“Oh, London Fletcher,” Tapp said. “Hands down. Hands down, that guy’s unbelievable.”
Host Danny Rouhier pushed Tapp for an explanation.
“Help us with that a little bit,” Rouhier said. “We were actually just talking about this before you came on, and London, listen, an unbelievable career, a Hall of Famer in my mind, finally getting the attention he deserves toward the end, but we’ve seen him miss tackles like we’ve never seen London Fletcher play. Is he still playing at that high of a level to you?”
“Still playing at a high level,” Tapp replied. “London’s a man that makes this whole defense work. Without him, it’s a tough task to try to replace him. I know y’all probably would say Ryan Kerrigan, who’s been playing lights out as well, but London is the thing that really makes this defense and makes the team go. He’s a leader, he’s been there before, he’s going to be there again, and like you said, he’s a Hall of Fame player.”
Fletcher over Kerrigan this year is a tough choice to defend, but I guess there’s something to be said for a HOF reputation. Feel free to debate in the comments.
The audio is here. Come for the Fletcher love, stay to hear Tapp joke about tackling his wife.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Didn’t go the way I wanted tonight, but the experience is somethin I’ll learn from and smile back on. Grateful I’ve had such strong support.
— Connor Carrick (@connorcarrick) October 2, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Jarvis Jenkins on coming back from suspensions with Rob Jackson: “We’ve got a lot of starting experience. Even though we’re not starting now, we can still come in with that mentality that we had last year of producing. I think we’re gonna get it going.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Mikhail Grabovski hat trick, anyone?
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Mikhail Grabovski is the 1st player in Capitals history to score a hat trick in the team’s season opener. @EliasSports
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 2, 2013
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Nothing local. All TV/Radio listings here.
WIN OF THE NIGHT
D.C. United won the U.S. Open Cup last night. Steven Goff has the rundown, plus some great pictures and videos from the victory.
WHAT TO DO TONIGHT
With the absence of local sports going on tonight, consider checking out the discussion panel at Maryland’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. It’s called, “Covering the Hot Story: Steroids, Concussions, ESPN, the Redskins’ name and more.” The panel features some heavy hitters and Mike Wise (hi, Mike). More info here.