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Haynesworth Could Have Been a Buccaneer

During a conference call with reporters who cover the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said the Buccaneers offered him more money than the Redskins in free agency.

As we all know, the Redskins lured Haynesworth to Washington by making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history with a seven-year contract that could be worth as much as $115 million and guaranteed him $41 million. At the time of his signing, no player had ever been guaranteed more money.

Anyway, I had heard the whole thing several months ago about Tampa Bay supposedly having offered Haynesworth more money. Two sources at the time told me this situation wasn't so clear-cut, and they offered to walk me through what happened whenever I had the time to listen.

Well, stuff happened back then and I never got back to them. With Haynesworth's comments this week, I figured this was a good time to finally get it all explained to me.


Tampa Bay, I was told, did offer Haynesworth a bigger total package, but guaranteed him less than the $41 million he is scheduled to receive from the Redskins. Haynesworth would have received a larger payout in the first four years of the Buccaneers' package, sources said. But the Redskins' deal, overall, was structured more to Haynesworth's liking, so he signed with Washington. So that's that.

As for Haynesworth's performance to this point, the guy definitely is a monster on the field. There aren't many interior linemen who can take on a double team and stuff a power back for no gain on fourth down near the goal line as Haynesworth did to the New York's Brandon Jacobs in the opener. Anyone who thinks this guy is a free-agent bust just doesn't get it. He's a big-play guy on a defense that didn't make many last season.

Of course, big-play guys often take chances in pursuit of the ball, and Haynesworth doesn't always maintain his gap responsibility. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache's disciplined system is predicated on everyone performing their assignment. Haynesworth definitely freelances at times, so there figure to be some issues moving forward on that front.

The Redskins always keep it interesting.

By Jason Reid  |  October 2, 2009; 5:32 PM ET
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Comments

Coulda woulda shoulda! He's ours now, and I'm glad for it. One good move by the FO.

Posted by: chasgiffen | October 2, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Who give's a S$%*, he's a Redskin and needs to start playin like he's gettin paid for!!! Worthless garbage of a news blip!!!!!

Posted by: blackhills1 | October 2, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Syill at work at 530 on a friday.

Well done Mr. Reid

Posted by: CheyenneWY | October 2, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is better than any lineman we had...unfortunately when we lose, every personnel decision was the wrong decision.

Posted by: rickyroge | October 2, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

...blah, blah, blah...

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 2, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

From PFT:

"There seems to be a theory that the Washington roster is one of the league's most talented, but few outside of Redskins headquarters would agree with that sentiment."

While Florio is frequently an idiot, I actually think that the Monday columns in WaPo and Times emphasized this point well, especially the Dan Daly one. This team believes / expects that they are great and are bewildered when they are not. Instead of this, they need to believe that they are underdogs, call them out, tell them that only with incredible passion and effort will they win. Otherwise they will continue to lose.

Of course this week all they need to do is just show up. But when they play a real team, they need to feel the anger and hunger or they will get what they got against the Rams and Lions.

Posted by: zornskins2 | October 2, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

It is so funny to me how much heat big Al is getting. Especially by people that never played the game. The man has two or three people on him every play. How many of can take on two people and play every down? People just like to be negative to be negative.

Posted by: jm220 | October 2, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I think Mr. Haynie has been good to great so far. HE certainly isn't the problem with this defense.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 2, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm really glad AH is a Redskin, and I think he's generally lived up to his billing, but I've wondering from the beginning how, exactly, he's going to fit in Blache's system. It seemed to me that if Haynesworth acts like Haynesworth, a good bit of Blache's system collapses on the plays where he pursues the ball (which is good) instead of maintaining his gap. Don't get me wrong - we have a true beast here and we should let him act like it - but I'm just not sure if Blache's system is really "creative" enough (if that is the correct word) to fully utilize him. It seems like Blache's system is kind of like my old high school team's defense, which was simple front 4 play, man-on-man, gap responsibilities, without elaborate blitzes and really athletic lineman moving all around. If the Skins have a guy like AH who's always going to be pursuing it, it seems to me that it's not reasonable for coaches to expect that discipline will be maintained and his gap to always be filled. Maybe the front 7's scheme needs to be adjusted more to fit AH's talents. I tend to think that Gregg Williams would have utilized him better than Blache. I'm no coach or expert, and of course only see the games on TV, so maybe I'm way off base here...thoughts?

