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DC Sports hit a crossroad.

January 8, 2010

2008 was the year of change on the Hill.

2010 is the year of change for DC sports.

DC sports have it a crossroad. In the past decade, teams in the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) have won only won title and that was Gary Williams and the Terrapins in 2002. Other than that, DC sports have been nothing short of futile.

Growing up in the DMV, I understand the frustration that arises from being a DC area sports fan. First there was optimism when Snyder bought the team and started trying to completely rebuild the franchise. Then Michael Jordan came and everyone was in awe of arguably the greatest player to ever grace Dr. Naismith’s court. Leonisis’ front office drafted what was supposed to be the greatest player since Gretsky. Oh, and DC United won a championship (which apparently no one cares about) and drafted the 16 year-old phenom named Freddy Adu.

Now, things are different. Mike Shanahan was introduced as head coach of the Redskins, weeks after salary cap genius Bruce Allen was brought in. Alex Ovechkin was granted the captains badge on his sweater for a team that has shown brilliance in the past few years. Abe Pollin is gone and while the Wizards looks promising, Gilbert Arenas has taken all the headlines with his upcoming gun possession charges. Oh, and if you care, Curt Onalfo was named head coach of DC United. But again, I’m guessing you don’t care.

So where do we go from here? No doubt Shanahan is expected to win a Super Bowl and bring back the glory to the Redskins. Will it happen? Possibly.

The Capitals are looking like a team that is poised to make a deep playoff run. Will it happen? Possibly.

Abe Pollin is gone, god bless his soul, and the Wizards are in more turmoil than ever. Flip Saunders was brought to town to stablize everything, yet things have fallen apart as they are near the cellar of the Eastern conference and Arenas has threatened the franchise with extreme possibilities of failure for the next decade.

Where do we go from here?

Up. Hopefully.

But will it happen?

Will Snyder be able to take a step back and understand he doe not have to be as hands on?

Will Bruce Boudreau finally have a team worthy of Lord Stanley’s cup?

Will Leonsis be able to reorganize the Wizards after a fiasco as enormous as the Arenas situation?

All of these are interesting story-lines for a city desperate for a championship?

Will they be asnwered? Who knows.

Will Washington fans be happy if they are?

Probably not, but it will be a huge turnaround i any of these franchises find their way out of the professional sports cellar.

Oh, did I not mention the Nationals. Yeah, probably for the best.

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The Shanahan experiment: how will this one be different.

January 6, 2010
Shanahan will make Snyder give up the blanket. "No more GM for you"

I know you’ve heard about it. Yeah, Danny Snyder hired Mike Shanahan to restore the Redskins franchise to glory. As you may or may not know, I am a Skins fan that has suffered through the ineptitude that is Snyder’s ownership and pray for the day that maybe we can win nine games. Yes, as of right now, I feel that winning nine games could be seen as successful.

Shanahan has signed and will be announced as the head coach during a press conference in Ashburn at 2 pm today.

I’m exhausted. The only thing I can hear are the final murmurs of the short-lived Zorn era and the screams of other Redskins fans and the media about becoming the Super Bowl champs. The only champions Snyder has been able to produce are those of the offseason.

So where does the organization go from here? Shanahan has been known as a control freak, a personality that seems like it would clash with that of Snyder, but just as he did during Joe Gibbs second stint in DC, Snyder will most likely be taking a more hands-off approach. This is the first step in the supposed “return to glory” and it’s a big one. Shanahan also becomes executive vice president of football operations, the position formerly held by Vinny Cerrato.

In terms of personnel, Shanahan has a good opportunity to build the type of team he wants because of Snyder’s will to win games. Snyder should cede nearly all personnel decisions to Shanahan and new GM Bruce Allen is more of a salary cap guy so that should not be a problem.

