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Okay, One More Bowling Post

Posted by Matt Terl on June 10, 2009 – 4:48 pm

The winners were announced today, and it looks like the Bill Khayat/Harrison Bernstein swap paid off: Todd Collins‘s team took the prize for highest group score.

Also as promised, Fred Smoot took home the highest individual game score. Watch out PBA.

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On The Field For OTAs – 6/10

Posted by Matt Terl on June 10, 2009 – 3:20 pm

Maybe it was just me, but something about today’s OTA felt lugubrious, like everyone was moving through syrup or something. Not to say that it wasn’t energetic — it was as lively as anything we’ve seen — but it seemed somehow slow. Not onfield for the session were LaRon Landry (as you’d expect), James Thrash (ditto), Clinton Portis, and Mike Williams. Williams was presumably absent because of the knee he jammed into the ground on Monday; word is that Coach Zorn will have more details on it tomorrow.

Of the folks who were there, it was these two guys who I found myself paying the most attention to: rookie cornerback Kevin Barnes, and fomer practice squad wide receiver Marques Hagans.

The reasons to pay attention to Barnes were obvious. After excitedly telling me on Monday that he had gotten his first interception, the third-round draft pick tallied two more today, one each off of Todd Collins and Colt Brennan. There’s no point in attempting to make something that takes place during June OTAs into more than it actually is, but both of these interceptions were the kind the team could’ve used last year: made on the run, at speed, with open field in front. Nice to see. I guess those half-sleeves are really making a difference for him.

As for Hagans, the reasons that he was interesting were a little less specific. Read more »

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A Terrific Start To The Day: The Examiner Says No Vick For Skins

Posted by Matt Terl on June 10, 2009 – 9:35 am

Five months ago, Rick Snider wrote a piece in the DC Examiner suggesting that what the Redskins REALLY should do this offseason was consider signing quarterback Michael Vick, at the time still imprisoned for dog fighting. Fans here were largely displeased at the suggestion.

Writing in the Examiner today, John Keim reports that the team took Snider’s advice and considered signing Vick … for what sounds like about twenty seconds.

According to multiple league sources, the Redskins briefly discussed signing the ex-Falcons quarterback and came to a quick and unanimous conclusion. It would not work here. It’s a message league sources say has been consistent since January.

The reasons why not are myriad, according to Keim’s league sources, ranging from questions about what position Vick could play to the political nightmare of Vick this close to the nation’s capital to the fact that Vick and incumbent quarterback Jason Campbell share an agent. Honestly, as long as the thesis of the article is correct and Vick isn’t coming to the team, the question of why barely matter to me at all. Read more »

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Wednesday, June 10: Fred Smoot Bowling – The Musical

Posted by Matt Terl on June 10, 2009 – 8:54 am

I described Fred Smoot‘s bowling style in great detail yesterday, but didn’t have the video to support it. And, honestly, I still don’t — Smoot spots the camera here within the first few seconds, and dials back his routine accordingly. Still, this gives a little bit of the flavor of what I was saying — the held pose after rolling the ball, the swagger, everything else. If you want just a slight taste of what Smoot could add to the PBA Tour, you can begin to see it here.

The musical score wasn’t so much an artistic decision as a necessity; the overwhelming level of the background noise made listening to the original audio physically painful, so I dropped in one of the pre-packaged music tracks that come with the Flip Camera. Honestly, I kinda like the effect — the proper instrumental music elevates anything to the level of high drama.


Bad news, though, for those of you who want to see the video Chris Cooley said that I have of him throwing three strikes from behind the seats in the bowling alley: I don’t actually have it. I have a still picture of him standing behind the seats while the ball is in the lane on the way to a strike, and somewhere I have a video of him not getting a strike from behind the chair — the streak-breaker, in fact — but never actually got the turkey video he promised. Sorry about that. I can vouch for his claim, though, for whatever that’s worth. The completely unremarkable still image is after the jump.

If you’re tired of all the bowling stuff, rejoice. This is the end of it from me, I think, and OTAs resume today.

UPDATE: Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog checks in with a response from the PBA to Fred Smoot’s dreams. Amazing. Read more »

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