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  1. This thread will automatically unlock today at 4:01pm & take over for the previously bloated Cousins thread. At which point you can all have the same circular arguments again.
  2. @Renegade7 @Taylor 36 Take it PMs or get taken to the woodshed. Thanks in advance.
  3. You sick freak.
  4. For Immediate Release July 20, 2017 REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP TO OPEN NEXT THURSDAY RICHMOND, Va. – The countdown is officially on as the Washington Redskins open training camp Thursday, July 27 at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va. New in 2017, training camp practices will require a free ticket/fan pass for entry. Fans should visit www.redskins.com/fanpass to receive their e-ticket for access to camp. E-tickets are mobile friendly and do not need to be printed for access. Fans can also register or pick up their free pass on site if they do not have an email address or wish to register in advance. Children under 13 are not required to register and can enter with a parent or adult’s fan pass. All fans who register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 27 will be entered to win tickets to the Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals preseason game at FedExField on Sunday, Aug. 27. Below is the updated calendar of events to be held at training camp and in the Richmond area with further details and registration links: July 26 Redskins Training Camp Kickoff July 29 Military Appreciation Day Presented by GEICO Military July 30 Redskins Day at Richmond Flying Squirrels Aug. 3 Youth Football Day Aug. 4 Gatorade Junior Training Camp Redskins Cheerleader Youth Dance Clinic Aug. 5 Fan Appreciation Day Women of Washington Redskins (WOW) VIP Day WOW Takes RVA Scavenger Hunt WRC Youth Dance Clinic Performance Aug. 8 Kids Day Aug. 10 Redskins Rally Aug. 13 Social Media Day Presented by CSN “Jerseys Off Our Back” Presented by Bon Secours Between practice sessions, fans will have the opportunity to meet Redskins alumni and cheerleaders at our Legends Showcase (new in 2016), participate in various family-friendly activities and purchase Redskins merchandise at the Redskins Team Store retail tent. Join the Washington Redskins for the Training Camp Kickoff on July 26. The kickoff will be from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at The Veil Brewing Company. Larry Michael, Rick “Doc” Walker, Chris Cooley and Brian Mitchell will be in attendance to help with raffles, giveaways and more. For more information, visit http://www.redskinsrally.com/event/training-camp-kickoff/. Military Appreciation Day, presented by GEICO Military will be July 29. Join Redskins Salute, the Official Military Appreciation Club of the Washington Redskins, for a day where military members can gain access to a military appreciation viewing area (by the amphitheater) by showing a military ID. Members can also sign up for Redskins Salute onsite and fans will receive a free gift (while supplies last). Visit www.RedskinsSalute.com for more information. Redskins Day at the Flying Squirrels will be July 30. University of Virginia alumnus and current Redskins tackle Morgan Moses will be throwing the first pitch as the Flying Squirrels take on the Erie SeaWolves. The game will begin at 12:05 p.m. and fans are encouraged to show their Redskins spirit by wearing their burgundy and gold gear to the game. For tickets visithttp://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t3410. Youth Football Day on Aug. 3 will be the first of its kind by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation to celebrate youth football in the Richmond area. The first 1,000 youth football players wearing their team jerseys will receive a special giveaway. The day will also feature the Charitable Foundation’s Annual Moms Football Safety Clinic. Visit www.redskins.com/momsclinicfor more information. Gatorade Junior Training Camp on Aug. 4 is a FREE football clinic open to youth ages 12-14. This camp is designed to focus on football fundamentals and skill development for athletes. All participants must be pre-registered using the following link:http://www.redskins.com/community/gatorade-junior-training-camp.html. The Redskins Cheerleader Youth Dance Clinic will be Aug. 