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Beck Takes Talents Back To South Beach

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 10, 2011 – 6:16 pm

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The inescapable storyline of this week’s game is that John Beck is returning to face the Dolphins, a team that once thought he was their quarterback of the future.  Now with his third team, Beck is looking for his first win as a pro, in the city where it all began four years ago.

“That was my first year in the NFL and you don’t really know what to expect as a rookie in the NFL — what your situation is like, what the team is like,” Beck told the Miami media yesterday.  “You don’t know what it’s like around the rest of the league. You just know that situation.”

And that situation wasn’t pretty.  The 2007 Dolphins were expected to be a competitive, albeit rebuilding regime under head coach Cam Cameron.  But when starting quarterback Trent Green went down with a scary concussion, it was down to Cleo Lemon and Beck to finish the season. Read more »

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Latest Redskins Madden ’12 Roster Moves

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 10, 2011 – 4:18 pm

With the latest week of play and roster changes behind us, EA Sports has released the Week 10 edition of Madden ’12 roster updates:

Tristan Davis HB WAS Added to the game
Will Montgomery OL WAS Decrease, from 74 to 72OVR
Ryan Torain HB WAS Decrease, from 74 to 73OVR
Anthony Armstrong WR WAS Decrease, from 75 to 73OVR
John Beck QB WAS Decrease, from 75 to 74OVR
Stephen Bowen DL WAS Decrease, from 78 to 76OVR
Leonard Hankerson WR WAS Increase, from 67 to 69OVR
Sav Rocca P WAS Increase, from 69 to 75OVR
Roy Helu HB WAS Increase, from 72 to 74OVR
Roy Helu HB WAS Moved to HB #1 on depth chart
Ryan Torain HB WAS Moved to HB #2 on depth chart
Donte’ Stallworth WR WAS Released
Darrion Scott DL WAS Released
Dominique Byrd TE WAS Released
David Anderson WR WAS Signs
Kentwan Balmer DL WAS Signs
D.J. Johnson CB WAS Signs
Tyler Polumbus OL WAS Signs

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Preparing For An Unfamiliar Rival

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 10, 2011 – 3:35 pm

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Ask any Redskins fan over the age of 50 what the Redskins-Dolphins rivalry means, and they’ll tell you about the glorious Super Bowl matchups in 1972 and ’82.

Ask most current players, and they probably won’t know what you’re talking about.

It’s been a long five years since the last time the Redskins played the Dolphins, in Week 1 of the 2007 regular season.  Here’s some perspective on what was happening in 2007:

  • Everyone was learning the Soulja’ Boy “Crank Dat” dance (except for me).
  • David Beckham was a relevant soccer star, just coming to the United States.
  • Myspace.com was a thriving social networking site.
  • Barry Bonds was bashing his way into an asterisk.
  • Gas prices rocketed up to an unfathomable $3 per gallon.

It was a different time.

And this Sunday will feature different teams. Read more »

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Graham Gano Re-Kicking On Social Media

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 10, 2011 – 2:08 pm

At the start of the season, kick returner Brandon Banks was the only Redskins specialist who actively tweeted:

On Oct. 17, the world premier of the Nick Sundberg long snapping social media experience began, with the launching of his official twitter page:

And now, I’m pleased to report the unveiling of the Graham Gano Twitter page (@grahamgano): Read more »

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A Redskins Fan From Out Of This World

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 10, 2011 – 11:44 am

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Meet NASA astronaut Richard Arnold, and his corner office view.  Mission specialist, space walker, lifelong Redskins fan.

[Editor’s Disclaimer: This is not to suggest that all astronauts are Redskins fans, or that there is any relationship between NASA and the Redskins.  Arnold is just a fan who happens to be an astronaut, completely independently of his employer.]

Arnold, 47, grew up in Bowie, Md., went to Bowie high school, Frostburg State University, and the Maryland for graduate school.  He spent his childhood as a huge sports fan, cheering on the Redskins and the Orioles.  While some little boys grow up wanting to be astronauts, Arnold actually grew up wanting to be a pro athlete.

“I grew up watching the Redskins and wanting to play football like some of those guys, and watching the Baltimore Orioles wanting to play like some of those guys,” he said.  “I found out I was a little bit better at math and science than I was at sports, so I went the other route.”

That other route led him to the NASA astronaut program, where he eventually got to take the Discovery space shuttle up the International Space Station.  Think you’re good at packing light?  Arnold only got to bring two items with him on business trips, and one was his favorite Redskins T-shirt.

“I took the picture to prove it was actually there and to the show the window out the view, which is something you always want to share with people,” he said.  “I was probably around 200 to 240 miles above Earth, depending on where we were, and traveling about 17,000 miles an hour. That shirt has gone around the Earth 202 times.”

But who’s counting?

This was a big moment for Arnold to share with anyone.  He was brought into NASA as an astronaut candidate in 2004, and moved his family to Houston.  He spent about five years in training to finally get into space in March 2009, where he did several space walks to help build the station.

But that’s not the only thing that Arnold shared with the Redskins.

“Coincidentally, we have an annual safety day down here and we had Joe Gibbs as a speaker one year,” he said.  “”It was great–he gave us a really good talk about his view on leadership and stories about teamwork.”

He continued: “Some of the best ones were about getting John Riggins to come back and play and to buy into the system. The stories were with the characters and personalities that I knew, and how he shaped them into a championship team.” Read more »

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