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Beck, Fitzpatrick, And A Very Old Rivalry

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 26, 2011 – 5:47 pm

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Sunday’s game in Toronto will pit two competitors against one another that have met many times before.

The Rogers Centre will be just the latest scene of the classic rivalry between John Beck and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The last time that Beck and Fitzpatrick squared off on the same playing field, both were backup quarterbacks for the Dolphins and Bengals, respectively.  The time before that, may have been in high school football in Pheonix, Ariz.  Or perhaps in community league swim team.

“I think it started off with swimming, to be honest,” Fitzpatrick told the media, about the way he met Beck.  “[Beck]’s a year older than I am and I have two older brothers that are twins who are a year-and-a-half older than I am, so he was in between us.  We grew up playing sports against each other.”

Beck confirmed the story during his own media session today, noting the similarities between their professional paths as well.

“Ryan and I actually grew up together,” he said.  “We’ve known each other since we were seven years old, eight years old. I’m really happy to see his success, but there [similarity] is because I know his story that he just kept working and, at one point, he was out of football and then he got picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals and played in I believe 12 games or 13 games for them that year. It’s just a good example – if you keep working, good things can happen.”

Beck is seeking his own success story this Sunday, still in pursuit of his first professional win as a starter.  The man on the field who best understand’s Beck’s path to this point may be Fitzpatrick.

“[Beck]’s definitely a competitor,” Fitzpatrick said.  “I think quarterback was always what he wanted to do.”

“I do remember that he was really good at backstroke though,” he added.

That’s Beck-stroke, to you.  He could have been the next Michael Phelps, before Michael Phelps.

“I think that’s the main thing,” Fitzpatrick said jokingly.  “When he was nine or 10 years old, I think he was maybe the best backstroker in the state.”

Beck is so invited to my pool party next summer.

Check out Beck’s full press conference, below: Read more »

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Fewer Returns, Same Intensity For Lorenzo

Posted by Christopher Mudd on October 26, 2011 – 5:01 pm

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Lorenzo Alexander is a special teams wrecking ball.

Last year Alexander led the team with 20 special teams tackles, earning him Redskins special teams player of the year honors.  He’s defending his title so far this year, and has accumulated a team leading five special teams’ tackles.

Alexander believes that his special teams units inject a lot of energy into the rest of the team.

“We are not getting too many opportunities back there, people are scared to kick to Banks, and with the new kickoff rules people are kicking it out of the end zone,” Alexander said. “But the opportunities that we do get we gotta take advantage of.”

Because of the new kickoff rules, the name of the special teams’ game has changed a little bit. Touchbacks are a much more common occurrence, which means fewer opportunities for Alexander and the rest of the special teams unit to blow someone up.

However, Alexander maintains that keeping a high level of intensity is a must. Read more »

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In Loss, Redskins Add All-Division Honors

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 26, 2011 – 12:31 pm

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Despite playing below their expectations in a loss to the Panthers, the Redskins added members to Dan Graziano’s ESPN NFC East All-Division Team this week.

The value of the All-Division Team is to highlight individual effort–which is not as important as winning–but provides another degree of global perspective.

The Redskins were bestowed with seven of the divisions 27 possible honors.  The first-place Giants received nine, the Cowboys eight, and the Eagles three: Read more »

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Redskins Headed For “Hogtown”

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 26, 2011 – 10:29 am

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Pack up your bags, Redskins Nation: this week’s road game is going to be played in “Hogtown.”

Evidently, Toronto is nicknamed “Hogtown” because of its roots as a world-class pork producing and processing capital in the early 20th century.

There are several theories as to why the epithet “Hogtown” has stuck with Toronto, as described in Farm & Country Pork, April 20, 1998: Read more »

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