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Other voices weigh in on Kyle Shanahan

Hope you had a chance to catch up with Sunday's profile on Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins' new offensive coordinator. At 30, he's the youngest coordinator in the league -- the third straight year he's held that distinction. Those who've been around him and have watched his quick climb up the coaching ladder are convinced that he'll be a head coach before long.

With any story, there are always leftovers; thought I'd share some that might give you an even better idea of what Kyle Shanahan has accomplished, who he is and what he might be capable of in the future.

Raheem Morris, Tampa Bay head coach: "He's a dynamic young coach who's a football junkie. Loves football, loves everything about it. You're talking about a guy who's going to create excitement on offense. He knows how to score points, he knows how to get people open."

"He comes from the pedigree, but he didn't use his pedigree. He's a guy who went backwards and worked his way up the ladder. You've got to respect what he's been able to do in this league and in any opportunity he's had to coach.

"He can be a head coach any time anybody gives him an opportunity, in my opinion. I think he's one of the sharper young guys in this profession."

Andre Johnson, Houston receiver: "I hated that he left, that we lost him. He's just so dedicated to what he does. He's a young guy, but very knowledgeable of the game. At first, when I first met him, I was like, 'Here's a young guy; this is a coach in the NFL?' But after you sit down and talk with him, what he knows about the game pretty much speaks for itself."

Matt Schaub, Houston quarterback: "He's taken my career to the next level. It was great to work with him. He'll be a great coach for years to come."

Gary Kubiak, Houston head coach: "Washington has got a good one there for a long time to come. He's just like his dad. I think people in Washington are going to realize real fast. We've had a good team the past couple of years and he was the coordinator, he was the one running the show for the group. There were coaches in
his room that he was instructing who'd been in the game for 15-20 years longer than him. And it was so impressive what he was able to do as such a young man.

"To me, his mindset is like [his father] Mike's. He's an attack guy, very aggressive, very good with quarterbacks as far as preparing them, knowing what they're like, excellent teacher in the classroom. He does a great job of getting his guys to translate that knowledge to the football field."

Chris Simms, friend and college teammate: "I think he realized that he had to go somewhere besides with his dad, to make his own name, to show people that he's not just getting the red carpet treatment because his dad is Mike Shanahan. People in the Washington area, they might think, 'Oh, he's getting grandfathered into this
position,' and I'm sure there will be some haters out there. But his results speak for themselves. He was full-time offensive coordinator for one of the top offenses in the league. He called all of the plays. His position is widely deserved. In my opinion, it's only a matter of time before he's a head coach."

Jon Gruden, ESPN analyst and former Bucs coach: "I was very proud to be associated with him. He was bright charismatic, hard-working. He's gifted. He has a chance to be a tremendous offensive coordinator and a future head coach."

In the Zone...

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By Rick Maese  |  March 29, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Kyle Shanahan , Mike Shanahan  
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Why all the fuss about a QB at #4???


1) Shanahan is the new coach and any new coach has the right to draft, no matter how high, HIS guy.

2) Campbell is an average QB who needs optimal conditions to succeed...tons of time, wide open receivers and he still is average uder those circumstances.

3) The fact that there has not been a huge demand for Campbell speaks volumes. Why aren't the teams with decent "Olines" calling us about Campbell?

4)You can't lose with the #4 pick...we have many holes...and don't forget we have 5 more picks.

5) Rex Grossman throws picks, but is Campbell that much better than Grossman? I'm sure some "Scooter Computer" will roll out some stats to provie it right or wrong, but I don't think you can say Campbell is better than Grossman.

6)We have very little speed on this team. We don't have one player that is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

SICWIDIT...OUT!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I hope we can keep him for a while. He's only just got here, and already people are pointing beyond, to KS being a head coach. No doubt. Maybe we can engineer an exit strategy for his Dad? After they win an SB together...

Posted by: SonofNero | March 29, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Starting to get a little jaded about the Shanahan zipper attack here.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 29, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully all the JC-haters get their wish and Rex becomes our starting QB.

