Posts Tagged ‘Redskins’

Will Redskins coach Mike Shanahan be fired after the season?

November 10, 2013

Will Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle, the Redskins offensive coordinator, be fired after this year? Most likely the Redskins (3-6) will finish with only one winning season in the four years the Shanahan’s have been in Washington.

See my article on Bleacher Report at http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1842691-will-mike-shanahans-job-be-safe-if-washington-redskins-continue-to-lose.

Another reason to hate Michael Wilbon – he advocates tanking – losing on purpose.

November 1, 2013

Another reason to hate Michael Wilbon – he advocates tanking – losing on purpose. He says you basically have to lose to get a great player in the NBA Draft. That about says it all about him. Wilbon is a loser.

At least we have the self-righteous Mike Wise here in D.C. It’s one thing for him to have his opinions on the Redskins name, but he tries to pompously shove it down everyone’s throat.

RGIII must play better for Redskins to beat Seahawks in playoffs

January 6, 2013

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will try to lead Washington to its first playoff win in seven seasons when the Redskins (10-6) host the Seattle Seahawks (11-5) Sunday at FedEx Field.

The game features Rookie of the Year candidates Griffin and Russell Wilson. Both quarterbacks are excellent passers and can run the ball exceptionally well.

More importantly, Griffin led the Redskins from a 3-6 start to a 10-6 finish, while Wilson led Seattle to a four-game improvement from 2011.

Griffin is getting a lot of publicity from the media and love from fans, and rightfully so. Griffin has led the Redskins to five more wins than they had last year, with help from rookie running back Alfred Morris, receiver Pierre Garçon and a host of veterans.  Morris rushed for a Redskins record 1,613 yards in his rookie campaign. Morris also ran for 13 touchdowns, a Redskins rookie record.

But lost in the excitement of the Redskins making the playoffs for just the fourth time in the last two decades is the fact that Griffin didn’t have a great game in the Redskins’ 28-18 win against Dallas last week. Griffin was less accurate than usual, finishing just 9 of 18 for 100 yards and no touchdown passes, though he did run one in for a score in the huge win that got the Redskins into the playoffs.

To read the rest of my article, click here for Examiner.com and here for Bleacher Report.

Michael Wilbon: Mediocre writer

December 16, 2012

I wrote this a while ago on www.myredskinsblog.com. I’m including it here too.

Michael Wilbon, formerly of the Washington Post and now of ESPN, hates the Redskins and D.C. He now has called D.C. a “terrible” sports town. Sounds like Wilbon is upset now that D.C. teams are finally doing well again. He was on the bandwagon in the 1980s and early 1990s when the Skins were winning Super Bowls. I guess Wilbon just has to project his own personality onto other people. He is a sorry, no-account fraud who rips D.C. because he thinks it’s not cool to be from here. Wilbon, we’re sick of you kissing up to athletes. You’re past your prime. You’ve jumped the shark.

If you want to read about D.C. as a sports town, click here.

Response to Michael Wilbon on his trashing of D.C. as a sports town

October 5, 2012

Michael Wilbon has done it again in trashing D.C. as a sports town in the latest issue of ESPN the Magazine. He hates D.C. and the Redskins, even though he made his living off the city for three decades. Wilbon is an average writer. If we both had to write about the same game or event, given the same deadline, I’d crush him. He’s overrated. Anyway, I’ll just repost an article I wrote last year about D.C. being a good sports town. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/914880-washington-dc-not-just-a-redskins-town-but-a-great-sports-city Also see http://www.examiner.com/article/redskins-caps-nats-wizards-united-washington-d-c-is-a-great-sports-town.

Go away, Wilbon. We don’t want you here anymore. We’re tired of looking at your sorry, no-account self on PTI, with your stupid jokes and simplistic questions. Do you know how much the players and coaches you interview on PTI look down on you for your Sesame Street approach to sports?

You’re a fraud. When it comes to Chicago you know about the ’85 Bears and the Jordan Bulls. You pretend to be a Cubs fan but you’re a fake Cubs fan. You used to like D.C. sports when the Redskins were winning Super Bowls. What does that tell you? You’re a frontrunner.

It’s not obvious that L.A. is a better sports town than D.C. D.C. is much better and it isn’t even close.

You’re a couch potato who brags about what you watch on TV every single night.

You’re always disassociating yourself from D.C. on P.T.I. D.C. made you. George Michael made you. The Redskins made you. You’re not a bad writer, but you’re nothing special. It’s so weird to watch you on the NBA show because you’re so out of place.

You’re always bragging about being from a tough part of Chicago, but something tells me you grew up privileged.

You had a heart attack and now you’re fatter than you were before? Show some respect for life.

You actually like tennis and soccer but you don’t have the guts to admit it because they’re not seen as cool.

