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Russell Wilson covers Rolling Stone magazine

The September 10, 2015 issue of Rolling Stone magazine features an NFL Special.  There are two different covers for this issue:  Russell Wilson and Dez Bryant.  The Russell Wilson cover and interview caught my eye.  Can’t stand the Cowboys (hey I’m a diehard Redskins fan) so I’m not interested in Dez Bryant, lol.

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In the interview Russell talks about his father who passed away in 2010.

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He also talks about football, his relationship with singer Ciara and growing up in Virginia.

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Throned and dethroned Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson is working the artificial turf at the University of Southern California. Nearly 300 kids are screaming his name at a session of the Russell Wilson Passing Academy when he says something that cuts to the core of his being. Wilson is wearing a T-shirt and shorts with a Gatorade towel draped from his waist when he grabs a cup of purple liquid and downs it in a single gulp. He locks me in his gaze and smiles.

“Isn’t Gatorade the best? Just the best.”

Did I mention that Gatorade is one of the event’s sponsors? The thing is, Russell Wilson really, really believes Gatorade is tasty. He believes in things with a zealot’s certainty — God, corporations, his talent, Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” etc. The interception he threw a yard short of his second Super Bowl championship? Before he got to the sideline, God told him that it was part of His plan. The public announcement that he was practicing abstinence with slinky pop singer Ciara? Russell Wilson was put here to guide her to a better place.

After three years in the NFL, Wilson has 36 regular-season wins, the most by a three-year quarterback in history. And despite the unpleasantness in last February’s Super Bowl, he already owns a championship ring. He was a standout at a prestigious Richmond, Virginia, prep school, All-ACC at North Carolina State and, after a disagreement with his coach about missing spring practice to play baseball, transferred to Wisconsin and promptly led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl. He knows all things come through Scripture, discipline and time management. Unlike many camps run by pros, Wilson isn’t a figurehead putting down the bong and popping in for a few minutes. He lines the kids up with Prussian efficiency for a grip-and-grin photo and an autograph. (Wilson signed at least 1,500 autographs during the week I followed him.)

I became a fan of Russell Wilson during the NFL playoffs last year when they went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII.  I was ecstatic when they defeated the Denver Broncos.  I was pissed when they lost to New England in Super Bowl XLIX this year.  Russell should have given the ball to Marshawn Lynch 😦

Check out the entire interview at RollingStone.com.

Washington Redskins 2015 Schedule

The 2015 NFL schedule has been released.  The Washington Redskins schedule is interesting.

PRESEASON:

DATE OPPONENT (NETWORK) TIME (ET)
Thursday, Aug. 13 at Cleveland Browns (NBC4/CSN) 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 20
vs. DETROIT LIONS (NBC4/CSN)
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29 at Baltimore Ravens (NBC4/CSN) 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3 vs. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (NBC4/CSN) 7:30 p.m.

REGULAR SEASON:

DATE OPPONENT (NETWORK) TIME (ET)
Sunday, Sept. 13 vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS (CBS) 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20
vs. ST. LOUIS RAMS (FOX)
1 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 24 at New York Giants (CBS/NFL Network) # 8:25 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4
vs. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (FOX)
1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 11
at Atlanta Falcons (FOX) 1 p.m.*
Sunday, Oct. 18 at New York Jets (FOX) 1 p.m.*
Sunday, Oct. 25
vs. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (FOX)
1 p.m.*
Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE
Sunday, Nov. 8 at New England Patriots (FOX) 1 p.m.*
Sunday, Nov. 15 vs. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (FOX) 1 p.m.*
Sunday, Nov. 22 at Carolina Panthers (FOX) 1 p.m.*
Sunday, Nov. 29 vs. NEW YORK GIANTS (FOX) 1 p.m.*
Monday, Dec. 7 vs. DALLAS COWBOYS (ESPN) # 8:30 p.m.*
Sunday, Dec. 13 at Chicago Bears (FOX)
1 p.m.*
Sunday, Dec. 20 vs. BUFFALO BILLS (CBS) 1 p.m.*
Saturday, Dec. 26 at Philadelphia Eagles (NFL Network) # 8:25 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3
at Dallas Cowboys (FOX) 1 p.m.*

Oh well. I’m hoping the team stays healthy especially quarterback Robert Griffin III. But will he have to compete for his starting qb position? We will see.

Washington Redskins defeat the Dallas Cowboys 28-18

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.

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Rookies Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III lead the Washington Redskins to an NFC East title with win over Dallas

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.

HTTR!!!!!!

 

University of Maryland leaves the ACC

Can you believe this?  The University of Maryland is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference and joining the Big Ten Conference.  All for the love of money.  Geez!!!  The basketball tradition of trying to kick Duke’s ass will be gone, lol.  Guess we’ll have to find a new rival.  Watch out Ohio State!!

Big Ten Expansion:  Maryland leaves ACC, joins conference in financial move

By Barry Svrluga and Alex Prewitt, Published November 19

For nearly 60 years, the University of Maryland’s most highly anticipated athletic events have come against schools such as North Carolina, Duke and Virginia. The Terrapins’ athletic identity was linked to the South and a tradition-rich affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, with its core of schools from Florida through the Carolinas and into the Mid-Atlantic.

