Yesterday will be documented as one of the more interesting days of the year. I’m sure many Americans –for many years to come– will remember exactly where they were when Brett Favre’s plane touched down in Minnesota. And on the same day, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich learned that he will not be touching down in a jail cell for very long, if at all. Blagojevich and his defense attorneys made the justice system appear weaker than Albert Haynesworth, who was too “sick” to practice yesterday. What do all of these stories have in common?
Nothing really, but they help to illustrate that America has a palate for the stale taste of empty drama. We feast upon these headlines that have no substantial nutrients, and wonder why we are always hungry for real news. Real news would sound something like this: A local church called Victory Chapel, is giving away 1,500 book bags this Saturday to any student that is in need. But such news from Victory Chapel is no fun. We want the drama.
Well too bad, since Haynesworth has decided to become a football player, we are drama free at Redskins Park. And this is a good thing. Today marks the 21st day of camp, and to this point we have had no major injuries, no fights, no players breaking rules, and most importantly we look like a team of professionals who practice the right way.
The right way being demonstrated by players like Lorenzo Alexandra who was told yesterday to sit out of practice due to a foot injury, but instead decided to push through the soreness. “It doesn’t surprise me with Lorenzo, he’s that type of guy. Some guys can push through pain,” said coach Shanahan.
Lorenzo Alexander who is switching to linebacker this year, represents the players who will help the team represent on game day. The type of player who quietly does whatever his position coach instructs him to do, and then performs like a kamikaze pilot when it’s time for special teams.
Haynesworth, Portis, McNabb, and Trent Williams are the stars who capture the eyes of beat reporters. But players like Lorenzo Alexander, Stephon Heyer, Kevin Barnes, and Rex Grossman are the players who will likely determine if the team finishes 7-9 or 9-7. The former misses the playoffs, and the latter may have a shot at playing for the trophy. Meaning the backups determine everything.
The Redskins are likely to have several injuries throughout the season. Starters who pose for snapshots, will at some point watch their backups determine the outcome. And this is why preseason football is so important. Many raging fans have dominated talk radio this week saying, “The preseason means nothing.” But preseason football is the only game time experience players like H.B. Blades and Stephon Heyer will see for a while. And believe me, both Heyer and Blades will have big roles to play this year. So when the 3rd quarter roles around this Saturday against the Ravens, let’s watch the players who might just determine the season, and resist the urge to channel surf for drama.
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