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Donovan McNabb Handles The Question Well, Repeatedly

Posted by Matt Terl on September 29, 2010 – 2:07 pm

I can’t help but feel that this Donovan McNabb-facing-the-Eagles story was already written at least once, back in the offseason after the trade went down. Back then it was known as the Oh-my-gosh-they-traded-you-in-the-division story, but it amounted to the same thing: people asked McNabb over and over again how it felt to no longer be an Eagle and now play for a rival of the Eagles, and he said over and over again that football is football and things happen.

Well, today we got to do it all again. McNabb’s answer HAS changed slightly, which I guess makes it all worth it. Now, in addition to saying that football is football, etc., he’s adding that maybe he’ll feel differently once the game has already happened. Over and over again. Here, look.

A few of the relevant didn’t-you-used-to-be-an-Eagle quotes, transcribed for those who don’t want to sit through the entire video: Read more »

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The Philly Media Drops By

Posted by Matt Terl on September 29, 2010 – 11:56 am

ABC-7’s Britt McHenry snapped the above picture at Donovan McNabb‘s press availability today. Some of the faces (and backs of heads) are regular attendees to these weekly events — John Keim and Barry Svrluga are holding down their usual posts, and the dynamic radio duo of Chris Russell and Grant Paulsen can be clearly spotted — but there’s some unfamiliar faces as well, out-of-state media types including a few national crews, a Canadian crew, and a whole bunch of reporters down from Philadelphia.

McNabb’s press conference was the most obvious target (you may not have heard this, but the Redskins are playing his old team this week), but the Philly beat reporters were also making their way around open locker room, getting quotes from the Redskins players who made themselves available.

Not everyone did. Artis Hicks — also making a return to his old team, although one that’s not quite as heralded as McNabb’s — declined to chat.

And some players didn’t even realize why the media throng looked so much throng-ier. “I saw a couple of different people,” wide receiver Anthony Armstrong said after speaking briefly to a crowd of press, “but you don’t always know who’s who. They don’t wear big ol’ shirts that say PHILLY on them.”

One of the guys who spoke the longest, through several waves of alternating local and out-of-town media, was center Casey Rabach. He’s a reasonable target for this kind of thing, as he’s both the guy who snaps the ball to McNabb on every play and an agreeable talker.

Of course, part of being a good talker as a football player is knowing what the media wants from you, and Rabach knew perfectly well what the Philly guys were looking for. Read more »

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Chris Cooley's Busted Lip In Terrifying HD

Posted by Matt Terl on September 29, 2010 – 9:44 am

If you watched video of Chris Cooley‘s comments at yesterday’s anti-obesity event at the Capitol, you might have seen him make reference to his busted-up lip. You might also have noticed the injury in the frighteningly close-up photo that ran on the DC Sports Bog under the headline “Redskins, looking miserable”, and wondered exactly what happened to his face.

I asked Cooley exactly that yesterday, on video to get the clearest depiction of the busted lip, and in HD so I could zoom in for an even MORE extreme close-up of said lip, which Cooley describes here as “scabby and gross”. Enjoy!

Here’s some of the high points, for those of you who elected not to watch, and one clarification for those who did:
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