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How Neild Nearly Forgot His 24th Birthday

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 1, 2011 – 5:09 pm

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Redskins Chris Neild and Jabar Gaffney share more than just an affinity for facial hair–they’re also birthday twins, born seven years apart and reunited by the Redskins.

Happy birthday to both Jabar and Chris!

Gaffney was coy about his birthday plans, smiling as he said, “I dunno yet man, I’m gonna get into something though.”


Sounds like a good time.

Neild was genuinely unsure of his plans, admitting that he forgot until he was driving in this morning that today was even his birthday.  Now that the ages of 16, 18, and 21 are out of the way, I asked him what exactly there is to look forward to at 24.

“Well, I’ve been renting cars,” he said.  “I guess car insurance goes down next year right?  Or is that after I’m 25?  Well, I guess I have nothing to look forward to for a while.”

Today was also a birthday of sorts for Neild’s beard.  Approximately six months ago, he was clean-shaven and has been growing his face sweater ever since.  For the sake of this conversation, Neild preferred to count his beard’s age in dog years, with a seven:one ratio. Read more »

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Redskins Week 13 Madden ’12 Updates

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 1, 2011 – 3:52 pm

Good news for Redskins gamers, as your virtual home team on EA Sports Madden ’12 has been updated following another week of action.  Thanks to the first win in six weeks and the stellar play of the individuals on the field, there’s a generally upward trend for this week’s updates.

Week in and week out, the Redskins remain one of the most tinkered rosters in all of the virtual NFL.  Here’s the Week 13 rundown: Read more »

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Players Still Using AOL Instant Messaging

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 1, 2011 – 2:11 pm

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With more than half of the Redskins roster under the age of 27, and nearly everyone under the age of 30, this is a generation of players that have grown up on computers.

I had a great chat with offensive linemen Eric Olsen and Tyler Polumbus today, discussing the rise and fall of different fads in Internet social media.  After the creation of the Internet (possibly by Al Gore), there were chat rooms, online journals, Hotmail, Myspace, Napster, Xanga, and finally Facebook and Skype.

But the greatest of all creations for me in middle school and high school (and even college), was AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).  And 23-year-old Redskins offensive lineman Eric Olsen is still on it.

“Yeah, I’m still on it,” he said with a smile.  “I mean, it’s one of those applications that just opens automatically when I turn on my computer.  I don’t have to sign in, the buddy list just pops up.”

In the age of text messaging, Facebook Chat, and Twitter, AIM has been dubbed nearly obsolete, left to combine forces with the aforementioned Internet fads in order to survive.  But Olsen continues to boot up his AIM screenname every time he turns on his computer, because that’s his Grandma’s preferred medium of communication. Read more »

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Hall Talks Cowboys, Jets And Rex Ryan

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 1, 2011 – 12:42 pm

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On this week’s Adam Rank “Gridiron Podcast For Kids” segment of the NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek Football Podcast (51-minute mark), Rank chats with Week 12 NFC Defensive Player of the Week, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

Hall has made a lot of headlines in the last two weeks, from his critical assessment of his play in Dallas, to his stellar play against the Seahawks.  While it may have surprised people to hear that he would cut himself for his level of play, Hall revealed to Rank, that that’s just the type of outspoken leadership he provides

Me being the captain of this team and the captain of this defense, I felt like the onus was on me to make that play that sealed the win for us and I didn’t do it.

I never said go out and cut me.  I grew up in Washington, played college ball in the Virginia area, and this is the place I always wanted to be.  This is a dream job for me and there’s no other place I’d rather be.  But definitely going against the Dallas Cowboys, that’s a game that we all get up for, the owner, the front office, all the fans–myself included, growing up and knowing how intense this rivalry is.  I wanted it so bad, and to have it right there at the tip of my fingers and not be able to reach it or claim it–it was tough.  It was tough.

In the age of free agency and high roster movement, there’s some talk of the rivalries not being as heated as they once were.  If that’s true, it’s news to Hall: Read more »

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Numbers Swelling On All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 1, 2011 – 10:51 am

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As the Redskins start to find their mid-season stride, they’re also starting to gain national attention, both individually and as a team.

In this week’s edition of the Dan Graziano ESPN NFC East Blog All-Division Team, the Redskins secured each of last week’s selections and added and extra spot.  On this week’s list, there are nine Cowboys, seven Eagles, seven Redskins and four Giants.

Here are your Redskins:

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)

Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)

Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Brian Orakpo, Redskins (Ware, Ryan Kerrigan)

Inside linebacker: London Fletcher, Redskins; Sean Lee, Cowboys (Fletcher, Lee)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Steve Weatherford)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks) Read more »

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