Monday, November 03, 2008

Tunnel Vision

The Pittsburgh Steelers play the Washington Redskins in D.C. in less than an hour. (and no, I'm not going to take to previewing football games during November to fill my NaBlahBlah quota.)

There was a funny blurb in the sports page on Saturday, quoting Ben Roethlisberger as not being too fond of playing Washington at home. But you probably can't guess all of his reasons.

"I'm not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they're really good at home, and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That's just not good," Roethlisberger said.

Couldn't stop laughing. Here's a guy who has a hundred-million-dollar contract in the most popular league on the planet, has one Super Bowl ring and a team with enough talent to contend for another...and he's getting sound bytes and quotes about the cheerleaders in the tunnel during pre-game.

When asked if it was a distraction, he said, "It can be, let's be truthful. They've done it before. I've heard a rumor that they're not allowed to do it anymore."

The report states that the practice by the Redskins—intentional or otherwise—was so talked about around the league that when Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memo last year barring cheerleaders from such tunnels, some called it the "Redskins Rule."

Anything for an advantage, right?

Looks like the Redskins tried to take a page from the playbook of Shane Falco's team in the movie, The Replacements.

Can't stand Keanu Reeves, but (oh boy, here it comes) I've seen The Replacements more times than I care to admit. And I don't know whyyyy. Once might actually be once too many, but when it's on cable, and I'm on the couch, I'll watch it.

Brooke Langton might have something to do with it, I suppose. But as far as totally predictable, brainless movies's not bad.

(I better go rent a classic now and watch it immediately, for what I just admitted here.)

"Pain heals.
Chicks dig scars.
Glory...lasts forever."
—Shane Falco, in the huddle

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