That will REALLY give them something to complain about.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 29, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Damn...can he get gas under 2 bucks?

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

rex grossman is going to play the role of todd collins... he will help jc learn the offense and then never step on the field ever!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | March 29, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

2) Campbell is an average QB who needs optimal conditions to succeed...tons of time, wide open receivers and he still is average uder those circumstances.

Campbell is already an average QB despite having no time, small receivers, and apparently a joke of an offense.

3) The fact that there has not been a huge demand for Campbell speaks volumes. Why aren't the teams with decent "Olines" calling us about Campbell?

Because a team would be trading for a 1 year contract. Would you want to trade a 1 or 2 for a guy who could walk out in a year?

4)You can't lose with the #4 pick...we have many holes...and don't forget we have 5 more picks.

See: STL, DET, CLE, who have most certainly failed that high.

6)We have very little speed on this team. We don't have one player that is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

Good observation. Probably JC's fault somehow.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 29, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Chris sims is a dooshe. As for kyle, i guess i buy the praise; wouldn't surprise me to see him as a head coach if things keep goin' good.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully all the JC-haters get their wish and Rex becomes our starting QB.

That will REALLY give them something to complain about.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 29, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse
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Not worth it. That's like hoping someone shoots your toe off so that you can scream "I told you the gun was loaded!"

Thats the definition of a lose-lose situation

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 29, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't know dfbovey...I guess ur blog habits aren't in my area of expertise. I do know we will not draft a qb at four and mostly likely not in the first 3 rnds.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

People like you crack me up.

Stating your opinion as fact and hoping your right so you can rub it in someone's face on draft day?

The only thing we do know is that the Redskins are going to the pro days of all the major QB prospects and that they will also have private work outs with them before the draft. Which means they are at least entertaining the idea of drafting one of them.

Posted by: dfbovey

you heard me dfbovey, on the playground after school; be there unless ur a sissy.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

C.J. Spiller could be climbing the ladder
Posted by Mike Florio on March 29, 2010 7:31 AM ET
There's a sense in some league circles that only a truly special running back is worthy of a top-ten draft pick.

If so, it means that some regard Clemson's C.J. Spiller as a truly special running back.

We're hearing talk of teams possibly trying to invade the lower reaches of the top 10 in order to get a crack at Spiller, with rumors currently focusing on the Dolphins and the Giants.

The Dolphins currently hold the No. 12 pick; the Giants are at 15.

Since 2006, only three running backs have been chosen among the first 10 selections: Darren McFadden, No. 4 in 2008, Adrian Peterson, No. 7 in 2007, and Reggie Bush, No. 2 in 2006. In 2005, three running back were taken in the top five

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And we still have 4 weeks to go.

With the #4 pick in the draft, the Washingotn Redskins select CJ Spiller from Clemson University.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 29, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else think that Kyle Shanahan could replace his dad when the old man decides to retire? Lord knows Washington loves seeing double with families (Bush, Clinton, etc.)...

Posted by: TDawg1 | March 29, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

and trade him to the dolphins for the 12 and Jason Taylor!!!!

Posted by: Zeebs | March 29, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

mattsoundworld....

You honestly think Jason Campbell is a franchise QB?

You honestly think JC can lead us to a Super Bowl?

You honestly think JC has the "guts" to lead us to victory down 5 with 1:40 left on our own 11 yard line?

I would be happy to eat crow, BUT he simply is not that guy!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

1) Shanahan is the new coach and any new coach has the right to draft, no matter how high, HIS guy.

2) Campbell is an average QB who needs optimal conditions to succeed...tons of time, wide open receivers and he still is average uder those circumstances.

3) The fact that there has not been a huge demand for Campbell speaks volumes. Why aren't the teams with decent "Olines" calling us about Campbell?

4)You can't lose with the #4 pick...we have many holes...and don't forget we have 5 more picks.

5) Rex Grossman throws picks, but is Campbell that much better than Grossman? I'm sure some "Scooter Computer" will roll out some stats to provie it right or wrong, but I don't think you can say Campbell is better than Grossman.

