Not a lot to love today. The team’s been down, the playoff hopes are dim (but not extinguished, at least not as I type this just before the 1:00 kickoffs), and the weather is supposed to turn wickedly cold and windy. Frankly, it’s a pretty grim point in the season.
So here’s one small gameday ritual that’s probably making a few people at least a little happier right about now: donuts. Specifically, donuts that offensive quality coach Bill Khayat has his friend bring down from Maple Donuts in York, Pennsylvania at every home game. They don’t make up for the disappointments of the season, of course, but they’re pretty darned good.
It started as a simple thank-you to Khayat for game tickets from a friend, and has expanded to several boxes that Khayat distributes to security staff, equipment guys, and even some coaches and players. Khayat is best known to fans as the one who spotted the 12 men on the field penalty in Minnesota last year, but when I told people at Redskins Park that I was thinking about writing about him, the donuts were the first thing anyone mentioned.
“It’s one of those things where you keep hearing how good they are, and you think they can’t possibly live up to it,” Khayat told me, “but they do.” The donuts, brought by Khayat’s friend Jeff Georg (pronounced like the player), are made fresh the morning they’re picked up, and they really are every bit as good as Khayat says. He swears by the jelly-filled peanut butter variety, which are excellent, but the original maple donuts may be even better.
“They’re really good,” says equipment manager Brad Berlin, one of the lucky donut recipients, “but the best thing about them is that his boy brings them to him at the stadium on gameday, so when we get back to the Park at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning and all the restaurants in the Ashburn area are closed, it’s instant gratification.”
Back with the inactives and other gameday coverage later in the day.