Game 4 - Why Bother?
Anyone else already dreading the drive to FedEx tonight? I hate these weekday night games. Inevitable traffic chaos. Even more parking lot bedlam than usual (I mean jammed up I-95, not the actual spots where people drop off their cars for $35 a pop). I'm thinking I'll be out of DC and on my way to DannyLand by 3:30 this afternoon to be safe.
With the Ravens in town, there's bound to be plenty of Baltimorons (I write that with the utmost love and respect and can get away with that, since I'm a Baltimoron myself) making the trip. And all to watch the starters play probably a collective 12 plays. Oh well. Sometimes you don't get what you pay for, eh? I have to say, taking the logistics of this trip out of it, I still don't have high expectations for this game. The second half in particular will be an open audition for the collective scouts from the CFL, NFL Europe, Arena League ... you get the idea. Good thing my main man Howard Bryant is writing the game story tonight and not me.
I have a feeling Jason Campbell is going to get at least another half of play, which will change absolutely nothing. Al Saunders wanted Todd Collins, Al Saunders got Todd Collins and Al Saunders has ultimate faith in Todd Collins. Four preseason games never was going to change that. If Todd Collins isn't the No. 2 QB come opening day - which I have professed since the day he was signed in March - I will be utterly stunned. Floored. I'll turn in my credential to the NFL and walk away with my tail between my legs
Dose of Reality: Okay, I'm keeping the credential. The way Chloe Jane is tearing through the spinach nuggets these days (we've resorted to tricking her into eating veggies already, at just 18 months, telling her they're chicken nuggets. Man, she takes after her daddy sometimes), there's going to be a shortage on Size 5 Cruiser diapers in Arlington County, and I need this here job. So the credential stays. Back to the blog.
I'd keep an eye on LB Rocky McIntosh, too. He's coming on strong and plays the kind of knock-your-head-off football these coaches demand. He's got a ton to learn, still, but I figure he'll pop a few more people tonight and push his way into the base packages by Week 4 (I'm full of fearless prognostications today). Figure we'll get a decent dosage of RB T.J. Duckett tonight as well. But overall, don't expect much from this game. You'll only be let down.
Randoms: I've spent way too much time this week on the phone with agents for NFL vagabond punters. Way too much time. I feel like I'm almost part of the subculture at this point. I keep getting obscure numbers quoted to me - so and so had a 4.2 hang time on his first 20 punts at his last tryout, etc., etc. - and I'm almost at the point where I know what the heck these guys are talking about ... Been playing phone tag with Steve Young this week for a story I've been working on. He called me back at home the other day, not on the cell as I asked. So my wife, who has minimal sports knowledge/interest, tells when I get home from The Park that "somebody" called looking for me from their car, and he sounded important, but she wasn't sure who it was. She was on the other line talking to one of her sorority sisters, clicked over briefly, asked the dude if he had my cell number, then went back to her conversation. Have been unable to get Young on the phone since. Wonder how often he's put on hold? ...
I'm a huge fan of Carlsberg. Might be my favorite brew. Even dubbed it the official beer of Chloe's baptism, and turned a bunch of non-believers on to it last spring at her party. So I'm in Safeway Wednesday night, with a small list of stuff to get from my wife, when I stumble into Elephant, a new beer by Carlsberg. Turns out it's a malt liquor. A little too much going on for my taste now - but who hasn't gone though an Olde English/ St. Ide's/Mad Dog phase - yet an interesting beverage all in all ... Might have some new information on the future of this blog - apparently we're going to be out of the wilderness and into the mainstream soon enough - after heading to the office today. I'll let you know what I find out. Cheers.
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