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Redskins Receive Compensatory Pick In Seventh Round

Posted by Matt Terl on March 25, 2011 – 5:53 pm

The NFL has announced the compensatory picks in the 2011 Draft . Most of these picks are awarded to a team that loses “more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year,” and the Redskins didn’t receive any in that category. But additional picks are also awarded to bring the total number up to 32., and the Redskins are drafting just highly enough to receive one of those — the second-to-last pick in the entire draft, number 252.

However late this pick is, it’s one more — and occasionally these guys do contribute. Safety Chris Horton was a compensatory pick in 2008, 249th overall, and he gave more than solid value that first year. The 252nd pick may not seem like much, but for a team that has as many needs as do the Redskins, every last pick helps.

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Redskins Cheerleaders In Kuwait

Posted by Matt Terl on March 25, 2011 – 3:40 pm

The Redskins Cheerleaders do more than just dance on the sidelines and pose for calendar shoots; they also travel and perform all over the world — including tours in support of our military serving overseas. The cheerleaders just returned from one such trip, to Kuwait, and this time they had a Flip camera on-hand. I believe it’s Jamilla who’s doing most of the shooting here, and it’s a terrific look at the reception that the Redskins Cheerleaders get, even 6000-plus miles from Washington D.C., and how much their presence means to the brave folks serving over there.

When the group made a similar trip in October, cheerleader Brittany sent back this blog post; here’s a quick excerpt to flesh out the video above: Read more »

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Redskins And Charities In April 2011

Posted by Matt Terl on March 25, 2011 – 11:23 am

Three quick notes about upcoming events involving Redskins and/or charities and/or the Redskins Charitable Foundation.

  • On April 3, Reed Doughty is participating in the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk; you can sign up to support his walk team (and join the walk) here. It’s a cause that has tremendous personal resonance for Doughty, as his son Micah was born with kidney disease. As Doughty writes on the Walk website, “The first months of Micah’s life consisted of medications, daily dialysis for almost a year, and trips to the emergency room. Finally, when Micah was 18 months old, he was ready for a kidney transplant. [Doughty’s wife] Katie donated one of her kidneys to him.” Things are going well for Micah and family now, but it’s easy to understand why Doughty so strongly supports this charity.
  • April 8 is the deadline for high-potential, low-income high school students in D.C. and Prince George’s County to apply for the Redskins Charitable Foundation’s $25,000 scholarship. You can find the eligibility details and application here, and it’s also worth taking a look back at the story of last year’s winner, future bilingual pediatrician Kiana Hardy.
  • And Saturday April 23 is Lorenzo Alexander and Kedric Golston‘s second annual Ride To Provide in Reston, Virginia, which raises money for Alexander’s ACES Foundation as well as orphaned babies, poverty-stricken women and children in Africa. Last year’s inaugural event was excellent, and I see no reason to imagine that this year should be any different.

They’re all worthy causes, and I hope you’ll be able to help support them.
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Hail! Goes Throwback

Posted by Matt Terl on March 25, 2011 – 9:07 am

I got a few emails asking what happened to Ben Ceccarelli‘s Hail! comic strip last week, and my responses were vague and unspecific. Now the truth can be revealed: he was busily wiring the flux capacitor to the wayback machine to enable us to experience Hail! Throwback, and that kind of detailed electrical work takes time.

Sure, the blogger character has been replaced by a notebook-wielding newshawk and everything is colored in authentic 1930’s sepia, but one thing remains the same: click on the first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip. And try not to breathe on anything while we’re in the past — the last thing we need is an alternate universe where Sammy Baugh missed ballgames because you gave him some kind of 21st century flu.

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