HERNDON, Va. -- It's playoff time and tempers are short.
And so are conference calls.
Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville hung up on Washington reporters after less than three minutes yesterday.
"The last time I was up there I read your papers. I sort of got ill. I didn't think you were very kind to us," he said.
When he was asked what he didn't like, he said: "I can't remember everything. I just thought it was unfair and untrue. I remembered if I ever talked to you again, I wouldn't give a damn if it [call] lasted 5 minutes."
When a reporter said the the call was at 2 1/2 minutes and counting, he said, "Shall we hang up? Want to end it?" The reporters said, "No," but he said, "Kiss my grits. Want to end it?"
The reporters again said, "No," but he said, "Nice talking to you," and hung up.
The Falcons this week have been trying to work themselves into an anti-Washington frenzy. They claimed the Redskins ran up the score in a 56-17 game on Nov. 10, and last Saturday they sang a parody of "Hail to the Redskins," in the locker room, substituting "Hell" for "Hail."
Glanville later denied to Atlanta reporters that all this was a ploy. "It's not that at all. It's just a personal thing," he said.
While Glanville was hanging up on reporters, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs was locking them out. He closed practice to members of the media and had a staff member walking around the fences, apparently looking for spies.