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Sad day: The Hogettes are no more

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It truly is a sad day in Washington, as one of the longest continuous traditions in Redskins history in no more. The Hogettes are calling it quits. From their Facebook page:

After 30 seasons, the Hogettes are hanging up our pig snouts & dresses.

It has been an honor being a part of the greatest 12th Man fans in the NFL.

We will forever be Redskins’ fans and cheer for our beloved team.

It is a new era and we will continue to support RG3 and his teammates.

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!

We will also continue to help (incognito) raise money for Children’s Charities.

Mikey T.

Boss Hogette

It’s certainly an odd tradition to have grown men show up to games at RFK and FedEx Field in drag and pig snouts, but it’s one that Skins fans know and appreciate. They are members of the the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio largely for their philanthropic work, raising over $100 million for local charities.

They will be missed. HAIL!

 

 

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Courtland Milloy wants you to know you’re a racist

Redskins fans have long dealt with outsiders admonishing the team’s nickname for being racially insensitive and offensive. It’s nothing new and it certainly won’t go away. After losing in the playoffs, Courtland Milloy knew what he had to do. Call out all fans of the team and blame the loss on karma.

Below is my response to Milloy’s column terrible attack on the Redskins franchise, the team, and fans.

[Bold text is Milloy’s words, plain text is mind]

So, Washington football fans, how’s that offensive team name and demeaning sports mascot working out? Whooping and hollering as RGIII goes on a “Redskins” warpath only to leave a trail of tears when his wounded knee gets buried at FedEx Field.

Yup, the reason the Redskins lost to the Seahawks on Sunday wasn’t because of the Seahawks defense selling out on the run because of a hobbled Griffin, the terrible turf at FedEx Field, suspect tackling by the defense, or even RGIII tearing his ACL . It’s because we’re all racists. Yeah, that’s the reason they lost. Good use of  the “trail of tears” though, because football, forced relocation have so much in common.

In this obscene home team sports fantasy, the gifted Robert Griffin III was reduced to a “noble savage.” Let the “Redskin” play hurt. He can take it. Hail to the young brave-hearted quarterback as he limps into battle on that injured knee. Three cheers as he fights on his one good leg for Old D.C.

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And when he’s felled during Sunday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, bringing the postseason to an ugly and immensely unsatisfying end — torn ligaments no doubt shortening his own career as well — Washington gasps in horror.

Bad karma, I tell you, that team name.

THE SPORTS GODS HAVE NOTICED OUR SINS AND REIGNED DOWN HELL AND FIRE UPON US. RUN FOR COVER. Clearly a higher power has reached down upon the field in Landover and ripped Griffin’s anterior cruciate ligament. That’ll show ’em!

Now don’t go trying to prove otherwise by digging up some ancient Washington victory from back in, say, Joe Gibbs’s early days. This is a new era. Attitudes are changing; progressive thinking is emerging on everything from guns, gays and gas guzzling to debt, deficits and doctor bills.

So supposedly being racist was all well and good in the ’80s and ’90s, but God totally changed his mind on that. He’s a progressive now. He realizes it’s a different time. He went to some seminar that totally blew his mind and he had a change of heart. He decided enough was enough: Let’s blow out Griffin’s knee.

Besides, Washington’s professional football team has raked up one disappointing season after another since 1992 — the year D.C. resident Suzan Harjo became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to change the team’s disparaging name.

Although Harjo lost that legal battle on a technicality, a group of younger Native Americans have filed a similar lawsuit — Blackhor se et al v. Pro-Football, Inc. Justice may yet be served.

Because if the justice system won’t rule in our favor, we’ll go to a higher power to seek retribution.

“The term ‘redskins’ is the most vile and offensive term used to describe Native Americans,” Harjo told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in 2011. “It is most disturbing to the overwhelming majority of Native Americans throughout the country that the professional football team in the nation’s capital uses a team name that demeans us.”

Does anyone really believe that the name “Redskins” will survive the 21st century? Other than the people who probably thought white actors in blackface would survive the 20th? The genocide of Native peoples, like America’s other original sin, slavery, cannot be forever masked with caricatures of the dead.

Like the Trail of Tears analogy you used earlier? You may have been trying to illustrate a point, but damn, you’re doing the same thing you admonish.

Next month, on Feb. 7, the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall will hold a day-long symposium and “community conversation” about the use of racist stereotypes and cultural appropriation in American sports. In a recent news release about the event, museum Director Kevin Gover wrote: “What better place to address this issue. . . . The Smithsonian Institution is the ideal forum to bring people together to ask tough questions.”

I hope so, although I suspect that the most diehard football fans have only two ways of dealing with these kinds of disagreements: racist Internet comments — and fistfights in the stands.

