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An Unexpected Prediction For A Redskins Super Bowl (Loss)

Posted by Matt Terl on September 10, 2009 – 6:03 pm

For those of you who aren’t following me on Twitter (and you really should be!), Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk — who usually turns up on this blog as an object of scrutiny for some kind of anti-Redskins item or another — has picked the Redskins to win the NFC East and lose to the Steelers in the Super Bowl. This is unexpected, to say the least.

I’ll have more on the world of predictions tomorrow, but in honor of Florio’s old PFT style, this post will contain an invitation to follow me on Twitter, but no images.

And it will be three paragraphs long. Sort of. Read more »

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On The Field For Practice – A Good Day For Jarmon And Suisham

Posted by Matt Terl on September 10, 2009 – 5:37 pm

Just a few notes from this afternoon’s practice:

Two guys jumped out at me as having big days today. The first was rookie defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, who continues to impress. On one play he threw a blocker aside — Fred Davis, I believe — with as much force as I’ve ever seen. Saying that someone threw a guy “like a ragdoll” is an enormous cliche for a reason, but that’s what this looked like. Jarmon also batted a pass down at the line against the first team offense, and just generally looked strong throughout the day.

The second guy was Shaun Suisham.
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LaRon Landry Talks About That Play Last Year

Posted by Matt Terl on September 10, 2009 – 4:32 pm

It was one of the most memorable plays of last season’s opener: first quarter, 2nd and 2, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs gets into the secondary and runs clear over Redskins safety LaRon Landry. For Redskins fans, the memories are not good ones; for Giants fans, it’s still something to bring up tauntingly, even a year later.

And for Landry himself?

“I watched it a lot of times, you know,” Landry acknowledged. “Over the break, right after it happened … [but] I don’t really look at it too much anymore.”

He paused, thought about it for a second. “I don’t need to watch that [stuff]. I don’t need to. I already got it on my mind.”

So, I asked hesitantly, are you using it for motivation for Sunday, then?

“[Forget] motivation,” Landry said flatly. “It’s already on my mind.” Read more »

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Two Different Views On Hurricanes

Posted by Matt Terl on September 10, 2009 – 11:50 am

When Tropical Depression ERIKA was getting going a week or so back, my wife — also Erika, although not in all caps — was actually a little excited. And when ERIKA fizzled out near Puerto Rico, Erika was a tiny bit disappointed. So when I read yesterday that Hurricane FRED had grown to a Category 3 storm, I thought Fred Smoot might be slightly entertained and enjoy the opportunity to go on a weather-related rant.


“Y’know, that’s not good,” Smoot said. “I hate for a storm to be named after me.”

Mississippian Smoot does not view hurricanes as a reason for excitement. At all.

“I hope FRED goes down as one of the weakest hurricanes ever,” he said. “That’s nothing that I wanna be famous for.”

Smoot walked away shaking his head, then shouted back, “I hope I fizzle out over Old Creek Road.”

Santana Moss, meanwhile, was much more enthused about a totally different kind of Hurricane. Read more »

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Thursday, September 10: 'Tis The (NFL) Season

Posted by Matt Terl on September 10, 2009 – 10:12 am

You know it’s almost Halloween when the grocery stores start filling up with oversized bags of undersized candy bars. You know it’s almost President’s Day when mattress stores announce their clearance sales. And, at Redskins Park, at least, you know it’s just about the NFL season when the official game coins arrive.

These are the actual coins used in the pregame coin toss by the referee. The coins are held by the team until gameday, at which point that game’s coin is given to the official at the pregame meeting.

They’re produced by the Highland Mint, in 24-karat gold overlay. When you hear the referee say “the helmet is heads” before the coin toss, it’s a team-specific helmet — in our case, the Redskins. The NFL shield on the tails side is presumably the same leaguewide.

Close-ups of the coins in their protective plastic coin-casings after the jump. Read more »

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