You benefit from a culture in which yelling is associated with knowledge.

To borrow a phrase from you, “Get out!”

ESPN the Magazine trashes Washington D.C. as a sports town

October 3, 2012

ESPN The Magazine’s Howard Bryant just trashed Washington, D.C. as a sports town. It’s too much to go into, but the article is pretty weak. If you want to read an article about D.C. as a sports town by a Washingtonian, see http://bleacherreport.com/articles/914880-washington-dc-not-just-a-redskins-town-but-a-great-sports-city.

Also see an article about D.C.’s top stars: Robert Griffin III, Alex Ovechkin, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and John Wall:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1349641-dcs-top-stars-rg3-alex-ovechkin-stephen-strasburg-bryce-harper-john-wa

Washington, D.C. is not just a Redskins town – it’s a great sports city

October 31, 2011

The Caps have been the most underachieving playoff team of all time in any major North American sport, yet the games are all sold out for the third year in a row. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Washington, D.C. may not be the best sports town in the country, but it deserves a lot more credit than it usually gets.  In fact, D.C. is an excellent sports town that supports more teams in more sports than just about any city in the U.S.

The Washington Post, a marketing machine that bores its tentacles further and further into the belly of local radio, TV, and the internet all the time, recently had the gall to call D.C. a “mediocre” sports town.

Don’t pay attention to such drivel, though, because the writers behind the series for the most part, namely Dan Steinberg and Mike Wise, have only been in town for a few years, and they overlook many of the aspects of D.C. sports fandom that make D.C. sports fans unique. Virtually none of the columnists who criticize D.C. as a sports town, many of whom live off the reputation of the once great Post, hail from the area.

D.C. sports fans shouldn’t be judged on their teams’ lack of recent championships or blamed because people want to live here. Examine the loyalty of fans through good times and bad, and you’ll find that D.C. stacks up well with almost any major city.  Washington hasn’t won a major pro sports championship in 20 years other than the four Major League Soccer trophies DC United took home between 1996 and 2004.  Yet D.C. fans are remarkably passionate in supporting their teams.

How many cities have the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, plus major college basketball and football? Not many.  We have the Redskins, Wizards, Caps, Nats, D.C. United, Maryland and Georgetown basketball, Terps football, and a whole lot more. Given what we’ve had to cheer for, D.C. has turned out to be a great sports city.

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

2010 DC sports year in review: great regular season for Caps, not much else to cheer about

January 7, 2011

Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 in his major league debut in 2010. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

2010 was another typical year for D.C. area sports teams. That is to say, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about, other than a great regular season by the Capitals and some above-average seasons by local college teams.

2011 may end up being brighter for the Redskins, Capitals, Nationals, Wizards, D.C. United, Maryland and Georgetown, but first Examiner.com takes a look back at the year in D.C. sports that was 2010.

Redskins

It was a disappointing debut for coach Mike Shanahan, whose Redskins finished 6-10, losing seven of their last nine games.  Shanahan traded a second and a fourth-round pick to Philadelphia for Donovan McNabb, who had his worst season since his rookie year.

Capitals

The Caps won the President’s Trophy for the most points in the NHL during the regular season, but then crashed and burned in the playoffs, losing to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in seven games.

Nationals

The Nats finished with a losing record (69-93) for the fifth time in their six-season existence.  Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg did not disappoint, striking out 14 in his major league debut en route to a record of 5-3 and an ERA of 2.91 with 92 strikeouts in 68 innings.

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

Holiday wishes for Skins, Nats, Caps, Wizards, Terps

December 31, 2010

In the spirit of the holiday season, here are some belated gift suggestions and wishes for the New Year for D.C. area teams and sports figures.

Mike Shanahan:  A one-way ticket to Denver to be head coach for his old friends, owner Pat Bowlen and probable new part-owner John Elway.  Or truth serum, or a job at Wikileaks.  (He can take Kyle too).

Albert Haynesworth:  A love for the game of football.

Donovan McNabb:  A new team he can take to the playoffs for three more seasons.

Redskins:  A quarterback, a running back, an offensive line, a starting wide receiver, a defensive line, a punter, and a kicker.

Maryland Athletic Director Kevin “The Grinch” Anderson:  A heart.

Maryland football:  Another program to hire Mike Leach so the Terps can rehire Ralph Friedgen.

For the rest of the article on Examiner.com, click here.

 

Chris Samuels retires; Redskins cut 10 players including Randle El, Thomas and Griffin

March 8, 2010

Redskins six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels announced his retirement today. The announcement was expected after Samuels suffered a career-threatening injury last year.

Samuels, 32, was warned by doctors that a spinal condition could potentially result in paralysis. He played all of his 10 seasons for the Redskins after being drafted with the third overall pick in 2000.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

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