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Some Vintage Joe Bugel Pictures

Posted by Matt Terl on January 13, 2010 – 6:21 pm

There was a PowerPoint presentation looped on the screen behind Joe Bugel at today’s press conference, images of his time with the Redskins interspersed with some statistics and quotes from his former players and peers. Most of that stuff came from a commemorative book that the Redskins put together as a memento for Bugel. There are currently only three official print copies in existence, two of which now belong to Bugel, but you can download the book as a PDF if you’re interested.

There were more pictures on that loop, though, mostly from earlier in Bugel’s career, that don’t appear in the book. Some of them just didn’t quite suit the book, and others that were in a misplaced file that we weren’t able to scan in time, but all of them were the kind of stuff that — as a fan — I thought was pretty neat to see.

So I’m posting them here, interspersed with a few other random Bugel quotes from around the web today. Click on the images for (much) bigger versions, and enjoy.

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On Russ Grimm's Hall of Fame Credentials

Posted by Matt Terl on January 13, 2010 – 4:16 pm

Russ Grimm — former Hog and former Redskins assistant coach — is a little busy right now, getting his Arizona Cardinals ready for a playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. (Also, possibly, either scheduling or avoiding a head coaching interview with the Buffalo Bills, depending on who you believe.)

But it’s good that he’s productively occupied, since it’s probably keeping him from finding out that he’s about twelve seconds away from turning into Art Monk v.2.0, at least from a Redskins-not-in-the-Hall-of-Fame standpoint. With Joe Bugel’s retirement today, the lack of Hogs in the Hall of Fame was a pretty hot topic.

Considering that the audience consisted of Hogs, ex-Hogs, people who coached Hogs, people who write about Hogs, and the spiritual successors to the Hogs, no one was going to come out and say Hey, these guys don’t belong in Canton! But that doesn’t mean that everyone was marching in lockstep. Read more »

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The More Things Change…

Posted by Matt Terl on January 13, 2010 – 3:47 pm

Well, prices for general admission Redskins tickets are staying the same, for the fifth straight year. When I wrote about this last year, I mused about how

the best news to come out of Redskins Park thus far in 2009 is all about things that have remained the same. Jim Zorn remains the head coach, bringing some rare continuity to Jason Campbell’s NFL life. Greg Blache returns to a defense that finished the season ranked fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per game and sixth in points allowed. Clinton Portis will be back after another stellar campaign.

Ah, how things have changed in a year. Zorn? Gone. Comfort and continuity for Jason Campbell? Never really happened, what with the way the offseason went. Blache? No official word yet, but there seem to be insistent reports that he won’t be returning. Portis? Back for a less-than-stellar campaign, then injured, and now a huge question mark looming over next season.

But ticket prices? Oh, those are the same. Again. And so is the picture I’m using to illustrate this post.

Full press release after the jump.

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Joe Bugel: Passion, Loyalty, Friendship, and Cursing

Posted by Matt Terl on January 13, 2010 – 2:45 pm

Usually when I post these press conferences, it’s not because I think it was such a fascinating experience that it deserves rewatching. I think of it as … as a Redskins community service, for lack of a better phrase. A chance for people who don’t trust transcribed quotes or excerpts to see how it actually went down.

That’s not the case with this one. Joe Bugel’s retirement presser was something to behold, a football lifer speaking from the heart without notes or a microphone, and it was a legitimately riveting spectacle.

“I think I’m ready to block for Joe Bugel,” the Washington Post’s Rick Maese tweeted after about ten minutes of Bugel’s speech, to general agreement.

Rich Campbell of the Free Lance-Star was even more blunt: “Listening to Bugel right now is as close as we’ll get to hearing an NFL locker room speech first hand.”

Even Bugel’s players agreed. Sort of.
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A Terrific Video Tribute To Joe Bugel

Posted by Matt Terl on January 13, 2010 – 11:51 am

We’re getting ready for the Joe Bugel press conference here, and I’m sure I’ll have plenty more on that. But for right now, here’s a genuinely excellent tribute video by Tom Kercheval and the folks at the Redskins Broadcast Network.

Not sure that there would’ve been a more apt way to end that than with the late, great George Michael saying, “Joe Bugel, thank you for joining us — you have no idea what you’ve done, man,” followed by Bugel himself intoning “40 and 50 Gut, 66-77 Counter Gap. Don’t forget it.” Read more »

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Wednesday, January 13: Joe Bugel To Retire Today

Posted by Matt Terl on January 13, 2010 – 10:16 am

It’s been rumored for a while now; at noon today it will become official: offensive line guru Joe Bugel — Boss Hog and all around good guy — is set to retire. Bugel built the legendary Hogs, which means he’s responsible in large part for the first two Redskins Super Bowl titles. He wasn’t here for the win at Super Bowl XXVI — a head coaching job in Arizona took him away for that — but his influence was felt there as well. He bounced around the NFL for a bit, even serving time as head coach in Oakland while current Redskins GM Bruce Allen was the head guy there, but he came back to D.C. when Joe Gibbs put the band back together in 2004.

I’ll have more on this all day, and you can watch the press conference live on at noon. Read more »

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