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn a dance taught by the Redskins Cheerleaders and then perform with them during Fan Appreciation Day Aug. 5 at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Interested applicants must apply at http://www.redskins.com/cheerleaders/dance-camps/richmond-dance-and-cheer-signup.html#dancecamp. The Women of Washington Redskins (WOW) will host two events on Aug. 5. The first is VIP Day starting at 12:30 p.m., when WOW members who registered online in advance can receive VIP access, complimentary food and beverages in the WOW VIP tent and an exclusive viewing of training camp. Guests will be chosen via a lottery system. The second event on Aug. 5 is the “WOW Takes RVA” Scavenger Hunt, where WOW members can explore downtown Richmond and its local bars and restaurants to enjoy an evening of fun with fellow members. For access to either of these events, members must register online atwww.WOWRedskins.com. The Redskins Rally will be Aug. 10 at 7 Hills Brewing Company in Richmond, Va. Fans can enjoy raffles, giveaways, and meet the Redskins Cheerleaders from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., prior to the Washington Redskins taking on the Baltimore Ravens. For more information, please visit http://www.redskinsrally.com/event/preseason-rally-at-7-hills-brewing-company. The Social Media Day, presented by CSN will be held Aug. 13. One hundred lucky fans will be selected to participate in Social Media Day at Redskins Training Camp on Sunday, Aug. 13. Exclusive giveaways, coach chalk talks, player Q&A’s, VIP access and more are available for Social Media Day participants. Fans can sign up at https://redsk.in/SMDay17. “Jerseys Off Our Backs” presented by Bon Secours will also occur on Aug. 13. On this day of camp, each player will provide his official camp jersey to a fan following practice. Recipient selection will be at random and will include children only. Fans are encouraged to download the Official Washington Redskins mobile app to enhance their training camp experience through access to the interactive map, alerts, chances to win VIP upgrades, discounts and more. 2017 Training Camp Cornerstone Partners include Bon Secours Health System, FedEx, Performance Food Group and the City of Richmond. For more information on the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center or the Redskins training camp, please visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.
  5. It was the mid 1990's. In the then WWF (now WWE) Razor Ramon aka Scott Hall and Diesel aka Kevin Nash had their contracts coming up for renewal. In those days, wrestling contracts weren't guaranteed. Guys were basically paid on a per show appearance. The bigger the show, like a WrestleMania, the bigger the payday. However, if you didn't land a match on that card you didn't get paid. As Scott Hall's contract was coming up he negotiated with the Number 2 wrestling company at the time, WCW. WCW was owned by Ted Turner whose goal was to displace Vince McManon's WWF at the top of the mountain. Turner had Eric Bischoff running WCW. Bischoff new he needed bigger named talent to make WCW look & grow bigger. Long story short, he started recruiting WWF wrestlers as their contracts were expiring & he started with Hall. Who then talked to his buddy Nash, telling him not only were the days he worked guaranteed but so was the money. The story goes they neither wanted to leave McManon but there was no way McManon could give them guaranteed money as it'd set a precedent to have to give guaranteed money contracts to his other big name talent. Until then guaranteed money was unheard of in pro wrestling. Hall & Nash essentially changed the business. Even though WCW is defunct, McManon now has his talent on guaranteed contracts. Cool story bro but what's this got to do with football? Well, if you're a casual fan, you most likely took the Bruce Allen statement at face value. However once you drill down a little bit into it you'll see its roughly $300,000 difference between their offer and Kirk playing on the tag the next two years. In his radio interview on 106.7 (Part 1 & Part 2) the next day Kirk commented that if you look around the League the Front Office contracts and the Coaching staff contracts are fully guaranteed and he'd like to see the players contracts fully guaranteed. Currently, playing on the Tag gives him that fully guaranteed contract. For a year. So with the Rules of the Tag, he can play on it for a total of three years for three separate guaranteed one year deals. IF Kirk can manage to accomplish a multi year fully guaranteed contract he'll change the business. Just like Hall & Nash did 20ish years ago.
  6. Finally had a few minutes to try to expand on this a bit over in the ES Blog Please post your comments on the blog there, not in this thread before someone gets Jack Knifed Powerbombed. Thanks.
  7. How do none of you daisies not have Tombstone on your lists?
  8. I think it's hilarious that every time 106.7 comes back from break they have AC/DC's Money Talks playing in the background. I'd rather have heard from McCarthy instead of Kirk.
