason will give us a fresh post.
He's staying home this weekend; he'll do SBXLI week in Miami.
In Chicago, it'll be Les Carpenter, with Sally Jenkins in New Orleans. In Indy, it'll be Mark Maske and Howard Bryant. Wilbon can't make it because of ABC duties.
Tony promises to come in, probably for the late game.

Posted by: Jason's editor | January 19, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"I've been blogging my guts out up here and all I got was this stinking t-shirt and an apology from Joe Gibbs!"

Posted by: MV Dame | January 19, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, I wonder if the remaining Lions fans are so numb at this point, so beyond being surprised by any of the horrendous (Bill Walton voice) moves by their franchise, that they wouldn't even flinch on hearing "With the second pick in the 2007 NFL draft, the Lions select Calvin Johnson..."

As opposed to the hue and cry which will arise in DC when we select an unheralded WR with the sixth overall pick... the horror!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Lisa,
I'm sure somebody is starting the Boycott bandwagon already...
the better rumor to start is that we're trading all our picks this year and next to trade up to #2 to take him...

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 19, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Cyn Cyty: What happens here, gets edited."

Posted by: MV Dame | January 19, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Ok...I have a crazy question....what if Calvin Johnson is available at the 6th pick? Would you all be happy/angry if the Skins selected him - knowing our defensive needs? He is a very talented TALL receiver. Just wondering..."

Can't argue with his size, and the scouts are raving about him - just seems like a lot of WR's that get drafted that high don't pan out - look at Detroit (1 for 3). Sounds like there's enough D-linemen that'll be available that they should go defense or trade down for picks.

Posted by: skinswest | January 19, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

If Wilbon has ever EVER set food in an Eddie Bauer, I will eat a football. He's a Saks man.

Posted by: Jason's editor | January 19, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I meant, set FOOT. Chloe is typing for me.

Posted by: Jason's editor | January 19, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The past few days have been strewn with excellent Freudian misspellings. Funny, funny, funny.

Damn, I love this blog.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how Diddy's pedicure went....I hope he went with a neutral polish. Reds can look garish.

Posted by: Jason's editor | January 19, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I love this blog, too. I have a semi-long post in the works about the social aspects of this blog. I think it is great to be able to connect with people all over the country (and outside the country) who are similarly obsessed with the skins.

Posted by: Nate | January 19, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

You guys should see the "pitch" the under-20s are playing on right now. It looks like they had a rodeo there last night. Or a Woodstock.

Okay Skins fans, do you want to see Parcells stay or go?

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Nate, the previous post was directed to you by me. Did not mean to post under your name. My apoligies.

Posted by: Mark | January 19, 2007 6:45 PM | Report abuse

>>> "Sorry about his luck!!...lol ;)"

You have no idea. The Seattle auditions for American Idol really are indicative of the physical appearance, education level, and talent of people in this "city".

I think Stephen Colbert said it best: "Seattle also gave us grunge music, which just shows you what happens when white musicans don't rip off black musicians."

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

>>> "Wonder how Diddy's pedicure went....I hope he went with a neutral polish. Reds can look garish."

Apparently, it's common (for whatever definition of "common" that you'd prefer) for men who get pedicures to get their nails polished. I passed on the opportunity.

I get regular massages and swear by them. But I simply don't get facials, pedicures, and manicures. Completely pointless. The whole day cost $332, which is the price of 1 1/2 bottles of Dom Perignon. Looks like I'll be drinking club soda for 1 1/2 days :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | January 19, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

In burgundy and gold with little Skins logos on the sleeves.

Posted by: charlie | January 19, 2007 05:19 PM

Karl call the lawyers. Some cretin is trying to encroach upon our trademark.

Posted by: Mr. Snyder | January 19, 2007 05:29 PM

Or not. ;-)

Posted by: charlie | January 19, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Our friend Liz Kelly has a pop songs' 'Worst Rhymes Ever' blog entry. Much fun!

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2007/01/friday_list_worstrhyming_lyric.html#comments

Run over and contribute!

Posted by: charlie | January 19, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The whole Parcells/TO saga makes for good theater so Parcells should stay. Unfortunately, he's a great coach so the Cowboys will likely be good as long as he's there.

Posted by: skinswest | January 19, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat, will you be blogging your guts out during Arsenal/Manure? Three points you can't have, sorry!

Adu looks terrible.

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Sooo.....tired....trying.....to.....keep.....up.....with......all......the.......entries.....in.....this......blog......Must......rest......Bye......

