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Devin Thomas Is Not Embarrassed To Have Gotten Tackled By This Kicker

Posted by Matt Terl on September 13, 2010 – 12:56 pm

Devin Thomas not only said all the right things about his role in Sunday night’s game, he really seemed to sincerely mean them.

“I’m comfortable wherever coach puts me,” he said.

“You know, I just wanna do my part,” he said. Because I feel like we’re all brothers here.”

“I think we’ve got a great camaraderie, better than we had my last two years,” he said, “so I’m just gonna do my part. Whatever it is, I’m gonna do it.”

On Sunday night, “doing his part” meant playing on special teams. “I had a special teams day,” Thomas said, “so kick returns, punt return duty as far as being a jammer, and on kickoffs, you know, I just had to do my job. Those were my assignments today and I pulled it off.”

Pulled it off well, in fact. Thomas had two kickoff return opportunities, which he took for 34 and 42 yards, and in both cases it was Cowboys kicker David Buehler who brought him down — a fact that caused Thomas to chuckle in the locker room.

“They always tell us, ‘Don’t let the kicker bring you down,'” Thomas explained, then added, “But he used to play safety, so I don’t feel too bad.”

Running back Keiland Williams, getting dressed at a nearby locker, burst out laughing, as did much of the assembled media pack, but Thomas wasn’t kidding. Read more »

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Someone Caught DeAngelo Hall

Posted by Matt Terl on September 13, 2010 – 11:12 am

Check out DeAngelo Hall‘s fumble recovery for a touchdown, arguably the biggest play of the game on either side of the ball.

Watch especially the moment at about 0:10, where Hall begins his scoop-and-score; he accelerates so quickly for the twenty yards between the 30 and the 10 that you are forcibly reminded that this is a guy who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.15 at Virginia Tech. No one was going to catch him, and it was so far from being close that Hall was able to decelerate and fearlessly celebrate for the final ten yards.

That’s the kind of speed Hall has when he’s motivated, and no one on the Cowboys was going to catch him. Too bad the Cowboys didn’t have Redskins Media Relations Assistant Matt Taylor on staff. Let’s let Rich Campbell of the Free Lance-Star tell the story (from his postgame musings and thoughts) and then go to the videotape. Read more »

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Redskins Fans Burn Effigy Of Cowboys Player

Posted by Matt Terl on September 13, 2010 – 10:27 am

That right there was one of the more memorable displays from Saturday’s send-off at Redskins Park. That’s a straw-filled dummy dressed up in a Tony Romo T-shirt and arrow-riddled Cowboys helmet, stuck under the wheel of a Redskins-customized Jeep Rubicon. The Jeep — and the dummy, for that matter — belong to the guy in the Redskins jersey, Chris “Pez” Lopez. Pez is a duly-elected member of Pro Football’s Ultimate Fan Association, and he and his wife Christie (“Huly”) are top-notch Redskins superfans, active on ExtremeSkins and beyond. If you’ve ever been to one of the away game sendoffs or an ExtremeSkins tailgate, chances are one of those two was involved in organizing it.

And you don’t become a member of PFUFA by under-utilizing your resources. So when Pez and Huly built themselves a perfectly good straw-filled Dallas Cowboys dummy, they knew exactly how best to dispose of it: with sweet cleansing fire. Read more »

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Brian Orakpo Wins The Game With A Holding Penalty

Posted by Matt Terl on September 13, 2010 – 2:03 am

When you hear Brian Orakpo say (as he did tonight), “We did a great job just trying to get after the quarterback, got some good holding calls, and that’s all she wrote,” it comes off a more than a little bizarre. I mean, really? We “got some good holding calls”?

Then you look at the AP photo above and realize that — bizarre at may sound — Orakpo earned all the holding calls against him, up to and including the game-winning holding penalty.

And if “game-winning holding penalty” still sounds kind of hokey and weird to you … well, it doesn’t to Orakpo’s teammates. Read more »

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The Gold Pants Were A Hit

Posted by Matt Terl on September 13, 2010 – 12:46 am

Hot lines of questioning in the post-game locker room:

  • Hey, a win!
  • A win in the DIVISION!
  • A win via penalty flag!
  • Offense didn’t score.
  • Albert Haynesworth still exists.
  • Gold pants.

Sometimes, goofy lines of questioning like that last one are met with eye-rolling by the players, but they were all pretty happy to talk about this one.

For example, this dialogue between Chris Wilson and London Fletcher:

“I loved ’em,” Wilson said. “It was ugly and beautiful. Old-school, intimidating, like, GRRRRRRRR.”

“Throwbacks,” Fletcher observed.

Wilson agreed. “Throwbacks,” he said. “They’re lucky we didn’t come out with the arrow on our helmets.”

“This was George Allen style,” Fletcher said.

“Yeah, tell ’em, London,” Wilson said. “They thought John Riggins was back. They was like, ‘Man, 44?!?'”

And so on. I believe Dan Steinberg is working on some sort of magazine-length gold pants blog post, so I’ll just focus on one gold-pants-related subplot that relates to this blog: Devin Thomas‘s reaction.

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