WHEN REDSKINS kicker Shaun Suisham missed a game-winning, 23-yard field goal at the end of regulation against unbeaten New Orleans Sunday, it cost him his job.
The Saints went on to win in overtime, and 2 days later Suisham was released.
The missed kick was also costly for Redskins fan Wayne A. Spring, who had told friends that if the Saints beat the Redskins they could come to his home in Louisiana and shoot his television.
Being good friends, they took him at his word, and soon after the game, about a dozen showed up at his home in Albany, about 50 miles outside of New Orleans.
They had guns and they had beer.
They took the TV - a 60-inch, high-definition, flat screen - out to Spring's backyard.
What followed was ugly, and loud. Spring even filmed the earsplitting carnage and put the footage on YouTube.
Luckily, he said, not too many people live nearby.
"I ain't checked on my neighbors," he said. "I guess they're all right, but I ain't seen them lately, either."
In case you're wondering, the TV-murdering horde apparently didn't break any laws, local or otherwise. But, that's not to say local authorities approved of the incident.
"I would say mixing booze and firearms is not a good thing," said Lt. Doug Cain, of the Louisiana State Police.
As for Spring?
"I'll be watching the game this weekend on a 13-inch black-and-white set," he said. "I've learned my lesson."
NASCAR fans rejoice. Danica Patrick is coming out with a new fragrance line that will debut in the spring of next year.
We can see it now: Thousands of women heading to their favorite NASCAR track smelling like motor oil and gasoline.
- Tom Mahon