ESPN is reporting that Big Al is going to take the test again on Saturday.
Saturday is also Fan Appreciation day at Redskin Park. Last year, we were there and had a great time, nearly 29,000 people attended.
This must be the Redskins and ESPN's version of The Decision.
I can see the schedule of events now... (taken from the redskins.com site)
At 10:15 a.m., the Redskins Marching Band and the Redskins Cheerleaders perform on the field for approximately 45 minutes.
After all, Big Al needs all the attention and encouragement that he can get.
Also, raffle drawings are announced during this time --
and the wagering table opens up to take bets - - Two lines - - "Pass" and "Fail"
Oh and watch our for low flying objects , as in the "I was there" T-shirt toss into the crowd!
Sometime between 11-11:30 a.m., Redskins general manager Bruce Allen is scheduled to address fans from the field.
And announce the start of the conditioning test.
After Shanahan’s address, Redskins players arrive on the field to begin warm-ups and compete in drills.
See, I told you!!! that last sentence is completely unaltered!
At 12 noon, practice begins. The team typically mixes in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills with special teams work, but there is no tackling.
My guess is Big Al will miraculously pass and be part of the drills...
The practice is scheduled to last about 90 minutes.
Afterwards, head coach Mike Shanahan will briefly address fans.
He will say how proud he is of Big Al and that he is now in football shape.
All fans in attendance are eligible for free raffles to win autographed Redskins merchandise. The raffles are available at the entrance to training camp.
They need a Big Al bobble head!
Raffles available at Fan Appreciation Day:
-- Panel Footballs
•Signed by Bruce Allen
•Signed by London Fletcher
•Signed by Santana Moss
•Signed by Redskins team
-- Authentic Football
•Signed by Brian Orakpo
-- Practice-Used Footballs
•Signed by Chris Cooley
•Signed by Donovan McNabb
•Signed by Mike Shanahan
-- Replica Jersey
•Signed by LaRon Landry
•Signed by Clinton Portis
-- Redskins Mini-Helmet
•Signed by Doug Williams
-- Empty Doughnut Box
•Signed by Big Al himself!
Fans may get their photo taken with the Super Bowl trophies in a special tent on the grounds of Redskins Park or with Big Al and a larger than life stop watch display of his times!
Of course he still could fail in front of everybody. Then ESPN could call the event something like...
Judging by ESPN's recent track record regarding their "sources" and will he or won't he stories, maybe we all can expect another soon to be release headline that mentions when ready or healthy.
I just wish the Skins would put Al's Big Butt on IR and be done with it. To bad the MRI was negative. I bet some folks were hoping for a legitimate excuse.
According to ESPN, he passed. WoooHoo! I'm so excited ! No more useless Albert Haynesworth Day XX Watch posts by the media. It's even on the Redskins Site, so it must be true.
Now that is what I call Fan Appreciation!