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London's Calling

Having had a chance to spend a little time around London Fletcher now, I get the sense this dude is all football. Well, I shouldn't say that: football and family. I think he's going to be a great fit all around with the team. He'll be a leader and a go-to guy.

Now, will he remains as remarkably injury free as he has been the last 10 years or so? And as he crosses well past the wrong side of 30? That my friends, remains to be seen, and explains why Vinny Cerrato makes the big bucks and I scramble around for any kind of TV or radio table scraps I can find.

Anyway, by all accounts, Fletcher's transition from Buffalo to Washington has gone as smoothly as possible. Fletcher is already well acquainted with Williams and the system, and plays a position that requires being the guy on D to a certain degree.

Trying to get Washington's defense up from its 31st rating will be a huge chore for everyone on that side of the ball.

"I know the system and know the scheme, I love it," said Fletcher at the end of mini camp yesterday. "There's a lot of improvement that needs to be done. Nobody was happy about the way things went down here last year but this a new year. We've got a new look on life."

Fletcher said his adjustment to the area has been a bit slower. He still isn't sure of how to best get around Northern Virginia, but does know how to navigate his way to the mall and to Verizon Center, where he plans on attending as many basketball games as possible. He figures his wife will be able to hold everything else down, 'cause London strikes me as the kind of guy to spend a whole lot of time around the facility and his teammates come football season, and it might be a while before he really gets a handle on the sprawl of Loudoun County.

Randoms: Heard that Chris Cooley wore the red spandex shorts to the movies out by his house last night. Okay, I made that up, but would you really put it past him? ... There is a chance we may have someone filing a story for the web/blog from the World Bowl in Germany this weekend. If Casey Bramlet ever sticks in Washington, even as the No. 3 QB, he owes us bigtime don'tcha think? He'd better be all about doing a guest blog, or six ... Mexico should be kicked out of the Gold Cup for its horrid, uninspired play, and instead they get to face Guadaloupe in the semis instead. Funny how these things always seem to break their way in CONCACAF. I'm just sayin.

By Jason La Canfora  |  June 18, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
 
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Posted by: Josh | June 18, 2007 7:05 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Josh | June 18, 2007 7:05 AM | Report abuse

I liked Fletchers comment regardng his height just after he signed with the Redskins that the holes he needed to fill were side to side as opposed to up and down.

Posted by: Gus In Leesburg | June 18, 2007 7:28 AM | Report abuse


Skins' D should be fine.
31st? Aberration!
Fletch lives! Defense roars!

Posted by: HaikuMan | June 18, 2007 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Josh, Weak effort, son. Is this your first day with the computer without your parents' help? Either you're first, or you're second, but you're not first twice.

Jasno, Can't say I agree with you on "Trying to get Washington's defense up from its 31st rating will be a huge chore for everyone on that side of the ball." When you're at the back of the pack, there's always a few slow dogs you can pass without much effort. 31st to, say, 25th should be a breeze. Firing Dale Lindsay should be enough for that. What would be a huge chore is improving when you're, say 3rd.

Posted by: KK | June 18, 2007 7:37 AM | Report abuse

We get to play Rex Grossman, too, so that's good for 5-6 turnovers right there.

Posted by: cload and daggar | June 18, 2007 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Ok, so I dont know if you are new skid marx, or a different name, or just a regular making his way back;

But flag on the play, some 8 Posts ago, when speaking of Kelli Johnson and saying you would do 'stuff' to her.

With respect to the women who BTGO here, I am throwing the flag. Had my second fathers day yesterday, and hearing of all the issues some skins dads are having with their children, I have to defend those women.

I would not be celebrating fathers day without the woman who went through so much. I thank God everyday that our son was born healthy, and I attribute that to her being very serious about her health and what she ate, drank and did on a daily basis.

Yes, peeps up here do make certain comments of a sexual nature, even Lisa is steadfast in her admission that she is smitten by Shawn Springs, but I feel your comment was a little over the line.

So to get off my high horse, welcome I am Zebra, happy to be a father and not lost on the fact that the reason we are all fathers is because of the mother.

