For those of you new to our blog (thanks for reading by the way), I am a fan of the Washington Redskins. For the overwhelming majority of my adult life, this has not been a fun fact. I’ve grown accustomed to being nervous every single Sunday watching the Redskins play. I am also used to “fans” falling in and out of love with the team. For over a decade, I’ve listened to sports talk radio. Fans for the Washington Redskins (including yours truly) are emotionally unstable. Every week, it seems like we are calling for someone to get fired or cut. After the first 4 games of 2012 alone, I’ve heard for the firing/cutting of both Mike and Kyle Shannahan, Danny Smith (special teams coach), WR Josh Morgan, CB DeAngelo Hall, and new to this list: kicker Billy Cundiff.
Typically, I believe in giving players/coaches multiple chances and opportunities to perform well before I jump out there and yell “GET RID OF HIM!”. Even a few weeks ago when seemingly all of Redskins nation wanted to cut Josh Morgan for his mental mistake in St. Louis, I kept pretty level-headed. Well friends…yesterday I was one of the crazies! After watching Billy Cundiff miss 3 field goals before making the game winner, I was enraged! Even though Cundiff hit the game winner, I still wanted the Redskins to board the plane home and leave Cundiff in Tampa. Like seriously Leave. Him. There. Continue reading
The 2012 Washington Redskins have kept tradition with an entertaining off season. With the 2nd overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Heisman winning QB Robert Griffin III of Baylor University. That pretty much sums it up right there. Going into the 2011 season, it was clear that the Redskins needed a starting QB. At the end of the 2011 season, the fact remained the Redskins needed a starting QB. I have the pictures from the Redskins Draft Party at Fed Ex Field to prove that I along with Redskins fans everywhere are happy with this move by the Redskins organization. While I don’t have high hopes for a Superbowl appearance or even playoffs, I’m a happy fan. I do have high hopes for dramatic improvements this year over last year. 6 of the 11 losses in 2011 were by 1 TD or less. It seems we have a better chance to score on offense this year and I’m hoping more of those close games go in favor of a Skins W. Here is more on the 2012 Washington Redskins.
The National Football Conference-Eastern Division (NFC East) will wrap up our Sunday in the Skybox team by team 2012 Preview. This division (composed of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins) is the division WE love the most! For our newer readers, I am a Redskins fan and D is a Cowboys fan. While we are often a house divided when it comes to football games on Sunday, we certainly both weren’t jumping up and down about our division foes, the NY Giants winning yet another Superbowl. Still-we must give credit where credit is due. The Giants went on an amazing run in 2011. Congrats to them and their fans. We highlight the Giants, their special 2011 run, and all they have in store for 2012 as our last team by team 2012 Preview. As of late, the Giants have been the most successful (Superbowls 2 in 4 years) of the division. However, overall the team with the most Lombardi Trophies is the Dallas Cowboys (that was tough to type!).
Bad Blood in this Division: The bad blood in this division is what makes it one of the most exciting in the NFL. None of the teams like or respect each other. Fans of the respective teams will not give any love on the talents of players on the other teams. Redskins fans hate Tony Romo, Cowboys fans hate Michael Vick. And the rivalries in this division are not a joke! Especially not to us. As a Cowboys fan, it seems as if every other team in the entire division claims us as a rival. Because of tradition, the city in which I live, and my lady–I hate the Washington Redskins. I consider the Cowboys vs Redskins rivalries the most significant. However nowadays, fans of other teams and around the league see this rivalry as a dying one. With the Mike Vick era and the Donovan McNabb era that preceded, the Eagles vs Cowboys rivalries have turned into true battles. The Giants have crushed the very real playoff hopes of Cowboys fans and Eagles fans plenty of times. Every year is a nail biter. Continue reading
I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan since 1977. During that time, I was living in Portsmouth, VA. I was born and have spent most of my life in the Washington, DC area. It has been a tough ride being a Cowboys fan in a Redskins world. Since I am a proud fan, I rep my team. I always get challenged and questioned as to why I’m a Dallas fan: “Have you ever been to Dallas? Where are you from? Name a player other Tony Romo! Where do the Cowboys play?” It’s crazy to hear the same old mundane questions. I actually think Redskins fans know more about my team than they do about their own team based on the questions I get. I do have to admit that some bandwagon Cowboys fans misrepresent us with their lack of knowledge and unwillingness to support the team in hard times. But for tried and true fans like myself, it has been a pleasure to cheer on America’s Team week after week, win or lose. Continue reading
Just 2 days after he was drafted by the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III made his way to the nation’s capital. There were reportedly 19,000 people waiting to welcome him. I was one of them. We arrived to Fed Ex Field 3o minutes prior to the start of the Washington Redskins Draft Party and joined a sea of burgundy and gold clad fans! Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, people from all walks of life were out there ready to celebrate the Redskins.
Before taking the field for the RGIII press conference, I attended the Draft Party event hosted by the Women of Washington (WOW) Redskins. WOW Redskins is a fan club just for the ladies. Boy, did I have a great time! Not only did I get a chance to network with some incredibly wonderful, football savvy ladies; but I also met a few Washington Redskins. My favorite of the bunch was Ryan Kerrigan, last year’s 1st round pick of the Redskins.
My 3 Things This Thursday all involve Donovan McNabb on ESPN’s First Take. I can’t lie, I was fired UP watching the show today.
Last Thursday I wrote that Donovan would be the go-to person regarding the Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow situation because Donovan experienced a similar situation when Mike Vick came to Philly as a “package QB”. So when I turned on First Take this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see Donovan on and wanted to hear what he had to say regarding that topic. Donovan felt that Sanchez wouldn’t lose his job…apparently experience is not the greatest teacher in this case. Donovan stuck to how he asked Andy Reid about Mike Vick coming to play. Donovan felt this situation was different because Michael Vick was coming out of jail and I’m guessing he did not believe Michael Vick would take his job. Donovan says he had to leave Philly because of money. Vick, Kolb, and McNabb all had one year left but because he (Donovan) was owed the most money, he was the one to go…More on that in a minute. Donovan told Skip he does not regret recommending Mike Vick to Andy Reid. According to Donovan, Mark Sanchez has nothing to worry about. Continue reading