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Monday, August 4: Light Day, Supposedly

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2008 – 1:37 pm

This is scheduled to be a light day around the Park, and deservedly so. Coach Zorn is holding a press conference around 12:30, and other than that … not much is scheduled. Players aren’t coming in, no practices … this should be a chance for everyone to recover from the first road trip.

Which makes sense, considering the hectic pace following last night’s game. The final gun sounded at almost exactly 11:00. “The bus will leave in one hour, no matter who is or isn’t on it,” I was told. I don’t think anyone was left behind, but it wasn’t too long after midnight that the buses pulled away from the Hall. At the point, we had already cleared a full airport security screening, set up as we left the building.

From there it was about fifteen minutes or so to the airport, where the team plane waited on the tarmac. (The team plane is a chartered commercial Boeing 757, for those who asked.) The plane took off within ten minutes of our boarding, and landed back in the DC area at around 1:30. From there, we loaded back onto buses and arrived at Redskins Parks sometime near 2:00. At that point, the players left for their hotel, some staffers departed for their homes, and the rest went into the Park to start this supposedly light workday. At two in the morning.

The general consensus on last night’s game seemed to be that it didn’t mean TOO much, being a preseason game, but that a number of the rookies made good showings, and that even in preseason it’s more fun to win than to lose. Which I imagine makes heading into the office at two in the morning a little more palatable for people. I can’t wait to hear what Coach Zorn has to say about it.

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Hall of Fame Game: Fourth Quarter

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2008 – 1:35 pm

  • There are no hats in the press box. None. I didn’t really expect guys in battered hats with press passes jammed into them, but … okay, I guess I did. What a letdown.
  • Seeing Stephon Heyer walk off after being shaken up is a tremendous relief. I mean, that was a genuine downer on an otherwise impressive improvisational play by Brennan.
  • I didn’t know Maurice Mann was in the running for a punt return position, which makes it a little less surprising when there’s a muff. Good job just falling on it, at least.
  • I had that punt at 4″80, but my finger kinda slipped on the button, so that’s an even less accurate number than the rest of mine. I can’t help but think that it would be a much more dramatic battle if Frost was getting a chance to punt as well.
  • The fact that overtime is numerically feasible is not exciting anyone in the press box.
  • Rookie S Chris Horton has genuinely had a very good game, and he had a much easier time taking Lorenzen down on his second sack.
  • An interception by the guy with my favorite name on the team makes overtime MUCH less likely. Nice work, Matterral.

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