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Aldrick Robinson And The Masterful No. 11

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 11, 2011 – 6:26 pm

No matter how much you choose to believe or not believe in magic, everyone, at some point, has made a wish at exactly 11:11.  It’s a palindrome, it’s in the only time on the clock or the calendar that has all repeating numerals, and it’s the first two-digit prime number.

But according to numerology, No. 11 is also a “masterful number.”  The following text is a quoted description for someone that has the No. 11 prominently featured in his life path and destiny:

You have the potential to be a source of inspiration and illumination for people. You possess an inordinate amount of energy and intuition…Many inventors, artists, religious leaders, prophets, and leading figures in history have had the 11 prominent in their chart.

Good to know.  But how does this apply to the Redskins’ own No. 11, practice squad receiver/returner Aldrick Robinson?  Perhaps this explanation will be of some use:

Because you are so highly charged, you experience the consequences of a two-edged sword. You possess great abilities, but indulge in much self-reflection and self- criticism…You are blessed with a message, or a specific role to play in life.

For example, as a kick returner.  During the preseason, Robinson was given an opportunity to shine at returner, but muffed two punts in his debut at the Indianapolis game.  But in conversations since then, he said that special teams coordinator Danny Smith has worked with him specifically to help him hone his craft–his specific role.

But you must develop yourself sufficiently to take full advantage of that opportunity. Until that time, your inner development takes precedence over your ability to materialize the great undertaking you were chosen to perform. Consequently, 11s seem to develop slowly, but they simply have more to accomplish in their evolution than the average person.

So everyone that was worried about Robinson developing from the Run ‘n Shoot offense at SMU, into a traditional pro offense, need not worry.  His excellence merely causes him to need a little bit longer than the average person to develop.

I caught up with No. 11, on today, 11/11/11, at around 1:11, to discuss his day of practice, which took place sometime around 11:11.  By his recollection, his performance today was…rather masterful. Read more »

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Veterans Watch Redskins Practice Today

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 11, 2011 – 5:31 pm

In honor of Veterans Day, the Redskins hosted 30 current and retired service men and women at practice this afternoon.

The veterans were selected through the Shepherd Veterans Organization, Salute Military Golf Association, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Yellow Ribbon Fund, and were invited for lunch at Redskins Park followed by the watching of Redskins practice.

Although they may have been the spectators during practice, they were the heroes coming off the field today, as players lined up to thank the veterans and sign autographs:

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Redskins Family Grows And Strengthens

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 11, 2011 – 3:12 pm

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Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was excused from practice this morning to be there for the birth of his twins.  Head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that they were officially born at 11:15 this morning: 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and 6 pounds 1 ounce.

Together, they weigh slightly more than I did at birth.

Imagine if they had been born four minutes earlier–they would be the luckiest twins ever.  I’m guessing that Hall spent his 11/11/11, 11:11 a.m. wish on their good health. Read more »

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Players Tweet Thanks To Veterans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 11, 2011 – 2:46 pm

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On this blustery day in Northern Virginia, the Redskins take the field with veterans and military personnel on their minds.  Earlier this week, the Redskins hosted a Pro vs. G.I. Joes video game day at the Park, as well as host a Salute to Our Heroes Luncheon.

Today, before taking the practice field, the Redskins took a moment to tweet their thanks to the young men and women that defend this country and allow them to play football: Read more »

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Tanya Snyder Accepts ACS Award For NFL

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 11, 2011 – 12:18 pm

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On Thursday, Nov. 10, during its 98th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, the American Cancer Society awarded the NFL with of the Corporate Philanthropy Impact award.  Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, is one of the leage’s national spokespeople for “A Crucial Catch,” the breast cancer awareness campaign, and accepted the award on behalf of the NFL.

Working in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the National Football League has supported National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October the past three years with its A Crucial Catch – Annual Screening Saves Lives campaign. The initiative reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram.

NFL players, coaches, and referees also help raise awareness about breast cancer by wearing pink game-day apparel throughout the month of October. The clothes, as well as special game balls and other paraphernalia, are auctioned at NFL Auction, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 2010, the NFL and their players donated more than $1 million to the Society as a result of the Crucial Catch campaign, with the majority of the donations coming from the sale of pink game-day items. Read more »

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Hail! And The Running Back Rotation

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 11, 2011 – 10:48 am

When it comes to game planning, head coach Mike Shanahan tells you up front that he won’t tell you, he tells you nothing, and then he reminds you that he didn’t tell you anything.

I’d hate to play him in cards.

But what if it wasn’t a complicated web of secrecy?  What if it was just a game of chance?  Ben Ceccarelli explores that possibility in this week’s edition of the Hail! comic.

For the record, I’d love to see Lorenzo Alexander at running back:

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