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ESPN Admires Redskins Fans

Posted by Matt Terl on June 30, 2011 – 2:40 pm

Well, this is really the confluence of a couple of recent Redskins Blog trends. Brian Tinsman has been doing yeoman’s work linking to ESPN’s offseason lists, and yesterday I linked to ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano complimenting Mike Shanahan’s gameface. So somehow, this post — in which Graziano pays a very nice compliment to Redskins fans — seems like the natural culmination of all that.

Without further ado, here’s Graziano, paying tribute to the best fanbase in the NFC East: Read more »

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Redskins Fantasy Football Pre-Rankings For The 2011 Season

Posted by Brian Tinsman on June 30, 2011 – 12:11 pm

Brian Tinsman is rapidly becoming our official ESPN The List correspondent here at the Redskins Blog, and this is possibly the most important one yet. I miss fantasy football.

Even though NFL teams don’t have their rosters set for the season, it might be wise to consider your fantasy football roster for the season. As anyone who plays fantasy football knows, there are sleepers, busts and breakout players, all of which are covered in ESPN.com’s latest NFL list.

Apparently, the Redskins have some good things to look forward to: Read more »

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As if Brian Orakpo Needed Motivation

Posted by Brian Tinsman on June 30, 2011 – 10:06 am

In case anyone missed the memo, the theme for June in the NFL is lists. There’s the top players, top players by position, top free agents, top teams, top coaches, top mascots, top logos–and it gets worse from there.

ESPN recently analyzed the league’s top linebackers, and decided that Brian Orakpo was not worthy of a top-10 designation. While I offered some thoughts on the issue, Orakpo responded to the list on ESPN 980 with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro during “Redskins at 1”: Read more »

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Work Begins On The Other Side Of FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on June 29, 2011 – 4:48 pm

Just when you thought this blog was done with pictures of cranes and dangling concrete and empty space where seats used to be, work begins on the east side of FedExField. As always, click the photos to enlarge — the images really are much more noteworthy at the bigger size — and head here for the backstory on the construction.

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ESPN Admires Mike Shanahan’s Gameface

Posted by Matt Terl on June 29, 2011 – 3:03 pm

As part of ESPN.com’s “Best Of The NFL” Week, ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano hands out some best-of awards to the NFC East coaches. The Eagles take Best Coach/GM Tandem and Best Delegator, Jason Garrett gets Best Motivator, and Tom Coughlin gets Best At Telling It Like It Is.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, meanwhile, takes Best Gameface. Here’s Graziano’s rationale: Read more »

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Chris Samuels In Japan, 2002

Posted by Matt Terl on June 29, 2011 – 2:00 pm

Every so often here at Redskins Park, you can open a drawer that’s somehow been ignored for years or a box that’s been in storage forever and find something completely awesome. These pictures would be among those somethings.

Most Redskins fans remember Osaka pretty clearly. That’s where the American Bowl was played during the 2002 preseason, the one night when Steve Spurrier’s offense really lived up to the hype before coming brutally back to earth during the regular season. Osaka is now a shorthand warning for Redskins fans not to take the preseason too seriously, and many of the stories from that trip have been told.

These images, though, don’t come from the trip itself. Then-young offensive lineman Chris Samuels and then-49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia went on an advance promotional trip to Osaka in March of that year to help drum up enthusiasm for the game. The trip included visits to a baseball game and a sumo match, school visits, press conferences, and at least one appearance at a retail store. The resulting images and press clips were collected in a binder commemorating NFL ON TOUR: Osaka 2002, which is where I came across them.

These pictures were new to me, and I didn’t notice any record of them online so I’m hoping they’ll be fairly new to everyone else.

Here, for example, are Samuels and Garcia at a sumo match:

And here they are with a sumo wrestler: Read more »

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Brian Orakpo Has A Superfan

Posted by Ryan Gracia on June 29, 2011 – 12:05 pm

Ryan Gracia finds a Brian Orakpo superfan on Twitter.

Nothing shows your support for a Redskins player like having their last name plastered onto the license plate of your car.

Just ask Brian Orakpo‘s superfan, Ronnie Eubanks, who made it clear who he roots for every Sunday during the NFL season. And he didn’t stop until his favorite linebacker knew it, too.

Eubanks ultimately got his retweet from Orakpo, so presumably everyone’s happy.

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Chris Neild Is Tweeting From The Rookie Seminar

Posted by Matt Terl on June 29, 2011 – 9:41 am

If Redskins seventh-round draft choice Chris Neild‘s tweets are anything to go by, he probaby heard Joe Gibbs speak yesterday. Neild is apparently down in Florida for the decertified NFLPA’s “Business Of Football: Rookie Edition” seminar, where Gibbs gave a presentation on money management. But it was today’s speakers that prompted Neild to tweet a picture: DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA and Roger Goodell of the NFL, sitting side by side on the podium, addressing the rookies together.

And Neild isn’t the only Redskins draft pick who seems to be in attendance: the @NFLPA_Photos twitter account also caught Ryan Kerrigan alongside Blaine Gabbert yesterday afternoon. Read more »

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Joe Gibbs On Rookies, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on June 28, 2011 – 11:26 am

That’s former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs addressing a group of NFL rookies in Bradenton, Florida, about the dangers of poor financial management. Gibbs himself made some financial missteps earlier in his career (which he covers at length in his autobiography), and — following his second coaching stint — decided to do something to prevent newly-wealthy draftees from making similar errors.

And, according to a USA Today story by Nate Davis, Gibbs tried out his theory on the Redskins before taking the show to Florida.

Even in retirement – Gibbs stepped down from his second stint with the Redskins after the 2007 season – he remained bothered that so many players were flirting with fiscal ruin. So he reached out to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and head coach Mike Shanahan last year and married them up with his associates at Strayer University, people who were financially linked to his NASCAR teams.

Gibbs thought their money-managing acumen could help the Washington players.

“We did kind of a pilot study with the Redskins,” he says. “I really felt like the guys that participated really, really benefited. They were really excited about it. Having seen that, I starting thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could take this throughout the league.'”

The seminar in Florida represents the start of that process.

Some other interesting links, including Gibbs’s thoughts on the 2011 Redskins:
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Niles Paul Is Planking

Posted by Ryan Gracia on June 28, 2011 – 8:29 am

Intern Ryan gets his introduction to the internet meme known as planking, via Redskins fifth-round draft choice Niles Paul.

After Niles Paul tweeted and then retweeted some pictures of himself (and possibly some others) “planking” last night, I figured it was pretty hilarious and ought to be shown to the rest of Redskins Nation who may not have a Twitter account or don’t follow Paul in the Twitter World.

For those who don’t know what planking is … well, neither did I when I first stumbled upon these pictures. Below, various professional athletes offer some background information on the internet phenomenon, and here’s some deeper background in a story from the BBC.

I’m not a professional “planker” and don’t have the ability to just the quality of an established plank position, but here are two photos of Paul planking, via Dominique Lashun’s twitter feed. So check out the following photos and enjoy the extreme plankage going on.

People are planking on top of cars, basketball hoops, countertops and chairs, and Paul even retweeted a picture of someone underneath water. I’m no rocket scientist, but this is definitely getting out of control.

But some feel there’s no reason to stop with just one person. Go gather the whole neighborhood for a planking party! (via a retweet by Redskins defensive lineman Darrion Scott)

And by the way, I wasn’t the only one confused with the whole idea of planking. As I was writing this blog, I noticed several other athletes, including some Redskins, getting themselves involved in the world of planking on Twitter.

Here’s NBA player and DC native Kevin Durant:

And Anthony Armstrong:

And finally here’s Scott tried helping him out:


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