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Saturday, December 12: On Flintstones And The Heisman

Posted by Matt Terl on December 12, 2009 – 10:48 am

Not everyone in the Redskins locker room has a rooting interest in tonight’s presentation of the Heisman Trophy. There are plenty of guys who simply couldn’t care less; as far as they’re concerned, Tim Tebow is the same as Toby Gerhardt is the same as Colt McCoy is the same as Ndamukong Suh is the same as Mark Ingram.

Linebacker Chris Wilson is not one of those guys.

“Mark Ingram, baby,” Wilson was shouting the other day. “Flint!”

Alabama running back Ingram is from Flint, Michigan, Wilson’s hometown. And it’s the sort of hometown that inspires fanatical loyalty from its proud children.

“The latest pride of Flint is holding it down like never before,” Wilson said. “It’s just good to see somebody on the football side get this much college hype. You know, not to disrespect any of the former Flintstones, but it was just nothing that could compare to that basketball hype, with Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell, Antonio Smith, and Morris Peterson.”

Wait a second. Are all people from Flint called Flintstones, or just the former Michigan State basketball superstars?
“A ‘Flintstone’ is just a term that …” Wilson trailed off, trying to explain the importance of the term. “I mean, we don’t call each other Flintstones when we’re back home in Flint, but a fellow Flintstone is somebody that’s just doing their thing that’s from the city. Even Brian Carpenter, the former Redskin; I ran into him a couple of weeks ago, he said the same thing, like, ‘What’s up, Flintstone?’ You know, it’s just an acknowledgement, a way to acknowledge a person from Flint, Michigan, that’s doing their thing.”

Ingram is certainly doing his thing, to the tune of 1,542 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He’s hardly a lock for the award, but is certainly a more-than-reasonable choice.

Wilson, of course, is a bit more confident. “Absolutely no doubt in my mind,” Wilson said. “It’s comin’ home to Flint, Michigan. He’s the best player, on the best team, and he played against good teams, teams that was hittin’.”

In Wilson’s worldview, there’s only one potential hurdle to Ingram’s Heisman triumph. “They might give it to Tebow for cryin'” after the SEC Championship game last weekend, he said. “You know, people love that stuff. And lemme just say this about Tim Tebow: I know he’s a kid, he’s in college, but I just think it was too much acting. Because it’s hard to cry in front of people.

“I cried after our last game,” he continued. “We lost; I didn’t cry in front of EVERYBODY, on the bench, then gonna tear up again in front of the reporters, you know? Throw a towel over your head or somethin’. That’s what most guys do. But I think he just wanted to show everybody a little bit of vulnerability so he could win the Heisman. I mean, Tim Tebow’s a heck of a football player, but this year the best player is on the best team. Mark Ingram.”

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