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Alexander Hosting 4th Bowling Tourney

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 6, 2012 – 7:36 pm

(AP photo)

If you think Lorenzo Alexander is a fierce competitor on the football field, then you should see him at the bowling alley.

Alexander — the Redskins’ middle linebacker and special teams standout — will be hosting his fourth annual Lorenzo Alexander ACES Foundation Celebrity Bowling event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at 300 Shady Grove in Gaithersburg, Md.

The event will feature your favorite Redskins players bowling with raffle prizes, a silent auction, food and non-alcoholic beverages.

This year, the event is being co-hosted by former Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, as the funds collected will help both Alexander’s ACES Foundation and Randle El’s El Foundation scholarship funds for Washington, D.C., metro-area students.

Both foundations “strive to provide life-changing opportunities for youth” by inspiring students to obtain higher education, maintain a strong family unit and give back to their communities, according to Alexander’s website.

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Alexander’s Unorthodox Bowling Style

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 19, 2012 – 11:07 am

via SportsBUZZ

Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has never been an ‘orthodox’ NFL player.  During his time in the pros, he’s learned offensive, defensive and special teams playbooks, changed body types through weight loss, lined up all over the field, and dedicated his time to his fans and teammates.

But when he isn’t preparing for his work on the field, Alexander likes to take his talents to the bowling alley.  And wouldn’t you know, he’s found success with a unique bowling style as well (via SportsBUZZVid):

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Brian Orakpo Is Not Good At Bowling, Maybe

Posted by Matt Terl on May 24, 2010 – 10:18 am

It’s been almost a year since our last bowling post here, and that cannot be allowed to stand. Thank goodness Lorenzo Alexander is looking out for us all. Alexander hosted a bowling charity event last week for his ACES Foundation, and Redskins.com TV was there. The first portion of this video is an encomium on all the terrific things that Alexander does, and there are a lot of them.

Midway through, though, the question comes up of who the best bowler is. Big Mike Williams‘s bowling acumen is mentioned (which longtime readers of this site might remember from last year’s bowling excursion), as is Lorenzo’s. And then H.B. Blades turns directly to the camera and says “Brian Orakpo is terrible.”


It’s doubly interesting, because WUSA-9’s Angie Goff bowled on Orakpo’s team and offered the following review: Orakpo “rightfully bowled by the name ‘Rak Daddy.’ He was very good too. Getting many strikes.”

Orakpo defended himself to Redskins.com TV: Read more »

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PBA Fans Not Exactly Enthusiastic About Fred Smoot (Or Me)

Posted by Matt Terl on June 17, 2009 – 4:44 pm

You might remember reading somewhere — possibly here, here, here, here, here, or here — about Fred Smoot‘s desire to become a professional bowler and the PBA ‘s response to him. In case you’ve somehow forgotten, here’s the gist: Smoot is an enthusiastic bowler who expressed in great detail his desire to compete on the PBA tour.

Dan Steinberg got wind of this, wrote about it, and the next thing you know, the PBA is issuing this statement:

The PBA will give Fred Smoot entry into a PBA event and he can see where he stacks up against the best bowlers in the world. We think he might be in for a rude awakening because our pros are to bowling pins what he is to wide receivers.

Smoot would learn a lot about his game and get some tips from the best. We are sure he has a long way to go to get to the pro level but his enthusiasm for the sport can carry him far.

Good story, right? Smoot’s an entertaining, enthusiastic guy, he’ll get his chance to prove himself, and everyone wins and everybody’s happy.

Wellllll … not exactly.

Two days ago, a bit after the whole bowling fooferaw had died down, this comment showed up on one of my Fred Smoot Bowling posts:

Absolutely ludicrous!! What is the matter with this writer? You guys should be a little more worried about your team than some NFL player who dosen’t stand a chance against the PBA elite. He woulden’t average 150 on a PBA pattern. Debate it if you want on www.blogtalkradio.com Tuesday the 16th 11:00 eastern. Just search bowling and the13th frame will pop up.

Sure, it was obvious shilling for a bowling podcast, but I couldn’t see any reason not to check it out. I downloaded the podcast today and noticed one thing immediately: it was two hours long.

Now, look, I have plenty of specific interests of my own. A two hour podcast on the Redskins? Sure, I’m there. Two consecutive (language warning!) Deadspin podcasts, or three straight On The DL With Dan Levy sessions? I can do that. Two hours on, say, regional American cooking styles? Sold.

But two hours on professional bowling is way, way, way beyond my abilities. Luckily for me, Intern Jenna is absolutely fascinated by the topic, and happily listened to the entire thing. 94 minutes in, she excitedly told me that they were discussing Smoot. So at that point, I jumped back in, and … wow.
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Okay, One More Bowling Post

Posted by Matt Terl on June 10, 2009 – 4:48 pm

The winners were announced today, and it looks like the Bill Khayat/Harrison Bernstein swap paid off: Todd Collins‘s team took the prize for highest group score.