  9. Kirk says has heard from teammates they're supportive Says all anyone really guaranteed is training camp. Everyone pretty much on a one year deal Puts decisions on his Faith Fan/media scrutiny- thinks one year deal takes pressure off to be perfect. Names off guys that they're depending on that are on one year deals. Says it's the norm not the exception on one year deals. Says players would like to see players contracts fully guaranteed sites FO & coach contracts are fully guaranteed --------- My god. He gonna be the Hall/Nash going to wcw & changing the business getting guys guaranteed money ---------- Has good relationship with Jay has better understanding how good Jay is since Jay been filling McVays role His best scenario is win games all the way to the top. Better he plays more $$$ comes his way knows it's all about winning. If he don't play well knows no one gonna want him back If Giants game ended differently he not sure if one pass would have changed things contract wise Is there a number that puts him at peace? Says probably not money doesn't run his life it's about right place Says guaranteed money & salary cap % you take up & length of contract is what matters Knows he didn't play well until Of end of 2015. Says you have to ignore production & evaluate on potential To many variables to know if he gets tagged next year. Says if tagged next year it means he played really really well No truth to out the door to chargers or 9ers. Says it may look like he's shopping around but he very well could end up back here. Says he in D.C. Until the lord tells him otherwise Respects Doug. Dan been real positive doesn't think Dan been involved wants see Dan win Dan a fun passionate guy wants to win for Dan & put a smile on his face Players don't look 4-5 years down the road. Players take it day to day. Wants to create a winning culture in D.C.
  10. Kirk- closer to deal then people think Almost sent a counter offer Felt more at peace waiting a year Wants more info on the organization/FO due to turnover Kirk Bruce talked over the weekend positive conversations Bruce went to him in michagen Says Tag rules defined the negotiations Made it simpler to not counter offer Believes he'll be here more then one season Always been his want to be a Redskin long term Ball in his court during season to play well Skins long term his first choice Said Bruce's statement was told to him before they did the release & he understood them getting the info out there & he was fine with it Understood team wanted to see more last year Says he could play 10 years on 1 year deals - gives him freedom on the other side (FA leverage) Thinks it was a fair offer says you can look at offer 2 different ways due to Tag rules. Puts it on the deadline says wants more time -alludes back to All the turnover Wants more information on how the FO & coaching changes gonna work Grant gets a Kurt jab in Kirk no sells it Grant asks it again. Kirk says no that he's by it used to it from teachers & growing up. Grant goes in on it again Kirk says. It not a big issue with him with everything else he has to worry about
  11. Aight. Which one of you English guys was at the Ring Of Honor show that airs this week?
  12. Here's the thing. Bruce was brought in to get the new stadium deal done. The lease at FedEx isn't up for another 10 years. And Bruce is around 60-61 years old. So we're stuck with him at least 5 years after his retirement age.
  13. https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/06/28/clinton-portis-financial-ruin-where-are-they-now BRIAN BURNSED 2 hours ago Fortune pilfered, Clinton Portis contemplated revenge under the veil of darkness. On a handful of late nights and early mornings in 2013 he lurked in his car near a Washington, D.C.–area office building, pistol at his side, and waited for one of several men who had managed a large chunk of the $43.1 million he earned with his 2,230 carries over nine NFL seasons. Purportedly safe investments had suspiciously soured, and almost all the money Portis set aside to fund his future had evaporated. That future included a mother who doubles as his hero and four sons scattered across the Southeast. Their comfort and security. Their happiness. The hucksters he deemed most responsible ignored his calls. None were bound for jail. Their coffers were dry; a lawsuit seemed pointless. Once his helplessness gave way to rage, Portis lusted for a confrontation. He would meet this betrayer not with pleas or demands, or even blows delivered by thick fists attached to thick forearms. Bullets, he thought, were his sole means of balancing the scale. “It wasn’t no beat up,” Portis says. “It was kill.” He recounts those grim urges in the kitchen of his two-bedroom apartment, 11 floors below the penthouse of a chic tower in Northern Virginia, as winds bellow outside the panoramic windows. Portis, 35, plays dominoes with a nephew as he speaks, reflecting on his private fury and his public bankruptcy—due in part to his own gambling and profligacy—and how he gradually learned to embrace life this far from