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The Redskins vs. Rush-Hour Traffic

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 31, 2011 – 7:05 pm

Guess what happens when 80 Redskins players run into rush-hour traffic on the way to the team hotel?

They sit there and wait, with thousands of fellow DMV’ers.

As per usual before any game, the team departed the facilities (Point A) for the hotel, around mid-afternoon.  Unfortunately, thanks to traffic, the buses were delayed in reaching point B.

Here are a few of the frustrated tweets orbiting around in Redskins Twitterverse:

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Barry Cofield Admits He’s Looking [A Little] Past The Bucs

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 31, 2011 – 6:07 pm

The fourth game of the preseason is a perennially-underrated matchup, considering it is one of the best games of the year.

Does it have the star power?  Usually not.  Does it have the cleanest execution of the game-plan?  Usually not.  But for some of these men, this is their last shot at a dream-job.  It’s the one game on the NFL calendar in which there is significant playing time for entire units of players that are playing for their careers.

You may not recognize the names, and there could be dozens of penalties, but you will see human desire personified by dozens of young men that fight for the ability to call themselves pro athletes.  And that makes it awesome.

But that situation doesn’t necessarily apply to all 80 men that suit up in Burgundy and Gold tomorrow.  Certainly, some of these players know that they are roster locks, and are looking ahead to the regular season.

“I’ve gotten some opportunities here in the preseason,” defensive lineman Barry Cofield said.  “I rushed some passes pretty well against Baltimore. On a scale of one-to-ten, if ten is a Pro Bowl level? I’ll say I’m at a seven.”

For Cofield in particular, the mental preparation time befor the Giants will be critical. Read more »

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Aldrick Robinson Still A Work In Progress

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 31, 2011 – 5:15 pm

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This year might go down as one of the hardest years ever for a rookie to make a roster.  From the lack of OTA’s, to the inability to learn the playbooks early, and dramatically expanded rosters, the odds are stacked against inexperience.

But none of these reasons are an excuse for Aldrick Robinson, who knows that he fumbled away his opportunities early in the preseason.

“I’m not making the most of the chances I’m given,” he said.  “I don’t feel like I had a good camp, not a good preseason either, so hopefully I can turn it back around.”

Part of the explanation is a change in culture.

Born and raised in Waxahachie, Texas, Robinson was the big fish in a small pond through high school.  He was a two-sport athlete, and his speed allowed him to excel at pretty much anything on the gridiron.  At Southern Methodist University, he was a top receiving threat against other Conference USA opponents.

This is his first extended stay outside of Texas, and Washington is a long way from home.

“I like the weather here–I actually like the weather right now,” he said a few days after Hurricane Irene.  “But some of the food places aren’t the same. Late at night I like to go to Whataburger but y’all don’t have that.  Then Burger King isn’t open 24 hours a day down here, and Popeyes closes at 11 where as in Texas it closes at 12.”

These aren’t huge complaints, clearly, but it adds up.

“I gotta eat earlier to do what I want,” he said, shaking his head.  “I like the living though, everything is nice.” Read more »

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Hail To The Redskins Walk: Part 2

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 31, 2011 – 2:54 pm

As we learned yesterday, there are two new walls in Redskins Nation, each commemorating the rich history of the team.

One thing that’s really cool about this wall is that I had the opportunity to help get it off the ground, when it was still in the concept stage, in March of this year.

I had just come aboard with the team, and this was literally the very first assignment that they asked me to do.  My responsibility was to lend a hand with the research and photos, helping to build the skeleton that would later come to life.

Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald put in a lot of the legwork to flesh out the project, producing most of the copy as well as assembling the photos necessary to create a timeline.  Many hands helped to mold the final product, from team owner Daniel Snyder to general manager Bruce Allen, with help from team executives Larry Michael and Mitch Gershman.

HZDG is the company responsible for creating the final product and it really does look magnificent.  It’s pretty cool to see something that started as a Word document on a 14-inch monitor end up as a 65-foot mural, commemorating a franchise that stretches over eight decades.

But I digress.

Yesterday, we looked at the franchise in its infancy, in the 1930s, and today we’ll look at the 1940s panel.

No man captured the essence of the Redskins in the 1940s more than team quarterback, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.  Baugh could do it all, and was a hero in all facets of the game.  He finished his career with 13 NFL records as a quarterback, punter, and defensive back.

His indelible mark on the team and this city, is properly  represented in the 1940s panel:

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Stephen Bowen: ‘They Say I Have Feet Like A Cat’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 31, 2011 – 1:00 pm

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It recently came to my attention that new Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen has some pretty serious moves on the dance floor.

While he was still a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Bowen was recorded breaking it down in the locker room with his teammates.  While it pains me to post footage of the Cowboys, I assure you it’s worth it:

Bowen said that the video was taken by running back and good friend Tashard Choice in the locker room after OTA’s in the spring.

“We used to have fun in the locker rooms after practices,” he said after a long laugh.  “It starts to get repetitive, and you try to keep everybody loose and fun, enjoying everything.”

But Bowen’s dancing skills are no laughing matter. Read more »

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Want A Ticket To The Giants Game? Roll Up Your Sleeve

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 31, 2011 – 10:08 am

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The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac (GC&P) Blood Services Region and the Washington Redskins will team up for a blood drive on Friday, September 2nd at the Crowne Plaza in Arlington, VA. The Red Cross will provide all blood drive participants a game ticket to the opening day Redskins home game against the New York Giants on September 11, 2011.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
  • Crowne Plaza

901 North Fairfax Street

Alexandria, VA 22314.

  • Get your free ticket to the season opener against the Giants.

This event will launch the second year of a series of season-long Red Cross Redskins blood drives with participating locations in Va., D.C., Md. and Pa.  Participants at many of these special event blood drives will receive, courtesy of the Red Cross, a ticket to a Redskins home game or other special event at FedExField. Read more »

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