RIP Justin Skaggs

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Clarification;

I am not intimating that the issues these kids of skins daddys are having is because of their lack of care taken by the mothers.

Just that I salute my wife for being so steadfast.

End Transmission

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Jasno,

Thanks for the updates, but you have to be kidding me with the praise of yes-man Cerato? That guy is a clown and we all know it. Yes he signed Fletcher, who by all accounts looks like a great signing... but was there anyone else lined up to sign the 30+ year old to a 30/10 deal like we did? Also, for every Fletcher, there are 20 Duckett's (with picks), Archuleta's, etc... not to mention all of the other draft picks he's traded away.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | June 18, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

So the defense finishes the 2007 season ranked 30th. BFD. Still 4-12 Deadskin fans. And Jason why didnt you report Gibbs Racing switching from Chevy to Toyota next year. You could of at least asked Gibbs about it. And who is leaving Gibbs Racing so they can sign Busch? Smoke?

You should ahve gone to Indy this weekend for the F1 race to see real racers who can turn both left and right and race in the rain.

Posted by: vaherder | June 18, 2007 8:51 AM | Report abuse

vaherder, what the heck do we care about racing? Jason is a beat reporter for the Skins.

If you want to read about racing go to the Nascar blog.

Posted by: Lisa | June 18, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

i think vaherder and skippy are the same person

Posted by: Anonymous | June 18, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Jason and Cindy: on a unrelated Blogafile note, I noticed that the Washington Post switched to a new format for their blogs on stories. I would not have a problem with that if the format actually worked with the Mac platform, which it does not. I attempted to post in IE, Safari and Firefox and the new software does not work with any of em. If the Post is gonna spend money on a new blog platform one would think you would test it to more then one platform. Many many Mac users in DC these days.

Posted by: 35332 | June 18, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

RickyBobby, I don't think Jasno's reference to Vinny was as wholly complimentary as you indicate -- more that the rewards of his risky job are higher than the rewards of being a snarky beat reporter.
Which is indisputable. You need to become a snarky sports columnist/radio personality/king of all media to beat Vinny at the reward game.
Or a just good enough to lose racquetball player....

Posted by: cload and daggar | June 18, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

With 4 solid LB's, and our worries on DL, will we see more 3-4 linups then 4-3 or 4-6 this year? I think a formation of DE- Carter, Daniels, NT-Griff, OLB's- Mac and Washington, MLB- London & Marsh works. Any thoughts?

Posted by: 35332 | June 18, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Stupidity | June 18, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

35322,

I would love to see the Skins try a 3-4, especially if Blades and the dude from USC turn out to be as good as we hope.

Coaches/players have been pretty quiet on the D, so maybe Gregg took some air out of his head and made some changes, including a 3-4 look?

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | June 18, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

On the money 35332. I can see that working as well. I would think it would help disguise the blitzes Williams likes to do even more.

Of course our 3 down lineman package that we would run last year (not usually with 4 lb's mind you)would suffer in all phases of the defensive game. But since we should not have to throw 5/6 dbs out there with those 3 down linemen, 4 LB's would be killer./

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

3-4? forget that "we"'re going to 2-5 or 1-6 all the way to the superbowl this year! losing only to tom brady's last second drive. cuz shawn springs was out on that touchdown bomb to his homie and rogers bit (on a hail marry) for the first time all year for no apparent reason.

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Don't know about a straight 3-4 look, but it certainly sounds like Marcus will be putting his hand down and rushing from the edge. Sounds like that will be the less-risky move for RockyMac too, if it was his struggles with pass coverage that kept him on the sidelines last year. Also likely to bring in Lemar on short-yardage pass downs (where you want LB instead of nickel coverage).

Posted by: cload and daggar | June 18, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

don't have the right people to run 3-4. need big (real big)sam adams type to play nose. tall rangey outside backers who can rush the passer and drop into zone. our make up personnel wise is 4-3. any 3-4 stuff we run is likely to be third and very very long or end of half/game situations where we want to drop 8 into coverage.

