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Chick fil-A compliments Alfred Morris

True story: I believe the one and only time the D.C. Sports Bog has been discussed by top editors at The Washington Post came last week, when Alfred Morris told reporters he didn’t have time to chat with them about the end of the season because he had to get to Chick-fil-A before breakfast ended. That became a much-loved story on social media, and important people thus joked that the D.C. Sports Bog should probably do something further with that tale of journalism’s intersection with chicken biscuits.

And true enough, but I had nowhere to go. I didn’t know Morris’s favorite breakfast order. I didn’t know which Chick-fil-A he had visited. I asked two different reporters who were there at the time if Morris had given any additional clues.

“I went up by myself and asked to talk with him,” one responded. “Alf hesitated, stood up and said that line.”

“He just put his stuff in a big clear trashbag, and headed for the door of the locker room,” the other wrote. “I followed him out and asked if he had just a quick second to talk real quick, and he said: ‘No, sorry. I’ve got to go. I’m trying to catch Chick-fil-A breakfast.’ ”

And so I admitted defeat. A major story was breaking, and the entire sports Internet knew about Alfred Morris and Chick fil-A, and the D.C. Sports Bog had nothing. Just an empty wrapper, some checkered grease stains and the faint whiff of fried dreams.

Well, this isn’t much. But it’s something. On Wednesday afternoon — nine full days after Morris told reporters he didn’t have time to discuss the end of the season because of Chick-fil-A — the chicken chain finally weighed in.

If you don’t think the natural next step is 500 cases of Chicken Biscuits arriving at Redskins Park, you haven’t been paying attention.

Note: No journalism was harmed in the process of an editor making an offhanded remark about me pursuing this for a funny blog item.

Note: Yes, after complaining about anonymous sources, I’m anonymously quoting two Redskins reporters about chicken.

Note: Yes, I am making the media the story, but only when the story involves popular fast food chains.

Note: This does not constitute an opinion one way or the other on any of Chick-fil-A’s political stances

Note: Thanks to @ChanningPejic.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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