Also as promised, Fred Smoot took home the highest individual game score. Watch out PBA.

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Wednesday, June 10: Fred Smoot Bowling – The Musical

Posted by Matt Terl on June 10, 2009 – 8:54 am

I described Fred Smoot‘s bowling style in great detail yesterday, but didn’t have the video to support it. And, honestly, I still don’t — Smoot spots the camera here within the first few seconds, and dials back his routine accordingly. Still, this gives a little bit of the flavor of what I was saying — the held pose after rolling the ball, the swagger, everything else. If you want just a slight taste of what Smoot could add to the PBA Tour, you can begin to see it here.

The musical score wasn’t so much an artistic decision as a necessity; the overwhelming level of the background noise made listening to the original audio physically painful, so I dropped in one of the pre-packaged music tracks that come with the Flip Camera. Honestly, I kinda like the effect — the proper instrumental music elevates anything to the level of high drama.


Bad news, though, for those of you who want to see the video Chris Cooley said that I have of him throwing three strikes from behind the seats in the bowling alley: I don’t actually have it. I have a still picture of him standing behind the seats while the ball is in the lane on the way to a strike, and somewhere I have a video of him not getting a strike from behind the chair — the streak-breaker, in fact — but never actually got the turkey video he promised. Sorry about that. I can vouch for his claim, though, for whatever that’s worth. The completely unremarkable still image is after the jump.

If you’re tired of all the bowling stuff, rejoice. This is the end of it from me, I think, and OTAs resume today.

UPDATE: Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog checks in with a response from the PBA to Fred Smoot’s dreams. Amazing. Read more »

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Fred Smoot Bowls With Tremendous Enthusiasm

Posted by Matt Terl on June 9, 2009 – 5:33 pm

Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog has apparently been been working on a post about Fred Smoot’s professional bowling aspirations for a few days now, for reasons completely unrelated to today’s bowling excursion. In fact, the trip today forced him to finish it up and post it, and you should all go read it even if you’re already all Redskins-bowling-ed out. I’ll wait here.

The revelation that Smoot at least half-seriously wants to be a professional bowler is a good one, no doubt. (And, in fact, Smoot made the same confession to me today, only he was able to add at the end, “Dan Steinberg is gonna talk to the PBA and help make it happen.”)

All the stuff about Smoot’s high score and his thoughts on straight-ahead bowlers and everything else, that’s all good as well.

But, having seen Smoot bowl today, I can tell you that the lede in that post is somewhat buried. Here’s the part that’s actually the most significant:

“That boy’s crazy,” Rogers said. “He bowls, and he might just lay on the ground kicking his feet, do some of everything, while he’s bowling. From the time he let that ball go he might just lay on the ground, looking at his ball, rolled-up, kicking. That boy crazy. He do some of everything.”

This is an extremely accurate description of Smoot bowling, but it abjectly fails to convey the amount of energy that he brings to the exercise. So does the photo above, actually. That picture makes it look like Smoot is just relaxing at the top of the lane, gently hoping that the ball does what he hopes.

This is not the case.

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Redskins Talk The Talk As Draft Analysts, General Managers

Posted by Matt Terl on June 9, 2009 – 3:48 pm

When Coach Zorn told me that the bowling captains had drafted their teams, I sort of assumed that it was a quick, perfunctory thing and that not much thought had necessarily gone into the selections. What I failed to reckon with, I think, was the inherent competitiveness of professional football players.

The more guys I talked to about the team selection process, the clearer it became that they had all approached the bowling draft with a remarkable level of focus.

It also became clear that, at this point, it’s pretty easy to sound like a post-draft analyst, no matter what you’re talking about. Here’s Clinton Portis, for example, on how he approached the draft: Read more »

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Coach Zorn Explains The Bowling Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on June 9, 2009 – 2:06 pm

So instead of an OTA today, Coach Zorn arranged for a team building exercise.

When I heard that this was happening, I had wild visions of Mike Williams doing trust leans onto a nervous group of teammates and Clinton Portis on a ropes course and other similarly stereotypical team-building events. This was not to be, which is probably for the best.

Instead, the team was issued matching white collared Redskins logo shirts, marched onto buses, and escorted to a nearby bowling alley for twenty frames of raucous team building. I figured Coach Zorn had a reason why bowling had been selected instead of, say, golf or paintball, and he did not disappoint.

“This is something where everybody could be in close proximity, we can see what everybody else is doing,” he said.

And does he believe that things like this work to improve camaraderie? Read more »

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