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Redskins 2010 Preseason Schedule Released

Posted by Matt Terl on March 31, 2010 – 3:00 pm

STANDARD PRESEASON DISCLAIMER: It’s pointless to get too worked up about preseason football, because you never know which players will be playing and for how long and how hard anyone’s going to be trying.

Still, from four and a half months out, this batch of opponents sure looks a lot less daunting than last year’s did.

  • Preseason Week 1 (August 12-16): Buffalo Bills
  • Preseason Week 2 (August 19-22): Baltimore Ravens
  • Preseason Week 3 (August 26-30): @ New York Jets
  • Preseason Week 4 (September 2-3): @ Arizona Cardinals

On the other hand, it’s a lot tougher to find an easy storyline to the Washington Redskins’ 2010 Preseason than it was in 2009. Last year was “Redskins vs. the class of the AFC (plus the Jaguars).” This year, it’s “The annual matchup against the Ravens, games against two other nearby teams, and an unusually long preseason plane flight.” Which doesn’t exactly lend itself to John Facenda-style voice-overing.

There are plenty of things to be happy about with this schedule, though, especially for some specific groups of people:
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A Clinton Portis Fan Room

Posted by Matt Terl on March 31, 2010 – 1:03 pm

Redskins fan Christopher Coffey is a big Clinton Portis fan, and has the room in his house to prove it. Want to show off the fanatical Redskins room in your house? Send the pictures on in, and I’ll spotlight some of the best ones during the offseason.

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Chris Cooley and Fred Davis Ride Tricycles At The Caps Game

Posted by Matt Terl on March 31, 2010 – 8:20 am

So yesterday, just a few hours after I was rambling about how the athletes on D.C.’s various sports teams all support each other and show up at one another’s events, this happened: Chris Cooley vs. Fred Davis in the tricycle race to end all tricycle races.

If I had been asked to handicap this one in advance, I think you’d have to give the edge to Cooley. Even though Davis is — by Cooley’s admission — possibly a more talented athlete — I think Cooley’s experience in racing small wheeled vehicles will help him carry the day.


So, yeah, I’m not sure what else there is to add to that. I mean, it’s really just another example of two professional football players hold an on-ice tricycle race during an NHL intermission, and who hasn’t seen THAT a thousand times before. Read more »

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Congrats To The Caps

Posted by Matt Terl on March 30, 2010 – 1:29 pm

After the Caps clinched the Eastern Conference title on Sunday, according to the blog of Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder sent a note “and a nice little something as congratulations.”

Leonsis continues:

Dan and his family are very generous and his gesture is very much appreciated here at our offices. I am hopeful to repay the kindness next season to the Skins. “Hail to the Redskins.”

One of the great things about the DC sports scene is how the local athletes all seem to root for each other and attend each others’ games and charity events (as with the Caps at FedExField in Redskins jerseys, pictured above, along with a billion other things), and it’s good to see the owners getting in on the fun as well.

Also, on a personal level? I look forward to repaying the “thank you for congratualations on a conference title” blog post kindness. I don’t think I can adequately describe what a pleasure that post would be to write. Until then, though, I’ll just join in the chorus congratulating the Caps and looking forward to their playoff run. Read more »

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See The Final Cheerleader Auditions This Thursday

Posted by Matt Terl on March 30, 2010 – 9:50 am

If you’re looking for something to do this Thursday — and who isn’t, given that 30 Rock has been kinda meh this year — you can head to the Bethesda Theatre for the final round of audtions for the 2010 Redskins Cheerleader squad. Doors at 6:30, show starts at 7:30, tickets are $15.00 for general admission and $25.00 for VIP.

If you don’t want to read my detailed rundown of last year’s finals, here’s the short version: the squad’s been working together for awhile, paring down candidates until only the most talented 40 are left. That final cut-down comes on Thursday, after an event that falls somewhere between dance routine, beauty pageant, and reality show.

Or, for the even shorter version, here’s a Redskins.com TV promo video.

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New Redskins CB Phillip Buchanon Still Has Speed

Posted by Matt Terl on March 29, 2010 – 3:28 pm

The Redskins announced the signing of cornerback Phillip Buchanon today, providing me with another seemingly simple name to misspell. (One L or two? N-O-N or N-A-N?)

