1. Bruce Allen is a smart man. I believe that so much that I will say that there is NO WAY he would go back and make that McNabb trade again. Surely, when he says he would make the McNabb trade over he is referring to being back in that moment again, right? He has to be suggesting that he would act similarly based on the information he had as well as the beliefs he held, right? He can't possibly possibly be saying that he would go back and do it again knowing what he knows now...can he? On one hand, I love the hubris (spell-checked). On the other hand, really Bruce? You couldn't have worded that any other way? I mean, I fell hook, line, and sinker for the trade at the time. It was a combination of talking myself into liking it and then fooling myself into believing it was someone smarter than me that had talked me into liking it. Or in other words, the exact way St. Megan found herself falling for me. It's okay for Bruce Allen to suggest he would have done something differently. After all, he had a great draft and he has not made any boneheaded free agent signings to date. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt today. Maybe he's trying to boost what little trade value that is left. Maybe he's trying to play nice with Donovan and his agent so that they won't be a negative distraction in the coming weeks (good luck.) Maybe he accidentally opened a page from Vinny's playbook and just said the dumbest thing that came to his mind. Personally, I find it refreshing that our current GM is playing word games with the media. It wasn't long ago that the man in charge regularly tipped off the league about his actions and intentions, resulting in one horrendous bargaining position after another.
2. Here is my weekly question: Which player gets handled first by the Redskins coming out of the lockout: Rex Grossman, Donovan McNabb, or Albert Haynesworth?
3. I was at the U.S. Open yesterday and found myself in the woods on the 18th fairway, dodging a few drives that found the left rough. Next to me on the rope was a crew all decked out in University of Miami gear. There were two seniors that just graduated and one guy who went there a few years back. I made note of their obvious fandom and the conversation quickly turned to the Redskins. Of all the players we could have spent the 5 minute conversation talking about--Sean Taylor, Santana Moss, Clinton Portis to name a few--guess which guy dominated the discussion?
4. That's right...Leonard Hankerson.
5. The NFL Lockout could be over quickly it would seem. The owners will bicker amongst themselves the next couple of days, but it does not appear likely that 9 owners (the amount required to vote down a proposed deal) will join together to kill an agreement. I have appealed directly to Roger Goodell to include in his presentation to the owners that as of last weekend, the amount of WNBA knowledge I possess is roughly 1,000 times the legal limit. Only real NFL news and business can beat that down to acceptable levels. "We Got Next" will always be part of my vernacular, but when I can argue about who the league's top bench player is, we have major problems. Unacceptable problems.
6. Lots of Skins gear at the Open yesterday by the way. I thought very hard about rocking my home white Sean Taylor jersey, but since I was planning to sport a white Adidas headband and gamble on approach shots at the 17th, I worried that I would already be dangerously close to drawing the attention of event organizers. The headband continues to underestimated as both a great look as well as a great sweat absorber. Long story short, I left the jersey in the closet and lost 10 bucks on Rory's 17th hole bogey. He only played 4 holes out of 72 over par...jeeeeez.