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Happy Halloween From 1993 And Joe "Frankenstein" Jacoby

Posted by Matt Terl on October 30, 2009 – 2:35 pm

This was just a bit of serendipitous timing.

Yesterday, with Halloween coming up, I was going through a drawer here in Redskins Park on a completely unrelated — and, frankly, boring — errand when I came across a press packet for something called Coca-Cola Monsters of the Gridiron.

Monsters of the Gridiron was an ad campaign from 1993 that involved 29 players being elaborately made over into mildly entertaining pseudo-horror characters. There were prizes, TV ads and radio spots, giant cardboard displays (like the one pictured to the right), and a call-in game.

I remember none of it.

(There’s a reason for the odd number of players: it’s one from each of the 28 teams at the time, plus then-Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas — as “Conde [Count] Casillas” — doing the Spanish-language version of the ad; he’s listed on the Coca-Cola News Release Fact Sheet as “Hispanic player/monster,” as compared to “National player/monster” Randall “Rocket Man” Cunningham. 1993 suddenly seems like a VERY long time ago.)

The Redskins representative for this promotion — which, according to the press release, “combines America’s number one sport with the country’s most popular soft drink in an effort that is sure leave football fans ‘trance-fixed’ to their favorite games,” a phrase that is almost completely meaningless — was none other than offensive tackle and original Hog Joe Jacoby.

Jacoby was in his last year in the league at the time, the final act to what would in any just world have been a Hall of Fame career, so “undergoing several hours of extensive make-up and costuming” — again, per the press release — to look like a football-playing Frankenstein, complete with enormous square football helmet, probably seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea.

The press release breathlessly assures us that the monstrous alter-ego “accentuates each player’s most notorious personality traits.”

For example, Cunningham was “Rocket Man” because was an incredibly gifted scrambler. Ronnie Lott was “Rattler,” presumably because his legendary hits left opponents “rattled”. I guess Tom Rathman’s dominant personality trait was sheer lunacy, because his alter-ego was “Psycho”. Craig “Iron Head” Heyward was “Iron Head” because his nickname was “Iron Head”. And so on.

So I guess Jacoby was notorious for being a stiff, shambling monster of a man with an outsized square head. Nice.

Somehow, that’s not quite as awesome as “Rocket Man,” but it’s still vastly better than Steelers QB Neil O’Donnell, whose “Night Raider” moniker sounds just a little questionable in hindsight.

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Rocky McIntosh Loves Football

Posted by Matt Terl on October 30, 2009 – 9:59 am

I sometimes think that — despite the paintball and the roller coasters and all that — it doesn’t quite come across just what an interesting character linebacker Rocky McIntosh can be.

Fortunately, the magic of internet videos will help alleviate that concern. Here’s the new welcome video for Rocky’s website, in which he attempts to convey how much he loves football. And goofy dancing and Scrabble, but mainly football.

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Friday, October 30: Some Links For Friday Morning

Posted by Matt Terl on October 30, 2009 – 8:51 am

Many of these were originally intended to be some links for Thursday afternoon. Oh well.

The injury to Chris Cooley is bad for a lot of reasons, not least because he’s the second Pro Bowl player the Redskins have lost to injury this season. But if there’s one small good thing that’s come out of it, it’s been the way Chris and his brother Tanner have been handling this turn of events on their blog.

Usually, you hear that an athlete got surgery for one ailment or another and all sounds much, much easier than it is for us everyday folks. Tanner’s recounting of Chris’s day of surgery clearly showed how that isn’t the case: the same fluorescent-lit hospital rooms, the same hospital gown, the same nervous meals in the hospital cafeteria. It doesn’t have the comedy value of Cooley pumping gas in full uniform or bizarro appeal of the Cooley’s burning a horse, but it really may be the most interesting thing the Cooleys have posted yet.

Also, today: a Comcast video showing what Chris is up to, and the excerpt from Redskins Nation in which head coach Jim Zorn talks about watching Chris’s surgery.

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