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Redskins v. Patriots – Follow The Fourth Quarter On Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 10:34 pm

While the fourth quarter rolls on, follow me (@Redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com (@Redskinsdotcom) and the Redskins Gameday updates via Twitter, or in the widget below. Read more »

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Redskins v. Patriots – Third Quarter Thoughts (Updated With Quotes)

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 10:31 pm

Things certainly change when Tom Brady and Randy Moss leave the field, don’t they? Kevin O’Connell completed 2 of 6 in relief of Brady, along with two interceptions. Read more »

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Redskins v. Patriots – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 9:47 pm

So it’s the obvious question after the first half: the score is tied with the odds-on Super Bowl favorites with the first-teams in on both sides of the ball. Jason Campbell hasn’t thrown an interception. Has he done enough to quiet the criticism he’s been hearing?

Jim Zorn, unsurprisingly, is pleased. “He was very much into the game,’ he said. “He was competing hard and doing the things that you want. We missed on a couple of long ones but he came back and was running the show.”

I’m also cautiously pleased. The good moments of the first half all looked like the practices that I’ve seen, the ones where Campbell is clearly and without question the best pure quarterback on the field. He had one fewer completion than Tom Brady in the same number of attempts, but for 50 more yards. He also rushed for a touchdown. Would I like to see Campbell do more than that? Sure. There’s always more. But I do think that it’s good enough to be competitive — especially if you’re not playing against Brady and Randy Moss. Read more »

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Redskins v. Patriots – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 8:47 pm

It’s hard to write as enthusiastically about the first quarter as I had planned to. The team came out on fire, first overcoming a Reed Doughty penalty on the opening kickoff to hold the Patriots to three-and-out; then marching down the field on 4-for-4 passing by Jason Campbell.

The team finally was looking a little more like they do in practice … and then Tom Brady showed up. Since his touchdown pass to Randy Moss capped a 73 yard drive that barely seemed to take any time at all, the Redskins defense has looked ragged and the offense anemic.

Obviously, the second quarter is ongoing as I write this, and things have not really improved. I’m going to choose to be enthusiastic about Campbell’s initial success and hope the team gets things together as the game moves on. Read more »

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Welcome Home Luncheon – Players Of The Year Videos

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 2:57 pm

To get you fired up for tonight’s game: here are the three clip packages that were made for yesterday’s Welcome Home Luncheon to honor the three 2009 Redskins Players of the Year: Clinton Portis for offense, London Fletcher for defense, and James Thrash for special teams.


Thanks to Megan Imbert of the Redskins Broadcast Network for editing, voiceovering, and providing the videos. On an unrelated note, if you’re coming to the game tonight, bring some kind of rain gear; it’s threatening to be pretty wet.

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Friday, August 28: The Dead Man Suit Award

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 9:20 am

In the run-up to this year’s Welcome Home Luncheon, I talked to a few of the guys about their memories of last year’s event. They gave the answers I expected: good to meet the fans, great way to kick off the season, and so on.

Not one of the mentioned what is apparently one of the biggest draws of the day: the Dead Man Suit award.

Since Rocky McIntosh was the first one to spill the beans, on his Twitter feed Wednesday night, I’ll mash together a few of his updates here and let him explain what the award is about:

Dead Man Suit Awards..its givin to the player who wears a ugly 1960’s suit that looks like they stole it from a body at the graveyard. Past 2 yr winners were Andre Carter(sorry) and most recent Justin Tryon…Rick James was left freezing in his grave last yr cuz of this guy. Who will b next??? Stay tuned….. I will have flowers for this years winner.

And then this, from the bus on the way to the event:

Omg there r 2 many contestants for this years dead man suit awards.it’s going 2 be funny to see who wins we might have a repeat award winner. From d lineman to kickers nobody safe were checking all funeral homes for break-ins cuz we have suspects right here on the team……

At the event itself, I started asking who was likely to “win”; a lot of candidates were mentioned (Anthony Alridge and Eddie Williams being the most-suggested), but everyone said the final decision came down to one guy: Fred Smoot. Read more »

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Couple Who Proposed At FedEx Also Wins At Redskins Mania

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2009 – 4:40 pm

When last we saw Drew and Kim, she was sobbing with joy on the muddy sideline of FedExField back in December. Drew had just proposed, and the Redskins would go on to upset the Philadelphia Eagles. It was, on the whole, a pretty good day.

And apparently the wedding went well, too. “It was July 5th,” Kim said.

“I had my groom cake made to look like FedExField,” Drew added. “But our wedding coordinator said burgundy and gold were fall wedding colors, though.”

“But we couldn’t do a fall wedding,” Kim said, “because that’s football season.” The two settled on a football-neutral, seasonally-appropriate light blue and yellow.

They were back in town for the Steelers game last week — another win — and the Redskins Rides car show the next day. I ran into them in front of the Virginia Lottery’s booth, which led to them explaining that they’ve added the Redskins Mania ticket to their home-game weekend ritual, which starts with the couple driving up to FedExField from Tennessee.

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Welcome Home Luncheon – Jim Zorn Remains An Entertaining Speaker

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2009 – 3:32 pm

Last year’s Welcome Home Luncheon was the first time I took notice of Coach Jim Zorn’s facility as a storyteller. I’ve referenced his anecdote about breaking the cheerleader’s nose probably thirty times since then, and was frankly skeptical that his speech this year would match up.

How wrong I was.

Sure, a lot of Zorn’s speech this year was pretty much what you’d expect. Praising the Redskins organization (“The key to improvement in any organization is the people.”); moving forward to next year (“2008 is dead. It’s over. It’s gone. And there were a lot of things to learn, and I learned an awful lot.”); and reiterating his point from Fan Appreciation Day that the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal.

But in addition to that, there was this story about how good it was to have training camp at the home facility in Ashburn.
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Thursday, August 27: About Those Ice Tubs…

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2009 – 8:59 am

After conducting countless interviews of guys in the ice tub during training camp, I finally manned up a few days ago and got in. Sort of. Not really. But I did stand in one, water and ice cubes up just over my calves, while Shaun Shuisham shouted at me to stick with it.

I did not stick with it. On one attempt, I lasted maybe thirty seconds. Maybe. On the second, I clocked myself and came up just short of a minute. It really didn’t feel too bad at first, especially after standing outside at practice for two hours. But the cooling sensation quickly turns kind of painful, and then just plain painful, not “kind of” anything. Suisham and the other amused spectators all assured me that after the painful stage comes a numb stage, at which point you can stay in for much longer. I’ll take their word for it. (Although I will say that my lower legs felt terrific for the rest of the day even after just that short exposure.)

The moral of this story? That I am much, much wimpier than Comcast SportsNet‘s Chick Hernandez, who actually got into one of the tubs to interview Andre Carter. Although, as you’ll see, it was no picnic for him either.

Hat tip to DC Sports Bog for the video. After the jump, a brief sampling of the many hats of Chick Hernandez.
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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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