Posted by: skinsfan713 | October 2, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Your right Jason, AH is not a bust at all. Skins nation need to give him some time..just like JZ, JC, CP, SM, CC, MK, and defense. This whole town is in a up roar over our bad start, but last yr everybody was praises JZ for our fast start. Nation Capital give your FB team a chance for you kick them to the curb. No game on SUNDAY is a guaratee victory...ANY GIVEN SUNDAY! If the skins lose this Sunday I'm still behind them 100...

Only thing the skins need to do is tell VINNY to hit the run...

I CAN'T STAND A YES MAN AND THAT'S WHAT VINNY IS...YES SNYDER..RIGHT AWAY SNYDER...

Posted by: taylormade218 | October 2, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Blache needs to play a little more open so the team might actually be able to sack a QB. AH is playing fine let him do what he's doing.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"Haynesworth Could Have Been a Buccaneer"--WaPO

Wow, good thing he's not, or the 'skins might have a losing record.

Posted by: TheCork | October 2, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

It is so funny to me how much heat big Al is getting. Especially by people that never played the game. The man has two or three people on him every play. How many of can take on two people and play every down? People just like to be negative to be negative.

Posted by: jm220

You know when he didn't have two or three people on him? At the beginning of Detroit's SECOND series. He was being rested on the bench. Exhausted? Already? In a dome?

He isn't blocked when he's one sideliens, unfortunately, his conditioning assures that's where he is, far too often.

When he's IN the game, he does just fine.

Posted by: TheCork | October 2, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I know I am late on this, but this George Michaels interview on the Wise show is insanely entertaining.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 2, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

TheCork I like to see you go up against two to three guys every play and see how long you last. Like I said people don't even understand the game

Posted by: jm220 | October 2, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

He wanted the more guaranteed money because once that money hits his bank account, the slacking begins. Pain in the buttocks, literally and figuratively.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | October 2, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

To me, the key issues on this D are:

> "Create Pressure, Aggression & Confusion for the Offense" is far better D strategy (see Grilliams and LeBeau) than "Bend Don't Break"
> Need to build strategy/scheme around players strengths/weaknesses rather than make players fit the scheme... for instance, how Rak and LL are used
> Corner play thus far is weak

Haynesworth has done just fine, he's not an issue.

Posted by: chasgiffen | October 2, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

TheCork I like to see you go up against two to three guys every play and see how long you last.

Posted by: jm220 | October 2, 2009 7:14 PM

Hey, Cork goes up against two or three guys every time he posts up here. That might be why he spends so much time on the sidelines.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 2, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

TE it is just crazy to me to hear people talk about him being on the side line all the time. You damn right he is going to be tired from fight off two to three people on every play. Hell you got linemen going one on one and get tired. People really need to just shut the hell up and deal with their issue and stop hating on the guy.

Posted by: jm220 | October 2, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

jm220,

Didn't you know that all DT play every play of the game, they don't ever get tired. AH is the only DT in the league who doesn't play the hole game. Am I laying on thick enough for you.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The Skins are DEAD LAST in the NFL in third-down-conversion defense.

None worse.

This, after playing the Lions and the Rams.

32 out of 32 stopping third-down-conversions.

#17 in yards allowed.

Not Hayneworth's fault, but Blache is damn right to dive under the bus.

What happened to our #4 ranked defense from last year?

Posted by: Alan4 | October 2, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

...AH is the only DT in the league who doesn't play the hole game....

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2009 7:49 PM

AH (and maybe Fletcher) are the ONLY Skin's defenders not playing the "hole" game. And I congratulate them for it, cause the rest of the d is getting bent over!

Posted by: Alan4 | October 2, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

where can I find stats on teams' blitzing?

Posted by: chasgiffen | October 2, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 2, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

where can I find stats on teams' blitzing?

Posted by: chasgiffen | October 2, 2009 8:21 PM |

We don't do it very often probably bottom 3 in the league, plus even when we do it it's not up very well.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

AH probably should be a DE in Blache's system. Allowing for more 'freelancing'. I am convinced this did not happen because of Orapko and Snyder's insistence that he play tackle.

And please no naive posters claiming that Snyder doesn't do this?

