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Larry Johnson Ready To Cheer For John Wall

Posted by Matt Terl on June 1, 2010 – 3:13 pm

Larry Johnson, as previously noted (and noted, and noted and so on), grew up a Redskins fan and still maintains rooting ties to old neighborhood. So it’s kind of fortunate for him that he’s moved back in time to for the arrivals of Stephen Strasburg and whomever the Wizards take with the first pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

The only Redskins player I’ve talked to about the NBA Draft was Jeremy Jarmon, a Kentucky guy, and he predictably suggested that they should draft John Wall, the star point guard from Kentucky. But Larry Johnson approaches it from the other side, as a D.C. sports fan, so I asked his opinion as well.

“I think it’s gonna be Wall,” he told me. “I hope so. It would go well with the momentum and the feeling and the mood of trying to pick the organization up to move on to better things. I think that’s the best pick.”

And would you go check out a game?
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Larry Johnson's Original Plan For Success

Posted by Matt Terl on June 1, 2010 – 10:06 am

It’s been pretty well-documented that new Redskins running back Larry Johnson grew up a Redskins fan in the D.C. area in the 1980s. This means that if he wanted to root for a Major League Baseball team, his options were basically the Baltimore Orioles or nothing. And, like many of us, he elected to root for the Orioles.

So when I heard that he had gone to an Orioles/Nats game and seen Josh Willingham hit a 10th inning walk-off home run, I wondered if he was still rooting for the squad of his childhood, or if Johnson — also like many of us — had transferred his affections over to the new guys closer to home.

“Nah,” he said, “I don’t bandwagon like that. I remember when they were the Senators, though, way back in the day.”

I know that Johnson is a student of sports history, but remembering a baseball team that ceased to exist eight years before he was even born seemed … unlikely, to say the least.
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