I’d like to wish Chris a smooth and fast recovery over the next few weeks. Judging from the video, he's got a lot of free time on his hands so I compiled a list of things he can do to keep himself busy. I personally will be busy getting a massage, eating sushi at Nobu and playing 3 card poker at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. Oh well, that’s not as fun as some of the things on this list. We’d love to hear your ideas for how to keep Chris busy over the next 4 weeks…leave your suggestions in the comments section (and we are well aware that concentrating on football and getting healthy are a couple of things to do, but this is supposed to be fun…so have fun.)
10) Become the Redskins “extra, extra set of eyes.”
Following the video one of our favorite sports writers, Dan Steinberg, was kind enough to share his write up with us. Thanks Dan.
"Wins are wins, man," Shaun Suisham told Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom after he had helped punt and kick the Redskins to that 16-13 home victory. "It's exciting. Different from you guys, we only play once a week, we only play 16 games. So every win is crucial. So it sure isn't pretty, but man, it's a win."
Green and Backstrom were in the Redskins' locker room as media members for Chris Cooley's blog, so they continued to ask questions of Suisham, a Canadian and hockey fan.
"What was your technique tonight with the kicks?" Green asked. "I mean, you were on tonight."
"With the punting?" Suisham replied. "You know, Hunter [Smith] just couldn't go. When you get out there and play someone else's position--like if you had to play goalie or something--it gives you a lot more respect for what they do, when you have to go out on the field and do it."
(Could Green play goalie? "No," he said, "no no no. To play another position? Night and day.")
(As for Alex Ovechkin, I didn't see or talk to him, but apparently he was kicking field goals before the game. Read more on The Skins Blog.)
The hockey-playing duo eventually moved on to different players; I asked Green what the key question of the afternoon should be. "if I could ask one question?" he repeated. "What are you guys doing tonight, and can I come? That's basically it."
They moved on to Clinton Portis, which was a pretty big get.
"I just wanted to ask you, how did it feel after this win?" Backstrom asked.
"It felt great, especially seeing the team overcome all the turnovers," Portis said. "You know, we continued to fight. I think we fought as a team."
"How about the future?" Backstrom continued. "How do you feel about the future?"
"I think we feel good man," Portis said. "We've got to take it one game at a time. You know, the biggest thing that happened today was for Jason to see that despite what he do, everybody got his back. We continued to fight with him and he can go out and lead this team. Instead of being down if something go wrong...I think he seen today, four turnovers, nobody gave up on him, everybody believe in him, and I think we came together as a team."
(And when will Portis Rock the Red in person? "Next home game," he said. "When's y'all next home game?"
"Thursday," Green said.
"I'll be there," Portis promised.)
Eventually, though, the mics turned back on Green and Backstrom, and they were forced to answer questions. Like, here was Backstrom, on his choice of a Sean Taylor jersey.
"Actually, I got Ovie's," Backstrom said. "I was sleeping over at Ovie's house [Saturday] night, so I just got his jersey. I usually wear Santana Moss. He's a catcher, right?"
And here was Green, when asked his feelings about American football.
"You know what, before I came here, we have the CFL, but I came to a game like this, it's night and day," he said. "So this is my team now."
"It's so small in Sweden," Backstrom said. "First time I went was last year. I just loved it. I was a Redskins fan, like, right away. It's unbelievable, to be here, 90,000 people. And to see the Redskins win, I mean, it's great. It's something you look forward to....I love Redskins, I'm a Redskins fan. So it's good for the team and good for the city, I think, that we cheer for each other."
At least six fans I met were wearing Caps gear and no Redskins stuff as a sign of protest, and tens of thousands booed the team at some point on Sunday. Not Green, though.
"I'm an athlete, so I know what it's like to be booed when things don't go well," he said. "You know, it's not one guy's fault, they're booing the team. But they pulled through, that's all that matters."
Photos by Ned Dishman Tanya Snyder always kept a low profile: The wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder hasn't had much of a public persona, hardly ever got in front of a microphone.
But that was before she got breast cancer. Tanya Snyder, 47, just agreed to become an NFL national spokeswoman, talking up the cause to football fans. "I have to speak out about this through the NFL and reach as many people as possible," she said Tuesday at a luncheon for cancer patients at Redskins Park. "It's a great opportunity."
