A year ago, the Redskins’ weekly off day became known as “Transcription Tuesdays” among Redskins scribes, who were virtually mandated to listen to radio appearances from Clinton Portis on 106.7 The Fan and Donovan McNabb on ESPN 980. Players are typically unavailable to the media on Tuesdays, you see, and both these players were particularly in demand, Portis because he might say something about 53 men’s packages or the straightness of his pockets and McNabb because he kept getting benched and stuff.
Well, both men are gone from D.C., and the weekly sports-radio landscape has shifted. This week, ESPN 980 is announcing “Top Pick Tuesdays,” a weekly feature that will feature former first-rounder Brian Orakpo on the John Thompson Show at 2:30, and former first-rounder Ryan Kerrigan on the same show at 3:30. The Thompson show also has a weekly Mike Shanahan appearance on Fridays at 2:30. A previously announced Monday night show starring DeAngelo Hall will instead feature a revolving cast of Redskins players.
The town’s other sports talker, 106.7 The Fan, counters with another season of Chris Cooley, who appears with LaVar and Dukes on Mondays and with the Junkies on Fridays.
Comcast SportsNet is also in this game; through the station’s partnership with the Redskins, they get weekly exclusive interviews with Mike Shanahan, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.
Anyhow, while Cooley and Orakpo are almost certainly the two most popular current Redskins, I’m not sure either will inspire the transcription fans like Portis once did. To stretch this item out, I will here list the five D.C. sports figures not on this list who would be most likely to create regular news items with a weekly radio show.
5. Alexander Semin. Since he never talks to the press, this would be remarkable. Plus, he’d likely say something rude about Sidney Crosby again.
4. Bryce Harper. He’s not even on the Nationals, but he would absolutely make news on the radio, and the big sports sites have shown a healthy appetite for Harperisms. Plus, he’s about 10 million times more quotable than Ryan Zimmerman or Stephen Strasburg.
3. Bruce Boudreau. Well, this is becoming Caps-heavy, but his comments on Madison Square Garden have me convinced. Discretion has not always been Boudreau’s calling card.
2. Rex Grossman. He plays the most important position for the most important team in town. His nicknames all make use of three particular letters. And he has repeatedly predicted that the Redskins will win their division this season.
1. Alex Ovechkin. I’m not sure if this is right, but he’s the biggest star in town, and he seems to be more forthcoming in one-on-one settings. I’m pretty sure a goodly number of reporters would write up every word he said every week, and I wouldn’t be shocked to hear him bust out “Ovi’s Pockets Straight” before it’s all said and done.