Read Wise's interview with Michaels and the Bog synopsis. Recall the Jeff George debacle. Yes he most certainly does ... when you have to struggle with your owner to do what's right, to put players who belong in the lineup in the lineup, to put them in a position to succeed ... that's Gibbs 2.0 and that's why the lose and will continue to lose ad infinitum.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Not Hayneworth's fault, but Blache is damn right to dive under the bus.

What happened to our #4 ranked defense from last year?

Daniel M. Snyder happened to it. Yep, the child that adults like Blache have to cover for.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

What happened to our #4 ranked defense from last year? Posted by: Alan4

How long a list would you like?

1. Crummy tackling. Looks like the Skins are playing the "Matador" defense. Ole? Oy vey.
2. Poor angles by the Dbacks. You can't get where you're going if you go the wrong way.
3. Players in wrong positions making poor decisions. Why don't the Skins admit that LL is NOT a free safety and ain't ever gonna be a free safety?
Why did they draft a legitimate pass rushing DE and then try to turn him into a linebacker? WTF? There aren't any LB's available?
I know I harp on this all the time, but whose decision was this?

Is this your handiwork Stumped? Nate? You guys have anything to do with this decision? Huh?

Posted by: RedskinWillie | October 2, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

where can I find stats on teams' blitzing?
Posted by: chasgiffen | October 2, 2009

We're not supposed to have to blitz remember? Should be able to do just fine with our 'beasts'? Orapko, Haynesworth? Silly fans ...

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Ah, cmon guys, you know most starters dont play the whole game, they need to take a breather from time to time. As an example, Ryan O'Halloran from the Times gave us the playing time from each player on defense:

DEFENSE (79 plays)

DL: Kedric Golston 52, Lorenzo Alexander 14, Jeremy Jarmon 16, Albert Haynesworth 36, Phillip Daniels 42, Cornelius Griffin 60, Andre Carter 73.

LB: Rocky McIntosh 68, H.B. Blades 13, London Fletcher 68, Chris Wilson 15, Brian Orakpo 68.

DB: Carlos Rogers 63, DeAngelo Hall 79, Fred Smoot 35, LaRon Landry 79, Reed Doughty 30, Chris Horton 49, Justin Tryon 7.

So as you can see, the ONLY two starters that played the whole 79 plays on defense were Hall and Landry, so dont think for a moment that they all play the whole game, theres always injury subs, goal line subs et al

Posted by: arbano1 | October 2, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

@BinM,

Willingham is hitting .160 against Lowe. Morse is hitting .330 with a homer. Forgot about Guzman. But he does seem to hit against this guy.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

on offense on the other hand, it catches the eye that Malcolm Kelly played most of the offensive snaps and didnt produced.

OFFENSE (59 plays)

RB: Clinton Portis 32, Rock Cartwright 8, Mike Sellers 21, Ladell Betts 9.

WR: Devin Thomas 11, Malcolm Kelly 51, Antwaan Randle El 32, Santana Moss 53.

TE: Chris Cooley 56, Fred Davis 5, Todd Yoder 1.


51 of 59 plays and not much production. (sniff sniff, i smell bust in the making)

Posted by: arbano1 | October 2, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Daniel M. Snyder happened to it. Yep, the child that adults like Blache have to cover for.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 8:30 PM

Snyder is a problem, but I'm hard pressed to blame him for the decline of the defense since last year.

He committed huge resources to signing top of the line defensive players (AH, O'rakpo, DH).

I think RedskinWillie is onto something with item #3 in his post, "players in wrong positions making poor decisions." Why does this team keep trying to convert Grade A players into unfamiliar positions? Why not get an average guy who knows his position inside out, and let the stars be stars at the position they're a proven playmaker in?

Posted by: Alan4 | October 2, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Am told that Bill Cosby is considering a lawsuit against Fat Albert for infringement on his trademark. Just consider all that Bill did to establish Fat Albert as a kind, helpful and gentle soul -- and now we get to see what a lazy, out of shape, and flawed character (bum) that he really is.

Posted by: Vic1 | October 2, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

listening to sirius fantasy football and the guys said to start the skins D cuz blatch is gonna bring the heat this game.

Posted by: hcic55 | October 2, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is a problem, but I'm hard pressed to blame him for the decline of the defense since last year.

He committed huge resources to signing top of the line defensive players (AH, O'rakpo, DH).

