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Sean Taylor's Death Named Comcast SportsNet's Top Story Of The Decade

Posted by Matt Terl on April 11, 2011 – 3:57 pm

Comcast SportsNet has been counting down the top stories of their ten years here. It’s a celebration of the network’s ten year anniversary, but the top story — as anchor Kelli Johnson notes in her introduction to the piece below — “is one of heartbreak and tragedy”: the death of Redskins safety Sean Taylor.

It’s a heartbreaking story indeed, and a grim ending to a celebratory countdown. And it’s a story that most people reading this blog probably remember all too well. But it’s also somehow appropriate: although the story was terrible, CSN’s coverage at the time was detailed and moving. This package also fits those descriptions, and even the timing of the announcement seems fitting, just a week after what would’ve been Taylor’s 28th birthday.

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Jason Garrett, George Starke, And Dallas Being Like Washington

Posted by Matt Terl on April 11, 2011 – 11:32 am

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is hoping that his players stay together during the NFL’s ongoing labor issues. That was the simple takeaway from a post on ProFootballTalk this morning, and — honestly — it’s not all that noteworthy. What WAS noteworthy, though, was Garrett’s framing of his message, and the nicely inflammatory headline that PFT used to promote it: Garrett wants his Cowboys to be like the Redskins.

If you’re a Redskins fan at all — and, as always, I assume that you’re a Redskins fan if you’re reading this — you know what Garrett was driving at. During the strike-shortened seasons of 1982 and 1987, the Redskins players stuck together, practiced without coaches, and came back from the labor drama to win the Super Bowl both times. According to Garrett (according to PFT, according to Gerry Fraley of, the togetherness “reflected in their play on the field” and led directly to those Super Bowl titles.

It’s not an uncommon belief — the New York Times had a similar piece not too long ago.

Coincidentally enough, though, I recently had a chance to talke to former Head Hog George Starke. He was at an unrelated event — speaking to high school football players in D.C. as part of the Coaches In The Classroom initiative — but I took a few minutes to talk to him about the strike years he experienced (1974 and 1982). The entire interview should be airing on Tuesday’s Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet, but since Starke actually mentioned the Cowboys a couple of times, it seemed worth transcribing here. Read more »

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