"I Don't Even Own A Pair Of Alligator Shoes"

Minnesota Vikings vs Washington Redskins - September 11, 2006

Redskins Owner, Daniel Snyder (seen here affectionately embracing Jamie Foxx) has been making headlines today.  No it is not because of some free agent splash or increase in ticket prices, but rather about a desk made out of alligators purchased from a furniture store in New York.  This story was posted in the New York Post today:

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder just spent $600,000 on two alligator leather desks with matching alligator-skin chairs for his offices at FedExField in Landover, Md. Snyder ordered the desks from the new Giorgio’s of Palm Beach store on Madison Avenue. A rep for the store said, “Mr. Snyder ordered two desks and two chairs, and they will be de livered in around six weeks.” Giorgio’s owner George Sha roubim is shipping a $1 mil lion, alligator-inlaid Steinway piano to the store for the grand opening party, which will be hosted by music mogul Tommy Mottola.

I figured it may be a slow day in the Big Apple and they had nothing better write about, until the strong retraction from the Redskins Chief Operating Office Dave Donavan.

Number one,” said Dave Donovan, Chief Operating Officer of the Redskins, “Dan does not have an office at FedExField. Second, he has no need for new desks at any of his offices. We are demanding a retraction from The New York Post.”

Very clear, and very direct.  I wonder why and how writing about a purchase Dan Snyder makes (or made) would help furniture sales in New York.  I suppose his influence and team popularity up in the City would sway would-be customers their way.  This perhaps speaks volumes of the relatively quiet off-season Mr. Snyder has had, with Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan now running the show.  We now leave you with a quote from the man, they myth, the legend himself:

“The story is crazy. I don’t even own a pair of alligator shoes.”

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