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The Turmoil Caused By Jon Jansen Being On The Lions

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 5:20 pm

So the folks over at Hogs Haven asked the question that’s on everyone’s mind: “Can the Lions beat the Redskins with Jon Jansen’s O-Line insight?” Jansen was with the Redskins for nine years, including one — last year — under the current coaching staff. It certainly seems conceivable that Jansen might be able to impart some kind of information — about tendencies, about line calls, about something — that could help the Lions in Sunday’s game.

Hogs Haven comes up with some amusing answers, but I figured I’d ask Casey Rabach — and he, somewhat uncharacteristically, played it straight. “It’s really no big deal,” he said. “It really isn’t. It happens around here all the time.”
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A Brief, Mildly Embarrassing Discussion About Hot Sauce With Fred Smoot

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 4:47 pm

Not too long ago, I did a favor for a guy over at the Try My Nuts nut company, which is — as you can probably guess from the name — the type of company that makes amusingly named hot sauces and spicy peanuts. (Really good spicy peanuts, I might add.) Today, I received a package of stuff from the company as a way of saying thank you, a generous and completely unnecessary gesture.

Good stuff, too: peanut brittle and those spicy peanuts and all sorts of other things. And, of course, a few bottles of hot sauce, each individually wrapped in bubble wrap.

Fred Smoot happened to be walking by as I was emptying the box out; I know Smoot likes hot sauce, so I called him over to see what we had. “I did a deal with Texas Pete,” Smoot said, “so I’ve got all the hot sauce I need for the rest of my life. Still, I’ll see what you’ve got.”

So it was a little awkward when the first bottle was of conVICKt Hot Sauce, the label of which features a cartoon bulldog urinating on a number 7. “Oh, see, that’s not right,” Smoot said, shaking his head. I gave an embarrassed shrug, thought about how glad I was that close-friend-of-Michael-Vick DeAngelo Hall wasn’t there and moved on to the next bottle.

Which was of Category 5 Private Reserve Hot Sauce, pictured above. That’s “category 5” as in “Hurricane.” As in, something else that Fred Smoot has recently mentioned not finding funny. “These hot sauce people,” he said, “they just don’t care about anyone, do they?”

And he walked away, leaving the hot sauce behind. Which was really too bad, because it meant that he missed the Dallas Sucks and Pittsburgh Sucks hot sauces.

Really good spicy peanuts, though.

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2009 Captain's Photo, Take 2

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 2:37 pm

When last we visited our intrepid team captains, they had assembled for their group photo only to find that Jason Campbell was wearing a suit that was several shades too light. Today, they tried again.

Much better. Success! And no one even had anything sarcastic to say afterward, even when I asked.

“Jason got enough of it last time,” Mike Sellers said.

Then he stopped to think for a minute and corrected himself:

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DeAngelo Hall's Mom Writes A Book

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 1:30 pm

The event last night at Maté in Georgetown was marketed as a launch party for DeAngelo Hall‘s website. And, to an extent, it certainly had all the trappings: other players in attendance, a charity auction, computers set up displaying the site (which Hall is hugely proud of), screen showing DHall highlights and snapshots, the whole fooferaw.

But secretly, to Hall himself, the website launch was pretty much secondary.

“This is about my mom’s book,” Hall told me. “It was a no-brainer for me. At first I had gone back and forth for even doing this event because I didn’t feel like I needed to do it to launch the website again. I feel like we had a good enough buzz coming off of training camp but when I had the chance to partner with my mom, that really made it a no-brainer.”

Hall looked around at the whole scene, waitresses carrying trays of sushi and drinks and people seeing and being seen, and shrugged. “It’s her, and I’m behind her. If my name can get one more person to pick the book up … once you pick it up, you’ll instantly be hooked.”

The book in question is called Bitter Sweet: A Woman’s Journey, and it’s the work of more than twelve years for Hall’s mother Joan. Read more »

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Wednesday, September 23: Lindsay Czarniak And Shaun Suisham Enjoy A Canadian Delicacy

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 8:20 am

A few weeks ago, someone requested “poutine” from the folks who make lunch here. It’s a Canadian food, french fries plus gravy plus cheese curds, and I wound up running around talking to the players about who (Shaun Suisham) might want such a thing (Shaun Suisham).

Well, for her “Lunch With Lindsay” segment this week, NBC-4‘s Lindsay Czarniak sat down with Suisham, and guess what dish she managed to to concoct for him. http://www.nbcwashington.com/syndication?id=60328717&path=%2Fnews%2Fsports

Between serving poutine and conducting the interview in a hockey rink, I think it’s safe to say that Czarniak has now outdone me in the category of “falling back on Canadian stereotypes”. Good interview, though, and the first one I’ve seen where Suisham really conveys just how much keeping the Redskins gig means to him. Read more »

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