The elegant blonde received the diagnosis last year, five years after her mother battled the disease and two months after her own annual mammogram came back normal. Snyder said she found an undetected lump ("I just knew something was wrong") and persisted until doctors found Stage 1 cancer. After multiple surgeries, Snyder said she's "as healthy as I've ever been." Her message: "Pay attention to yourself. Put yourself on the calendar. This is something that's treatable."
Snyder spent the day with 20 local women fighting breast cancer who were invited for pampering -- lunch with players and wives, and gifts of wigs, makeup and jeans. "Today is about you," said guard Derrick Dockery, who hosted the event on the team's day off with wife Emma and tight end Chris Cooley and his wife, Christy.
Dockery's mom, Sheila, is a breast cancer survivor, his mother-in-law died from the disease, and Cooley's mom, Nancy, received her diagnosis last year. When her hair began falling out from chemo treatments, she asked Cooley to buzz the rest. "It was really emotional," he told us. "It made it more real than it already was." After a double mastectomy, she's in remission and doing well, he said.
To raise awareness, Tanya Snyder has asked players to wear something pink for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. (Cooley will sport pink shoes and gloves.) The ladies at the luncheon were surprised with tickets and pink-and-burgundy jerseys. They'll appear on FedEx Field as the players emerge for introductions before the crowd.
"If you want to draw red-zone plays and leave them on the board..." Cooley joked to his guests. "Have a blast."
Alright, I've spent the last two days listening to never ending gripe about how terrible the Washington Redskins are. Our coaching is dreadful. Zorn is on the hot seat. Our play calling is outright awful. Anyone can call better red zone plays. Our team is a bunch of overpaid bums. Getting booed by a bunch of "dim-wits." And I don't even need to mention the way fans despise our ownership. IT'S ALL ********.
First of all we lost to an outstanding Giants team in New York. Bummer, yes, but not the end of the world. Secondly, we actually won the Rams game. A win for us is like a Van Gogh, it doesn't matter if it's pretty, it's having it. Now, of course it's obvious that we didn't score tons of points, but by no means were we terrible. We put together five different drives of over 10 plays. It doesn't matter who your playing, that's hard as hell to do in the NFL. We work our asses off and we can play!
With that little rant over I would like to add that we're fine as a team. I listened to DeAngelo Hall say we were gonna turn this thing around (assuming he means the team and keeping in mind were 1-1). Well, there is nothing to turn around - we just need to get a little bit better.
To lighten things up a little bit I figured it would be a great time to open the blog to 20 questions. Just ask them in the comments and I will pick what I think are the most interesting. As everyone knows I'm not gonna dodge anything so ask whatever you want, the more creative the better. Here are a couple successful examples.
-One of the 20 questions was a celebrity offense. I looked no further than Clinton Portis to field this question. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
QB - Uncle Rico FB - Mr. T. (Actually looks like our current fullback) RB - Kung Fu Joe (Clinton choose him to fill his shoes) TE - The Joker WR - Forest Gump WR - Sam Rockwell (Actually his character in The Green Mile) T - Dewey CoxG - Shrek C - Rambo G - The Terminator T - Hightower (From Police Academy and did play in the NFL)
-For a million dollars would you be willing to not have sex for a year (this is with or without a partner)? (If no, how about 10 million)?
I would have to turn down a million for the no sex thing (Christy would be pissed). Offer me ten million and Fred Davis might have a new job.
- Does it irritate players when a fan refers to his favorite team as "we" "We" are the fan's team. That's why we are here playing football. I think it's great to have loyal fans that feel like we are their team. The only time guys get tired of the "we" thing is when fans tell us what we should and shouldn't be doing on the field. There is a reason that fans are fans. My job is to play tight end and yours is to cheer loud. To be the best "we" all gotta play our roles. -7. Who would win in a tag team match between Chris and Christy and Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson?
The tag team match would start off with Christy and Jessica in the ring. Someone would come out of the stands with a cooler of beer and a couple of stools for Tony and I. We would proceed to sit ringside and high-five while clothes were furiously ripped off. In my world the match would end in Jes tapping out to a vicious choke hold, and I wouldn't be surprised if Christy dropped an elbow on her before she poured beer all over herself to celebrate.
And finally, don't forget to set your DVR for Sunday's game. With Dish, you can even set your DVR timer remotely. I use my iPhone. If you don't have Dish, you can sign up here.
