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Mike Shanahan On Playing Football In Toronto

Posted by Matt Terl on April 21, 2011 – 4:40 pm

Possibly the most interesting aspect of the Redskins 2011 schedule is the October 30th contest at the Buffalo Bills. Because, of course, even though the Bills are the nominal “home” team, the game is being played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Which is apparently in Canada.

It marks the first regular season international game for the Redskins, which is probably a big part of the reason that head coach Mike Shanahan wound up on a conference call with Canadian reporters explaining the challenges of playing overseas.

“It’s really not like playing a preseason game,” Shanahan said, “because those games don’t count. I think everyone looks forward to going to someplace they haven’t been. I’ve heard so many great things about Toronto, relating to the population and what type of city it is. I’ve just heard all kinds of positive things. So I’m kind of looking forward to that as [is] our team. I’ve been to Buffalo a number of times, but I’ve never been to Toronto so I’m looking forward to it.”

That has me much more excited for the Toronto game than I was in our Redskins.com Writers’ Roundtable, when I said: “I’ve never been to Toronto, but we seem to go to Detroit every year. I imagine it’s sort of similar.” Shanahan’s quote will probably work better for the Canadian media, too.

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