Posted by: charlie | January 19, 2007 7:05 PM | Report abuse

SMACK, Parcells staying or going is ok with me. They don't seem functional with him, and they won't be functional immediately in the wake of his leaving, so either way is good from my overly simplistic perspective.

Mark, no sweat on the post name, dude. I'm not nuts about etiquette up here and am a relative noob myself (this is my first ongoing blog/online communication participation). Was actually kind of excited thinking about another Nate joining the fray, anticipating the same kind of slapstick we get with, say, 4-12 and 4th.

Diddy, buddy, come on, you are so rough on the people of the Emerald City. I think you're due for a vacation. I would have hoped you'd be a little more relaxed after your massage.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

That sounds like a great day, Diddy. I get a massage every couple of weeks during the NFL season because I get what medical experts have dubbed "Redskins neck."

Posted by: Jason's editor | January 19, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"If Wilbon has ever EVER set FOOT in an Eddie Bauer, I will eat a football. He's a Saks man."

Okay, just ask him. It was around Christmas in either 2000 or 2001. See if he remembers.

Do you prefer mustard or ketchup with your football?

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I think when eating a football, it's finally time to break out that bottle of A-1.

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I definitely prefer a vinegar-based Carolina BBQ sauce when diving into a pigskin.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 19, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah there's nothing like hickory smoked when I put my foot in my mouth. Now I just need something for when I have my head up my...

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Anise?

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Nicely done!

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you!

(Sorry - I only curtsy after having my nails polished.)

Posted by: Ricky | January 19, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

14,066th straight day without a facial myself.

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"The whole day cost $332"

Is that what a little 'in flagrante delicto' costs these days?

Posted by: LH | January 19, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse


Just realized how crooked my goggles were in the picture. Too much St. Ides. I shouldna had a V-8.
The photographer was supposed to pick out the best one; scary proposition if that's the best I could do. Face for radio, what can I say.

The day Chloe request Police on My Back, or White Man in Hammersmith Palais, or Pressure Drop, man, I can only imagine what that would feel like. In due time, I suppose.

Watching the U-20s on TIVO right now after putting the baby to bed. That pitch is rough. Freddy missed a sitter. They'd better step it up.

Bill Polina - I kill me. Somebody cut me off. Supposed to be Bill Pollian, but I guanratee you he will be Bill Polina on this blog forevermore.

The t-shirts sound cool.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | January 19, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I wont cut you off, but I can cut you in half if you want.

Posted by: Vblamce the Curiosu | January 19, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Jason,
You give us all hope. Here, we all assumed that the job of writer presumes some tiny, passing familiarity with a computer keyboard. You show us that writing is mainly about volume; and extra characters, transpositions, and subject-verb disagreement (have you ever seen a viscous gang of subjects arguing with a verb? Not pretty...) simply enlivens the narrative, and allows the reader to truly focus on the material in a desperate attempt to make sense of the thing.

We kid because we love, but...
Your editor is a dear, sainted woman.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 19, 2007 10:52 PM | Report abuse

A viscous gang does sound unappetizing. Like old motor oil.

Posted by: SMACK | January 19, 2007 11:15 PM | Report abuse

the PM/west coast bloggers can post their guts out...

Old School, you're probably not awake but I agree with your last one but still think Steelers got to be put in the "we'll see" column. Thats where our friend Mr. Parity comes into play. Too Early to tell as far as my mind goes.

I'm in on the T-shirt. I've already kissed my self respect goodbye by being here, might as well advertise it.

Jason, you still got Stuart Scott beat in a staring contest. Don't worry about it, that guy is a house hold word now and he looks like that guy from Raiders of the Lost Ark that got his face melted off for looking into the ark. Take care and have a great weekend! Enjoy the SB, lucky!

Posted by: Dorf | January 20, 2007 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey Cload,

Did you see that you made the paper yesterday? Best of the blog.....

Posted by: Lisa | January 20, 2007 9:19 AM | Report abuse

>>> "Is that what a little 'in flagrante delicto' costs these days?"

Unlike you lucky people who live in a real city, I have to make do with the troglodytes that populate the Pacific Northwest. Quality requires an investment. In this case, it was a small price to pay.

You folks in DC are so lucky. You have GREAT restaurants (and Tom Sietsema to review them for you!), great museums, great theatres, 4 sports teams (some not so great, admittedly), and thousands of beautiful, single women who can hold their end of any conversation. Sadly, the weather and the jobs suck, so there it is.

