How sweet it is. The Redskins defeated the
Cowgirls, oops I means the Cowboys on Sunday 28-18. I was on pins and needles watching that game. The Skins also made my Thanksgiving day enjoyable by defeating the Cowboys 38-31.
By Dave Sheinin, Published: December 31
They are too young to understand the angst, too new to this region to understand why there were tears being shed in the stands above them at FedEx Field. In the context of the Washington Redskins’ history, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris are mere babies. Some Redskins fans have emotional scars that are older.
But on a frigid night that felt unmistakably like playoff weather, jarring long-dormant memories of glorious winters past, the two rookies marched the Redskins through the heart of the Dallas Cowboys’ defense and straight into the NFL playoffs.
There will be January football, playoff football, at FedEx Field next weekend for the first time in 13 years, following the Redskins’ 28-18 victory over the hated Cowboys on Sunday night.
Next Sunday at 4:30 p.m., the Redskins, newly crowned champions of the NFC East division, will host the Seattle Seahawks in a first-round playoff game, the first at FedEx Field since Jan. 8, 2000.
As the final seconds ticked down, fans ignored the cold, and the oncoming blitz of winter behind it, and rejoiced in a season extended by a victory on a night when a loss would have ended it.
As many expected, the rookie phenom in the Redskins’ backfield was clearly the best player on the field Sunday night, finding daylight where none seemed to exist and getting the ball to the end zone better than anyone else. Only this time, the rookie wasn’t Griffin, the Redskins’ transcendent superstar quarterback. It was Morris, the unassuming sixth-round draft pick who drives a 1991 Mazda 626 he calls his “Bentley.”
With Griffin still slowed by a knee injury suffered three weeks earlier, Morris, even more than usual, became the Redskins’ workhorse. Over and over, Griffin, 22, fed him the ball, and Morris, 24, ran to daylight. By the third quarter, Morris, plowing through defenders and hitting holes like vintage John Riggins, owned the Redskins’ single-season rushing record, bettering Clinton Portis’s seven-year-old record of 1,516, and by the end of the game, he had carried the ball 33 times for 200 yards, both career highs.
“Coming from where I came from, with no one expecting nothing from you, and to do this on this level, on this stage,” Morris said, “is just an honor.”
When it was over, Griffin and Morris took a moment to ponder what they had just done: Seven straight wins. The franchise’s first playoff berth since 2007. Its first division title since 1999.
You can read the entire article here at the Washington Post.
As a long time fan who has suffered for more than a decade from the miserable play coming from the Redskins, they have finally come alive. I still can’t believe they’re in the playoffs. After the dismal 3-6 start, I figured they would be lucky to be at least 5-11 by the end of the season. I’m so glad I was wrong.
The only thing that disturbed me watching this game was listening to Cris Collinsworth constant fawning over Tony Romo. Cris was getting on my last nerve. I swear I wanted to get in my car, head over to the stadium and tell Mr. Collinsworth to STFU about Romo!!!
Anyway I’m looking forward to the playoff game this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are young and hungry too. Let’s hope the Skins are ready for them.
Yes, the Washington Redskins lost their second game in a row. This time to the lowly St. Louis Rams 30-16.
By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 27, 2010; 12:14 AM
ST. LOUIS – After making many poor decisions in his first 11 seasons as owner, Daniel Snyder hired a proven winner in Coach Mike Shanahan, provided support for the new head of the Redskins’ football operation and moved into the background to let Shanahan work alone out front.
And it appears Snyder must do one more thing for Shanahan: Be patient.
The rebuilding process could take a while, which was evident again Sunday as the struggling St. Louis Rams raced to an early lead and pulled away late during a 30-16 victory over the Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome.
Although the Rams have only two victories in their last 29 games and seven in their past 51, they were 14 points better than the Redskins, who endured a similarly frustrating experience last season in Week 3. That was when the hapless Lions stunned the Redskins in Detroit. It was the Rams in the third week this time.
Players did not envision losing to either team – but lose they definitely did.
The Redskins have a tendency of losing to teams with losing records. And the streak continues.
