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Anthony Armstrong's Relatives Want Him To Lose

Posted by Matt Terl on September 8, 2010 – 2:21 pm

One of the very first things I learned about Anthony Armstrong was that he grew up as a Cowboys fan.

“Of course you grow up a Cowboys fan being in Dallas,” he told me. This was way back in October of last year, when he was replacing punter Glenn Pakulak on the practice squad, and the only person who believed he could catch on with the team was him. “It’s kind of a rite of passage. I already talked to my mom, and she’s like, ‘Well, shoot, that’s a rival.’ I told everybody they could cheer for me. …I understand they’re gonna be fans of Dallas first and foremost.”

Well, it’s now September 2010. Armstrong is on the active roster, is expected to be active, and is expected to contribute in Sunday night’s opening game against those same Cowboys. And his family is still behaving exactly as he told them they should. Read more »

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The Three Custom Jerseys From Yesterday's Proclamation

Posted by Matt Terl on September 8, 2010 – 10:27 am

The three executives who issued proclamations of Redskins Week yesterday each wore a customized number 5 Redskins jersey. Two of these said exactly what you’d expect them to say.

County Executive Jack Johnson of Prince George’s County, for example, wore this.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty went with this:

But County Chairman Scott York of Loudoun County, Virginia … well, he went a slightly different route.
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Loudoun County Takes Redskins Week Very Seriously Indeed

Posted by Matt Terl on September 8, 2010 – 9:18 am

I attended three proclamations of Redskins Week yesterday, in two states and the District of Columbia. The first two were lively affairs, more pep rally than official judicial proceeding. If those were the governmental equivalent of presenting the trophy for a fantasy football league, the final proclamation — at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg last night — was more like a senate confirmation hearing.

If you flipped on NPR this morning, you might have heard about the local government meeting where the proclamation was made; it was also the site of the public hearing on religious displays on courthouse grounds. Sixty people were expected to speak on that subject, but before they got to that, the County Board of Supervisors had one other bit of business to discharge. Read more »

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