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Daniel Snyder’s Papa John’s Commercial Debuts Tonight

Posted by Matt Terl on September 9, 2010 – 6:06 pm

Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder makes his Papa John’s commercial debut before this evening’s game, facing off with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

This immediately puts me in mind of the days when Jerry Jones used to face off with someone else in pizza commercials — someone who happens to be an ex-Redskin, in fact. Read more »

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Longtime Members Of Redskins Band To Be Honored

Posted by Matt Terl on September 9, 2010 – 5:32 pm

Hopefully, you’re all already planning on attending send-off for the team at Redskins Park Saturday morning from 10:00 to noon. There’ll be party deck tickets given away for the best dressed fans and best decorated Redskins car, a chance to cheer on the team buses as they head off to the hotel, and spend even more of Dallas Weekend with a bunch of other Redskins fans.

It’ll also be an opportunity to honor some of the longest-tenured members of the Washington Redskins Marching Band, more than 25 people who have put in 20 or more years of service, including a few that have put in more than FIFTY years of service. Each of these veteran musicians will be honored and given a customized ring (like the one pictured above) featuring their name and the length of their tenure in the band.

The Redskins Marching Band, formed in 1937, is one of two remaining pro football marching bands today. They’ll be an integral part of the pregame festivities on Sunday, so honoring them on Saturday is a perfect way to start the weekend.
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Bruce Allen’s Speech From The Return To Glory Event

Posted by Matt Terl on September 9, 2010 – 11:42 am

Last night’s Return To Glory event at Union Jack’s in Ballston, Virginia, was an impressive one. I had no idea what to expect, and had heard some worried rumblings that there might only be a couple of Redskins Alumni there. That was … not precisely accurate. The guest list was long, and full of storied names including — but not at all limited to — Gary Clark, Charles Mann, Brian Mitchell, and Larry Brown, all mingling and signing autographs and sharing old Dallas war stories with fans and other Alumni alike.

I’ll have plenty of those anecdotes over the next few days leading up to the Dallas game, but let me start with one of the most rousing moments of the night: general manager Bruce Allen’s quick address to the fans and Alumni.

“Redskins fans, I think you know who we play on Sunday,” Allen started, before being cut off by chants of “We want Dallas!” He let the crowd go for a minute, then continued. Read more »

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Happy Honk If You Hate Dallas Day

Posted by Matt Terl on September 9, 2010 – 9:22 am

According to the Gregorian calendar we measure dates by, today is Thursday, September 9. According to the NFL Calendar, today is the first day of the 2010 football regular season. According to the Jewish calendar, today is Rosh Hashanah — and a shana tovah to everyone! — the start of the new year. And according to the official schedule of Redskins Kickoff Week, today is Honk If You Hate Dallas Day.

You can wait until you see people holding signs encouraging you to express your hatred, or you can download printable signs here and here to encourage passing motorists to express theirs.

We had a banner out on Loudoun County Parkway earlier this morning, and it received a pretty impressive response. (Less impressive was the weird color setting on the camera, but we’ll have that fixed moving forward.) A fifteen second snippet really tells the tale; I know that fifteen seconds was about as much as I could take before the honking moved from inspirational to annoying.

So Happy Thursday, Happy Kickoff Day, Happy Jewish New Year, and, most of all, Happy Honk If You Hate Dallas Day. If you get any videos of people honking, feel free to send ’em on in. Read more »

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