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Alexander, Hooters Raise Money For ACES

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 17, 2012 – 4:54 pm


Ever since the One Man Gang’s arrival in Washington in 2006, Lorenzo Alexander has been as dynamic in the Redskins community as he has on the field.  Together with his A.C.E.S. (Accountability, Community, Educational excellence, Sports) Foundation, Alexander has designed programs to guide the youth of the greater-Washington area.

Now, with the help of Hooters of Fairfax, he’s adding further academic programs to his slate of initiatives.  The idea is twofold:

1. Starting as soon as possible, the foundation will be offering an SAT prep program in collaboration with credential educators.  The foundation will offer the following 2 hour workshops to provide youth with information/resources needed to complete high school and prepare for a higher education (college, vocational training) or outline their personal goals:

• High School Graduation Requirements/College Entry Requirements

• SAT Preparation, Review, including:

• Problem Solving Techniques

• Test Taking Strategies

• College Essay Writing

• Scholarships / Financial Aid.

2. Also in the works is a school adoption and mentoring program, similar to the one run by London Fletcher’s organization, “London’s Bridge.”  Alexander and other foundation members would work with students to ensure that they had the guidance and resources to stay in school and stay on a path to success.

Both of these are inspired and necessary initiatives, and you have the opportunity to help see them happen.  Between now and Thursday night, you have a great excuse to go to Hooters of Fairfax, Va. and enter in a raffle sponsored by Alexander. Read more »

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Redskins Practice Bubble Update: Tuesday

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 17, 2012 – 3:42 pm

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Over an otherwise quiet holiday weekend at Redskins Park, visible progress was made on the much-anticipated Redskins practice bubble.

Between last Friday and today, the gray tarps have been removed, and the white canvas has been spread out and put in place over the foundation.  A crane has also been brought in along one of the sides of the foundation, presumably to do crane-type things.

I don’t have too much more insight than that at the moment, but despite the high winds and rain recently, progress continues to be made towards a fully-functional practice bubble.

For the latest round of photos, look below: Read more »

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Girl Scouts Get Zumbatomic With Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 17, 2012 – 2:25 pm

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This past weekend’s NBC4 “Health and Wellness Expo” was an opportunity for people in the greater metropolitan area to come out and celebrate the fairly self-explanatory topic of health and wellness.

One of the more entertaining events of the weekend was the Zumba presentation “Zumbratomic,” coordinated by the Redskins, Sport&Health and The National Kidney Foundation (NKF).  Redskins players Lorenzo Alexander and Reed Doughty were  at the expo as spokesmen for the NKF, and joined Redskins cheerleaders, emcee Rick ‘Doc’ Walker, and area Girl Scouts for some Zumba.

Check out the video (via Sport&Health): Read more »

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Helu, Kerrigan Given NFL Rookie Honors

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 17, 2012 – 11:55 am

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Congratulations are in order, as Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and running back Roy Helu have been named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America’s 2011 All-Rookie Team.

This is a high honor, voted on by sports writers around the league for a source considered to be authority on pro football.  The pair were voted to the team despite quality competition at their respective positions, and come after worthy efforts in their freshman seasons.

Kerrigan lived up to his first-round status this year, finishing the season tied for fourth in sacks, tenth in tackles, tenth in passes defensed, seventh in interceptions, first in touchdowns, and second in forced fumbles.  He took every snap on defense this season, and he was thrice nominated for the NFL Rookie of the Week, taking home the NFL Rookie of the Month in September.

On top of that, he’s a class act and a super hero.

Kerrigan’s ‘Welcome To The NFL Moment’ was in Week 1 against the Giants, when he picked off quarterback Eli Manning on a pass to the flats and ran it back nine yards to the end zone: Read more »

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Recapping Divisional Weekend, Reactions

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 17, 2012 – 10:13 am

Sitting at home watching the playoffs automatically causes me to judge the teams that play against the Redskins.  Like most of you, I obviously didn’t miss a Redskins game this year, and it’s still a little strange to watch something other than the Burgundy and Gold.

On the other hand, it’s given me perspective on how far the 2011 Redskins squad has to come to reach the playoff plateau.  I don’t know that it’s as far as their 5-11 record would suggest, and I’ll explain why at the bottom.

But before that, here’s a recap of the Redskins’ rooting interest in each of the four games this weekend:

Denver 10, New England 45:

Anyone that watched the miraculous finish between the Steelers and Broncos last week knew that Denver got off easy at home.  Pittsburgh’s starting center, running back and strong safety were out for the game, Roethlisberger was seriously banged up, and two-thirds of the starting defensive line was knocked out in the first half.  That’s not taking anything away from Tim Tebow’s performance, that’s just admitting the fact that the Steelers weren’t exactly the Steelers.

Tebow Time never showed up in Foxboro this weekend, as the Patriots had another one of their signature statement games.  Already winning by three scores, the Brady Bunch went for a touchdown with a minute left in the first half, essentially snuffing out the Denver Tebows, and any interest that I had in the game.

New Orleans 32, San Francisco 36: Read more »

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