The gap between the start of free agency and the draft can be one of the longest of the NFL calendar year, but this is a good weekend for your Redskins fix. Lots of players will be out and about in the community this weekend, and you can catch some of them at the following events:
Anthony Armstrong is hosting a Celebrity All-Star basketball game tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Stafford High School. (Address: 33 Stafford Indian Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22405). Redskins and Ravens fans will be treated to a jointly-hosted event by Armstrong and Maryland grad Torrey Smith in Fredericksburg, Va. This is the second annual “Ravens vs. Redskins themed Celebrity Basketball Game,” and brings great football players together for a great cause. Proceeds to benefit Armstrong’s Lucky13 Charitable Foundation.
(via Mike Jones, Washington Post): Collectors’ Showcase of America sports memorabilia show Saturday at the Dulles Expo Center. (Address: 4320 Chantilly Center, Chantilly, Virginia 20151). Redskins players Lorenzo Alexander, Roy Helu, Evan Royster and Darrel Young, along with former Redskins Dexter Manley, Ravin Caldwell, Maxie Baughan, Darryl Grant, Keith Griffin, Roy Jefferson, Bob Kuziel, Paul Laaveg, Walt Rock, Lonnie Sanders, as well as former defensive coordinator Richie Petitbon and former general manager Charley Casserly are expected to be in attendance.
(via Susan Jenkins, Crofton Patch): Meet Josh Wilson at the new Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Waugh Chapel Towne Centre. (Address: 1417 South Main Chapel Way, Crofton Md.) The store will give out wristbands starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Wilson will be at the store from 1-3 p.m. The store will also give away Columbia T-shirts while supplies last.
Pres. Bill Clinton’s fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting in Washington, D.C. Anthony Armstrong, Joshua Morgan, and former Redskins receiver Donte’ Stallworth are expected to be in attendance. The events brings together more than 1,000 students, representing all 50 states, more than 75 countries, and approximately 300 college and universities, along with leaders in business, nonprofit, government and celebrities engaged in efforts to create positive change.
In other news, a slow week at Redskins Park means that it was a busy week for players with their families. Here are a few of the pictures that players shared of their families on Twitter: Read more »
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As most of you can attest, the Baltimore-Washington sports rivalry is a strange one.
At different times over the last 100 years, the two cities have shared teams (Redskins 1984-1996, Orioles 1971-2005, Capitals forever-present), moved teams (Baltimore Bullets/Capital Bullets/Washington Bullets/Washington Wizards), and gone along with dramatic, media-driven rivalries (anything involving Beltway dramatizations).
Are they sporting brethren? Are they sporting rivals? It might depend on who you ask.
It also may depend on the sport, as the Redskins and Ravens look to find out in a charitable Celebrity Basketball Game between the two teams this Friday at Stafford High School.
And from the sounds of it, the Redskins are going to bring their fast-break team to the hardwood.
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Some notes and observations from the University of Maryland’s Pro Day Wednesday.
A Quick Pro Day Overview
For those who are unfamiliar with the whole concept, Pro Days are essentially miniaturized scouting combines held by schools as a way of making their football talent available to pro scouts at a specific, organized time. There are a few theories behind the practice — athletes may perform better on their home practice fields is one that you hear a lot — but there’s another, more tangible reason: the scouts will come out to see the big ticket players — in this case WR Torrey Smith, RB Da’Rel Scott, and LB Adrian Moten — and might get a chance to see some less-touted players as well.
Smith, Scott, and Moten had all been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianpolis and had performed well there (Scott had the fastest 40 time for a running back at that event), but each came in to Wednesday with something to prove. Meanwhile, guys like CB Michael Carter, OL Paul Pinegar, WR Emani Lee-Odai, and plenty of others hoped to show enough to catch some attention and start carving out a pro career.
Da’Rel Scott’s Hands
Scott may have run a 4.34 40 at the Combine — good enough that he didn’t feel compelled to run again on Wednesday — but he still knew perfectly well what the knock on him is … and, by extension, what he had to show. “Catching out of the backfield,” he said. “Yeah, that was definitely my focus.”
It’s something he’s been working on since the Combine. Read more »
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