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Tony Romo's Collarbone, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2010 – 4:32 pm

I’m not one to root for an injury to happen, and I’m certainly not one to cheer when a player goes down. But that doesn’t mean I can’t round up some of the online responses to Tony Romo’s fractured clavicle, and … wow, people sure don’t seem overly disappointed at this particular turn of events.

Some other, non-clavicle-related links from today…. Read more »

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Donovan McNabb's NBA Preview

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2010 – 2:48 pm

Photo courtesy of Syracuse University Athletics

Donovan McNabb‘s weekly radio show on ESPN980 is not known for shocking revelations or controversial comments. The QB joins Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro to break down the previous week’s game and preview whatever’s coming up next; there’s plenty of information given, but it’s not the kind of fuel that launches thousands of blog-ships. (Or something like that.)

Today’s installment started out no differently. McNabb’s analysis of the offense’s struggles was optimistic and interesting enough, but nothing that screamed out for transcription. (Although Mike Jones of TBD.com has an excellent summary including transcribed quotes, so maybe it was just me.)

Toward the end, though, a subject came up that got McNabb pretty animated. Suddenly, he was offering unvarnished — and often critical — opinions of other athletes, and detailed speculation about teams other than the Redskins. When it comes to the NBA, Donovan McNabb is eminently transcribe-able.

So, with the NBA regular season tipping off tonight, I’m declaring McNabb the Official Redskins Blog NBA Correspondent, and his comments from the radio show the Official Redskins Blog NBA Preview. You can check out the audio at the ESPN980 Audio Vault; the text is below. Read more »

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DeAngelo Hall's Joking Comment Comes True Quickly

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2010 – 12:08 pm

DeAngelo Hall made the comment yesterday. I posted about it this morning. By noon, it became fact.

Coincidence? Almost certainly. But still very cool.

Here’s the quick summary: asked about Jay Cutler’s dismissive comments following his four-interception performance, Hall jokingly told NFL Network host Randy Moss, “if I had to play Jay Cutler every single week, man, I’d be in the Hall of Fame.”

Apparently once was enough. Here’s what Hall tweeted Read more »

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DeAngelo Hall Calls Bears Game "A Perfect Storm"

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2010 – 9:41 am

DeAngelo Hall, you may have heard, had four interceptions on Sunday. And — you also may have heard — this did not immediately earn him respect and plaudits from Jay Cutler, the quarterback who threw those interceptions. “There’s no reason to shy away from him,” Cutler said (as transcribed by the DC Sports Bog). “I mean, that’s hard for me to say, throwing four picks at a guy, but I’d still, if we had to play them tomorrow, I’d go at him every time, if we could.” And, as also transcribed by the DC Sports Bog, Hall responded fairly calmly on ESPN yesterday morning.

Yesterday afternoon, though, Hall appeared on NFL Network, and his response this time was a little bit brasher.

“You know what, when I first heard it, man,” Hall told NFL Network host Randy “Not That One” Moss. “I was a little bit kinda, just … I was shocked a little bit. You know, Jay’s a guy, obviously he has a lot of confidence, lotta swagger. But like I told you before, I played against this kid once before, you know, when I was in Oakland for that first Monday night game. He completed a couple of passes on my side and, you know, I guess he was still riding high from that, man. I have no idea what’s wrong with this kid, but, you know, I think he learned his lesson.

“But after those comments, that makes me think that he still hasn’t learned his lesson. So, you know, if I had to play Jay Cutler every single week, man, I’d be in the Hall of Fame.”

I suppose this is true. Four picks every other week in this league — even interspersed with games where the wide receiver performs well — would probably be a Hall of Fame worthy career.

Joking aside, Hall also pointed out that it didn’t actually appear that Cutler was singling Hall out. “It really didn’t feel like he was even targeting me, man,” Hall said “If you sit down and you really watch the game, he was going back and forth, back and forth. But on my side, I was making plays. I was making plays, had the opportunity to make a couple, had some good reads, some good breaks, and it just all came in to me.”

Also of note were Hall’s comments on the defense and the yardage they’re giving up. Read more »

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