Well, as more and more professional athletes join Twitter (or have sponsored versions of themselves theoretically tweeting), Chris Samuels is going old-school with the Official Chris Samuels Website. Sure, it’s a stylishly designed site, with fancy moving Flash interfaces, a consistent visual aesthetic, and endlessly looping music, but if it’s not the 140-characters-or-less fad of the moment, I’m comfortable calling it old school.
For all the bells and whistles, it’s also a bit bare bones at the moment. Samuels’ upcoming events are listed, and you can view some amusing (if small) photos in the photo gallery. But the video blog is currently more a promise than an actuality, and the Shop Studio 60 store assures us — in a cheery 8-bit Nintendo era font — that it’s coming soon.
Which is not to imply that the website is completely devoid of content: the Features section is up and running perfectly, linking to various articles written about Samuels over the years. And that’s excellent, because otherwise I would likely never have come across last year’s profile in Home & Design magazine, or this story in Boating Life.
And that would be sad. Excerpts after the jump.
The Home & Design story chronicles designed Chad Alan’s complete makeover of the Samuels household:
The designer embarked on a “dramatic transformation” of the entire home, replacing the beige with a vibrant palette of persimmon, gold and earth tones. “They were very adventurous,” says Alan. He hired decorative painter Maggie O’Neill of O’Neill Studios in Kensington, Maryland, to create custom treatments throughout the home, commissioned original artwork and selected furnishings to suit Samuels’s style-and his physical stature.
“Chad made it easy for someone like me. I’m just a guy,” says Samuels. “I’m not good at stuff like this at all. If he was telling us something, I couldn’t visualize it. I was totally lost. Once he brought in the drawings and the fabric, I could see it a whole lot better.”
Strangely, though, it does not mention the glossy doors, which are the focus of a similar profile in Washingtonian.
In the Vienna home Redskins tackle Chris Samuels shares with girlfriend Monique Cox, the 43 interior doors are glossy black. The couple’s interior designer, Chad Alan, took the doors to a body shop and had them sprayed with car paint. “It gives them a nice shine,” Cox says. “Our housecleaners have to use car wash on them.”
I can honestly say that I would never in my life have thought of either that paint selection or that means of cleaning it. Only one day in and Samuels’s website has already completely changed my approach to home decor.
The Boating Life story is less educational, but much, much more entertaining, recounting Samuels and Mike Sellers‘ experiences with some cutting-edge water toys. I’m calling it a recommended read, but here’s the opening, just to give you a sense of what you’re in for.
From the look on Chris Samuels’ widescreen face and from the strange sounds coming from the subwoofer in his chest, he isn’t quite sure what he’s getting into – or, in the case of the Connelly Interceptor, he doesn’t know what he’s getting onto. He has carefully lowered his dense 6-foot-5-inch, 317-pound body atop the big rubber toy, and already there are signs he’s overmatched. He has not eaten well this morning – a bagel and a couple of sips of Gatorade. He did not sleep well last night – a train passed his room at 3 a.m., followed by a wake-up call two hours later. Now he looks confused. His normally rhythmic laughter is hitched. For the five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle of the Washington Redskins, this was supposed to be an off-day. It is only when Samuels reaches for the Interceptor’s handles and nearly swipes his girlfriend, Monique (Hazel) Cox, off the tube in the process, that Samuels realizes he better be on today.
And, yes, there’s video.
If the rest of the website yields as much valuable content as this first section, it’ll be a blog well worth watching.
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