Archive for July, 2009

July 31: Happy Bday Gus Frerotte

Happy birthday Gus Frerotte. Who can forget Gus…the man that DC went gaga over, the underdog 7th round pick who beat out the 1st round “stud.” Can you remember back then? Perhaps you had a Frerotte jersey? Maybe you’re a chick reading this blog and you thought Gus was “hot.” In Gus we trusted. He played 5 seasons with the Redskins from 1994-1998. Hard to imagine but Gus has played another 10 years in the league since leaving the Redskins…yep he’s carved out a 15 year NFL career! Gus played in 52 games with the Skins, passing for 9,769 yards and 48 TD’s to go with a Pro Bowl appearance in 96’. Gus started 46 of those games with the Skins, in the 10 years since he’s started 47. In 96’, Gus led the NFL in yards per completion with 13.8 yards per. But, Gus has been a productive QB when given the chance the past couple years; he’s gone 20-10 in his last 30 starts. Gus is currently a free agent, but I having a feeling he’ll land somewhere before the end of training camp. Happy 38th birthday Mr. Frerotte…and thanks for the memories.

Happy birthday Norm Snead. Norm played 3 seasons for the Skins from 1961-63, making the Pro Bowl twice. He started all 42 games during this time and threw 71 interceptions during those 3 years. How does one make 2 Pro Bowls while throwing 50 interceptions? Now that’s another era! But, Norm is best known for being traded for Sonny Jurgensen. We have to thank Norm for that! Norm played 17 seasons in the NFL and made 4 Pro Bowls. In retirement he coach at the Apprentice School in Norfolk, VA. I only mention this because in college I gave up a home run to some guy who was about 5’6” 150lbs who played for the Apprentice School. He hit a bomb off me over the Marlboro Man in left center field at the minor league stadium there in Norfolk. I never threw a fastball again in my college career. Anyway, I’m way off subject here…happy 70th Mr. Snead!
Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Redskins Training Camp: Day 1 In Review

(photo via The Cooley Zone)

Today I was sitting at my desk in Florida far, far away from Ashburn…jonesing for training camps updates. I do not have access to Twitter or most of the blogs on my work computer, so my blackberry is my best friend. And luckily for me and many others out there, many talented bloggers kept me up to date on the days actions. Here’s a quick recap from day 1.

A nice recap of the day in pictures and words from official Redskin’s blogger Matt Terl. (Redskins Blog)

Dan Snyder’s thoughts and expectations for this season. (Redskins Insider)

Santana Moss put on muscle and notices that he’s “all ripped up and cut up.” (DC Sports Bog)

Again from DC Sports Bog, Clinton Portis has gotten rid of the Wesley Snipes “Demolition Man” hairdo. (DC Sports Bog)

Cooley discusses JC, short shorts and other junk. (The Cooley Zone)

From Twitter, a look at what some of the national media had to say about the Skins:

@Adam_Schefter Good sign for Redskins: Carlos Rogers working on JUGS machine, catching balls, to make up for INTs he dropped.

@SI_RossTucker The atmosphere at Skins camp is amazingly calm and subdued for first day of TC. No buzz. Polar opposite of Bills camp.

@SI_PeterKing Jason Campbell looks–and sounds–more confident and in control. Is he tough enough, and a great leader? That’s what we don’t know.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009

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July 30: Happy Birthday Jim Mcllvaine

Happy birthday Jim Mcllvaine. Jim is best remembered for parlaying his two seasons with the Bullets into a 7 year 33 million dollar free agent deal with the Sonics. Oh, I forgot to mention that Jim averaged 2.0 pts and 2.5 rebs a game during his 2 seasons with the Bullets. I’m not sure what the Sonics were expecting or thinking, but Jim did increase his production to 3.0 pts and 3.5 rebs a game in his 2 years with them. Jim lasted 7 seasons in the league and was paid not to play in the final year of his contract. Jim now works as an analyst for Marquette (his alma mater) basketball games. Happy 37th Mr. Mcllvaine.

