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Chris Paul Needs Your Help In This Public Service Video

Posted by Matt Terl on September 30, 2010 – 3:58 pm

Tuesday nights during the season, I’ll occasionally mention (or retweet @RedskinsTV about) the tapings of Redskins Late Night. (At the Greene Turtle in Leesburg this year, starting at 6:00 p.m. and featuring a different Redskins player each week! Come on by!)

But somehow I very rarely mention the actual show, which airs at 1:30 a.m. Saturday night (or Sunday morning, if you’re needlessly pedantic) and offers up a more offbeat look at the Redskins.

Well, enough people tweeted this genuinely funny “public service” video — starring Redskins Late Night host Chris Paul — for me to break that trend. And if you like what you see here … hey, check out the show, drop by a taping, or both. Enjoy.

First tweeted to my attention via @dcvince. Read more »

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Clinton Portis Will Start Sunday

Posted by Matt Terl on September 30, 2010 – 3:15 pm

When Clinton Portis talked to the media earlier today, he seemed slightly unsure of his role with the current Redskins offense, but willing to do whatever head coach Mike Shanahan and the rest of the coaches asked of him. “It’s up to them,” Portis said. “If they put me on an assignment, I do that assignment. If they don’t, there ain’t nothing I can do.”

When reporters pressed him on the question, he passed the question up the chain of command. “For these hot topics that you’re bringing up, Coach Shanahan is right upstairs,” he said.

The schedule of an NFL head coach doesn’t generally allow for people to burst in and ask a series of questions unannounced, but it does include a post-practice media availability. So when the team returned from practicing offsite (to stay out of the incessant rain), Shanahan fielded a series of Portis-related questions.

The most important quote first, even though that puts it out of sequence (and it’s spoiled in the headline of this post): Read more »

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An Old Eagles Week Routine Ends

Posted by Matt Terl on September 30, 2010 – 2:00 pm

It’s fortunate for the media that Donovan McNabb‘s return to Philadelphia is providing all of this hoopla and fanfare for this week’s game, because one of the traditional go-to stories for Eagles Week has come to a quiet, largely unheralded end.

I’ll let Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com sum up what I’m talking about with this excerpt from a July 2009 piece:

Every time something is written about Byron Westbrook, there is usually a mention that he is the brother of Brian Westbrook.

For example, when the Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles, Byron usually becomes a focus that week because he mimics Brian–a Pro Bowl running back for the Eagles–on the scout team during practice.

But Brian Westbrook is no longer on the Philadelphia Eagles. So yesterday, when the outsized media corps got tired of asking people for quotes about Donovan McNabb’s return, they didn’t bother with Byron Westbrook. Instead, the scout team questions were for Brandon Banks, who will be portraying Michael Vick in practice. Westbrook has largely been ignored, so when I saw him today, sitting alone at his locker, I asked how he felt about this change. Read more »

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Trent Williams Unsure If He'll Play, Regardless Of Decimal Places

Posted by Matt Terl on September 30, 2010 – 11:40 am

Two bits of good news from Trent Williams today:

First, he did practice “a little bit yesterday,” although he says his status for Sunday in Philly is still up in the air. “It felt good to be actually back out there on the field with my teammates and going through the gameplan,” he said. “But, y’know, still uncertain for this week, and we won’t know until later on in the week.”

Second, simple mathematical tricks will not fool him into answering a question he doesn’t want to answer, which reflects the kind of savvy you want in a high draft pick.

Here’s how that bit of info came out:
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Redskins' Wives Prepare To Face Eagles' Wives In Basketball

Posted by Matt Terl on September 30, 2010 – 8:15 am

Donovan may not be the only McNabb returning to Philadelphia to face off against former friends this weekend — his wife Roxie may be joining a team of Redskins players’ wives to face off against a team of Eagles players’ wives in a charity basketball game on Saturday.

It’s “may be” and not “is” partially because nothing is certain, but probably also because the Redskins wives team is coached by injured offensive lineman Mike Williams, and — while Williams hasn’t gotten a chance to actually play for head coach Mike Shanahan — he’s apparently picked up some of the same ideas about what offers a competitive advantage.

“She’s gonna do what she needs to do to get ready for the game,” Williams said, “and we’ll make that decision…one day at a time.”

Coachspeak, gamesmanship, and non-finalized plans aside, Roxi McNabb most definitely participated in a scrimmage Tuesday night in Ashburn, against the Swish of the LoCo Ladies basketball league, and she acquitted herself impressively.

Which came as no surprise to the other adult McNabb in attendance; Donovan McNabb watched his wife rack up the accolades as a starting point guard when they were both at Syracuse. “She played all four years,” he said, “she started as a freshman all the way through. So, you know, she’s all-time leading in assists and steals leader at Syracuse University.”

This is true. Roxi McNabb was also named team MVP twice and the 1997 Scholar-Athlete Of The Year. So it’s safe to say that she’s fairly valuable to the Redskins Wives squad. It doesn’t hurt that she’s also the most familiar with the ladies on the Eagles Wives team.

“I think I’m friends with all of them,” she said, “and, you know, everybody knows it’s for fun. I don’t think we’ll be out there tearing each other’s hair out, or anything, it’s all a good time for charity, and, a good time to see some of my old friends.”

It may not seem important that McNabb performed well against the Swish, because the LoCo Ladies team — which eventually won the scrimmage — was not exactly the roll-over warm-up opponent the Redskins Wives might have initially been envisioning.

Christal Golston was the one who set the matchup, based on a chance meeting with a Swish team member at a party. “I invited them to scrimmage against us,” she explained, “NOT knowing that they were 7-time champions, NOT knowing that they had an ex-WNBA player on their team, so…it was my fault. But I’m really glad, because we hustled and we played really well.”

When head coach Williams arrived at the gym and saw the opponent, his reaction, he said, was somewhat stunned “I’m sorry,” he recalled saying, “what is she doing? You talkin’ about 7-time champion? I didn’t know where she found ’em.”

But everyone ultimately agreed that the team was improved by the level of competition, and that the scrimmage was a good warm-up for the game against the rival team(‘s wives) on Saturday. “This was a heated competition,” Golston said, “and it was a scrimmage! So this is going to be-on Saturday, probably, more heated than any of us have ever experienced.”

It’s for a good cause, though, a benefit for lung cancer and breast cancer, and that’s part of what brought Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and NFL national spokesperson for breast cancer awareness, to the team. “The women of the Washington Redskins … they’re always there for me, anything that we need support on,” Snyder said, “and that’s why I’m here today.”

Everyone I talked to mentioned the charity element as important, but the team most definitely isn’t overlooking the competitive aspect either. “Oh, the rivalry is definitely there,’ Golston said. “Definitely.”

And, in case you were curious, Donovan McNabb was (jokingly) asked by Rich Campbell of the Free Lance-Star if it would be strange for his wife to return to Philly representing the Redskins. And McNabb was as wrongfooted by the question as I’ve ever seen him. “Man, I didn’t know she played 11 years there,” he said, laughing.

Of course, that joking question becomes even less relevant if Roxi McNabb doesn’t play. But it certainly sounds like she’s excited to go. “This is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this,” she said. “I think it’ll be a good time for charity.”

Many more pictures after the jump; more information about Saturday’s event here, and see also Rich Campbell’s story on the scrimmage here.
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