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    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
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  • Mon., Apr. 28, 2014 5:30PM - 6:00PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Tue., Apr. 29, 2014 5:30PM - 6:00PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
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  • Wed., Apr. 30, 2014 5:30PM - 6:00PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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  • Fri., May. 02, 2014 5:30PM - 6:00PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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Redskins @ 49ers – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 28, 2008 – 7:18 pm

  • As the third quarter ended, it looked like the story of that drive was going to be a very brief Chris Cooley redemption story. After dropping a pass on first down, Cooley came through on third and 10 to pick up the first down and end the half. Everything looked groovy. But with the start of the fourth quarter, the narrative changed to A Series of Inexplicable Drops, by Santana Moss. The first one, on second down, was defensible, but the third down drop was completely bizarre, and not like anything I remember seeing from Moss before.

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Redskins @ 49ers – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 28, 2008 – 6:23 pm

  • Do you know what’s nice about the start of this third quarter? The Redskins receive the ball. It’s barely happened at all this year, because Zorn generally elects to receive if he wins the toss, and most other teams have been deferring their decision to the second half when they win the toss. In both those situations, the Skins start the game with the ball, which has rarely worked out particularly well, and start the second half on defense. I vastly prefer it this way.
  • Jason Campbell, flushed out of the pocket, actually throws the ball away rather than rolling out of bounds for a loss. Although it should be common sense, that’s very good to see. If this game isn’t going to mean anything — and it’s safe to say that it isn’t — and if it isn’t going to be a showcase for the rookies — and that’s not happening either — at least the guys who are playing can show that they’ve learned from some of the earlier missteps.
  • A Clinton Portis fumble manages to simultaneously negate any benefit of receiving the second half kickoff, kill my optimistic enthusiasm, and lead to a 49ers touchdown drive. That would pretty much be the dictionary definition of a momentum changing play.
  • As would the Jason Campbell sack for a thirteen yard loss that starts the subsequent Washington possession. If there is an exact polar opposite of “not letting them back into it,” it’s what the Skins are doing right now. I suppose that’s just “letting them back into it,” but I feel like there should be a pithier term.
  • Jason Taylor is actually making his presence felt today, hurrying Shaun Hill and generally making a nuisance of himself in the backfield. He’s not being moved around as much as he was last week, but he’s beginning to seem much more like the player he used to be (or at least a reasonable replica thereof) than he has since his fluky calf injury.
  • I have a theory: maybe the Redskins have decided that since Ryan Plackemeier was NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, they should be utilizing him more this game. So what appears to be offensive futility is actually a canny plan to use one of our best weapons. Admittedly, he’s not doing that great this week, but you’ve gotta rely on your playmakers.
  • Despite scoring that touchdown earlier, Antwaan Randle El is really not having a very good game. He’s dropped a couple of passes that looked catchable, and he continues to frustrate in punt return duty. Based on the evidence so far today, his 36 yard return late in last week’s game is looking more like a blip than a return to form.

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Redskins @ 49ers – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 28, 2008 – 4:55 pm

  • The weather in San Francisco today is absolutely gorgeous. The locals keep saying it’s cold, but their scale is strange — it’s pleasantly cool, and downright comfortable when the sun comes out. Basically, it’s terrific football weather, which makes it even more of a pity that this game is so close to meaningless.
  • Something I’ve learned from traveling with the team this year is that fans of the visiting team ALWAYS establish a strong presence in the stadium before kickoff. Until the home fans trickle in from their tailgates and whatever else they do, it always looks like a stadium invasion, and today’s game is no exception. The Redskins get a resounding cheer when the jog out for warmups, but by the time they go back into the tunnel, they’re booed firmly.
  • That booing aside, there’s not a lot of energy at this game. The 49ers’ pregame introductions use all the usual fireworks and music and manufactured drama, but it’s not really charging the atmosphere in the stadium the way you’d like. It’s the last game of the year for both of these teams, and for the home fans, and it really feels that way.
  • It especially feels that way when the 49ers open with four straight runs, as if they just want to keep the clock moving and get the game over with as soon as possible. Which is not to say that the running game isn’t working; the Niners take their opening drive down the field like the Redskins defense isn’t even there, but they really are keeping the clock moving also. They’ve also gotten their fans (finally) into the game, which at least has the positive effect of making this feel more like a football game.
  • The Redskins, on the other hand, stop the clock with incomplete passes on two out of the three plays on their three-and-out, as they try to squeeze every last drop out of this season. Or something like that.
  • I have no idea what the Redskins did with their first timeout, but whatever it was, it worked. After that, they get a stop, the Niners miss a field goal, and suddenly the Redskins are moving the ball to get to the half.

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Sunday, December 28: Gameday – Redskins @ 49ers

Posted by Matt Terl on December 28, 2008 – 1:42 pm

For the last week, the only thing I’ve heard about this roadtrip is “wait until you see what a dump Candlestick Park is,” in about nine million different variations. And, from a certain perspective, it’s true. This is an old stadium, built in 1958 or thereabouts, and it looks it. Any modern amenities have been hammered into the existing structure after the fact, so they tend to be a little cramped, a little ill-fitting.