Before I say what I'm about to say, I've been a Skins' fan longer than you have been alive. I'm pissed right now. I saw a bunch of SOFT, OVER-PAID, B**** MADE MUTHAF***AS on Sunday play against the G-Men. Yes, I'm talking about the whole entire Skins Team. First, the defense got their a**es handed to. Again, the d-line looked like s*** most of the game (Haynesworth is soft and not worth that large contract) and the secondary couldn't stop d***. Landry is always late with the help, he needs to shut the f*** up and learn how to play. Sure, he is a hard hitter but he sucks a d*** at saftey. D-Hall is the softest b**** on the team, next to Portis. He looked like a high school CB out there among men on Sunday. Shouldn't have let Springs go for this sorry a** b****. Smoot is straight up the worst CB in the league. The only thing he could cover is a d*** with them big a** l**s......LOL. Offense looked like s*** but what else is new. You bamas can't seem to do s***. Moss, is NOT a number 1 receiver. If he was on any other team he would be a number 2, maybe even a number 3 receiver. Portis had that one good run to start the game and didn't see s*** after that. Oh, wait a minute, the camara caught him s*****g your d*** on the sidelines..... Damn, we need some new players cause you guys are not getting s*** done and I can't believe management keeps bringing the same soft s** b****es back every year thinking this year will be different. YOU GUYS f****** SUCK.... just a bunch of b****es out there not caring if they lose cause they know dumb a** is going to pay them and then over pay again when they are free agents......YOU B****ES NEED TO START PLAYING WITH SOME HEART, PASSION, AND LOVE FOR THE GAME instead out there collecting paychecks. The only team I see out there with some heart are the cheerleaders. TELL BIG SOFT A** ALBERT HAYNESWORTH TO GIVE BACK HIS PAYCHECK THIS WEEK BECAUSE HE DIDN'T EARN IT.....MATTER OF FACT ALL YOU B****ES SHOULD RETURN YOUR PAYCHECKS CAUSE NONE OF YOU EARNED IT.
It is not the critic who counts; nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
First of all the letter is up in the locker room for the entire team to see.
Secondly, it's amazing what a complete moron you are. You could never know what this team means to myself and my fellow teammates or the amount of work that we put into playing for the Redskins. For someone to say the Redskins didn't play hard is a joke. You're a joke and should be embarrassed to call yourself a fan.
Oh and by the way, I reserved your last name and email address, but I would be more than happy to post it tomorrow per your request. Also, if you really wanted to be accountable for your outstanding piece of literature, I would love a picture so we can all see your shinning face. :)
Finally, I have gotten enough balls to show my stuff and have combined that with the right people to put together a Chris Cooley art show. Over the last six months I have been spending a lot of my spare time to painting, drawing and throwing pots. The collection in my house is now over 15 finished paintings and somewhere between two and three hundred clay pots. I also have about 25 different sketches I will put out. I have now become Serious Sam about this project, I mean, I'm talking about my own hard wired kiln in the back of my house serious.To backtrack about a couple things - this spring I spent a couple weeks visiting schools speaking on behalf of education. I discussed with high school kids the importance of an education and what it has meant in my life. I then donated 5,000 dollars to eight different schools as well as eight 25,000 dollar scholarships to seniors attending those schools. This is a project that I really enjoyed and would love to continue in the future, but it takes a large amount of money. Thus the art show.
Now, I don't want art to jump out as something completely off the wall so I will briefly explain. I could have put together a golf tournament or luncheon, but how unoriginal would that be? And damn if I want to do something lame for charity, so I figured art would be awesome. I was an art major in college and I thought doing something I love and am interested would be so much more real for the public.
Every single dollar raised from selling my art will be donated to back to the Redskins Charitable Foundation, subsequently going into my education fund and scholarships to underprivileged kids. The event will be Oct. 20th which is a Tuesday night. We will begin to sell tickets on my site as well as the Redskins site sometime this week at 100 dollars a ticket. The night will include hanging out with my friends at the Ritz in Tysons Corner, eating and drinking all night for free and hopefully taking home some of my art. We will also have an auction run by the players for autographed items. This really means a lot to me so please help out.
