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Redskins Golf For Rocky McIntosh As Well

Posted by Matt Terl on May 18, 2009 – 5:18 pm

When I saw Rocky McIntosh in the above outfit for his charity golf tournament today, I had one simple question for him: are you wearing the same thing to golf that you wore to paintball?

“No,” he said, “It’s my tribute to Greg Norman. I went out trying to be the Shark today.”

And did you play like Greg Norman today?

“Not in the least. I didn’t play too much like a shark. More like the Little Mermaid.”

Which, as seems to be the way with these things, was okay. The point of the event was not to dazzle with golfing ability, but to benefit the Loudoun Center for Social Justice. And from that perspective, it was clearly a success. “It’s our first year doing this,” McIntosh’s wife Alessia told me, who has supported the group more or less since they arrived in the area, “but we’re thrilled with how well it went.”

And that’s good. Much better than if they had taken a look at McIntosh’s hat and chosen to enforce club policy.

Of course, McIntosh himself considered the day a success for a different reason, reporting via Twitter after the fact: “my team shot 7 under ………i think i did good cuz i came back with 2 balls out a pack of twelve yessssssss”

More Redskins golfing pictures after the jump, although nothing that quite reaches the majesty of Clinton Portis’s socks at Jason Campbell’s event a few weeks back.

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Monday, May 18: Great TV News

Posted by Matt Terl on May 18, 2009 – 11:51 am

Let me get this out of the way first: I love Tony Kornheiser. Have ever since the legendary Bandwagon columns during the Redskins Super Bowl run back in 1991. His radio show has been consistently excellent in each new incarnation, and Pardon The Interruption is elevated above the other seventy-five shows in the men-shouting-at-each-other genre only by the chemistry between Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. (Watch any episode with one or more guest hosts, if you doubt it.)

But the whole Monday Night Football gig never fully clicked for him. He always felt … not exactly like a round peg in a square hole so much as a round peg in a specially-carved round hole that simply didn’t belong on the board with the other pegs. His approach to color commentary tended to make the game itself feel secondary to his chosen storyline — Brett Favre, for example, or Brett Favre, or, on several other occasions, Brett Favre.

Which makes the news today that Kornheiser is stepping down (or possibly being forced out) of the Monday Night booth exciting on the face of it. The fact that his replacement is Jon Gruden makes it doubly so. Gruden is, by all reports, an intelligent, thoughtful guy, and — as seen in the Wired Up segment above — the kind of charismatic guy who can make football analysis insightful AND entertaining.

As I was writing the last paragraph, Redskins executive director of media relations Zack Bolno walked by. Bolno worked in the PR department under Gruden’s head coaching regime in Tampa years ago, so I asked him for his quick, off-the-cuff reaction to the hire. Read more »

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