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Ellen DeGeneres's Mother Mocks Kevin Barnes

Posted by Matt Terl on April 9, 2010 – 2:13 pm

Have you always wanted to see a video that featured the current President and First Lady, the racing presidents from the Nats games, the lovely Reese Witherspoon, and teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, plus the bizarre sight of Ellen DeGeneres’s mother criticizing one of the Redskins cornerbacks, all set to Lady Gaga’s “Let’s Dance”?

Of course you have. Who hasn’t? Until very recently, though, you would’ve had to hammer all those unlikely elements together on your own, and I can only imagine how difficult it would’ve been to unearth the footage of Betty DeGeneres taunting the Redskins. Well, Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres show sure fixed that.

During her visit to the White House Easter Egg Roll, Mom DeGeneres had the chance to toss a football to second-year Redskins cornerback Kevin Barnes as he performed the United Way Play 60 drill. The results are … uninspiring.

“Kevin!” she yells as she throws the ball, followed by a disappointed “Oh, Kevin….” as he drops it.

“Your Saints guy,” she says tartly, “he woulda caught that.”

Check out the whole video after the jump; the montage in question starts at about 2:27. Read more »


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Redskins And The Obama Daughters At The Easter Egg Roll

Posted by Matt Terl on April 8, 2010 – 11:00 am

While the TV news copters were hovering over Dulles waiting for Donovan McNabb to arrive, ‘Eagle has landed’ puns at the ready and camera crews camped out at the doors of Redskins Park, life actually went on. As President Obama threw out the first pitch in front of thousands of Phillies fans at Nationals Park, a whole bunch of the Redskins were running football drills in his backyard.

The players were there participating in a Play 60 event at the White House Easter Egg Roll, part of the NFL’s program to combat youth obesity. Different players rotated in throughout the day, but media access was tightly controlled. When I was there, it was offensive linemen Edwin Williams and Will Robinson, and safety Reed Doughty arrived just before I was required to leave.

Williams is a local guy, as I’ve mentioned countless times before, and played his high school ball at DeMatha, just a twenty minute drive (in the traffic-free roads of my imagination) from the White House, but this was his first visit to the Presidential residence.

And he was typically enthusiastic about the outing. “This is awesome, right? I mean: the White House! It’s crazy,” he said, “I’ve never been here before. I haven’t been to an Easter Egg Roll. It’s really big — it’s really hard to find parking.”

He continued, “Growing up I didn’t do a lot of sight-seeing. I did some, obviously, but I didn’t really get a chance to be right here, monument there, White House right here. I got here about an hour before I was supposed to and got a chance just to walk around.”

Being a football player and volunteering at the event didn’t let him actually meet the President, though. “No, they just gave me the wristband and said ‘Get to work,’ which I’m doing, and it’s good.” He craned his neck to peer at the vacant stage just down the hill toward the Washington Monument from his post and added, “I told ’em though, when Justin Bieber comes on, I’m out. Gotta check him out. “

Williams may not have gotten a chance to meet the elder Obama, and he ultimately wouldn’t get to meet teen sensation Bieber, either. But — before my access period started — he and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander did get a chance to meet two teen idols of a different sort: Presidential daughters Malia and Sasha Obama.
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DeAngelo Hall Gives "That Work" To Teammates, Barack Obama, J.J. Redick

Posted by Matt Terl on August 25, 2009 – 10:10 am

DeAngelo Hall was sitting in the ice tub yesterday when he said that he was hoping to play basketball with President Obama; it was only incidental that he mentioned how he used to take care of former Dukie and current Orlando Magician J.J. Redick back in their Virginia high school basketball days.

“I used to do J.J. Redick,” Hall said. “I used to give him that work.” (When Hall talks, you can hear the italics pretty clearly.) The assembled media — me and Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog, basically — weren’t clear on “that work,” so Hall clarified. “Kill him. I won the state championship over him. He was like the best player in the state. He had averaged like 32 a game. I went for 31 and he had like 12.”

And Hall doesn’t see why defending Redick was such a problem. “He was so easy, you just deny him the ball. He wasn’t quicker than me or more athletic than me. I don’t know why guys didn’t do that the whole season, just deny him the ball and run a box-and-one. That’s all we did and I locked him up.” Read more »


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