Buchanon will be expected to provide valuable depth for a secondary that’s extremely youthful once you get past the two starters. Byron Westbrook, Justin Tryon, Kevin Barnes, Doug Dutch, and Marcus McCauley have combined for a total of thirteen starts between them, and nine of those come from McCauley’s 2007 rookie campaign with the Vikings. Leaving out McCauley — who a fair number of Redskins fans probably never even knew was on the team — the remaining four guys have appeared in any role in just 48 games, much of that on special teams duty.

Buchanon was the 17th pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, going to the Oakland Raiders. Current Redskins general manager Bruce Allen was the Raiders’ personnel guy then, so he has a history with Buchanon, and the Redskins have a history with reclamation projects from the first round of that draft. Read more »

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Matt Bowen Disagrees With Peter King On That Sean Taylor Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on March 29, 2010 – 10:26 am

Last week, I got a little cranky when Peter King included Sean Taylor in an argument against taking a safety early in the NFL Draft. The next day, I failed to get un-cranky when King offered an unsatisfactory explanation of his reasoning. Some people seemed to get the impression that I was upset that King was speaking poorly of the deceased, but that was really not what it was about.

Here is my point, much more concisely: the reason that Taylor did not make the contribution you would want from a top 10 pick is because he was murdered three and a half years into his career. Therefore, including him as a datapoint in your analysis of ANYTHING from a football standpoint — not just the 2004 draft or taking a safety in the top 5, as King discusses — is pretty much pointless.

What happened to Taylor didn’t happen because he played safety. Or because he was drafted in 2004. Or because he went to Miami, changed his number, played for the Redskins, or because he didn’t always answer questions from the media, or anything like that. So it probably shouldn’t be factored into conversations about those things.

That was one point that I was trying to make that got a little lost. But another point, and the one that most of the people who emailed me agreed with, is that Taylor was well on his way to being EXACTLY the kind of franchise player that you would want to draft at fifth overall. And it’s not just fans saying that.

Matt Bowen played for the Redskins for three years, overlapping with Taylor for two of them. He saw Taylor’s rookie campaign, saw him change his number, and saw him start to develop into a Pro Bowl player. (That’s him in the background of the picture above, wearing number 41.)

Now Bowen writes for the National Football Post, and today he addresses the same topic that set Peter King off: is Tennessee’s Eric Berry worth the fifth overall pick, where he is widely projected to go. He reaches part of the same conclusion that King did — that safety can be a risky pick in the top 10, although unlike King he believes Berry might be worth the risk — but with one glaring, glaring difference.
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Watch 'Inside The Redskins' This Saturday Night

Posted by Matt Terl on March 26, 2010 – 1:15 pm

So if you find yourself completely bored by this weekend’s NCAA Tournament games, you can get your Redskins fix instead. Saturday, March 27, 7 p.m., on NBC-4.


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FedExField Goes HD, Part 3: The JumboTron In Pieces

Posted by Matt Terl on March 26, 2010 – 11:17 am

I had such hopes that the removed JumboTron would be sitting out in the concourse at FedExField, maybe hooked up to a cable box so I could sample The Price Is Right at thirty feet tall. I was right that it was sitting in the concourse, but it was in no shape to display any programming.

That’s the JumboTron.

I knew it wasn’t some sort of enormous cathode ray tube with a gigantic piece of glass in front of it, but I didn’t realize that it broke down into six hundred-ish pieces, each roughly the size of a shoebox. There are 24 of the things on each pallet, and there were 24 complete palette-loads in the concourse. Read more »

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Santana Moss Is 'Just Thrilled' About His New Coaches

Posted by Matt Terl on March 25, 2010 – 4:21 pm

Brian Orakpo wasn’t the only one who talked today. Santana Moss also took the podium to say a few words. And then a few more, and a few more after that. Moss is a quiet guy until you get him going, and he most definitely got going today, covering his excitement about new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the differences in the training room this offseason, and what motivates Clinton Portis.

On his first impression of Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan:

“When I was at home and I heard about the changes and everything that was coming to the team I was excited. Me and [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson, we’re good friends. We rolled together in college and he was my roommate on the road for the games, and just to see his success last year, and the ways they used him. The first thing he told me when we was getting his coach was, ‘Man, I remember back in ’05 when he was my receivers coach. We used to talk about you all the time, and some of the things they were doing with you over there. So I look forward to him coming over there and doing the same thing with you.’

“Some of the things that they did as far as this past season [were] some of the things that [Shanahan saw] that I was good at back when I had my early success in 2005. So I was just thrilled to have that opportunity to get someone who has a bright offensive mind, and just knowing that he’s going to do some of the best things for our team, just for using the guys that we have on this team.”

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