Because those are the only forms of reason football fans cling to. We’re all racists that can’t sit down and have a serious and frank conversation about what many call our racially insensitive team moniker. We’ll never do that, because us racist football fans don’t know how, SO WHY TALK WHEN WE CAN JUST GO KICK SOME ASS, YOU GUYS!

For those who claim that “Redskins” is an honorific to Native peoples, as team owner Dan Snyder does, representatives from several Indian nations will be on hand to tell you what they really think about that name. By the way, while Washington was weighed down with that tired old caricature of an Indian head on their helmets, Seattle was sporting a lighthearted Seahawk based on an ancient Northwest Coast Native carved totem design. They didn’t just score more touchdowns; they won on style points, too.

So the final score wasn’t 24-14? How many style points shall you award to the Seahawks, Mr. Milloy? 10? 15? Man, a 39-14 game sure sounds like a blowout. They got soundly beaten then, huh? And it’s all because of that racist name and karma. Gotcha.

The subject of the “community conversation” will be, you guessed it, the name of Washington’s professional football team. It should be quite lively. The moderator will be Philip J. Deloria of the Standing Rock Sioux, an associate dean of undergraduate education at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts and author of the books “Playing Indian” and “Indians in Unexpected Places.”

He will be joined by Judith Bartnoff, deputy presiding judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court’s Civil Division; the Rev. Graylan Hagler of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and former president of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice; Robert I. Holden, deputy director of the National Congress of American Indians; Erik Brady, a sports reporter for USA Today; and my Washington Post colleague, sports columnist Mike Wise.

Ok, now Milloy just sounds like he’s doing PR for this symposium. I get it now.

Take your children to the event. Then ask them if the name “Redskins” is offensive. Better still, ask yourself.

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Gibbs, players present murky picture of winning after labor strife.

Joe Gibbs knows a thing or two about NFL lockouts.

Twice the legendary coach won Super Bowls during shortened seasons due to labor strife between the owners and players. He has spoken out against the current lockout of the players, saying the situation could have major detrimental effects on the most popular sport in the country.

He may not like it now, but Gibbs has certainly benefitted in the past from labor strife, so it’s no wonder current New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has reached out to the current NASCAR team owner for advice.

“He said take this time to get better,” Ryan said to the New York Post about his conversation with Gibbs. “Take time to gain an advantage on your opponents and whatever you think that is. He gave me some ideas and I followed them to a tee.”

The 1982 season was cut to just nine games and the Redskins took advantage of the revised 16 team playoff schedule. Winning six of the final seven games, the Redskins ended up cruising through the playoffs and a 27-17 Super Bowl win over the Miami Dolphins.

The 1987 was shortened by just one game, though weeks 4-6 were played by replacement players. Still, Doug Williams made a name for himself in franchise lore with his incredible demolition of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.

Two labor strife situations, two Super Bowls for Gibb’s Redskins. Whether Gibbs really had an advantage in strategizing for shortened seasons is irrelevant to the Redskins for next season since Mike Shanahan is the coach now. What’s important is how the players are able to come back to prepare and focus on the season is what really matters.

The players have held three workouts at area high schools so far, with 41 players showing up to prove their dedication. Unfortunately, these workouts amount to little more than glorified scrimmages. And that’s being generous to the word glorified.

The workouts signify little more than player unity during the lockout. There are no coaches to rectify mistakes, no cameras to film the practice which the players could look at later, and no true direction for what to expect. We still don’t know whether we will see NFL games this fall, a depressing fact to deal with.

Maybe the Redskins had the best teams in the shortened 1982 and 1987 seasons, maybe they just got lucky. Maybe off-season workouts gave Gibb’s teams a leg up on the competition, maybe this years players-only workouts will too.

Nevertheless, we won’t know anything about real football until the lockout ends and the players are able to report to the training facilities in preparation of the new NFL season. Until then, good luck dealing with the grueling hours of closed door meetings and players-only workouts.

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Redskins-Packers: Wait, so we won?

Graham Gano kicks the game-winning field goal in the Redskins 16-13 overtime victory vs the Packers at FedEx Field. Gano hit a 45-yard field goal to tie the game with 1:07 left in regulation and the 33-yarder pictured above in overtime.

No really, did the Redskins actually pull one out after playing three quarters of awful football? Did the Redskins really get two clutch kicks from Graham Gano and prevent me from turning off the TV early in the third? Did the Packers really blow that game? Are my eyes deceiving me?

LaRon Landry has shown how valuable he can be, playing at an all-pro level and setting up the Redskins in Packer territory with his fantastic interception. Aided by two defensive penalties that would have stalled the Redskins offense in overtime, they were in fact able to finish the job despite the Smirnoff ad trying to ice Gano again.

A lot went wrong, but a lot went right as well. Let’s break it down.

