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PBA Fans Not Exactly Enthusiastic About Fred Smoot (Or Me)

Posted by Matt Terl on June 17, 2009 – 4:44 pm

You might remember reading somewhere — possibly here, here, here, here, here, or here — about Fred Smoot‘s desire to become a professional bowler and the PBA ‘s response to him. In case you’ve somehow forgotten, here’s the gist: Smoot is an enthusiastic bowler who expressed in great detail his desire to compete on the PBA tour.

Dan Steinberg got wind of this, wrote about it, and the next thing you know, the PBA is issuing this statement:

The PBA will give Fred Smoot entry into a PBA event and he can see where he stacks up against the best bowlers in the world. We think he might be in for a rude awakening because our pros are to bowling pins what he is to wide receivers.

Smoot would learn a lot about his game and get some tips from the best. We are sure he has a long way to go to get to the pro level but his enthusiasm for the sport can carry him far.

Good story, right? Smoot’s an entertaining, enthusiastic guy, he’ll get his chance to prove himself, and everyone wins and everybody’s happy.

Wellllll … not exactly.

Two days ago, a bit after the whole bowling fooferaw had died down, this comment showed up on one of my Fred Smoot Bowling posts:

Absolutely ludicrous!! What is the matter with this writer? You guys should be a little more worried about your team than some NFL player who dosen’t stand a chance against the PBA elite. He woulden’t average 150 on a PBA pattern. Debate it if you want on www.blogtalkradio.com Tuesday the 16th 11:00 eastern. Just search bowling and the13th frame will pop up.

Sure, it was obvious shilling for a bowling podcast, but I couldn’t see any reason not to check it out. I downloaded the podcast today and noticed one thing immediately: it was two hours long.

Now, look, I have plenty of specific interests of my own. A two hour podcast on the Redskins? Sure, I’m there. Two consecutive (language warning!) Deadspin podcasts, or three straight On The DL With Dan Levy sessions? I can do that. Two hours on, say, regional American cooking styles? Sold.

But two hours on professional bowling is way, way, way beyond my abilities. Luckily for me, Intern Jenna is absolutely fascinated by the topic, and happily listened to the entire thing. 94 minutes in, she excitedly told me that they were discussing Smoot. So at that point, I jumped back in, and … wow.
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Wednesday, June 17: About The Welcome Home Luncheon

Posted by Matt Terl on June 17, 2009 – 8:44 am


Over at Redskins.com, the top story right now is that tickets for the Welcome Home Luncheon are available. You can see DeAngelo Hall talking about it above, and here’s some of the Redskins.com story:

The Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Redskins Alumni Association will host the 48th annual Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. The event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate the start of the Redskins’ 2009 regular season with players, coaches and alumni!

The Welcome Home Luncheon is one of the few times in which fans and corporate partners have the chance to spend time with the entire Redskins team. Each table will include at least one player, coach or alumni seated with the attendees.

Fair enough. But what, you might be asking, does all that actually mean? Well, here are some highlights from last year’s Welcome Home Luncheon, to give a bit of the flavor of the thing.

  • The silent auction offers a chance to acquire pieces of the Redskins proud history while donating to charity — as well as some of the less proud pieces.
  • The mix of current Redskins and Redskins alumni means that you can overhear some entertaining — and long — conversations.
  • Although Jason Fabini likely won’t be attending this year’s event, there’s always the hope that some other player will have an amusing wardrobe malfunction.
  • And, most importantly, it’s a chance to hear Head Coach Jim Zorn speak. It was at last year’s event that he first debuted the Hip Hip Hooray cheer that became such a part of the first half of the season, and it was also there that he told one of the funniest stories I’ve heard from him:

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