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Cooley, Portis, Samuels, Sellers Make the Pro Bowl

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2008 – 4:07 pm


After all the voting, all the accusations of ballot-stuffing, all the arguing in player meeting rooms across the country, here are your Pro Bowl Washington Redskins:

  • Chris Cooley
  • Clinton Portis
  • Chris Samuels
  • Mike Sellers

I think, given the way the second half of the season has gone, this is probably about right, with the exception of London Fletcher. Neither Sellers nor Fletcher has been to the Pro Bowl before, and I thought both were deserving this season. It’s exciting to see Sellers go, but Fletcher coming up short makes it bittersweet.

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Redskins Give Out Toys, Wear Seasonal Hats

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2008 – 3:23 pm


Despite the down mood around Redskins Park after Sunday’s catastrophic loss – and make no mistake, the mood is just as down as you’d want it to be after that – and despite the fact that it’s Tuesday, a day off, there are still commitments for players to uphold.

For some players, that meant media. Jason Campbell, for example, made his usual radio appearance on ESPN980’s The Locker Room with Doc Walker and Kevin Sheehan, but was so subdued that Sheehan felt the need to discuss it after the fact.

For other players, though, it meant community events, and today Lorenzo Alexander, Chad Rinehart, Matt Sinclair, and Isaiah Ross acted as Santa’s elves at FedExField during the Skins Santa Shoppe in the Redskins’ locker room. The Redskins Charitable Foundation joined forces with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program to give toys to more than 1,000 area kids from more than 25 area schools and community groups.

(One important note, before I go on: the local Toys For Tots program still desperately needs more toys to provide to needy children in the community for Christmas. If you can spare a new, unwrapped toy, there are drop-off centers at all the Redskins stores, or you can find a drop-off location online. Or, the program coordinator at the event told me, they might even be able to pick it up from you. They’ll be collecting toys until Christmas, and I can tell you from my own observations today just how happy these toys make kids.)

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Tuesday, December 16: Not Mathematically Eliminated

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2008 – 9:05 am


I never, ever say this, but ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning had something right today. Breaking down the NFC playoff picture, they ran through permutations for the Giants, the Panthers, the Cardinals, the Vikings, the Bucs, the Falcons, the Cowboys, the Eagles, and even the Bears. Then they dismissed the Saints and Redskins as not mathematically eliminated, but needing so much help as to not even be worth discussing.

This is probably the most accurate analysis I have ever heard from that particular duo. Especially since any hypothetical Redskins playoff scenario requires the team to win its last two games, something that – after Cincinnati – there’s no particular reason to think they can do.

But for the fanatical optimists and die-hard masochists among you, here (thanks to the awesome Yahoo Playoff Scenario Generator) is the astronomically unlikely series of events you are rooting for over the next two weeks.

Washington Redskins

    Need to beat Philadelphia and win at San Francisco.

Atlanta Falcons

    Must lose at Minnesota, and to St. Louis at home.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Must lose to the Norv Turner memorial duo of San Diego, and Oakland at home.

Chicago Bears

    Must lose either to Green Bay or at Houston (or both, of course).

Dallas Cowboys

    This is the really complicated one. If Dallas loses to Baltimore, they must also lose to Philadelphia in the final week of the season, which – if the planets have aligned and all the other improbable events above have taken place – puts the Skins in the playoffs with the Eagles.

    But if Dallas beats Baltimore in the last game at Texas Stadium, it becomes necessary for the Cowboys to beat or tie the Eagles to send the Cowboys and Redskins to the playoffs and knock the Eagles out.

Philadelphia Eagles

    See “Washington Redskins” and “Dallas Cowboys”.

Even considering this possibility just exemplifies the kind of thinking that makes this fan video about watching the Redskins in December so hilariously true. (Contains mild, brief profanity, and also is the source of the picture above.)

Hat tip to the Fatpickled blog for pointing out the video.

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