I don’t know how long I can continue to support this team. I’ve been a long time fan since the 70’s. I’ve stood by the Redskins through the good years and the bad years. But the bad years are lasting too damn long thanks to Dan Snyder. Even my mom is saying that she’s getting tired of watching the Redskins and their losing ways.
I know we have a new coach and new quarterback. But where is the defense? Looks like any team can throw against the Redskins defense.
Next week the Redskins meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The so called city of brotherly love. I don’t think the Redskins and especially Donovan McNabb will receive any sort of brotherly love from Eagles fans.
After an opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Washington (1-2) has dropped two in a row and next faces the NFC East-division leading Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. It will be their first contest against Philadelphia since McNabb was traded from that team last spring.
Bad news for NFL fans in quite a few cities. According to USA Today, at least 11 cities could be facing television blackouts during the 2010 NFL season. The economy and poor performances by several teams are the reasons for some NFL teams not being able to sell out their games.
By Sean Leahy, USA TODAY
The blackout blues will be back this season for some NFL fans.
At least 11 NFL teams could be facing TV blackouts in their home markets as the NFL fights through a downward trend in stadium attendance.
A confluence of issues — including a still-struggling economy, the quality of the viewing experience in fans’ homes and sustained poor performance among some teams — have come together to keep some teams off local TV.
NFL rules require that games be blacked out in the home market if it is not sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff. The league had 22 games (8.6% of the regular season) blacked out last year, a five-year high. And the forecast for the new season is already gloomy in many markets.
“We’re grappling with the attendance issue,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers spokesman Jonathan Grella, whose team may face its first blackout on Sunday in the opener against the Cleveland Browns. Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said as far back as March that blackouts were a strong possibility as the team rebuilds following a 3-13 season.
TV blackouts are part of a long-standing NFL policy that commissioner Roger Goodell has consistently said is not up for reconsideration.
This season, Goodell said he’s encouraged teams to get creative, even in a down economy, and offer value to fans.
Some of the cities being hit by the NFL blackout include Tampa Bay, San Diego, Detroit, Buffalo, Oakland and St. Louis. Man was I happy to see that the Washington Redskins, despite their losing ways, have sold out all eight games 🙂
The NFL regular season starts Thursday, September 9 with the Minnesota Vikings playing the Super Bowl Champions New Orleans Saints. My Washington Redskins will play on Sunday night, September 12 against my number one enemy, the Dallas Cowboys. I can’t stand the Cowboys 😦
Lord have mercy. More baby daddy drama in pro sports. You now how much I hate that term but it fits perfectly for this latest athlete. Most sports fans know about former NBA player Shawn Kemp and how he has spread his seed amongst many women. The latest to make similar news is former NFL running back Travis Henry. Dude has nine chilllin. Yeah I said nine chillin. Nine chillin by nine different women!!!!
With Nine Mouths to Feed, Travis Henry Says He’s Broke
By MIKE TIERNEY
ATLANTA — Travis Henry was rattling off his children’s ages, which range from 3 to 11. He paused and took a breath before finishing.
This was no simple task. Henry, 30, a former N.F.L. running back who played for three teams from 2001 to 2007, has nine children — each by a different mother, some born as closely as a few months apart.
Reports of Henry’s prolific procreating, generated by child-support disputes, have highlighted how futile the N.F.L.’s attempts can be at educating its players about making wise choices. The disputes have even eclipsed the attention he received after he was indicted on charges of cocaine trafficking.
“They’ve got my blood; I’ve got to deal with it,” Henry said of fiscal responsibilities to his children. He spoke by telephone from his Denver residence, where he was under house arrest until recently for the drug matter.
Henry had just returned from Atlanta, where a judge showed little sympathy for his predicament during a hearing and declined to lower monthly payments from $3,000 for a 4-year-old son.
Three days after the telephone interview, he was jailed for falling $16,600 behind on support for a youngster in Frostproof, Fla., his hometown.
“I love all my kids,” he said in the interview, but asserted he could not afford the designated amounts, estimated at $170,000 a year by Randy Kessler, his Atlanta lawyer. Kessler said Henry was virtually broke.
“I’ve lost everything in this mess I’ve gotten myself into,” Henry said.
