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Sammy Baugh, 1914-2008

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2008 – 10:01 pm

Redskins Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh passed away Wednesday in a hospital in Texas at the age of 94, the last surviving member of the first class of players inaugurated into the Hall. His 33 jersey is the only one the team has officially retired.

In a statement, team owner Daniel M. Snyder said, “Sammy Baugh embodied all we aspire to at the Washington Redskins. He was a competitor in everything he did and a winner. He was one of the greatest to ever play the game of football, and one of the greatest the Redskins ever had. My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.”

And ours as well.

(Associated Press story after the jump.)

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Wednesday Redskins Links – 12/17

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2008 – 5:49 pm

Photo by Ned Dishman
  • London Fletcher was decidedly unhappy with not being named to the Pro Bowl squad, and rightly so. His rant on the subject, as transcribed by Ryan O’Halloran, is surprisingly entertaining reading, especially for the Susan Lucci reference.
  • Stet Sports Blog does a good job working the positive spin on Jim Zorn’s first year here, and it’s a pretty compelling case.
  • Meanwhile, over in Philadelphia, our upcoming opponents are receiving unsolicited playcalling advice from wide receiver Hank Baskett’s Playmate girlfriend, one Kendra Wilkinson. Shockingly, Ms. Wilkinson’s advice is to throw the ball to her man more often, but she does specify which routes she think he’d excel at and why, which is nice. Jessica Simpson was much less specific when she did something similar.

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On the Field for Practice – 12/17

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2008 – 4:15 pm

I really didn’t know what to expect from today’s practice. Part of me expected to go out and find the guys listlessly shuffling around the practice field, another part thought they might be unusually fired up and loose with nothing to lose. The truth, as it tends to be, fell somewhere between the two. It was another day at practice. It looked, again, like a good one, and lots of guys were in a notably boisterous mood – “a fantastic practice,” Todd Yoder called it afterward – but if I was expecting something dramatic to have changed since Cincinnati, it wasn’t there.


  • I tried to pay particular attention to see if there was any difference in the way players were interacting with Coach Zorn following Monday’s press conference, but, really? Not so much. And I mean that in a good way. The relationships still looked as solid as they did early in the season – above is a picture of Zorn discussing a specific pass route with Santana Moss, a conversation that went on for a few minutes and appeared to engross both sides equally. Zorn also chatted amiably with the quarterbacks, the other coaches, and plenty of other players. So nothing too unusual there.

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Portis On Mike Sellers In Hawaii and "The Worst Coach In America"

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2008 – 1:10 pm

Photo by Ned Dishman After his relatively quiet radio show yesterday, newly-minted Pro Bowler Clinton Portis came to the media session at Redskins Park today a little bit jauntier, a little more ready to banter, and with two football cards taped to his chest. The media, no pack of dummies, immediately focused in on the cards, one of which featured Eric Dickerson, the other Barry Sanders.

“Me and [Chris] Cooley was just playing Pack Wars,” Portis said, “and I won these two cards off of him. So I figured I fall somewhere in between these two guys. And if I don’t, these are the two guys I’m shooting to fall between, so … I think it’s pretty nice company.”

(I’m told that more on this epic pack wars contest will show up on Cooley’s blog in the not-too-distant future.)

First-time Pro Bowler Mike Sellers came down the steps behind Portis and said, “They all had good fullbacks, too.”

Portis initially tried to ignore Sellers and finish the joke he had set up, but had to interrupt himself. “And the reason I fall in betw-Barry Sanders didn’t even have a fullback!” Read more »

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Hogettes With Pins

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2008 – 10:40 am

Have you ever wondered what the Hogettes keep in their purses? Neither had I.

In fact, I had never even thought about it, naively assuming that their purses were little more than props to help emphasize their femininity. At yesterday’s Toys For Tots event, I found out that I was sorely mistaken.


“This is my pin collection,” said Hogette Howiette (who had shown me his custom Hogette shoes and socks at a previous event), holding up his button-encrusted bag. “These over here” – he indicated the right side of the above picture – “are military, where these are police and law enforcement. I trade for them.” Read more »

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Wednesday, December 17: Talking About Practice

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2008 – 9:37 am


Wednesday, as always, marks the restarting of the football portion of the week. The players are back in the building and the team is getting ready for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. This means things like meetings, film study, and, of course, practice. At some point after this afternoon’s practice, I’ll post my thoughts on what I’ve seen and – if today is like most other days – someone will ask why, if the team looks so good in practice, they’ve looked so very drab in the games. I haven’t yet been able to answer this question to my own satisfaction, let alone yours, but at least I can take comfort in knowing it’s not just me.

Clinton Portis‘s radio appearance yesterday on ESPN980 wasn’t nearly as provocative as last week’s, but there was one answer that I found particularly interesting. Toward the end of the segment, Brian Mitchell asked Portis exactly why a quality practice might not translate to the game. Here’s his answer. Read more »

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