Media Day Wrap-Up
If you're anything like me, then one of your top three highlights of this past NFL season was Dennis Green's meltdown after blowing a big lead to the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Remember, when he went on his "Just crown 'em" rant about the Bears and then smacked the microphone while a stunned press corpse fell into a awkward collective silence? Yeah, that one.
Turns out Bears linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo does a killer imitation of Green histrionics. It was so good, I asked for a repeat performance, and he was game. Ayanbedejo said the rant, which implied the Bears may be over-rated, was actually met with sympathy in the Chicago locker room.
"I respected him more after that, because he showed his true feelings and the way he was feeling," Ayanbedjo said. "Everybody would be sick to their stomach after a game like that, but is everyone going to do that, or are they going to try to sugar coat it? He showed the type of man he was and the frustration he had inside of him, and it's pure honesty. Especially for the media you want guys to be honest and true, and so often people duck and dodge the question."
Not to nitpick, but I'm not positive there even was a question in this case. But, overall, Brendon, I'm with you, bro.
Give me a Dennis Green at-the-podium-implosion presser any day, over the usual stuff I get up here.
Other Junk: You know ESPN is taking over the world when media day is filled with ESPN reporters interviewing ESPN analysts and talking-head types. It was out of control and it has to stop. Even with 53 players and a bunch of coaches strewn across the Dolphins Stadium field, the microphones were pointed inward ... Best haircut award goes to Colts reserve linebacker Keith O'Neil, who was rocking a crewcut Mohawk ... I know some of you guys are rooting for Norv to get the Dallas job, predicting imminent doom for that franchise. But his brother Ron, the Bears offensive coordinator, was making the case for Norv big-time during media day. It sounded like this thing was a fait accompli from the tone of some answers, and Ron is convinced his bro will shine in this situation. We'll see. Seems to me Norv is still best-suited to run the offense and not be The Primary Leader Of Men, but you never know I guess ... Party season is almost fully upon us. We had our first real function late tonight - a Sprint soirÃ©e on the beach by invite only. By Thursday it'll be bedlam down here. Of course, we'll represent The Washington Post in the most upstanding way possible on all of our party endeavors. (Cindy emailed me a press release from an attorney about how to stay out of trouble at the Super Bowl. Think that was a hint?).
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