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Saying Goodbye To The Washington Times Beat Guys

Posted by Matt Terl on December 31, 2009 – 5:02 pm

In a fit of what I can only describe as monumental stupidity, the Washington Times has elected to eliminate the Sports section from their newspaper, choosing instead to focus more on politics and who knows what else. Which means that as of today, veteran beat reporters David Elfin and Ryan O’Halloran will be — for all intents and purposes — off the Redskins beat, and DC is a one-broadsheet sports town. (A fate that Dan Steinberg has already lamented.)

The two were given a farewell party from the Redskins PR staff and their media peers today, with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, general manager Bruce Allen, and chief operating officer Dave Donovan dropping in to say their goodbyes as well. There was cake, and sandwiches, and the presentation of customized jerseys to each of them, numbered to commemorate their years on the beat.

They’re two different kinds of guys — Elfin, who grew up a Redskins fan until he shelved his fandom to begin covering the team in 1989 (and who was instrumental in getting Art Monk finally elected to the Hall of Fame); the younger O’Halloran a Minnesota fan but also objective in the classic sports reporter mold — but on the occasion of their departure I thought it would be worth checking in to get some of their memories of their time — as ESPN980’s Frank Hanrahan puts it — on the Redskins beat. Read more »

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