the top. As he sifts through his past, his focus remains fixed on the array of tiles in front of him. Illustration by Michael Byers Flanked by Redskins owner and close friend Daniel Snyder at his retirement press conference on Aug. 23, 2012, Portis responded to a question about his life after football by calling to his side two of his sons, Chaz and Camdin. Ever fashionable, Clinton wore a sharp dark-blue blazer and a sparkling stud in each ear. Ever honest, he choked back tears while reminiscing about a nursing assistant who once told her young son that if she ever grew wealthy, she would buy a Jaguar and a house painted purple, the color of royalty. “She’s got a Jaguar. She’s got a purple house,” Portis said of his mother, Rhonnel Hearn-Pearson. “And she’ll forever be a queen in my eyes.” Just 30 years old, the 5' 11", 218-pound Portis was only 77 rushing yards shy of 10,000 for his career and 648 short of John Riggins’s all-time Redskins mark—but he was eager to deliver that farewell speech. His infatuation with football, in fact, had begun to wane five years earlier when Snyder had knocked on his hotel room door in Miami, sun not yet peeking through the blinds, and collapsed into the running back’s arms, muttering through sobs that the teammate Portis most revered, Sean Taylor, had succumbed to gunshot wounds. Taylor’s death, compounded by the loss of several other friends and family members in short succession, marked the end of Portis’s trademark frivolity. Gone were Southeast Jerome, Kid Bro Sweets, Sheriff Gonna Getcha and the gaggle of other characters he’d once embodied, in full costume—loud wigs, novelty glasses, fake teeth—to enliven press conferences. Football became a vocation; chasing accolades and solidifying a legacy proved not to be worth the concussions, the broken bones, the dislocated joints. And that mind-set carried repercussions. Though he ranks sixth in NFL history in rushing yards per game (87.8—less than a yard behind Walter Payton) and though teammates still tout his singular skills as a pass blocker, Portis fielded two questions about his famous characters during his farewell press conference . . . and only one about the Hall of Fame. Canton-eligible since 2015, he has yet to be named even a finalist. Portis says that sex, not drugs or alcohol, provided the salve he needed after Taylor’s death. He took lavish, impromptu trips overseas, sometimes with women he hardly knew, sometimes three or four at a time. “It was empty,” Portis laments. In 2004, when he was only 22, he had been traded to the Redskins after two seasons with the Broncos and inked what was then the largest contract for a running back in league history: eight years for $50.5 million, including $17 million in bonuses. He flaunted his various houses (how many? “A lot,” he says) on MTV and on the NFL Network, leading cameras past waterfalls, tanks of exotic fish, stripper poles, rows of designer suits and an armada of cars with gargantuan rims. As Portis’s fortune grew, so seemingly did its gravity, pulling more properties, luxuries and hangers-on into his orbit. Former teammates and friends in the league, even those of comparable means, dared not try to keep pace. “Portis was on a different level,” says former Washington teammate Santana Moss, who himself once owned 11 vehicles. “He didn’t think about tomorrow.” Not all of Portis’s expenses were typical of what he flaunted on Cribs. He built a house for his maternal grandparents. He helped support a vast extended family in Mississippi. He bought his mother the Jaguar and the 8,381-square-foot purple abode in Gainesville, Fla., that he knew she craved. He hosted massive picnics in Florida and Virginia for anyone who wanted a free meal. In hindsight, Portis wishes he’d spent millions more—better that than to see so much of his fortune immolated with a few flicks of a pen. Once he was a star, former University of Miami teammate Rod Mack, who worked as a money manager after college, introduced Portis to Jeff Rubin, a financial adviser whose client list would go on to include Moss, Terrell Owens, Jevon Kearse and a cadre of other notable (and wealthy) players. Eventually, Portis made the acquaintance of Jinesh Brahmbhatt, a financial adviser whose past included a stint at Stratton Oakmont, the infamous firm that inspired The Wolf of Wall Street. Tailored suits and indecipherable business jargon worked their magic. “They come impressive,” Portis says. “The complication begins because you don’t understand it. You don’t know what they’re saying, but you just get involved.” . Snyder and former Washington coach Joe Gibbs checked with Portis on occasion. Was he being wise with his money? Earnestly, Portis assured them he was. He’d entrusted millions on the word of men he had reason to believe in—both Rubin and Brahmbhatt were registered financial advisers with the NFL Players Association, after all. That designation proved meaningless. According to a series of lawsuits filed by Portis between 2011 and ’13, Rubin and his associates first persuaded the running back to sink $1 