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Football Makes Everything Better

This post originally appeared at The Cooley Zone

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…well, maybe not for the 2,500 NFL players that are reporting to training camp this week. For the next 3 weeks they’re going to be sweating their sacks off in two a day practices. Knocking the shit out of each other, sitting in endless meetings and soaking achy muscles in ice tubs. How do they do that anyway? Just the thought of lowering my boys into ice…not worried about shrinkage…worried about disappearance! Anyway, I’m happier than a puppy with 2 peters because the beginning of training camp means that the 2009 NFL season is upon us and football just makes everything better! Yes, it actually improves quality of life. Sound silly? It’s not; I’ll prove it to you.

10 things football makes better.

#10 – Food – I’m trying to figure out how to lose 10 lbs before the start of the season because I know I’m going to put on 15 during the season! Wings, chips, pizza and dips all taste better during football season. I think Velveeta was invented specifically for the NFL season. It gives us all a reason to eat bad foods because that’s what you do during football games. It just is.

#9 – Sports Blogs – Let’s face it, without football, blogs kind of suck. How much baseball can we talk about? How many top 10 lists can we make up? Bloggers need coaches like Dennis Green and Jim Mora going berserk, that’s good material. Bloggers need bad play calling and underachieving draft picks. And let’s face it; you want to come here to see Cooley talking about the Cowboys, not Fatpickle talking about cheese.

#8 – Sundays – Sunday, the day for rest and relaxation. NOT! There should be nothing relaxing about Sunday. Sundays are for getting nervous, excited and pissed at the Redskins…sometimes all at the same time! So forget about reading the Sunday paper in the lazy boy and watching Tom Watson play golf. It’s so much more fun figuring out how you’re going to pay your bookie because Eli Manning threw a pick 6 in the last minute. It was a sure thing the Giants were going to beat the Bengals.

#7 – Sports Talk Radio- Similar to the bloggers, the radio personalities need some material. How long can they talk about the Orioles and Nats losing? What they need is someone to shoot themselves in the leg, they need an owner having dinner with Shanahan, they can run with that. They need the guy calling in who just lost $500 on the Eli Manning play, that’s good radio.

#6 – Beer – Beer is better during the NFL season …oh who am I kidding? Beer is good all year long; the NFL season does nothing to make it better. But, when the Redskins lose, beer helps…temporarily.

#5 – Tailgating- Unless you’ve been to a Kenny Chesney or Jimmy Buffet concert this summer, you probably haven’t tailgated in awhile. Football gives us a reason to do so. Football gives us a reason for more food, Jell-O shooters, tossing the football around and cornhole. Good times with family, friends and strangers. And if you are tailgating, it sounds like Mama Cooley has the right game plan to follow.

#4 – Personal Relationships – From February to July I talk once or twice a month with some of the people that mean the most to me, but come football season, we may talk once or twice a day. We are always emailing, texting or phoning each other to talk about the games and events of the week. Football brings us closer for 6 months a year and I’m thankful for that.

#3- TV Viewing – summertime is the worst for TV, but that will end soon. We now have the NFL channel, the Sunday Ticket and TIVO working for us. We can watch an entire replay of the game in 60 minutes, anytime we want! No more reruns of the New Adventures Of Old Christine, we got choices!

#2 – Hope and Optimism – There is nothing I want to see more than a parade in Washington D.C for the Super Bowl Champion Washington Redskins. As the season starts I feel like that can happen. I see Cooley on the left and Portis on the right, Obama in the middle. I see it. I’m happy. When I finish this post I’m checking flights to Miami. I’m drinking the Kool Aid; I’ve got my Nikes on.

