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Redskins Football Is Back, The Remix

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 9, 2011 – 7:35 pm

Chris Paul, host of “Redskins Late Night” on NBC-4, has produced a Redskins hype remix for the 2011 season:

That’s pretty good, from where I’m sitting.

You can check out Chris Paul at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings, joined this week by Tim Hightower on NBC4.

Other Redskins shows coming up this weekend on NBC-4:

Saturday, 10-11 a.m. “Inside the Redskins” with Amanda Mitchell and DeAngelo Hall

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., “Mike Shanahan Coach’s Show”

And then the brand new pregame show on FOX-5, “Redskins GameTime” with Doc Walker:

This show takes on a reality TV show feel, and breaks down the upcoming opponent by taking a look at the X’s and O’s of game film. The show includes a feature that takes you behind the scenes of a Redskins player preparing for a game, and Wired Up, a segment devoted to microphoning a player at practice.

Check out complete Redskins coverage here.

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Redskins Coaches Reflect On September 11

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 9, 2011 – 4:47 pm

Earlier this week, we looked at some of the memories of 9/11 from the players on the roster. Yesterday, head coach Mike Shanahan, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan shared their memories of that fateful Tuesday as well.

Oddly enough, their stories are all connected.

Mike Shanahan was the head coach in Denver a decade ago.  The night before the attacks in New York and Washington, his Broncos had defeated the Giants 31-20 on Monday Night Football.

This was his reaction to playing on Sept. 11:

“It’s a special moment and you think back where you were that day or the day before. I was playing a Monday night game against the Giants and went to work the next day and I believe the Giants, when they came in, they were right next to the gate where one of the planes was taking off. It is a very emotional day for a lot of people.”


The following week of football was canceled across the league.  When play resumed the following week, the Giants played in Kansas City, winning 13-3.  The week after that, the Giants returned to New York to take on the New Orleans Saints, where Haslett was the head coach at the time:

“I remember on September 11th, I was actually getting the game plan together in New Orleans. I was watching the TV and they showed the tower.  Then they showed the second one and I was telling the coaching staff that a plane ran into the World Trade Center. Then the following week we had to play the Giants, which was a heckuva sight, and we didn’t have a chance to win the game.  That was the most emotional that I’ve ever seen a football game.  We were the visiting team and we didn’t have a chance.”

The following week, the Giants reeled off their third straight victory after the attacks.  The team?  The Redskins.


Meanwhile, Mike Shanahan’s son, Kyle, was a wide receiver at the University of Texas.  He had a far more collegiate perspective of the events:

“I was in college and I actually overslept for a class. Someone banged on my door and woke me up. I didn’t even think it was a terrorist. I just thought it was a bad accident. It was really shocking.”

It’s no coincidence that the Redskins are playing the Giants, as the matchup was hand-selected by the league to commemorate the tragedies.

But given their respective roles a decade ago, it’s pretty interesting how they’ll be involved again on Sunday.

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The Official Chris Neild Beard Update

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 9, 2011 – 2:52 pm

It’s been a while since we’ve updated the facial hair growth on rookie nose tackle Chris Neild, and at last look, he was planning to keep it for training camp.  At that point, Neild wasn’t sure if he would be around longer, so no need to make hasty predictions.

However, now that he’s a member of the 53-man squad, there’s no need to get rid of it.

“I dunno what the plan is,” he said.  “I’ve been shampooing it.”

In August, Neild was living out of the team hotel and was primarily using low-grade hotel shampoo.  Since then, he’s upgraded to snagging whatever shampoo he can find in the team locker room. Read more »

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Giants Showered With Injuries

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 9, 2011 – 1:37 pm

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While it’s been raining cats and dogs in Washington, it’s been raining medical reports in theBig Apple.

The Giants come into the game on Sunday with four potential starters unable to practice (as of Thursday), and three currently listed as Out.  Via NFL.com:

Justin Tuck, DE, (Neck), QUESTIONABLE, (Did Not Participate In Practice)

Prince Amukamara, CB, (Foot), OUT (Definitely Will Not Play),

Jonathan Goff, MLB, (Knee), OUT (Definitely Will Not Play)

Osi Umenyiora, DE, (Knee), OUT (Definitely Will Not Play)

These four Giants join an already stocked injured reserve:

Marvin Austin, DT

Sage Rosenfels, QB

Clint Sintim, LB

Terrell Thomas, DB

This, however, is not a concern for Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.