Since the Redskins have often been known as the offseason champs by simply reloading every season, how will Shanahan reorganize the team? There are changes that need to be made and I do believe they will be swift. I expect the defense to stay largely intact (except for a change or two in the secondary), but in terms of the offense, nothing is a sure thing. Here are some of the major problems and the things I expect Shanahan to do:
1.Jason Campbell He has been on the hot seat since he was promoted to starter in 2006. Most people think he will be gone, I do not. Shanahan will recognize the major problems on the offensive line and at the wide receiver position and understand that Campbell really isn’t that bad of a quarterback. He’s not great, merely average statistically ranking between 13 and 16 in most major offensive categories. Drafting Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen would be far too risky.
2. Offensive Line This is what killed the team all year. Weak players protecting the quarterback was the major problem with the offense. There is NO WAY you can argue with me on that being the biggest problem in terms of personnel. Campbell was never given time and no running back could get through the gaps because the gaps didn’t even exist.

What I expect Shanahan to do: draft Russell Okung out of Oklahoma State. He was the best offensive lineman in the country this past season and I expect him to carry over his talent to the league. Why do you think Shanahan had so many running backs coming out of nowhere and rushing for well over 1,000 yards? He knew how to assemble a solid offensive line.

3. Chris Cooley or Fred Davis Chris Cooley is one of my favorite players in the league and it killed me to see him go down early in the season. He’s a pro-bowler that missed his first games of his career this season. But when he went down, we got a chance to see Fred Davis step up and he definitely impressed a lot of people. There’s no reason to keep two tight ends and switching them in and out would be too much of a hassle for the offense. Veteran Todd Yoder has also shown his worth at tight end and fullback in a backup role so honestly, I could see Cooley or Davis hitting the road this offseason. I’d say it’s more likely Davis draws the short straw and hopefully gets traded for a draft pick. That’s in an ideal world and considering Snyder’s history, I don’t know if it will happen.

4. Wide reciever I don’t know what it is with this franchise’s obsession with short receivers, but our number one and number two receivers can’t stand below six feet. I really don’t want to sound like an idiot, but Brandon Marshall (Shanny drafted) isn’t too happy out in Denver and maybe the team could push through another blockbuster with the Mile High franchise to nap him. Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas have shown flashes of brilliance but I don’t know how that holds up next season.

As for how the team will fare next year, I don’t know. I’m not going to go through the schedule and start marking off wins and losses because that would be ridiculous (although I’m sure many people have done it already). I want to see the changes to the organization and how Snyder will change. I’m excited to see the interaction between Shanahan and Allen because their job duties do not overlap. Shanahan is the control guy while Allen is the salary cap guy.

Yes, it’s Dallas Hate Week (Hitler is a Cowboys Fan).

November 20, 2009

Slooooowwwww Motioooonnn Foooor Yaaaaa.

November 20, 2009

All around a weird commercial that couldn’t stop me from laughing. Am I the only one? Just gratuitous use of slow-motion, Obama popping out of nowhere, I thought he was going to stiff arm a little kid and why the hell are is Demarcus Ware playing football with a kid on his shoulders? I’m so confused. I’ll be in the corner poking holes in the wall if anybody needs me. I’m just curious as to why there’s a cat in there.

Iraqis Know How to Piss People Off.

November 20, 2009

Everyone always complains about the United States human rights violations considering the whole Cheney/waterboarding thing but the real torture is what Brett Favre does every summer. He takes SportsCenter (Rachel Nichols especially) hostage and turns crazy. Every summer I watch SportsCenter, hoping the situation will be resolved although it never is. Then I start to second guess myself on whether to watch it and it starts to drive me crazy.

Well Iraqis are starting to pick up SportsCenters tactics by using them against US soldiers. What bastards.

According to a military official, detainees at a Wisconsin National Guard camp in Iraq are using Brett Favre as a manner of getting at the guard troops there.

“They know Favre by name,” said First Lieutenant Tim Boehnen, who is from New Richmond, Wis.

“One of the big words they know now is shenanigan. They’ll constantly talk about ‘Favre shenanigans,’ ‘He’s so good for the Vikings,’ and ‘The Packers have got to really feel bad about that one.’ ”

According to Boehnen, it started when troops there started decorating their camp in Packers colors.

It’s crafty and pretty smart to rag on US soldiers like this, but damn Iraq, you really cut deep.

