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Robert Griffin III Harbors Olympic Hope

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 12, 2013 – 5:31 pm

“The goal for me was to be better than Michael Jordan.”

From 99.9 percent of the population, this sounds absurd. From the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year who boasts Olympic caliber talent in the 400-meter hurdles, it’s barely a boast.

In the above video from NFL partner USAA, we learn Griffin III targeted basketball before football. Here are a four more interesting facts from the video:

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Griffin III said he had scholarship offers from Florida, Baylor and perennial powerhouse Nebraska. He was the starting point guard as a freshman at a Class 5A school.

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Redskins at Cowboys: Experts Pick ‘Em

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 12, 2013 – 4:00 pm

I’m literally seeing stars. I think I’m gonna spew.

Thanks, Garth. I feel better now, but the “experts” don’t. Not a single one of the pundits we looked at picked the Redskins to bring a victory back home from Dallas on Sunday night.

The best case for this week’s predictions is always last week’s performance. For the Cowboys, that meant coming up just short against possibly the best offense in NFL history. For the Redskins, that meant resting up and eating dog food. If you watched the Red River Rivalry on Saturday, you know how much emotions and mutual dislike can affect the outcome of a rivalry game played in Northeast Texas. Also, the Redskins (1-3) swept the Cowboys (2-3) for the first time since 2005 last year.

Here are your weekly expert picks:

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Gallery: A Classic Matchup

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 12, 2013 – 2:30 pm

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Part of the magic instilled into the Redskins Cowboys rivalry stems from more than 50 years worth of legends: Hall of Fame quarterbacks Sonny Jurgensen and Roger Staubach, multiple Super Bowl-winning coaches Joe Gibbs and Tom Landry, bruising runners John Riggins and Emmitt Smith. The list goes on.

Chris Cooley said it takes about a year and a half to hate the Cowboys, but that distaste grows stronger every year in uniform. For a deeper look at the history of the rivalry, look here.

Below you can scope out a photo gallery of Redskins and Cowboys photos through the years. I’m partial to shots of “the Diesel” and the man behind “Southeast Jerome.”  What’s your favorite photo?

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Chris Cooley Talks Rivalry

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 12, 2013 – 8:00 am

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In nine years as a Redskin, Chris Cooley’s hatred for the Cowboys intensified, eventually honing into a beautiful thing like, say, a well-crafted ceramic vase. The former tight end and current ESPN980 personality gave me a few minutes of time during a radio break Friday to talk about what disgusts him about the Dallas franchise and what he sees for the future of the rivalry.

Gabe Hiatt: In your third game as a pro, you played against Dallas at home. How were you indoctrinated into the rivalry?

Chris Cooley: It takes a while because you get that there’s the rivalry, but until you start to know their players and know their fans and really look at what that team stands for, you don’t buy into the rivalry. In Year One it was the idea that everyone said, ‘It doesn’t matter what you do this year, just beat Dallas twice.’ You start to learn that’s what people say every year. And beating Dallas twice has such a serious feel to everyone involved. But then you start looking at their fans and the way they look at our team. Cowboys fans think the Redskins are garbage, which is funny to me because they’ve been garbage as long as we hadn’t made the playoffs as well. And you start looking at their players and the way, to me, they’ve always seemed to play with an arrogance of ‘we’re better than anyone else’ when they’re really not. After about a year and a half it was like, if I was going to beat one team every year it would be the Cowboys without a doubt. Again, lastly it just goes to that idea that they really believe they’re America’s team. They have no doubt that they’re the team that everyone loves and that they’re the pretty boys of America and the pretty boys of football, and they play like it.

GH: You had a three touchdown game against the Cowboys in your second year. Did that mean anything more coming against that team?

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