Also, I would really like to thank the Ritz Carlton. They have been unbelievably accommodating and completely cut the charge of the room. The only cost is an 8,000 dollar charge for food and drink. (Again, if you buy the 100 dollar ticket it's open bar.) If any business would like to partner with us on this and sponsor some or all of this cost we would really appreciate it. Please contact us through our email. (email@example.com)
For some, the final preseason game has many ramifications. The last two or three spots looming over the heads of twenty different players. But the amazing thing is, in our line of work, the competition for a spot is almost always indirect. Tight ends are competing with linebackers, receivers with DB's. It really comes down to who the better special teams player is. What's funny is the idea of whats going on is always fuzzy.
For me, Jacksonville was a mundane as possible. I checked into my room at the Omni hotel around three on Wednesday only to leave for an hour while I walked around in awe at a lackluster downtown. After the tour, I proceeded to watch nearly three hours of stunning pottery throwing videos on YouTube. Which sadly, was by far my most productive use of time the entire trip. I was, however, able to complete one and a half crossword puzzles and a few sudoku puzzles out of the local Florida newspaper.
The night came and went and after forcing myself to sleep in until sometime after 10, I was woke up just in the nick of time to begin a movie marathon. The problem with the hotel movies is that the hotels only having 15 or 20 movies in their on demand selection. Since I have spent countless hours sitting in hotels during preseason, I have watched practically all of them. So it should come as no surprise that I chuckled when I pressed the order button to the Miley Cyrus movie. I figured what the hell, I don't have to tell anyone about this. After finishing a gem of a movie I didn't bat an eye before putting on "Year One." I think I can explain how much I liked both of these movies by saying that I was seriously disappointed when my third movie "17 Again" with Zach Efron was cut short by some hotel glitch. I guess I'm gonna have to just ad that one to netflix!
As restlessness had completely set in, I headed to the the stadium around 4 o'clock. The highlight of my day, getting all the rookies all over the field and playing punt, pass, and kick games. We were so serious by the end of the games that we actually had Josh Scobie (Jacksonville's kicker) giving us tips and drawing X's on the bottom of the balls where to hit it with our foot. For some reason the p p n' k never ceases to draw an awe inspired group of onlookers out of the other football players. Maybe it's the idea of a complete nonsense warm up effort, but who cares, it's always worked for me.
Finally the game. I could not have been more excited to get home. Really I felt like I would take nothing from my three hours of field standing, team judging effort, but then this masterpiece of a story came to me.
As the the game went into the second quarter Casey Rabach, giddy as ever, asks if I know what happened to Hunter. With a priceless smirk he says "You're not gonna believe this."
Hunter is standing on the sideline and makes the decision that he definitely has to take a piss. Now I've seen a variety of urinating options on the sideline ranging from taking a knee while a guy or two blocks off crowd vision, to offensive lineman being so lazy that they will actually just piss their pants. Usually they make the excuse that their legs are already soaked with sweat so it really doesn't matter. Yes this really does happen, I'm not using this for effect. Hunter chose what would have been way down my list and went with a more labor intensive effort.
The punter turns to Ethan Albright says to "I really gotta go piss, I hope I have time." He then proceeded to walk to the near tunnel entrance, which is also the entrance furthest away from our locker room.
"Stadiums always have bathrooms in the back tunnel so I just went to grab the security guy and was going to have him take me to the nearest one."
Well the security guy is a little dumbfounded. Not only that Hunter has made his way all the way off the field and into the tunnel, but that he is asking for a bathroom. The dude says, "Sorry man, we don't have any extra bathrooms you can go anywhere in this tunnel."
Hunter then explains "Look, I've played here before, I know there is a bathroom back here somewhere." Hunter later went on to tell me that he scopes out all where the bathrooms are in different stadiums and while I would never do this, I'm not surprised because Hunter seems like a very thorough guy.
With no tunnel bathroom the security guy looks at Hunter's anxious face and says, "I guess...follow me man." He then proceeds to walk Hunter around the tunnel, up a couple stairs and into the main concourse. Hunter is still in full gear, he even has his helmet with him.
"I was completely strapped up!" Hunter laughs. "No, but the helmet was still perched up on top of my head. I always have to be ready for a sudden change." Still chuckling. "The guy actually takes me into to public restroom and there is a line of fans waiting to take a piss blindly staring at me. I then make the decision that there is not enough time to wait for the line and I run back out to the field."
