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Club DJ Tiësto Is An Excited Redskins Fan

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 27, 2012 – 5:11 pm

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Make room on the Redskins bandwagon for Dutch musician Tijs Michiel Verwest, known in dance clubs around the world as the famous DJ Tiësto, or simply “Tiësto.”

For those of you that don’t frequent the rave, Tiësto has released 66 singles and 79 remixes in the last 15 years.  He has been nominated for 61 international awards, and has walked home with 48 pieces of hardware.  If you follow club music, he needs no introduction.

If you don’t, his introduction doesn’t mean much.  Just trust me that he’s a big deal.

The important part is that he’s officially a big fan of the Redskins, as he revealed to his 1,033,590 followers on his Twitter account (@Tiesto): Read more »

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Meriweather Happy To Follow Sean Taylor

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 27, 2012 – 4:02 pm

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When Brandon Meriweather was added to the secondary mix in Washington, he was following in the familiar footsteps of friend and former teammate Sean Taylor.

A year behind Sean at the University of Miami, Meriweather shared the field with him for two seasons before Taylor was drafted by the Redskins.  Meriweather counted Sean amoung his close personal friends, and talked about how Taylor helped to shape his game even after he left for Washington.

“He was a great…person,” he said in reflection.  “Y’know, whenever I needed him, I could call him and he would answer, and he always gave me the advice that I needed.  He was the person that I looked up to, and I’m sure that anyone who played with him looked up to him too.”

While Meriweather leaned on Taylor for advice, he didn’t concern himself with trying to be No. 21.  As far as he was concerned, there was only one Sean Taylor. Read more »

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Rypien Whistles ‘Hail’ Over Fan’s Voicemail

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 27, 2012 – 12:42 pm

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Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien was the gunslinger under center for the 1991 Redskins–arguably the greatest team ever assembled–but had a reputation for being a man of the people.

Outside of the magical season in Washington, he had a journeyman’s career, and forged his best relationships with the fans.  As far as I can tell, he never ‘big-leagued’ anyone during his career or post-playing days, and continues to be a Redskins fan and ardent supporter.

He even whistles the Redskins Fight Song in perfect form. Read more »

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Player Safety Justifies Kickoff Rule Change

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 27, 2012 – 11:59 am

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With several hot-button issues on the docket for this week’s NFL Owner’s Meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., the NFL took pause to celebrate an issue they resolved in last year’s meetings: player safety on kickoffs.

Under the old rules, the defending team kicked the ball off from the 30-yard line, and defenders could run from as far back as the 15-yard line, building up a full head of steam before the ball was kicked off.  On the receiving side of the ball, teams were permitted to block with a “wedge”: three players who could link arms in an ultimate game of Red Rover.

Although some of the most exciting plays in a football game, kickoffs were responsible for more concussions and brain trauma than any other play in football.  In 2010 alone, there were 218 concussions in 321 preseason, regular season and postseason games.

The league addressed the issue with a threefold plan:

1. Move the kickoff up five yards to the 35-yard line.
2. Limit defender head starts to five yards behind the kickoff line.
3. Eliminate the three-man wedge in favor of two-man wedges, no linked arms.

And according to a comprehensive AP article on SI.com, it worked, with total concussions falling to 190 in 2011 (12.5 percent), with a more significant drop on kickoffs alone: Read more »

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