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Griffin III Impressed By Wall’s Career Night

Posted by Stephen Czarda on March 26, 2013 – 11:15 am

Robert Griffin III

(AP Photo)

There is no denying that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is one of the most naturally gifted athletes on the planet. Baylor students and Redskins faithful can attest to his heroics with the pig skin, as he simply does the unimaginable sometimes. Just ask Vikings fans for proof after his 76-yard touchdown scamper against Minnesota during the 2012 season.

In high school, Griffin III was one of the best hurdlers in the Lone Star State.

But like the rest of us, his eyes have been glued to the hardwood in recent weeks. In the days leading up to the NCAA Selection Show, his alma mater was on the bubble and with the Bears needing a lift against perennial Big 12 power Kansas, Griffin III gave his school a much needed pregame speech to get them prepared for crunch time.

To the delight of all in attendance, Baylor was able to knock off Kansas – the last team to do so prior to the Jayhawks Sweet 16 run.

With the NCAA Tournament taking a few nights off after an amazing first weekend, it was the NBA’s turn to take center stage Monday night.

Griffin III was still amped up to watch some hoops and tuned in to see what was going down on the court. Last night, it was the performance of one local star that left the quarterback in amazement.

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Rookie Tight End A Late Bloomer

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 11, 2012 – 2:27 pm


It wasn’t too long ago that many people would’ve thought Redskins rookie tight end Beau Reliford was instead destined for a professional basketball career.

In fact, Reliford didn’t even begin playing football until junior year in high school.

But that decision has paid dividends for the 6-foot-6 tight end from Florida State University

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Redskins Hoops Action: Just The Dunks

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 6, 2012 – 11:33 am

Last Friday was the celebrity charity basketball game that pitted the Redskins against their geographical Baltimore Ravens rivals.  What amazed most about the game is how much raw athleticism the players had to perform ably in two sports.

I wouldn’t bet on them in a high-stakes ping pong tournament, but there was a comfort level on the court that led to good-natured showboating and high-flying slam dunks.

The pictures from the event were posted on Golden Era Entertainment’s Facebook page mid-week, but with jersey-mania, it was worth waiting until Friday.

Enjoy the high-flying Redskins action as we recap all of the Redskins dunks: Read more »

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Redskins Dunk, Dougie In Basketball Game

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 2, 2012 – 11:42 am

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Friday night was the latest installment of the fabled ‘Battle of the Beltway,’ pitting the Redskins against their bitter rival Ravens in a Battle Royale for the ages.

Media hype aside, it was a fun-filled celebrity basketball game at Stafford High School, with proceeds benefiting Anthony Armstrong’s Lucky 13 Foundation and the Ravens’ Torrey Smith Foundation.  Redskins starpower was on high for the event, as current Redskins Armstrong, Lorenzo Alexander, Brandon Banks, Josh Wilson, Niles Paul, Aldrick Robinson, Terrence Austin, Joshua Morgan, and Markus White joined local radio personalities and former Redskins Chris Wilson and Darrell Green on the court.

While the question on everyone’s mind had to do with hoop dreams, the evening was actually kicked off with a contest to determine which team was better suited to “Teach Me How To Dougie.” Admire: Read more »

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Redskins And Basketball, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on March 16, 2011 – 5:12 pm

It’s unquestionably basketball’s time of year, so here are a couple of seasonally appropriate notes (along with a bunch of other random links). First up, above, is Redskins Pro Bowl middle linebacker London Fletcher playing roundball back in high school. It’s frankly remarkable. (H/T to Cindy Boren.)

Then there’s Donovan McNabb, who’s providing analysis of the NCAA tournament for Comcast SportsNet. McNabb isn’t just a basketball tourist; he was a walk-on on the Syracuse basketball team for a couple years in college, he played basketball on Pros Vs. Joes, and he even did a pretty solid NBA preview on his radio show last season.

In advance of this new gig, McNabb broke down this year’s bracket with CSNWashington’s Ryan O’Halloran. “It’s a wide open field,” McNabb told O’Halloran. “A lot of people are giving Ohio State and Kansas the edge. Kansas, I can see. But Ohio State, the Big Ten hasn’t been very successful since Michigan State had its run with Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson. And the brackets this year aren’t as equal. Duke has an easier bracket. Ohio State has a tougher bracket.”

Plenty more from McNabb in the link. Some other pieces worth reading….
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More Basketball With Donovan McNabb

Posted by Matt Terl on July 20, 2010 – 9:34 am

Fresh off a ringing endorsement from basketball great Charles Barkley, here’s some more basketball with Redskins QB Donovan McNabb. Specifically, McNabb’s appearance on the episode of Spike TV’s Pros Vs. Joes that premieres Wednesday night.


(To alleviate any confusion, McNabb — with teammates and fellow NFL-ers Terrell Owens and Antonio Gates — are PRO football players, but JOE basketball players. Their opponents, meanwhile, are former PRO basketball players who are now average JOEs. Okay, that didn’t really alleviate any confusion.)