His eldest child was conceived while Henry was in high school, before he was named Mr. Florida Football and a Parade All-American. The child was unplanned as were all but one of his offspring, he said.
Some of the women claimed they were using birth control and it’s obvious they lied. But he should have still wrapped it up. Why is it that some men refuse to use a condom? Especially with HIV/AIDS doing serious damage in the black community. But right now he has nine mouths to feed that’s costing him $170,000 a year.
If this man doesn’t want anymore children added to his current lineup maybe a vasectomy is the answer. Especially since he and his fiancee have decided not to have children. Speaking of fiancee, who is this woman who hooks up with a man with nine children by nine different women, who was jailed for falling behind on his child support, violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy and last year was arrested for cocaine drug trafficking. Yes, I know no one is perfect but isn’t this a bit much 😦
The Washington Redskins upset those hated Dallas Cowboys yesterday 26-24. I really enjoyed this game, especially since they defeated the Cowboys on their home turf. Quarterback Jason Campbell had a great game.
Portis, Campbell Lift Redskins to Third Straight Win
By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 29, 2008
IRVING, Tex., Sept. 28 — His work on the field completed, Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell still had obligations to meet Sunday after playing a major role in a 26-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
As a large group of Redskins fans converged at the railing atop the tunnel at Texas Stadium, Campbell stopped to chat before joining Washington’s latest locker-room celebration, thanking them for their support throughout the biggest victory of his career. It appeared the appreciation was mutual.
The crowd continued to chant his name as he disappeared beneath them, a fitting ending for Campbell after his strong performance in the first half helped propel the Redskins to an impressive victory against their biggest NFC East rival in front of 63,462.
Campbell continued his strong run that began in the second half of a Week 2 victory over the New Orleans Saints, leading the Redskins on three consecutive scoring drives to close the first half and put them ahead 17-10.
“The first half, right there, man, Jason really got us going,” Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels said. “He was good the whole game, he’s been really good, but we needed to start fast and he got us going. He’s definitely leading us, and we’re just following him.”
He managed things well in the second half as Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, wide receiver Terrell Owens and the rest of the NFL’s top offense (statistically, at least) rallied to tie the score, but never took the lead.
Check out the entire article here.
Of course crybaby Terrell Owens is bitching about not getting the ball enough during the game. I can’t stand Terrell Owens!!! If he’s ticked off then I’m happy 🙂
The sons of Wayne Gretzky, Will Smith and Joe Montana are football players for the Oaks Christian high school football team. The school is located in Westlake Village, CA.
Members of the school’s football team include Nick Montana, son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe, and Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey legend Wayne. Also on the squad: box-office champ Will Smith’s son, Trey.
It isn’t every high school football team whose quarterback is the son of a Hall of Famer. What sets Oaks Christian apart is that, starting this fall, it will have two.
Nick Montana, meet Trevor Gretzky.
Nick, the son of NFL great Joe Montana, is transferring to the Westlake Village school for his junior year and could eventually have competition for the quarterback spot from Trevor, a sophomore who is the son of hockey’s Wayne Gretzky.
To say that Nick and Trevor are the sons of Hall of Famers is a little like saying that Trey Smith, a sophomore receiver on the Oaks team, is the son of an actor.
That’s true as far as it goes. Trey is the son of Will Smith, one of the highest-grossing movie stars of his generation. When the elder Montana and Gretzky were playing, each was considered the dominant player of his era in his sport, and among the greatest ever.
All this is likely to make Oaks Christian football games a leading stop on the paparazzi circuit.
“It’s Celebrity High,” said Steve Clarkson, who provides private training for quarterbacks.
This is, of course, L.A., where children of celebrities are hardly a rarity. Not long ago, Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino had an outfielder by the name of Nicolai Bonds, son of all-time home run king Barry Bonds. And how many school plays have been graced (or not) by the offspring of Oscar winners?
Oaks Christian, which opened in 2000 and has a tuition of $21,640, has emphasized both academics and athletics to attract the sons and daughters of the rich and famous. As it expands its enrollment from 750 to 1,000 in the next couple of years, it is expected to become even more of an athletic powerhouse.
