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- Apr 11, 2009
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- Greensboro, NC
I don't know - maybe he's apologized for those comments since, really don't know. But it does make it hard to like the guy.Serious grown-up talk here. If you can't handle grown-up stuff, then turn the radio to another channel right now, give you about five seconds. We're going to talk about Sean Taylor's death...If you can't deal with that, I have no problem with that at all, none. Right now turn the radio to Oldies 107.8 or another station....All right, now it's just grown-ups, we've gotten the kids out of the room, let's proceed.
Sean Taylor, great player has a history of really really bad judgment, really really bad judgment. Cops, assault, spitting, DUI. I'm supposed to believe his judgment got significantly better in two years, from horrible to fantastic? 'But Colin he cleaned up his act.' Well yeah, just because you clean the rug doesn't mean you got everything out. Sometimes you've got stains, stuff so deep it never ever leaves.
My gut feeling with this story, and we said yesterday, yesterday was not really a day to go out, yesterday was sort of a day, you know, grieving, but we're past the memorial part. It's grown-up time, ask yourself realistic questions....Just because somebody cleans the rugs doesn't mean there aren't stains. No matter what those commercials, OxiClean, tell you on cable TV, some stains you can't get out. And if you have bad judgment for 23 years of your life, even if you clean it up, your judgment doesn't get great over night.
I want to know the truth. I want to know the details. It's not pretty? I don't care, I'm a grown-up. I can handle not pretty. A lot of people can't in the media, a lot of people can't, 'Oh, wah wah wah, sensitivity, he's a great person, wah wah wah.' Hey, I don't care, that's fine, he died, let's get to the truth. We're all about the truth. We always say on this show, we're not always good, we're always honest. Just give me honesty.
I didn't grow up African American. I grew up middle class. I wanted Stephen A.'s perspective on the story. And during this story I leaned on Stephen A., Michael Wilbon and Jason Whitlock for a perspective I don't have. You walk around ESPN, it's in the halls, on the posters, Diversity, Capital D, big letter. You know why Diversity's really important at ESPN, a big company? Because it gives you more people with unique perspectives. And if you're a growing company, you want to stay fresh, you need to have a 23-year old Hispanic gal or guy tell us what's going on in your community. Asian, white, black, Hispanic, everybody, new voices, young voices, old voices. You walk the halls of ESPN, it's the United Nations. It's great. Canadians, Hispanics, Europeans. They give us a perspective we don't have.
No, all the information's not in. But I feel pretty confident that my gut feeling, like any of yours, by the way, is right and was right.
Give 'em hell, Boone.The only thing I do know is that your certain dismissal of my Redskins chances this coming year is the same 'easy out’ sports journalists have been taking for years. Daniel Snyder is an ass and the Redskins aren’t relevant in the NFC East. It’s that simple, right?
The Redskins will win at least 8 games in 2012, but that kind of prediction is small potatoes, so let me throw one out there that will really rock your paradigm. The pecking order in the NFC East is about to dramatically change, in the words of George Walker Bush…
The Redskins aren’t just returning this franchise to respectability and relevance. They’re going to dominate the NFC East for the next decade.
Boone, in my online travels throughout the league I have noticed an "image" a "mindset" defining the Redskins among NFL fans as well as sports media that has been formed based on the performance of the team, coaching staffs, and F.O. over the past dozen years or so. Every move the Redskins make-free agency, draft, coaching changes, player trades, and the like are viewed from the perspective of this "image". And the image? One of incompetence, free-spending, coaching carousels, overpaid free agents, sloppy drafting, inept front office maneuvers, and this image in the minds of those observing from this perspective, is justified by the Redskins chronic in-season under-achievement. Moves such as acquisitions of players that, from what might be called a more "objective" perspective, are moves that bode well for the future are viewed skeptically based on this entrenched "image" accurate or inaccurate as it may be.To be fair, CC was merely assessing those odds - he didn't create them. The issue I have had less to do with the 6.5 win bar set for the Redskins than the lack of consideration that the Redskins might well be trending upward in the NFC East and be capable of a breakout season in near future.
Under Gibbs II, from 2004-07, we had 2 playoff appearances in just 4 seasons. Does that not deserve any respect ? Not only from the performance itself, but Snyder's ability to coax Gibbs out of retirement ?We Redskins fans understandably get riled when a football media "pundit" disses a move we see as putting us on, or closer to, being on the track toward success but I don't think getting this image scoured from their heads is going to happen until the on-the-field performance becomes consistently good over more than one season. It's gonna be painful, but until the Redskins start having 9-7 or better winning seasons, 3 or more division wins, and at least a threat of a Wild Card appearance this lack of respect from the "sports pundits" no matter how uninformed and inaccurate it is will, in my estimation, be something we'll just have to grit our teeth and put up with.