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A Fresh Homecoming Photo At The Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 7, 2012 – 5:51 pm

One of the first things that I noticed upon my return to Redskins Park this morning, is that the 2010 Redskins Homecoming photograph had been updated with a fresh 2011 Homecoming shot.

The photo (which is much higher quality than my picture of a picture through reflective glass) features 78 Redskins alumni, taken on the field in the southwest end zone before the 49ers game.  This was the second year for the Redskins Homecoming game, part of a concerted effort to re-engage the Redskins Alumni with the organization.

But if you look closely at the center of the picture, you’ll see one individual that isn’t reliving the glory days.  That would be George Starke, Jr., riding in an infant pouch strapped to his namesake’s chest: Read more »

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FOX Ranks Redskins’ Super Bowls Low

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 7, 2012 – 5:06 pm

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For the fans of 30 NFL teams (including the Redskins), Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Giants was difficult to watch.

But jealousy aside, the game had storylines in advance, quality play throughout, and a dramatic ending that needed 60 minutes to decide.  In short, it will likely go down as one of the more interesting games in Super Bowl history.

Not so for the three Redskins Super Bowl victories–at least according to a recent list by Fox Sports.  Of the 45 games on the list (prior to Sunday’s 46th), the Redskins ranked as high as 38th, and no lower than 18th.  Even in the Super Bowl VII loss to the 1972 Dolphins, the game ranked no higher than 14th.

The list was compiled based on three standards of ranking: overall quality of play, competitiveness of the game, and historical significance. Here’s the rundown of Redskins victories: Read more »

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Hanburger Headlines ‘The NFL Experience’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 7, 2012 – 3:07 pm

The bronze bust of recently-inducted Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger was a  featured display at “The NFL Experience” in Indianapolis this week.

This was the first opportunity for Redskins fans to see his bust up close and in person, outside of its home in Canton, Ohio.

Accompanying the bust, was a list of “The Hitman’s” accolades, including his given name: Christian Hanburger, Jr.  It still amazes me that he was selected 245th overall, which fell in the 18th (of 20 total) rounds of the 1965 draft.

That equates to every team in the league pass over the eventual Hall Of Famer an average of 17 times.  Good thing the Redskins got it right with their 11th overall pick in the 18th round.

If he were selected 245th overall in the 2011 draft, he would have been taken only eight picks before nose tackle Chris Neild, and nine picks before the end of the draft.

Oh, how the times have changed.

Also in the exhibit, there was a picture of head coach Joe Gibbs and his three Lombardi Trophies (via @Brianjh):

Nearby, was a display of all 45 previous Super Bowl rings.  In chronological order, here are three pieces of the Gibbs family jewelry collection: Read more »

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Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Redskins Sign

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 7, 2012 – 10:19 am

In my quest for more Redskins references in downtown Indianapolis, I kept my nose to the grindstone, searching for Burgundy and Gold.

Evidently, if I had only looked up, I would have seen the intersection for Redskins Road at Meridian Street, about eight blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium.  Check it out (via Redskins Special Events Manager Kate Sandusky):

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