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Clinton Portis On Having Fun, Death, And Hang Gliding

Posted by Matt Terl on February 24, 2010 – 2:01 pm

Well, part two of Lindsay Czarniak’s interview with Clinton Portis aired last night (here’s my take on part one), and … well, it was a bit thinner on the ground than the earlier segment. It was more personal and less Redskins-oriented, which was clearly a deliberate editorial decision, but left me a bit less interested as a result.


Still, let’s look at a few things we can learn from this interview.

  • Given Portis’s enthusiasm for Burger King, it’s probably a good thing for him that those rumors of Bill Romanowski as special teams coach proved false, as Romo has railed against fast food breakfasts in the past.
  • Portis has an unheralded talent for using other people’s hypothetical quotes when he talks — things that he suspects other people are saying or would say. Here’s an example from this video; the rhetorical device I’m referring to is italicized: “I think people feel like I’ve got a nonchalant attitude, or I don’t care, or I’m the way I am.” When you hear him do it, you can always tell when he’s introducing a new hypothetical speaker. It’s a gift.
  • It’s endearing to see him with his kids. “I think they give you something to look forward to,” he says at one point. “It’s like, you’re not judged in kids’ eyes. You know, you don’t have to worry about — your child, when they wake up in the morning, the first thing they’re gonna do it this –” he extends his arms for a hug (or, possibly, to be picked up — I can’t tell). “You know, it’s gonna be open arms, they’re gonna say something funny, or look at you and lift your eyelid up.”

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Clinton Portis Has A Chip On His Shoulder (The Good Kind)

Posted by Matt Terl on February 23, 2010 – 1:32 pm

It sometimes feels like every time Clinton Portis appears on the air, he says something that leaves me shaking my head — and, often, leaves one of his teammates with bus-tracks across his back. So my hopes for this — part one of his conversation with NBC-4’s Lindsay Czarniak, which aired last night — were not high.

But, as he so often does, Portis surprised me. The only guy Portis threw under the bus this time, as near as I could tell, was the 2009 Clinton Portis. Offseason Portis seemed genuinely remorseful for not attending more practices, and seemed very, very aware of how his actions through last season had been perceived.


“Now with the practice situation,” he tells Czarniak bluntly, “that’s something that should’ve been handled differently — on MY behalf. It should’ve been handled differently. But for everybody to know, even without the practice, I never stepped on the field on Sunday [when] I wasn’t prepared.”

Later, he adds, “Could I have participated in more? Yeah, I probably should have. Could I have fought through some? Yeah, I probably should have. But then it got to a point where when I was fighting through it, when I really wanted to fight through it and I was trying to fight through it, all of a sudden me fighting through it and being in pain comes out as the wrong thing to do.” Read more »

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Wednesday, September 23: Lindsay Czarniak And Shaun Suisham Enjoy A Canadian Delicacy

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 8:20 am

A few weeks ago, someone requested “poutine” from the folks who make lunch here. It’s a Canadian food, french fries plus gravy plus cheese curds, and I wound up running around talking to the players about who (Shaun Suisham) might want such a thing (Shaun Suisham).

Well, for her “Lunch With Lindsay” segment this week, NBC-4‘s Lindsay Czarniak sat down with Suisham, and guess what dish she managed to to concoct for him. http://www.nbcwashington.com/syndication?id=60328717&path=%2Fnews%2Fsports

Between serving poutine and conducting the interview in a hockey rink, I think it’s safe to say that Czarniak has now outdone me in the category of “falling back on Canadian stereotypes”. Good interview, though, and the first one I’ve seen where Suisham really conveys just how much keeping the Redskins gig means to him. Read more »

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Lindsay Czarniak Reports From The Preseason Sidelines

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 6:12 pm

Tonight’s game starts at 7:30, in just over sixty minutes. If you’ve been following on Twitter (and if not, why not?), you know that it’s been rainy, then not rainy, then rainy again, and now nice. The Redskins game will be broadcast in HD on Comcast SportsNet and in non-HD on WRC-4 in DC. (If you’re in Baltimore, the Ravens game will be on WBAL-TV and MASN .)

If you’re watching the Redskins broadcast, your announcing team is Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann, with CSN’s Kelli Johnson and WRC-4’s Lindsay Czarniak as your sideline reporters. Johnson has handled Redskins sideline duties in the past, but — despite experience in the pit with NASCAR and on the sidelines of poker tournaments — this is Czarniak’s first stint as an NFL sideline reporter. And she’s incredibly excited about it.

I caught up with her for a few minutes as she was heading down to the field to talk about the differences between the NASCAR pit and the NFL sideline, how she’s been preparing, and the … shall we say ‘negative perception’ of sideline reporters.

“All weekend as I’ve been getting ready for this,” she told me, “I’ve been comparing the differences between this and what I do for NASCAR. Like on a Friday or a Saturday, I’ll go around the garage and knock on doors and go in and talk to the crew chief, and when you walk in there are six crew members sitting around there, so you’re just like, ‘Hey, how’s your chassis?’ Read more »

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