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A Redskins House, Redskins Tooth, And Other Things You Can Vote For

Posted by Matt Terl on May 31, 2011 – 2:55 pm

The Redskins Fan Draft Photo Contest — last seen on this blog as an excuse to post pictures of pets in Redskins gear — has entered the public voting stage. Twenty finalists have been selected, and now you all can go vote for your favorites. And boy, is there some remarkably fanatical stuff for you to choose from.

Like this submission from Rosey King, an entire house painted in Redskins colors:

Or those old friends of this blog, via Tim Thompson, Uncle Skins and Bet-skins Ross:

Or the Knestricks, a couple who incorporated Redskins attire into their wedding:

Or, perhaps most unsually, this Redskins permanent dental crown:

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Ryan Kerrigan Brings the Heat

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 31, 2011 – 11:28 am

Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman gives us an update on Redskins first-round draft pick linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

Ryan Kerrigan’s mastery on the football field is well-documented. His time as a high school basketball player has already been covered, as have his superior swimming abilities. But wait, there’s more!

While most of the country was celebrating our nation’s armed forces with family time and backyard cookouts, Kerrigan was moonlighting as a baseball player.

Well, sort of.

Kerrigan did the honors of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the minor league baseball game between the Indianapolis Indians and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

The Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, were Kerrigan’s hometown team growing up. The home stadium, Victory Field, is considered one of the finest minor league baseball facilities in the country.

Kerrigan first invited everyone out to the game, via twitter (@RyanKerrigan):

Now I’ve been watching baseball for a long time, and I have no idea what “hot stinky cheddar” is. Curiosity caused me to look it up, and unsurprisingly, no one had ever used that hash-tag before. But apparently it’s a good thing, because more than 8,000 fans showed up.

Kerrigan then walked us through the warming up process: Read more »

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Mark Rypien And Angela Rypien Have A Catch

Posted by Matt Terl on May 31, 2011 – 9:33 am

This doesn’t really warrant its own post; in a perfect world, this would just have been the art that illustrated my interview with Mark Rypien about his daughter Angela’s new gig in the Lingerie Football League. But this isn’t a perfect world, as we all learn again and again in life, and this image wasn’t added to to the Robert Delfin Photography Facebook page until yesterday.

This image is largely devoid of context — just the younger Rypien, left, and her Super Bowl MVP dad, right, tossing the ball around. Mark Rypien even mentioned that he had helped teach Angela some QB basics — including the drop, as we’re seeing here — and joked that his daughter “has better guns than I do, and probably throws a better ball than I do right now.” So it’s not like this is the first time this has happened.

In my head, though, it’s the last scene in Field Of Dreams, with the portentous, hopeful music playing in the background as years of unresolved issues are solved through the simple having of a catch. I’ve embedded the song in question below if you want to listen to it while you look at the picture; it adds a whole bunch of completely unearned drama to the experience.
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And Now, Pets In Redskins Gear

Posted by Matt Terl on May 27, 2011 – 12:15 pm

The Redskins Fan Draft photo contest (which I previously discussed here) will be announcing its finalists at 2:00 today. As I write this, I don’t know who will be in the finals, but I do know that there were a whole lot of excellent photos submitted. Here are a few of those, specifically the subset that I’ve entitled “Pets In And Around Redskins Stuff”. Clicking on the picture will take you to that entry’s page at the Fan Draft for more details.

From Jennifer Sachs:
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Redskins Charitable Foundation Awards Scholarship

Posted by Matt Terl on May 27, 2011 – 11:04 am

This is Yasmine Arrington, a high school student at Benjamin Banneker High School in D.C., giving the keynote address at the Womanifesting In Action panel discussion this past March.

Yesterday, Arrington received a phone call from Daniel Snyder letting her know that she would be the recpient of this year’s $25,000 Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fund college scholarship — and that he would be matching the $5,000 she raised this year through her ScholarCHIPS program (which provides college scholarships to high school seniors with an incarcerated parent).

“It was the right thing to do,” Snyder said, “and it was an opportunity to do what we really should do.”

This is the third year the Foundation has awarded the scholarship (you might remember future bilingual pediatrician Kiana Hardy from last year).

“I think it’s developing to be a staple of our charity activities, and of the charitable foundation,” Snyder said. “And now that you’ve got an opportunity to do more, we’re gonna be doing that.”

The question, Snyder said, is of what else the team and its Charitable Foundation can do. “One of the things we want,” Snyder said, “is we want input from the community out there about what else we should be doing with the charity organization. Obviously we have reading programs, obviously we have mentoring programs, we have field programs, and athletics, and so on. But what else should we do for the community?” Read more »

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Hail! Throwback Explores A Pat Fischer Legend

Posted by Matt Terl on May 27, 2011 – 8:15 am

Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli is back from his honeymoon, and his comic strip returns with him. Today, Ceccarelli takes a look at an old legend surrounding Pat Fischer, which — for background — I’ll explain by quoting Tarhog & TK-IV II I’s excellent Redskins History 101 from over on Extremeskins:

Pat Fischer was an anecdote-teller’s dream. He was rumored to be fond of chewing on a mouthful of ‘stick-um’ to relax before games. Supposedly finding it difficult to find well-fitting knee pads, Fischer would allegedly tape disposable diapers around his knees. It was also reportedly common for Fischer to send young fans in the stands after hot coffee to warm him during cold-weather games.

