Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Spurrier Quips Cooling, along with Weather

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Spurrier Quips Cooling, along with Weather

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Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist

ASHBURN, Va. -- Today, we bring you a visor update.

We do this because we have never seen a visor worn quite this way.

With a wind whipping across the practice fields behind the Washington Redskins' training facility, and the temperatures trying to break 50, Steve Spurrier bundled up. He wore a burgundy coat, burgundy pants, a burgundy stocking cap and -- over the stocking cap -- a white visor.

If this wasn't enough to let you know you weren't in Florida, there was the Spurrier Weather Report.

After practice, he walked over to the assembled media and began his daily meeting the way he has done most days since arriving here. With a summary of local conditions. It's gotten to the point where Redskins beat writers are almost disappointed if Spurrier doesn't turn Willard Scott for a moment.

"A cold north wind blew in today," Spurrier began.

Nobody is quite sure why he does this. Nobody is quite sure why he does a lot of things. But, at least for now, the people here seem intrigued and a bit amused.

"He's different," said Stan Buckley, a 52-year-old computer salesman sitting at the bar at TGI Friday's in Sterling, Va. "I think there is a certain curiosity factor, both about his offense and his personality. I don't know what it is. But I turn on the TV, listen to him talking and end up laughing. Not in a bad way. Just in a 'What is this guy's deal?' kind of way."

The initial fanfare has faded. On the opening of training camp, his photo appeared atop the front page of the Washington Post, trumping President Bush for a day. Since then, he has moved back to the sports section, blending in this week among Michael Jordan and Kwame Brown, the Orioles, a horse-racing scandal and the retirement of prep coaching legend Morgan Wootten. …

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