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Remembering Sammy Baugh

Posted by Matt Terl on December 18, 2008 – 5:13 pm


The flags were at half-staff outside Redskins Park today, to commemorate the passing of Sammy Baugh, which got me poking around to see what other Baugh memorabilia I could find.

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Pete Kendall, Award-Winning Talker

Posted by Matt Terl on December 18, 2008 – 4:11 pm

In open locker room today, in front of the assembled media, David Elfin of the Washington Times presented The B.J. Blanchard Good Guy Award, which goes, as the plaque says, “To The Washington Redskins Player Who Has Best Helped The Media Do Its Job.”

If you were to go purely by number of words written (and spoken, and shouted by talking heads in little boxes), you would probably think this would go to Clinton Portis, for such hits as “Clinton Portis Wants A Different Offensive Line,” “Clinton Portis Battles Brian Mitchell,” “Clinton Portis Crushes His Coach,” and “Clinton Portis Wears Something Red,” among many others.

But that would miss the point of the award. This award honors the guy who cooperates with the media, who makes himself available, who talks even when things are going wrong. The kind of guy, for example, who stands and rehashes his own “boneheaded play” over and over and over again for as long as the media needs him. This year, it’s Pete Kendall.


Elfin explained to me how the award, named after the longtime receptionist at Redskins Park, developed: “I came off the beat after the 1999 season and thought, ‘You know, we never really honored the players for how much they cooperated with us through tough times,'” he said. “So when I came back in a more extensive fashion in 2002, we started this award. We talked about it and decided it was The Good Guy Award, and since B.J. had always been so good to everyone in the media – kind of everyone’s mom in this building, as you know – we named it after her.”

Previous award winners have included Jason Campbell, London Fletcher, and Fred Smoot, among others, so I figured I’d see how such a prestigious honor had changed Smoot’s life.
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On the Field for Practice – 12/18

Posted by Matt Terl on December 18, 2008 – 2:06 pm

Well, this is a first for me. For some reason, afternoon practice was moved up today and combined with the morning it’s-not-a-walkthrough. This has happened before for specific reasons – weather alerts and holidays, for example – but this is the first time I’ve seen the routine disrupted for no specific reason. Some players speculated that it was precisely to shake up the routine, others thought it might be to prevent them from warming up, cooling down, and warming up again. Whatever the reason, though, practice was moved, and most of the players were happy. “Going straight through, man, that’s good – you don’t have that dead time,” Demetric Evans told me afterward.


  • Finally, probably too late for it to make a huge difference, just about everyone is healthy. The only person who didn’t practice at all was Jon Jansen, and London Fletcher was limited, but I believe just about everyone else was back at or near full speed.

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Thursday, December 18: More on Sammy Baugh

Posted by Matt Terl on December 18, 2008 – 8:56 am


Sammy Baugh, who passed away yesterday at the age of 94, was arguably the greatest Redskin of all time. For obvious reasons, though (i.e., his playing career ended more than fifty years ago), many of us never got to see the man play, and can’t fully appreciate just how remarkable he was.

Tarhog and TK-IV II I at ExtremeSkins hope to change that, with an impressively thorough biography of Baugh, including text, photos, and archival video.

A brief excerpt:

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