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Banks & Moore At Calverton Elementary

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 18, 2011 – 6:03 pm

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The United Way of the National Capitol Area joined with Redskins returner Brandon Banks and safety Kareem Moore at Calverton Elementary for “Hometown Huddle” this morning.

It’s great to see two players that are willing to sacrifice sleep to interact with fans on their days off. But it wasn’t the lack of sleep that concerned Moore; it was the fear of public speaking:

Presumably Moore didn’t fumble his part of the speech too much, as the duo chatted with the kids in the auditorium before taking them outside for fun and games.   Read more »

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Sonny Jurgensen A ‘Hometown H.O.F.’er’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 18, 2011 – 5:16 pm

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On Tuesday, Redskins legendary quarterback and current broadcaster Sonny Jurgensen was acknowledged in his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., as a “Hometown Hall Of Famer.”

The award is part of a national program that honors the hometown roots of football’s greatest players with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

Powell Latimer of StarNewsOnline.com covered the event today, as Jurgensen fondly remembered his time as signal caller for the New Hanover High School ‘Wildcats’ and Duke University ‘Blue Devils’ in the 1940s and 50’s.  He stood near the field that bears his name, to address students and media alike: Read more »

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Week 7 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 18, 2011 – 4:32 pm

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Just as the Redskins were starting to coax the pundits and experts over to their side, a painful loss on Sunday cascades them down the major power ranking lists, today.

I said it before when the Redskins were winning, and I’ll say it again after this loss: power rankings don’t matter, ever.  They’re just fun to look at (most weeks)

For the morbidly curious among you, here’s the Week 7 rundown:

CBSSports.com gave the Redskins No. 14, sliding from No. 8 last week:

FoxSports.com gave the Redskins No. 19, free-falling from No. 10 last week:

NBC/ProFootballTalk.com put the Redskins right back at No. 17, after a one-week vacation at No. 12:

ESPN.com gave the Redskins No. 15, down from 10 last week:

NFC East blogger for ESPN.com, Dan Graziano, agreed with the placement of the Redskins, and put the emphasis for the rest of the season on the offensive line:

The Redskins are 3-2, but trending the other way. An ugly loss Sunday to the Eagles knocked Washington out of its lofty top-10 perch and back down to the middle where I think they belong. I’m interested to see what happens from here on out, as they’ll have a harder time mustering much offense with their line banged-up, and they aren’t going to dazzle anybody even if the defense can win them some games.

I wrote last week about the Redskins being in the “Show Me What You’ve Got” category of NFL teams, and they didn’t show much of anything against the Eagles.  Everyone is going to see what type of character this team has on Sunday, and whether or not they have the ability to adjust and keep looking forward.

Lots of questions to be answered between now and then, but the Redskins will look to right the ship against the wild Panthers, on the road in Carolina.

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Do You Like Coaches Spicy Or Over-Easy?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 18, 2011 – 12:53 pm

Amazingly, an entire news day in the sports world was devoted to the ruffling of feathers that followed the Lions-49ers game on Sunday.

It was so benign, that to call it a fight–or even an altercation–would be laughed about in the WWE.  As a result, the NFL has elected not to fine or sanction either coach.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan addressed the topic briefly in his press conference yesterday, saying that he hadn’t seen it yet, “but [he] heard it was quite interesting.”

Obviously this is not the typical post-game handshake, but as Shanahan laughed and asked, “Why does everybody have to get fined?”

This morning, Redskins safety Reed Doughty tweeted/Sportsbuzz.com’ed his own thoughts on the situation, from a player’s perspective:

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Redskins Players Out And About Today

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 18, 2011 – 10:26 am

Tuesday’s are the NFL’s day of rest, but that doesn’t mean that players just kick back and relax.  The player parking lot was about half full when I pulled in at 9 a.m., and players will trickle in for workouts, treatments, and film study throughout the day.  No one is satisfied with the team’s performance from Sunday, but they’re putting it behind them and looking ahead to Carolina.

In case you’re out and about today, you may catch some other Redskins out at various events in the community.

Return specialist Brandon Banks was up early this morning to attend a Redskins Charitable Foundation event at Calverton Elementary School in Beltsville, Md.  He’ll be hanging out with the children between 8:15-10 a.m. as part of the United Way Day of Service, focusing on NFL Play 60 and fitness.

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