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Casey Rabach On Nutrition, Dairy Farms, And Smoothies

Posted by Matt Terl on January 21, 2011 – 3:33 pm

Casey Rabach is the guy who tried to convince Harris Teeter that his signature sandwich should be “a brat on a bun with onion rings and cheese”, and whose entry in a burger contest was topped with a slice of deep-fried beer-battered cheddar cheese. So he seemed like something of an unlikely choice to speak to a gymnasium full of ninth graders about healthy eating as part of Fuel Up To Play 60, and an even unlikelier choice to wind up making smoothies with the Gwynn Park High School Chef Club.

But you can’t judge a person by the deep-fried beer-battered cheese slices, I suppose. “I’m a big smoothie guy,” Rabach says. “The one we made wasn’t bad, actually. I like mine a little more frozen; we could’ve thrown a little more ice into it.”

That smoothie drew some gasps from the crowd when Rabach (and the Chef Club) mixed apple juice, milk, and carrots (among other ingredients), but Rabach was pretty unfazed by the ingredients. “As long as you put apples with carrots — and they did, they threw apple juice in there — they’re actually really good,” Rabach says, “and it gives you that beta carotene. They can also taste bitter if you don’t put any sort of sweetener in there, but we used the agave stuff and the apple juice, so it was quite tasty.”

Rabach, it turns out, has a lot of thoughts on what makes for a good smoothie, although he’s adamantly non-dogmatic about it. Read more »

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A Full Wall Panorama In FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on January 21, 2011 – 12:32 pm

In the last few days, there have been posts by the DC Sports Bog and folks at ExtremeSkins about a panoramic image of FedExField that was sent to Redskins premium seat holders. It’s a prettty terrific image, snapped as DeAngelo Hall highstepped into the endzone for his decisive touchdown against the Cowboys — you get the birds-eye panoramic view, you get the closeup on the new videoboards, you get the gold pants making their official debut, and you get a sense of the great environment FedExField had that night.

(Given all of that, you could argue that the image captures the archetypal moment of the 2010 season — and certainly one of the best.)

But the image — which is available for purchase at the team store — is even cooler when it stretches nearly floor to ceiling and runs the length of a hallway — which is how it appeared in FedExField as of the last game of the 2010 season. (Click the image to enlarge, although it’s actually easier to make sense of at this size.)

This is the hallway that runs from the elevators and stairs to the locker rooms, field, interview rooms, and all the rest of those vital-but-hidden parts of the gameday experience. It’s well trafficked by the media — I kept spotting cameramen and other on-field personnel finding themselves in the image — but It’s not something that fans attending the games would get to see very much. It is, however, part of the FedExField tour — and that, says FedExField VP of operations Lon Rosenberg, was one of the main reasons for displaying the image.

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Another Chance To Watch ‘Brothers Of The Legacy’

Posted by Matt Terl on January 21, 2011 – 11:05 am

If you missed Brothers Of The Legacy — the superb documentary about the decade-spanning friendship between Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff — when it aired back in July, you’ve got another chance this Saturday night at 7:00 on NBC-4.

Whether you remember them as players on the field or only know them through their work in the broadcast booth, this really is an enjoyable look at two Redskins legends. Read more »

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Hail! Offers Me Some Supplemental Employment

Posted by Matt Terl on January 21, 2011 – 9:53 am

As far as I can tell, Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli hasn’t made too many references that need explaining in this week’s installment of the comic strip. But I’ll explain two of them anyway, because that’s what these introductory paragraphs are for.

  1. 1) Anthony Armstrong once played in something called the Intense Football League. This is a much-told story, but if you’ve somehow missed it check out … hmmm … let’s link to Rick Maese’s version this time.
  2. 2) When I laugh at one of my jokes, I actually do it by saying “Chuckle,” just like Ceccarelli has depicted here. Chuckle.

As always, click on this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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