On Monday, the university system’s Board of Regents voted to abandon that past for what university officials vigorously touted as a more secure financial future. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Maryland’s athletic department — which has faced debilitating financial woes in recent years — will compete in the powerful Big Ten, a conference with deep roots in the Midwest. It is the latest upheaval in the landscape of college athletics, which no longer conforms to traditional geographic boundaries.

Not sure if Maryland can compete against the Big Ten football teams, but they could give the basketball teams some competition. It’s gonna take me awhile to get use to this.

Anyway go Terps and fear the turtle you Big Ten folks!!

Redskins defeat the Bears

It wasn’t a pretty win but the Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears in Chicago 17-14. The star player this week was cornerback DeAngelo Hall. DeAngelo had a record 4 interceptions including one that lead to a 92 yard touchdown.

Redskins beat Bears, 17-14; DeAngelo Hall ties NFL record with 4 interceptions

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 25, 2010; 12:51 AM

CHICAGO – With their outstanding work completed, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth celebrated briefly together late Sunday afternoon while the Washington Redskins’ offense finished a 17-14 victory over the Chicago Bears.

The close friends definitely were entitled.

Hall tied the NFL record with four interceptions – including one that resulted in a 92-yard go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter – and Haynesworth dominated the Bears’ offensive line, providing the biggest contributions in Washington’s superb defensive performance before 62,155 at Soldier Field.

“DeAngelo . . . DeAngelo was incredible,” inside linebacker and defensive captain London Fletcher said. “I mean, four interceptions, and one for a touchdown when they’re driving on us, you can’t say enough about that. And Albert, he played some major football for us today. I told the big fella, he played some dominant football for us.”

Often lightning rods for controversy during their brief careers with the franchise, Hall and Haynesworth had – by far – their best performances in Redskins uniforms in leading the defense’s six-takeaway outing. Washington last had six takeaways on Jan. 1, 2006, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

All of Hall’s interceptions came in the game’s final 24 minutes. The two-time Pro Bowler helped the Redskins (4-3) overcome a four-point halftime deficit and match their win total from last season. Hall also scored Washington’s only touchdown in the season-opening victory over the Cowboys when he stripped running back Tashard Choice and returned the fumble 32 yards as time expired in the first half.

The seven-year veteran, who has a team-leading five interceptions, became the first Redskins defensive player to score two defensive touchdowns in a season since Andre Collins (two interception returns) accomplished the feat in 1994. Hall has two defensive touchdowns in a season for the first time in his career.

So who do the Redskins play next week? The Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Redskins lost to the Lions last year 19-14. Oh mercy 😦

Redskins lose to the Colts

Not much I can say about the game last night.  The Washington Redskins lost to the Indianapolis Colts 27-24.

Washington Redskins come up short against Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts in 27-24 loss

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 18, 2010; 2:14 AM

Seeking a championship-caliber quarterback, the Washington Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb on Easter Sunday and started a process, they hope, that will one day culminate in another Super Bowl appearance for the franchise.

Early in his Redskins career, McNabb has, at times, exhibited the leadership and clutch play so lacking in these parts for so long. On Sunday night, however, the Redskins and their fans watched the position of quarterback played in its highest form as Peyton Manning led the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-24 victory.

“He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” said cornerback DeAngelo Hall. “I don’t think that was a secret.”

Manning provided the difference in front of an announced crowd of 87,883 at FedEx Field. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 307 yards with two touchdowns to help the Colts, who lost three fumbles and had to hold off the Redskins in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Redskins pulled within three points, 27-24, on McNabb’s eight-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Keiland Williams with 2 minutes 46 seconds remaining in the fourth. Place kicker Graham Gano’s successful point-after attempt capped a 12-play, 92-yard drive – but the Redskins would get no closer. Colts strong safety Aaron Francisco intercepted McNabb’s final pass with 24 seconds showing on the clock.

There was one bright spot in watching this game and his name is Ryan Torain. The 24 year old running back ran for 100 yards last night. He replaced Clinton Portis who is out with an injury.

Torain punishes Colts’ defense for 100 yards

By Rick Maese
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 18, 2010; D10

When it was finished, a flock of cameras followed Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb off the field and into the tunnel. Just a few yards back was Ryan Torain – like much of the night, with no one around him – quietly walking to the locker room after a strong outing in a losing effort.

For much of the night, Torain bounced off defenders and slipped tackles, but his team was unable to sneak by the Indianapolis Colts, losing 27-24. Despite the final score, Torain posted the best game of his young career, rushing for 100 yards on 20 carries. He scored the Redskins’ first two touchdowns of the game.

“When my number is called, I just try to do my best. It felt good out there, [but] I just wish we could’ve got the ‘W’,” Torain said.

Torain replaced Clinton Portis in the starting lineup in Week 5 against Green Bay and made his second start of the season Sunday night. While Washington Coach Mike Shanahan can at times be cautious when it comes to praise, he’s said Torain could be an elite running back in the NFL. Sunday night marked the first time the 24-year-old Torain showed that potential for an entire game.

