Hey, where’d that wheel go?

It was a season that began with such promise.

The Redskins, led by a guy with as much head coaching experience as I have, started the season at an overachieving 6-2. Since then, that team is reverting into the squad I was expecting, dropping four of five to sit at 7-6.

There’s enough blame to go around. The offense is predictable and boring, the injuries are mounting everywhere and it looks like we’re getting outcoached on a weekly basis.

But it’s always one thing that signals “wheels off the bus” time.

Enter Clinton Portis, the star running back who’s been dealing with more injuries in recent weeks than Sandra Oh.

He flat unloaded on his coach, Jim Zorn, yesterday on “The John Thompson Show.”

We got a genius for a head coach, I don’t know, I’m sure he on top of things. He’s got everything figured out. Hey, that’s up to him. All I can do is when he calls a play is go out and try to execute to the best of my ability.”

Yep, that’s it. There are now Goodyears rolling around the Beltway. You can check out the Post’s story here.

Honestly, if you would have told me in August that the Redskins would finish 8-8 and own a win over Dallas along the way, I would have been OK with that.

Best line at a presser

God bless Allen Brown, long time coach at Thomasville High School for spicing up the annual state championship press conference with this line.

“When Mark Anthony came to Cleopatra’s tent, he didn’t go there to talk.”

The delivery made it even better.

By the way, if you ever want to witness the closest thing to newspaper royalty in the state of North Carolina, sit next to Fayetteville Observer Scholastic Sports Editor Earl Vaughan at one of these events.

Dozens of coaches and administrators from all corners of the Tar Heel state came to his seat and said hello. After they walked away, he’d fill me in on the back story of where he knew them from, whether it was an assistant baseball coach turned superintendent or former assistants gone on to head coaching glory.

If I ever become half as well thought of and respected as Earl, I’ll be a happy dude.

All hail the Mid-Southeastern

How amazing is it that one 4A conference has sent four teams to play in the 4A and 4AA title games? Jack Britt, Richmond County, Seventy-First and Douglas Byrd will go down in history for what they’ve done, no matter what goes down over the weekend.


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