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Redskins Honor Veterans On Veterans Day

Posted by Matt Terl on November 11, 2010 – 4:07 pm

The video above features a whole bunch of current Redskins players sending out their thanks to our troops in honor of today’s Veterans Day. It’s moving and well worth watching, but it wasn’t the only way the team thanked the nation’s protectors. Twenty-five service men and women from Quantico and SE Veterans Service in D.C. were at Redskins Park for lunch and an opportunity to watch the team practice, after which they were able to meet and chat with members of the team.

I asked Wayne Bryant, who served with both the Marine Corps AND the U.S. Army in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, if this was a good way to spend Veterans Day, and he looked at me like I was insane. “It sure is,” he said. “The best blessing I ever had in my life. This is my first time out here. It’s amazing to me that I made it and I thank the Lord for that. I’m just excited to see practice, see what practice is really about down here, and see if I’m gonna see the same things on the field Monday night.”

And, you know, when you put things in that context, they really make a lot of sense.

And the meet and greet after practice was also impressive, with almost the entire roster making their way over and giving thanks — and autographs, and pictures — to the veterans. (You can see this in the shaky video below.)

Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong knows a lot of people in the armed forces — his father was in the Air Force, one of his closest friends is in the Army, another is in the Navy — and his sentiments after meeting this group of veterans was pretty emblematic of what his teammates were saying. “It was very meaningful,” Armstrong said. “They’ve done a lot of serving to protect our country, to protect what we have today, and it’s a chance to show your respect to them for everything that they’ve done.

“They do a lot more than what we do,” he added. “They’re the real heroes. We’re just out here playing a game.”
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How To Sack Michael Vick

Posted by Matt Terl on November 11, 2010 – 2:00 pm

If it’s Eagles week 2010 (or Falcons week from 2001 to 2006), it’s time to ask defensive players to explain what it’s like to face Michael Vick. Most of them will tell you that it’s just like facing any other quarterback, that you can’t think about it too much, and that it’s almost a stupid question. (That last part is just implied, I suppose.)

Here, for example, is Kedric Golston from today:

“I don’t think necessarily you change, because you’ve gotta rush the quarterback. You know that he’s not gonna be an easy sack, but at the end of the day if you slow down trying to keep him in front of you, you’re not gonna get there anyway. And he’s just as good throwing the ball as he is running the ball. So if you let him sit back there for a long time, he’s gonna throw the ball sixty, seventy yards downfield.”

And here’s Adam Carriker, also from today:

“To be honest with you, we’re gonna go out and rush the passer. But it is Mike Vick, so it’s more or less rush with vision…. You gotta get after it and just react to whatever he does. If you’re thinking about it, it’s gonna affect your rush; then you’re not gonna get to him and he’s gonna pick you apart. You can’t really worry about it too much.”

Which seems pretty straightforward, and more or less like what I described up there in paragraph one (minus the part about it being a stupid question; neither of these guys gave that impression). But Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan asked Carriker to elaborate on “rush with vision,” and the answer to that, at least, gave one specific procedural detail that’s different about trying to sack Vick.
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Redskins Fans (Kind Of) Invade Philly And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on November 11, 2010 – 10:28 am

“Behind Enemy Lines” is a 12-part web series from Yahoo! Sports (presented by Bud Light) that’s pretty much a mash-up of Jackass and a pregame tailgate. The hosts dress as fans of the visiting team in notoriously rough sports towns and try to instigate all sorts of drama. So, thankfully, the guy wearing Zubaz pants in this video isn’t an ACTUAL Redskins fan. But the Philly fans are ostensible real, and the video is amusing enough to be worth watching.

Here are some other links that are worth your time today, including a few upcoming events you’ll want to make note of: Read more »

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Donovan McNabb and Billy Ray Cyrus Back In The Day

Posted by Matt Terl on November 11, 2010 – 7:20 am

Billy Ray Cyrus — father of Miley and auteur behind the 1992 #1 single “Achy Breaky Heart” — will be singing the National Anthem at Monday night’s game at FedExField, and he’ll also be performing at halftime. I have no particularly strong feeling for or against Cyrus, and I have only one goal with regards to his gameday appearance: I want to find Cyrus, Donovan McNabb, and some guy dressed as Santa Claus, and I want to recreate this 1996 photograph.

The picture comes from the Syracuse Post-Standard, and the caption does not imply a particularly close relationship between the QB and the singer: Read more »

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