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Westbrook’s Cinnamon, Spice Challenge

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 23, 2012 – 4:13 pm

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Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook had another solid season as a reserve defensive back and special teamer.  In his third season with the club, he posted a career-high 20 tackles, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Not bad for the soft-spoken Salisbury University alum.

But last night was time for something different in Westbrook’s world, as he told one of his Twitter (@BWestbrook34) followers that it “grind time now.”  He must have been referring to grinding up spices, because his next tweet called for an old fashioned Cinnamon Challenge.

According to Wikipedia, the Cinnamon Challenge has been around almost as long as cinnamon itself (with it’s popularity reportedly increasing around 2007).  The challenge calls for whatever brave soul to pour a tablespoon of cinnamon and swallow it in 60 seconds without the aid of liquid.

It’s a Youtube sensation, if you’re bored at work.

Westbrook did not supply any actual evidence of his challenge, but did offer convincing testimony, suggesting that he ingested both half and full spoonfuls of cinnamon.  Here’s the blow-by-blow account: Read more »

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Casserly: 40 Times Useful, But Overrated

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 23, 2012 – 2:47 pm

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Yesterday on Redskins.com, Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald discussed draft expert Mike Mayock’s emphasis on speed at the skill positions.  The piece boils down to one overarching theory: fast is good, and slow is bad.

But speed can also be deceiving, as NFL.com analyst and former Redskins executive Charley Casserly points out in his latest piece leading up to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.  How fast a prospect can run in a straight line doesn’t ultimately tell you much about an athlete’s ability to play football:

To fans, the combine’s most alluring event is the 40-yard dash, but this can be a misleading measurement for team officials.

Players train hard for the combine and many of them post 40 times that make them appear faster than they really are in typical game settings.

How many times in a player’s career will he run in a straight line, wearing nothing but Spandex?

More often than not, the winner of the annual foot race is more bust than boom.  Here are the winners from each of the last five years: Read more »

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Redskins Building Foundations For Future

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 23, 2012 – 1:09 pm

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This has been the offseason of giving back for players, as three prominent Redskins have started nonprofit organizations in order to give back to the communities they represent.

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh has focused his efforts on mentoring and educating underserved children at Yorkshire Elementary in Manassas, Va.  “A GRAN Foundation” is a McIntosh family effort, and his recent charity dinner at The Palms was said to be a rousing success.

Another foundation that’s already off the ground since the season ended, is receiver Anthony Armstrong’s “Lucky 13 Foundation.”  Armstrong has overcome long odds to reach his deserved spot in the NFL, and his organization focuses on the issues that have become near and dear to him.

The foundation is seeking donations and building programs that will benefit children with Down syndrome, single-parent families, childhood obesity, and kidney ailments. Here’s the rundown:

  • Educate youth on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community
  • Assist in the fight against childhood obesity and increase awareness for kidney disease research
  • Increase the awareness and the many amazing values of those diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Armstrong lost his father as a child to kidney failure. His little sister has Down syndrome. And not surprisingly, the character of his organization is an extension of his vibrant personality.

His landmark program is a “Kids of Character” group that honors children age 5-18 that demonstrate good character in the community.  The requirements for completion will focus on eight important areas: academics, community, leadership, career development, health and fitness, financial literacy, family strengthening, spiritual strengthening.

Or basically, “everything.” Read more »

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