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Santana Moss Does Not Recall His Nap On The Georgia Dome Turf; Marko Mitchell Does

Posted by Matt Terl on November 9, 2009 – 4:27 pm

With just under eight minutes remaining in the game and the Falcons leading by two touchdowns, the Redskins lined up Devin Thomas to one side, and Fred Davis, Santana Moss, and Malcolm Kelly to the other. Todd Collins, in at quarterback for Jason Campbell during Campbell’s second injury of the game, dropped back and — despite a blitzing linebacker coming unblocked in his face — put the ball exactly where it needed to be for Moss, streaking down the seam.

Moss reached for the ball, visibly turned his head to check on the safety closing in, was unable to haul the ball in, got hit by the safety and the cornerback, and wound up like this for the next thirty-odd seconds.

And make no mistake: he wasn’t moving. It didn’t just look like he was down, it looked like he was out. Cold. Speculation in the pressbox, after Moss got back up and resumed playing, was that he was frustrated at not making the catch, or had had the wind knocked out of him.

Turns out, he didn’t think he laid on the field at all. Read more »

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Antwaan Randle El Drives The Lightcycle From Tron

Posted by Matt Terl on November 9, 2009 – 2:33 pm

If you had given me 45 guesses as to which member of the Washington Redskins drove this thing, I’m not sure I would’ve come up with Antwaan Randle El. He’s the kind of guy that people refer to as an “old soul,” a straight-shooting man of faith who’s been nicknamed “Uncle Elroy” by his teammates for his less-than-rockstar-ish ways.

Yet here he was today, pulling up to the facility in this … thing, which reminds me mostly of the lightcycles in the old movie Tron — or for those of you who are less ancient than me, the preview for the upcoming Tron reboot — but is actually a customized Campagna Motors T-Rex.

“It’s what they call a reverse bike,” Randle El explained. “One that sits low to the ground, not like the Spyder where you sit on top of it. You’ve got two wheels in the front and the motorcycle wheel in the back. It’s a six-speed, goes up to 140 miles per hour, which is pretty good. Straight line it goes from 0 to 60 in 3.8 or 3.9 seconds. It’s a pretty nice little deal, almost like a little go-kart.”

Which explains what the thing is, but not why Randle El has one.

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Brian Orakpo Seems To Get It

Posted by Matt Terl on November 9, 2009 – 2:01 pm

Brian Orakpo is not good at losing. That much was made clear to me earlier in the season, when he got his first sack and immediately explained how little he cared, because it came in a loss. The point was re-emphasized today in Mike Wise’s column in the Washington Post, which featured this little locker room vignette:

Brian Orakpo’s baritone voice emoted a one-word expletive in the corner of the locker room, so thunderous many of his teammates turned around.

“I’m tried of this [stuff]!” the rookie added, muttering to no one in particular as he sat by his cubicle. “Every week you come out and this same [stuff] happens. We prepare, we work hard and then this. I can’t deal with it . . . I can’t deal with it.”

What he IS good at, apparently, is getting sacks. He picked up two more yesterday, to bring his season total up to 5.5, one behind team leader Andre Carter and tied for sixth in the NFC.
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Monday, November 9: The Unfortunate Culmination Of DeAngelo Hall Week

Posted by Matt Terl on November 9, 2009 – 9:21 am

DeAngelo Hall never pretended that this was “just another game” or that he didn’t care about going back to Atlanta, but — despite what yesterday’s AP story claims — I never felt like his talk got out of control. He was pointedly, brutally critical of Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, but still said all the right things about the players and coaches.

Still, Hall was lustily booed every time he was the spotlighted player — at player introductions, back to return punts — and, of course, was involved in possibly the lowest moment of a Redskins season that has seen plenty of low moments.

What strikes me watching the video today is how accurate Hall’s post-game recounting of the incident is. Read more »

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