Posted by: Old School | June 18, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I hope you guys will forgive me for a non-football related post but I think you'll enjoy it:


NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman arrested for exposing her breasts has accepted a $29,000 settlement from the city, her lawyer said.

Jill Coccaro, 27, was arrested on a topless stroll two years ago, despite a 1992 state appeals court ruling that concluded women should have the same right as men to take off their shirts.

Coccaro, who now goes by the name Phoenix Feeley, remained in custody for 12 hours before she was told prosecutors were not going to pursue charges.

Her attorney, Jeffrey Rothman, told the Daily News that his client won the civil rights settlement from the city, which did not admit or deny wrongdoing.

"We hope the police learn a lesson and respect the rights of women to go topless," Rothman said.

Feeley told the New York Post that she was not treated well after her August 4, 2005, arrest in Manhattan's Lower East Side section. She claimed in an October lawsuit that a police officer yanked her out of a patrol car by her hair and police took her to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

She told the newspaper she had gone bare-breasted after running the 2004 city marathon without police bothering her.

"I've always just felt that was something natural," Feeley said of going topless. "I've kind of always done it out of practicality."

Posted by: Thor | June 18, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Marcus Washington and perhaps the Redskins using a modified version of the 3-4 defense, maybe some of you knuckleheads should try reading the articles in the Post's sports section, like the one listed here. (It's a long article and the pertinent info can be found on page 2.)

Cheers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/15/AR2007061501605_2.html

Posted by: DD | June 18, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Peter King picks Jason Campbell #26 among NFL starting QB's, just ahead of Rex Grossman. Tony Romo's #11, Eli Manning #23.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/06/17/qbs/1.html

This should come back to bit him in his fat latte-sipping ass.

Posted by: KK | June 18, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Knucklehead #1 | June 18, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I love Phoenix Feeley, Too funny.

I noticed the WashPo is doing yet another retrospective on Watergate. Didn't they just do one, like, last year? How many retrospectives on Watergate does one newspaper really need? Yeesh.

Posted by: P Diddy | June 18, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Diddy, have a heart. It was the one moment of glory in the history of this sad little rag. They should be allowed to trot it out as frequently as needed to make themselves feel good.

I kid, of course, because I love.

There was at least one other moment of glory: Mr. Tony's Bandwagon.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 18, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

It's really cool seeing JaLa on redskins.com media it shows your face amongst all the other reporters. it's like me being there in the presence of grilliams and gibbs myself. You are so lucky to be on the inside. you being there is as close as i will ever get. If you guys haven't heard Grilliams interview check it... this coach has a presence about him and is accountable for his defense....He is a prime candidate to head the skins in 2008 with Jerry Gray taking over as D-coordinator. Looking for top 10 defense from the skins. Big things to come from S. Taylor and Rocky watch out. Veteran leadership at mlb and cornerback infused with youthful explosive talent in the secoundary and healthy Griff and a physically gifted as they get A. Carter will be the disruptive force we thought he was coming into his secound season in this defense.

Posted by: stick75 | June 18, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

re - Annual Wash Post retrospective on Watergate:

5) June is generally a very slow news month.
4) It's been like, uh, 35 years - someone might forget.
3) Reprinting archived articles cuts down on actual numbers of reporters employed.
2) Nah, those guys don't really work around here anymore, but we can dream.
1) Damn those guys at the New York Times!

Posted by: DD | June 18, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Stick75 could be "Assistant Coach - Quality Control, Defense". Someone should tell him how to apply for the position.

Posted by: DD | June 18, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

diddy, they did what? last year was nausiating enough. it was watching your wife's grampa trying to re-live his glory days.

i'm with you...enough is enough. it's bad enough that every scandal (or not) ends with "gate". can we, as americans, stop that. please!

:) nate, i imagined you sleeping in meetings today. did you really have to go to work today? or you BYGO at the hotel pool? btw, can you sleep in planes?

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Did everyone go on vacation as soon as mini-camp ended? We'll be lucky to get to 61,000 by July 4 at this rate.

Posted by: DD | June 18, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Clinton Portis on Cribs the other night? Too funny-- he had a stripper pole, red jacuzzi, and a bed with mirrors on the ceiling and still said "I ain't into the kinky stuff." He claimed that he wanted to be a fireman when he was kid, hence the pole. Good times!