6)We have very little speed on this team. We don't have one player that is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

SICWIDIT...OUT!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rickyroge

If adequate means an NFL caliber O-line, WRs and playbook then I guess you are correct.

As far as his demand, none of the players that recieved a first round tender has signed an offer sheet from another team.

Posted by: dcwun | March 29, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Maybe....JC aplogists....he isn't that good.

Can you give me a ball park figure on how much longer we should wait?

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Also, I would love Spiller at #4!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

They will pick Jimmy Clausen

It's fantastic that everybody is looking at Bradford. Clausen would be perfect for the Shanahan's.


He is a guy that can get r done in the 4th quarter.

bottom line: JC17 is not a closer. games are won in the 4th quarter, not 1-3

We will get our LT with #37

Posted by: byrdinthesky | March 29, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 29, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

We need to sell jason campbell to a band of traveling gypsies.
If we don't have a very good oline next year we can kiss the season goodbye on offense. You can put together a playoff team without a franchise quarterback, and none of the high "bust potential" associated with a high draft pick rookie qb, and still be good. I think shanny is looking to take the quickest route to good this year without giving up the future.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

mattsoundworld....

You honestly think Jason Campbell is a franchise QB?

You honestly think JC can lead us to a Super Bowl?

You honestly think JC has the "guts" to lead us to victory down 5 with 1:40 left on our own 11 yard line?

I would be happy to eat crow, BUT he simply is not that guy!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse
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Let me flip this on you.

You honestly think anyone besides JC would be a franchise QB?

You honestly think anyone besides JC would lead us to a Super Bowl?

You honestly think anyone besides JC would have the "guts" to lead us to victory down 5 with 1:40 left on our own 11 yard line?

Ok, fine. Draft me as QB. Championship!

You see how ridiculous this argument is, right? Saying that you need a franchise QB when the FRANCHISE itself has been a long running joke, that an All-Star QB is going to lead a 4-12 squad to the promised land, that the first 48 minutes of the game mean nothing is just plain intellectually lazy.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 29, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

They will pick Jimmy Clausen

It's fantastic that everybody is looking at Bradford. Clausen would be perfect for the Shanahan's.
byrdinthesky

They are as likely to pick clausen's grandmother as clausen; sorry to disappoint you.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

i say we trade #4 for mcnabb and their 20 something pick...

Posted by: Zeebs | March 29, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Sure, spiller at #4, if we're throwing logic out the window, just get used to the following:

"Handoff to spiller, tackled for a 4 yard loss"....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 29, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIFwBp0xVPU

We could use this in our backfield...

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 29, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

just get used to the following:

"Handoff to spiller, tackled for a 4 yard loss"....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 29, 2010 11:14 AM

JC will like that. Sounds like Spiller will take the pounding next year that JC took last year.

Posted by: League-Source | March 29, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

i say we trade #4 for mcnabb and their 20 something pick...

Posted by: Zeebs

I say we trade Dan snyder's liver and kidneys to someone to get our third round pick back.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

dude def is fast with the ball in his hands... he will be a beast in the nfl

Posted by: Zeebs | March 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Also, I would love Spiller at #4!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Not that i would like to see this, mind you, but the 'Skins would take Clausen at 4 before they'd take Spiller.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 29, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Yes we all kinda want Kyle and Mike to have success, and yes we would all love to see Kyle replace Mike when Mike retires and then see Kyle have success.

And yes at age 30 this can happen and in all reality Kyle could replace mike in 4-5 years and be the skins head coach for 2 decades.

The hardest part about all that scenario. Keeping Kyle as an OC for 4-5 years while his dad is HC and not letting some other team grab him.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 29, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Chris sims is a dooshe. As for kyle, i guess i buy the praise; wouldn't surprise me to see him as a head coach if things keep goin' good.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise

I don't believe the Chris Simms quoted above is Chris Sims the QB.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 29, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Lisa, it is, they were at texas together...

