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Apparently Brandon Banks Did Block That Kick

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2010 – 6:17 pm

No one in the pressbox last night seemed sure that who blocked the Colts’ field goal attempt toward the end of the second half, but we eventually reached the consensus that — as the stadium announcer and official play-by-play said — it was Brandon Banks. Even Banks himself couldn’t be certain, but it made for a good story — and one that might sound familiar, as I wrote about it earlier today.

Well, I asked around in the open locker room today, and Kedric Golston and Phillip Daniels seemed pretty sure that it was Banks. In fact, they looked at us like we were crazy for even asking. “Don’t try to make us do your jobs for you,” Golston joked.

So, since those guys would be in a prime position to know, I’m officially offering my meaningless rubber-stamping to the already official scoring in the play-by-play. But this answer raised another question: why should this be so hard to determine?

Adam Carriker was one of the guys who we thought might’ve blocked the attempt, and he offered a pretty straightforward answer: sometimes you just can’t tell. Read more »

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Anthony Armstrong’s Introduction In Video Form

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2010 – 3:23 pm

I wrote earlier about Anthony Armstrong‘s excitement at his first time being introduced at FedExField. The Redskins Broadcast Network was covering Armstrong as this week’s Redskins Gametime, which means that had talked to him about exactly that — among other things, obviously — and had footage of the introduction itself.

The entire Gametime segment will air on Inside The Redskins this Saturday at 10:00 a.m., so consider this segment on Armstrong’s introduction as something of a preview. Also, follow @RedskinsTV on Twitter for all your Redskins TV news.

The best quote, for my money: Read more »

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Introducing Ryan Torain And Anthony Armstrong

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2010 – 10:52 am

For a team that’s repeatedly referred to as “veteran” or “old” or “creaky” or what have you, there sure are a lot of guys getting their first starts for these 2010 Redskins. The left tackle is a rookie. The left guard made his second start last night. The running backs are a third year guy and a rookie, and the number two wide receiver made his first “official” start last night. And speaking of that official start: last week, I wrote about Lorenzo Alexander finally having the chance to be introduced at FedExField; this week, Ryan Torain and Anthony Armstrong got their turns.

ESPN980’s Redskins beat reporter Chris Russell saw Torain run out of the tunnel. “Most players are kind of excited and tense,” Russell said to Torain after the game. “You seemed to have a big smile like you were really enjoying that moment being introduced. How did that feel?”

Torain answered, “Oh, it was awesome. First time ever. Long time waiting. LONG time waiting. So I just want to keep producing and helping the team.”

For those of you who haven’t heard Torain speak, that might not sound like much, but I assure you that “it was awesome” is the most effusive, enthusiastic thing I have ever heard him say.

The ever-loquacious Armstrong had a bit more to say. Read more »

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Brandon Banks Blocks A Kick (Maybe)

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2010 – 1:28 am

Last week, the Redskins started using speedster Brandon Banks to line up on the end of the field goal coverage team in the hopes that he could get around the edge and get a block. “I feel like I kinda contributed a little bit,” Banks told me last week, “but, you know, I gotta get there and block the whole thing next time.”

When he said “next time,” I didn’t think he meant it literally, but this week he was again lined up on the end for field goal coverage and — if you believe the official scorer’s play-by-play, he did indeed block the whole thing on Adam Vinatieri’s final field goal of the first half. Read more »

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Another Way This Season Is Different From Last

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2010 – 12:58 am

This was a strange postgame locker room for me.

I’m used to the losing postgame locker rooms of the last two years, which were depressing places full of angry people disappointed that they had failed to match up against average-at-best opponents. There was a different feeling tonight. Eventually, I’m sure that losing to the Super Bowl runners-up takes on the same bitter taste as losing to, say, the winless 2009 Detroit Lions. But tonight there still seemed to be a sense in the room that, hey, with one or two slightly different plays we would’ve beaten Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

There was plenty of anger, for sure, and disappointment, and frustration. But the crushing hopelessness that I seem to remember from last year just wasn’t there. Read more »

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