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The Sports Reporters

Figured we'd do a little postmortem on the Sports Reporters thing and then put the baby to bed.

I just want to make it clear that I only responded with vigor because I felt like a group of good journalists were being ripped for getting something right and concentrating on more pressing issues of the day. Someone was mapping out how my paper should have been covering the team that week, when in reality we were on top of what was really going on.

When we're wrong, by all means, bring it on. But in this case I felt it was way off base. I totally get that there is a huge difference between what I do and what they do on sports radio. I understand their job. I get it. You need to have fun, take some shots, and overall I think that's not a bad way to go. People get way to serious over this stuff as a whole and forget that at the end of the day it's just games we're talking about and more than anything else, it's just a business.

I had a good time on their show this morning and I thought everything was handled professionally. Both sides could dish it and take it and at the end of the day it's all good. There are no grudges. I don't think anyone won or lost, or at least that's not how I am looking at it and it's not why I went on. We made our points and clarified a few things. Hope you all got a chuckle or two out of it at one point or another.

Onward and upward.

Red Dog, A Lesson In Bad Beer: Did you know they still make Red Dog? Me neither, until last night.

My friend Christian (part of the Channel 4 News Team) and I noticed a bunch of them in a cooler behind a bar and were caught somewhere between shock and confusion. Could it be? They still exist? Immediately I had flashbacks to a low-budget New Year's party 10 years ago, where there was nothing but lukewarm cases of Red Dog in the house (we persevered, gamely, since they were free after all). Don't think I've seen Red Dog commercial since what, 1998? And that's a good thing considering how lame the ads were and how bad the beer was.

So, naturally, we each had to throw one back in the spirit of all things nostalgic, and also inquired as to why they actually stock this stuff. Turns out there's a local there at Theismann's - maybe their version of Norm or something - who is from Ireland and drinks nothing but Red Dog, so they special order it for him and keep them stocked. By the time we're finishing up the Red Dogs, Theismann's is in the midst of its third blackout of the night. I kid you not.

They ended up having to close the place during the 9th inning of the game. It was completely dark, all of the computers were down and people were sneaking out of the bar and walking out on their checks. They brought out all of these candles and the bartenders were scrambling to remember who had ordered what and trying to write out bills for people before they ran out. Kind of a crazy scene. Maybe this happens all the time, since I rarely get out anymore, but it struck me as odd. And, yes, we both paid out checks in full.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 12, 2006; 11:44 AM ET
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JLC I didn't get to hear the show. But from what was posted (thanks again Skinz for looking out for a bra in Jersey) you laid the smack down. Keep up the good work my friend. Now give us an update on Springs. lol

Posted by: jm220 | October 12, 2006 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I just see this as a ratings jump for JLC's Blog and WTEM 980. Readers might switch to 980 to form their own opinions and listeners might tune into the blog because they never knew of it.

Posted by: 4th Floor | October 12, 2006 12:09 PM | Report abuse

JLaC--I commend you for taking the high road and being the grown up in this whole thing. Sports media needs more guys like you.

BTW--I read a little bit of O'Halloran's blog yesterday and it makes me think alot of us are the same guy. Early-mid 30's grew up in the DC area love they 'skins and a lot of similar interests TV, sports, our families, etc.

Posted by: PSUAsh | October 12, 2006 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I am in my twenties, no kids, live in DC, and rep it to the death in G'Town!


Posted by: The Governor | October 12, 2006 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I remember about Red Dog is that if you cover up the top half of the logo and look at it upside down, it looks like a clown (bald but with two tufts of hair on the side), um, inbetween someone's legs.

Posted by: Watching from the Netherlands | October 12, 2006 12:26 PM | Report abuse

From the brewery that brought you Icehouse! How could it not be delicious?

Who remembers the Red Dog knockoff, Red Wolf?

I blame the Red craze on Killians Red, which I think some people mistakenly took for a microbrew.

Posted by: Rain Man | October 12, 2006 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Let the sports reporters have their fun. Both you and WTEM cover the Redskins. Their coverage is entertaining and funny.Yours is factual but somewhat boring. I choose to be entertained with humor during the morning hours. The Redskins make it easy for both of you. They are a laughing stock and I really love to read the Post rip them and listen to the humor provided by WTEM.

The group that you have to feel sorry for is the Triple X crews. They say negative things about the Redskins and they will lose their heads.

As long as Dan Snyder owns the Redskins, we can all be entertained and laugh out loud.

Posted by: TJR | October 12, 2006 12:35 PM | Report abuse

i adhere to a strict policy of drinking no alcoholic beverage with "dog" in its name. no pooches on my hooches!
come to think of it, i eschew critters of every ilk.