Game ball – LaRon Landry: got the deciding interception and forced a fumble in the first half. STEAK AND POTATOES BABY! And a great quote from the man, the myth, the Landry:

“This defense fits me well. It enables me to be close to the line of scrimmage and play physical. I don’t have too many reads, just fly around and make tackles, break on the ball and be instinctive.”

LIKE A BOSS!

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – the best description for the offense yesterday. The playcalling has been inconsistent, working short before randomly throwing deep balls to Anthony Armstrong or Joey Galloway(???). Through much of the game I felt stuck in the Zorn era circa 2008, making me want to punch my monitor. Then they take a chance, find Santana or give Armstrong a ball to come down with in the end zone. Consistency. It is key.

ORAKPWND – That is all.

Clay Mathewpwnd? – Eh, doesn’t sound very good. Still, Mathews diminated the Redskins and is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. It was obvious when he left the game iwth an injury how much the offense picked up and started moving. If he had stayed in, the Skins would have lost 13-3. That’s real talk.

Everyone must hate the Redskins – Clay Mathews left the game in the third quarter and Aaron Rodgers sustained a concussionin overtime. This adds to the list of key players the Redskins defense has injured in past weeks. The others: Andre Johnson, Michael Vick and Jermichael Finley. These guys aren’t playing around.

Third-down defense – The Redskins held the Packers to 2-13 (15%) on third down and 0-1 on fourth down. The Packers previously ranked fifth in the league with a 46.5% success rate on third down.

McNabb is not average – he’s got something special that makes me realize we’ll always have a chance to fight back. The home-run balls and aversion to interceptions are something we didn’t see a year ago with Jason Campbell. He didn’t look great throwing balls at receivers feet or launching a yard too long, but he showed up when we needed him and got the crucial yards.

Brandon friggin Banks – He turns long fields into good opportunities and he gets the crowd into the game. He’s quickly becoming my favorite Redskin and I can’t wait for him to get into the endzone and do the John Wall.

Torain Train wasn’t there – The Skins couldn’t rely on the running game with Clay Mathews and the Packer defense stymieing the run early. I picked up Torain in fantasy this week expecting him to break out, but we saw none of that against a stout defensive line.

Don’t teach me how to dougie – We go from one badass dance to one extremely played out one, the dougie. Look, I love that you hauled down the 48-yard pass for the touchdown, Armstrong, but the dougie is played out. It’s been done. Do the Galloway, which in reality is the humpty hump. You know what, don’t do the humpty hump. That’d be bad.

Stephon Heyer – Every time I see the goofily proportioned Heyer (oddly long chicken legs) my exact thought is: “How’s he going to fuck this one up?”

Mike Sellers is special – On special teams that is. Laid down some great hits, made some great blocks. Always good to see a bonafide starter make an impact on SP.

I hate to say it but… we need Albert Haynesworth to play. The NOSE-GUARD did not play because of the death of his half-brother, but it shows how much he was really needed to wreak havoc on the opposing offensive line. Orakpo was the only player to really breakthrough to get to Aaron Rodgers consistently, but with Haynesworth playing the defensive line would have been much more effective.

You knew he would drop it – You know who I’m talking about.

Get off your knees – By my count, the refs botched four defensive holding and pass intererence calls until overtime when they decided to help the Skins offense get into field goal range, calling one of each for the home team. I normally don’t like make up calls, but I’ll take it.

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLEEEEYYYYY.

 

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Dan Snyder’s E:60 Segment.

Presented without comment (because I’d like to continue receiving press releases from the organization).

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Redskins clip Eagles 17-12: This one’s for DMac.

After just four games, the Redskins sit atop* the NFC East at 2-2, barely coming out ahead in both wins. We saw again on Sunday the positives of the offense in the first half, and the extreme negatives which have nearly put the team at 0-4 on the year in the second half. Let’s give out some awards to yesterday’s winners and losers:

Take That – It was nice to hear the ovation Donovan got in his first game back in Philadelphia, but it was even better to hear the silence after the 31-yard touchdown to Cooley in the first quarter. His performance and the awful performance by Kevin Kolb brought up some important questions: Why did they trade him? Was playing Kolb really a better plan than keeping the best quarterback in franchise history? The game probably would have had a different outcome if Vick had not been injured, but that’s football. Injuries happen.

It still feels weird to see Donovan McNabb in a Redskin jersey, but I love him none the less. He’s been the sparkplug that’s charged the offense (even if it’s stagnant at times). His speech in the locker room shows that while he may not have wanted to be here, he’s still dedicated to the cause, and for that I thank him.

Salty to Super – Albert Haynesworth did exactly what he was brought here to do: wreak havoc on the opposing offensive line. He drew double teams and was an enormous (tehe) presence at the line of scrimmage.

Tazmanian Torain – Notched 73 yards rushing with a lot of them coming late. Sorry Mr Portis, but I think we found our running back. Oh, and his touchdown was dirrrrrrty!