He became the Redskins’ first rusher to crack 100 yards in the team’s past 13 games. Ladell Betts had 114 yards on Nov. 15, 2009, against Denver, which came just three weeks after Portis’s last 100-yard game.

Congrats to the Washington Redskins

After my crying fit last week about the Redskins loss to the St. Louis Rams, the Skins defeated Donovan’s McNabb’s old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday 17-12.

A return to victory

By Jason Reid
Monday, October 4, 2010; D1

PHILADELPHIA – With his Washington Redskins teammates eagerly requesting more, quarterback Donovan McNabb felt obliged to deliver after their effective performance in support of him.

They chanted for McNabb, who moments before had received the game ball from Coach Mike Shanahan, to say a few words after the Redskins’ 17-12 victory in his first game here since he was traded from the Eagles. McNabb surveyed the locker room and continued to lead.

Instead of focusing first on his personal situation with Eagles management, which spurred the surprising Easter Sunday trade between NFC East rivals, McNabb talked about what the victory could mean for the Redskins. He did, however, save a zinger for the Eagles at the end, making it clear they erred in trading him within the division. And McNabb apparently knows his audience.

“It went over real well,” outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said of McNabb’s impromptu comments. “The things Donovan said, that stays in the locker room, but we were all feeling for him what he was feeling for himself deep down. . . . Any time a guy has played in a city for 11 years, and they trade him away like this, he wants to come back to win. We wanted to help him do that.”

On an overcast day, the Redskins helped McNabb leave Lincoln Financial Field with a victory in front of 69,144 people. Washington evened its record at 2-2 after consecutive losses and moved into a first-place tie atop the NFC East.

Eagles fans were very polite when Donovan was first introduced before the game. But after that they were the usual boo birds.

We’re in first place in the NFC East.  So how long will that last 😉

Washington Redskins lose to the St. Louis Rams

Yes, the Washington Redskins lost their second game in a row. This time to the lowly St. Louis Rams 30-16.

Washington Redskins lose to St. Louis Rams despite injury to Steven Jackson

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.

Washington Redskins blow a 17 point lead

Can you believe that mess? I was enjoying this game and then what happened?  The Redskins defense collapsed.  The headline on the front page of today’s Washington Post sports section says it all.

The Redskins blew a 17 point lead and lost to the Houston Texas in overtime 30-27.  I was pissed after watching this game.  Despite Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb having a great day throwing over 400 yards, the Redskins defense let the Houston Texans quarterback enjoy a 400 yards plus game as well. 😦 😦 😦

Washington Redskins’ effort in overtime goes to waste as Houston Texans roar back for 30-27 victory

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 20, 2010

Immediately after Houston Texans place kicker Neil Rackers made a game-winning 35-yard field goal, many Redskins players struggled to accept the disappointing developments for them in a 30-27 overtime loss Sunday at FedEx Field.

So much had gone well for Washington throughout most of a game in which they collapsed late.

“Just to be at home, and having the crowd behind you and getting up like we did, you just didn’t expect this,” tight end Fred Davis said. “You feel like you got the win sealed, so it was exhausting. Just emotionally exhausting.”

Having squandered an opportunity to begin Coach Mike Shanahan’s time with the team 2-0 was the cruelest blow. “It hurts,” outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “It stings, man. We let this one go. We blew it. Could have easily been sitting here 2-0, very happy, regardless of what the score is. But right now, it hurts. We’re 1-1.”

Washington squandered a 17-point, third-quarter lead in losing to Houston (2-0), wasting a 426-yard passing performance from quarterback Donovan McNabb, who carried things offensively, with the team rushing for only 18 yards.

Houston Coach Gary Kubiak leaned on quarterback Matt Schaub (497 yards passing, three touchdowns) and wide receiver Andre Johnson (12 receptions, 158 yards, one touchdown) to beat Shanahan, his longtime friend, former coach, employer and mentor.

Redskins defeat the Cowboys

The Washington Redskins defeated those pesky Dallas Cowboys 13-7 last night at Fed Ex Field.  It wasn’t a pretty win but dammit the Redskins won 🙂

Win is as good as gold

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 13, 2010; A1

The new coach’s new offense has any number of kinks to work out. The new quarterback was shaky at times, and he couldn’t lead even a single touchdown drive. And the result wasn’t determined until, on the game’s final play, an official called a Dallas offensive lineman named Alex Barron for holding Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo – a penalty that, with no time remaining, wiped out what would have been the decisive score for the hated Cowboys.

What remained: An exasperating 13-7 victory for the Redskins over those Cowboys, the kind of win that has been absent recently at FedEx Field. It wasn’t overwhelming, like it might have been during the first stint of former coach Joe Gibbs, back in the 1980s. But for this franchise at this time, it could serve as a soothing balm for the wounds from two wayward seasons that could be characterized, at times, as embarrassing.

“At the end of the day, you got to find a way to win,” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “That’s what we did today.”

Check out the entire article here.

Next week the Redskins have another Texas team to deal with in the Houston Texans. The Houston Texans defeated the Indianapolis Colts yesterday 34-24. I hope the Redskins are ready for this game.

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