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Keiland Williams Gets News About His Job From ESPN

Posted by Matt Terl on September 22, 2010 – 5:27 pm

Keiland Williams found out that his job status had changed the same way that many of you did: by watching the news of Larry Johnson’s release scroll across the bottom of ESPN.

“My initial reaction wasn’t, ‘Oh, hey, I’m moving up the depth chart!’,” Williams said today. “It was more like, ‘Oh my god.'”

This wasn’t the first time Williams had been surprised by his role on the Redskins, though. Read more »

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How To Get Your Record Into The Guinness Book

Posted by Matt Terl on September 22, 2010 – 3:15 pm

As I watched yesterday’s event, the one that saw the Redskins set the Guinness record for Largest Virtual Exercise Lesson, one question kept coming back to mind: “There’s a Guinness record for Largest Virtual Exercise Lesson?”

There is indeed, and the guy pictured above is Mike Janela, the Guinness Records Manager and Adjudicator who made sure that the record was actually set.

“They’ve already received the guidelines for how to break this record properly, how to document it and all that’s required of them,” Janela explained. “So my job is basically to come down and make sure that they’re abiding by all of those rules, for lack of a better word.”

Those rules, Janela said, include: “Make sure that they’re counting the kids correctly, make sure the program goes off well, that it’s long enough timewise, and that — in the end — they have enough kids to break the record.”

Technically, the Redskins weren’t breaking a record yesterday. “This is actually a new record that we’ve based off of previous Largest Exercise Classes before, and what we’ve set the minimum for is off the videogame exercise record, for, like, a Wii Fit kind of thing. But this is different in that it’s not a game and it’s not a gym class, it’s a virtual exercise lesson where you can alter it as you go, you can tailor it for specific events — like this — and so for that, our Records Management Team deemed it necessary to have a new record where it would be explicitly for this specific type of exercise lesson. Which is pretty new, but also very growing and obviously very popular in places around the world.” Read more »

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Reed Doughty Experiences A LaRon Landry Hit

Posted by Matt Terl on September 22, 2010 – 11:52 am

Reed Doughty looked like he was in pain in the postgame locker room Sunday night, and it was tough to point to one reason why. He was clearly angry at the loss and angry that he hadn’t been able to break up the crucial touchdown to Andre Johnson. (“I had an opportunity to end the game on an interception,” he said, “and yeah, there’s traffic, but there’s always gonna be traffic in the game. You gotta come up with those plays if you wanna be a playmaker. Obviously I’m frustrated.”)

But he also had found himself on the receiving end of more than one hit from LaRon Landry, and that had left him looking like he was in pain as well.

“It knocked the wind out of me,” Doughty said, “and I haven’t had the wind knocked out of me in a long time. It’s kinda scary. You know you’re gonna be okay, just not for those first few seconds.” Read more »

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Video Lorenzo Alexander Helps Redskins Set A Record

Posted by Matt Terl on September 22, 2010 – 9:45 am

Yesterday afternoon, the Redskins — with just a little help from 646 kids from the D.C. area — made their way into the Guinness Book Of World Records, setting the record for Largest Virtual Exercise Lesson at FedExField in an event sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

The virtual exercise lesson itself used the HOPSports Training System, a modifiable interactive video on the giant HD boards that led the kids through a 30-minute workout. The Redskins players present — 2010 Redskins health ambassador Donovan McNabb, along with Lorenzo Alexander, Kedric Golston, DeAngelo Hall, and Rocky McIntosh — started out leading from in front, then dispersed among the rows of kids to help guide them through the workout, and a good time was had by all.

But perhaps the most amusing moment came during the “Redskins Warm Up”, a preliminary series of “youth-friendly football and cardiovascular drills” that were led by previously-recorded videos of Redskins players, also on the giant HD videoboards. Which led to the slightly surreal moment pictured above, as two angles of Video Lorenzo Alexander instruct Actual Lorenzo Alexander and his two teammates in a warm-up drill.

Or this, as Actual DeAngelo Hall runs in place chasing Video Santana Moss:

Or this, as Video Chris Cooley leads a different drill in a comfortable-looking set of bedroom slippers:

In fact, the whole Redskins Warm-Up video is posted after the jump, along with some more photos. I have no idea if it will have the same goofy charm without the stadium full of kids and five Redskins players trying to mimic the moves, but it’s certainly worth giving a look. Read more »

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