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Brian Orakpo Is Not Good At Bowling, Maybe

Posted by Matt Terl on May 24, 2010 – 10:18 am

It’s been almost a year since our last bowling post here, and that cannot be allowed to stand. Thank goodness Lorenzo Alexander is looking out for us all. Alexander hosted a bowling charity event last week for his ACES Foundation, and TV was there. The first portion of this video is an encomium on all the terrific things that Alexander does, and there are a lot of them.

Midway through, though, the question comes up of who the best bowler is. Big Mike Williams‘s bowling acumen is mentioned (which longtime readers of this site might remember from last year’s bowling excursion), as is Lorenzo’s. And then H.B. Blades turns directly to the camera and says “Brian Orakpo is terrible.”

It’s doubly interesting, because WUSA-9’s Angie Goff bowled on Orakpo’s team and offered the following review: Orakpo “rightfully bowled by the name ‘Rak Daddy.’ He was very good too. Getting many strikes.”

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The Offensive Line Gets Used To Chris Samuels, Coach (And To Someone Else Wearing 60)

Posted by Matt Terl on May 21, 2010 – 2:28 pm

Redskins seventh-round draft choice Selvish Capers is learning a lot as he gets used to life on the professional level.

“It’s different,” Capers says. “It’s a lot faster, there’s a lot more that they’re putting in and installing at one time, but I can pick it up. The veterans are there helpin’ me out throughout the process. I’ve been grateful and it’s been fun.”

And Capers isn’t just dealing with the usual rookie whiplash. He’s also wearing number 60, which — for the entire last decade — belonged to all-pro, all-star, all-everything left tackle Chris Samuels.

The pressure doesn’t daunt Capers, though. “Not really,” he says. “Not much. I just keep hearin’ that I’m wearin’ a big-time jersey, and it’s probably gonna be retired, and all this other stuff. We’ll see what happens.”

So far, the only thing that’s happened is that his teammates are slightly confused. I ask center Casey Rabach how he feels about seeing someone else wearing 60 after all this time.

He says, “Who is?”

Selvish Capers, I say.

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Devin Thomas Loves His Mom, New Twitter Account; Hates His Hamstrings

Posted by Matt Terl on May 21, 2010 – 11:40 am

That’s wide receiver Devin Thomas‘s Mother’s Day greeting from CaptivateMagOnline, included as a screenshot because the Mother’s Day piece is a long Flash animation that resists direct linking.

The only reason I was able to find this now-out-of-date gem is because Rich Campbell of the Free Lance-Star pointed me toward Thomas’s new twitter feed. And if the Mother’s Day thing isn’t reason enough to give him a follow, there’s some entertaining football stuff, too: Read more »

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Hail! Solves A Pressing Mystery

Posted by Matt Terl on May 21, 2010 – 9:25 am

Everyone remembers Mike Williams‘s story from last season: out of football for awhile, he came into Redskins Park tipping the scales over 400 pounds. Most observers believed he had no chance at contributing as a part of the team’s offensive line. Over the ensuing four and a half months, he lost more than 100 pounds and found himself not only contributing but STARTING in eight games.

The whole story is neatly summed up in this easy-to-read graph from Hogs Haven, but there’s always been one unanswered question that I had never even considered. Fortunately, Ben Ceccarelli reveals all in this week’s edition of the Hail! comic strip.

As always, click on this first panel (or on the Read More link) to see the rest of the strip.

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Gary Clark And Ken Harvey Shoot Baskets To Fight Brain Tumors

Posted by Matt Terl on May 20, 2010 – 1:25 pm

When Justin Friedlander, a thirteen year-old Redskins fan from Maryland, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, he decided to do something to raise money for brain tumor research. The “something” he chose was shooting baskets. Quite a lot of them, in fact: 63,000, one for every person diagnosed with a primary brain tumor every year in the United States.

