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.
- When Hogs Haven — the Redskins blog in the rapidly-expanding SBNation — ran an article blistering Redskins COO Dave Donovan, I asked them if they wanted me to see if Donovan had a response. Not only did he have a response, Donovan actually called Hogs Haven blogger Ken Meringolo to address Ken’s concerns, and the two had a candid chat about ticket office policies and fan frustration. Worth reading.
- The guys over at Mister Irrelevant continue to defend Albert Haynesworth against the under-researched opinions of the sports media, this time using Ryan O’Halloran’s handy playing time calculations.
- Another Useful Pointless Redskins Blog gets into the game-review game. (No, that actually is the name of the blog.)
- WaPo’s Redskins Insider has been doing an at-the-bye analysis of the various phases of the Redskins; today Barry Svrluga has a strong write-up of special teams, including this terrifying sentence: “But before we get to that, the positives: The Redskins selected punter Durant Brooks in the sixth round of the 2008 draft, an unmitigated disaster.” It makes much more sense in context, but it’s not often you see “an unmitigated disaster” listed among the positives.
- At the Player Hater’s Ball, Chris Chase wonders if history can repeat itself.
- And, while I don’t suspect we’ll see another campaign like last year’s Vote The Redskins Ticket thing, it IS Pro Bowl voting time, and — believe it or not — there are Redskins players who are absolutely worthy of consideration. Off the top of my head: Andre Carter, Haynesworth, and (PLEASE!) London Fletcher leap to mind. So go vote. Often.
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