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N.Y. Times Looks Back At Redskins During The Strike Seasons

Posted by Matt Terl on March 29, 2011 – 3:25 pm

Over at the New York Times today, there’s a nifty look back at how the Redskins emerged from two NFL work stoppages with Super Bowl championships. There are anecdotes from George Starke, recollections from Monte Coleman, Mark May, and Todd Bowles, and lots of stuff like this:

The seeds for the Redskins’ strategy were sown during the 1974 work stoppage. Starke said players worked out together in Georgetown then, where Coach George Allen would sneak over to supervise, or to hand out workout schedules.

With that in mind, the Redskins were built to withstand the 1982 strike. They played in a strong, pro-union area, and thus became a strong, pro-union team. They leaned on veterans like Starke, quarterback Joe Theismann and linebacker Monte Coleman, who said: “We weren’t all marquee players. So we had to band together.”

Very much worth reading.

(That’s Jay Schroeder in the shorts and Nike Airs in the AP Photo above. Man, I thought the bubble in those shoes was the coolest thing ever at the time.)

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Video From Redskins Cheerleaders In Iraq

Posted by Matt Terl on March 29, 2011 – 12:24 pm

Late last week, I posted some video shot by the Redskins cheerleaders during their trip to Kuwait. In last night’s Nightly News, we got to see the next step in their tour as they visited with troops in Iraq. (It starts with a brief update from Larry Michael about the compensatory draft pick, but I promise it’s the correct video.)

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Manchester United Promotes Their Visit To The U.S.

Posted by Matt Terl on March 29, 2011 – 10:26 am

I am at most a casual soccer fan. I’ve read and re-read Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch plenty of times, but always performed a kind of mental calculus to translate all the references to his life as an Arsenal fan into their analogues in my life as a Redskins fan. I watch the World Cup whenever it comes around, but it’s not like I’m crushed if I miss a match. I’ll flip on the DC United to kill an afternoon, but that’s about the extent of it.

Still, even I’m excited about the prospect of seeing Manchester United square off against FC Barcelona at FedExField in July; a match like that is going to worth watching even for people who are even more casual fans than I. But if you need help getting fired up for the event (which is three months away, remember), the folks at Man U have put together a promo video for their U.S. tour that should do the trick nicely.

Here are a few of the D.C.-centric screencaps, and the whole video is after the jump.

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Manchester United And FC Barcelona Are Coming To FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on March 29, 2011 – 9:08 am

Two of the best soccer clubs in the world will be coming to FedExField this July.

As part of the 2011 World Football Challenge, Manchester United will be squaring off against FC Barcelona on July 30 at 7 p.m. It’s a chance to see some of the world’s greatest players in a rare stateside appearance.

Here’s the full press release:

LANDOVER, Md. – FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, announced today that it will host a match between the world’s two best soccer clubs when Manchester United battles FC Barcelona on July 30, 2011, at 7 p.m. ET.

Manchester United, the most successful club in modern English soccer, will play FC Barcelona, the most successful club in Spanish soccer history as part of the 2011 World Football Challenge. It will be the first appearance for both at FedExField and will mark the second time in three years the stadium has hosted an international match. In 2009, a crowd of 72,368 watched D.C. United take on Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid C.F.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for American soccer fans to see two of the most prestigious clubs in the world playing each other in the United States,” Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said. “We are honored to be the site of this match and proud to bring such a high-profile event for our season ticket holders and to the Washington D.C. region.”

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