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Finally, A Vote!

Posted by Matt Terl on November 17, 2009 – 3:00 pm

Ah, remember the glorious days of the first half of the 2008 Redskins season? There was always a reason to vote for some Redskins player or coach to win some sponsored league honor, from the sublime (Chris Horton, NFL rookie of the month!) to the merely entertaining (EVERYONE for the Pro Bowl!).

This year, those occasions have been sort of thin on the ground. Shockingly, there just aren’t as many positives about a 3-6 team. But this week, that all changes: the Hunter Smith to Mike Sellers touchdown has been nominated for Sprint Can’t Miss Play Of The Week.

And I think, no matter how frustrated you may be with some things about the team, that we can all agree on one simple fact: when you motion out of field goal formation into shotgun, then roll the punter right while sneaking the fullback left along the line, then have the punter put nearly fifty (diagonal) yards in the air to him for a momentum-swinging touchdown … well, every time that happens, it’s worth voting on for Play of the Week.

So go vote at NFL.com/fans — polls are open until 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Quinton Ganther On Brian Dawkins

Posted by Matt Terl on November 17, 2009 – 10:42 am


When I talked to new Redskins running back Quinton Ganther late last week, one of the questions that I asked him was who he compared his running style to. “You watch, then you can tell me,” he told me at the time. It was an uninteresting enough exchange that even I left it out of the post.

After watching him during his limited action in Sunday’s game against the Broncos, I feel safe comparing Ganther’s running style to a compact lead ball rolling downhill. Probably his most notable play — the one embedded above, courtesy of Redskins Broadcast Net — was the eighteen yard catch-and-run that ended with him taking on one of the NFL’s great safeties in Brian Dawkins … and pretty much getting the better of the collision.

Because I hadn’t seen the finish of the play clearly from the press box but had heard it about it via Twitter, Iasked Ganther in the postgame locker room if he had actually run over Brian Dawkins. “Something like that,” he said, chuckling.

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Tuesday, November 17: A Much Better 'Mike Sellers And The American Flag' Story

Posted by Matt Terl on November 17, 2009 – 9:05 am

Even before the team won on Sunday, it felt to me like there was a sense in the air of setting things right and balancing accounts, like a much-less-violent version of the end of the Godfather. The changing of the sign policy, for example, putting an end to that long-simmering frustration.

But a less-remembered bit of 2009 Redskins awkwardness was revisited on the pregame sidelines, and set just as solidly to rest. Before the Redskins/Patriots preseason contest this year, Mike Sellers carried the American flag during player introductions and unthinkingly threw it aside. This caused a bit of a stir, Sellers apologized, and that seemed to be that.

Sunday, lifelong Redskins fan U.S. Army Staff Sargeant Brian Havens presented the Redskins organization with a flag that his unit flew during their deployment in Afghanistan, and it was Sellers that accepted. Somewhere in my head, that drew the final line under any negative associations between the words “Sellers” and “pregame” and “American flag.”

And for Sgt. Havens, it was just a complete thrill.

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