Oh, and my feet are really soft.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 20, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

One more thing...I figured that given my questionable masculinity yesterday, I would drink my tequila with training wheels, and try out some girly drinks to boot. I gotta say, the "Blueberry Lemondrop" and "Grapefruit Cosmopolitan" weren't so bad.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 20, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Lisa,
Are you the monitor of all-source media? I wouldn't have caught that in a million years. Guess I'll have to clean up my act, knowing that these lunatic-fringe rants may end up in print.
Given that they could've just as easily taken a paragraph discussing WonderPets, I'll take it.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 20, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

btw, I hear that tomorrow's quote will be from loco mullin, although now that I think of it there's probably a copyright violation involved in printing any of his stuff.
Or free advertising for Quizno's...

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 20, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Great article on Scott Fujita in today's WashPo...

Go Saints!

Posted by: P Diddy | January 20, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Here's an interesting discussion item. If you're going to go with a new, young quarterback like Denver did, wouldn't it be smarter to start him with game one of the season rather than after the halfway point? Early in the year, while the kid fights through whatever headwinds rookies have, your defense is playing pretty darn good and most likely can carry the load while the kid earns his stripes. Towards the end of the year, when the defense has trouble due to injured players and the normal wear and tear, the offense has gelled enough to be able to pick up the defense. But starting a young QB late in the season when you're in the playoff hunt seems like a double whammy. Jitters plus a tired defense equals trouble. I think Dallas had the same trouble at the end. What do you folks think?

Posted by: Montana'Skins Fan | January 20, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Cload,

I read the WashPO sports section every day.....they select the "best of the blog" of each sport....and you were selected yesterday....no monitoring...

Posted by: Lisa | January 20, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

What was the quote?

Posted by: P Diddy | January 20, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

A couple of problems with starting a rook -- or anyone with no game experience -- that I can think of; but first a question: when was the last time a QB's first game experience was in game one of a team's season? I can't think of anyone -- and when you think about the choices that coaches have made (the Titans this September being the most glaring example -- who did they bring out of the furniture store to start in front of Vince Young? Kerry Collins? [You need to say it like Jim Mora would... Kerry Collins? Kerry Collins?]) the NFL coaching cabal clearly believes that holding a clipboard on the sidelines is valuable.
So -- first thing is that you really don't know what you have on the field at the beginning of a season; the preseason tells you a little bit, but mainly that 'the kid' is having trouble processing everything going on around him while the game is going at half speed. But beyond the QB, you still need to answer questions like 'can my LT seal the backside one-on-one?' 'can my receivers create separation?' 'do we have a running game?' 'is my defense any good at all?' Maybe after a couple of games, when you have an answer to some of these questions, you can think about QB.
Second, the Romo case is a good example of using the change-up QB as an element of surprise. Since opposing defenses didn't have a lot of film on him, it took them a couple of weeks to figure out how to attack him; and that was for a guy with four years of experience. But that element of surprise worked for at least a couple of wins, and that was enough to get Dallas into the playoffs.
Once the season starts, the coach is asking just one question -- which guy gives me the best chance to win today (and keep my job).

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 20, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

P -- it was an abridged version of this:
I'll agree with you on the Ravens, but if the Charger's punt returner doesn't muff a punt, then try to pick it up instead of drop on it; or, the CB knocks the ball down on the 4th down play, then Marty is a genius for pasting the Pats -- with a win by 14 or so.
Marty's not blameless -- the challenge was idiotic -- but it was much more about his players succumbing to the added pressure of the playoffs than bad coaching decisions. If SD had struggled a bit more in the regular season, maybe they would've at least tasted the added pressure before last Sunday...

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 18, 2007 09:38 AM

the final result was something like this:
If the Charger's punt returner doesn't muff a punt, then try to pick it up instead of drop on it; or, the CB knocks the ball down on the 4th down play, then Marty [Schottenheimer] is a genius ... it was much more about his players succumbing to the added pressure of the playoffs than bad coaching decisions.

Mostly scary in that it might encourage the wrong kind of element to hijack the blog here and break out into a discussion of football.

Posted by: cload and daggar | January 20, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I vote to suspend all talk of football until DC gets a professional football franchise.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 20, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout them Wizards!

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 20, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Nate,
Watching your boys Pompey here. Lauren, Kanu, Sol Campbell, Andy Cole? Come on man, 1996 called...I'm surprised your team is not sponsored by the NHS instead of OKI.

Can't knock sixth place though I guess.

Posted by: SMACK | January 20, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, Mad Dog- how about them Wizards?!!!! Exciting to watch....