#1 – Fantasy Football – Is there anything better than Fantasy Football? Most of you are probably working on your cheat sheets and sleeper picks already. The drafts (more fun, food and booze) are so much fun. In late August I will travel back to VA for my league’s 12th annual fantasy draft. 12 years ago we were single college aged guys with no wives or kids. We return this year, most of us married, and we now have 12 kids among us. We’re still kids, just with more chins. We come from Florida, we come from Ohio, it doesn’t matter…football keeps us together. And I (the 22 Swinging Dicks) am going to kick some ass this year.

Now after all that, I have 1 question for you…ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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July 28: Happy Birthdays

On a daily basis, Fatpickled recognizes the birthdays of the men who have played, and currently play for, my favorite teams. The Redskins, Orioles, Wizards, and Terps.

Happy birthday Doug Collins. Doug was handpicked by Michael Jordan to coach the Wizards in 2000. With the arrival of Collins and Jordan’s decision to return to the court, big things were expected. 2 short years and a pair of 37-45 seasons later, both were gone.
No glory, no titles, not even any playoff appearances. Overall Doug coached 8 seasons in the NBA, including Jordan’s Bulls from 1986-89. Collin’s teams were great in the regular season, underachievers in the post season. The Bulls considered bringing back Collins this year to coach again but he removed his name as a candidate late in the process. As a player, Doug was chosen #1 overall in the 1973 draft y the 76ers. He was a 4 time All Star and averaged 17.9 pts per game over his 8 year career, but he sucks at H-O-R-S-E (watch below.)
Doug currently analyzes games for TNT and NBC, and does a good job at it. Happy 58th Mr. Collins.

photo courtesy of oriolescards

Happy birthday Bob Milacki. Bob pitched 5 seasons for the Orioles from 1988-92. Bob had an incredible September call up in 1988. In 3 games he went 2-0 with a 0.72ERA including a complete game shutout. He followed that up with a stellar rookie campaign in 1989. In 89’ Bob went 14-12 with a 3.74ERA. His career never reached the same level from that point on and he retired after the 96’ season. Bob finished his career with 39 wins, 37 with the Orioles. In retirement Bob got into coaching and is currently the pitching coach for the Lakewood Blueclaws, a single A affiliate of the Phillies. Happy 45th Mr. Milacki!

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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July 27: Old School Oriole Birthdays

On a daily basis, Fatpickled recognizes the birthdays of the men who have played, and currently play for, my favorite teams. The Redskins, Orioles, Wizards, and Terps.


Happy birthday Floyd Rayford. “Sugar Bear,” played 6 seasons for the Orioles from 1980-87. A fan favorite, he played every infield position (except shortstop…some guy was hogging that positionJ) and catcher. His best season came in 1985 when he batted .306 with 18HR’s and 48RBI’s. The Toy Dept recently caught up with Floyd and he has a unique take on why that season was so good for him as well as good stories of Cal and him rooming together in the minors. Floyd was traded to the Cardinals in 1983 for Tito Landrum, whom would hit the home run that sent the O’s to the World Series. Of course the O’s loved him so much that they actually purchased him back from the Cards that offseason. In retirement Floyd got into coaching and he currently serves as the batting coach for the New Britain Rock Cats. Happy 52nd Mr. Rayford.


Happy birthday Rich Dauer. Rich played all 10 seasons of his career with Orioles from 1976-85, appearing in 2 World Series and winning a ring in 83’. He ranks in the Orioles top 30 all time in games played (1,140) and hits (984.) Rich was a great contact hitter that ranked in the top 3 in the AL in at bats per strikeouts from 1980-1983, leading the league twice. Primarily a 2B he also played some 3B and had an excellent .985 fielding % for his career. He also holds the AL record for consecutive errorless games (86) and errorless chances (425) for a 2B. In retirement he has coached extensively at the major league level and was a candidate for several managerial openings, including the O’s in 2003. I hope he gets his chance one day. Rich currently is the third base coach for the Colorado Rockies. Happy 57th Mr. Dauer.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Monday, July 27, 2009

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