If I were there, I’d be teaching them some other words that describe Favre. Like douche, attention whore or total f-ing jackass.

Want a chance to crush Cowboys’ fans hopes and dreams?

October 26, 2009

KABOOM

It’s been a trying time for the Redskins (understatement of the century) with the Burgundy Revolution still in full effect. The season is in absolute disaster through six supposedly easy games and it’s only going to get worse.

Is there anything that could make this season bearable? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Because there is. There most definitely is.

That things? Blowing up the old Texas Stadium.

Hell yeah!

And now you can take part in the name of charity. Yes, you can blow up Texas Stadium by buying a raffle ticket. The city of Irving is currently looking into possible gimmicks that would attract money and tourism and are even trying to solicit money from other NFC East rivals.

Irving tourism officials say they want to solicit fans or foes living in NFC East rival cities, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Gast says the heated rivalries between the Dallas Cowboys and the Giants, Eagles and Redskins are bound to draw interest from “foes who would love to pull the plunger and watch Texas Stadium go boom.”

Sounds like one damn good time in Texas. Crank from ExtremeSkins suggests Chief Zee do the dirty work. He also suggests what I would describe as the party of the century to tailgate the implosion. I approve.

Maybe Danny boy can pony up the money to do it himself. Even I would approve of that considering we know how good he is at destroying things. Douche.

The Burgundy Revolution will not be televised. It will be on Twitter.

October 21, 2009

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The Burgundy Revolution is nearing a fever pitch as the Redskins dropped their fourth game of the year to the Chiefs on Sunday. Fans are going ape-shit over their beloved team and rightfully so. Much of the hate parade has been centered around moneybags Danny Snyder and his evil sidekick Vinny Cerrato.

A number of people have taken up their leadership roles in the Burgundy Revolution, planning out their next steps in pubs and parking lots across the Washington area, including an expanding role on Twitter.

@BoycottSnyder is one of the minds behind Black Sunday, the day in which a group of Redskins fans collaborated to urge fans to wear black against the Chiefs. The turnout was not as large as expected but was still noticeable in the FedEx field confines. He was instrumental in getting Dan Steinberg @dcsportsbog to cover the “festivities.” Be sure to check his new site HateTheOwner.com

For more on the Burgundy Revolution, follow the hashtag #blackmonday1026 to keep up with the darkness this franchise is turning into next Monday against the Eagles. @LetsBuyTheSkins, @SaveTheSkins, @RegionalCeleb are all great resources for the movement and are a must if you decide to become a revolutionary.

Some of the funnier people taking part in the Burgundy Revolution are those taking a satirical stance on the whole subject. @FakeDanSnyder is the most active in this group, acting in pretty much the same way I would think the real Danny would. @FakeJimZorn, @FakeVCerrato and @extraeyes (Sherm Lewis) round out the rest of the satirical bunch with lots of hilarious interactions between each other. And don’t forget our dearly departed owner @FakeJKC (Jack Kent Cook).

Hogs Haven also need your help during these revolutionary times and implore you to take part by following the steps they’ve listed in this post. Always a great resource for good Skins coverage and analysis.

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Shanahan turned down Snyder for HC job.

October 20, 2009

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I don’t like the funny business that comes with sources spilling the beans on what is going on in a sports organization. Chris Mortensen is the primary reason considering all of the stories he’s “broken wide open” that turn out to be a crock of completely unsubstantiated claims, but something does tell me this source may be correct.

Fanhouse is currently reporting that Mike Shanahan was offered the job to coach the Washington Redskins, but turned down owner Daniel Snyders offer, citing that there was “little he could do in the middle of the season for them and that changing coaches during the season in the NFL rarely works.” The source does not say an off season hiring of Shanahan is out of the question.

Snyder has loved to make changes at the head coaching position during his regimes time in Washington with five different head coaches (six counting interim coaches). Shanahan will undoubtedly be pursued in the off season and ME THINKS he will be hired.

The source goes on to talk about Jim Zorn saying:

“We are trying to give Jim every chance to turn it around. The move to [bring in offensive consultant Sherm] Lewis is to take more off Jim’s plate, especially the play-calling, because it is not working, and that is where Jim is spending much of his time. Now he can coach the entire team. Let’s see where that gets us.”