He said that regardless of whether the starters take the field, that there’s a lot of talent in every NFL roster.  His game-plans don’t change:

“I don’t fall into the trap of people talking about injuries,” he said.  “It happens to every team in the NFL. You don’t dwell on it because all 53 guys on your football team can play. You’re one play away from being the starter and there are a lot of guys that all they need is that opportunity to show people what they can do, especially in a special game like this.”

Check out the full video of his press conference and injury report below: Read more »

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Cooley Solves The Case Of ‘The Cooley Gallery’ Burglary

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 9, 2011 – 1:02 pm

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This is not exactly Hardy Boys-esque, but Chris Cooley just may have solved the mystery of who broke into his Leesburg pottery “Cooley Gallery.”

For those of you that missed the back story, Cooley’s gallery was broken into last week.  His wife, Christy Cooley, told police that the pottery on display was untouched, but a cash-register had been stolen.

This morning, Chris shared with The Sports Junkies the finer details of the case (first picked up by Kevin Ewoldt of Hogs Haven):

The deal was he smashed through the front door. I guess he was intoxicated. He left blood all over the gallery.  He went in and took a computer and the cash register – left finger prints everywhere. He figured out the computer was just a computer and not a safe, so he smashed that and left it [and then] walked out the back alley way.

If I learned anything from C.S.I., it means that this guy left about four different kinds of DNA samples behind.  That’s more than enough for Robert David Hall in the crime lab to secure an arrest.

But, of course, the story gets better: Read more »

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Packers, Saints, And Why Redskins Should Care

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 9, 2011 – 10:18 am

Last night was a great matchup between two NFC teams with big expectations.  It was Lombardi, it was the NFL opener, and as long as you don’t care for defense, it didn’t disappoint.

But it really had nothing to do with the Redskins.

Neither the Packers nor the Saints are on the Redskins regular season schedule in 2011, so there was no scouting to be done.  Neither team’s roster had any meaningful connections to the Redskins, so that was out as well.

Thank goodness DirecTV put out a commercial with a favorable prediction for the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry: Read more »

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Hail To the Redskins Walk: Part 6

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 9, 2011 – 10:01 am

Welcome to the 1980s.  Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, fluorescent paint was in, and the Redskins were the best team in football.

The 1980s panel on the Redskins history wall is by far the largest, and rightfully so.  This was the Burgundy and Gold age of enlightenment in the NFL, when The Hogs dominated the line of scrimmage and The Diesel rumbled the gridiron.

The Redskins kicked off the 1980s by making the single greatest coaching hire in franchise history, bringing Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs over from San Diego.  During the two labor strikes in the decade, Gibbs engineered his team-first rosters all the way to Super Bowl victories.

Whether it was by air or by ground, the Redskins offense was unstoppable and the defensive line was impenetrable on the biggest stages.  Whether it was Joe Theismann, Doug Williams or Mark Rypien, the Redskins were blessed with prolific passers and the steady defense of young defensive back Darrell Green.

This decade was also the heyday for RFK stadium, which literally shook from the pulsating Redskins faithful.  The roar of “We Want Dallas!” still rings in the ears of those that were there, and the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry was never bigger.

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1930s * 1940s * 1950s * 1960s * 1970s

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Hail! Admires Trent Williams’s Silverback Jewelry

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 9, 2011 – 9:10 am

I’m pleased to announce the return of Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic strip to the Official Redskins blog.


As you can tell, the comic has been reworked into a one-panel piece, and will take a more player-centric focus.  This week, he provides a different perspective on the Trent Williams “Silverback Saga.”

It began with an awkward introduction by commissioner Roger Goodell in the 2010 NFL Draft.  It took on a material status with the creation of a gaudy accessory this past offseason.

And now it takes on a life of it’s own in this week’s Hail!:

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