The Silly Season
The Brits call this The Silly Season - the time when the transfer window open in European soccer and rumors swirl and fly as haphazardly as Stuart Scott's stray pupil (I write this as someone with an out-of-control wondering eye myself). In the NFL, it's the time right around the combine, when the entire league, it's latest crop of prime draft beef and pretty much every accredited agent converge on Indy, with the hotel lobbies crammed with big wigs and loose lips.
Given the Redskins' approach to free agency, they are at the core of much of the mud flinging. All the agents/players want to be linked to them, since they habitually overspend - and other teams enjoy doing business with them (just ask the Broncos). So believe me peeps, you are going to be reading a lot of BS in the next few weeks. I don't have the time or energy or, frankly, the desire, to wade through all the muck on a daily basis, but from time to time I will weigh in.
I know some of you saw a few lines of speculation in the Chicago Tribune the other day about Arch Deluxe possibly buying his way out of contract to go to Chicago, Not sure who they're talking to - or if this is a case of a writer pontificating without a net - but as I wrote during the season, no one close to Arch expects him to pull a LaVar to become a free agent. This dude has $5 million guaranteed staring at his face - whether he gets it all in March or over three years (if he's cut), so there's no impetus for him to do anything. The dude is laying low, and as of now, from what I am told there have been no discussions between him and the Skins.
I know a lot of the bloggy peeps are also pondering a return of Silky Johnson, AKA Smootie (or Smootster as Coach Joe once called him). I have to say I don't see this happening, but I'm not entirely ruling it out, either. He wasn't a huge favorite of the coaches when he was here, but the players liked him. Even some of the players closest to him, however, said that Smoot never quite mastered the system and was miffed by a defensive scheme that was built more around the LB and safeties; corners play the run and the underneath stuff but the safeties make a lot of plays on the ball downfield. Also, there was a sentiment by some that Smoot may have been able to play the final game of the 2004 season against the Vikes - his future employer - but did not want to push it (I find this nuts, because the dude played in some serious pain the season before with the sternum injury and all).
And, beyond all of that, the dude just hasn't performed well since leaving the Skins, lost his starting job, had the whole Sex Boat fiasco, then the accident. I think he, like LaVar, will come cheap, but I am not sure the coaches want to go back in time with either of them. Smoot has much greater return potential than LaVar, but that's not saying much.
Randoms: Happy belated Valentine's Day, everyone. Not much romantic going on here. When I am not making calls and checking up on the Skins, I am trying to get ready for the new baby, clean closets and try to figure out exactly how 4 of us are going to fit in a 2-bedroom house with like 1,200 sq. feet. Oh the joys of NoVa living ...
So I head down stairs to blog, walk to the PC, plop down in the chair in front of the computer and end up on my backside. Damn IKEA chair snapped in half. It's only like three years old - one of those leather, cushy jobs on the swivel than can spin around. Yeah, I definitely know I am getting fat and need to get my butt in gear, but come on, snapping in half at the base? These Swedes are sending us some bad vibes. America has enough of a collective weight/image problem to begin with. This is also the second time in two weeks I have been privy to a sitting instrument snapping in half in my presence. That can't be a good sign ...
Am I the only one who cringes every time a preview for a Sandra Bullock movie flashes before me on TV? Most of the time I have no idea if it's a commercial for a new movie, or just one for an old flick that's hitting DVD. Has she ever made a good movie (no, "Speed" doesn't count)? Do they all seem entirely the same? Lauren says she was good in a movie about being an alcoholic. Never saw it myself, but, since she's my wife and all, I'm inclined to take her word for it.
Jason La Canfora
February 14, 2007; 10:54 PM ET
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