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Chesney-McGraw Return To FedExField

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 14, 2011 – 5:33 pm

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Tickets for Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s “Brothers Of the Sun” tour, which stops at FedExField on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, go on sale to the public this Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. ET.

Fans can buy tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

The announcement comes on the heels of Chesney’s incredibly successful “Goin’ Coastal” tour last year, which blew away more than 1.3 million fans, making it the year’s biggest country tour.  The show came through FedExField, where Chesney wowed fans with his spectacular entrance to the stage:

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Rookies Forging Competitive Bonds

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 14, 2011 – 5:02 pm

While we already have early impressions, it will be about three or four years before analysts are able to fully gauge the Redskins’ 2011 rookie class.  Here are the facts for this group so far:

  • 11-of-13 rookies have played.
  • Six have started for the team this season.

On offense:

  • They’ve accounted for 1,141 yards of the team’s 4,553 total offense.
  • They’ve accounted for three of the teams 23 touchdowns, including the only score on defense.
  • They’ve also scored the team’s only two-point conversion.

On defense:

  • They’ve account for 88 of the team’s 977 tackles, 10 for a loss.
  • They’ve account for 8.5 of the team’s 34 sacks.

On special teams:

  • They’ve account for 14 tackles, a forced fumble, one return, and a kicked down inside the 20.

From this laundry list, it’s fair to say that they’ve performed well with their opportunities this season, experience that will inevitably jump-start their development down the road.

Early bright spots as far as individuals, have been running back Roy Helu and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.  When discussing Kerrigan, teammates London Fletcher paid the pair a high compliment about their preparation. Read more »

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Giants’ Rolle Calls 99 Percent Chance Win

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 14, 2011 – 3:18 pm

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Usually we’re not in the business of odds-making on this site, but I’m always happy to report on guarantees.  And in the world of guarantees, there’s confidence, and then there’s the reportedly “very, very confident” Giants’ free safety Antrel Rolle.

Following the Redskins Week 1 victory over the Giants, Rolle reportedly told WFAN, the sports talk radio station in New York:

“We know the Redskins are not a better team than us. If we played them 100 times, they might win five.”

Technically, this factors out to a 95 percent guarantee of victory.

But in a followup interview, yesterday on WFAN, Rolle corrected the host (and himself), saying “I said ninety-nine.”  Considering that the Redskins already won in Week 1, they would mathematically be expected to lose the next 99 times they played them, or every time for the next 50 years.

But that’s not to say that Rolle is guaranteeing victory.  Nay, that would be too bold (via Paul Schwartz, New York Post):

“I don’t plan on losing to the Redskins, I’m going to be honest with you,’’ Rolle said. “I’m not guaranteeing a victory, I’m not doing any of that, we got to play the game come Sunday, but I’m very, very confident in this team and very, very confident we’re going to get the job done.’’

Very, very confident though he may be, Rolle has left his teammates with a check that they’re not quite as confident in cashing.  Receiver Victor Cruz spoke with the Washington media this afternoon and discussed how Rolle can talk, but the onus is on the team to back it up.

“Yeah, y’know, he’s a passionate guy that believes in our team,” Cruz began, carefully.  “We understand that a guy like that, we have to rally behind him, and we understand that he’s always for the team.  We understand his words, and we understand that we have to back him up 100 percent.”

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman also responded to Rolle’s predictions to the New York media today, pointing out the obvious fallacy in winning 99-of-100 games (via Schwartz, New York Post):

“It is the NFL and nobody is going to beat anyone 99 out of 100 times,’’ Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said Wednesday on a conference call. “I am confident about where we are. We haven’t finished games lately and we need to finish and everything should take care of itself. I understand that there is a lot of pride in the NFL and a lot of people go about their business with a lot of pride and ego and we do the same thing.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Rolle’s ‘confidence’ manifests itself on Sunday, but don’t expect the Redskins coaches or players to have the same level of understanding for Rolle’s ‘passionate’ predictions.

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Players Invest In Christmas With Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 14, 2011 – 1:53 pm

The holiday season is full of Redskins charity events throughout the DMV region.  Whether it’s a coat for a child, Thanksgiving dinner, or a meal for the homeless, the Redskins players are at the forefront of giving.

But not very often do the players have the opportunity to provide the cheer that brightens a child’s day, like they do at Darrell Green’s annual “Christmas with the Redskins.”

At this particular event, the players and other various members of the organization are given a name and picture of their appointed child, and they go out and buy that child shoes, clothes, and a unique gift.  Then, with the help of Ms. BJ Blanchard, the front desk receptionist at Redskins Park, they wrap the gifts in festive holiday paper and head off to deliver.

This might be the most uniquely personal act of giving that the players get to partake in, and as Green describes it, the blessing is on the part of the players that get involved.

“The privilege is ours, don’t kid yourself,” he said with a smile.  “This is the Super Bowl 12 times, meaning every time you go, the one you’re playing in is the most-special one.  The joy that we get–we’re the ones getting the blessing.”

For some players, events like this hit close to home, because they can identify with the situation that some of these children grow up in.

“I’ve been in his position before, I remember what Christmas was like,” said receiver Niles Paul.  “I’m gonna get him something nice and not just something that fits the criteria.”

Check out more of the Christmas magic, below: Read more »

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