Amazing! And within two minutes Hunter is booming a punt down the field. For some reason, this is the most exciting story of my preseason. Just the thought of a player, in full gear, waiting in line in the public bathroom. So amusing. I can't imagine being one of the people looking on wondering what in the world is happening. - Quote of the night by Hunter Smith.
"A dad waiting in line with his little kid actually points at me and asks, "Don't you need to be in the game right now?"
The Washington Redskins wrapped up their two-a-day practices with joy and tears in their eyes (kidding). But what is interesting to me is that not only was the team ecstatic, the media was as well. Although there would be no wrap party, or special gathering, most members from the local media expressed nothing less than exultation that camp was over. Most of them said that they were going to do one of two things to celebrate. Either A. Treat themselves to a nice dinner or B. Have one, two, or maybe seven cocktails.
And deservedly so. Like the players, they spend 12 hours a day in Ashburn away from family grinding it out. Digging for a story in a camp that hasn't produced one big headline. No Jason Taylor, no torn ACL, and really no big position battles. So if you cover the team, how do you make it interesting? One media member went as far as interviewing a player in the infamous ice tub. Others? Well they stuck to more conventional methods. Either way, the work they do is not easy.
As Dan Hellie put it, "You have two weeks where it's kind of a grind. You're here at 8:30 and you're not done until 7 or 7:30." Immediately followed by cameraman Dan Buckley, "Thank God it's the last day. We'll break down the tent and finish off all the gatorade and water. I'm gonna get loaded on G2. Thats how we do it at Channel 4."
From here on out, for some, the job gets easier as far as covering the Redskins is concerned. For others, it's the old 'one door closing while another one opens' sort of thing. The real story here is, that door that's opening, is only a week away. It's what we as fans, and as members of the media, have been waiting months for. No more nonsense of evaluating players that aren't going to be on the team come September. It's finally time to get to the magical 53.
Ryan O'Halloran won't be the only person who is "elated" when the season starts, so will every football fan in America. But for now, we can keep speculating, evaluating, and wishing for September 10 to get here. Because water cooler coaches and radio shows alike still need something to talk about until then.
If you are a frequent reader of the blog you know that we make a huge effort to put up entertaining content. Last week, entertainment came in the form of a post game interview with Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel. During the interview I hinted that there would be an attempt to interview Tom Brady this week. Unfortunately I failed in my attempts to meet Brady. I did, however, make it into the Patriots locker room. This is where the entertainment for today begins. Being in an opposing team's locker room is entirely new to me. I have never entered one, let alone one that housed New England Patriots. One of the best current teams around. Needless to say, there was a small intimidation prior to me entering which was only magnified by Belichick's cold heartless stare. I thought Z had a stern look, but Belichick, the grim reaper lives in his eyes. I eventually shrugged off Bill's cold hard stare and got my bearings in the locker room. I decided to look for the only familiar I knew. Shawn Springs.
After walking around for a few minutes looking for Springs, I began to gain confidence. I have no idea why but I decided to post up at Randy Moss's locker. I knew he was still there because all his **** was in his locker. A minute or two passed before he emerged from the depths of the locker room. I patiently stood waiting like a school boy in the principal's office for Moss to acknowledge me. Finally after waiting for several minutes.
"Whatchu want man?" He said glaring at me over his shoulder.
"What's up man. Do you have a second?"
"I'm Chris Cooley's brother. I just wanted to see if I could get your thoughts on the game. It's is for Chris's website.
"Man, that don't mean **** to me! No interviews."
At this point Moss had completely blown my mind. I never knew that Randy Moss, or anyone for that matter, could be such a bitch after catching 2 touchdowns and winning a football game. Thankfully the awkward silence following his shenanigans didn't last long.
Enter Ben Watson, "Man, you look exactly like Chris Cooley."
You can liken my feelings at this point to finding an English speaking person in a foreign country. With what little dignity I had left I managed to to utter, "Ya, he's my brother. Would you mind (pointing at camera), this is for his website."
BW: "No interviews." he said in the same rude voice that Moss did. "But tell your bro what's up."
And just as I thought the interview debacle was over, Randy pulled another dick move. "Ya, tell your bro WE said what's up!"
They both then turned their backs to me and began mumbling to each other, probably about who gets to massage Tom's "sore shoulder" on the plane ride home.