million into a southern Alabama casino. In ’12, local authorities shut down that casino’s lifeblood, a digital bingo operation, after it ran afoul of state regulations. One suit also alleges that Rubin’s company opened an account for Portis at BankAtlantic using a forged signature card that gave power of attorney to some of Rubin’s employees. Rubin’s firm, Portis says, made withdrawals without his knowledge, bleeding more than $3.1 million from his account, some of it funneled to the casino project. (Rubin’s lawyer did not respond to requests for comment on this story.) Simultaneously, Brahmbhatt steered Portis and other NFL players to invest with Success Trade Securities, overseen by his former Stratton Oakmont colleague Fuad Ahmed, whose Ponzi scheme would unravel in 2013. Nearly $14 million of those investments vanished. STS was ordered to repay the losses, and Brahmbhatt and Ahmed were eventually barred from securities trading by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. (Ahmed’s lawyer did not comment; Brahmbhatt’s rep says his client was also deceived by Ahmed, and while Brahmbhatt frequently conferred with Portis, they held no official advisory agreement.) Portis won’t reveal exactly how much he lost through these alleged misdeeds, but among the assets in his 2015 bankruptcy filings he included a $1 million note from Ahmed’s firm as well as “potential” claims of $2 million and $8 million against Brahmbhatt’s and Rubin’s firms, respectively. Portis says that because of those investors’ insolvencies and his own legal fees, he will be lucky to recover even a fraction of his losses. The men who duped him were shamed publicly and stripped of their right to work in the financial industry, but Portis was livid that they walked free while he was left to rebuild from relative financial ruin. “No jail time, no nothing,” Portis says. “Living happily ever after.” A notorious press conference entertainer, Portis's lighthearted demeanor soured as he plunged into financial ruin. (Notable Portis personas, clockwise from left: Coach Janky Spanky, Bro Sweets, Dolla Bill, Dr. I Don't Know, Sheriff Gonna Getcha, Choo Choo, Reverend Gonna Change) Caleb Jones/AP; boygabe-blogspot.co (3); Deadspin.co Portis never pulled his gun because he couldn’t put down his phone. The voice on the other line belonged to a television producer he had met when he was auditioning for a reality show as his football career reached its end; her training as a family therapist spurred him to stay in touch as his life came unmoored. Several times she fielded calls from a man who had found bottom—sitting and waiting in the gloom, ready to upend his life and take someone else’s. “He was talking real crazy,” Portis’s friend says. “He was just so depressed.” Even if the money had disappeared, she told him, the people who truly loved him wouldn’t. She begged him to turn his car around and go home to his mother in Gainesville, visit loved ones in Charlotte, see some friends in Miami. If he didn’t, his four boys would know him not as a charismatic former-NFL-star-turned-carpool-driver but as the man on the other side of a glass prison partition. “You’ve already lost,” his friend told him, “but the loss you would sustain [by killing someone] would be greater.” Prepared as he was to commit murder, sacrificing his freedom and his name for revenge, he never found whom he was looking for. But what if he had caught a glimpse before coming to his senses? What if their paths had crossed, there in the darkness? Portis doesn’t hesitate: “We’d probably be doing this interview from prison.” (After two lengthy interviews, Portis declined to further participate in this story.) In the end, Portis says, the idea of four fatherless children ended his hunt after a few desperate mornings and nights. To remain a dutiful dad, he wouldn’t betray the dutiful son he’d long been. Once, in high school, Portis had needed extra cash and so he turned to selling weed—but it took only a few hours before he panicked and dumped $130 worth of green for the $27 that one buyer had in his pocket. “I was so nervous,” Portis says. “So scared.” He routinely called his mother to tell her where he was going, that he was safe, even as his stardom blossomed at Miami. He would never forget Hearn-Pearson’s tears when she took collect calls from Clinton’s older brother Gary when Gary was serving an 11-year prison stretch for selling narcotics. Heeding his friend’s advice, Portis left his pistol in her care while he grappled with his anger; she kept it until she was certain he wouldn’t pull the trigger. Over the ensuing months Portis sequestered himself with family, and his most frightening impulses had abated by the time he filed for bankruptcy in late 2015, triggering a rash of media coverage that called attention to the details of his plight: $412,000 in domestic support owed to four women; $390,000 due to the IRS; more than $287,000 owed to the MGM Grand casino; another $170,000 to the Borgata; only $150 remaining in his bank account. Lavish homes in Virginia and Florida were