Jasno, great reporting all weekend long, thank you, good sir and a happy father's day to all! I'm the daddy of 2 wonderful little pugs, Brutus and Lucy, but alas, no human kiddies yet (though I have names picked out for when it happens). I applaud Zebra's aside, props to all good parents out there; I didn't get any, but I'm geared up for being a great one some day myself.

Now, now-- on to Skins stuff. D-E-F-E-N-S-E, babies. I think we'll make major improvements there, though I'm not sure we'll be back to 2004 form unless Carlos learns to catch the ball, Shawn Springs stays healthy, and RockyMac has a killer, breakout year. That being said, I do think that there will be marked improvement in the secondary thanks to a charged up Reaper and LaRon "Blue Balls" Landry; also, LFB is gonna stroll in.

My prediction: Defense ranked 15th next year, and only going up after they draft some killer DEs and DTs next April. Anyone agree? Am I being too harsh, too leinent?

Offense: top 10, I think. Campbell is the rizzle fo shizzle.

Posted by: TDawg | June 18, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I think part of the problem is 7 new threads posted since Friday evening!

I can't be "up here" at the weekend, and between catching up and the 'occasional work break' that I have to take it's taken me all day so far just to figure out what's going on.

When the threads change so often, there's no opportunity to build up a head of steam discussing the pithy topics of the moment. (ironics off).

Just one man's opinion.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

In case you missed it, Old Friend and Fellow Short-Shorts Wearer Will Leitch posted an item on the Cooley look:
http://deadspin.com/sports/tight-little-packages/john-stockton-thinks-this-is-excessive-269556.php

Posted by: Cindy | June 18, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh BTW, who was it called LaRon 'Laundry' the other day on RI? His nickname could be 'the cleaner'.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Great post, TDawg, but how are we going to get to 1,000,000,000 posts by Labor Day that way? Your one monster post could have been four little great ones!

Think QUANTITY!

Posted by: DD | June 18, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree redcoat. Too many posts, cuts back on the reaction time on each topic by the pac rim peeps etc...

But still better than the doldrums which we have past and those ones sure to come. So as the saying goes, dont look a gift horse in the mouth.

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'll try not to. And RIP Justin Skaggs, that's a crying shame.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Cindy -

Your post should have had a big warning label on it. I wasn't ready to revisit that picture.

Posted by: DD | June 18, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I apologize, Double D.

Posted by: Cindy | June 18, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit that looking at that pictiure of Cooley I feel a strange stirring below, but it's actually nausea in this case.

It could have been so much worse DD, it could have been a front-on shot. Ugh.

Still ambivalent on this one Cindy?

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DD | June 18, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Okay, lunch is over - back to work for me. Hope some others will show up and post soon.

Posted by: DD | June 18, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I used to find Zebra entertaining, somewhat anyways. "Used to" being the key word. Pansy.

Posted by: Ze-Bro | June 18, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Flag on the play, 5 yard penalty on Ze-Bro for delay of game. Whatchootalkinboutwillis?

Posted by: Redcoat as Zebra | June 18, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Ze-bro, sorry you dont have the perspective on life I do. I used to be like you, but seeing your progeny can change a lot. I would decribe you as a SJF!

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Single Jewish Female?

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

DD, is it a billion now? Damn, I thought that we were going for a modest 100,000.

Posted by: TDawg | June 18, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way...

Happy Monday.

(DD, that's to in part make up for the long post from before)

Posted by: TDawg | June 18, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

No, I think Ze-Bro is a friend messing with me. The acronym is very derogatory and one of his favorite sayings, so only he would get it.

If he isnt my friend, then he still is a SJF.

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

You're right. The ambivalence is GONE!
Replaced by utter terror and repulsion over the Burger King king movie. Gaack!
So I'm talking to Boswell, who's at the airport waiting for his flight back from the U.S. Open and planning to write about Perlozzo's firing, and I tell him he missed Cooley's shorts at minicamp. I email him the photo. He opens the file, sez "Oh. My. God" and is now petrified that he'll be getting all sorts of XXXXX-rated stuff.

