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Pictures From Brian Orakpo’s Leukemia Golf Classic

Posted by Matt Terl on May 9, 2011 – 1:00 pm

The Leukemia Golf Classic
has seen its fair share of mild awkwardness through the years. It was originally Mark Brunell’s event; Brunell passed it on to Jason Campbell without much ceremony. Last year, the Jason Campbell Leukemia Golf Classic was hosted by Chris Cooley after the eponymous QB was traded to Oakland two days earlier. That was somewhat awkward, as covered in excruciating detail here.

Presumably to avoid any such awkwardness this year and into the future, the event this year was billed as The Leukemia Golf Classic, Hosted By Brian Orakpo. That seemed pretty much bulletproof — in the unlikely even that Orakpo was sent out of town, the organizers could’ve simply swapped someone else’s name into the “hosted by’ slot. But the awkwardness this year had nothing to do with the host and everything to do with the guests: because of the ongoing NFL labor issues, the coaches (and team staff) in attendence were only allowed to converse with the players in attendence in the most cursory, polite way.

This added a bit of dinner-party-with-recently-divorced-couples ambience to an otherwise terrific event on a gorgeous day at a beautiful (and newly-upgraded) golf course, although everyone involved went to great lengths to downplay the awkwardness and emphasize the benefits.

Event Chair Troy Cromwell, for example, of presenting sponsor Verizon Business: “We’re trying to put together something fun, something that brings a lot of athletes and a lot of corporations together to raise a lot of money for a good cause,” Cromwell said. “I’m glad they were all able to make it. I know it’s uneasy for a few folks, but I’m glad they’re here.”

Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen saw things similarly. “”This is about golf today,” Allen said, “and this is about leukemia, and if we can beat them, we’ll be happy.”

In fact, Allen — prompted by John Keim of the Washington Examiner — even managed to have some fun with the situation.

Keim joked with Allen about talking football strategy on the golf course, suggesting that the G.M. might look at a shot and say something like, “Boy, that shot reminds me of that 3-4 look we saw against Dallas.”

“I think I’m allowed to say ‘Fore,'” Allen said.

Here, then are some pictures from the morning at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
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Niles Paul Can Do It All

Posted by Matt Terl on May 9, 2011 – 8:54 am

The Redskins selected three wide receivers in this year’s NFL Draft. We’ve heard a lot about Leonard Hankerson, but less about the other two. Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman was determined to change that. Fifth-round draft choice Niles Paul spoke to ESPN980’s Chris Russell not long after being drafted, and Tinsman has the highlights:

by Brian Tinsman

In a league that increasingly values a player’s versatility, the Redskins may have struck intangible-gold with wide receiver Niles Paul.

After being drafted out of Nebraska by the Redskins with the 155th overall pick, Paul had a chance to catch up with Chris Russell on ESPN 980, where he took the oppportunity to talk about … his value in the running game. Read more »

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