Orapko, Haynesworth, Hall, Jarmon

Replacing: Washington, Springs, and any high draft pick or top FA offensive lineman in particular tackles / tackles / tackles. Salary cap implications are clear here. Clearly Washington and Springs made a huge difference in that defense. They were team players and players who thrived in Blache's system. Plus no tackle to replace Jansen.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Replacing: Washington, Springs, and any high draft pick or top FA offensive lineman in particular tackles / tackles / tackles. Salary cap implications are clear here. Clearly Washington and Springs made a huge difference in that defense. They were team players and players who thrived in Blache's system. Plus no tackle to replace Jansen.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 9:02 PM |

They were great in the 4 or 5 games they played a year.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

What we have failed to understand is there is no way to live up to FORTY ONE MILLION guaranteed. It is impossible... He is a great player but you blow a hole in your team's salary structure and you are not able to really shore up weak areas of your team. (O-Line, LB's, D-Line) How many players can you bring in for FORTY ONE MILLION? Mike Sellers made the freakin league minimum last year. Football is the only sport where your best players make the least money.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | October 2, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

So, basically the Redskins offered him more money that was guaranteed - that he could put in his pocket regardless of how he performed - and that is what appealed to him. This guy is a lazy fat man ready to take the easy money. He's fat, out of shape and should never have been given the guaranteed money we are talking about. Tennessee knew his work efforts and his off the field problems and they elected to walk the other way. Chalk this up to signing the "media favorite", the guy who would sell t-shirts, and not the right choice for the Redskins to win.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 2, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

wow, you all are so dumb

Posted by: BMACattack | October 2, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

They were great in the 4 or 5 games they played a year.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2009

Springs played in 9 games and started 7 covering opponents' best receivers. No has yet stepped up to replace him now have they??? So far he has played in 3 games and started 2. Washington was ostensibly replaced by Orapko and Wilson. Bitterly resented by fans who think he should be at DE. Even at linebacker he has had significant issues trying to stop the run!!? How in Hades would he fair better playing at DE every down escapes me for some reason. The other "Beast" Jarmon has yet to play?

They needed OL. That was the analysis by all the coaches including the defensive guys. And everyone outside said as much. Not DL. Haynesworth was plenty and more than enough. All the King's 'beasts'seem unable to generate a pass rush without blitzing? Where are they? And the pass coverage has suffered ... they don't have anyone capable of providing shutdown corner coverage the way Springs did?

And again where is the OL? Where? Your hero Portis needed OL to be effective this year? Where are they? How many were drafted? How many signed? BMW? Sheesh? This is all on Snyder the silly stupid fan.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually the skins have the oldest team in the NFL in terms of age per player. This will take about 5 yrs to fix, but that will never happen….Skins will always have a few key players to keep them in games with the current management. But, will NEVER win a SB with Snyder and his best “yes sir” friend. Snyder is good at his job, making good profits, but overlooks football knowledge. It’s his way or the highway and being in the black on financial reports will always rule is decisions. If I am wrong, than why have not things changed and see the same beat-up players on the skins without quality backups? They buy high profile players because the organization lacks the skills to produce young players from the draft and profits from it…If I am wrong…please tell me how????

RB

Posted by: rb_rivers | October 2, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

And again where is the OL? Where? Your hero Portis needed OL to be effective this year? Where are they? How many were drafted? How many signed? BMW? Sheesh? This is all on Snyder the silly stupid fan.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 9:35 PM |

I hate Portis don't ever call him my hero.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about the Redskins is by Friday I have renewed hope all over again. Heartbroken through Thursday, Hope by Friday, elated on Saturday and heart broken again on Sunday.

HTTR!!!!

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | October 2, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about the Redskins is by Friday I have renewed hope all over again. Heartbroken through Thursday, Hope by Friday, elated on Saturday and heart broken again on Sunday.

HTTR!!!!

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | October 2, 2009 9:41 PM

I don't know if that's such a great thing but I hear what you're saying. To me it's been feeling like a curse for a while. I guess that's what die hard is all about.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 2, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

where can I find stats on teams' blitzing?

Posted by: chasgiffen | October 2, 2009 8:21 PM |

We don't do it very often probably bottom 3 in the league, plus even when we do it it's not up very well.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

whaaaa?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 2, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a major over simplification of the skins' defensive problems!

Also, Haynesworth may have been a big-play guy for the titans, but he definitely has not been one through the first 3 games of the current season.

