Archive for September, 2010

They All Look Alike to Clinton Portis

September 29, 2010

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Redskins running back Clinton Portis recalled some fond memories of watching professional wrestling:

“Well, being that I know wrasslin’ is a lot of acting, I probably would have went out and tried to beat Jimmy Superfly Snuka or Koko B. Ware,” Portis said. “I would have loved the opportunity to fight Sting or Ric Flair back in their day. I think that would have been exciting.

“Now I think it’s too overrated. Back in the day when I was a kid, I remember crying when the Undertaker put Sting in the casket. We was all crying in the room and holding hands and thinking Sting was dead. I think Sting was my favorite wrestler, and Undertaker put him in the casket, and that was on a Saturday, and I remember wasting my whole Saturday crying and thinking Sting was dead. And then he came back on Monday. I haven’t watched wrestling since.”

Only one problem… he was actually refering to a 1991 incident during Pall Bearer’s “Funreral Parlour” that vitcimized The Ultimate Warrior, not Sting.  See the video here. 

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RIP Smokey Pig

September 29, 2010

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported back in June that The Smokey Pig would cease operations at the end of August if a buyer was not found for the legendary restaurant in Ashland, Virginia. 

Sadly, the doors have closed after 32 years in business. 

The Pig will be missed…

John Riggins Has Not Written a Book

September 28, 2010

No truth to the rumor that “Operation Dark Heart” is actually a John Riggins tell-all. 

13 months ago, however, the Hall of Fame Redskins running back and WB teen soap opera guest star called Washington owner Daniel Snyder “a bad guy” and “someone with the mindset of a child.”  He also had this to say to Inside the NFL’s Cris Collinsworth:

“Let me put it to you this way, Cris, this person’s heart is dark.”

Running Back Graveyard

September 22, 2010
Redskins RB Before Yards After
Shaun Alexander (2008)            9,429                  24  0 
Ladell Betts (2009)            2,966                210  0 
Larry Johnson (2010)            6,219                     2

CP Being CP (Again)

September 14, 2010

While many Redskins fans were still digesting Tracee Hamilton’s Tuesday column declaring RB Clinton Portis the anti-Haynesworth, CP once again hard a unique take on a national NFL scandal.

The day began with Hamilton’s piece lauding Portis’ pass-blocking, gushing over his offseason work ethic & demeanor, and even championing him for potential offensive captain in Tuesday’s Washington Post.  By mid-morning, the tailback made his inaugural weekly radio appearance on DC’s 106.7 The Fan.  Filling in for regular host Mike “Careless, Dumb Behavior” Wise was former RB/KR Brian Mitchell, who once told Portis over the radio waves that “The next time I see you, I’ll step to you.”

When asked about the Ines Sainz – NY Jets scandal, CP offered his thoughts (per DC Sports Bog): 

“You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can’t interact and you can’t be involved with athletes, you can’t talk to these guys, you can’t interact with these guys.

“And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s gonna want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages. And you’re just sitting here, saying ‘Oh, none of this is attractive to me.’ I know you’re doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I’m gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I’m sure they do the same thing.”

Portis, who has exactly one 100+ rushing yard game in the last 22 months (109 vs. KC in Week 6 last year, 79 on a single carry), has been here before.  Back in May 2007 when Eagles QB Michael Vick’s name was first brought up in connection with dog-fighting charges, CP gave his opinion:

I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it’s his property, it’s his dog,” Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis told WAVY-TV in Virginia. “If that’s what he wants to do, do it. I think people should mind their business.”

When told that dog fighting is a felony, Portis replied, “It can’t be too bad of a crime.”

“You want to hunt down Mike Vick over fighting some dogs?,” Portis told the television station. “I think people should mind their own business.”

Portis said that dog fighting is more common than people think.

I know a lot of back roads that have the dog fighting if you want to go see it,” he said.

He later added: “I think there’s bigger issues in the world and in life than what Michael Vick’s doing on his own property. Hunting is legal.”