Posted by: Zeebs | March 29, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Keeping Kyle as an OC for 4-5 years while his dad is HC and not letting some other team grab him.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 29, 2010 11:19 AM

Agreed. This is where Snyder can be inventive and would also be willing to overpay.

Posted by: League-Source | March 29, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Clausen is to stupid to be a worthwhile #4 pick, he reminds me Jim McMahon and throws like aj feely.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The good news is I hear Kyle has become a big 5 guys addict. So that will help.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 29, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

This is what Peter King said about Kyle Shanahan this morning:

I think one of the most influential young coaches in the game is getting to be Kyle Shanahan. The new offensive coordinator of the Redskins is 30, and he's doing quite a bit more than most Washington observers thought he'd be doing under his dad -- like running all of the private Tebow workouts for the Redskins recently.

Okay, cue the "Peter King is a dooshe..." comments.

Posted by: League-Source | March 29, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Sure, spiller at #4, if we're throwing logic out the window, just get used to the following:

"Handoff to spiller, tackled for a 4 yard loss"....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 29, 2010 11:14 AM

or worse

".....Spiller on the sidelines with another injury. Man he's taking a beating out there."

Posted by: skinswest | March 29, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

You can put me on record as saying that if you put JC on the '06 Bears at QB, they win the Super Bowl that year.
Posted by: brownwood26 | March 29, 2010 11:04 AM
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Unfortunately, that scenario would require JC getting a team to the playoffs which he has never come close to doing.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 29, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The good news is I hear Kyle has become a big 5 guys addict. So that will help.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 29, 2010 11:25 AM

How so? Five Guys has 550 stores in 35 states.

Posted by: League-Source | March 29, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

If the Rams take Bradford, I'm crossing my fingers that the Lions take Suh. Then the no brainer pick would be Okung at #4.

There's been too much speculation that the Lions will take Okung for my comfort.

If the draft falls:

Stl: Bradford
Det: Okung
Tam: Suh

I'd hope that someone was willing to trade up for either McCoy or Berry. I don't like the idea of taking either Bulaga or Clausen at #4. I don't think we need a DT like McCoy and taking Berry would be a luxury pick.

The real interesting scenario would be if both Bradford and Okung are there at #4. Would Shanahan take the QB or the LT?

Posted by: dfbovey | March 29, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

ugh. 5 Guys? Seriously? Burger King is better than 5 Guys. lol.

Yeh, I totally think they're grooming Kyle for the HC job in a couple years. Not a bad idea, either.

We were hoping Snyder would pick a fresh guy for HC weren't we? Here we have a potential 'best of both'. Patience, tho.

Posted by: DikShuttle | March 29, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, that scenario would require JC getting a team to the playoffs which he has never come close to doing.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 29, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't he close 2 yrs ago?

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | March 29, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Sure, spiller at #4, if we're throwing logic out the window, just get used to the following:

"Handoff to spiller, tackled for a 4 yard loss"....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 29, 2010 11:14 AM

or worse

".....Spiller on the sidelines with another injury. Man he's taking a beating out there."

Posted by: skinswest | March 29, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

-OR-

Spiller set to receive the kick...Spiller at the 5, the 15...he's at the 30...no one catch him.

-OR-

Campbell to set up the screen to Spiller...he avoids a tackle...Spiller up the sidelines with one man to beat....

Ya'll think too negatively!

I'm full drinking the Spiller-Aid!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 29, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

ugh. 5 Guys? Seriously? Burger King is better than 5 Guys. lol.

Posted by: DikShuttle | March 29, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

You must have disfunctional taste buds. :)

Posted by: dfbovey | March 29, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I think you folks are underestimating Spiller.

Give him 15 carries and a few Punt Returns....Get a LT in the 2nd round....LBs, CBs, and Oline in the later rounds...

