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Monday, February 1: A Pro Bowl Weekend

Posted by Matt Terl on February 1, 2010 – 10:26 am

I used to be a relatively big fan of the Pro Bowl, possibly the only one in the world. It was the last gasp of football for the year, and thus something to be treasured no matter how mediocre it might be. And it usually wasn’t all that mediocre; the rule changes more or less guarantee a high-scoring game, and by the fourth quarter the players have realized that — financially, at least — they’d like to win, so the game turns competitive.

Last night, though, I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know if it’s the move to before the Super Bowl (which removes the whole “last gasp of football” thing) or what, but after watching some of the early touchdowns, I pretty much tuned out.

(As it turns out, I was apparently alone in this feeling; excellent ESPN PR guy Bill Hofmeier reports via Twitter that ratings were up 39% last night. Go figure.) One person who definitely didn’t tune out, though? London Fletcher.

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Brian Orakpo Checks In From The Pro Bowl

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2010 – 11:29 am

Over the years, it seems like something of a standard conversation with an athlete — especially a rookie — at the Pro Bowl has emerged. You ask about the weather, his teammates, the ambience, what he thinks of other NFL players, and if he’s managed to avoid giving out his room number to people who want to charge elaborate meals and drinks to him.

(In the old days — like last year, for example — you’d also ask Hawai’i-specific questions: have you worn a grass skirt? Have you eaten traditional Hawaiian foods like lau lau or poi? Are you hanging out with Colt Brennan? But this year’s Pro Bowl is in Miami, so most of those questions are out.)

Well, Redskins rookie linebacker/defensive end Brian Orakpo called in from Miami and I saw no reason to mess with tradition. I’m hoping to catch up with him a few times as he preps for this weekend’s game; this conversation took place late yesterday, after the first day of Pro Bowl practice.

“First day of practice was good,” Orakpo said. “You know, we started early this morning, ’bout 9:30, with players getting’ acclimated with each other and getting used to the new scheme for the Pro Bowl, so to speak. They just keep it real simple. But it’s been good so far, I’m having a good time.

“Practice was real light for the first day, just helmets, going out there for little walkthrough practice sessions, everybody just sitting in their gaps and getting used to playing with each other.” Read more »

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Wednesday, December 30: Your London Fletcher Snubhub [UPDATED]

Posted by Matt Terl on December 30, 2009 – 9:45 am

So congratulations again to Brian Orakpo for making the Pro Bowl. It’s a well-deserved honor, and hopefully only the first of a long career. But, seriously, this London Fletcher snub thing is getting ridiculous. Orakpo handled it with class and grace last night — both in conversation and again on a conference call with reporters — but he shouldn’t have had to do that at all.

The good news is that, finally, the national media agrees, and Fletcher’s snubbing isn’t just a dirty little secret anymore. Here, then, is a collection of reactions to the news that London Fletcher once again was left off the Pro Bowl roster.

Clark Judge, CBSsports.com:

London Fletcher was right. He is the Susan Lucci of the NFL. The Washington Redskins linebacker should have been chosen to his first Pro Bowl this season, and I thought he was a dead-bolt cinch. Then I forgot: It’s Fletcher. There’s a better chance of it snowing in Phoenix than Fletcher making the Pro Bowl, and don’t ask me why.

(Judge’s whole article is devoted entirely to Fletcher, and it’s well worth reading.)

Jim Trotter, SI.com:

Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher: It’s time for fans, coaches and players to hang their heads in shame that Fletcher has never appeared in a Pro Bowl. He is as consistent as the sun rising in the East. Every year he leads his team in tackles and ranks among the league leaders in that category. His intensity is matched only by his leadership. You have to wonder if this pro’s pro will ever receive his just recognition.

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Voting For Pro Bowl More Important Than Ever

Posted by Matt Terl on December 18, 2009 – 3:38 pm

So ESPN’s NFC East blogger Matt Mosley has some distressing news for those of us who emphatically believe that London Fletcher, Andre Carter, and Brian Orakpo should be Pro Bowlers this year: the current voting results. Here are the relevant position groups, courtesy of Mosley:

Inside linebackers: 4. Keith Brooking, Cowboys; 5. London Fletcher, Redskins: This is bound to upset Redskins fans. The guy’s had another great season but the Susan Lucci of NFL linebackers could remain on the outside looking in. Even Lucci broke through at some point. Brooking’s had an excellent season and deserves to be in the mix.

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The Giants Are Very Aware Of Carter And Orakpo

Posted by Matt Terl on December 18, 2009 – 3:22 pm

When I was in junior high, putting someone’s picture up in your locker meant that you, like, TOTALLY had a crush on them. (I think. It was a long, long time ago.)

I suspect that’s not exactly what’s going on in this screenshot taken from Giants offensive lineman David Diehl’s morning media session yesterday, but if you look at what’s inside the yellow circle there, it’s clear that Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo are very much on Diehl’s mind.

