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Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 10:51 am

Last week, in celebration of the NFL Scouting Combine and’s Rich Eisen 40-yard dash, and associated entities encouraged fans to run the 40 and post a video.

On Thursday, a call was put out for teams to participate in the challenge.  The Carolina Panthers had a mascot start the run, before being stuffed by reserve tight end Richie Brockel.  But with no team mascot and everyone else in Indianapolis, the role of runner fell to the next most likely target.


I took to the back practice fields to prove that I can run 40 consecutive yards in my regular business apparel of slacks and a polo.  No, I didn’t train for this or stretch beforehand, and the last time I played a sport outside of a pool was over a decade ago.

Just remember that no one ever promised you a 4.40 blogger.  Eat your heart out, Rich Eisen: Read more »

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Players Flex, Tweet Offseason Muscles

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 24, 2012 – 3:08 pm

Yesterday, Redskins safety LaRon Landry (@MrLandry30) wowed Twitterverse with a photo of his arms, allegedly taken following his morning workout and protein regimen.  He tweeted simply, “You can’t build a reputation on what your going to do”… #grindmode.

In the age of Photoshop, it’s easy to tweak a picture, but this somehow seems legitimate.  And hey, if I believe that Byron Westbrook did a Cinnamon and Old Bay Challenge, why shouldn’t I believe that Landry has ginormous arms?  Decide for yourself:

The real story, however, was in the response from his fellow players.  Today, teammates Donte’ Stallworth and Adam Carriker had something to add to the mirror muscle exposé. Read more »

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Rookies Share ‘Welcome To NFL’ Moments

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 24, 2012 – 2:25 pm

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The Redskins brain-trust drafted a group of a dozen players that they hoped would lay the foundation for future success.

Some players like Ryan Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins and Leonard Hankerson were expected to be impact players in their rookie seasons, but when do things go according to plan in a contact sport?

Jenkins was lost to a season-ending injury in the preseason, delaying his rise to stardom.  Hankerson was lost after his breakout game against Miami in Week 10.  They were joined by a whole host of players in injured reserve, which opened up playing time and opportunity for late-round draft picks to perform.

Each of the remaining 11 players were active for at least one game during the season, making it one of the most impressive showings for a rookie draft class in franchise history.

Now, CSNWashington’s Jennifer Williams takes a look back at what the Ryan Kerrigan, Roy Helu and Niles Paul would call their top memories of Season 1 in Washington: Read more »

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A Near-Death Experience Inspires Fletcher

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 24, 2012 – 11:41 am

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Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is a leader to his teammates and a hero to his fans.  Whether it’s his fiery passion on the football field or his measured composure in the locker room, Fletcher has built a career on professionalism and playing the game the right way.

But all of that was nearly taken away before it began, on a fateful night back in 1994 on the streets of Cleveland’s East Side.  As Fletcher told Joshua Cooley of Sports Spectrum magazine, his 19-year-old self almost had that all snatched away when confrontation nearly led to bloodshed:

As Fletcher walked away, the other man hurried to his car, drove up beside Fletcher and called to him.  Fletcher looked over.  With an inferno dancing in his eyes, the man pulled out a sawed-off, double-barreled shotgun and pointed it straight at Fletcher. Read more »

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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,’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 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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‘Griffin Enterprises’ Ready For Combine

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 22, 2012 – 4:59 pm

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Regardless of where he’s eventually taken in April’s NFL Draft, one of the most facinating prospects from this year’s class will be Heisman-winning Baylor quarterback RG3.

Or maybe I should say, ‘Robert Griffin III, CEO of Griffin Enterprises.’  That’s how he described his job to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, shortly before he left for the NFL Combine:

“This is a business trip,” Griffin, 22, says after a workout in Arizona last weekend. “I’m the CEO of Griffin Enterprises. It’s my job to go sell my product.”

But what exactly will that product be?  Rumors have suggested that top quarterback prospect Andrew Luck is ‘willing but unlikely to throw‘ at the Combine, acknowledging that it could only hurt his sky-high stock.  As the clock ticks down to throw time, it’s now being questioned whether or not Griffin will throw either: Read more »

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Wizards’ Mason Has Deep Redskins Roots

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 22, 2012 – 3:41 pm

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A slow news day during the Redskins offseason affords me the occasional opportunity to catch up on news about other Washington area sports teams.

But only because I’m looking for a viable Redskins connection.

According to a piece done by NBC-4’s Sarah Kogod, the NBA’s Washington Wizard players have hotel aliases that keep the fans (and distant family members) at bay while they’re trying to relax on the road.

There were some humorous names on the list, but the best belongs to point guard and DC native, Roger Mason Jr.:

“I used to use ‘Doug Williams,’” Roger Mason told us. “He was my favorite Redskins football player.”

Mason describes himself on Twitter (@MoneyMase) as a Redskins fan for life.  Born in 1980, Mason has seen the best of times with this franchise, including the magical ride of the 1987 Super Bowl winning Redskins team.

Even in the lean years, he has and will continue to bleed Burgundy and Gold.  Since the beginning of the 2011 season, he tweeted no fewer than 25 times about his favorite NFL team. Sometimes it was excited, sometimes depressed, sometimes reflective, and sometimes focused on the future.

In Week 1, he tweeted (presumably) his view of the Redskins-Giants action at FedExField, adding, “A little too loud in here for Eli!!! leggo Skins!“: Read more »

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Fans Asked To Participate In 2012 Combine

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 22, 2012 – 2:33 pm

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This week signals the kickoff to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, an even which has been held in Indianapolis, Indiana for the last 25 years.

Earlier last week, Redskins general manager and executive vice president Bruce Allen discussed his memories of the Combine with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael.  Although Allen has only been an executive in the NFL since 1995, he’s been involved with the Combine since it’s early days:

Obviously, since 1985 the event has grown into a media spectacle that garners around-the-clock coverage on the NFL Network in the days and weeks to come.  Fans are taken into every conceivable angle of a player’s draft stock, but have never been allowed on the premises.

All of that will change this year, as 250 lucky fans are being invited to watch the workouts from stands in Lucas Oil Stadium. Read more »

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