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Back In The Saddle Again

Hope all of you guys are doing well. Good to be back amongst the bloggy faithful.

Chloe's second birthday is today, but it seems we've been celebrating it for a month now. We had an awesome weekend, with lots of family staying at the house. It was a blast. I checked in on the blog and stayed on top of the Skins, but it was a slow week, so I didn't post as much as normal. I don't anticipate a ton of activity on the football front this week, either - the calm before the storm - but will be more of a presence on the blog this week.

Wanted to take your collective temperature on a few recent events.

First of all, I will be the first to admit I didn't waste much time watching the Pro Bowl, but I did see the ending and, thanks to You Tube,. I have now see The Grim Reaper's big hit from every angle possible. Not sure what to make of it. As always, I love his passion and aggressiveness, but, I also find it hard not to think a lot of energy remains misguided. He definitely added to his mounting reputation among officials and those at the league office, and, I don't know, I'd just rather see him blow up say Steven Jackson in a game that mattered rather than some unsuspecting punter in an exhibition game.

Secondly, kudos to the Skins for not raising ticket prices. But come on, how could they raise them coming off that debacle? It's no surprise that the two times The Snyder hiked tix was coming off of playoff appearances. And that's really the only time you can do so without taking a massive PR hit. Last year he raised prices 17 percent - most in the NFL - so it's not like he's not getting them in where he can. Of course, given the state of the franchise I'll let you insert your own joke here as to when The Snyder will be able to crank up the general admission prices again.

Randoms: Mike Barrow, who gained a cult following among the local reporters during his one season here for his unique stretching methods - he missed all of 2004 with a knee injury and never played for the Skins - is going to be the LB coach at Miami, according to reports. Good for him. He was definitely a student of the game, and was expected to be a vital cog in Gibbs 2.0. Instead, his injury opened the door for Antonio Pierce, and Pierce's departure opened the door for. Well,. you know the rest ...

Speaking of former Skins LBs. I hope someone takes a chance on LaVar, but he and the Postons have to realize at this point that the paydays are a thing of the past. He's looking at a short-term deal with a minimal bonus and base salary given the scope of his injuries the last three years. He seemed to be finally turning the corner with the G-men when he got hurt, but I would have been shocked had they not cut him given the nature of his contract. He'll have to rely on incentives in the future to pad his contract. Maybe the Steelers - his hometown team - get him on the cheap. Might be a good fit, and throwing him into a 3-4 might best suit him at this point as well ...Judging from everything I've heard this offseason, keep an eye on London Fletcher and Nate Clements come March 2. I hear they are at the top of the free-agent wish list.

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 12, 2007; 9:17 PM ET
 
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