Maybe you like the History Channel.
Maybe you like to whittle the hours away with first-hand accounts of brave Americans storming the beaches of Normandy. Maybe you get a kick out of bearded duck-call moguls.
That’s all solid programming, but I don’t watch. When I need my nostalgia fix, I turn to the NFL archives, preferably video filled with spots and cracks indicative of 16 mm film, preferably produced by the Redskins.
The latest installment of Redskins Chronicles covering the Redskins Cowboys Rivalry is a treasure trove of historical video. Watch the clip. Not only will you learn the story behind one of the NFL’s most impassioned rivalries, you’ll pick up priceless details of past periods.
This is my second day on the job at Redskins.com, and I couldn’t think of a better way to settle in.
Here are my five favorite things about the Redskins Chronicles episode covering the Redskins Cowboys Rivalry:
1. NFL marching bands: Our first sign of a bygone era also spotlights talented musicians who played “Hail to the Redskins.” We learn in Redskins Chronicles that the rights to that song were essential to the birth of the Cowboys. Old-timey trades were the best.
2. Clint Murchison, Jr., has a 300-pound, cast-iron double phone. What is this device? It just looks like a phone receiver glued to another one. I can’t imagine it helping in any way, but I want one shipped to my desk at Redskins Park immediately.
3. George Allen’s Taekwondo outfit: Allen never had a losing season in 12 years as a head coach. One key to his success was the constant threat that at any moment he might fly through the air and split a board in two with his feet.
Per Redskins Chronicles, “Allen once offered to fight Tom Landry to determine a game.” I would pay to see this fight.
4. ‘We want Dallas:’ An intimidating mass of fandom shakes the rafters at RFK Stadium. The people seem to like it, but I’m terrified for them. Safety hazards are high on my list of why old video footage is amazing.
5. Dexter Manley: I have to agree with the Redskins’ all-time sack leader.
“I really had a dislike for the Cowboys because they felt they were ‘America’s Team.’ They were sort of arrogant.”
If I start calling myself T-bone, do you think it will catch on?
Well that’s my two cents. What did you like about the video?
Gabe Hiatt is the new Associate Writer and Team Blogger for the Washington Redskins. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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