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Inside Redskins Broadcast Network: Redskins Late Night Explained

Posted by Matt Terl on September 15, 2009 – 4:04 pm

If it’s Tuesday, it means that I’m heading out to the taping of Redskins Late Night at the Gordon Biersch restaurant in Tysons Corner. Tonight’s guest is Rocky McIntosh, and anyone in the area should feel free to drop on by.

I’ve been mentioning this just about every week, but I’m beginning to gather that not everyone automatically knows exactly what I’m talking about. So I went to Megan Imbert, who’s producing the show for the Redskins Broadcast Network, and she gave me lots more specifics.

True to its name, Redskins Late Night airs late at night, specifcally on Saturdays — or, more accurately, early on Sunday mornings. Basically it’s at 1:30 a.m. on NBC-4, shortly after Saturday Night Live. And it’s a little different from most of the other RBN programming. Read more »

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Antwaan Randle El Talks About NOT Catching A Pass

Posted by Matt Terl on September 15, 2009 – 3:09 pm

Antwaan Randle El
was one of the offensive bright spots for the Redskins on Sunday. Playing largely from his more natural slot position, Randle El caught 7 passes for 98 yards. Talking to the media on Monday, he found himself about where you’d expect: pleased that he did well; disappointed that the team didn’t win.

“We left some stuff out there,” he said. “When Jason [Campbell] got the ball knocked out, we had open guys. The deep guy was covered but the underneath guy was open. In the redzone, they all-out-blitzed us and we didn’t get it off quick enough.”

Which was interesting and all, but — now that Randle El had converted his strong training camp into a solid start to the regular season — I was curious enough to ask him about his biggest miss of the preseason, the long pass from Campbell in Jacksonville that went straight through his hands. Read more »

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Redskins In Super Slow Motion

Posted by Matt Terl on September 15, 2009 – 2:00 pm

No, the title is not a comment on the offense running sluggishly in the Giants game. Let’s just get that gag out of the way quickly. (In fact, the faster the Redskins offense moved, the better Jason Campbell did. In plays when the offense lined up in the shotgun formation, Campbell was 14 of 17 for 155 yards and 1 touchdown. But that’s neither here nor there.)

Anyhow, one day during training camp, NFL Films sent out a crew with a camera that took two guys to operate.

It was, I found out later, a modified Phantom camera called an X-Mo created by a company called Inertia Unlimited. According to the website, the X-Mo “is a high speed HD camera that shoot can shoot at up to 6933 fps at 720 resolution and over 2700 fps at 1080 resolution with absolutely no up conversion,and actual pixel for pixel sensor/output resolution.”

What this means in plain English is that it shoots things very, very sharply in very, very slow motion. The reason it takes two guys to operate is because the video files are so large that they require an additional, separate hard drive for storage, which the second operator carries.

And here are the results, courtesy of the nice folks at NFL Films.

The most entertaining part may well be looking at the people in the background who appear to be standing still. I assure you, they are not. Read more »

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Tuesday, September 15: LOLRedskins

Posted by Matt Terl on September 15, 2009 – 12:56 pm

The website Kissing Suzy Kolber regularly does very entertaining work, but their comedy tends toward the sort of (extremely) non-family-friendly variety. (Hence the inevitable LANGUAGE WARNING I include whenever I link to their site.) Speaking of which, LANGUAGE WARNING on the above link.

Anyhow, the Redskins picture in their LOLNFL column — think LOLcats only with NFL game shots — is perfectly worksafe. And funny.

When I talked to Hunter Smith after the game, he said something about how he would much rather have had the win than the touchdown; when he gets in tomorrow (Tuesday being a day off for players), I’ll ask if this picture changes his mind at all. I suspect that it won’t, and that he’ll look at me sadly, but I’ll ask. Read more »

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