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Week 16 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 21, 2011 – 5:29 pm

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It’s hard to believe that only a few short weeks ago, the Redskins media was considering the possibility of a 3-13 finish.  It’s even crazier to consider that this team was once sitting at 3-1.

With each win and loss, the media has micro-analyzed the direction of this team, and we’re left with power rankings that reflect whatever the current mood may be.  In the final analysis, whether the team is on high at No. 10 or a bleak No. 29, it’s probably only a short-term placement.

After last week’s road win over the first-place Giants, most analysts see the Redskins on the rise, and are projecting the possibilities of a six or seven-win season.  However, there are still one of two experts that were more impressed with their near-miss against the Patriots, than the actual win in New York.

I guess you can’t please everyone.

Here’s your holiday buffet of NFL power rankings: Read more »

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Wrestling Fever Comes To Redskins Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 21, 2011 – 2:07 pm

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Earlier this week, a unique fan creation showed up at Redskins Park in the form of a Redskins-themed championship belt.  And why not?

The belt comes to Ashburn from James Makle, a firefighter from Prince George’s County, who made the belt for himself a few years ago.  As he stated in his accompanying letter, he was sending the letter to the team so that they may be inspired by the support that fans still have for the team:

I decided to send the belt now because I feel the fans need this…the fans still support the team.  I see all the signs, jerseys and car flags.  The fans still LOVE their REDSKINS.  I hope you guys love the belt…it’s just my way of saying thank you.  Bring the fun back to the NFL.

Thank you,

James Makle

Thanks, James!

With belt in-hand, I knew there was only one man who could truly appreciate the magnificence of a championship belt: defensive end Adam Carriker.  Carriker is an unrepentant fan of professional wrestling, and he also happens to look the part.  He was more than happy to take some pictures and share his wrestling story.

But first, here’s a clip of Carriker talking to the “Schick and Nick Show” on AM 1620 in Omaha, Neb. about his favorite wrestlers growing up:

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Cooley Painting His Player Notebook

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 21, 2011 – 1:02 pm

December is typically a busy time of year in the Cooley household.  Between football seven days a week, and family and holidays on the horizon, there isn’t much time to fill.

But this December, Cooley is on injured reserve with a hand and knee injury, and there’s only so much rehab and reflection to be done.  So in order to fill his unexpected free time, Cooley has turned back to collegiate training in art.

Cooley has a well-publicized appreciation for pottery, and devotes most of his “The Cooley Gallery” to his kiln creations.  But with a shattered finger and a need for expression, Cooley turned to painting as a platform, as he explained on his gallery blog:

“I couldn’t do pottery, and I wanted to do something for my gallery.  And so, my idea for paintings was taking my notebook from work and recreating my notes and sketches, and whatever else you would doodle in a notebook, as well as getting quotes from what people say, getting quotes from Kyle and Mike Shanahan, and putting in notes from what I thought about things.”

“They actually turned out pretty good.  I thought they turned out with quite a bit of style.  So, I’m really pleased and I’m really excited to put them up nice and show them off to everybody.”

Cooley had two of his paintings at Redskins Park yesterday, showing them off in the lobby as he waited for their new owner to arrive and pick them up.  Here’s a look: Read more »

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Fletcher’s Feats Translate Nicely To Danish

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 21, 2011 – 12:14 pm

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Linebacker London Fletcher’s active streak of games started has extended to 178 this season, with his 223 consecutive games played tied for the most among active players.

Incidentally, this streak dates back to Week 11 of the 2000 season, in a game between Fletcher’s Rams and the New York Giants.  To put that date in perspective:

  • This was two days before the 2000 Presidential Elections.  If you said “hanging chad” or “pregnant chad” on that gameday, no one would know what you’re talking about.
  • National gas prices had risen to a ridiculous $1.80 per gallon.
  • Christina Aguilera, Madonna Creed were the top of the music charts.
  • Myspace was three years away, and Facebook four years, and Twitter but a mere twinkle in someone’s eye.

The streak is well known in Washington, Buffalo and St. Louis–the three cities where he has played–and known to some degree throughout the NFL.

But it turns out that this streak is also being celebrated across the pond, in Denmark. Read more »

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Larry Brown Visits Larry Brown, Circa 1972

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 21, 2011 – 9:59 am

When the Redskins ownership and front office collaborated to create the “Hail to the Redskins Walk” at Redskins Park and FedExField, the outcome was a mural to our marvelous history.

Some of the greatest Redskins players and coaches were immortalized in two dimensions, for everyone to see.

Some of the coolest people that have paid a visit to the wall, are those people depicted on the wall.  That’s what happened when former Redskins running back Larry Brown paid a visit to the wall yesterday:

Brown was a great running back for the Redskins over his eight-year career in Washington, winning the 1972 MVP Award and going to four Pro Bowls.  Over his career, he amassed 8,360 yards from scrimmage, 55 touchdowns, and led the NFL in rushing in 1970.

The “Hail to the Redskins Walk” is a deserved tribute to great players, and it’s only right that they should partake.

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