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Basketball Creates Bitter Rivalry Between Ethan Albright And Devin Thomas

Posted by Matt Terl on April 6, 2009 – 4:20 pm

It would be hard to imagine two more disparate guys than Ethan Albright and Devin Thomas.

Albright is currently the oldest guy on the Redskins roster; Thomas is 45 days shy of being the youngest. Albright came into the league as an undrafted free agent back in 1994 with Miami, and came to the Redskins as a free agent; Thomas was the Redskins’ first player taken in last year’s NFL Draft.

Albright is quiet and workmanlike, best known for doing his job efficiently, consistently, and without error; Thomas is brash, vocal, and has yet to prove himself at his position. Albright is from outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, a city that has been inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame; Thomas is from the suburbs of Detroit (albeit a couple of the nicer ones, which sort of spoils the comparison).

Albright’s nickname is “The Red Snapper,” while Thomas goes by “The Turquoise Leopard.” (That last one might not be true, actually.)

But they’ve got at least one thing in common: both are fiercely loyal to their respective colleges, Albright to North Carolina and Thomas to Michigan State. So as those two teams get set to square off in tonight’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game, Albright and Thomas are getting into it face to face.

Or they would be, if they ever saw each other. Because another way that these two are different is in their workout schedules. Albright prefers the earliest possible session, and is often showered and gone from the facility before Thomas even arrives.

When I caught up with Albright today — again decked out in his non-Tyler-Hansbrough jersey, now with added Tar Heels cap — he was actually waiting to see if Thomas would show up so he could talk a little trash to him. “I’ve been around here every day for two weeks looking for him, and I can’t find him anywhere,” he told me.


By the time I found Thomas — hours later — the two had apparently had a chance to chat, at least briefly. Read more »

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Monday, April 6: The Roster Is Set For 2009

Posted by Matt Terl on April 6, 2009 – 12:37 am

Well, final cuts are over with and the squad is set for the 2009 season.

Not the Redskins, of course. They’ve still got miles to go before they’re finalized — a draft in April, a couple weeks worth of Organized Team Activities over May and June, training camp in the summer, plus an entire preseason — but the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders don’t have that much time to spare. The squad held final cuts for their roster Sunday night at the Bethesda Theatre (or the Bethesda Cinema n’ Drafthouse, as I still think of it, ancient Montgomery County guy that I’ve become).

The performance — which featured the narrowing of the roster from 52 to 40 (plus four alternates) — was open to the public, and the public showed up enthusiastically enough that the folks working the door ran out of lower level tickets and late-comers were forced to settle for the upper level.

I, meanwhile, was trying to convince a skeptical organizer that it was vitally important that I be allowed backstage to get a sense of the drama and hysteria as the finalists got themselves ready. “It’s really, really crowded back there,” she said, eyebrow raised. “Plus the girls are all changing outfits multiple times.” She suggested, politely but firmly, that I just get a sense of the drama and hysteria from the wings or the seats, and I complied. Read more »

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