The football team in particular has become a dominant program, having won five consecutive Southern Section championships and six overall. The arrival this week of Nick Montana from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., is expected to help the Lions fill their one void for the coming season: a competent passer.
It means Oaks Christian is expected to have a serious chance to go 14-0 and earn a berth in a state championship bowl game.
Just imagine the three fathers sitting in the football stands watching their sons. Would the fans pay attention to the football field or to two sports legends and the hottest actor in Hollywood?
Of course I didn’t stay up to watch the entire game cause it was past my bedtime. I left my tv on while I was asleep and when I woke up later the score was 20-12. Nice to be able to finish my sleep in peace and not be pissed, lol.
And speaking of Donovan McNabb, he’s gonna be on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” tonight.
Donovan McNabb says African-American quarterbacks are perceived differently than white quarterbacks in a wide-ranging interview that will air tonight on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
In the conversation, which will be shown at 10 o’clock, McNabb also talks about the pressure of being the quarterback in this city and what it takes to tick him off. The interview was taped Aug. 31, an HBO spokesman said.
At one point, interviewer James Brown asks McNabb about how people perceive him as a quarterback, alluding to the lack of African-Americans at the position because some people thought “they weren’t smart enough.”
“There’s not that many African-American quarterbacks, so we have to do a little bit extra,” McNabb says.
When pressed by Brown, McNabb continues, “Because the percentage of us playing this position, which people didn’t want us to play this position, is low, so we do a little extra.”
Brown later pushes on with the race issue after McNabb talks about people’s reactions to his play.
“I pass for 300 yards, our team wins by seven, [mimicking] ‘Ah, he couldn’ve made this throw, they would have scored if he did this,’ ” McNabb explains.
Brown then asks, “Doesn’t every quarterback go through that?” McNabb says flatly, “Not everybody.”
Brown ponders if the media is as tough on Carson Palmer or Peyton Manning, or if they are more harsh on McNabb because he’s an African-American.
Uh oh Donovan. Your team is 0-2 and you’re talking about how black quarterbacks are perceived differently than white quarterbacks? Now you know some white folks are gonna call you a racist for bringing up race. And those Santa Claus booing Philadelphia Eagle fans are gonna have a field day tomorrow. They booed him before the first half was over last night. Apparently Donovan didn’t get the memo. According to some white folks, anytime a black person talks about race, that black person is racist :-()
The Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins in overtime 16-13. The Skins looked much better than they did last season.
So glad they started on a good note. Even though this is my day off from work today, if the Skins had lost I would probably be looking at some grumpy folks on the subway this morning, lol. Go Skins!!!
I saw this in the opinion section of the Post this morning. Michael’s Self Defeat was written by Jonathan Capeheart. Mr. Capeheart pretty much says what many black folks are feeling. Michael ain’t getting a pass from me cause he’s black.
By Jonathan Capehart
” I’m upset with myself, and, you know, through this situation I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness and turned my life over to God.”
When I heard disgraced Atlanta Falcons phenom Michael Vick utter those words before the cameras in his mea culpa moment just after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting charge, I let out a primal scream of disbelief. Finding God — like going to rehab — seems to be the refuge of choice for celebrities on the wrong side of the law.
Sitting in a chair at Walls Barbershop a short time later, I paid close attention to the reactions of the black men there as the Vick story blared over the radio and that sound bite was played. A gentleman waiting for a haircut snickered. Before leaving, I asked him why he reacted the way he had.
“I’m skeptical,” he said.
I’m thrilled not to be alone in not giving Vick a free pass. In the days leading up to Vick’s dramatic moment Monday in Richmond, I was growing weary of many African Americans treating him as if he were the victim of an overzealous prosecutor. There were the demands to not rush to judgment. There were the reminders that in America everyone is innocent until proven guilty. And there was the creeping belief that Vick was being singled out because he was a black man who had grown so rich that the white man had to take him down.
Have there been and will there be blacks disproportionately bearing the brunt of criminal prosecutions? Yes. But I refuse to circle my wagons to protect the likes of Michael Vick.
Thank you Mr. Capeheart. You can read the rest here.