Wale’s Super Bowl Thoughts, Superstitions

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 28, 2013 – 3:33 pm

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Similar to the Washington Redskins, native DC rapper Wale has seen his success grow tenfold recently.

For years, Wale was rocking the local scene before his big breakthrough in 2009 and while he’s since become a national superstar, he’s remained loyal to his roots through both song (such as DC or Nothing and the now increasingly popular No Pain, No Gain soundtrack from “RGIII: Will to Win” among others) and fandom through #HTTR tweets, cameos at Redskins Park and wearing Redskins themed apparel in his videos.

As his star continues to grow he’s become an unofficial spokesman of sort for the fan base in the rap community and beyond, letting television anchors and radio personalities alike know that while he may not spend all of his time in the District, his heart is still here.

Most recently, Wale told those on set of Fox Sports 1′s show Crowd Goes Wild that the Redskins are going to big things this year.

Super big things.

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Read-Option Mixed Bag For Ryan Kerrigan

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 28, 2013 – 1:59 pm

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Since being taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Ryan Kerrigan has gone from a football player who doubles as a long-haired model to a terrorizing, clean-cut football player that is an offense’s worst nightmare for 60 minutes.

Sure off the field his is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and already has the approval of teammates to date their hypothetical daughters, but on the field, snap after snap, No. 91 comes through like a runaway freight train determined to make players cower in their knee-high socks.

In two games against the Philadelphia Eagles last season, the Pro Bowler accumulated eight tackles and three sacks, two of which came in a game with the highest of stakes where the weather provided more goose bumps down the spine than the always callous Philadelphia crowd.

Kerrigan hopes to not only duplicate his success that was, but continue his current trajectory towards being a top-five linebacker. He chatted with Pro Football Talk Live’s Erik Kuselias about preparations for the Monday Night Football opener against the division rivals.

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Robert Griffin III: SI Cover King

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 28, 2013 – 11:47 am

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Robert Griffin III is coming to a Sports Illustrated cover near you.

If he keeps goes at the rate, Washington Redskins second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III will break the record for most Sports Illustrated cover appearances by the end of the decade.

Since the first edition in 1954 featuring Eddie Matthews of the Milwaukee Braves, athletes from across the country, and the sports spectrum, have graced the cover.  Each time they’ve spoke about the honor of being that week’s featured story.

While reader preference have shifted over the years to more online publications, there’s still a special feeling of reading a hard copy that a tablet or smartphone can never duplicate.

Anyway, we’ve got the cover here just for you:

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Fans Now Straw That Stirs Madden Ratings

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 28, 2013 – 11:09 am

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On your drive to work yesterday morning you probably saw what millions of others did and tweeted (at a stop of course) your observations. Taillights, stoplights (tweeting commences), taillights, congested highway ramps, taillights and a long line of diehard Madden fans waiting to get the 25th edition of the virtual gaming experience.

Since its birth in 1988 on what are now seen as archaic video game systems, the EA Madden football franchise has grown rapidly into one of the top grossing sports entities of all time. Just last year, Madden 13 sold over 1.65 million copies—in the first week. Yeah that’s a lot of homework being passed on.

Last week the Redskins Blog released the overall ratings for each player on the roster (yes some have been cut since that time and the next roster update will reflect accordingly) and fans chimed in with disgruntled outrage at how low the Redskins are as a whole. London Fletcher 82? Will Montgomery the only player rated higher than 89 on the offense? Trent Williams’ passing accuracy a whole astonishing eight overall?

Gasps—we have proof to debunk that claim. He’s probably got 14 accuracy.

Under scrutiny for years, the guys at EA are now giving the fans the chance to directly impact the weekly ratings updates. Guess who’s up first. No, no it isn’t Chris Chester although he’s close–about a fanny length away actually. Try Robert Griffin III and the rest of his 2012 NFL Draft classmates.

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Unbeaten Preseason, Good Times Ahead?

Posted by Evan Redmon on August 28, 2013 – 9:19 am

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The Redskins have opened up their 2013 schedule with a bang. So far, the Burgundy and Gold are undefeated in their three exhibition games, and they’ve looked good doing it.

They rolled up 477 yards of offense against the Buffalo Bills; they harassed Ben Roethlisberger in their convincing defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers; and they made a successful two-point conversion as time wound down to edge the Tennessee Titans by a point in the preseason opener.

That means they are taking a successful tack to dominate in the regular season, right? Quite possibly.

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Mike Shanahan To Call Plays For Himself?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 28, 2013 – 7:15 am

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On Thursday, could we be seeing a lot more of head coach Mike Shanahan than simply barking out assignments to his players and demanding the absolute best from his team?

Could we see Mike Shanahan suit up in a football uniform or better yet, throwing passes to his younger wider receivers?

Yes—putting down his clipboard, strapping on a helmet and entering the lineup as the quarterback.

He didn’t exactly dispel the rumor that his cannon’s cobwebs will stay tucked under his Redskins polo.  And those tapes from his days as a quarterback at East Leyden High School—well he’s as tight lipped on their location as he is with the media about his game plan for the next week’s opponent.

After announcing that Pat White would not only start but play the entire game against the Buccaneers barring injury (in which case Rex Grossman would fill in) he let the cat out of the bag.

“Pat White will play the entire game unless he goes down, and if he goes down then Rex [Grossman] will go in. If he goes down, I’m going in. I’m the only guy left.”

So what type of quarterback would Shanahan be? Would he be a cool, calm and collected pocket passer like Kirk Cousins or would he show off his legs that have been built up after years of pacing the sidelines?

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