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Rob Myers Hits The Slopes, Twitterverse

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 9, 2012 – 4:47 pm

Up until Week 16, tight end Rob Myers didn’t exist on the Redskins roster.  Up until this weekend, he didn’t exist on Twitter.

Now both have come true.

Myers is the latest of the Redskins players to join Twitter (@RobMyersTE), a list that includes Graham Gano, Jabar Gaffney and Willie Smith.  Notable players missing on the trendy social network includes Sav Rocca, Roy Helu and Rex Grossman (hint, hint).

Friend and former Redskins lineman Eric Olsen welcomed him to his new social surroundings: Read more »

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Olsen Headed To The Saints, NFC Playoffs

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 4, 2012 – 10:28 am

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The season continues for one member of the Burgundy and Gold, as Redskins practice squad offensive lineman Eric Olsen is Bayou-bound.  Earlier this week, he was officially signed to the 53-man playoff roster of the New Orleans Saints.

He broke the news himself during locker room clean-out on Monday, telling ‘Redskins Insider’ Mike Jones that he was sad to leave:

“I’m sad because I really like the guys around here, and this is like football heaven, and Coach Shanahan is bigger than a legend,” said the former Notre Dame standout, who last season appeared in one game for the Denver Broncos. “But I’ve got to take this.”

He shared it with the world on Twitter (@EOlsen69) a short while later:

Yesterday during his media session with the New Orleans media, Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed the news of Olsen’s signing, announcing that he will wear No. 70. Read more »

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Alma Mater Bowl Battle Continues Tonight

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 29, 2011 – 5:00 pm

It must be college football bowl season in the Redskins locker room, as intra-team smack talk has risen to a new level.  Last night saw the resolution to the Holiday Bowl between Lorenzo Alexander’s Golden Bears and Brian Orakpo’s Longhorns.

Tonight’s matchup between Graham Gano’s Seminoles and Eric Olsen’s Fighting Irish in the Champs Sports Bowl has also yielded some wardrobe wagers: Read more »

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Olsen Brings Artistic Prowess To Football

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 27, 2011 – 4:32 pm

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Offensive linemen are known for having a “mean streak” or extra grittiness, and reserve offensive guard Eric Olsen is no exception.  His playing style was described in his Notre Dame player bio as “fiesty and aggressive.”

But he has another side off the field.  He watches Family Guy and Modern Family.  He wishes he had Jessie’s girl.  He only gained two pounds over the holidays.  He moonlights as a part time Super Hero.  And he loves art.

At Notre Dame, Olsen was enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and majored in industrial design.  He hasn’t used his artistic skill for work yet, but he does enjoy doodling.  Here’s some of the work that he’s done, depicting famous rap/hip hop icons Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross:

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No-Shave-November Yields Few Honors

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 2, 2011 – 2:11 pm

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November is a month dominated by football, Thanksgiving, and the growth of beards and mustaches for a good cause.

Call it what you want: Movember, No-Shave-November; but it’s a good opportunity for Redskins players to put down the razors and show what they can grow.

Over the course of the month, the players that showed the most effort were receiver Niles Paul, offensive lineman Eric Olsen, and quarterback Jonathan Crompton.

Others tried, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Naturally, the two best beards on the team are linebacker Perry Riley and nose tackle Chris Neild.  As Neild is clearly the Grand Beard Master, I turned to him for a December 1st Facial Hair Recap.

Let’s just say, the birthday boy was not impressed: Read more »

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Players Still Using AOL Instant Messaging

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 1, 2011 – 2:11 pm

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With more than half of the Redskins roster under the age of 27, and nearly everyone under the age of 30, this is a generation of players that have grown up on computers.

I had a great chat with offensive linemen Eric Olsen and Tyler Polumbus today, discussing the rise and fall of different fads in Internet social media.  After the creation of the Internet (possibly by Al Gore), there were chat rooms, online journals, Hotmail, Myspace, Napster, Xanga, and finally Facebook and Skype.

But the greatest of all creations for me in middle school and high school (and even college), was AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).  And 23-year-old Redskins offensive lineman Eric Olsen is still on it.

“Yeah, I’m still on it,” he said with a smile.  “I mean, it’s one of those applications that just opens automatically when I turn on my computer.  I don’t have to sign in, the buddy list just pops up.”

In the age of text messaging, Facebook Chat, and Twitter, AIM has been dubbed nearly obsolete, left to combine forces with the aforementioned Internet fads in order to survive.  But Olsen continues to boot up his AIM screenname every time he turns on his computer, because that’s his Grandma’s preferred medium of communication. Read more »

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The Best Redskins Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 25, 2011 – 12:15 pm

After finishing up practice and serving the community, players attended to their own holiday plans yesterday, and shared them with the Redskins Twitterverse.

First, there was the group of long snapper Nick Sundberg, offensive linemen Erik Cook and Eric Olsen, and third-string quarterback Jonathan Crompton celebrating a deep-fried Thanksgiving:

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Players Having A Deep-Fried Thanksgiving

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 24, 2011 – 1:15 pm

There are three fundamental truths to this Thanksgiving holiday:

1. Football will be on TV.

2. Food will be on the table.

3. And one of the best ways to cook anything is in the deep fryer.

Counting the first two truths as inevitable, several Redskins have combined their culinary knowledge to create a Thanksgiving bird of the deep-fried persuasion.

The news broke on Twitter:

Offensive linemen Nick Sundberg is the deep frying guru, and was seen walking off the practice field on Wednesday, coaching Austin as to tricks of the trade:

1. You must use the proper amount of oil in the fryer, or the bird won’t cook.

2. You MUST thaw the bird out first.

What happens when you don’t thaw the bird out first?  You burn down your house: Read more »

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Redskins Champion ‘No-Shave-November’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 4, 2011 – 10:50 am

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Born out of the storied mustache tradition of “Movember,” No-Shave-November encourages males too grow facial hair during the 11th month of the year.  Officially, the phenomenon of No-Shave-November is done in awareness of prostate cancer.

Unofficially, it’s cold outside and it’s a great excuse to grow a facial sweater, and many members of your Washington Redskins are jumping on board.

“I think I started No-Shave-November when I was a baby,” confessed kicker Graham Gano.  “I was born with a full beard, and the first thing that I demanded was some beard trimmers.  Yeah…April 9, 1987, that’s the day No-Shave-November started…of course, it didn’t really catch on until November though.”

Probed as to why he has only a light beard now, Gano responded, “Oh, I had to give it up, because people started thinking I was Santa Claus.  I keep it right about here (a two, for facial hair trimmers), because if I shave my face, I look like a child, and I get carded when I go places.”

Gano revealed that he would grow his beard to Chris Neild proportions, but: Read more »

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Tim Hightower Out With The Hogs

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 16, 2011 – 1:39 pm

Earlier this week, Redskins center Will Montgomery explained how the blocking scheme contributed to the uncharacteristically low yards-per-carry average that the running game had last Sunday.

Among the many technical descriptions he gave, he mentioned that there were plays when the linemen were “half a block off,” in terms of picking up their man.  Refining those blocks will eventually bust open the big runs that the Redskins enjoyed in the preseason.

“I think our whole team is predicated on the run,” Montgomery said.  “We want to run the ball and that sets up everything else. If we’re running it then that sets up our bootlegs, keepers, and play actions. If we just had to sit back there and pass and pick up all their blitzes and stuff all that, that’s no fun all day.”

And what’s one way to ensure that these guys focus on their blocks?  Go eat at the big boy table:

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