It’s really become pathetic that Zorn has even decided to stick around in Washington considering his castration of the play calling duties. The organization knows the end is near, but do not want to sever ties immediately, which I found extremely pathetic.

Dante Wesley is a total moron; gets 1-game suspension.

October 20, 2009

Carolina Panthers Dante Wesley was suspended for one game after his vicious hit on the Bucs Clifton Smith during a punt return on Sunday.

Wesley decided that since he got past his blockers and the ball hadn’t arrived yet that maybe he should just take the open shot while he has it. A brawl ensued and former Kansas standout Aqib Talib wanted his head for it. Luckily, Talib did not remove his helmet to use as a weapon, as he has done in the past.

Here is the full statement from the NFL:

Defensive back Dante Wesley of the Carolina Panthers has been suspended without pay for one game by NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson for a flagrant violation of player safety rules. Specifically, on a punt coverage play on Sunday, Wesley left his feet, launched himself and made shoulder and forearm contact with the neck and head area of Tampa Bay punt returner Clifton Smith, who had not caught or touched the ball and was in a defenseless posture.

The suspension will sideline Wesley for the Panthers’ game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 25.

In a letter to Wesley, Anderson wrote: “The playing rules (Rule 10, Section 1, Article 1) specifically provide that a member of the kicking team is prohibited from interfering with a receiver attempting to catch an airborne kick. The prohibited contact in this case went well beyond simply interfering with the receiver. Instead, by striking your defenseless opponent in the head and neck area, you committed an unnecessary and unnecessarily dangerous act that is specifically prohibited by the rules.”

Anderson added: “Your actions are of particular concern in light of the emphasis that our office has placed on developing and enforcing rules designed to protect players from injury, including head and neck injuries. The safety of our players is paramount to all of us in the NFL.”

The 1-game suspension given to Wesley seems a bit light considering Smith could have suffered a severe neck injury. This is really not something you ever want to see and luckily we don’t see this kind of hit much more than once a season.

Welcome to Redskins Anonymous.

October 19, 2009

Watching the Redskins lose to the Chiefs yesterday was another validation that the team obviously has not reached rock bottom yet. The loss to the Lions was bad, but losing to a Chiefs team that has shown little to no promise this season was considerably worse.

Jim Zorn was stripped of his play-calling duties by the equally blame-worthy Vinny Cerrato. Sherm “Extra Eyes” Lewis will now be in charge of all offensive play-calling.

Times like these I really wish Danny Snyder didn’t have a no comment policy during the season, because many people are wondering why such a little man would strip the balls away from a coach that he went out of his way to hire.

Why not fire Jim Zorn if you strip him of offensive play-calling when he was brought in as an “offensive mastermind?” It seems necessary at this point to simply fire Zorn, promote Greg Blache to interim head coach and putting Lewis at the helm of the offensive unit.

The video above is of comedian Danny Rouhier joining Redskins Anonymous, a group for all Redskins fans to vent their frustrations and realize that the Redskins really love bringing in and playing incredibly shitty players.

And now some links from the Redskins apocalypse:

Redskins Season Quickly Devolving Into Roland Emmerich Film [Deadspin]

Scenes From the Burgundy Revolution: Chiefs [DC Sports Bog]

Campbell discusses benching, future [Redskins Insider]

Jim Zorn presser: “I’m going to comply with that.” [DC Pro Sports Report]

Bonus video from DCPSR

Jim Zorn Implies That He Was Told, Not Asked, About Play-Caller Change [Mister Irrelevant]

Head Coach Jim Zorn: “I Want To Win” [Redskins Blog] [WARNING: DAN SNYDER OWNED MEDIA]

Washington Redskins Front Office – Step 1: Admit You Have a Problem [Hogs Haven]

Zorn, Cerrato’s fates apparently are intertwined [Pro Football Talk]

Rock bottomless [Thomas Boswell of The Post]

Next Monday night is going to blowwwwwwwww.