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Wale And Larry Johnson Are Watching Out For Each Other

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2010 – 3:22 pm

Last time we checked in with D.C.-born hip-hop star Wale (pronounced wah-LAY), he was performing a couple of his hits at halftime of the Dallas game in a throwback Redskins jacket. That was back in 2009, as things were cratering out for that star-crossed squad, in a contest that I described at the time as “another disappointing game in a continually disappointing season.”

But it’s 2010 now, time to put the past away and look forward into a brave new future of awesomeness. So when Wale showed up at training camp today, I asked him what he had seen that gave him hope. “I actually haven’t had a chance to see too much,” he said. “But we were trying to get on the field ourselves. You know, I live vicariously through a couple of these people, man.”

I did know this. I did a fairly wide-ranging interview with Wale about his Redskins fandom last year, but running back Larry Johnson wasn’t on the team then, so I was surprised to hear that was one of Wale’s pals on the team.

“I was actually friends with him before he became a Redskin,” Wale told me. “I’m excited to get him in town, and I’m here to keep him out of trouble.” Read more »

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Specialists Receive Mixed Reviews

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2010 – 2:10 pm

Today was the first practice day that actually FELT like training camp, at least from the oppressive-heat-and-humidity standpoint. A whole mess of players — including Santana Moss, London Fletcher, Clinton Portis, Joey Galloway, Larry Johnson, and Jammal Brown — were given the day off to rest, and watched their teammates from the sidelines. Albert Haynesworth wasn’t practicing today, and I can only hope that some intrepid media outlet will find out why not. As a result, the practice felt a little sluggish at points, a little ragged at others.

The most interesting part, in fact, came afterwards. Special teams coach and all-around excellent talker Danny Smith held court for a bit, and in the process gave the end-of-week-1 reviews of his three specialists. And those reviews were decidedly mixed.

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Daniel Snyder Talks Tailgating (Among Many Other Things)

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2010 – 8:30 am

The Redskins.com staff — that’s Gary Fitzgerald, Larry Weisman, and me — got a chance to sit down with owner Daniel Snyder yesterday for a rambling, pleasant interview that covered all sorts of topics. Probably the biggest takeaway were Snyder’s plans to build a Redskins Museum and indoor practice facility in Ashburn “in the near future,” but that wasn’t the bit that I was most interested in.

What I was intrigued by were the allusions to Daniel Snyder, former tailgater. Read more »

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John Beck Fields Five Feldy Questions

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2010 – 7:31 am

New Redskins quarterback John Beck is a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so it would be natural to ask if he ever sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Natural, and yet — based on the transcript — no one in his initial group interview session actually posed the question. Enter Fox-5’s Dave Feldman, who finds out the answer to that AND MORE!

What did Beck learn as an Eagle Scout? Does he speak Portuguese? Does he remember the TV show Dallas?!?!?

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But far and away my favorite answer here comes when Feldman asks Beck — who was selected by Miami in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft — who the biggest celebrity was that he spotted in South Beach. Read more »

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