Posted by: Jason's editor | October 12, 2006 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Long time reader, fourth time submitter.
This blog is awesome. 81tothestix makes my day consistently. the past 24 hours has been the all time best.

Posted by: Lavar Walt Clark | October 12, 2006 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Re: the Sports Reporters, it's time to take it easy. Sounds like you're already down that path a bit. Keep going.

Your reporting and writing are great. Knowledgeable fans and readers are aware of your insight and professionalism. It's evident in your work.

Czaban is not a professional sports reporter. He is a radio jock, and is paid to get people to listen to WTEM, so the ratings rise and they can charge more for advertising. If tweaking you and positing conspiracies does that, WTEM will be quite happy.

It's just entertainment. Relax. Enjoy what Steve is doing. He's not questioning your integrity, he's entertaining his listeners. Have fun with it. Have another Red Dog.

Posted by: John in Laurel | October 12, 2006 1:13 PM | Report abuse

context context

I thought you had been drinking with Joe Theismann and he was on his third alcohol related black-out before the ninth inning and he got so bad they had to close the joint down where you were at. Turns out you were at Theismann's and the establishment blacked-out... not as funny as what I first read, but a great laugh anyway.

We need Boofer back on the real. Or at least this week's version (where are you TENNTITAN?)... so far no one has really been talking about this weekend's game. I just keep hearing how we gotta come out of the bye week strong and go on a tear through the NFC. What are the key match ups this weekend? What kind of down field threat is our second rate pass defense expecting? Are we planning on spying Young? Will TOMKAT be in attendence? Did Jason kill a man will a trident?

Its Thursday, let's put in some good pre-weekend blogging before I head down to Va Beach for the weekend.

Posted by: dorf | October 12, 2006 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey John in Laurel,

Relax, this is just JLa's blog. It's not his real column. This is just a place where he comes to vent about no-talent windbags who criticize his work without having any idea what he is talking about.

Why don't we oblige the Queen Bee and change the subject. Let's talk about something we can all agree on. How much we hate Peter Pumpkin head and his stupid diatribes regarding coffee and Mary Beth's softball games.

Posted by: Skinz | October 12, 2006 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Skens fans, Titans going to roll u up n smoke u! LOLZ

Posted by: VINCEYOUNG4LIFE | October 12, 2006 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Skinz you in rare form today. Mary Beth's softball games. LMAO. I agree let's talk about Brunell. Or the D line that has no desire to get to the qb.

Posted by: jm220 | October 12, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

yes, let's talk about this week's game. our esteemed sports editor, some other spojournos and i were discussing this yesterday and, while everyone believes the skins will win, we kept saying, "they can't lose, can they?"
no, they can't. and yet, what's worse than playing an 0-5 team? you know it's gonna win one and probably soon. and what's worse than 0-5 when you've just been administered a beatdown (1-3 after last year's gints debacle)and you're a little unfocused?
sure, the game's at fedex, but the titans have been playing better. the colts have deficiencies (they don't play tough), but the titans were in that game and how tough are the skins?
besides, jeff fisher is very, very smart. someday, i'll tell you a little story.
so i could see the skins losing to the titans and beating the colts. really.
but, hey, let's discuss! take it from here, meg.

Posted by: Jason's editor | October 12, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Part of me wants us to lose the next two games so Brunell can get bench. Is that wrong of me? Should I be brought up of treason charges? I just can't take another 109 passing game with a vetern qb. With a first time starter yes.

Posted by: jm220 | October 12, 2006 1:33 PM | Report abuse


Best matchup in my mind is our running game against their battered D line. Haynesworth is out because he likes to stomp on people. The Titans are down DT Rien Long for the season because of an Achilles problem, and defensive end Travis LaBoy missed practice yesterday. That's their entire right side starting unit either injured or suspended. Keith Bullock is a great linebacker, but we should be able to block him behind two backup lineman.

On offense the Titans are missing starting WR David Givens and have a tight end who has yet to play a snap thus far (Erron Kinney). Drew Bennett is also injured and missed practice yesterday. Vince Young has not thrown a pass over 30 yards and is averaging under 5 yards an attempt.

We should exploit these matchups on the ground. CP, Betts, and an activated Duckett could make this a very long game for an injured, suspended, and unimpressive Titans' defensive front. Also their middle linebacker is unimpressive.

Posted by: Skin Patrol | October 12, 2006 1:34 PM | Report abuse


Good job on the sport reporters. To me that whole station lineup has changed. It seems as if they ar emore negative towards the skins now than ever. I wonder if Triple X ESPN radio has anything to do with this shift in attitude.

