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Hail! Looks At Shanahan’s ‘Honor’ System

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 7, 2011 – 9:30 am

Earlier this week, we learned that head coach Mike Shanahan wants his players to run several times over the bye week, to stay in the flow of the football season.  Of course, he can’t follow players around the country and make sure that they make their runs, so he suggested the “God was watching.”

And it was good.

This morning, Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic has an explanation for how Shanahan is able to trust his players to do what they’re supposed to do on their five days off:


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Hail! Finds The Essence Of Chris Neild

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 10:02 am

What do you call a 320-pound lineman?  In my experience, whatever he wants.

In the case of rookie nose tackle Chris Neild, he prefers the nickname “Truck,” a name that he was given in sixth grade.  His Twitter name (@TruckNeild) even reflects it.

Given his stature and impressive play so far, I’d say that this week’s edition of Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic pretty much nails the essence of Neild:


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Hail! Downplays Tight End Shenanigans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 23, 2011 – 9:00 am

Or are they Shanahanagans?

This week, Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic addresses the hierarchy of tight ends (No. 47, Captain Chaos, orchestrates all fashion statements), as well as the new phenomenon at Redskins Park known as “Tight End Tights Wednesday“:

I guess you have to draw the line somewhere.

And in case you were wondering, “Tight End Tights Wednesday” has yet to “spread to the rest of the offense.”  Sorry Cooley, this might be just a tight end thing.


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Hail! Explains Brandon Banks’s Tweets

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 16, 2011 – 9:30 am

In the second week of  Ben Ceccarelli’s revamped Hail! comic, he finally explains Redskins returner Brandon Banks’s curious Twitter exchanges:

If you don’t get the joke, make the jump. Read more »


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Hail! Throwback And Vince Lombardi

Posted by Matt Terl on July 22, 2011 – 9:01 am

I believe that after today’s strip, Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli will just be a Jack Pardee and a Norv Turner away from having cartoonified every Redskins head coach since Lombardi.  (NOTE: Not really.)

Also, the more observant among you might notice that things look a little different around these parts.  We’ve switched platforms (again), for a whole variety of reasons — now we’re much more in line with the look & feel of the rest of  Redskins.com, for one thing — and we’re all sort of getting used to things.  The commenting system is different (although I believe it’s much smoother), and you’ll spot other changes throughout the blog.

We know about some existing issues, but if you spot any bugs, dead links, or other huge problems, please drop us a line and let us know.  Thanks, and enjoy the new-look site.


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Hail! Remembers Osaka

Posted by Matt Terl on July 1, 2011 – 9:07 am

Earlier this week, I mentioned the infamous Osaka game – the one night, I called it, when Steve Spurrier’s offense really lived up to the hype. Well, there must be something Spurrier in the air, because Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli also elects to go back to those heady 45-pass-attempts-in-a-preseason-game days with today’s Hail.

As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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Hail! Throwback And Dexter Manley

Posted by Matt Terl on June 10, 2011 – 9:31 am

Man, when I was a kid I thought that Dexter Manley’s mohawk was just about the coolest thing ever, and Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli has done a terrific job capturing it here. As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.
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Hail! Throwback Explores A Pat Fischer Legend

Posted by Matt Terl on May 27, 2011 – 8:15 am

Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli is back from his honeymoon, and his comic strip returns with him. Today, Ceccarelli takes a look at an old legend surrounding Pat Fischer, which — for background — I’ll explain by quoting Tarhog & TK-IV II I’s excellent Redskins History 101 from over on Extremeskins:

Pat Fischer was an anecdote-teller’s dream. He was rumored to be fond of chewing on a mouthful of ‘stick-um’ to relax before games. Supposedly finding it difficult to find well-fitting knee pads, Fischer would allegedly tape disposable diapers around his knees. It was also reportedly common for Fischer to send young fans in the stands after hot coffee to warm him during cold-weather games.

Apparently Fischer would’ve been a cartoonist’s dream as well. As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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Hail! Throwback And The Hogs

Posted by Matt Terl on May 13, 2011 – 9:38 am

Congratulations to Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli, who is getting married this weekend. We wish him and his bride all the best. To celebrate the occasion, Ceccarelli has gone for gross-out humor in this week’s strip; you can find the backstory over at the DC Sports Bog.

As always, click the first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.
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Hail! Throwback Hits 1985

Posted by Matt Terl on May 6, 2011 – 10:07 am

Not much introduction needed for this one, as Hail!’s writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli continues to visit past eras in Redskins history. As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest.
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