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H. B. Blades On His Ex-Roommate Joe Flacco

Posted by Matt Terl on December 5, 2008 – 5:05 pm


When I think about Ravens rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, the first thing that comes to mind is ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper’s distinctive voice touting the strong arm of “Joe Flacco, quarterback out of Delaware.” But even before that, he was Joe Flacco, backup quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh.

And when he was at Pittsburgh, his roommate was guy by the name of Horatio Benedict Blades, better known as Washington Redskins linebacker H.B. Blades.

You roomed with Flacco?


What was it like?

“Flacco? Flacco was a good guy. Very smart guy, strong arm. His right forearm – his throwing arm – is way bigger than his left one. Way bigger.”

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The Excellent WKYS Sean Taylor Tribute

Posted by Matt Terl on December 5, 2008 – 4:04 pm

This is the 93.9 WKYS tribute to Sean Taylor. After all the 21 tributes that I saw and linked to last week, I really have no idea how I missed this one (hat tip to Mr. Irrelevant for bringing it to my attention), but better late than never.

From the WKYS description of the tribute:

EZ Street, 93.9 WKYS afternoon drive personality along with Grammy nominated artists Raheem Devaugh, Anwan Glover aka Big G, the HBO’s hit series The Wire and NBC’s Law and Order and founding member of the Backyard Band, Miss Kim, lead female vocalist of Rare Essence, DC rap sensation Wale and Jamil “Face” Johnson have come together to create this lyrical masterpiece of dedication to the late Sean Taylor.

“The idea for doing this song is simple. To honor # 21 Sean and to send a message that to the community that we must never forget that there is still much work to do stop the violence in our community. Sean’s tragic death acts a reminder”, says EZ Street.

And, yes, that is Chris Samuels who appears for a few seconds in the video, and his girlfriend Hazel is one of the performers on the track. “I do a radio show on 93.9 every Tuesday with EZ Street. He’s the one who put everything together, he’s the one who knew all the artists, made sure everything got done,” Samuels told me.

And the finished product? “It’s strong,” he said, nodding. “Not just a strong track, but meaningful as well. It has a lot of heart.”

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On the Field for Practice – 12/5

Posted by Matt Terl on December 5, 2008 – 2:00 pm

The rain that I predicted yesterday wore itself out last night, leaving today clear, windy, and cold for a Friday practice.


  • I think if I had to pick the person who stood out most at practice today, it would be Rocky McIntosh. He was all over the place, covering the running back coming out of the backfield, spotting a screen before it developed, and tipping down a pass in the end zone.
  • As Ryan O’Halloran recently noted in the Washington Times, wide receivers develop notoriously slowly in the NFL, and it’s hard to argue. Slowly though it may be, Devin Thomas is definitely improving. I asked him after today’s practice why that was. “I’m just trying to fly around and do everything fast. I’ve been reading my books so I know what I’m doing out there, and Jason knows I’ll be there when he looks my way. He’s starting to see me working and going harder out there, and he’s starting to trust that I’m going to be there.”

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Coach Zorn a Prophet in the Realm of 3-D Football

Posted by Matt Terl on December 5, 2008 – 10:40 am

Photo by Harry How/Getty ImagesI’ve only found a few reviews so far of the live 3-D broadcast of last night’s Chargers annihilation of the Raiders, and they’re generally favorable as long as you disregard a few glitches (and words like “cross-eyed”).

One relatively uninvolved person who comes out looking fairly insightful in all of this is our own head coach Jim Zorn. When I asked him yesterday what he expected from the broadcast, he said “It’ll probably be the replays that are unique and clever, because when you’re watching the game, you’re probably really just watching them play.”

So what does L.A. Daily News media columnist Tom Hoffarth write today, in his review of the experience?

“The most compelling action was best seen on slow-motion replays when the ball came directly at the cameras, such as an end-zone shot of the interceptions by San Diego’s Stephen Cooper from the Raiders’ JaMarcus Russell in the second quarter.”

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Friday, December 5: Zorn's Necklace in Brief

Posted by Matt Terl on December 5, 2008 – 10:13 am

ra-ku-wa1At the start of this week, the DC Sports Bog ran a picture of Coach Jim Zorn wearing a “necklace of unknown provenance”. Well, after a grueling week of intense research, I can happily report that the provenance is now 100% known.

The necklace is the Rakuwa Titanium Necklace X30 Aqua Titan (or some combination of those words, depending on which label you believe), produced by Phi-Ten.

It was popular with players in Seattle when Zorn was there – one of Phi-Ten’s corporate stores is located in downtown Seattle – and Zorn became somewhat friendly with the employees at the store. When he came to D.C., Zorn got in touch with the Phi-Ten people and acquired a necklace in (more or less) Redskins colors. Now you know.

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