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FedExField Goes HD: The Finale

Posted by Matt Terl on August 8, 2010 – 4:45 pm

Well, it became official today. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder led members of the media on a tour of the new upgrades at FedExField, and the new videoboards are now a live, working thing. Because of my travel schedule back from Canton (you guys, did I mention that I was in Canton? I’m not sure if you got that or not!) I was unable to attend today’s event. That was a bummer.

But I did attend a wonderful suiteholders event last week that let me get a sneak peek at the boards. And I cannot emphasize this fact enough: they are seriously awesome. The picture above, which looks kind of like a photoshop of a sharp picture pasted onto the videoboard space, is 100% untampered with and real. I didn’t even do any color correction on it. (Click image to enlarge.)

Most of my pictures came out a little blurrier, probably because I wasn’t quite sure how to set my camera for shooting a gigantic outdoor high definition television screen at dusk, but here’s another one anyhow.

Less visible to fans but arguably just as impressive as the new videoboards is the totally renovated control room for the boards. Here, to refresh your memory, is my 2008 post about what the control room used to look like. And here’s the money shot from that post, the single image that — to my mind — best sums up the old control room: Read more »

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Scenes From The Enshrinement

Posted by Matt Terl on August 8, 2010 – 6:09 am

Some memorable moments from Russ Grimm’s enshrinement into the Hall of Fame, with one of the last ones first:

Grimm poses for pictures next to his Hall of Fame bust moments after completing his enshrinement speech. For me, the strongest part of the speech was its close, a paean to Redskins fans:

“Last but not least,” he said, “to burgundy and gold fans, there’s many a time when I closed my eyes and I picture myself still putting on those pads at old RFK Stadium, and those stands are rocking up and down and 50 some thousand chanting, We want Dallas. I can hear the diesel horns blowing when 44 was carrying the football, and I remember standing there in the pouring rain when everyone was throwing the seat cushions down on the field in the playoff game versus Atlanta.

“You provided a lot of memories for me and my teammates. You made playing for the Redskins special. You created an atmosphere on game day that was second to none. The support you showed, the enthusiasm you had, the love you displayed for those teams will always be remembered. Thank you very much.”

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