Not sure how you can say he is worth his contract after 3 mediocore performances??

Posted by: ovyscaps | October 2, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about the Redskins is by Friday I have renewed hope all over again.

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | October 2, 2009 9:41 PM

Great thing? That would be if you had hope when the game ended on Sunday. Hard to remember the last time I had that feeling.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 2, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

There once was a man, an ex-Titan,

For his contract, the GMs were fightin'.

He wound up in D.C., and if you ask me,

For the money, he's not too excitin'.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 2, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

There once was a team owned by Cooke.

It got sold to a guy who's a Crook.

His name was Dan Snyder,

And his wallet was wider,

But now Redskin fans can't bear to look.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 2, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

There once was a guy from Nantucket,

(you probably know that one already)

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 2, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

To Bad.....Haynesworth Could Have Been a Buccaneer

/fixed

Posted by: The_Spear | October 2, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

the word from practice..
Blache is pis-sed....
Its going to be a Defensive jailbreak..all out freak out..resulting in a blowout against an inexperienced Tampa QB... bet skins to beat the spread..

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | October 2, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

So, they break out against Tampa Bay? Now what that does prove exactly? Now, if its against an eastern division opponent ... well then that is a horse of a different color (as the wizard of oz might say).

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

So, they break out against Tampa Bay? Now what that does prove exactly? Now, if its against an eastern division opponent ... well then that is a horse of a different color (as the wizard of oz might say).

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

It may not prove much to beat Tampa, but you have to play the games that are scheduled. If they win big and people dog them because they weren't playing the Giants, that's f*@ked up.

Beat the Bucs, beat the Panthers, beat the Chiefs. Give us a meaningful MNF game against the Eagles.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | October 2, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

So Rio beat out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to host the Olympics?

Kind of makes you wonder how much bribe money got slid under the table to make that scenario play out. Wow.

Posted by: edvar | October 2, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if TB would take Big Al in a trade now. Maybe they'd take Al and Cooley, another dead wood, for a #2 pick. Or 3rd and 4th rounders.

Posted by: josettes | October 2, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Cerrato responds to critics by flashing his rings
Posted by Mike Florio on October 2, 2009 11:35 PM ET
In a Thursday column, Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post placed blame for the Redskins' struggles at the feet of the men who head the organization -- owner Daniel Snyder and his right-hand man, executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato.

In a rant directed primarily at Snyder, Jenkins calls Cerrato "a proven failure."

According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog (a product of the Post), Cerrato responded during Thursday night's episode of Redskins Nation.

"I'm gonna send all my Super Bowl rings and national championship rings and conference championship stuff and I'm gonna e-mail it," Cerrato said. "You know, I'm gonna send her pictures of all those, you know, because she probably doesn't know what they look like."

(Lighten up, Vinny. I mean, it's not like she called you a dork or something.)

Here's our take -- as if anyone cares. Cerrato has received scant criticism for the fate of the team, and the reasons aren't all that clear. In our view, Cerrato has gotten a pass because everyone realizes that Snyder will give him one. So Redskins fans have resigned themselves to the fact that Cerrato will always be around, like stretch marks.

It was Snyder, after all, who brought Cerrato back after Marty Schottenheimer had used his one season of full control over the roster to fire Cerrato.

That said, we don't think that Cerrato is a "proven failure." In our view, he's a success. In an industry with harshly cruel accountability and constant turnover, Cerrato has finagled what is by all appearances a job that will last until he retires -- or until Snyder sells the team.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 3, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else see the video of Cooley admitting to missed blocking assignments. I've been saying for the longest that the skins should have been trying to lure another team into a trade right after his pro bowl appearance. Now that you Cooley lovers are awake, our center has missed numerous blocks as well but is in no way marketable.

Posted by: jenksredskins | October 3, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

btw, that video was on redskins.com

Posted by: jenksredskins | October 3, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Vinsanity is neglecting to upgrade the O-line over and over and expecting the offense to score points.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 3, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

So Rio beat out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to host the Olympics?

Kind of makes you wonder how much bribe money got slid under the table to make that scenario play out. Wow.

Posted by: edvar | October 2, 2009 11:47 PM

Just the opposite. The United States Olympic Committee has really bad relations with the International Olympic Committee. It demands a high cut of the TV revenues if the olympics are held in the US. No other nation does this. The IOC refused to pay this bribe to the USOC.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 3, 2009 6:16 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins are one of the worst teams against the run and are still not getting sacks. So far, he's a bust.