Posted by: Cindy | June 18, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

cindy, tell boz he'll be fine. but why is boz not driving? it's only a 4 hour drive.

and does anyone know where tiger's staying this week? has snyder contacted him to offer a room or two at his mansion?

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

DD, quick point. Nowhere in there does it say they are not going to play 3-4. Yes it does say that Daniels may move inside, and Griff is going to be plaing on the sholder of the guard, but neither of those mean you cannot go 3-4.

My consern about this article is, if Daniels ends up moving inside who is our No 2 and 3 DE. Wynn I am guessing is our no 3 right now and we got no No 4 that I know about. As far as DT goes we at least have the youngsters to step up there.

Posted by: 35332 | June 18, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

fine ignore my 2-5 suggestion and my superbowl prediction! i'm telling you AC and Griff up front and rocky, washington, london, landry, seantay behind 'em. and rogers, smoot, springs covering the deep stuff. and they don't even need the 11th! huh! BRILLIANT!

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I do think that there will be marked improvement in the secondary thanks to a charged up Reaper and LaRon "Blue Balls" Landry;

LMGO! Classic

Posted by: jm220 | June 18, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Now if only Boz will forward that e-mail to everyone on his mailing list, "because he didn't really understand the Internets."

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 18, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

No 2 DE is usually a bigger DE who can also play DT. (See Daniels). 3-4 or 4-3 - Either way, I expect our D to return to form. We certainly wont be racking up sacks from the D line. But if Carter gets consistent pressure, remember pressure can be just as good as a sack, that is why they track this stat in-game now, our Backers and DB's can get sacks.

For all the naysayers who think there is no way to be a good D without a pass rush d -line my retort would be.... if football was so cut and dry as good DL sack #'s = Superbowl, then everyone would be doing it. There are a lot of intricateness's (grammar) and wrinkles and a varied many styles can and do work.

Lets see it play out, this is the hand we were dealt.

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

dealer, it wasn't as bad last night as my comments might have indicated. Was definitely pandering. Giving the audience what they want. Sorry if that sort of thing creeps you out, but I know there are some sickos up here who enjoy the drunken ravings. Shame on me for seeking that lowest common denominator. In everything.

Also I'm blaming the tiny keyboard on this laptop for my misspellings.

So anyway I slept a little bit on the flight and am keeping the caffeine going to get through the work day. Not too different than any day, actually, except I'm in the Greatest City in the World.

So I'm retracting everything... except the fifteen 'drunken' posts from last night. Let them stay on record. Towards 100k.

Ever forward!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 18, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

come to think of it mr. boz is trying to set himself up with an alibi (cindy sending that pic) to justify all the XXXX stuff on his machine. smart, very smart. ;)

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I believe the work is 'intricacies', but I porefer your version Zebra!

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Cnyn if I didn't like you so much the hammer would have come out for that post. However, you do lose some blog cool points.

Posted by: jm220 | June 18, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Here is an article from profootballweekly.com. The writer, Eric Edholm, as usual has an axe to grind with the Redskins. He and I exchanged emails where I challenged an article he wrote a few years back, and he admitted that he was ticked off by Snyder firing someone without reason, which when you spend 800 million on something, you can do those types of things. Anyway, here it is:

So Joe Gibbs wanted his team to get closer, a good idea after last year's fractured operation in a 5-11 season.

He told his players to break up by position, go do something as a group. And surely you know by now that the defensive backs went paintballing. Uh, bad idea, it turned out.

Here's what happened, as reported a few other places: First-round pick LaRon Landry, slated to start opposite Sean Taylor at strong safety, stood over a teammate and shot him, execution-style, during a match. The victim, however, turned the tables. He shot back, point blank, at Landry's testicles. Wow. Getting queasy just typing this.

So here's what we have learned. Landry's testicles swelled up so much, they were nearly grapefruit-sized. The coaches kept him out of the final June minicamp practices and tended to the situation. He's expected to be all right, but that's a, uh, sensitive area to say the least.