As I exited the locker room, dejected and pissed off, I couldn't help but think how big of assholes those guys were. I know the facts, I was a zilch in their locker room, but I also know that no one one player on the Redskins would treat someone like that. Not one.
Thinking that as I walked through the door of the Skins locker room I couldn't help but tell the first person I saw (JC) about my belittling experience. "Man, that's just not good hospitality is it?"
No Jason, it isn't. I hope they had a ****** plane ride home filled with turbulence and visions of this as they went to bed.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 21, 2009 Filed at 4:13 a.m. ET ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- This week, for only the second time in his NFL career, Chris Cooley missed a practice. Want the details? It's all there on his blog, how his back went into spasms when he bent over to pick up a napkin while eating at a sushi place with wife Christy. What the two-time Pro Bowl tight end didn't miss this week was another savvy marketing opportunity, capitalizing on a Jessica Simpson rumor that didn't have an inkling of truth. It started when an online report suggested a romantic link between Washington Redskins teammate Colt Brennan and pop singer Simpson, who recently broke up with Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Cooley thought such a story was too good to kill off right away, so he persuaded Brennan to tell reporters: ''My life coach, Chris Cooley, said that I should neither confirm nor deny it.'' This being the Internet age, it wasn't long before ''Cooley'' and ''life coach'' were linked everywhere. Knowing a good thing when he sees it, Cooley now is selling ''Chris Cooley Is My Life Coach'' T-shirts on his Web site. ''To be honest with you, I said that because I thought it was hilarious that players have life coaches,'' Cooley said Thursday. ''For example. Tony Dungy is Michael Vick's life coach, and that's been big on the news. I obviously should not be a life coach for any player. I've done great in my life. I have a little bit of an abstract approach to the way I do everything, and a lot of times that doesn't work for other guys. But it's worked for me.'' That's Captain Chaos at his best, saying what he pleases, doing what he wants and telling the world about it with few holds barred. An interview conducted during the dog days of training camp is usually the best time to get a player to open up his personal side, but with Cooley it's redundant: He's already at the forefront of all-access to himself, using the Web to dish details about everything from his home renovations (including a new pool and a ''man room'' with a poker table) to his vacations (although he decided his video of burning a horse corpse was too sensitive to post). Last year, one posting got him in trouble on two fronts. He mistakenly displayed his private parts in a photo that was meant to feature his pregame study materials. It was the materials, more than the nudity, that concerned coach Jim Zorn. So where does he draw the privacy line, if at all? ''There's no definite line. I feel pretty open about everything I do,'' Cooley said. ''When you put yourself out there like I have, you can't hide a lot of things. People are going to come out of the woodwork and talk about what is happening in your life, so when you put yourself out there you have to be pretty honest. The line is drawn where I go with the other guys. Being a media source myself, I have a different level of access than everyone else, so you have to be extremely careful with what gets said about anyone else.'' At 27, he is still a kid living the NFL dream, married to a gorgeous ex-cheerleader and able to buy the toys he wants. He gets away with it because his football record is impeccable: zero games missed in a five-year career that includes four of the five top receiving seasons by a tight end in Redskins history. ''There's nobody quite like Chris,'' receiver Antwaan Randle El said. ''Cooley's going to be a jokester, he's going to have fun, and then when it's time to work he's going to work. He's going to show up. If he was doing all that stuff, the videos, doing all the shoots and all that stuff and then wasn't showing up on the field, it would be a different story.'' Cooley has played hurt, practiced hurt and attributes his good attendance record to pride and a high pain tolerance. The only negative on his stat line last season: a mere one touchdown, a byproduct of Cooley learning Zorn's offense and the new coach learning how best to use the talented tight end. ''I feel like I've made the adjustments to become a better player in this offense,'' Cooley said, ''and now it's just fine-tuning my game.'' Besides the regular-season opener Sept. 13, Cooley has two other big debuts next month. Tired of the usual day-after-game coaches' news conferences? Cooley plans to hold his own Monday Q-and-A on Ustream, answering questions sent in by fans via text. Next month also marks the premiere of ''Ghosts Don't Exist,'' a horror movie Cooley produced with his brother, Tanner. Cooley says he is mainly a fundraiser with a cameo role and ''zero influence'' on the final product, so there's no plans yet to make this another career. ''If it turns out great, we may do it again,'' he said. ''If it's poor, then I'm going to look like a terrible movie producer, which I have no clue how to do anyway. We'll see.'' Cooley's carefree existence was nearly shattered last year when his mother Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer the week he married Christy. It turns out the son got his indestructible genes from the mom: Cooley said Nancy is now cancer-free after chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries. And, like Cooley, she went through the entire ordeal without missing a game. ''The greatest things I learned -- and I already knew a little bit -- is how tough she really is,'' Cooley said. ''That's a pretty big accomplishment, to go through all that and stay upbeat and never miss anything.''
