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Hail! Throwback Grinds It Out

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 9:15 am

Sometimes I feel like writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli‘s comic strips require an introduction; sometimes I assume that the joke will make sense to any Redskins fan. This one falls somewhere in between — the incident referenced took place awhile back, but has been retold enough times to border on myth.

The trickiness is compounded because explaining the crucial reference blows the punchline, so the annotation comes after the strip this week. As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

As promised, an annotation. If you’re young enough that you don’t remember what 50 Gut over and over refers to, here’s former offensive line coach Joe Bugel speaking about Russ Grimm’s Hall Of Fame enshrinement:

There’s one game that I’ll never ever forget. It was going to be Dallas or Washington going to the Super Bowl. We had them up by maybe two touchdowns. Coach Gibbs come up and he said Bugs what do you want to run. I said ’50-Gut. Let’s run right at Randy, not away from him.’So Randy was lined up against Grimm and it was one after another, plus 5, plus 6, plus 5. We get in the huddle. What’s the play? 50-Gut. We ran it 10 straight times. That’s when Randy White realized that Russ Grimm was not only a great football player but a Hall of Fame football player.”

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