sold at a loss. A condo in Miami was liquidated. (Though Portis’s debts were officially discharged in July ’16, the Borgata’s parent company has contested its portion. A hearing is scheduled for this fall.) Perhaps most painful were the headlines seizing on the $500,000 Portis owed his own mother. He had paid cash for her house in Gainesville, valued at roughly $900,000, but he says one of his financial advisers took a loan out against it in his name without his knowledge—which left Hearn-Pearson as one of her son’s largest creditors. The stories claiming Portis owed his mother a half-million dollars missed the mark. “I owe my mom everything,” he says. “Everything.” “Everything” includes the $45 Hearn-Pearson spent two decades ago for a physical exam after coaches at Gainesville High asked Portis to join the football team as a freshman; Rhonnel had already told her son he wasn’t allowed to play, but here she buckled. Yes, the family’s means were relatively meager—Clinton’s stepfather was a truck driver—but Hearn-Pearson made certain her youngest son never went without stylish clothes, new gadgets or her succulent home cooking. It wasn’t until Portis reached the NFL and added his mother as a dependent on his taxes that he realized her endless string of 6:30 a.m. shifts at a nursing home were only worth around $25,000 each year. He told her she would never have to work again, which ensured she would be in the crowd at all but one of his 117 games for the Broncos and the Redskins. Portis’s close friend, the TV producer, says the prospect of his mom losing the home he’d gifted her tormented him. Still, son assured mother not to worry, and mother asked son to reciprocate. “It came down to: If it had to go, it had to go,” Hearn-Pearson says. “This house is not my life.” Through a nascent broadcasting career and regular appearance fees, Portis optimistically believes he’ll earn back much of what he lost. His mother, meanwhile, remains pragmatic. She doubts her family’s lifestyle will ever reach the stratosphere again, but she’s proud of how her son treats his children and of the time and money he still donates to others, despite his own problems. “He lost money,” she says. “He didn’t lose me.” Simon Bruty Portis has felt the spotlight’s burden since he first showed promise on the football fields of central Florida, when he was 14. “I spent more time in the public eye than I did getting to know who I was,” he says. “I’m just now learning me.” To get here he’s had to shrink a once-vast circle down to one that includes only those family and friends who enrich his life. Edgerrin James, the running back Portis succeeded at Miami, and now a longtime confidant, supplies common sense. James earned nearly $70 million during his career, and he made a habit of not propping up others along the way. Portis was too generous, James says, too quick to plop down his credit card when the bill came and to align himself with people who would let him. When news of Portis’s financial woes surfaced, James called him not out of sympathy but to discuss hard truths and next steps. “Don’t bring that weak s--- over here,” James said. “Let’s just deal with the solution.” James, Moss and former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley attest: They never saw their friend show signs of buckling under the weight of his predicament. Portis hints that there is a woman in his life who has shown him how to be vulnerable, imperfect, fearful. He didn’t seek that sort of connection when he was hopping around the world, relative strangers in tow. Until now, he never realized how much he needed it. Through tough love (and the softer kind) he has come to accept his share of the blame for all he lost. The slew of homes, he admits, proved unnecessary. He acknowledges that no one forced him to hand over his millions to strangers in hopes of speedy returns. “The biggest regret is trusting people with my money,” Portis says. “You shouldn’t. Go to a bank.” Quietly, he devotes much of his spare time to others. A recent trip to Haiti to provide food, water and clothing through his work with former NFL player Jack Brewer’s charity marked his third such visit in as many years. Portis’s Two 6 Foundation hosts an annual holiday feast in one of Washington’s poorest neighborhoods, and he makes a handful of monthly appearances at schools around the city, reading to children and earnestly fielding their questions. Portis does regular work for several media outlets, including one owned by Snyder. (He always had the owner’s ear, more than any other player, says Moss.) He’s a regular guest on Cooley’s radio show, and the two host a weekly Redskins-centric TV program during the season. Cooley, now a media fixture in Washington, says he has worked with few people better versed in sports than his former teammate. Portis worries, though, that the molasses-like, sometimes-unintelligible drawl he attributes to a youth spent in the small-town South has impeded his progress. NFL Network producers have lauded his appearances on their shows, but he’s chagrined to see