Posted by: Chris | October 12, 2006 1:34 PM | Report abuse

This is how it's going down: Dolamite is going to roll up on the Thumbtacks and run them over. They have the 32nd (note to newcomers, there are only 32 teams) rush defense. Plus, they're lead face stomper is still out on suspension, so Randy T is going to have his way with these fools.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | October 12, 2006 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Skin Patrol the same could have been said about the G-Men secondary. And we all know what happened in that game. (109 yards.he needs to be beat with a stick for that one lol)

Cindy, yes I could see us going down this weekend. Let's hope it doesn't turn out that way.

Posted by: jm220 | October 12, 2006 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Skin Patrol, you have done your research. Correct on all counts. Plus, Pacman Jones may or may not be arrested before gametime. You never know with that guy.

jm220, let's give the Brunell + bench thing a rest until next week. It's Thursday. That stuff's fodder for Mon and Tues.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | October 12, 2006 1:42 PM | Report abuse


I think our running game is more of a lock than our passing game. A matchup that favors CP is better news for the Redskins than one that favors Brunell because MB has proven that he cannot pass against even mediocre secondaries.

And they are already giving up 4.7 yards per carry. That's WITH Haynesworth and Travis LaBoy against rushing "powerhouses" like... the Jets? Miami?

Posted by: Skin Patrol | October 12, 2006 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Point made Skin Patrol. And I do have faith in CP.

Posted by: jm220 | October 12, 2006 1:47 PM | Report abuse

JLC - You're doing a great job reporting!! You are very objective in your observations. Thanks for all the information.

As far as the skins go, we have 1 win against a quality opponent, or maybe I should say a likely playoff bound opponent. The skins still have a lot of work to do!! I wonder if the reporters would be bored if we were undefeated, and there were no question marks surrounding the team and the coaches?

We have a better all around defense and offense than the Titans - which isn't saying much, but I do fully expect us to dominate this game:

Redskins 31
Titans 10

Then we start the most difficult part of our schedule at 3-3. I expect Springs to be week-to-week all year long with his injury, so I hope the coaches bring in some secondary help so we can at least have a shot against some of the better teams. What are we going to do when we have to play the best passing offense in the NFL (Philly)? We need some secondary help fast. We can't affort to lose to Philly this year - and the way our defense is playing so far, McNabb and the birds could put up 40+ points on us.

Posted by: Max | October 12, 2006 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Who would you rather have had: Pacman Jones or ol' Carlos "give em' a 10 yard buffer" Rogers?

Answer: Darrell Green

Posted by: Dorf | October 12, 2006 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little concerned about Uncle Rico (thx making it happen with his legs. That guy's pretty good. He could take state.

Recently, it seems like we've been leaving the middle of the field wide open. Without a legitimate pass rush, I'm worried that he might be able to sneak out and rack up some rushing yards.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | October 12, 2006 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Lendale White has the flu as well. Not sure if this will matter or not.

Posted by: Max | October 12, 2006 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I heard uncle rico could throw a football over the mountains in his younger years.

Posted by: Max | October 12, 2006 1:55 PM | Report abuse

JLC - can we get a man rule that Brunell is now referred to on this blog as uncle rico?? I love that nickname.

Posted by: Max | October 12, 2006 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Want to thank Jason and special blog guest, Steve, for keeping it lively in anticipation of the big showdown with the Titans on Sunday. Clearly, we need something to entertain us when it's not Dallas/Philly/Giants week. In response to Chris, the changes at Sportstalk 980 have as much to do with management changes as they do with changes to on-air personalities. The former regional VP of WTEM and the 7 other Clear Channel stations is now running The Danny's XXX endeavor. When he left, many of the folks at WTEM went with him.

Posted by: Diva | October 12, 2006 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Max, Vince Young = Uncle Rico. When you see his throwing motion, you will know why.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | October 12, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

but, hey, let's discuss! take it from here, meg


No one has ever gone winless. No big O and 16. And I really doubt the Titans are going to be the first to achieve that lofty and oh so coveted record.

If the Giants thought last week was a must win, what the flying heck do the Titans think this week is? And remember back in the day when Dallas got their only win of the season? Against us? Uggh.

This is a must win. We need Portis to come out and slam the ball down their throat. And quick, before those jokers think they have a chance to make this a game. Get the offense on track and apply the beat-down in a swift and efficient manner. I really don't want to see any of this teasing that Portis did last week with his shoulder: going over and kneeling down something had popped loose. Visions of our season flushing down the toilet right there.

Hopefully this is the week Grilliams gets the defense in order. A few interceptions by Rogers-I-can't-catch would be great and The Reaper knocking someones head clean off would be great for starters.

