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Leonard Hankerson Unfazed By Low-Ball Madden Rating

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 22, 2011 – 4:11 pm

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As the release date for EA Sports “Madden 2012” draws near (August 30th), player rating numbers are being floated around the blogosphere.  For Redskins fans, commence the gnashing of teeth.

According to a post by author “EA Sports” on the official Madden 12 blog entitled “Madden NFL 12 Rookie Ratings: Top Wide Receivers,” Leonard Hankerson ranks eighth among rookie receivers and a 67 overall.

Ouch.  For comparison’s sake, AJ Green of the Bengals was listed as an 80 overall, and Atlanta’s Julio Jones is a 78 overall.  Is Hankerson really only 84 percent the player that Green is?  Redskins and Miami University fans took to their keyboards in protest.  Said one fan:

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Stadium Seats Find New Homes

Posted by Ross Leonhart on July 22, 2011 – 2:41 pm

Redskins intern Ross Leonhart braved the sweltering heat to cover pick-up day for the FedExField seats sold for the benefit of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

It was a great scene at the stadium today, as football fans came from all over the world to get their pieces of history from FedExField.

After the recent renovations at the stadium to remove seats, the Redskins  made around 200 seats available to fans for purchase.  All proceeds go to Redskins Charitable Foundation.

It was a mixed crowd of Redskins fans, New York Giants fans, people who like to provoke their Redskins fan family members, and even people making the trip from Canada.

Virginia resident Angela Crews was on-hand to get the perfect addition to her families “Redskins Basement.”

“This is a perfect opportunity to get a piece of memorabilia that not everyone’s going to get,” Crews said. “And it’s for a good cause.”

The Redskins weren’t the only ones in a charitable mood; fans from all over came for seats that weren’t for them.

Redskin fans James Scanlan and Ed Wyluda drove down almost four hours from New Jersey to get a seat for their dad — the inspiration behind their Burgundy and Gold fanhood. They expect the seats to go in his “Redskins Room,” that is filled with signed helmets, pictures and painted accordingly.

Teacher Stacy Liles battled the heat with her 14-month-old twins, Caelyn and Rowen, to get the seats for her husband who had to work. The seats are going in the basement with all their other Redskins stuff, and the two babies are next generation Skins fans.

Christmas may come early in the Noll house, at least for the Redskins fans in the family.

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Niles Paul Reviews Captain America

Posted by Matt Terl on July 22, 2011 – 10:20 am

Redskins fifth-round draft pick Niles Paul is someone who understands the myriad uses of Twitter.  He not only communicates with fans and tweets pictures of himself as Harry Potter like every other football player on Earth; he also regularly dispenses advice for the lovelorn and even reviews midnight showing of the latest geek-chic films.

Here, then, is Paul’s review of Captain America: The First Avenger, the latest installment in Marvel Comics’ ongoing experiment in cinematic universe-building.  SHORT VERSION: He does not agree with the majority at Rotten Tomatoes.

I’m not going to lie: this is disappointing news to me.  At least it sounds like Paul and safety O.J. Atogwe will have plenty to discuss.

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Hail! Throwback And Vince Lombardi

Posted by Matt Terl on July 22, 2011 – 9:01 am

I believe that after today’s strip, Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli will just be a Jack Pardee and a Norv Turner away from having cartoonified every Redskins head coach since Lombardi.  (NOTE: Not really.)

Also, the more observant among you might notice that things look a little different around these parts.  We’ve switched platforms (again), for a whole variety of reasons — now we’re much more in line with the look & feel of the rest of  Redskins.com, for one thing — and we’re all sort of getting used to things.  The commenting system is different (although I believe it’s much smoother), and you’ll spot other changes throughout the blog.

We know about some existing issues, but if you spot any bugs, dead links, or other huge problems, please drop us a line and let us know.  Thanks, and enjoy the new-look site.

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