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Phillip Daniels Debuts His Sandwich: The Demolition

Posted by Matt Terl on December 14, 2010 – 5:10 pm

Phillip Daniels isn’t the first Redskins player to have a signature sandwich at Harris TeeterAndre Carter and Casey Rabach have both also been featured this year alone — but it’s possible that Daniels has put the most thought into the development of his deli-based creation.

“My sandwich has ham, turkey, bacon, avocado slices, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, mayo, olive oil and vinegar, and it’s on a wheat sub roll,” Daniels says, and these aren’t just ingredients that were foisted onto him by some faceless PR guy at Harris Teeter. “I thought about it, came up with all the ingredients. It’s just stuff I like on my sandwiches, stuff I eat. Turned out great, man. They brought a couple of platters over to the facility and everybody was eating it, they were gone.”

But it wasn’t just a dashed-off list of Stuff That Phillip Daniels Likes put onto a roll. There’s BALANCE here. A plan in place. “I tried to put a little bit of bad fat on there with the bacon and healthy fat with the avocado, so hopefully get the best of both worlds right there,” Daniels said, sitting at a table in a Virginia Harris Teeter. “I was in and out with the bacon. I was like, ‘Should I put bacon or should not?’ But then I was like, ‘Well, what’s a sandwich without bacon?’ They can take it off themselves if they don’t like it.” Read more »

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Chris Cooley Is Crushed, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on December 14, 2010 – 10:46 am

Today, Chris Cooley will be working at a FedEx Store in D.C., just the sort of part-time holiday job you’d expect from the Redskins tight end. Last night, though, he was working one of his other part-time gigs: doing radio with Chad Dukes and LaVar Arrington on 106.7 The Fan. I was hosting the Redskins Fan Zone Ustream show while the show was airing and so wasn’t able to hear Cooley’s appearance, but Dan Steinberg’s transcription leads me to believe that I missed some really uplifting radio.

Cooley is not a guy who likes to lose, and he talked about his frustrations with the team’s 2010 season — about the smashed helmets and kicked garbage cans and the times that he’d like to see the ball — and it’s all fairly interesting (if depressing) stuff. But one section seemed particularly worth reposting, especially in light of some of the emails I’ve been seeing over the last few days.

Via Steinberg’s transcription:

“It crushes,” Cooley said. “I mean, it crushes me to lose. It crushes the guys on the team. Everyone does care. When you practice all week — and we practiced hard last week, and it was cold, and it wasn’t fun, and we put in so much work — to lose the way we lost at the end of the game, a game we should have won — is terrible. I mean, it’s a waste of the week. Every bit of work we put in is really wasted.”

The most important part of that, I think is the “Everyone does care.” As a fan, it can be frustrating to think that you care about the game more than the people on the field do, but I think we’ve all had that suspicion at some point. Having Cooley say point-blank that that’s not true … well, it doesn’t take away any of the sting of the incessant losing, but there’s some cranky comfort in hearing that the players are miserable as well.

In other players-having-kinda-sorta-part-time-jobs on their Tuesdays off news, Phillip Daniels will shortly be at the Harris Teeter grocery store in Reston to debut his new sandwich. I’m heading out there to join him for a bit, and you should drop by as well; in the meantime, here are some other Redskins links of note:

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