A couple weeks ago a Jim Rome camera man was sent to Redskins park to film Chris playing a special role for Jim Rome is Burning. Today that episode will be airing so be sure to check it out. You will be in for a treat. Here is a tease of what you have to look forward to thanks to Colt Brennan's videographer skills. Highlights include Chase Daniel eating and Chris yelling Tony Romooooo.
I'm now driving Lavar Arrington's old Maserati. I know, it's kind of like vehicular sloppy seconds, but for a holdover car it'll do for the next couple months. Somewhere in the middle of the 2006 season I started working with Eastern Motors, thus getting awesome cars to drive around for free - and by working I really mean driving their car and pretty much doing nothing else. For the eighteen months I have driven a variety of cars ranging from a CL550 to a long bed Duramax 2500 and over that time I have developed a new respect for how cool cars can be.
Per a conversation a couple months ago with Robert (the owner) we came to the conclusion that I needed a better or actually classier car to drive for the new season. Actually, Robert's exact words were "You've got redneck pretty much covered, lets get you something bad ass." He then continued to say "Nothing is out of you league, tell me what you want." I had to hand it to him, the redneck statement was pretty true. My garage currently houses a jacked up 2500 truck, a Hummer, an XLR Cadillac for the wife (really not redneck), and a 1967 Camaro. However, saying that nothing was out of my league was something that really intrigued me.
As soon as I arrived at my house I went crazy on the computer search for new cars. After over an hour I had come up with a faultless answer. Austin Martin is making a new four door model called the Rapide. If there were ever an amazing car this is it, but to my dismay it is a concept car and will not come out for at least a year, if ever. I then moved down the line to the Quattroporte. Masarati makes one hell of a four door car and before I knew it I was sitting in the passenger seat barreling through Ashburn at 130 holding on for dear life. A five minute test drive of this car was more than enough to convince me that the Quattroporte was by far the coolest car I've ever sat in.
I was nearly ready to put the order in for the Mas until I came across a Panamera Porsche packet. This new four door Porsche is absolutely beautiful. At this point, I was more perplexed than ever about what I should do. I spent a couple days thinking and while I loved the Maserati, I went out on a limb (way out - lol) and decided to go with a car almost no one will have. The only bummer about this choice will be waiting until October for the release of the car.
About a week later I got a call from my brother Tanner. He tells me there is a black Mas sitting at the Eastern motors dealership in Leesburg and he doesn't want to get my hopes up, but what possible reason could that car be there for? Less than an hour later I'm surprised with another call, this one from Robert telling me that he decided I could test out the Maserati for the next couple months while I wait for the Porche. I laughed as he continued to tell me he was sorry Lavar's rims were still on the car and would get them changed. I told him no big deal, I don't know **** about car rims, but the Giavanna rims would suffice. He then had to explain "Brothers don't like to drive other brother's cars." And I'm wondering what the big deal is before he continues to explain "you don't wanna get shot for somewhere you've never been." Right now it couldn't get any better as far as automobiles go, as long as Lavar just chilled out. Robert's right, I don't really want to get shot.
Finally, I am completely aware how vein this post is. All I can say is that it's real life right now and it's F'ing awesome. I'll live it while I can. Also, thank you Eastern Motors - this has been so much fun for me, I can't thank you enough. You can see my new ride at Redskins Rides presented by Easterns on August 23 at Redskins park.
For no real reasons, I did not make my way north to the fine city of Baltimore. So I will be watching the game from home. So if you are doing the same and would like someone to chat with, tell your friends and do it here. Go Skins.
Chris Cooley (born July 11, 1982 in Powell, Wyoming) is a tight end for the NFL's Washington Redskins. He was drafted by the Redskins in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Utah State.