a new crop of retired players added to their regular rotation after he has been told there’s no spot for him. More worrisome are the occasional lapses in memory that have begun to plague him. Portis sometimes struggles to find words or loses his train of thought; through the course of an interview he habitually repeats himself as he searches for his next point. He gets lost driving in familiar places. He missed the last two months of the 2009 season after taking a helmet-to-helmet shot against the Falcons, and he says he suffered more than 10 concussions in his career. On occasion, he strode off the field with no memory of the game he’d just played. Content to sleep it off, he rarely sought medical help—as a young player, he’d been taught to avoid the training room at all costs. “You can’t make the club in the tub,” he says. Portis is among the former players eligible to receive benefits from the NFL’s $1 billion concussion settlement, which could entitle him to up to $1.5 million if he shows signs of early dementia and as much as $5 million should he be diagnosed with ALS—but in order to receive even a penny he would have to undergo testing and demonstrate clear symptoms of severe problems. And he’s wary of being evaluated because those tests might reveal that the fog is encroaching just as he has learned to navigate this complicated world. “F--- that concussion money,” he says. “I’m scared. I’m really scared of the results.” No bust in Canton, no major records, no nationally recognized broadcasting career, no gilded nest egg—but Portis still treasures the tranquility every morning brings. Gone are the endless hours spent agonizing over court dates and a lost fortune. “Most people would have offed themselves if they had to deal with what I had to deal with,” he says. “Life is so much clearer after coming out of that storm.” Lying in bed, Portis will often hear the wind roaring outside his apartment. The tumult doesn’t hold him hostage; he sleeps as peacefully now as he did when he was a boy, when the smell of his mother’s cooking wafted through their small home. Today, as his game of dominoes wears on, those ceaseless gusts send a chair careening across his apartment’s deck, hard plastic clattering against glass and metal. Portis’s guests snap their heads to attention and peer outside, mouths agape, as the chair rattles down the terrace. Portis, unflinching, keeps his eyes trained on the dominoes scattered across the kitchen island. Eventually he slides another tile into place, pressing on as the wind rages.
  14. I thought it rhymed with "Did this really need to a thread"
  15. Here's the thing about Bruce. As the guy in charge, have you EVER seen him take any blame for anything onto himself whether deserved or not?
  16. @AdamSchefter: RT @Redskins: #Redskins President Bruce Allen addresses Kirk Cousins contract negotiations. https://t.co/l4C7fNyYTz m.twitter.com/AdamSchefteri
  17. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19566814/kirk-cousins-contract-talks-washington-redskins-taking-encouraging-tone Kirk Cousins contract talks with Redskins on positive track 8:40 AM ET Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer While it doesn't mean there will be a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline, there has been an improved, encouraging tone in the contract talks between the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins, league sources told ESPN. One reason for the positive outlook is that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has gotten involved, making it known how much Washington wants to re-sign Cousins. At last month's owners meetings in Chicago, Redskins president Bruce Allen and Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, had their first face-to-face meeting in the two years since Washington first used the franchise tag on the starting quarterback, sources said. It was the first of two face-to-face meetings between the two sides, as they continue to negotiate a long-term deal. Now there is a belief that even if a deal doesn't get completed before the NFL deadline for franchise players next month -- and it still will be challenging, even with the thawing between the two sides -- that one could be struck after next season, keeping Cousins in Washington long term. "There's no doubt it's been more positive lately," said one source familiar with the talks who requested anonymity. "Everything has been much more positive in the past several months." It is why there is more hope that something could get done. Last offseason, the two sides never came close to a deal. This offseason, the Redskins appear more open to recognizing Cousins' value, especially when he is scheduled to play the 2017 season on a franchise tag worth about $24 million. Playing on back-to-back franchise tags gives Cousins leverage in talks for a long-term deal, and the Redskins seem open to getting a deal done.
  18. I believe it was the Browns that called during the Draft to inquire about a trade.
  19. UPDATE Was just texted "Not looking good at all with Kirk"