At the same time, there’s a certain RFK vibe that trips all the nostalgia buttons in an old Redskins fan. Like RFK, it was built to accomodate baseball as well as football, and that shows as well. The dimensions are weird, the seat locations make much more sense if you picture the baseball diamond in place of the football field.

But there’s one thing that this stadium has that the newer stadiums we’ve visited don’t: it has history. Texas Stadium had history, but I hate the Cowboys too much to care. Here, though, walking out onto the field before anyone was here, I headed straight to the back corner of the north end zone, where Dwight Clark made The Catch to beat the Cowboys in 1981 and send the 49ers to Super Bowl XVI.

The “ghosts” that occupy old stadiums get a lot of talk whenever one is knocked down, and that talk tends to be massively irritating. But coming into a stadium like this, seeing spots like that, knowing that Montana and Rice and all those guys won their games here … it goes a long way toward making up for a cramped press box and aging infrastructure.

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On The Field For Practice – 12/24

Posted by Matt Terl on December 24, 2008 – 2:38 pm

A cold, windy day for the last Wednesday practice of the season. In the spirit of full disclosure, I wasn’t able to stay for the duration of practice, so this could more accurately be referred to as “On the Field for Three-Fifths of Practice -12/24.”

  • Yes, that’s Ryan Boschetti lining up to kick a field goal. No, they haven’t brought in competition for Shaun Suisham that quickly; Suisham missed practice for personal reasons, and Boschetti is apparently in line to be an emergency kicker. There was some wild speculation about Chris Cooley possibly being involved as well, but that may just have to do with the video on his blog showing him playing every position. “It’s either Boschetti or Mike Sellers,” Ethan Albright told me. “I’d trust Sellers out to about a thirty yarder; after that, it’s probably go-for-it territory.”

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Tuesday Redskins Links – 12/23

Posted by Matt Terl on December 23, 2008 – 4:18 pm

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  • So the 49ers are growing throwback mustaches to go with their throwback uniforms this Sunday, which has prompted an outbreak of Redskins Mustache Nostalgia. Leading the photographic charge is Mr. Irrelevant, with the Sports Bog combing through the archives for text ‘staches. The Clint Didier picture above is my contribution.
  • Riggo’s Rag argues both sides of keeping Coach Zorn, while Fatpickled takes a bittersweet run through the ifs of 2008.
  • The epic struggle of Chris Cooley attempting to conquer a gingerbread house.
  • Oh, and also: FOX 43 in Hampton Roads, Virginia, will still be broadcasting the Redskins game, even after the flexing of the schedule. Just a public service announcement to save people from having to call the station.

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Tuesday, December 23: How To Make A Win Even Better

Posted by Matt Terl on December 23, 2008 – 9:06 am

Drew Tong and Kim Davison – SkinsFanInTennessee and KnoxSkinsGal, if you know them from ExtremeSkins – are proud first year Redskins season ticket holders. They sit up in the last row of section 415, and they haven’t missed a home game this year despite living in Knoxville, Tennessee. (The drive up takes about eight hours, and they make a weekend of it with the rest of the ES crew.)

For Sunday’s game, Tong decided to do something special for Davison. He managed to get hold of Dream Seats, down in the corner of the endzone directly next to the Redskins tunnel, and pregame field passes.

“Kim had no idea about the Dream Seats or field passes,” he says. “She just thought we were going to our regular seats in the upper deck until we got to the security check and I handed her the dream seat ticket. I just told her Merry Christmas.”

This would probably have been enough of a surprise on its own. So when Tong dropped to one knee in that muddy corner of the field and pulled out a ring, Davison was just about speechless.

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Coach Zorn Does Not View Sunday As A Preseason Game

Posted by Matt Terl on December 22, 2008 – 5:30 pm

Photo by Ned Dishman

Photo by Ned Dishman

One more note from Coach Zorn’s press conference today. This one’s going to disappoint a few of the regular readers of the blog, so I think it’s best if we just tear it off like a band-aid: the rookies aren’t going to be seeing extra playing time just because the team is eliminated.

Here’s Zorn’s reasoning on the subject:

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Zorn Motivates With The Fetal Position

Posted by Matt Terl on December 22, 2008 – 4:03 pm

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If I had to pick one phrase I don’t particularly want to hear my coach saying with any sincerity, it’s probably “I’m the worst coach in America.” Well, we cleared that hurdle last week, and I actually thought Coach Zorn delivered the line well, and recovered from the fallout well also.

If there’s a second phrase I don’t want to hear, it’s probably “I was in the fetal position, plopped over sideways.” Not really your traditional chest-out leadership posture, although Zorn isn’t really your traditional chest-out leadership kind of guy. Which is, ultimately, what led to the fetal position story in the first place: someone asked if he had ever engaged in any sort of unusual motivational techniques a la Mike Singletary’s now-legendary pants-dropping.

Zorn’s answer – along with his comments on the defense in Sunday’s game – after the jump.

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Zorn on Suisham

Posted by Matt Terl on December 22, 2008 – 2:02 pm

Photo by Ned Dishman

Photo by Ned Dishman

Well, it’s a question that people keep asking me, and Coach Zorn addressed it in his press conference today. So here’s what he had to say about Shaun Suisham‘s struggles in the second half of the season, and his own peculiar decision to attempt a 54 yard field goal last night:

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