After DeAngelo Hall had his “perfect storm” of four interceptions against the Chicago Bears back in Week 7, he received a whole slew of accolades: the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton took his jersey from the game; the NFL named him NFC Defensive Player Of The Week; the independent blog Kissing Suzy Kolber named him their Meast Of The Week; even The Onion did a humorous bit about the game.
After the piece in The Onion ran, I half-jokingly asked, ‘Once you’ve made The Onion, how much better can things get?’
Well, today I got an answer to that question, as the NFL announced that Hall has been selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawai’i on January 30th. Which, I think we can all agree, is even better than being in The Onion.
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If it’s Tuesday — and it is! — then it must be time to see what the various Redskins with paid radio gigs have to say about the team and their situations. It’s rare that the main attraction on Tuesday is the appearance on ESPN 980 of Donovan McNabb, who is notoriously cagey and inclined to give the political answer whenever he can; usually Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley are more closely followed.
But today marked McNabb’s first comment since his agent, Fletcher Smith, sent out a statement criticizing head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and since each Shanahan responded to that statement. So today, for once, McNabb gets top billing (even though what he said really didn’t amount to much, and didn’t really change the narrative on that particular plotline of the ongoing 2010 Redskins soap opera).
McNabb took a somewhat peculiar position with regard to Smith’s statement. It would seem to be fairly clear-cut: either the agent speaks for McNabb, or the agent is out of line. McNabb says that things aren’t that simple. “Let’s put it this way,” McNabb said. “I support my agent. I support my agent in all calls…. I discuss with my agent if he asks a question about what’s going on, or things of that nature. That’s something that we talk about. And, I guess, as you read in the article, he put his thoughts into the whole deal. Not Donovan’s thoughts.”
In fact, McNabb said, what upset him most about the entire incident was “the reaction to the whole deal,” to which he later added, “when I read the whole thing, I didn’t see nothing wrong with it.”
McNabb said that he wasn’t aware that the statement was being released before it came out, but reiterated his support for his agent after the fact.
In the end, this whole line of questioning just continues the he-said-he-said thing that this situation is becoming, now with the addition of the agent as another, apparently autonomous, he-said.
But there were a few other tidbits of note in McNabb’s appearance.
- McNabb confirmed Kyle Shanahan’s account of a meeting between the two following the release of Smith’s statement. “We sat down and we discussed a lot of different things,” McNabb said. “Those are ones I’ll keep between Kyle and I. And I thought we got things out there on the table and we were able to move on.”
- McNabb denied an ESPN report that he would ask for his release at the end of the season — “No, that’s false,” he said. He also specified that he hadn’t discussed the situation with owner Daniel Snyder or general manager Bruce Allen.
- And he reiterated that he didn’t regret the trade that brought him here, didn’t regret teh contract extension, and again said that he’d like to be the QB in D.C. in 2011 — but this time he made clearer some of the things that would need to happen to make that possible. “Things would obviously have to change,” McNabb said. “You know, relationships have to better, conversations have to be better. But that’s something that you do over time. And it progresses over time. When we first started the season, we talked about it. It’s a progression, you know, how you’re building a relationship with each other. You bring in new guys and you’re building a relationship with the guys, and good things happen out on the field.”
So … yeah. Make of that what you will, I suppose.
Meanwhile, the news was a little brighter over in Clinton Portis Land. Read more »
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I’m far from the first one to post this video — Hogs Haven and the DC Sports Bog have already been there — but it’s still amusing, and with the event just a couple days away it’s worth mentioning again.
This is a promo for the Midnight Masquerade Ball in Tyson’s Corner, which promises to turn the Ritz Carlton “into a Venetian carnival featuring world-class entertainment, luxurious silent auction items, and of course a balloon drop” for New Year’s Eve. And it’s being hosted by an assortment of Redskins players, several of whom — including Reed Doughty, Kedric Golston, Lorenzo Alexander, and Chris Wilson — you can see in the video above. And I do recommend sticking with the video. It starts off slow but really picks up when Eye Of The Tiger kicks in at about 0:45 in.
The event benefits a couple of charities — one a foundation that helps children, the other an orphanage in Zimbabwe — and should also be a pretty entertaining time. And (for the moment, at least), tickets are available at a pretty substantial discount through a limited time deal at Living Social.
Also, while I’m discussing upcoming charity events, Lorenzo Alexander, and Kedric Golston, I should mention that registration is now open for the duo’s second annual Ride To Provide bike event. Register now — the event is just 145 days away! Read more »
Tags: Chris Wilson, Kedric Golston, Lorenzo Alexander, midnight masquerade, Reed Doughty
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