Posted by: Lisa | January 20, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

L, is Etan Thomas back? My son tells me Steve Blake is tearing it up out in Denver.

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 20, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Gene Weingarten's column is about his experience at the Skins/Giants game. Pretty funny. Too bad Gene isn't a Hall of Fame voter.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/16/AR2007011601060.html

Posted by: SMACK | January 20, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I think I saw his twin( separated at birth no doubt) at the Meadowlands this past October.

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 20, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Mad Dog,

Yes, Etan is back....and hopefully Songaila will be able to FINALLY play after the All Star Break.

Posted by: Lisa | January 20, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

That would be great. With some inside help and some depth this team could be scary, at least in the East. Not a big fan of Hayes. Don't want them to re-sign him.

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 20, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The "white rapper show" is a beast!!! My wife and I love that show. White kids dropping the "n-word"??? The show is hilarious as they trekked through the Bronx rapping for the locals.

Posted by: sicwidit | January 20, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Weingarten's column is fantastic, but he uses way too many similes and obscure metaphors. Maybe he's auditioning for Monday Night Football.

Posted by: P Diddy | January 20, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Did he use any similes? What was obscure?

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL...Denmark.

Posted by: SMACK | January 20, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow I picked a bad day to go to work thinking I would be pleasantly distracted by the comedic musings of the blog. I guess everyone blogged their guts out over the last couple of days. Or maybe they started charging us for posting. Whatever. I'm off to dinner with a client in the City in a half an hour. Some serious wine drinking will occur.

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 20, 2007 7:00 PM | Report abuse

For a diehard football fan, a Saturday in January without an NFL playoff game is:

- like being an offensive line with no one to block for;

- like being a quarterback with no one to throw to;

- like being a defensive line that can't get to the quarterback;

- like being a defensive secondary that can't cover;

- like being a kicker facing a 35 mph headwind;

- like being a first-round draft choice getting nothing but splinters;

- like being a coach fielding a team with little talent and questionable motivation;

- like being a general manager without any draft picks;

- like like being a Raiders'or Lions' fan in November;

- like being a Redskins fan and hearing that Redskins One is in the air on March 1, or;

- like being a hockey reporter assigned to cover a not-so-good football team.


(This lame exercise in similes was brought to you today by the words "like" and "as", and by the number "XLI".)

(No metaphors were harmed in the creation of this post.)

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | January 20, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Yup, it's $35 now, if you want to park a message up here. Little Danny's evil laugh echoes around his toll kiosk overlooking the Potomac.

Posted by: SMACK | January 20, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Is that "toll" or "troll"?

Posted by: Mad Dog | January 20, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Nate was I ere I saw Etan

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 20, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

SMACK, I rep Portsmouth up here and of course they honk out to relegation-bound Charlton, at Fratton Park no less. Bah!

Pompey's lineup of yesterday's all-stars reminds one of the 2000 Redskins, doesn't it? Mark Carrier, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 20, 2007 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I started putting together a Redcoats Insider blog tee shirt store at cafepress.com. It's not up yet, but hope to get it all set tonight with a few shirts, using some of the suggestions above. I'm just doing the 'free' store option, which has limited selections, but I'll do my best to set up some (reasonably) cool shirts. Shirts that will stand up to a lot of hearty blogging.

Hopefully I'll be ready to post on the new thread tomorrow, announcing the grand opening of the store. Stay tuned, sports fans...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | January 20, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

What did I tell yall?!! Russ Grimm was not named the next coach of the Steelers which means that the door is wide open for him to come to Washington as the new Offensive Associate/Personnel Line and Coorinating Assistant. I am soooooo psyched!!

Posted by: Macaca Johnson | January 20, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

from the mouth of Roger Goodell, coming soon to your nightmares. . .

"uhhh, with the 6th pick in the 2007 NFL draft, the Washington Redskins have traded that pick to the Oakland Raiders for 6 future 4th-round-or-later-linebackers and/or running backs from The Citadel along with the rights to Mark Van Eagan, who retired some time ago.

"With this 6th pick now, The Raiders select offensinve lineman Gene Upshaw, who hasn't played in years, can currently barely walk without pain, and who makes the owners very happy for running a union so poorly."

Thank you - I'll playing at Holiday Inns for some time to come. Next show - the big city lights of Culpepper, VA!

Posted by: Shotgun | January 21, 2007 12:55 AM | Report abuse

i read this insider thing occassionaly and have always wondered WTF does TCCL stand for. Help me out J La C.

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