We think we know the player who shot Landry. We're trying to confirm that now. One source gave us the name, and it's interesting to say the least, but we want to call around a little more to (sorry) firm that up a bit. We'll let you know when we have more

Any guesses as to who it might be?

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | June 18, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

alright countdown time brought to you by your neighborhood D-plate:

83 Days Or 2 months, 22 days

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah;

For some reason the underline came out for a variation of your word, and did not give your word as an option Redcoat.

I took a grammar class as part of a college Early Childhood education class where you had to score 75% or better on these once a week quizes on grammar to pass the ENTIRE class.

Needless to say the English language in terms of grammar is not supposed to be spoken the way an everyday person does. It really opened my eyes to how complicated it is. I think some people have mentioned something similar on the blog before.

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

he's intimating sean taylor...for sure...

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Or approximately 1995 hours to game time. Come on guys, we just have to make 21 posts an hour for 1995 more hours. We can do it!

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

is intimate correct? anyways...i think he's looking at sean taylor. who is this guy? never heard of him.

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

To clarify, I have Mozilla Firefox and it spell checks.

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Dealer, Eric Edholm covers the NFC East for Pro-Footballweekly. Like I said, he's alway's had an axe to grind with Snyder. I just want journalistic integrity from some of these guys. Had the Redskins traded for Randy Moss, it would have been spun that Snyder is just 'buying' a championship, but because the beloved Pats did it, its called, 'genius'.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | June 18, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Weird, I use Firefox but didn't know it could smell-check. I entered it into a Word doc and it does list it as the plural of 'intricacy'. I wanted to be sure that it isn;t something uniquely used in old Blighty!

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

This Edholm tool sounds like a real winner!

Posted by: chris Larry | June 18, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

F CL

Posted by: jm220 | June 18, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Dealer;

Its like close and close (ie.e we close in ten, or that was close.

http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intimate

#2 below, HINT

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Who shot LaRon?

Nevermind Watergate, this story has legs (or was that Cooley?).

The image of LL standing over someone execution style will surely be repeated during the season. I just hope he and Skippy are wearing their cusps next time they go balling.


Posted by: Stumped | June 18, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse


So here's what we have learned. Landry's testicles swelled up so much, they were nearly grapefruit-sized

ohhhhhhhh! That is down right ugly.

Posted by: jm220 | June 18, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

nate, i'm assuming you do this to maximize your time at home with your family (leave late sunday for monday start). good on you. but if you don't mind me asking how long are you going to go like this? any end in sight in the amount of travel you're doing?

(not passing judgement at all... and i hope i don't sound like i am.)

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4-12 | June 18, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"The King" in a movie - I scream in fright every time I see a BK commercial - now he'll have 2 hours by his own self...oh the humanity

Posted by: John D in Houston | June 18, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Dealer; that's a pretty brutal schedule Nate. Any chance of a return to relative normality at some point?

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

And apparently with a space aged blinking hair bow.

Swwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeettttttttttttt!

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

screw that, how about some skins news?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 18, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

RE: Grapefruit

I hope that's hyperbole...I'm having sympathy pains just thinking about it.

Posted by: Stumped | June 18, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

While we're on the subject of testicular trauma....

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005012798,00.html

Ouch!

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat,
That's reminiscent of the John Wayne Bobbit affair in Manassas. OUCH.

Posted by: Stumped | June 18, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Is this Dr. Phil, or a Redskins blog?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 18, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I hear you. Just how strong does a woman have to be to be pull it off with her bare hands?

At least Lorena Bobbitt used a knife - that seems like being merciful compared to this.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Going from balls to footballs.

Vaherder ever the curmudgeon aside, has Jasno's camp update changed the minds of any nay sayers?

If the D performs (top 15) and the Offense has a similar performance, it usually gets you well into the playoffs.

Posted by: Stumped | June 18, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

If Chicago can get to the Superbowl with no offence at all, Washington could go all the way too if the D can step-up a little and the offence stays on the field long enough to give them a break.

That's the beauty of NFL.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

You gotta admit JM's baby is very cute...
Is it obvious that I am seriously trying to save some of my cool points?
I hope there's no nudity in the King movie. That's all I can say.

