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Redskins Debut A Youth Fitness Zone In Virginia

Posted by Matt Terl on January 7, 2011 – 1:52 pm

Last time I wrote about the HOPSports Training System (HTS) — an interactive, multi-instructional DVR-based physical education tool — it was whenthe Redskins used the system to help to break a Guinness world record at FedExField, and the video version of Lorenzo Alexander helped lead Real Lorenzo Alexander (and his teammates) in a series of exercises. It was an impressive spectacle, but (obviously) not the usual implementation of the HTS.

Yesterday, I got to see a much more traditional use of the HTS at the debut of a Redskins Youth Fitness Zone at Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia, and it was equally impressive in a totally different way. The scale was smaller, of course — the gymnasium at Lynn is a bit more constrained than the expanse of FedExField — but the intentions were the same, and seeing a gym full of kids using the HTS as it’s actually intended was even somewhat inspiring.

Alexander recently won the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award, an in Woodbridge he demonstrated why, not just participating in the workouts (still led in part by his virtual self) and talking to the fifty students, but conducting every interview anyone wanted, briefly addressing the crowd, and spending a couple minutes just chatting with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

“I’m very happy to be here today,” Alexander told the crowd, “and especially to be a part of this partnership between Governor McDonnell’s office, Fred Lynn Middle School, GlaxoSmithKline and the Redskins. It’s just so important that we exercise and eat healthy every day, at least 60 minutes, because it really helps prevent childhood obesity, which is really growing in our nation today.”

It’s easy to believe that these are just things that athletes are forced to say when they’re at podiums, but Alexander actually takes this kind of thing very seriously, and is even a fan of the HTS on his own time. “I love the HOPSports program and everything it entails,” Alexander said. “I actually do it at home with my kids and it really helps me get in shape in the offseason, ’cause it’s a little bit of something different than what I train on a day-to-day basis with.”

Alexander’s presence wasn’t the only Redskins connection of note. Read more »

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On Assymetrical Helmet Striping, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on January 7, 2011 – 12:40 pm

I love some good uniform chatter in the offseason. If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you know that. But I still manage to be impressed at the extent to which the folks over at Uni Watch pay attention to that stuff. For example, today a Uni Watch reader writes in with an extensive dissection of team uniforms that use two or more varieties of striping, and the Redskins are held up as an example of What Not To Wear.

He writes:

Another really bad one is the Redskins. I’ve always hated the fact that they’ve gone with symmetrical striping on the helmet and asymmetrical striping on the pants. They had the opportunity to match things up with the introduction of the gold pants, which has created an awesome and coordinated bottom-half combo but has done nothing for the overall mish-mash. (I’d love it if they just switched the helmet stripes to match the new pants and socks.)

You can see what he’s talking about here in the photo above: the stripes on the pants are asymmetrical — that is, burgundy on one side of the center line and gold on the other — while the stripes on the helmet are symmetrical: each side of an imaginary center line would have gold, burgundy, and white in that order.

This seems like an incredibly specific thing to notice, and I say that as someone who was obsessed with the gold pants and was just this morning complaining about the typeface on the Pro Bowl jerseys. I can honestly say that in all of the countless Redskins games I’ve watched over the last three decades, I have never once had this complaint. Does this bother anyone else out there?

Meanwhile, here are a whole bunch of other links to Redskins-related stuff worth reading: Read more »

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Hail! Takes A Look At Getaway Day

Posted by Matt Terl on January 7, 2011 – 12:11 pm

One of the consequences of 53-plus football players cleaning out their lockers is that a whole lot of gear is disposed of. This was something I focused on a bit more after last season than I did this season; you can read about that here.

Aside from that, I can’t think of much further introduction you’d need to this week’s Hail! comic strip other than an assertion that the whole thing is a figment of writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli‘s fevered imagination. Nothing like this ever actually happened. Nope, nothing. /quietly closes drawer full of discarded shoes

As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.
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Why You Are Now A Chicago Bears Fan

Posted by Matt Terl on January 7, 2011 – 9:44 am

Look at London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo in that picture. See how happy they look in those hideous blue Pro Bowl jerseys? If you want them to be that happy this year — and to wear whatever this year’s incarnation of that jersey will be — you’re now officially rooting for the Chicago Bears to get to the Super Bowl, and it’s all Patrick Willis’ fault. Read more »

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