Since 63,000 baskets is a lot even for the most determined person, Justin made a request. “I plan on asking friends, family, athletes, rock stars, politicians and even the president to shoot a basket with me.” he said, according to his website. “If you can shoot a basket, come shoot with me.”

Last Tuesday, Redskins greats Gary Clark and Ken Harvey took him up on the offer, as did University of Maryland basketball standout (and 2010 ACC Player of the Year) Greivis Vasquez.
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The Redskins Hall Of Fame Store Gets A Makeover

Posted by Matt Terl on May 20, 2010 – 11:43 am

When it was announced last month that MainGate, Inc., was taking over the Redskins retail operations, one of the first items on the agenda was “a complete remodeling of the team’s flagship Hall of Fame Store at FedExField, which will be reopened by June 1 with the team’s 2010 season merchandise and new merchandise displays.”

Well, that process is well underway, and the company is on track to hit their target date (and maybe even a little bit earlier). I was at the stadium today for other reasons, and took a few minutes to look around the revamped store as the staff worked furiously to get the product onto the shelves.
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Pictures Of Guys Throwing And Catching At Today's OTA

Posted by Matt Terl on May 19, 2010 – 5:19 pm

Because two fields are in the process of being refurbished, all the players are concentrated on the one remaining grass field during the current round of OTAs. This has necessitated a few minor adjustments in the way practices are run. The specialists, for example, head out much earlier in the day to get their kicking in and have the whole field to themselves. The different position groups each have a little less space than usual during drills. And I keep finding myself getting workable pictures of only one or two drills.

Today, it’s the quarterbacks and wide receivers. If you’re not in the mood for that, you can safely skip the pictures in this post.

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Chris Cooley's Mom Is Tough

Posted by Matt Terl on May 19, 2010 – 3:05 pm

One of the things Chris Cooley tends to focus on in his mother Nancy’s fight against breast cancer is just how tough she had to be, and he returned to that theme again at last night’s Cooley’s Rally For The Cure event.

“Even with breast cancer — my mom was going through chemotherapy and radiation — she only missed a month of work,” Cooley told reporters. “She never missed a football game. She was there for me for anything I needed. So when you realize how hard it is for her and for any women going through the same thing and what is really happening in their life, you definitely don’t take for granted the life that you have.”

I’ve heard variations on this a few times, but had never asked Nancy Cooley about it. Last night seemed like an optimal time, so I put the question to her bluntly: do you ever think about what you went through, look at a football player sitting out with an injury, and think, Hey, that guy’s a wimp?
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A Clarification And A George Michael Anecdote

Posted by Matt Terl on May 19, 2010 – 12:02 pm

I didn’t have a chance to interact much with the late, great George Michael, and in fact the only specific anecdote I have about him took place on my second day here. Everything was still new and I was still completely blown away by the sports celebrities of my youth wandering by.

Michael walked into the office and was introduced to me by someone, I can’t recall whom. This was right after I did an introductory Q&A with Dan Steinberg, where I made a glib comment about ProFootballTalk and its founder, Mike Florio. So George Michael, who I’ve been watching on TV since I was a kid, looks at me and says in that booming TV announcer voice, “I’ve read your stuff so far. It’s pretty good. But you already messed up once: you do NOT [tick] off Mike Florio, especially on your first day. Just don’t do it. Other than that, good work.”

Then he continued through the office. I didn’t speak to him again before he passed away, but I’ve managed to mostly follow that one piece of advice, right up until today.
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Jeremy Jarmon Is Excited About John Wall

Posted by Matt Terl on May 19, 2010 – 10:29 am

When the Washington Wizards won the NBA’s Draft Lottery last night, there was immediate cheering and rejoicing that the team would select University of Kentucky point guard John Wall with the first overall pick. Redskins second-year defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, a Kentucky grad, was so immediate that he tweeted “Wall to the Wiz!!!” a solid minute ahead of the pick actually being announced.

“Yeah,” he told me today, laughing. “I had a connect in the room prior to ’em comin’ back from commercial break.”
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