Posted by: Cindy | June 18, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Did she use a knife? I thought it was done during an act...nevermind.

Posted by: Stumped | June 18, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

According to wikipedia she used a kitchen knife, so it must be true.

It's why I always avoided 'free set of steak knives' offers when I was married to Mrs Redcoat 1.0....

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Give that baby a little warpath face paint and it would make a nice T.

Posted by: Stumped | June 18, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Football news but not skins news. Did you hear about Pacman Jones being sought by police for questioning about a 4AM shooting outside a strip club in Atlanta? This after his talks with Goodell and his self imposed midnight curfew. Number 6 overall pick two years ago, BYEBYE Pacman, what a stellar career!!!

Posted by: bornskinsfan | June 18, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Least we get too excited about the Skins Defense...here's one on SMACK's team.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19265581/

Posted by: Stumped | June 18, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Cindy- You guys getting any more info on this motorcycle crash that Lavar was supposedly involved in a little while ago on route 50?

Posted by: 4-12 | June 18, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

wow i just heard on wapo radio

broken bones and possible head trauma for lavar...

:(

Posted by: dealer | June 18, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Say a prayer for him.

I love motorcycles (dirt bikes), but they're really hazardous to your health.

Posted by: Stumped | June 18, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

check that it's not confirmed that it was lavar...

Posted by: dealerr | June 18, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank god Tennessee took him 3 spots before the skins picked. We got D'brickahands Rodgers. Id take a player who can at least run over one who will have shackles around his ankles in 3 years time.

Posted by: Zebra | June 18, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, what an awful report on that bike wreck. Hoping for the best, whoever it is.

F Pacman.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 18, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It's definitely Lavar.

Posted by: 4-12 | June 18, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

JLaC has a new post up with details...

Posted by: 4-12 | June 18, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

dealer, Coat, I'm traveling a good bit now because I'm still relatively new on the jobbie job. Have to get 'face time' in the various offices since I'm still getting established. You guys know how it is being the new guy, and maybe some of you have worked remotely or in a satellite office.

And yes, the redeye flights give me more family time on the front end of the trip. But the arrival day is tough. Totally on fumes now, need to take a nap before the RI Meet-up!

I know it probably seems ludicrous given my participation on the blog, but I actually have a pretty cool job and am getting progressively more busy. It's been slow starting which has created a vacuum that the blog has filled...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 18, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I can completely relate to what you say Nate. I had 5+ years operating away from the mothership - in my case, outside US when HQ was in Reston.

Work was great; so great that my first marriage eventually went away. I'm not saying it's the same for you at all, just to be careful and remember to keep the work/life balance tilted in favour of family. Always.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 18, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Redcoat, I get ya.

Mrs. Nate paid me the best compliment before I left, kind of wrapped up the Father's Day for me... said that she understands the need to travel periodically, but she minds because I'm actually pretty useful to have around as a partner. That didn't translate well, but the gist of it was I'm not the useless lump around the house that I sometimes imagine I'm being. Warm fuzzies.

Regular travel for the next few months, scaling back to no travel for a big window around the new baby's arrival. Then intermittent travel only as needed.

Hopefully by next fall I'll be able to make trips either with or without family to see the Skins in Seattle and SF. We shall see...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 18, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

By the way, J-La, it was very subtle but you did manage to get 'London Calling' lodged in my brain all afternoon.

There are worse things of course. The Clash will never, ever be on a banned list. Anyone who suggests otherwise is lookin' for a fight.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 18, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Lisa,

Jason needs to do his job as a sports reporter. Gibbs was there so why not ask since he wasn't in MI. Have you always had an IQ less than the number on a offensive lineman's jersey? Or maybe you have drinking to much of the Redskins Kool Aid? Did you ever ask hwy it is NYG Red?

Does anything newsowrthy really happen at a minicamp except for maybe an injury.

Now Lisa why not fire up the ole truck and start you job as a honey dipper. Should be a great day for it!

Posted by: vaherder | June 19, 2007 7:10 AM | Report abuse

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