Making Banks – Brought up Saturday and activated forSunday, Brandon Banks was huge on special teams, includign his first punt return which he took back 53 yards. He was taken out later in the game but he made a huge contribution to the win.

Orakpwnd – Brian Orakpo is the best player on the Redskins defense but he won’t get the stats if he keeps getting held. Yes, it helps to get the holding calls to back up the offense, but it hurts him as a player.

Brickhands – Carlos Rogers had an EASY AS ALL HELL opportunity to the end the game and… he dropped it. Would have been better off tipping the ball up and catching in gingerly in a bread basket. C’mon man, you have to get those.

Hard-hits – DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore’s hit on Vick to knock him out of the game, Carlos Rogers hit on LeSean McCoy that left him shaky and nearly unable to walk… the Redskins defense was aggressive and unrelenting in their pursuit of the ball and they laid absolutely vicious hits on the Eagles. That’s how you play football.

We’re #31! – The Skins no longer have the worst defense in the league! Statistically of course.

Bid-adieu – How is Jason Bidwell still on the team after consistently kicking worse than I did in high school? His 15 yard punt to set up the Eagles last drive was nothing short of dreadful.

GTFO – Stephon Heyer… just go.

Barkley backs up his word The Sixers legend backed up his words when he said he would be wearing a burgundy and gold jersey at the Linc to support Donovan McNabb. That takes balls, but honestly, who would mess with his anyway? [Pic comes via DC Sports Bog]

LINKS! LINKS! LINKS!

Dan Steinberg looks at the best and worst of the win. A weekly must read.

Jason Reid reports the Redskins are actively shopping Devin Thomas.

DC Pro Sports Report get all the quotes you need from Mike Shanahans weekly Monday press conference.

Shutdown Corner explains how Andy Reid botched their opportunity at a touchdown.

Kyle Shanahan and Jim Haslett press briefings from CSN Washington

Scott Jackson of SB Nation DC doesn’t mind the ugly win an neither should you.

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PATHETIC: Redskins drop dead vs Rams.

Santana moss sits dejected after the Rams beat the Redskins 30-16. His fumble essentially cost the Skins a touchdown, but without him the loss would have been much worse. Moss finished with six receptions, 124 yards and one touchdown.

Even when it was 14-0, I wasn’t scared. A few mistakes put the Redskins in a hole quick in the first quarter, but hey, this wasn’t a Jim Zorn coached team, Mike friggin Shanahan coaches the 2010 squad. Then it got worse. Much worse. The Redskins have now lost three of their last four games when facing the Rams, the last win being an awful 9-6 game last year at FedEx Field.

The Redskins played strikingly similar to the 2009 Redskins, picking up a few yards before failing to move the chains again. They allowed the Rams to go 7-16 on third down conversions, most of them coming in the second half. Haslett, that’s on you. It’s unacceptable to allow the back-up running back for the Rams to run three times in a row, picking up 5-10 yards every time.

The biggest problems came in defending the run game and the short passes Bradford so easily completed. The only time the Rams were successful through the air was when he threw the ball almost immediately after the snap. Running the 3-4, this should not happen. It is not unreasonable to place the blame of that game solely on Jim Haslett. His defensive play calling was horrendous and he failed to make any changes.

There was no offense. None. What they did accomplish, they found ways to negate it with false starts and dumb penalties. I’ve been to the Edward Jones Dome, IT IS NOT A LOUD STADIUM. Me using caps is louder than Rams fans get that stadium.

Other losers:


Devin Thomas
– paging Mr Thomas, paging Mr Thomas.

Donovan McNabb – never found his rhythm and couldn’t get consistent. Much like last week, he couldn’t hit the mark down the field to Galloway which could have been at least two touchdowns. He also didn’t have an…

Offensive line – You guys are awful. If they had been protecting Jason Campbell, the Rams would have eight sacks. Thankfully McNabb is still mobile. But the player who specifically sucked was…

Stephon Heyer – couldn’t do anything right. False starts, holding, sucking. Get out of here. Go home. Stay there.

Red Zone offense – 0-3. Not even a FG? Really?

Kareem Moore – nice interception, but it doesn’t make up for missing easy tackles to allow the Rams into scoring position.

Graham Gano – kick out of bounds on the opening kick-off is inexcusable ALWAYS. The punting was average, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for not being the starting punter.

Clinton Portis – It was hard to tell if he slipped or fell to avoid the hit, but when you sit and pout on the bench because the coaches want to use another back in the running game, you get no love. Get up, put your helmet on, and stand on the sidelines.

Albert Haynesworth – as much as I did like him on the field attracting double teams and clearing up space for the backers, you are not a slave. Never say you are treated like a slave. YOU MAKE $100 MILLION!

The frustration is the same as last, and the team needs a lot of work this week to be ready for the Eagles. I’m already depressed from that loss. Seacrest out.

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