Posted by: saqster | October 3, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't see how anyone can call the Haynesworth signing a good move. That money should have been used to rebuild the Oline. The defense was a top 10 defense last year. The defense is no better this year with Haynesworth than it was last year without. It is actually worse. The signing of Degangelo Hall to a big contract was another disaster. The guy was shipped out of Atlanta and Oakland. After a decent half of year with Redskins he gets a big contract. And once again he is not living up to his big contract.

Posted by: srobert1117 | October 3, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I did play the game and happened to play DT in college.While Haynie is a beast when he wants to be it appears to me he plays 1 takes off 2.

Posted by: tomb4 | October 3, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

So Rio beat out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to host the Olympics?

Kind of makes you wonder how much bribe money got slid under the table to make that scenario play out. Wow.

Posted by: edvar

Don't sleep on Brazil. Brazil is now the only energy independent country in our hemisphere and home to the world's largest untapped offshore oil reserve. It has a thriving economy in the midst of the world's largest global recession. Brazil will host BOTH the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics now. The WC is actually a much bigger deal, so the Olympics is just icing on the cake.

It's also home to the world's finest females, which would tend to sway my vote. Ask Tom Brady.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 3, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

It's also home to the world's finest females, which would tend to sway my vote. Ask Tom Brady.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 3, 2009 9:14 AM

This is so wrong. The winner is -- USA! Brazil is tied for fifth with six other countries. Number of Miss Universes, by country:

USA - 7
Venezuela - 6
Puerto Rico - 5
Sweden - 3
Brazil, Finland, Australia, Japan, India, Canada - 2

But, on a per capita basis, the beauties are Caribbean -- Venezoolia and Puerto Rico.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 3, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

So Rio beat out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to host the Olympics?

Kind of makes you wonder how much bribe money got slid under the table to make that scenario play out. Wow.

Posted by: edvar | October 2, 2009 11:47 PM

I guess the irony in the whole situation is that Chicago helped can one of the best back room poilitcians in the Country.

The kicked out Governor of Illinois probably could have won the Bid. I can hear Rob Blagojevich lol know.

He sounds like the type of negotiater Chicago needed to deal with the IOC.

LarryInClintonMD. LOL!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 3, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Be a true Redskin fan!

Support the team - FROM HOME !!!!!!

.

Posted by: oldnova | October 3, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Brazil is the country of the future. . .

. . . and it always will be.

(a 30-year-old joke)

Posted by: farstriker | October 3, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Brazil is the country of the future. . .

. . . and it always will be.

(a 30-year-old joke)

Posted by: farstriker | October 3, 2009 9:57 AM

From farstriker -- the poster of the future. A new joke. Only it's probably not funny.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 3, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

There once was a team owned by Cooke.

It got sold to a guy who's a Crook.

His name was Dan Snyder,

And his wallet was wider,

But now Redskin fans can't bear to look.

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 2, 2009 10:37 PM |

Love it!

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Posted by: oldnova | October 3, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The Bucs released Warren Sapp after 9 seasons and it was a shock to fans but in the end it looks pretty smart. Sapp only played 4 years before retiring. Sack-wise he had 2.5, 5, 10, and 2 sacks. Though in his defense he lost 20 pounds before his second season and had 5 sacks in 10 games. His third season he had 10 sacks but only 32 tackles. His final season he lost 49 pounds before the season and had 51 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. So having only 2 sacks seems an unselfish end with overall improved team oriented play. Like maybe, if the Raiders were a contender, he would have kept playing for a Super Bowl. But instead contented himself retiring a more healthy individual still at the top of his game.

This goes against what I thought or the point I might of leaned tward in comparing Haynesy having played 7 years with the Titans. I was tempted to say the Bucs were smart and that his contract offer was an unsubstantiated show of some sort. Whether it is players like Mike Williams who gained extreme amounts of weight away from the game or my own view that H.S. lineman can be a sort of "Biggest Loser." I kind of have to hate a scenario that lead to diabetes, heart problems, etc... Where the appetite outstrips individual athletic drive. Looking into it finding layers like an onion or rather rings on a tree. You can tell the age but maybe it's not such a bad thing. I'd take 51 tackles from Hansey this season.

Posted by: chavez66 | October 3, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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