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A John Riggins Photo Gallery

Posted by Matt Terl on January 27, 2010 – 4:19 pm

These photos all come from a disc labeled “Riggins Slides” that turned up while sorting through a stack of CDs without cases today. At least one of the images is iconic — the pointed mustache headshot below — but most of the rest were unfamiliar to me and worth sharing.

(As usual, click on the images to enlarge.)

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Greg Blache Breaks Silence, Defends Daniel Snyder. I Transcribe.

Posted by Matt Terl on November 5, 2009 – 1:10 pm


Defensive coordinator Greg Blache hasn’t been talking to the media lately, not because of a boycott but for personal reasons that were approved by the league. Today, that changed.

I figured I had written everything I was going to write about John Riggins’ screed from last night in my last post. But Blache wasn’t satisfied with quietly mumbling his frustration with Riggins. He asked the Redskins PR staff to gather the media, and unleashed the following comments.

“Hey, guys. I just wanted to come in here today real quick. This morning when I came in I turned my computer on, and I was looking at ProFootballTalk and I saw a comment that John Riggins had made about Mr. Snyder, and it really bothered me the more I sat there at my desk. Because there’s been a lot of criticism of him over the last few weeks, and this is a man I’ve known for six years — since I’ve been here.

“And in the six years I’ve never seen John Riggins here. I’ve met him once at the Beach Blitz down in Virginia Beach; never seen him down in the building. So to hear such a vicious criticism of somebody I consider not just my employer but a good friend … bothered me.

“As much as I hadn’t been talking to the media, I felt like this was something I needed to do. Somebody needed to stand up and set this record straight, because this person … the comment that was made was “dark heart”? That’s totally, totally untrue. And the problem is the fans don’t get to know Mr. Snyder like we do, and so they get an impression of things that are written and things people say.”

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Yet Another Interesting Ad: John Riggins

Posted by Matt Terl on January 6, 2009 – 1:35 pm

Reviewing Redskins ads for yesterday’s Peyton Manning post, I was surprised by two things. First, that so many quality Redskins ads have been removed from YouTube. (For example: John Riggins raps for Ford! Hogs for Theatervision!) That’s seriously disappointing.

And, second, that Sonny Jurgensen actually appeared in a cigar ad. I know, I know — times were different, the Flintstones used to advertise cigarettes, Sonny is STILL known as a cigar lover, blah blah blah. It’s still bizarre to see the starting quarterback of a professional football team selling a tobacco product.

But I figured that was the strangest, most cognitively-dissonant thing I was apt to find. Rummaging through some stacks of old pictures here at Redskins Park today, I found out that I was wrong:

Yep. That’s Super Bowl XVII MVP John Riggins, happily advertising for Winchester shotgun shells.

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