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The 2009 Redskins Schedule Is Released, Looks Very Familiar

Posted by Matt Terl on April 14, 2009 – 7:00 pm

Looking at the 2009 Redskins schedule, the thing that immediately jumps out at me is how much of it is the same as last year.

  • Open on the road in New York? Check.
  • Play St. Louis, Detroit, and New Orleans in the same locations we played them last year? Check.
  • Back to back road games at Dallas and Philadelphia? Check.
  • November bye week following a Monday night game against a team from Pennsylvania? Check.
  • Much tougher back end of the schedule, at least based on opponent’s 2008 performance? Absolutely.
  • Finish off the season in California? Check.

And the preseason just adds to the familiar feel, adding reruns of at the Ravens and home against the Steelers, plus a preseason rematch against the Jaguars. At this point, at least, that’s the story here.

Other notes:

  • Four of the first six games are against rookie head coaches, with one more against Denver in Week 10. (Tom Cable was interim head coach at Oakland last year, but if you’re willing to count him, then there’s a sixth opponent with a new head coach.)
  • The last four weeks have the potential to be brutal — two full cross-country trips sandwiching two primetime home games against division rivals.
  • The weather doesn’t seem likely to be an enormous factor. Our late-season travel is either to divisional opponents with similar climates (Philadelphia) or to more temperate locales (Oakland, San Diego). And the only warm weather team that travels to FedExField in the winter is the New Orleans Saints, who come early enough in December that temperatures near 80 degrees wouldn’t shock me. (Dallas does make the trip in Week 16, but I feel like they play enough games on the East Coast to not be disadvantaged by it.)

The complete schedule, after the jump. Read more »

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Cooley's Rally For The Cure

Posted by Matt Terl on April 14, 2009 – 5:23 pm

I’ve written here before about Chris Cooley leading tours through Redskins Park for women batlling breast cancer, and about his mother Nancy’s own battle against the same disease.

Tonight, you have the chance to join the Cooleys in the fight against cancer at Cooley’s Rally for the Cure. The event will be held at The Original Steakhouse in Ashburn, VA from 7:00 to 10:00. The evening will consist of a benefit auction/ dinner and what was described to me as a chance for people to mingle with the players and coaches in attendance. One hundred percent of the money raised — at the door AND through the auction — will be donated to Relay for Life.

Tickets are no longer available for purchase online, but can still be bought at the door for $100.

Drinks and finger foods will be provided, along with free wine and beer, I’m told. I’ll be heading over, and look forward to seeing you there.

Every time I write about something like this, I find it difficult to convey exactly what these kinds of things can mean to people, but Fatpickled has written a post on Cooley’s blog that lays it out pretty eloquently, and that’s worth a read whether or not you plan to attend the event. Read more »

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Tuesday, April 14: Shaun Suisham At The Easter Egg Roll

Posted by Matt Terl on April 14, 2009 – 4:07 pm

The traditional Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday was, by all accounts, the typical star-studded Obama administration affair. You had the President and his family, of course, with Obama reading a book to the assembled youth. You had Fergie singing the National Anthem and Ziggy Marley performing. Celebrity chefs gave cooking instructions, and members of the Washington Mystics and Washington Wizards were playing games with students. It was that kind of event.

Also on hand, though, were Redskins K Shaun Suisham and G Derrick Dockery. (Although neither of them is pictured here, just to alleviate any confusion.)

I caught up with Suisham today and asked him how he had scored the invitation.

“Well,” he started, “somebody called, and…”

Punter Dirk Johnson interrupted. “It was the Canadian ambassador.”

“Right,” said Suisham, and stopped.

I waited for him to continue, and when he didn’t, I asked, “Wait, was it?” Read more »

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