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Albert Haynesworth, Too Big For Nashville, Possibly Tampa

Posted by Matt Terl on June 26, 2009 – 9:06 am

Apparently Albert Haynesworth did an interview with Adam Schein and Jim Miller on SIRIUS NFL Radio the other day. I wouldn’t know, because — being the sort of ancient person who remembers the Journey arcade game — I still use terrestrial radio, with static and commercials and all of that.

Fortunately for all of us, a poster over at NFL Spot dot com has transcribed a few of the comments, with a specific focus on how Haynesworth claimed to be “too big” for Nashville. This will no doubt cause all sorts of fuss and furor with Titans fans, but if you read the actual quotes, it seems clear that he means “too big” in the sense of “outgrown the place where he spent his youth,” not in the sense of “this town cannot contain all of my awesomeness.”

Here, judge for yourselves:

Haynesworth on his move to the Redskins via a $100 million contract: “Believe it or not, I guess I don’t have a ton of the pressure on me. I feel like I was almost getting – I don’t want it to seem like I’ve got a big head, but… too big for Nashville.”

Haynesworth on why he believes Nashville was more pressure on him than the Redskins market: “I try to explain it to people so they can understand it… say you’re in grade school… You stay in the same elementary school. You could be this young kid, coming in at six years old. You kind of do some things as far as misbehaving, or whatever. You’re just a young kid. But when you get to the fourth, fifth grade, you’ve kind of grown out of it. But you still carry around that and you’re still dealing with those same teachers and they still view you as that kid in kindergarten. That’s kind of what I felt in Nashville. No matter what I did, they always wanted to refer to me how I was when I first came into the league at 20 years old. Now in D.C., I feel like I have a clean slate.

“I’m kind of glad I didn’t work out something there because it was time for me to go.”

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Friday, June 26: Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Posted by Matt Terl on June 26, 2009 – 8:17 am

No Redskins content in this post, just a quick note to acknowledge the passing of one of the biggest — and ultimately most controversial — pop musicians of my lifetime. He set music industry records, was instrumental in turning MTV into a pop-cultural force, had eleventy-billion number one hits (NOTE: “eleventy-billion” may not be the actual number), and thrilled literally dozens of people as Captain EO at Disney’s EPCOT Center.

For those of us of a certain age, though — that is, “old” — Jackson’s shining moment came in making the only playable home video game based on a musician: Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker for the Sega Genesis.

Obviously, the rise of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution, and all their imitators have wrested that “only playable music game” title from Jackson — and, to be fair, Moonwalker was never anywhere near as good as the largely forgotten Journey arcade game — but it is still worth remembering today in honor of Jackson’s passing.

UPDATE: Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk manages to tie Jackson to the NFL. Read more »

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