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The Vote For My Segment Name Is Still Open

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2009 – 6:22 pm

Well, the vote to name my segment on Redskins Nation rolls on through Friday, so if you haven’t voted, now’s your chance. As always, please just vote against Terls Gone Wild.


Quick reminder: no practice tomorrow, just the Welcome Home Luncheon. So expect some coverage of that. Read more »

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Clinton Portis Continues To Hype Marko Mitchell, Who Is A Terrell Owens Fan

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2009 – 4:12 pm

As a fan of an NFC team, I haven’t formed the same strong opinons of CBS’s game coverage as I have of FOX’s, but I will say this: Phil Simms, watching practice today in preparation for the CBS national broadcast of Friday night’s Patriots/Redskins game, was paying closer attention in practice than most of the other TV guys I’ve seen. He was making notes of line calls, formation shifts, and all sorts of other things, which not everyone does.

(He also took a real shine to the Z-shades, which made sense because the sun was blazing down today.)

Anyhow, Simms seemed to come away from today’s practice fairly impressed with the Redskins’ performance. Which was somewhat gratifying to me, as I’ve been pretty impressed with the team for the last few days as well.

And, more significantly than either of those, so has Clinton Portis. Read more »

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Hunter Smith On The Dallas Video Screen And (Not) Testing Out The Colts Stadium

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2009 – 1:27 pm

Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback this week opens with a discussion of the controversy over the giant HD screens at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium.

(If you’ve somehow missed this controversy, here’s a quick summary: there are frankly enormous new video screens hanging over the field in the new stadium, presumably so God can watch TV through the hole in the roof. In the first preseason game at the stadium, the punters were repeatedly hitting the screens in warm-ups, and the Titans’ rookie punter bounced a ball off the screen in the game itself. This, for obvious reasons, does not sit well with the league or its punters.)

Anyhow, King’s column recaps the issue in far greater detail, then segues into a discussion with Bill Polian, owner of the Indianapolis Colts and member of the NFL Competition Committee, in which Polian delivers this anecdote.

“The irony is that our stadium architect [at new Lucas Oil Stadium] wanted to hang the videoboards the same way in our stadium,” Polian said. “So we put a metal beam about 90 feet above the ground and had our punter at the time, Hunter Smith, punt the ball up there trying to hit it. He hit it the majority of the time. That’s why we put our replay boards on the wall.”

I saw this and made a mental note to ask Smith — now punting for the Redskins — about it, but I didn’t think of it as a particularly pressing issue. I figured I’d ask him about it, he’d say something like, “Yep. I punted at a beam. It was [either great or terrible or uninteresting]” and that would be that.

That is not how the dialogue played out.

Here’s how it actually went.

Me: “Okay, so you were the guy who tested the–“

Smith: “No.” Read more »

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Wednesday, August 26: Remembering A Redskins Fan

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2009 – 10:10 am

Nick Adenhart would’ve turned 23 this past Monday.

The Silver Spring native, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, was killed by a drunk driver on April 9 of this year. And this month has to be particularly tough for his friends and family, not only because of his birthday, but because football season is starting up. Redskins season, specifically. And Adenhart was a passionate Redskins fan; it was one of the things that he shared with his loved ones.

I know this because his friend Paul DiTomasso emailed to tell me so.

When I heard the news that Adenhart had passed away, it was distant — sad, because a young man had lost his life, but removed from me by 3,000 miles and any personal connection. Then I found out that he was from Silver Spring, the town I was born in, and it seemed closer. Then I realized that I had read a profile of him from his high school days five years ago in the Washington Post — a profile written by blogger Dan Steinberg, coincidentally enough — and it seemed closer still.

And then I got the email from DiTomasso, and the way DiTomasso described Adenhart’s feelings for the Redskins, and his group of friends and family, and the way all those things combined … it was all very familiar, and it changed Adenhart’s story for me. Instead of a distant celebrity tragedy, I understood as a much more human-scale loss.

DiTomasso was kind enough to allow me to reprint some of his memories of Adenhart, and to send a couple of photos of Adenhart and their friends celebrating at Redskins games. This week, following Adenhart’s birthday and the first home Redskins game since his passing, seemed like an appropriate time to share them.

Here’s DiTomasso: Read more »

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