D.C. SPORTS BOG

After a defeat at the hands of the Texans, not at a loss for questions

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Dan Steinberg
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

More questions and answers from D.C. sports, while wondering why Randy Foye is pictured not once but twice in the 2011 Washington Wizards calendar.

Q: What would be a good way to taunt Texans defensive end Mario Williams?

A: Well, don't say anything about mushrooms, anyhow. Williams said after Sunday's game that Redskins fans were using Super Mario Bros.-based references as insults, with their comments variously transcribed as "eat a mushroom" or "you need a mushroom."

Verily can I say that I've never heard football fans attempt to intimidate the opposition by inviting them to "eat a mushroom." Anyhow, Williams didn't like it.

"They got their mushroom," he said, while thanking the fans for firing him up. "They definitely got it."

I would hardly deserve my paycheck if I didn't note that Williams sure seems like a fun guy.

Q: What exactly are the rules of the NFL's overtime periods?

A: Don't ask me, ask Redskins Radio Broadcast Network analyst Sam Huff.

"I thought everybody had one chance [with the ball]," he said at the beginning of overtime.

"This is sudden death, isn't it?" he asked a while later.

"If he doesn't make it, is the game called, or do you go into another overtime?" he wondered as Redskins kicker Graham Gano got ready to attempt a field goal.

"Double overtime?" he gasped, when Gano's try failed.

"No no no, overtime continues!" Sonny Jurgensen told his partner. "Nobody's scored yet!"

"I know," Huff said, "but you might have double overtime if it keeps going like this."

Who am I to argue with that logic. Finally, someone in Huff's ear - Donovan McNabb? - explained that NFL games can end in ties, which Huff duly passed on to his audience. But whatever. I've met Huff a few times, and he could certainly snap my head off my neck even now, which is probably a more valuable skill than memorizing overtime rules.

Q: Yeah yeah, but what does Gary Williams think?

A: Last year, when the Redskins lost a high-scoring heartbreaker, at home, in overtime, to one of the NFL's best teams after leading by 10 in the fourth quarter, people were despondent. This year, when the Redskins lost a high-scoring heartbreaker, at home, in overtime, to what seems like one of the NFL's best teams after leading by 10 in the fourth quarter, people are optimistic. I'm pretty sure it's the most optimism I've sensed after a Redskins loss since the 2005 season.

But don't take my word for it. Here's Gary Williams.

"You're crushed any game you lose where you feel like you're gonna win, you're crushed, I don't care what the sport is," the Maryland basketball coach said on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning. "But the thing I tell myself is that that would have never happened last year. The Redskins would have never been in that position to play like they did. The attitude, the leadership with McNabb, things like that are completely different this year.

"So it's okay to be crushed, but today you've got to start looking forward to next week. Don't be babies. We've come a long way with the Redskins in a short period of time."

Q: How did teammates greet Alex Ovechkin after he returned to the Caps' practice facility after the long offseason?

A: "Handshake, good atmosphere, smile," he told Comcast SportsNet's Jill Sorenson. "And just again, it's time to play hockey. No more parties, no more stay all night long somewhere. It's working time."

"No More Parties, It's Working Time." Sounds like a team motto to me.


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