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Redskins On Another Cereal Box

Posted by Matt Terl on March 9, 2010 – 2:14 pm

Let me answer the inevitable questions in order:

    1) No, I don’t have any free agency news to deliver at the moment.
    2) Really, none.
    3) No.
    4) I promise that as soon as there’s anything I can confirm, I will confirm it.
    5) Yes, that is a Miami Hurricanes cereal box.

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Casey Rabach, Elder Statesman

Posted by Matt Terl on March 9, 2010 – 10:42 am

Center Casey Rabach drove through the night on Sunday to sign his contract at Redskins Park yesterday. He left behind a winter of snowmobiling and ice fishing in his native Wisconsin to return to … the remains of the enormous snowstorms that blanketed Loudoun County this winter.

“You know, you guys got more snow than we did,” Rabach told me. “We were thinking of bringing the snowmobiles back and just riding ’em to work down the WO&D [trail], but it’s gonna be kinda hard now with all this warm weather.”

Rabach’s return home yielded a pleasant surprise: instead of damage from the snow, he found his house in better condition than when he left. “A toilet that didn’t work when I left is actually working now,” he said, “so I’m pretty excited about that.”

With the departure of Randy Thomas and retirement of Chris Samuels, Rabach also returned to sunny Ashburn (and his newly-operational toilet) as the undisputed elder statesman of the Redskins’ offensive line.

Well, “undisputed” by everyone besides Rabach.

“No,” he explained patiently, “I’m the most experienced offensive lineman.”

I asked if there was really any difference, and Rabach laughed. “No,” he said, before going ahead and embracing the role. “There’s a new offense, a new coaching staff, but — y’know, being the guy with the most experience — I definitely want to help get everybody on the same page. I think we’re gonna have some new guys around here, so it’ll definitely be some extra time in the film room.”

And Rabach also had a chance to sit down with his new head coach, Mike Shanahan, and his new position coach, Chris Foerster. Read more »

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Tuesday, March 9: Frank Herzog Retires

Posted by Matt Terl on March 9, 2010 – 10:19 am

Former Washington Redskins play-by-play man Frank Herzog will be retiring from his current position at WTOP, according to the Washington Post. I grew up in a turn-the-TV-down-and-turn-the-radio up family, so Herzog’s voice calls many of the most significant Redskins plays in the voiceovers in my memory, and I wish him all the best in his retirement.

When I was fifteen, I actually had Herzog’s call of a touchdown from the ’91 NFC Championship game as the outgoing message on my answering machine, and I can remember it with perfect clarity: “He’s got Clark! In the end zone! Touchdown, Washington Redskins! Clark almost made a fair catch! Thirty yard touchdown pass, Rypien has struck gold!”

(In hindsight, it occurs to me that this was almost certainly a violation of the “no rebroadcast” rules that are read over every football game, and I can only hope that the statute of limitations has passed for that one. Sorry, NFL. Please don’t come after me.)

I couldn’t find that particular call online, so here’s another memorable call of another memorable moment from that same memorable postseason run — a moment that seemed like an appropriate farewell, too. I don’t have a seat cushion to throw, but if I did, I’d go ahead and throw it now.

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