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A Brief Update On The Redskins And Diageo In Haiti

Posted by Matt Terl on January 19, 2010 – 1:16 pm

In the comments on the initial story about the Redskins and Diageo’s efforts to provide disaster relief in Haiti, commenter jeanfinne asked for updates, especially given the reports of relief planes that are being turned away.

As you can probably guess from the picture above, the update is favorable, relatively speaking: former Redskin Ken Harvey and the rest of the Diageo team landed in Haiti on Sunday evening using Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s plane.

On Monday, they traveled to the University Hospital to see the donations at work, and spent that night camped out at the airport. And today Harvey was invited aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to thank the sailors and marines for their efforts; later today they’ll deliver medical kits to a trauma hospital and just generally make themselves useful until they depart late this evening.

Harvey will be interviewed via satellite on Redskins Nation this evening to discuss these efforts; you can see it at 6:00 and 10:30 on Comcast SportsNet. Read more »

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Tuesday, January 19: The Most Distressing Statistic From The Weekend's Football

Posted by Matt Terl on January 19, 2010 – 9:22 am

This was not my most successful weekend of playoff football watching of all time.

Some of that was to be expected; my kid is now old enough to require near-constant attention and interaction, and also old enough to change the TV channel if she feels like it, so it wasn’t going to be a classic beer-and-nachos all-day sit-down. I knew that going in (and if I hadn’t known it, this amusing and profane column on Deadspin entitled Children Will Crush Your Playoff Dreams would’ve made it abundantly clear) and was fine with it. (Foul language warning in that link.)

To top that off, though, I got sick, my kid got sick, my wife got sick, and the playoff games were almost all astoundingly dull. So I saw about as little of these four games as I have of any NFL postseason games in my entire life. That was depressing, to say the least.

But wait! Don’t cry for me just yet, because my depression was somewhat mitigated when I read this piece from the Wall Street Journal explaining that even if I had missed all four games entirely, it would only have been 44 minutes of actual football. Total.

Here’s the relevant — and, frankly, horrifying — excerpt from the article.
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