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My Playoff Picks, And My Other Playoff Picks

Posted by Matt Terl on January 9, 2009 – 4:05 pm

So I show up on Redskins Nation again today, this time making playoff picks against Larry Michael. I did some research, brought some reference material, the whole nine yards, and these are my actual picks. Here’s the audio if you’re curious and can’t wait for it to air this evening.


Then Tanner and Chris Cooley showed up to film the last two segments of their playoff picks for Cooley’s blog. Their first two videos had Todd Yoder and Colt Brennan as their guest analysts, but neither of those two guys was around.

So they settled for me and Larry Michael. Those videos should appear at Cooley’s blog later on, and I fortunately manage to avoid melting down completely as I did the last time I showed up on video over there. But those of you who watch both sets of picks along with tonight’s Redskins Nation will likely notice that, in fact, I pick against my earlier self in both games. Hence this official declaration that for the record, my RN picks should be treated at least marginally more seriously than the others. In case anyone cares.

(For those of you who read this far, though, a little Redskins offseason tidbit: Brennan wasn’t around for Cooley’s video, but he did show up at the Park briefly today. He had his scheduled offseason surgery, it was successful and feels generally good, and he and I both agreed on two things: first, that he could probably beat me in a race with only one good leg, and second, trying to prove that would be a terrible idea on every level.) Read more »

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Friday, January 9: Redskins in NFL.com's Plays of the Year

Posted by Matt Terl on January 9, 2009 – 11:30 am

NFL.com has posted a pretty nifty four-and-a-half minute highlight package of the 2008 “Plays of the Year,” set to the cheery melodic hardcore of Rise Against. (Between this and the Madden 07 soundtrack, I’m beginning to think of Rise Against as the modern version of Sam Spence, which I’m not sure is how the band wants to be viewed.)

Here’s the YouTube version, but I highly recommend watching the higher-quality version on NFL.com instead.

After the title card, the video starts pretty much how you’d expect a review of 2008 to start: with still more coverage of Brett Favre and Tom Brady. Once we get through those tired stories, though, it picks up quite a bit — also has a decently large Redskins presence, including five Skins clips in the first minute. Let’s take a look at how the Redskins acquit themselves, just for kicks.

1) Brandon Jacobs runs over LaRon Landry

The first quarter of the first game of the NFL season. The good news — for the video and for the Redskins’ 2008 — is that it could only get better from here. This is definitely one of the enduring (lousy) images of the year, even if hindsight shows that this was the Redskins getting beaten up by a very good team and not the abject disaster it looked like at the time. Not Landry’s finest moment, though, by any stretch. Read more »

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