On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Aug. 17, 2017 1:20 PM - 2:00 PM EDT Jay Gruden At The Podium Tune in to hear Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talk to the media at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

Tuesday, February 2: Ah, Media Day

Posted by Matt Terl on February 2, 2010 – 10:48 am

Well, it’s Super Bowl Media Day, when every reporter for every news outlet on Earth gets to ask really stupid questions of the players on the two Super Bowl squads. Should be even more scintillating now that it’s being broadcast live via TV, Twitter, NFL.com, and everything else.

But there are certain stories that need to be told at certain times every year, almost ritualistically. Like the Passover seder, or telling the story of Christmas, or watching Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day, only for football. If you’re a Redskins fan, that means that it’s time to go back to the Media Day before Super Bowl XXII, when Redskins quarterback Doug Williams wasn’t actually asked one of the stupidest questions of all time.

People came close, of course. Heck, it made up most of the opening four grafs of Paul Zimmerman’s game story in the post-game issue of Sports Illustrated:
Read more »

Tags: , , ,
Posted in General | No Comments »

Just A Little More On That Bruce Smith Issue

Posted by Matt Terl on February 4, 2009 – 4:39 pm

A few days ago, I asked if people considered new Hall of Famer Bruce Smith a Redskin.

Unsurprisingly, most people said no. (Equally unsurprisingly, the folks at Mister Irrelevant said no with entertaining verve.) Heck, I pretty much said no myself even as I was asking the question, although I tossed out a few half-baked stats to offer the counter-argument.

But ESPN 980 host Steve Czaban posted some more statistics (courtesy of John Thompson Show producer Chuck Sapienza) that actually muddy the water a bit further. I mean, they still don’t fully change my impression of Smith’s tenure here, but they do offer a few interesting points of comparison.

Bruce Smith started 54 games for the Redskins
Doug Williams started 14
Timmy Smith started 8
Rick “Doc” Walker started 53

Bruce Smith had 29 sacks in 4 years
Lavar Arrington had 23 sacks for his Redskins career

It is genuinely unbelievable to me that Doug Williams logged FORTY fewer games as a Redskin than Bruce Smith. I guess it just goes to show you that leading your team in the greatest quarter of football in human history on the biggest stage your sport has to offer makes a lot more of an impression than 40 more games in late-career pursuit of the sack record. Read more »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in General | No Comments »

The Real MVP of Super Bowl XXII?

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2009 – 4:51 pm

The MVP of Super Bowl XXII was Doug Williams, of course — and rightly so. All he did was shake off an injury (and a day-before-the-game root canal), put behind him an entire week’s worth of stupid questions about being the first black quarterback to start a Super Bowl, and lead his offense to one of the single greatest quarters of football ever played.

Here’s his statline for that quarter, just in case you’ve forgotten: 9 of 11 for 228 yards and FOUR touchdowns. In one quarter. So, yeah, he justifiably was the MVP.

But the SI.com article I linked to in the last post contained an interesting anecdote that deserves spotlighting. Apparently Nils Lofgren, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, tells a story that argues suggesting that maybe Springsteen himself should’ve been the Redskins MVP:

Nils Lofgren has a rarity. He has a Bruce Springsteen football story. As Liz rightly points out, Springsteen is not a football fan. Baseball is his thing, even if he made that regrettable “speedball” word choice in his song Glory Days. Lofgren, though, remembers watching Super Bowl XXII with Bruce. They were at some party, Lofgren doesn’t even remember who hosted it. What he does remember is that it was Washington playing Denver, and everyone in the room except Nils was rooting for the Broncos. Nils grew up in Washington, and he remains a fanatical Redskins fan. He’s such a big football fan that, for years, he played the music for John Madden’s All-Madden Team show.

Well, you might remember, Denver led that Super Bowl 10-0 after the first quarter. Everyone was ripping Lofgren. They were all trying to get him to make bets. And then, all of a sudden, Bruce spoke up.

Read more »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in General | No Comments »
%d bloggers like this: