What Is The Key Moment For The Redskins Franchise?

Posted by Matt Terl on May 10, 2011 – 2:57 pm

So ESPN’s NFL blogs all appear to be doing something called “Flash Points”, where they look at the crucial, formative moments in a franchise’s history. Each team gets a few possible Flash Points offered up for a vote, and the results will be revealed on May 27. For the Redskins, ESPN’s choices are:

  • Trading for Sonny Jurgensen in 1964
  • Hiring George Allen in 1971
  • Hiring Joe Gibbs in 1981
  • Daniel Snyder purchasing the team in 1999

Or, of course, “Other.” Here’s ESPN writer Jeffri Chadiha’s explanation for those choices: Read more »

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More To Like About John Beck, Using Math

Posted by Matt Terl on May 10, 2011 – 11:57 am

I’ve already offered up one positive way to look at Mike Shanahan’s endorsement of John Beck. Over at the DC Sports Bog today, Dan Steinberg has transcribed a Beck radio appearance on something called 102.1 The Game in which Beck offers up a series of football-lovin’ quotes that further make him easy to root for. Now Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman weighs in with still ANOTHER argument in favor of Giving Beck A Chance, based on the quarterback’s recent appearance on ESPN980 — and Tinsman does it with MATH.

by Brian Tinsman

After the Redskins passed on a quarterback in the 2011 draft, a lot of attention has been given to the position, and particularly to John Beck.

What could possibly be so fascinating about an untested 30-year-old quarterback, who has played in only five career games with three teams?

Beck recently had a chance to sit down with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro of ESPN980 to discuss his football journey, and there are elements of that journey that make the ominous sounding “thirty years old” seem a bit more manageable.

There are benefits to being an older player: over the course of a career, a player gains football intelligence, which has to do with how long he’s soaked up the flow of the game. Then there’s the physical side of things, usually a negative of age because of the rigors of the game and the wear and tear on an athlete’s body. Despite his nominal age of 30, Beck’s football intelligence is that of a 27-year-old with four years of pro experience, and his football body is that of a 24-year-old.

It’s complicated.

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Golf Is Not Actually Brian Orakpo's Best Sport

Posted by Matt Terl on May 10, 2011 – 9:22 am

Lots to like about Brian Orakpo hosting yesterday’s Leukemia Golf Classic. He got a lot of his teammates out there, for one thing. More importantly, it’s a great benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And, you know, it was a nice day and he provided a reason for folks to be outside. All good things.

Less good, though, is Orakpo’s actual golf swing. Kelli Johnson of Comcast SportsNet actually told Orakpo that she had heard some less-than-flattering reports on his golfing abilities and, after a little bit of bravado, Orakpo acknowledged that it might be an area of some concern.

“I mean, I’m great on the Wii, you know?” Orakpo said. “When you’re swinging that remote, I can get a hole in one in that, but we’ll see on this real life course.”

They certainly did get to see, and thanks to the magic of Comcast SportsNet’s cameras, so can you.


Me, I’m just happy to hear that, like me, Brian Orakpo is only good at golf on the Wii.

H/T to DC Sports Bog and SB Nation DC, who also have this up. Read more »

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