Anyhow, the whole McNabb basketball thing has become something of a trend almost since the day the QB arrived in DC. I first became aware of it from the intrepid Washington Wizards bloggers over at Truth About It.net, who — in a post focused on former Wizard Jahidi White — almost casually tossed out there that McNabb had been a walk-on to the Syracuse basketball team during his freshman and sophomore years at the school. And they ALSO, oh-by-the-way, included this video. Read more »

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DeAngelo Hall Gives "That Work" To Teammates, Barack Obama, J.J. Redick

Posted by Matt Terl on August 25, 2009 – 10:10 am

DeAngelo Hall was sitting in the ice tub yesterday when he said that he was hoping to play basketball with President Obama; it was only incidental that he mentioned how he used to take care of former Dukie and current Orlando Magician J.J. Redick back in their Virginia high school basketball days.

“I used to do J.J. Redick,” Hall said. “I used to give him that work.” (When Hall talks, you can hear the italics pretty clearly.) The assembled media — me and Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog, basically — weren’t clear on “that work,” so Hall clarified. “Kill him. I won the state championship over him. He was like the best player in the state. He had averaged like 32 a game. I went for 31 and he had like 12.”

And Hall doesn’t see why defending Redick was such a problem. “He was so easy, you just deny him the ball. He wasn’t quicker than me or more athletic than me. I don’t know why guys didn’t do that the whole season, just deny him the ball and run a box-and-one. That’s all we did and I locked him up.” Read more »

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Tuesday, April 7: Renaldo Wynn's Cousin Strives For Perfection

Posted by Matt Terl on April 7, 2009 – 3:04 pm

Well, the aftermath of yesterday’s Devin Thomas/Ethan Albright matchup-by-proxy in the NCAA Tournament was a bit of a letdown, to say the least: nothing much happened. Albright wore a relatively subdued Carolina sweatshirt, and Thomas worked out his disappointment on the practice field. Nothing was painted Carolina blue, no one was publicly shamed, and life went on apace.

Still, though, it was an interesting setup to the evening’s game — possibly the most interesting thing about that already-over-at-five-minutes-in disappointment — so I was intrigued to hear that someone here has a legitimate rooting interest in tonight’s Women’s NCAA Finals game.

I knew that Connecticut guy Alfred Fincher was rooting the team along, but a passing interest in a game that not many people watch didn’t seem to warrant further mention. And then I found out that Renee Montgomery is Renaldo Wynn‘s cousin.

Montgomery, for those of you who don’t know (which I suspect is nearly all of you), is the All-American senior point guard for the currently-undefeated UConn team, and is one of the top players in the sport. Here’s ESPN analyst Doris Burke explaining why UConn beat up on Stanford on Sunday:

Renee Montgomery’s leadership. Beyond her points and assists, she set the tone with her pressure defense against Stanford. She played with a confidence that said she didn’t think the Cardinal could handle her defense, and that aggressive mindset and refusal to allow Stanford to get off to any kind of a good start made the difference. Any time the Cardinal made a shot, Montgomery made a bucket or found somebody else. She’s an extraordinary leader. Watching her with her teammates on the floor and off is unbelievable.

So that’s the kind of player we’re talking about, like if I suddenly discovered that Todd Yoder was related to Tyler Hansbrough or something.

Still, “cousin” can mean a lot of things, from “person who is like a sister to me” all the way down to “girl I’ve never even met that my parents say we’re somehow related to,” so that’s where I started when I talked to Wynn about this today.

Wynn: “I know her pretty good, man. My dad’s from West Virginia, so we always took trips down there, and always went to her area, St. Albans. Her mom and dad are my first cousins.”

And you’ve been following her career this whole time?

Wynn: “Yeah! It’s crazy, man, because I remember as a little girl, you know, all the time, she was the one that kinda really excelled at the athletic part. I remember I was trying to get her to Notre Dame when she was coming out as All-American. They played the McDonald’s All-American Game at Notre Dame at that time, but she was going to UConn right from the jump. It worked out.”

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Basketball Creates Bitter Rivalry Between Ethan Albright And Devin Thomas

Posted by Matt Terl on April 6, 2009 – 4:20 pm

It would be hard to imagine two more disparate guys than Ethan Albright and Devin Thomas.

Albright is currently the oldest guy on the Redskins roster; Thomas is 45 days shy of being the youngest. Albright came into the league as an undrafted free agent back in 1994 with Miami, and came to the Redskins as a free agent; Thomas was the Redskins’ first player taken in last year’s NFL Draft.

Albright is quiet and workmanlike, best known for doing his job efficiently, consistently, and without error; Thomas is brash, vocal, and has yet to prove himself at his position. Albright is from outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, a city that has been inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame; Thomas is from the suburbs of Detroit (albeit a couple of the nicer ones, which sort of spoils the comparison).

Albright’s nickname is “The Red Snapper,” while Thomas goes by “The Turquoise Leopard.” (That last one might not be true, actually.)

But they’ve got at least one thing in common: both are fiercely loyal to their respective colleges, Albright to North Carolina and Thomas to Michigan State. So as those two teams get set to square off in tonight’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game, Albright and Thomas are getting into it face to face.

Or they would be, if they ever saw each other. Because another way that these two are different is in their workout schedules. Albright prefers the earliest possible session, and is often showered and gone from the facility before Thomas even arrives.

When I caught up with Albright today — again decked out in his non-Tyler-Hansbrough jersey, now with added Tar Heels cap — he was actually waiting to see if Thomas would show up so he could talk a little trash to him. “I’ve been around here every day for two weeks looking for him, and I can’t find him anywhere,” he told me.


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