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An Afternoon Word With The Material Girl

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 2, 2012 – 8:23 pm

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While halftime during the regular season may be a good time for refilling the the salsa bowl and going to the bathroom, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has become an experience unto itself.

Memories of Britney Spears and and N’Sync mangling Aerosmith songs are topped only by the Janet Jackson fiasco in 2004.  After years of safe picks, the NFL is taking a walk back on the wild side this year with Madonna on center stage.

Since most of you will be watching the game on Sunday, I figured I’d use my insider perspective to show the citizens of Redskins Nation what to expect.  Madonna addressed the media this afternoon, and fielded a range of exotic questions.

As far as the press conference was concerned, this was the largest assembly of media I’ve ever seen.  Here’s a panoramic view from the side of the room: Read more »

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Redskins Heroism Display On Radio Row

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 2, 2012 – 4:55 pm

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One of the coolest experiences of the NFL’s Super Bowl Media Center is the huge ballroom that becomes known as Radio Row.

As you weave your way through the ocean of tables and radio personalities, you’re overwhelmed by the cult of personality. On one side, there’s Herm Edwards discussing his recent comments on the destination of Peyton Manning.  On the other side, Miss America sits in on the set of the NFL Network, while Joe Theismann schmoozes CSN Washington:

But as you push past the crowd, the far side of Radio Row holds a golden gem: a tribute to the patriotic sacrifice that NFL players have made for their country in times of need.  Prominently featured in that display, is none other than your Washington Redskins; a team with deep historical ties to service.

According to the display, more than 1,200 active NFL players have answered America’s call since its inception in 1920.  These conflicts have included World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

Redskins highlighted in the display included Cliff Battles, a running back sensation in the 1930s: Read more »

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Burgundy And Gold Flavor In Indianapolis

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 2, 2012 – 8:59 am

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Good morning Redskins Nation and welcome to Indianapolis, on the eve of one of the biggest sporting events in the world: Super Bowl XLVI.

While I will have plenty to share in terms of my experiences from the front lines, perhaps the easiest way to begin is to tell a story through imagery.

From the moment I touched down at the airport yesterday, I’ve been inundated with Super Bowl logos and imagery keeping a particular eye out for links to the Redskins.  Here are a few notes that I came away with:

  • With an NFC East and AFC East team in the big dance, I’ve seen remarkably fewer fans supporting the other teams from those divisions.  That means a lot fewer Redskins fans than I would have hoped for, but also fewer Cowboys fans–so I’ll take the trade.  Here was a throwback to John Riggins fan in the Super Bowl village:
  • Both the Westin and Marriott hotels downtown are celebrating the Super Bowl with imagery on the front of their buildings.  While the Westin goes with a simple “XLVI,” the Marriott showcases one of the biggest Lombardi trophies…well, ever.  Admire: Read more »

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