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Brian Orakpo Named To The Pro Bowl, Only Redskins Representative

Posted by Matt Terl on December 29, 2009 – 7:15 pm

Linebacker/defensive end Brian Orakpo has been named to the Pro Bowl, the only Redskin scheduled to make the trip this year and the first Redskins defensive rookie EVER to be named to the Pro Bowl.

Orakpo was at home, watching a movie and eating cookies — “Renaldo Wynn’s cookies that his wife gave us for Christmas,” he said — when Redskins owner Daniel Snyder called to tell him the news and congratulate him on the honor.

As you’d expect, Orakpo was excited by the Pro Bowl nod — and surprised as well. “You know, first year, you don’t know what to expect,” he said. “All you’re trying to do is make a name for yourself, just so people have respect for you, the way you play, and you’re just tryin’ to do the best you can. Obviously our season has not been that great, and that was more important to me than individual stuff, but at the end of the season you can reflect back and see that you did have a great season, and that’s what the Pro Bowl really meant: that I did some good things throughout the season and people noticed them.”

Maybe now Dick Stockton will manage to get his name right for an entire game.


Orakpo was the only Redskins player to be named to the game (although the alternates aren’t officially announced until and unless they’re needed, so we can keep our fingers crossed for that, at least), which means that London Fletcher was overlooked again. That disappointing fact wasn’t lost on Orakpo. Read more »

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Tuesday, December 29: Vote For The Worst Loss (Or Win) From 2009

Posted by Matt Terl on December 29, 2009 – 2:39 pm

Sure, the 2009 Redskins season still has one game left, this Sunday’s contest at San Diego. But that contest is pretty much meaningless to both teams; the Chargers have locked up their division title and a first-round playoff bye, while the Redskins … well, you know the deal with the Redskins by this point. Also, that game will actually take place in 2010 (the year we make contact!), which lets me exclude it from this post for being chronologically challenged.

It seemed like I heard almost every loss this season described as the worst in Redskins history. A few escaped the accusation — the opener against the Giants, maybe one of the Eagles games — but not many. And to balance those couple of non-horrible losses out, there was at least one WIN this year that people completely hated.

So here they are: the losses (plus the Rams win), along with a couple of key reasons they were terrible, some of what I wrote about them at the time, and a few thoughts in hindsight. Once you’ve finished reliving this depressing three-and-a-half months, you get your chance to vote for which of them really holds up the best (worst?) in the awfulness sweepstakes. And remember: whichever one of these wins the vote probably becomes the de facto worst loss in Redskins history, just because.

So here we go:

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