- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 1, 2009

If Dan Snyder keeps spending like this - $100 million here, $54 million there - he’s going to make Al Davis look sane.

I loved Vinny Cerrato’s praise for Redskins negotiator Eric Schaffer after Albert Haynesworth’s contract was done. I mean, what did Schaffer do, exactly, other than say “yes” to Albert’s agent, Chad Speck? We’re talking, after all, about the richest deal in NFL history for a defensive player, a deal that set a record for guaranteed money ($41 million).

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Wait, I just thought of something else Schaffer might have said:

“Thank you, sir, may I have another?”

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On the subject of free agency, how did Domonique Foxworth, the former Maryland DB, go from being traded to the Falcons for a seventh-round draft pick to being signed by the Ravens to a four-year, $28 million contract, all in the space of six months? What was it about Foxworth’s one interception as a nickel back in ‘08 - his fourth in 60 NFL games - that so captured Ozzie Newsome’s imagination?

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Did I mention that Domonique was deemed expendable last season by a club - the Broncos - that went on to allow an average of 23 points and nearly 395 yards a game?

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Don’t feel too sorry for Shawn Springs, who was released to clear cap space for Haynesworth. He was paid extremely well for his four seasons in Washington.

(I know Springs was here five seasons, but he missed 16 games during that time - one in 2004, one in ‘05, seven in ‘06 and seven in ‘08. So he was really here four seasons.)

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Don’t know what to make of Pacman Jones‘ latest venture, a role in the upcoming reality TV show “Pros vs. Joes 4: All-Stars.” For one thing, having seen Jones play for the Cowboys last year, I’m not sure if he should be a Pro or a Joe.

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Jones is taking part in the show along with five ex-NFL players. There are also six former NBAers, including Alonzo Mourning and Steve Francis.

Pacman would apparently love to hoop it up with the basketballers. “I was an All-American in basketball [in high school], he says. “There’s nothing I can’t do.”

There’s nothing you can’t do, Pacman? How about: Hold onto a job in pro football?

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Speaking of Quality Sports Programming, did you hear about the Golf Channel series that starts Monday night, the one in which Hank Haney tries to teach Charles Barkley how to knock the dimpled ball around?

For Hank’s sake, I hope they don’t let Charles drive the cart.

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Stunning, isn’t it, how quickly NFL owners are bailing on big free agent contracts when players don’t immediately produce? DeAngelo Hall (7 years, $70 million) and Gibril Wilson (6/$39 million) lasted just a year - or less, in DeAngelo’s case - with the Raiders, old friend Derrick Dockery (7/$49 million) was released after only two seasons with the Bills, and we all know about Adam Archuleta’s (7/$35 million) one-and-done with the Redskins.

Just once, I wish one of these guys would step to the podium after signing of the dotted line and say, “I look forward to… well, I look forward to seeing if I’m still here next year.”

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I see Kellen Winslow Jr., the one-time motorcyclist, finally alienated enough people in Cleveland to get himself traded to Tampa Bay. If I were a Browns fan, my farewell to him would be something along the lines of:

“Kellen, we Harley - I mean, hardly - knew ye.”

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Winslow Jr.’s career stats at the age of 25 (he turns 26 on July 21): 219 receptions, 2,459 yards, 11 touchdowns, one Pro Bowl.

Winslow Sr.’s career stats at the age of 25: 300 catches, 3,942 yards, 29 touchdowns, three Pro Bowls.

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Quote of the Week:

“I’m the only player who looks at each and every center [in the NBA] and says to myself, ‘That’s barbecued chicken down there.’ ”

- Shaquille O’Neal after going for 45 against the Raptors on Friday night (as quoted by the Miami Herald)

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Yes, that was erstwhile GW center Pops Mensah-Bonsu going crazy during garbage time the other night, scoring a career-high 11 points and adding six rebounds (matching his previous best) in San Antonio’s loss to Cleveland. With Tim Duncan out, the Spurs signed Pops, who had been playing with the Austin Toros of the D-League, to a 10-day contract.

“I hope I raised a few eyebrows among the coaches,” he told the San Antonio Express-News, “so that the next game [Gregg Popovich] feels comfortable to put me in when the game is still in hand.”

This is Mensah-Bonsu’s second shot at the big time. He played in 12 games with the Mavericks in 2006-07. (You’ll be pleased to know, by the way, he’s listed as 6-foot-10, even though he’s really just a long-armed 6-8.)

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FYI: The last time a former Colonial scored in double figures in an NBA game was March 31, 1996, when Yinka Dare had 12 points and nine boards for the Nets in a 118-100 loss to the Pacers.

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The Sunday Column bids adieu to Norm Van Lier, the ‘70s Chicago Bull who - I kid you not - may have invented Taking The Charge. At the very least, he’s gotta be in the top 10 all-time in offensive fouls induced. (Or rather, he would be if the NBA kept track of such things.)

Stormin’ Norman was forever flopping on the floor, trying to get the ref to blow his whistle. What a nuisance he was - not to mention a three-time All-Star and eight-time All-Defensive Team selection (three firsts, five seconds). Would that I could compare him to somebody playing today, just to give you an idea of what he was like, but there ISN’T anybody nowadays who fits his description - not even Bruce Bowen.

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Bob Cousy on Van Lier (from “Cousy on the Celtics Mystique”): “The Bulls under Dick Motta [had plenty of height]. But guess who used to come down with key rebounds for [them]? [Six-foot-1] Norm Van Lier. Forgive me for waxing a bit nostalgic about Norm Van Lier. He started out with me in Cincinnati [where The Cooz coached from 1969 to ‘83], and I loved him as a player. But it was tough going with two small guards in Van Lier and Tiny Archibald.

“We needed a big man, so I traded him to Chicago for a 6-10 journeyman named Jim Fox. Jim did an OK job for us, but I must admit I always regretted trading Norm Van Lier. It was the worst move I ever made. He was an unbelievable hustler, and he had guts.”

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And finally…

Tom Brady reportedly got married last week to supermodel Gisele Bundchen in a small, private ceremony in California. Guess Brady’s knee is really coming around. Training camp hasn’t even begun, and already he’s run a quarterback sneak.

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