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New Security For Fans At FedExField

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 2, 2011 – 4:42 pm

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The Washington Redskins announced today in accordance with a new NFL policy, Redskins security teams will now start using hand-held metal-detecting wands to screen fans entering FedExField. The increased security system will be implemented at all gates starting this Sunday, with the game between the Redskins and Jets on Sunday, Dec. 4.

The same security lines that have previously existed will be utilized at all gates, but the addition of the wands may result in a slightly longer entry process. Fans are encouraged to arrive to the stadium earlier than usual to allow ample time for getting through security.

“The enhanced security system is part of the continued and comprehensive effort to ensure safety for all fans at FedExField,” said Tony Wyllie, Redskins Senior Vice President. “Using metal-detecting wands is less invasive and fans won’t have to unzip or remove clothes in colder weather.”

The hand-held metal-detecting wands will also effectively check for items fans should not be bringing into the stadium. Fans will need to remove their keys, change, cell phones and other metal materials from their pockets that may set off the wand.

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Lasik Allows Helu To Actually See The Ball

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 2, 2011 – 4:35 pm

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At Nebraska, Roy Helu was one of the most productive running backs in the country, averaging 5.9 yards per carry for his career and finishing with 28 touchdowns, all on the ground.  Through the air, he caught 54 balls for 501 yards over 48 career games for Big Red.

He never caught more eight passes in a game, and was held without a reception in half of those games.

As a member of the Redskins, Helu has already caught 38 passes for 267 yards in just 10 games.  He has broken the Redskins franchise record for receptions in a single game (14),  and has as many 100-yard receiving games as 100-yard rushing games (one).

So what’s the big change?  Helu credits offseason corrective eye surgery for his dramatic turnaround.

“I can’t actually see the spiral of the ball now,” Helu said.  “The biggest difference is that from me to you (about six feet), I would lose the ball and it would kind of snap my head back.  I didn’t have good depth perception.”

Prior to the surgery, Helu suffered from nearsightedness and astigmatism.  After surgery, he has great vision and his very own extended commercial spot for Sutton Linder & Sutton:

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Grossman: We’re Not Spoilers Yet

Posted by Christopher Mudd on December 2, 2011 – 4:26 pm


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After battling early season struggles, Rex Grossman is back as the Redskins starting quarterback. ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb had Grossman on his radio show earlier this week to discuss the Redskins season thus far and their upcoming game against the New York Jets this Sunday.

The New York Jets head into Sunday with a 6-5 record, and are two games behind the AFC East division leading New England Patriots. For the Jets, Sunday’s game is considered a must-win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Does this put the Redskins in the role of spoiler? Rex Grossman doesn’t think s0.

When you’re so focused in practice on playing well and getting ready for the Jets you don’t ever worry about playing spoiler or anything like that. It’s way too early in the season to start thinking about that. You want to go out there and play well for yourself, for your teammates, for your coaches, and fans and you just want to get some positive momentum.

Spoiler or not, Grossman said  he is just trying to go out every Sunday and have fun.

Football is fun. It’s extremely fun to go out there and throw touchdown passes and succeed, and win and do all that. The last couple of week s we have really been playing for each other and playing just to go out and have fun and enjoy it, and that’s our biggest motivation right now.

Not all hope for the playoffs might be lost though. Earlier in the year, Gottlieb had St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday on the show when his team was 10 games out of the playoff chase. At the time, Holliday told Gottlieb that his team would come back and make the playoffs.

History would show that Holliday’s prediction was correct, as Holliday’s Cardinals made the playoffs and eventually won the 2011 World Series.

Despite the provocation, Grossman wasn’t ready to make any bold predictions, keeping his focus on Sunday’s game.

We’ve got a lot of football ahead of us, but we are really just focusing on the Jets and trying to create an identity for the team and be a consistent football team.

Consistency will be key for the Redskins on Sunday if they are going to get their second win streak of the season going.

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No-Shave-November Yields Few Honors

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

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November is a month dominated by football, Thanksgiving, and the growth of beards and mustaches for a good cause.

Call it what you want: Movember, No-Shave-November; but it’s a good opportunity for Redskins players to put down the razors and show what they can grow.

