Remember grade school picture day? Being forced into slightly less-rumpled clothes, having your hair combed, trying not to make a stupid face RIGHT as the picture was taken (or, later on, trying to make exactly the right stupid face right as the picture was taken), all that good stuff?
Welcome to Redskins Park, today, as the team assembled to pose for the 2008 Team Photo.
As with just about everything Coach Zorn has been involved with since being here (see also “jersey selection,” “captains’ portrait,” “cake clean-up,” “synchronized clocks” and who knows what-all else), he had some very specific thoughts about how this should work.
“I thought it was nice,” said Cornelius Griffin. “Very organized.”
“With Z,” added Antwaan Randle El, “he likes to be a little specific about things.”
Rock Cartwright got more specific: “He was like, ‘No long-sleeved shirts, no shirts underneath your jersey.’ He wanted everyone to look the same, and I understand that.”
Not everyone was so understanding; some felt that their innate expressiveness was being compromised. “I was hoping to go out there in my do-rag and my candy cane socks,” said Casey Rabach. “I was gonna go with one sleeve in maroon and one sleeve in yellow, but no T-shirts were allowed. I was gonna wear my Brewers hat, to tell you the truth, but no hats were allowed either.”