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Chris Wilson Reviews Bonefish Grill

Posted by Matt Terl on January 5, 2009 – 2:29 pm

Whenever I asked people what they were planning to do on the road or on a holiday, I noticed that Chris Wilson had very firm, very specific answers. Whether it was restaurants in Detroit or bye week plans, Wilson would always come through with a precise (and tasty-sounding) recommendation. So I figured, why not have him do some formal restaurant reviews for the blog?

We tried to work out a review from a road trip, but the players’ schedules are tightly controlled, and Wilson didn’t have a lot of free time. So, after much back and forth, we decided to start with a review here in Loudoun County and see where it could develop from there.

Wilson’s choice for the first review? Bonefish Grill, in Ashburn, VA, part of an upscale chain of seafood restaurants whose mission statement is to “take the mystery out of fish for people who didn’t eat it very often, and yet provide further mystery for the truly adventurous.” (I like restaurants with mission statements. Just cooking for cooking’s sake seems so directionless.) Read more »

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Monday, January 5: Setting The Cat (Or Dog) Among The Pigeons

Posted by Matt Terl on January 5, 2009 – 9:30 am

The debate has been going since August, at least on this blog: can Jason Campbell be the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins?

In his favor: basic numbers. Campbell had more than 3,000 yards passing, twice as many touchdowns as interceptions, and a 62% completion percentage in his first year as a starter. Also, all of those numbers have improved every year he’s been in the league and there’s no reason to believe that he’s plateaued. In fact, Campbell doesn’t even understand why this is a question.

Working against him: a perceived lack of big play ability, a sense that he holds the ball too long, and the general truth that the backup quarterback always seems like a terrific plan — especially when the (third string) guy is a charismatic rookie who put up frankly ridiculous numbers in college. (Todd Collins, for whatever reason, has largely been left out of the debate.)

The debate has gotten heated at times, but I suspect that “heated” won’t even begin to cover it if a suggestion made by Rick Snider at the Examiner comes anywhere close to fruition: Snider is suggesting that the Redskins sign former dog-fighting enthusiast Michael Vick to “spice things up”. Read more »

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