You know what? Somehow this McNabb wristband thing is getting even more entertaining.
Bear in mind, I’m not attempting to report on McNabb and his wristband. That’s for our Redskins reporters and editors to deal with. I’m attempting to report on D.C. Sports Media Warz. Because they’re hilarious.
And so, after Comcast SportsNet labeled the Junkies initial report “a lot of junk,” the hosts from 106.7 The Fan came right back at CSN. Listen here, at Segment 11. It started with the suggestion that the Junkies don’t care about breaking news, but that they’ve stumbled upon some nuggets in recent weeks, and that some mainstream reporters have “a big case” of jealousy.
Eric Bickel:” I do think there are people out there that cover this team that are upset maybe that we’re getting some scoops that they don’t have, so they’re going out of their way to discredit us. And that’s fine. God bless you. It’s basically he said she said, who do you believe. But just because you have an unnamed source, that doesn’t mean that yours is any better — in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not — than ours. Not my fault you didn’t get a story that people — who also have inside knowledge of the team — were telling me has been out there for a long time, that they were shocked that it took THIS long to get out. Don’t hate on me.”
Jason Bishop: “And I’m a little bit tilted, because I’m the one that actually told the story. And I’m responding to Comcast’s Kelli Johnson, who is reporting that it’s not true. Her sources say it’s not true, all right, and I like Kelli Johnson, we’ve had her on the show, obviously she believes her source. But here’s the deal: there’s a reason for her source to lie to her. There was NO reason for my sources to lie. And by the way, both sources came up with the same exact story unsolicited. It’s not like I heard the story from Source 1 and went to Source 2 to try to corroborate it.”
Bickel: “I’m just gonna say this: both sources are legit, and both sources probably didn’t want us to talk about it. That’s what I’m saying. It was a moral and ethical dilemma that we had here, that we talked about. Both sources said I don’t want this coming back to me. And obviously we wouldn’t want anybody to get in trouble. But when you get independent people, randomly, out of the blue telling different people the same story, now you start to think well not only must it be true, a bunch of people must know this.”
Bishop: “[Reporters] go to Redskins officials because they’re close to the team and they want a response to it — of course they’re going to lie and tell you it didn’t happen. In fact, I’d expect the Redskins to deny it, I’d absolutely expect that.”
Bickel: “And McNabb can’t say, yeah, they’re right, I refused to wear the wristband.”
Producer Bret: “See, that’s all minutia. Here’s what it comes down to: a week ago you guys were throwing yogurt in girls’ faces at a Spring Break party and trying to find the Donkey of the Week. There are 20 to 30 people who make a living by being at Redskins Park, which is cool, but you guys were first to break the [Mark] Turgeon story, and that was spot on. And then Jason broke this story, which was spot on. And all these other people, it’s their job to break things.”
Bishop: “[The sources] just don’t have any reason to make that up. I’m sorry. Kelli Johnson can go and talk to whoever she wants; they’re not gonna tell you the truth.”
So that was fun. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Inquirer Eagles reporter Jeff McLane has chimed in with some interesting nuggets on Twitter, based on a 2009 story he wrote about Andy Reid’s complicated gameplans. Here’s the relevant passage:
On Monday, after watching the film of the previous day’s game, the team begins work on the next game plan. Tuesday, when the players are off, is when the coaches compile the bulk of the plays for the next opponent. Quarterback Donovan McNabb receives a fax of the plays on Tuesday so he can study them before practice on Wednesday.
McNabb has never worn a wristband with the plays listed. He doesn’t like it, Reid said, because he sweats a lot, and the band becomes too heavy for him. But the team recently asked its backups to wear one. So when Kevin Kolb and Vick arrive on Wednesday, the wristband is already in their lockers with the early version of the game plan.
The Philly Daily News’s Rich Hoffman had actually broached the same topic back in 2006, when McNabb was being criticized for his speed of playcalling.
If they really think there is a problem getting the plays in fast enough - and there sometimes is - give McNabb one of those cheat-sheet wristbands to cut down on repeating so much verbiage. Carolina’s Jake Delhomme wears one, as do a million college quarterbacks. Just do it.
Be back in five minutes with yet more drama, as soon as someone says something dramatic.