How not to spend a vacation day for which you're getting paid not to work, by Dan Steinberg
* Jason Taylor is now saying....pretty much what you'd expect him to be saying: That his year in D.C. "felt like five years, to be honest;" that "everyone should know I'm not a left end;" and that his memories of Washington include ''injuries'' and ''snow." Fine, time goes slow in Ashburn. Fine, you're not a left end.
But snow? What, do you work for the Montgomery County school district? I mean, it just doesn't snow here, ever, in any quantity that would stick to one's memory. Say it was too hot. Say it was too humid. Say there were too many strip malls. Say you hated the drive to Raljon. Say you didn't like the band. Say there were too many transplants or too many murders or too many HOV violators. But don't say you hated the snow. (Miami Herald via Redskins 360)
* TK discusses his radio future, on our site, which was nice of him. "If you're paying attention, I'm open for business on radio," he said. "I'd love to do radio again....If The Washington Post wanted me, I'd do something for The Washington Post. They're the ones tossing me out. I'm not tossing them out. I don't work for free. But nobody does....People don't actually work for free."
* Nice interview in translation with Good Drago aka Viktor Kozlov on On Frozen Blog, but the highlight for me was seeing Varlamov and Theodore compared to Mozart and Salieri. That was a new one for me. Well, that, plus details of the team post-season sushi meal, and Kozlov saying he has to give "to give props to the Rangers." What's Russian for "give props?
* If you check out Chris Samuels's new Web site (via Mister Irrelevant and the Redskins Blog), you can follow a link to a profile from last fall that appeared in Home & Design magazine in which you learn that Samuels has a 9,000-foot crib, that it's decorated in a "vibrant palette of persimmon, gold and earth tones," and that he has a massive Warholesque portrait of himself, his girlfriend and their Mastiffs, Coach and Blue.
* This is one of the best e-mails ever, from Reader Kevin, so I'm re-printing it:
Dan, just read your chat and thought I'd chime in with one more burrito story. Two (?) years ago at one of the Wizards' Sunday afternoon kids day games, they had seven or eight mascots from around the league at the game for a reason I've since forgotten. Anyway, they obviously had the mascots involved in the burrito toss and evidently assumed said mascots would be wise enough to hand the burritos to children, rather than lobbing them into the crowd. One in particular, I want to say it was the Atlanta Hawk, was really chucking them and caused at least two or three horrific burrito explosions. The better portion of a couple of rows got a burrito shower in one of the lower center sections. People seemed to react as you might if a six-foot hawk covered you in beans and sour cream. Anyway, it was hilarious and it's too bad you couldn't have somehow captured it.
* Ok, fine, another one, from Reader Mike:
I can 100% confirm the story of the burrito explosion at the Caps game last year against Buffalo. It was a whole section of Sabres fans in the lower bowl (presumably a fan club road trip) and for some reason their section got picked to get the burritos. Some guy did in fact reach to catch one and it exploded as soon as he clutched it with cheese, tomatoes, etc. spilling all over what seemed like his wife and the guy next to them. This didn't stop it though, I went to a game last season against Montreal in late January and my section got the burritos. The guy behind us got one, opened it up and didn't like what was in it and threw it on the ice. (We were in the section right above where the zamboni comes out of) That took like 5 extra minutes of the TV timeout to clean the rice off the ice and the rest of the game the ushers were staring up and down at people trying to figure out who did it.
* There's a crack in the base of the Walter Johnson statue. Of course there is. (Nationals Pride)
* The dude who held up the Wizards' logo last night (NBA deputy commission Adam Silver, a man who several readers claim looks like me) really did look particularly frightening in this screen shot. (Truth About It)
* Congrats to Wizznutzz, for calling the Wiz to No. 5 last week.
"Given this club's history, that pretty much makes it a sure thing," they wrote then, on Wiz Insider. "The Wizards just have a way of eventually flowing into those little hidden spaces of under-achievement. It's our franchise osmosis....Ernie isn't thrilled about drafting fifth because this draft is thin. Thinner than Andray Blatche on an American Apparel photo shoot. Drafting from this class is like being a young woman in Alaska: the odds are good but the goods are odd!"