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A Similarity Between Brian Orakpo And Dexter Manley

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2011 – 3:20 pm

This image jumped out at me as I watched part 5 of Brothers Of The Legacy earlier today. It’s from Super Bowl XXII, a moment of Dexter Manley trying to get past Broncos tackle David Studdard to (I’m guessing) kill and possibly eat John Elway. Studdard is doing his job in the sense that he’s stopping Manley, but he’s not really doing it in an officially sanctioned manner.

“The holding that Studdard is doing to Dexter Manley is criminal,” Sam Huff says on the radio call. “If I was Dexter, I’d punch him right in the mouth.”

The reason that it caught my attention, of course, is because I felt like I had seen it several dozen times in 2010 — which, in a sense, I had. I knew I was thinking of Brian Orakpo, but he was held enough this season that they all start to run together. Was it the game-winning hold against Dallas? One of the ones against Houston? Maybe Philly?

Fortunately, Orakpo was held so much that it was written about over and over and over and over again, and eventually I found the image I was looking for, down at the bottom of a DC Sports Bog post about the time Orakpo was blatantly held in the Tampa game:

I think you can see where it might’ve jogged my memory.

Somehow, I don’t think this is what Orakpo meant when he namechecked Dexter Manley after being drafted. (For the optimistic crowd, I can point out that Orakpo is heading into his third year; in Manley’s third year, he had the first of a four-year string of double-digit sacks. Hopefully Orakpo will mirror him in that, not just in being bearhugged by offensive linemen.) Read more »

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Brothers Of The Legacy, Part 5

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2011 – 2:17 pm

For me, this is the best part of the entire Brothers Of The Legacy documentary. Yes, I know that Sonny Jurgensen was one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game. I understand that Sam Huff was similarly one of best, most violent linebackers in league history. But I never got to see it, and watching it now is about learning or trying to understand a past fact.

All my life, though, Sonny and Sam have been part of the Redskins radio broadcasts. THAT I recognize. So seeing the early snippets of their separate media work, watching Frank Herzog and Larry Michael explain what it’s like being in the booth with them, getting a look at them while the game is going on in … that’s something that hits me on the visceral level.

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Chris Cooley Plans A Jeff Gillooly Moment At The Pro Bowl

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2011 – 10:40 am

Oh, wow. Look at that picture of Chris Cooley in that Pro Bowl blue jersey. If you’re a Redskins fan, that’s probably something you’d like to see again — sooner rather later, I’m guessing. And if I’m right about that … well, that’s something you’ve got in common with Cooley himself.

The difference is that you’re not actually DOING anything to help Cooley get into that uniform. Oh, sure, you probably voted for him a few hundred times, but now that the game’s almost here and the teams are finalized, you’re just sitting there reading this blog.

Not Cooley. He’s got a plan. See, Cooley’s already in Hawaii covering the Pro Bowl for the NFL Network and Sportsbuzz, and he think this presents him with a very simple opportunity to get the competition out of the way. He explains his master plan in a (sadly non-embeddable) video on NFL.com entitled Chris Cooley: Pro Bowl Assassin?

In lieu of embedding, here’s the transcription of Cooley’s plan. Read more »

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A Pro Bowl Hail!

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2011 – 8:59 am

I was hoping to see Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli‘s cartoon rendition of the Pro Bowl jerseys — which I find hideous, as I may have mentioned twenty or thirty times before — but this’ll do. As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip (and, this one time only, a special epilogue from me).

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