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As Of Tuesday, Clinton Portis Was In Favor Of Sellers, Communication

Posted by Matt Terl on October 9, 2009 – 5:04 pm

During Clinton Portis‘s regular Tuesday appearances on The John Thompson Show on ESPN980, you never know what you’re going to get. Last year, it seemed like Portis was using Tuesdays mainly to work out his aggressions — on the team, the coach, the radio hosts, whoever. This year, it’s mostly been the Clinton Portis Super Happy Positivity Funtime Hour.

And this week — it turns out, based on after-the-fact reports — we have Portis’s comments the day after his reported “heated exchange” with his fullback, Mike Sellers. I remembered hearing Portis’s segment on my way to Santana Moss‘s charity event Tuesday and was sure I had heard Sellers’s name mentioned, but I couldn’t recall the context.

Thank goodness for the ESPN980 Audio Vault. (Although it didn’t work for me in Firefox; I recommend using Internet Explorer for best results, and be prepared to have host Kevin Sheehan loudly try to sell you a Mercedes as soon as you get to the site.)

I re-listened to Portis’s appearance, and here’s what he had to say about the guy that he had apparently been criticizing and arguing with the day before. Read more »

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Coach Zorn Discusses The Portis/Sellers Incident

Posted by Matt Terl on October 9, 2009 – 4:25 pm

It seems that there was some sort of incident — a “heated argument,” per the Washington Times — between the Redskins Pro Bowl running backs Monday night. Rumors have Clinton Portis questioning Mike Sellers‘s abilities as a blocker, but no details have been confirmed. Neither Portis nor Sellers spoke after practice, but Head Coach Jim Zorn addressed the situation.

I had considered a few different approaches Zorn might take to this kind of thing, but he went with one that I hadn’t thought of at all: an upbeat Zorn — as cheerful as he’s seemed for weeks — was actively supportive and enthusiastic about the incident.

Here’s my transcription of Zorn’s answers, for the inevitable group of people who are unable or unwilling to watch internet video.
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Glenn Pakulak Will Be The Punter And (Seemingly-Accurate) Holder

Posted by Matt Terl on October 9, 2009 – 1:39 pm

Coach Jim Zorn announced after practice today that Hunter Smith will likely not be active for this weekend’s game, and the team plans to sign Glenn Pakulak from the practice squad to the active roster. Pakulak apparently impressed enough during his week of practice that he’ll be handling the punting and holding duties; Zorn declined to reveal who would be released from the active roster to make room for the move.

When Pakulak was signed, he seemed enthusiastic to be getting another look in the NFL; if possible, he seemed more enthusiastic with today’s news. “I’m just excited to be here, excited to see what I can do,” Pakulak said, “and to help the team out as much as I can as long as I’m here. Really excited about it.”

The most obvious difference between Pakulak and Smith is that Pakulak is left-footed — “so the ball’s gonna spin differently,” Pakulak said — but both he and kicker Shaun Suisham seemed confident that there would be no fall-off in the area of holding for kicks.

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Friday, October 9: A Few Morning Notes

Posted by Matt Terl on October 9, 2009 – 8:40 am

Just starting this day off with a few things that didn’t seem likely to fit anywhere else. They’re not all links, so it’s not exactly a links post, but … it’s more or less the same thing.

Mike Sellers is helping out a high school friend whose daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.

When Sellers heard that a high school friend’s 2-year-old daughter had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, the North Thurston High School graduate wanted to help. For a silent auction that will be held Saturday as part of a fundraiser, Sellers donated a round-trip flight, Redskins tickets and hotel arrangements for a game in Washington D.C.

“He’s really the Mike we grew up with. Caring,” said Harvey, a 1992 Timberline High School graduate. “I know Mike would like to be kept in private and not take credit for his act, but I just wanted to say that I’m proud of my buddy. We’ve been blown away by his efforts.”

Colt Brennan is the University of Hawaii Warrior of the Century, and I am apparently the last to know. “It’s a tremendous honor,” Brennan told me, before adding, “Dude, that’s, like, old.”

Keep in mind that Brennan is 26 years old, meaning that he missed a full 74 years of the century he’s the warrior of. “I kinda got lucky, I think, with momentum coming off of our biggest season so close to when they nominated,” Brennan suggested, “but it’s a great honor, and hopefully one I can live up to for a long time.”

There’s a fake Hogette running around. Do not trust the man claiming to be New York’s only Hogette, AKA Stephette Hogette. Here’s the statement from the Hogettes: Read more »

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