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Redskins vs. Eagles, Nov. 9, 1969: Fit To Be Tied

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 18, 2011 – 3:58 pm

Every so often here at Redskins Park, someone opens a box from storage or a drawer that’s somehow been ignored for years, and finds something completely awesome. Here, Brian Tinsman looks at one of those somethings. I was mainly entertained by the photographer’s fascination with the pigeon in this photo, but Tinsman has much more of the story of this day.

Ask any athlete and they’ll tell you that one of the most disappointing scenarios in all of sports is to tie. Sure, nobody would rather lose, but the point of any competition is to win. Best described after a 1954 tie against Duke, Navy’s football coach Eddie Erdelatz said that tying was “like kissing your sister.”

Ties in the NFL have become incredibly rare thanks to sudden-death overtime, but that was not always the case. The Redskins have 27 ties in franchise history, with the last one coming against the Giants in 1997. The heyday for sister-kissing was the 1960s, and today we look back at a particularly frustrating tie against the Eagles on November 9, 1969.

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Bruce Allen On A ‘Fast And Furious’ Free Agency

Posted by Matt Terl on July 18, 2011 – 2:03 pm

Okay, I guess I’ll write about something a bit more relevant than Pro Bowl uniforms from fifteen years ago.

On Friday, I wrote a piece for the Redskins.com about Bruce Allen’s comments to Larry Michael about the changes at FedExField, but that was only half of the interview.

Michael also asked Allen (two men + four first names = confusing attributive sentences!) about the status of the continuing NFL labor issues, the possibilities of training camp starting ten days from now, and what to expect in a shortened free agency period. You can watch Allen’s answers above, or read the transcript after the jump. (Or just wait patiently for me to get back to complaining about ugly Pro Bowl uniforms, if that’s more your thing.) Read more »

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More Of The 1997 Pro Bowl Uniforms

Posted by Matt Terl on July 18, 2011 – 11:45 am

There were a few grim notes in my earlier post about Redskins who have earned the 99 ranking in Madden football, but perhaps the grimmest came from the Matt Turk Pro Bowl gallery: the 1997 Pro Bowl uniform.

There’s really no reason to bring this up now, other than that earlier post. It’s not like today’s date has any resonance with the 1997 Pro Bowl, nor does it correspond to the birthday of any of the players involved. Basically, I had forgotten how hideous this uniform was and the picture from earlier prompted me to dig up a few more photos for your “enjoyment”.

The Redskins sent five guys to the Pro Bowl in 1997:

  • Terry Allen
  • Gus Frerotte
  • Darrell Green
  • Ken Harvey
  • Matt Turk

Each one of them earned that honor by performing remarkably in the 1996 season, and all of them deserved better than the look that’s on display here:

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A Depressing Redskins Note By Way Of Madden Football

Posted by Matt Terl on July 18, 2011 – 9:45 am

Because it’s the internet, someone took the time to compile a list of every player who has received the coveted 99 overall ranking in the Madden football videogames since Madden ’99. From that entire span of fourteen games, two Redskins player make the list.

That there are so few local guys on the list is frustrating but largely unsurprising. What’s slightly more surprising — and VASTLY more depressing — is precisely which two players are representing D.C.:

  • From Madden 10, Albert Haynesworth. (That was the edition of Madden released the offseason that Haynesworth came to town, and doesn’t actually reflect his performance here.)
  • And from Madden NFL 2000, punter Matt Turk. (Who was a punter.)

That’s it. That’s the list. Which means that, by one theoretically objective ranking system, the Redskins two best players of the last decade were a punter and someone who never actually lived up to his theoretically objective ranking after coming to town. Cheery start to the week.

In honor of Matt Turk’s accomplishment, please enjoy this gallery of AP photos recalling his various Pro Bowl appearances as a member of the Redskins, including one of Turk in the ugliest Pro Bowl jersey in human history.

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