Over the course of the month, the players that showed the most effort were receiver Niles Paul, offensive lineman Eric Olsen, and quarterback Jonathan Crompton.

Others tried, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Naturally, the two best beards on the team are linebacker Perry Riley and nose tackle Chris Neild.  As Neild is clearly the Grand Beard Master, I turned to him for a December 1st Facial Hair Recap.

Let’s just say, the birthday boy was not impressed: Read more »

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Veteran Moss On Young Moss In New York

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 2, 2011 – 1:33 pm

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Redskins receiver Santana Moss is synonymous with production and professionalism in Washington, where he has been a rock of stability over the last seven years.

But in light of the upcoming game against the New York Jets, he reminisced on some of the mistakes that he made with the media in The Big Apple.

“I came in young, went through something real rough my first year and not knowing how to handle the media, not knowing how to talk to the media,” he said.  “Even though I came from the University of Miami–you would have thought I would have know a little bit more about talking to the media–but I didn’t.”

Moss is a go-to in the Redskins locker room, willing to answer any and all questions, and never backing down from even the most skeptical of media.  The picture he painted of himself as a rookie was foreign compared to the Moss we know now.

“I really took out my frustrations of me not being able to play against the media–I just didn’t talk to them,” he said.  “When I didn’t talk I didn’t know that the responsibilities of their job, was just like my job.”

Sadly, many athletes can go their entire careers without realizing the role of the media in sports.  Just like players react to what they see on the field, writers react to what they see from the players.  If a player doesn’t produce–or can’t, in Moss’s case–it’s the responsibility of the media to talk about that.

“When you are young and you read that stuff, you are like, ‘Why are you talking bad about me,’ but I just didn’t know,” he said.  “I talked to some people here and there but I really just didn’t wanna talk that much because I felt like the media used to play tricks with me for some reason.”

“They never got a chance to really know me.”

A decade later, Moss is a happy camper in Washington, having built his career as a top-flight receiver and beloved member of the Burgundy and Gold.  Looking back seven years later, he can appreciate the path that he took through New York to find his happy place.

“When I left there I think being there it made me grow up,” he said bluntly.  “It made me know what I had to do, my responsibilities to you guys (the media) and know that your job relies on me to be able to be here and talk to you.

“So I swallowed all my pride and I do that.”

And for Redskins media and fans alike, we appreciate it.

Catch the rest of his thoughts on the Cowboys, Seahawks, Jets, and Rex Grossman, below: Read more »

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Cooley Talks Good And Bad Social Media

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 2, 2011 – 12:16 pm

There is no question that Twitter has changed the sports world that we know and love, from fans, to media, and especially to players.  Players can now be known, loved and scrutinized on a whole new level, and the private life of an athlete is quickly eroding.

These were just some of the topics of discussion at last night’s SB Nation presents “BWBDC Thursday Night Watch Party & Chalk Talk,” which featured Redskins tight end and social media darling Chris Cooley.

Chris–with the help of his brother Tanner–has been on the cutting edge of social media with his player blog (and his brother has branched out into SportsBuzz) and Twitter.  While he has admittedly grown more guarded in the last two years, he’s always recognized the benefits of social media:

“For me, I’ve used it to show people my real personality,” he said.  “Coming into the league, I was out of Utah State, and I looked like Ricky Bobby on camera, with my hands.  I was so awkward, I was so uncomfortable in front of people–I was an introverted kid.”

He continued: “Being able to work with my brother, who ran my blog, and be able to do what I wanted to do, allowed me to show people my personality in a comfortable way,” he siad.  “I can edit what I’m doing, I can put out whatever I’m doing, and I can show people whatever I want.” Read more »

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Hail! Revisits The Helu Hurdle

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 2, 2011 – 9:53 am

If the Redskins were looking for a spark in the running game, then just call Roy Helu “flint and steel.”

The rookie back had a career-high 30 touches for 162 yards and touchdown.  None of his touches were more important than his third-and-three play where he he caught the pitch, hurdled, bulldozed and sprinted 28 yards to paydirt, starting the improbable fourth-quarter comeback.

In this week’s edition of Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic, we find out how Helu was able to levitate over his would-be tacklers:

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