Diehl doesn’t just have pictures up; he’s also TOTALLY talking about these two ALL the time. Okay, he’s actually just asked a question about blocking Orakpo. Here’s his response:

“Obviously you see a rookie that’s made a lot of progress throughout this season. He’s a guy that they’ve drafted TO pass rush, to bring that presence out thtere. And he plays hard, he plays fast, and he comes off that with a lot of steam and is looking to attack the quarterback. So I’m just continuing to watch film on the guy, continuing to see if there’s any tendencies, to see if he shows anything and just most importantly make sure I’m on top of my game.”

You can see it for yourself on the Giants’ website.

Quarterback Eli Manning also discussed the Redskins’ sack tandem during his Thursday media chat: Read more »

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Wednesday, December 16: Have I Mentioned The Pro Bowl Lately?

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2009 – 9:22 am

Well, it’s been more than twelve hours since I last exhorted you to vote London Fletcher (and Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo) to the Pro Bowl, and I think we can all agree that that’s far too large of a gap.

Fortunately, Rick Maese at the Washington Post has picked up the slack, and he’s enlisted defensive coordinator Greg Blache in the cause. Here’s Blache, via the Post article:

“The thing that hurts London is that he doesn’t act like an idiot every time he makes a tackle,” Blache said. “He doesn’t bring that attention to himself. He’s a football player, not a showman. He takes great pride in his football, and he has great respect for the game. He acts the way a professional is supposed to act, and consequently, it’s cost him.”

And this, on Orakpo: Read more »

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Saturday, February 7: Clinton Portis, Quote Machine Part 2

Posted by Matt Terl on February 7, 2009 – 11:34 am

I use my TV as an alarm in the mornings, and today I woke up to the sight of NBC-4’s Dan Hellie — a frankly terrifying way to start the day. He was jabbering away about something that I couldn’t quite make out, and then the scene dissolved to Clinton Portis in Hawai’i, interviewing Eli Manning for a minute or two. The interview ended with Portis telling Eli just how much he enjoyed it when Eli “blows smoke up my [BLEEP],” and then it was back to Dan Hellie.

Honestly, the whole thing was surreal enough that I wasn’t quite sure if it had actually happened or not, so it was a relief to find the video on Cooley’s blog.

This comes on the heels of Cooley’s earlier video in which a gravelly-voiced Clinton further discusses shark diving and cracks up Michael Turner. So Clinton Portis, human quote machine, continues to provide plenty of amusement from the Pro Bowl.

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Wednesday, February 4: Clinton Portis, Quote Machine

Posted by Matt Terl on February 4, 2009 – 9:05 am

Well, Clinton Portis is on the ground in Hawai’i, and the amusing quotes are already winging their way back to the mainland.

For example, from an AP article on ESPN.com about how the players don’t want the Pro Bowl to leave Hawai’i:

Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, another University of Miami standout, said there’s no question where the players would rather end the year.

“This place is much better. You can go to Miami all the time,” he said.

And, later in the same article:

Portis said in Miami, “there’s too much to get into,” especially with places like South Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

“There’s going to be people getting DUIs, people getting suspended, so I think coming out here is much nicer,” he said. “[Being in Miami], I don’t think it will have the same feel. They don’t have any leis in Miami. They don’t have flower shorts to walk around in.”

I suspect that the four cast members from ABC’s Lost who have been arrested for DUIs in Hawai’i would take issue with Clinton’s specific points, but whatever.

Then there’s … well, remember yesterday, when I said that things were quiet here without Colt Brennan? Well, according to an article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, he’s keeping things plenty lively in the islands … by taking Portis diving. With sharks. That’s right: Clinton Portis, Shark Diver.

Here are some of Portis’s gems on the subject: Read more »

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Portis On Mike Sellers In Hawaii and "The Worst Coach In America"

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2008 – 1:10 pm

Photo by Ned Dishman After his relatively quiet radio show yesterday, newly-minted Pro Bowler Clinton Portis came to the media session at Redskins Park today a little bit jauntier, a little more ready to banter, and with two football cards taped to his chest. The media, no pack of dummies, immediately focused in on the cards, one of which featured Eric Dickerson, the other Barry Sanders.

“Me and [Chris] Cooley was just playing Pack Wars,” Portis said, “and I won these two cards off of him. So I figured I fall somewhere in between these two guys. And if I don’t, these are the two guys I’m shooting to fall between, so … I think it’s pretty nice company.”

(I’m told that more on this epic pack wars contest will show up on Cooley’s blog in the not-too-distant future.)

First-time Pro Bowler Mike Sellers came down the steps behind Portis and said, “They all had good fullbacks, too.”

Portis initially tried to ignore Sellers and finish the joke he had set up, but had to interrupt himself. “And the reason I fall in betw-Barry Sanders didn’t even have a fullback!” Read more »

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Cooley, Portis, Samuels, Sellers Make the Pro Bowl

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2008 – 4:07 pm


After all the voting, all the accusations of ballot-stuffing, all the arguing in player meeting rooms across the country, here are your Pro Bowl Washington Redskins:

  • Chris Cooley
  • Clinton Portis
  • Chris Samuels
  • Mike Sellers

I think, given the way the second half of the season has gone, this is probably about right, with the exception of London Fletcher. Neither Sellers nor Fletcher has been to the Pro Bowl before, and I thought both were deserving this season. It’s exciting to see Sellers go, but Fletcher coming up short makes it bittersweet.

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