Apparently Fischer would’ve been a cartoonist’s dream as well. As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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Chris Russell Runs The 40 For Charity

Posted by Matt Terl on May 26, 2011 – 3:04 pm

Sure, it’s been nice to turn on the TV and see the footage of John Beck winging the ball to Leonard Hankerson during these players-only workouts, but this is on a whole different level. Here’s the backstory: wide receiver Anthony Armstrong told ESPN980 beat reporter Chris Russell that he’d donate a thousand dollars to charity if Russell could run the 40-yard-dash in under ten seconds.

That was in December. Most of these hyperbolic charity wagers fade into nothingness (I’m still waiting for Armstrong and Brandon Banks to race Chad Ochocinco), but Armstrong didn’t forget this one.

“We kept kinda going back and forth, but we never found the right time to do it amidst everything going on,” Russell explained. “He kept bringing it back up this week, when we were out at the practice fields [at the undisclosed location hosting players-only workouts]; finally today, the players kept egging me on.” Read more »

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Jimmy Kemp Pays A Visit To Redskins Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 26, 2011 – 1:06 pm

Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman talked to Jimmy Kemp at Redskins Park today. Kemp is the son of the late Jack Kemp, and president of the Jack Kemp Foundation. He was at Redskins Park to day to … well, here, I’ll just let Tinsman explain. (The AP Photo below is of Jack Kemp, not Jimmy. Just in case there was any confusion.)

Jimmy Kemp stopped by Redskins Park today to talk to Redskins general manager Bruce Allen about the Jack Kemp Foundation, of which he is President.

Jack Kemp was a former quarterback in the American Football League, National Football League, and Canadian Football League over a 13-year career. He also set up the AFL Players Association and also served his country in the US Army Reserves. After his playing career, he was a Congressman, Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate, and Presidential Cabinet member.

The man personified leadership, and that’s something that his family wanted to pass on. According to Jimmy — a former CFL quarterback himself and a native of Potomac, Md. — the foundation seeks to carry on his father’s legacy.

“We set up the Jack Kemp Foundation after Dad passed away in 2009,” Kemp said. “One of our programs is the Kemp Leadership Academy, a resource for current and former professional and Olympic athletes that are interested in public policy and potentially public service.”

The advisory board of the foundation is comprised of former athletes-turned-politicians Bill Bradley, JC Watts, Steve Largent, and Tom McMillen.

“The idea is that there are skills that translate from professional sports to a political career,” Kemp explained. “We’re really, almost a training camp for your mind, to get you ready for the battle of ideas. We think that’s one of the lessons that translates well from the playing field to the political field.”

Kemp’s trip to Ashburn was inspired by the launch of his full program this fall. “I just came out to talk to Bruce Allen about, y’know, former players who we could be working with, who could be interested.” Read more »

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Evan Royster To The Hall of Fame

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 26, 2011 – 10:47 am

The Redskins’ Hall of Fame year continues. First it was Russ Grimm, in August of 2010. Next, offensive lineman Will Montgomery in March of 2011. In April, Chris Samuels. Now intern Brian Tinsman writes about ANOTHER new Redskins Hall of Famer — and it’s not an offensive lineman this time.

No, the headline is not a brash prediction for the Redskins’ 2011 sixth round draft pick to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (But if it turns out to be true, then you heard it here first.)

Rather, this is in regards to Royster being inducted into the Westfield High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The Chantilly, Va. native was part of the 2011 class of inductions that was honored on Tuesday night.

Royster put up massive numbers at Westfield, finishing his career with 750 rushes for 6,384 yards and 90 touchdowns. His senior year alone he rushed for 2,161 yards, and 30 touchdowns, earning him All-Metro and Virginia AAA Northern Region offensive player honors.

During his time at Westfield he also ran track and played lacrosse.

Royster assessed his strengths and weaknesses in high school via Scout.com, saying:

I run up the middle well. I’m a powerback, but have pretty good agility too. I feel I can pretty much run through or around anyone, but I still want to work on my breakaway speed. I also need to improve my cutting ability and move my feet better.

It’s not quite Canton, it’s but it’s a well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Evan! Read more »

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Redskins Rookie Cheerleaders At The Calendar Shoot

Posted by Matt Terl on May 25, 2011 – 4:52 pm

Jordan Beane, Official Blog Cheerleader Calendar Shoot Correspondent, didn’t have time to add a lot of tedious “words” to today’s update. Beane claims that he’s “busy” with “work things”; I suspect that he’s playing beach volleyball and drinking elaborate frozen things. But he was kind enough to send back pictures of a few of the rookie cheerleaders from their photoshoots, which is correspondent-y enough for me. You can click any of the photos for a larger version.

More pictures after the jump.

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