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Redskins Work In A Pizza Place For Christmas

Posted by Matt Terl on December 25, 2009 – 3:46 pm

Waleed Zarou, owner of The Don’s Wood-Fired PIzza in Sterling, Va., had one major concern with letting Redskins players act as servers during his second annual Christmas Eve free pizza dinner: “They take too much space,” he said. “You see how tight it is. I was nervous with them being in the kitchen how the other guys were gonna move. It’s a tight space, [and] you got a 700, 800 degree oven going, man.”

The dinner — supposedly two hours of free pizzas for all, although Zarou was still handing them out when I left half an hour past the scheduled end time –is partially about fellowship, a place for people who don’t have anyone else to come on Christmas Eve, and partially about charity, raising money for a mission in Africa. This is the first year that the players have participated — “I thought these guys would help me to grow it,” Zarou said — and Kedric Golston, Derrick Dockery, Lorenzo Alexander, and Renaldo Wynn seemed to really be enjoying themselves.

“We’re very blessed people,” Golston said. “To be in the NFL — regardless of the record — we’re very blessed, and to be able to give back and help … I mean, you never know.”

Golston is friends with Zarou through his father-in-law, and was acting as the de facto manager of the restaurant-working Redskins. “It was hard to get Derrick from the pizza,” Golston said, explaining how the group divided their labors. “I didn’t wanna fight that battle, so I just left him there. And Lorenzo’s more of a calmer dude, so he just said he’ll get the drinks. Renaldo was actually the last guy to show up, so we was actually already operating when he came, and so he was kinda like the guy in the restaurant that went around talked to everyone.”

Watching Golston and Dockery handing out pizza like old pros — asking a firm “Cheese or pepperoni?” like they’d been doing it forever — was entertaining, but not as entertaining as watching them eat seeming one slice for every one they handed out.
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Thursday, December 3: Redskins Laugh At The Saints Defense. Sort Of.

Posted by Matt Terl on December 3, 2009 – 11:21 am

Former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams currently heads up the defense for the 11-0 New Orleans Saints. With the Saints coming to FedExField this weekend, there have been a lot of questions for the current Redskins players who played under Williams, and two things have been remarkably consistent in all their responses: an unwavering respect, and laughter.

It’s a weird kind of laughter, though. Not exactly a nervous chuckle; not a sinister, gloating laugh. It’s similar to the laugh of someone who’s just leaving a particularly draining amusement park ride while they look at the folks waiting in line to get on, but that’s not exactly it either.

Anyhow, as I was transcribing these various quotes, I realized that the laughter really added to the context, so I’m tried my best to include it.

For example, here’s Carlos Rogers, after being asked if he and the defense needed to have their track shoes ready for the Saints’ potent offense. “Jason [Campbell]‘s probably gonna need to have his track shoes on too, because Gregg gonna be …” and then he degenerates into a sinister laugh. Read more »

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Some Redskins Comment on The Acquisitions; Then There's Rocky McIntosh

Posted by Matt Terl on February 27, 2009 – 12:23 pm

Even though the activity level in the building is much higher than it has been, and even though the media presence has increased enormously (from “zero” to “a whole lot”), there still aren’t that many players here. Still, it seemed worthwhile to see if any of them had anything interesting to say about last night’s two big signings.

Mostly, no.

Kedric Golston was excited about Albert Haynesworth, his new defensive linemate:


(That’s Intern Bridgette asking the question, by the way — I haven’t undergone a startling and unexpected voice change.)

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Two More Tendered

Posted by Matt Terl on February 26, 2009 – 12:35 pm

Like kicker Shaun Suisham last night, defensive tackles Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery received tender offers from the team, meaning that the Redskins can match any offers they receive. So if the non-stop barrage of Albert Haynesworth rumors prove false, the middle of last year’s line remains intact. And if the rumors are correct … well, that’s either some solid depth at tackle or another competitive position battle in training camp. Read more »

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Tuesday, January 27: Kedric Golston Goes To MonsterJam

Posted by Matt Terl on January 27, 2009 – 12:48 pm

It’s Super Bowl Media Day for the Steelers and the Cardinals and a seemingly-infinite pool of reporters worldwide. For the Redskins, though, it appears to be motorsports day. You’ve got Joe Gibbs not only driving a racecar, but losing control and flipping his sponsor. And you’ve got motorsports aficionado Kedric Golston reporting in from his experience over the weekend at MonsterJam at the Verizon Center.

This is something he’s been excited about at least since I last caught up with him about his offseason a couple weeks ago, so I curious to see how it actually went. (Where he offers sound effects, just trust me that they sounded better than my crude attempts to transcribe them here.)

So? How was it?

“They were real limited in space, but it’s still exciting.”

I’ve never actually been to a monster jam — run me through it. What happens?

“Introductions are a big deal. The trucks come blazing out of the tunnels, like, “Raaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!” Then the drivers stand up on their trucks to get the crowd fired up, like, ‘rah rah rah.’ After the introductions, they’ve got what they call wheelie contests, where they hit the cars but the object is to get the nose of the truck as high up in the air as possible.

“Grave Digger won the first event, and after that they have the quad wars, four-wheelers that race around, and that was fun. After that they did the racing, which is kinda like a draft race because it’s so small. They just launch, jump over the cars and the first person to –“

At this point, James Thrash interjected. “Wait, Grave Digger’s still winning?”

“Yeah,” Golston said.

Thrash shook his head, impressed. “Man, he’s been doing that for years.”

“27 years,” Golston said.

“Yeah,” Thrash said, “since back when I used to watch as a kid.”

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Tuesday, January 13: Catching Up With Kedric Golston

Posted by Matt Terl on January 13, 2009 – 11:49 am

Things are still really quiet around Redskins Park. The coaches returned from their week off — all the holidays they missed condensed into one week, someone called it — so that’s livened things up a bit, but the absence of sixty-odd players is definitely noticeable.

Guys do show up occasionally, though, and today I had a chance to talk to Kedric Golston on his way out of the training room where he had been getting treatment on his ankle. He talked about all the things you’d expect, like his health, the playoffs, and how much youth cheerleading is like the film Bring It On.

So what have you been up to?

Just rehab and surgery.

How’d it go?

Surgery went well. I had my right ankle, had to get some bone spurs taken out of there.

Do those bone spurs hurt? I mean, did they affect your range of motion, or was it just a pain management kind of thing?

I don’t think it’s the bone spurs that hurt. I mean, you’ve got extra bone in your body, so of course it’s causing other problems. It’s not the actual spurs that hurt, it’s just what it does to everything else around the area, whether it’s stretching out ligaments or ripping cartilage and banging up against another piece of bone because it’s a foreign object in there.

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