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Has Dan Snyder figured out how to hold events at FedExField?
Well, special correspondent J.P. Szymkowicz says that while he can’t vouch for everybody, his U2 experience was uneventful, other than the show itself.
Szymkowicz says he left DC via Metro at 3 p.m. yesterday and arrived at the Morgan Boulevard station quickly and without any problems. He went into the stadium at 5 p.m. when the gates opened and with his general admission tickets got to the spot on the field that he desired. He got a ride home and found that the drive took “30 minutes from the stadium to the Rte. 50 exit,” which is acceptable.
Szymkowicz, an expert on Snyder’s parking methods and U2’s discography, left so early because he feared the crowd would be too much for the stadium operators to handle.
The show, he says, “was great,” and featured a sound system “as good as any of the other shows I have seen dating back to Unforgettable Fire.”
Any other travel tales from u2 goers?
The Great Dan Steinberg mulls an issue that will likely get more timely as the 2009 season wears on: What do you do if you’re mad at the Redskins, but get offered free tickets?
(AFTER THE JUMP: Paper or plastic for Sunday at FedExfield? DC football recruiting star in trouble? DC basketball recruiting star in trouble? Maryland hoops recruit in trouble? Stubblefield 2.0 in domestic and non-domestic legal and financial trouble? Sean Taylor’s survivors in some money trouble?)
Steinberg doesn’t offer any specific counseling. The Sports Junkies on WJFK have been pushing wearing bags for Sunday’s home game with Tampa Bay. The tactic ain’t original, but, short of actual physical mayhem, an army of bag-wearers at FedExField would bring bigger laughs and more national attention to the boiling fanimosity than any other obvious protest strategy.
Money changes everything. Bad news in USA Today about Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth’s for-now wife, Stephanie Haynesworth, who filed for divorce last year, has told a Tennessee court that the Redskins’ budding Dana Stubblefield 2.0 has stopped paying bills for her and his three children. She’s asked a judge to force the guy with the 11-figure contract to pony up “at least” $6,000 a month to support the family and to pay mortgages on their home, which is in foreclosure.
The yuckiest portion of the piece:
This [divorce case] isn’t the only legal case in Tennessee involving Haynesworth. A Nashville man sued him in May for causing a December car crash that left him needing hip replacement surgery. Corey Edmonson is asking for $7.5 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages of no less than 25% of Haynesworth’s $41 million in guaranteed money from his Redskins’ contract.
“Very sad for his family, but not surprising given Haynesworth’s track record,” said Edmonson’s attorney, Jon Perry. “Like Mrs. Haynesworth and the kids, Corey also can’t pay his bills because of Haynesworth.”
Everything Haynesworth has done since signing that record-breaking Skins contract earlier this year has been national news. He’s the focus of more fanimosity than any player save perhaps Jason Campbell.
And when Neo Stubby was laying motionless on the field in Detroit after making his first sack of the year, Sam Huff, the team’s radio color commentator and a Hall of Fame linebacker himself, wasn’t buying that Haynesworth was really hurt. “He’s tired,” Huff continued repeating, even as a cart full of medical personnel was hauling Haynesworth off the field. Haynesworth later returned to the game, causing a lot of folks to now believe Huff’s diagnosis was dead on.
Equally depressing money story in the Washington Post today about the financial mess of some of Sean Taylor’s survivors. They thought he’d be paying their bills forever.
Mike Locksley‘s in more real warm water in his first season as New Mexico’s head coach. First a prized DC recruit left campus before practice even started. Then Locksley was accused of sexual harassment by a university employee. He’s lost all four of the games the Lobos have played so far. Now he’s been officially reprimanded by the school after a brouhaha with an assistant coach that got physical.
Before taking the New Mexico job, Locksley had developed a reputation by building a talent pipeline from DC to whatever school employed him — Maryland, Florida and Illinois.
“He’s going to bring in talent that New Mexico has never seen before now,” predicted Dunbar alum and current Miami Dolphin Vontae Davis after Locksley’s hiring. Locksley had recruited Davis to Illinois, where he was offensive coordinator. A couple years earlier, when he was an assistant Maryland, Locksley had successfully recruited Vontae’s brother Vernon Davis, now a 49ers tight end and another Dunbar alum.
If things don’t turnaround soon at New Mexico, Locksley might be back on full time recruiting duty.
Different sport, similar water temperature: Kevin Broadus, a DC hoops recruiting star turned head coach, is also getting pummeled in the press. Broadus, now the head basketball coach at Binghamton University, is a former assistant at George Washington and Georgetown. When he was with the Colonials and Hoyas, Broadus got away with bringing in athletes with dubious high school academic records — some players had diplomas from high schools that didn’t exist except to field basketball teams. He landed talent like they’d never seen before at Binghamton, too, leading the school to its first-ever NCAA tournament bid last year.
But it looks like his methods are catching up with Broadus these days. Six Binghamton players were kicked off the basketball team last week for various offenses, the most notable being a point guard’s arrest for dealing crack.
Now comes word from the New York Times that folks at the school who questioned the school’s tolerance of the basketball program were dealt with harshly. That accusation comes from Sally Dear, an adjunct lecturer, who was recently fired by Binghamton. From the Times story:
Dear’s dismissal comes at a time when Binghamton’s basketball program, which reached the N.C.A.A. tournament for the first time last season, has hit a nadir. The university dismissed six players last week, including the starting point guard Emanuel Mayben, who was arrested on charges of selling and possessing of crack cocaine.
Seven Binghamton men’s basketball players majored in human development last year, and Dear said she believed some of them received preferential treatment.
“They know that people have been covering up for the athletes and not holding them to the same standard for other students,” Dear said. “They know that athletes who are not passing classes have been given independent studies to carry them through.”
Maryland’s prize hoops recruit, forward Jordan Williams, is in trouble. But Williams says he wasn’t fighting, he was peacemaking, in the mall brawl that got him arrested.
I had some peacemaking incidents at malls of my own at his age, so I’ll recuse myself from judging the guy.
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