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Essay Contest Winner Teaches London Fletcher The Thriller Dance

Posted by Matt Terl on June 7, 2010 – 4:35 pm

When Redskins linebacker London Fletcher agreed to visit the school of the winner of the Hip, Happy, and Healthy Essay Contest — sponsored by the Washington Post and benefiting the Children’s Inn at NIH — he probably expected to answer a few questions, sign a few autographs, slap a few hands, say a few words. But eventual winner Isabelle Kramer had other ideas.

Kramer, a seventh-grader at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, wrote her essay on the dangers of anorexia among her peers. And by peers, Kramer meant “the people she’s been dancing with for half her life.” Kramer has been a ballet dancer for eight years and is currently with the Washington School of Ballet, so when she found out that the she had won and that Fletcher would be visiting WES, she had one idea in mind:

“I thought it would be funny to put him in ballet shoes,” she told me.

Ultimately, that plan didn’t come to fruition, but Kramer had a backup plan. “The WES middle school girls,” she said, “we had a free day one day and decided to do Thriller together. We learned it from one of our teachers, and we decided that it would be good today so we could include more of the students.”

The WES middle school girls, she said, had learned the dance in “ten or twenty minutes, at most,” which seemed to set the bar pretty high for Fletcher.

He was given about two minutes of onstage practice, which led up to this performance:
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Redskins Broadcast Network Wins Three Emmys

Posted by Matt Terl on June 7, 2010 – 12:08 pm

The Redskins Broadcast Network won three 2009 Emmy Awards this weekend, which brings their tally to seven Emmys since 2007. Here are the award-winning pieces.

In the category of Sports-Program Feature Segment: Gametime: Casey Rabach
Executive Producer- Larry Michael
Producer/Editor- James Heuser
Videographer- Jordan Beane


Because of this, Casey Rabach will now and forever be referred to as “Emmy Award-winning center Casey Rabach” (or until I forget, whichever comes first). Read more »

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Tribute To A Fan At Chris Cooley's Football Camp

Posted by Matt Terl on June 7, 2010 – 8:50 am

Chris Cooley‘s two-day football camp this weekend was a success, not just at teaching the fundamentals of football to the students, but as a tribute to a Redskins fan.

When 28 year-old Phillip Post II died in a car accident a year ago, his family received money to help pay for the funeral — a funeral, it should be noted, where the deceased was laid to rest in a Redskins jersey. And when there was still money left over, Post’s parents decided to use it how they believed their son would want: to send seventeen kids to learn football from Chris Cooley. FOX-5 has the details:


“I know he would have loved this,” Mr. Post said aloud. “Oh yeah,” rejoined his wife, “He’d want to BE here, but…”

Mr. Post squeezed his wife’s side, and added after a few seconds of silence: “He is here. He’s here through all of us.”

On a much less serious side of things, Cooley also had his art show this weekend, and Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson talked to him about his art, pottery, and … Patrick Swayze? Read more »

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