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‘Toys For Tots’ Seeking Donations, Sunday

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 9, 2011 – 4:04 pm

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The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the U.S Marine Corps will reach thousands of underserved children and teens this holiday season as they join forces for Touchdown for Tots, a national toy drive benefiting the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for children and teens to Sunday’s game between the Redskins and Patriots on Sunday, Dec. 11. Local Marines will be stationed at all stadium gates and suites entrances with collection bins to collect toys to distribute to children and teens in need throughout the D.C. Metro Area this holiday season.

In case you can’t make it out to the game this Sunday, there are still a number of ways to join with the Redskins in the spirit of giving:

1. Donate at any Official Washington Redskins Store

Now through December 18th, visit any official Redskins store location or the Redskins store website to make a tax-deductible donation to Toys for Tots. Your donation will be added to merchandise total. Every $10 donated will put a new toy in the hands of deserving children in the DC metro area this holiday season. Fans can also bring a new, unwrapped toy and drop off at collection bins at each store location.

2. Donate online

Visit the Redskins’ Toys for Tots Foundation website and make a donation.  Donated funds made to the Redskins page will benefit local children this holiday season.

Support the Redskins Touchdown for Tots Campaign by visiting www.toysfortots.org/touchdown and click the Redskins logo to donate in our area.

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Bowen Finds Focus In Times Of Chaos

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 9, 2011 – 1:43 pm

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Voted on by the players, the Ed Block Courage Award is given to the player on each team that has shown extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.

Even though he’s only been in town for about four months, defensive end Stephen Bowen was the logical choice for this year’s award, exemplifying the selfless approach to the game that defines high character.

On June 28, 2011, Bowen and his wife were blessed with the birth of twin boys.  Sadly, they were born four months premature, and together only weighed 2 pounds 12 ounces.  On July 5, Skyler passed away, while Stephen III remained in a Dallas hospital in neonatal intensive care.

Bowen signed with Washington on July 30, leaving his family’s side in order to provide for them.  He was in the team facilities early in the morning trying to learn a brand new playbook.  He worked all day in the hot sun to get up to speed with his teammates.  But when he wasn’t engrossed with football, his thoughts were a thousand miles away in a Dallas hospital room.

“I just try to separate the two, just try to clear my mind,” he said yesterday.  “When I’m on the field, it’s all about football.”

Two weeks ago in Seattle, Bowen suffered a partial PCL tear in his knee.  Once he was able to practice on it early in the week, he committed to playing through the pain in order to be there for his teammates. Read more »

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Week 14 Madden ’12 Redskins Updates

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 9, 2011 – 11:42 am

Alright Madden-heads, it’s time for your weekly Redskins updates.  With today’s obvious observation, the virtual Redskins are consistently given better marks when they win.  This week, following a loss, they get somewhat mixed results.

Check out the full list of Redskins moves and alterations this week: Read more »

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Hail! And Atmospheric Miscommunication

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 9, 2011 – 11:16 am

I’m no meteorologist (I just play one on gameday), but since the beginning of the season it has been gorgeous on most Tuesday days off, and it has rained Redskins and Cowboys on almost every Wednesday.

As a fan of fair weather (not a fair-weather fan), it would be comically predictable if it weren’t so depressingly predictable.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Ashburn, Va. was hit by 3.1 inches of rain, which is approximately 31-times the historical average for that date.  As a result, the Redskins were forced to practice off-site, which was expressed to players and coaches upon their arrival, early that morning.

In this week’s edition of Ben Ceccareli’s Hail! comic, he ponders the possibility of players hearing the news wrong: Read more »

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Cofield: Only Way To Hurt Brady Is To Win

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 9, 2011 – 10:22 am

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If anyone knows how to beat Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, it’s nose tackle Barry Cofield, who was on the Super Bowl XLII Giants defense that ended the 2007 Patriots’ run at perfection.

Cofield had a light-hearted chat with the media yesterday to discuss how to beat Brady.  He talked about laying a hit on Brady in the Super Bowl, and watching him pop right up and throw for a completion on the next play.  He talked about how Brady’s height and high release makes it difficult to tip passes.

Not only is he hard to mentally overcome, but he’s hard to physically intimidate as well.  But that doesn’t mean the Redskins defense won’t try.

“You gotta do whatever you can,” he said.  “Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.  You gotta hit him, you gotta harass him, you gotta bat balls.  You need an interception or two, maybe strip the ball.  Those were all things we did when we were able to beat him in the past.

“It’s a tall order, but I think we’re all up for it.”

Cofield also talked about how Brady doesn’t shy away from chatter after the play.  Cofield said that he’s looking forward to breaking out some references to Brady’s endorsement with Uggs, a tradition feminine boot company.

“He’s a tough guy and he takes a lotta heat,” Cofield said.  “I mean, he’s got those Uggs and everything…”

In case you missed it, it’s fairly epic:

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