Let's face it. The Titans suck. Really bad. So bad Boofer couldn't even summon up enough energy keep the caps-lock key on. We have to beat these guys. The team has to win this for their confidence.

Posted by: Megskin | October 12, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Yo Gov, you know when Ali G says it, it's booyakasha right? He doesn't say booyakashot...

Posted by: The Mayor | October 12, 2006 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Meg, I think the Raiders are in serious contention to make the fabled 0-16. [Foster care services sends abused spouses and kids to the Raiders b/c the Raiders can't beat anyone.]

There is a BIG special teams opportunity here. I'm pretty sure that the Titans' regular long snapper is out. Maybe we can force a fumble by batting the ball when the replacement picks up the ball from the ground before the long snap. I'm just saying, it would look cool.

Posted by: dcsween | October 12, 2006 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I guess I missed the reference to Vince Young as uncle rico, but with clinton portis dressing up as napoleon dynomite last week, it only made sense to me that Brunell would be uncle rico. Sorry, but I do like the nickname.

Posted by: Max | October 12, 2006 2:06 PM | Report abuse

That is covered territory. Trust me you don't wanna get into it with Gov.


All lofty goals for the skins to achieve. Only chance of Carlos getting an int. is if he turns and the ball gets stuck in his facemask. Now that would be something.

What do you all think about Springs playing this week? He doesn't sound sure of that injury being totally healed. I'd love for him to be in better game shape for Indy but in a way I almost think it's best to sit out another week and be ready after the bye.

Posted by: Skinz | October 12, 2006 2:07 PM | Report abuse

dcsween I went to Forestville High School. Our colors where black and silver. So the Raiders were my 2nd team. So please don't say that. lol

Posted by: jm220 | October 12, 2006 2:08 PM | Report abuse

since teams are putting up 170 rushing yards on Tennessee on average, I expect we should be able to control the ball for most of the game. At least 40 minutes. So I don't expect V. Young to have much time to make anything happen. This game belongs to Portis and Betts. Boost those rushing stats boys!! We are going to roll in this one. The only reason Indy had trouble is because they don't have a strong running game. We do!!

Posted by: Max | October 12, 2006 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Art Shell is going to get at least one win out of that team. It may be the last few games of the season, but that team will be angry and hungry and so pissed off they'll rip someone's throat out.

Posted by: Megskin | October 12, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Skinz, I agree with you. The coaching staff needs to let Springs sit another week. What would be the point in bringing him back for this game? The guys we have in the secondary now, obviously, need some more practice.

Posted by: Megskin | October 12, 2006 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Skins look past Titans
Rose Bowl déjà vu for Vince
Bridge jumpers galore

Posted by: MV Dame | October 12, 2006 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Rose Bowl déjà vu for Vince

No, at some point Grilliams is going to get so mad at Rogers and Co. he is going to fly onto the field and make the tackle himself.

That was great though. HaikuMan has competition. :P

Posted by: Megskin | October 12, 2006 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Head-stomper Haynesworth
Let him play, Mister Goodell
Sans helmet and pads

Posted by: MV Dame | October 12, 2006 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Dame's great poetry
Equals mine, but is she hot?
Is Meg challenged, too?


Posted by: HaikuMan | October 12, 2006 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Is Meg challenged, too?

You two are free to fondle amongst yourselves. Hitting on each other through haikus is going to be quite amusing. Just don't get your caesuras caught in your dactyls; someone might get hurt.

Posted by: Megskin | October 12, 2006 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Aw come on, Meg -- how about a hot iambic trimeter with Dame and I?

Dame used a French phrase, so you know she'd be into it....:)

Posted by: HaikuMan | October 12, 2006 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hot for sure I am
But please no touchy, H-Man
Dame as in Notre

Or like 666
So let this be an omen
Only one Queen Bee

Megskin is her name
And even she is taken
By a troll, no less

Posted by: MV Dame | October 12, 2006 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Aw come on, Meg

Heh, it's funny when you get all hot&flustered and break out of haiku mode.

Posted by: Megskin | October 12, 2006 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I like Czabe.He's opinionated but fair. He and the crew are funny, unless you are thin skined or have no sence of humor. As far as Jason, Before Czabe mentioned you, I'd never heard of you,(I don't read much in the sports page as most of it is drivel)so this is a good thing for your exposure.Meg, I will judge you based on your few posts as you have judged Czabe on, only his. You are probrobly a blind skins homer, uptight and sans a sence of humor (Dane Cook adoration does not count) so you are not the kind of listener czabe is targeting. Now run along. To whoever referred to SC as a Scumbag. Are you kidding? That's all you've got? Not very clever.Also a little harsh dontcha think? Sheesh.-Mike

Posted by: Mike22102 | October 13, 2006 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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