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Your Redskins TV This Weekend, Plus A Poll

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2009 – 6:29 pm


Those of you in the DMV know you know you can find the Redskins playing the Steelers on TV Saturday night — in HD on Comcast SportsNet and in glorious standard definition on NBC-4! — but there’s plenty of other Redskins programming as well, and it starts bright and early on Saturday morning. (UPDATE: If you’re out-of-market, it looks like tomorrow night’s game will be airing live on NFL Network. Doesn’t help you with the rest of this programming, but at least you can see the game.)

Watch this weekend’s Redskins Broadcast Net trailer above or see the whole schedule after the jump. Also, after the jump, the poll to vote on the name of my segment on Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet. Read more »

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A Pittsburgh Fan Raised By A Redskins Fan Writes The Book On Football Fandom

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2009 – 2:34 pm

Michael Tunison is a pretty funny guy. He writes as Christmas Ape over at the hilarious and profane (seriously, LANGUAGE WARNING in link) Kissing Suzy Kolber,contributes to Deadspin, With Leather, Shutdown Corner, and who-knows-how-many other places, and also used to write for the Washington Post.

His book, The Football Fan’s Manifesto, was released this week. It’s a humorous paean to the superiority of the NFL over just about every other thing on Earth, and — given that Tunison is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan — the day before the Redskins/Steelers game seemed like a perfect time to talk about the book.

The only problem is that I haven’t finished it yet. Not that it isn’t good; I’m enjoying it immensely. But what with training camp and two-a-days and an infant and all the other things going on, I just haven’t had the time to give it the attention it so richly deserves.

Fortunately, all the information I needed for this post came early in the book. On the dedication page, in fact, which reads:

“To my mother with all my love, even if she is a Redskins fan.

I emailed Tunison to find out how his mother — clearly a lady of discerning taste and refinement — had managed to raise a Steelers fan. He got back to me, and what his answer eventually turned into was this guest post about growing up a Steelers fan in a Redskins town during a Redskins era. Read more »

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Yet Another Chris Cooley Video

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2009 – 12:53 pm

Yesterday was a big day for Chris Cooley video. Not only did he appear on Rome Is Burning, not only did Dan Hellie interview him about his own Fathead, but he was forced to fight off an enraged Clinton Portis during an interview with FOX-5’s Dave Feldman.

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Obligatory notes:

  • Portis was not actually “enraged” as I may have implied above. I apologize for the error.
  • This was all in post-practice fun, and both Cooley and Portis were joking about it later. They do not hate each other, and I’m pretty sure no one was punched square in the face.
  • I think we can all agree that this is clearly more of a “scuffle” than a “fight”.
  • A heads-up performance by Feldman and his cameraman, dealing with an unexpected moving object. Kudos all around.

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Friday, August 21: A Horse Named Captain Chaos

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2009 – 9:41 am

Now that the roughest grind of training camp has let up, I have a chance to go back and use some stuff that somehow fell through the cracks over the last few weeks. This is one such item.

I don’t know much about horses. I vaguely remember one stepping on my foot once at summer camp twenty-five years ago, but other than that, they’re big, mostly-inedible animals that run in circles three times a year and sometimes inspire unsettling outpourings of emotion from the general public. (NOTE: Parts of that assessment may not be entirely correct.)

But the people who do like horses tend to like them quite a lot, and they put tremendous thought into every aspect of their horses’ lives, from housing to cleaning to naming. So when Amanda Schroeder shouted from behind the ropes at training camp that she had a horse named after Chris Cooley, I was somewhat intrigued.

“I just love [Cooley],” Schroeder told me. “He’s my favorite player.”

The horse isn’t actually named Chris Cooley, but instead goes by the nom de horse of Captain Chaos. “He’s living up to his name now,” Schroeder said. “He was not like this before I named him Captain Chaos.”

This struck me as somewhat unusual. Nowhere on the About.com Guide to Choosing A Horse Name does it suggest “name your horse after your favorite athlete,” after all. So I asked Schroeder and the people she was with what other things one might name a horse after. The girl behind Schroeder shrugged. “I named mine after a movie: Blue Steel, like Zoolander.”

That didn’t make the Captain Chaos moniker seem any less unusual to me, so I did what I always do in these circumstances: I went straight to Fred Smoot. Read more »

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