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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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Notes On My Mock Draft

Posted by Matt Terl on March 28, 2011 – 4:00 pm

Over at the homebase, Gary Fitzgerald has posted our mock top ten picks for the upcoming NFL Draft. (“Our” in this case is the writing staff of me, Fitzgerald, and Larry Weisman.) There’s nothing hugely unusual about it, as these sorts of things go — we predict who goes where in the top ten picks and include a sentence or to describing our reasoning — but I figured I’d take the opportunity over here to expand a little bit on how I reached my conclusions.

And I’ll start with the most relevant one: the tenth pick.

10. Washington Redskins – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Falls because of injury concerns, but was projected to be selected much higher up. Is effective against the run and can play at defensive end in the 3-4 system. It may not sound like an exciting, glamorous pick, but a USA Today profile on Bowers does mention that he’s the lead guitarist in a gospel group, so that adds some blogworthy punch. Also blogworthy: the possibility of an improved defense.

In case you hadn’t guessed, he’s the guy pictured up top of this post, dragging Maryland running back Ronnie Tyler down with one hand back in 2009. And here’s how I reached that conclusion:

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Good Job, Superstitious Redskins Fans

Posted by Matt Terl on March 28, 2011 – 1:43 pm

A week ago I spent a few hundred words mulling over the possible existence of the Madden Curse, with special attention on that might affect Brian Orakpo‘s performance in the current open vote for the cover spot on Madden 12. My conclusion was that I was too superstitious to see Orakpo win, but that I would be fine seeing him advance through any and all rounds up until the finals. Many people — including Jon Robinson of ESPN’s The Gamer blog — told me that I was being ridiculous. That the Curse doesn’t exist. That it was my duty as a Redskins fan to vote for our representative.

That’s not exactly how it played out.

Either Redskins fans didn’t care about the vote at all (which seems unlikely to me, given past experiences mustering a Redskins vote), or they were even more superstitious than I. Either way, the whole debate became moot today when it was announced that Orakpo had lost in the first round to Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, 61% to 39% with more than 400,000 votes cast.

I’m fine with that. The Redskins defense had enough problems last year; we don’t need to add even the possibility of a Curse to the mix. I’m sure Orakpo isn’t pleased to have lost — no one likes losing at anything, obviously — but I think this serves the greater good. And so I say to whatever percentage of that 400,000+ people was comprised of superstitious Redskins fans: nice work, and thanks.

(Hat tip to @HogsHaven, who saw it first.)

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WalterFootball.Com Is Not Feeling Optimistic About Your 2011 Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on March 28, 2011 – 1:04 pm

I was working on my 2011 mock draft today — my 2011 mock top 10, to be more accurate, and it should be up on any second now — but doing that leaves me depressingly behind the times. The folks at are serious about their NFL Draft coverage, serious enough that they’re already doing their 2012 mock draft.

You might think that this would be challenging, since neither the 2011 college football season (which might affect players’ draft status just a little bit) nor the 2011 NFL season (which would set the draft order) has happened yet. But the folks at WalterFootball are undeterred; they’ve simply reversed the order of their Power Rankings — which featured the Redskins at the bottom (and which means that, yes, my inflammatory headline is a bit inaccurate) — and extrapolated from existing college football data.

And that’s how they’ve determined that the your Washington Redskins will be drafting Andrew Luck, QB out of Stanford, in 2012. The reasoning? “With a poor 2011 quarterbacking class, Washington may have to roll with Rex Grossman (yeesh) and wait a year to find a long-term solution at the position.”

So that’s something to look forward to, I guess.

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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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Enter The Redskins Kids Club’s Football Five Writing Contest

Posted by Matt Terl on March 24, 2011 – 3:39 pm

If you (or someone you know) is a creative first- through sixth-grader who loves the Washington Redskins, you (or that someone you know) have one week left to enter the Football Five Writing Contest. The rules are pretty simple: just write a story — one page typed or legibly handwritten — about anything dealing with the Washington Redskins and including ALL FIVE of the following words:

  • Community
  • Umbrella
  • Gold
  • Jump rope
  • Spoon

You can find the full official rules and the list of prizes on the official contest website.

If you (or your entrant) need something to jog your creative juices, may I suggest that you start with the word umbrella and extrapolate the rest from this vintage Redskins Blog post. Ah, memories.
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