Before his team faced Peyton Manning last week, Dallas defensive lineman Jason Hatcher made a few headlines.
“Don’t think for one minute we’re scared,” Hatcher said then. “We ain’t scared of nobody. I don’t really care who it is. They’re going to make plays. Any team can make plays against you. We just have to play 60 minutes of football, very sound football against a great quarterback. We have respect for him, but at the end of the day, they got to have respect for us as well.”
Hatcher, far as I know, has not yet made similar comments about Robert Griffin III. To the contrary, he offered great praise for the second-year quarterback.
“We’ve got another good quarterback coming in here, he’s another top 5 quarterback,” Hatcher told reporters this week. “So we’ve got to be ready and prepared, especially as a division game. We’ve really got to win this one.”
Possibly he’s now gone too far in the other direction. Yes, he should have been scared of Peyton Manning. And no, right this instant, RGIII is probably not a top-5 quarterback. Still, Hatcher can’t win. If he said “we have a quarterback currently ranked somewhere between 6th and 15th in the NFL,” dang right I would have turned that into a headline.
REDSKINS NAME TWEET OF THE DAY
If it wasn’t clear, every celebrity in the world, by contract, is required to offer some opinion on the Redskins name. Donald Trump has now done it two days in a row.
President should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name-our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them,not nonsense
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2013
To my Native Americans… Discussing on hot topics about the Washington Redskins being a controversial team name. Thoughts?
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) October 8, 2013
REDSKINS NAME QUOTE OF THE DAY
PLEASE CALL THEM THE FREDSKINS PLEASE CALL THEM THE FREDSKINS. Here’s Fred Davis, to LaVar and Dukes, via PFT:
“Whatever they do, I can’t really have a say in it, and I could see how it could be kind of offensive. But you know, at the end of the day, I don’t have control of that. All I do is put a jersey on and play football. If they call it Washington Redskins, Fredskins, I mean whatever you want to call it.”
REDSKINS NAME FACE OF THE DAY
Turns out every single news program and news pundit is also required to weigh in on the topic. But these items have been hell for traffic lately, and even worse for my soul, so I dunno. Still, I liked this face Paul Begala made on CNN.
REDSKINS NAME NEWS STORY OF THE DAY
The AP went off narrative with yet another deep dive into the issue, this one quoting the Red Mesa superintendent, who said he didn’t think the name was offensive.
Neither does Eunice Davidson, a Dakota Sioux who lives on the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota. “It more or less shows that they approve of our history,” she said.
North Dakota was the scene of a similar controversy over the state university’s Fighting Sioux nickname. It was decisively scrapped in a 2012 statewide vote — after the Spirit Lake reservation voted in 2010 to keep it. Davidson said that if she could speak to Dan Snyder, the Washington team owner who has vowed never to change the name, “I would say I stand with him. We don’t want our history to be forgotten.”
RADIO TRANSCRIPTION OF THE DAY
Russian Machine did noble work with its transcription of Joel Ward’s TSN 1050 radio appearance on Tuesday, in which he again told the story of being locked in a bathroom stall. This time it came close to being graphic.
I was sitting at the bar at a hotel restaurant in Dallas. And then I kinda put my jacket down on my seat and — you know — the oatmeal started kicking in. I had to go to the bathroom. So I took my phone along with me — I was sitting at the bar so I thought I should bring it — I get in the bathroom, close the door behind me, and you know….
That’s about enough of that, sir. Also, this is a strong argument in favor of bringing phones into the bathroom.
Karl Alzner, walking his dogs inside the Caps’ practice facility. Via @CapitalsHill.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Pirates vs. Cardinals, at 8 on TBS. D.C. fandom apparently necessitates you root for Pittsburgh, which is weird. All radio and TV listings are here.