Championship

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 29, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I kinda wonder how the dynamic of a father-son team of offense oriented coaches works. Are we going to see a denver offense being handed to the o coordinator of, until recently, the texans? What system are we gonna run cuz the texans were so pass heavy.
It makes sense that daddy has more experience, and of course makes the calls on personnel more so than the OC given he is head coach.
Hmm...I guess junior might just be a highpriced aid in some respects-is daddy gonna call the plays?

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

How so? Five Guys has 550 stores in 35 states.

Posted by: League-Source | March 29, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Yes but its home will always be in DC. Besides we have the only 5G that severs brekfast.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | March 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

You can put me on record as saying that if you put JC on the '06 Bears at QB, they win the Super Bowl that year.
Posted by: brownwood26 | March 29, 2010 11:04 AM
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Unfortunately, that scenario would require JC getting a team to the playoffs which he has never come close to doing.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 29, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse
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People really think the Redskins have fielded a team on par with the '06 Bears in the last 4 years?

We are talking about the same team that couldn't score on special teams or get turnovers on D, right?

Did I die and miss the Skins running game crushing people for an entire season + playoffs?

In what parallel dimension have the Skins been a QB away from SB contention in the last 20 years?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 29, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

This is what Peter King said about Kyle Shanahan this morning:

I think one of the most influential young coaches in the game is getting to be Kyle Shanahan. The new offensive coordinator of the Redskins is 30, and he's doing quite a bit more than most Washington observers thought he'd be doing under his dad -- like running all of the private Tebow workouts for the Redskins recently.

Okay, cue the "Peter King is a dooshe..." comments.

Posted by: League-Source

League-Source is a dooshe.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

No doubt that Spiller will make a pretty good team better, but teams end up picking in the top 5 or 10 spots because they have some failures along the line of scrimmage. I think this is the reason why tackles tend to get drafted so disproportionately highly. With the ball put on the backs of two workhorses for the next three years (!) like Portis and Johnson, Spiller is not a luxury the Skins can afford. They DO need a punt return guy, but Spiller is a first round pick and the punt returning #3 back is not going to be the picked by the Skins in the first round. [Ideally, its Trindon Holliday in the 7th round.]

Posted by: dcsween | March 29, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Chris Simms, friend and college teammate: In my opinion, it's only a matter of time before he's a head coach."
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He'll probably be new HC fodder at the end of each year when teams are firing..
If does prove to be "all that", maybe Snyder has a plan to eventually move Shanny Sr to a "gibbs prez like position" (after Shanny Sr is holding up the skins 4th Lombardi trophy).

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 29, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Get a LT in the 2nd round

Means that Heyer is still the RT right??

Ok, you happy with that?

"Campbell to set up the screen to Spiller, however gets sacked for a 12 yard loss, as Stephon Heyer got RUN OVER once again...and Campbell is hurt"....

Not being negative....just being kind of you know...realistic, and stuff...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 29, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

God I am so fugging bored! Nothing to do today!! SOMEONE HAS A CASE OF THE MONDAYS!

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 29, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Spiller has a gear in traffic that's inhuman. Two steps and he's gone 5 yards!

That kind of talent lifts the whole ship.

Posted by: pharrrrtt | March 29, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

someone suffers from premature beepulation

Posted by: 4SkinzForever | March 29, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Can we please get one post without debating the QB situation? It's like 'OKUNGGGGG', No BradFORD, 'You're BOTH WRONG IT'S CLAUSEN'. 'ZOMG DRafT O-Linez with every picks CHAMPIONSHIP.'

It's gettting ridiculous. This is a post about Kyle Shanahan and his coaching ability yet we turn into a JC vs Rookie QB debate.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | March 29, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Thank you CapsXXVI for the direction in referring to the original reason for the blog and posting to that subject. No one seems to stay on the issue without mentioning JC and how they feel. Look at what KS did in Houston with Schaubb his first then in his second year. Look at his rise in the NFL, look at the possibility of him becoming our next head coach. I agree lets stick to the blogs original question/intent. Maybe we should have a JC haters page because nobody has a crystal ball into the future so be careful what you wish for I say.

Posted by: MPWTIAN | March 29, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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