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D.C. Sports Bog: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Dexter Manley remains optimistic

Amid the crush of pessimistic radio transcriptions featuring former Redskins greats, let me present something dramatically different: an optimistic radio transcription featuring a former Redskins great. It's Dexter Manley, appearing on Friday's Sports Fix on ESPN 980, with hope springing eternal out of his ear lobes. "Well, I will say...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Scott Van Pelt calls Skins' situation "an abomination"

It strikes me that it's been at least 15 minutes since I've posted a transcript of an ESPN personality ripping the Redskins. Better get on that. Scott Van Pelt, though, is a special case. He's one of you. He's from D.C. and makes no bones about it, especially regarding the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Jaworski: "It's NOT the playcalling"

If you're not lucky enough to be going to FedEx Field Monday night, there's a good chance you'll be listening to Ron Jaworski's analysis of Eagles-Redskins, including the current turmoil in Ashburn. For a sneak preview, Jaws appeared on the Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN 980 Friday morning. (Yes, today...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Zorn to remain coach for remainder of season

Washington Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said on his radio show Friday morning that Jim Zorn will remain the head coach of the team for the remainder of the season. "Let me start by making a few things very perfectly clear: Jim Zorn is the head...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Riggo compares Snyder to Madoff

These are confusing times we're living in. I'm not sure what to make of it all. Increasingly, though, John Riggins feels like the voice of the Revolution. When he finally raises the flag, I'd start looking around for the pitchforks. I don't even know what any of the preceding...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2009; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Jim Zorn also thinks Eagles started 2-4 last year

On Wednesday, I noted that at least two Redskins--Clinton Portis and Phil Daniels--have taken heart this week in the knowledge that the Eagles went from 2-4 to the NFC title game a year ago. As Reader Bryan pointed out this afternoon, Jim Zorn has already gone public with the same...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mark Schlereth compares Skins to "a gigantic rash"

Ok, back to transcriptions of radio interviews about the Skins. Did you just blink? Well, then someone who used to work for the Redskins just went on a radio station somewhere to crush Daniel Snyder like a concord grape with the delicious juicy interior squirting out and landing in the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Caron Butler and "D.C., Stand Up"

This isn't a radio transcript about the Redskins. Seriously. Comcast SportsNet's excellent My Life 365 series dealt with Caron Butler this week, and if you haven't seen the episode, it's definitely recommended. (One of my favorite oddball parts; when Caron and Ronnie Thompson were playing pool in Caron's house, among...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Schefter calls Skins job "desirable"

The giant creeping cloud of noxious press that's hovered over Ashburn for several weeks has truly been remarkable. To cite just a few from this week: * Don Banks, SI: "Other than financially, has anyone been better off after going to work for Daniel Snyder and the Redskins than they...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Frank Herzog says Skins' play is "insulting"

(1996 photo by Lawrence Jackson via AP) I know you've had enough of this stuff. Can't stop just now. Sorry. You can boycott the bog for a few more days if you must. The great names are just streaming out of the past to express dismay about the Redskins,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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John Kent Cooke says dad would be "appalled"

(1992 photo by Bill Sikes - AP) When it's open season, it's really, really, really open season. The Post hit for the cycle on Wednesday, with non-flattering articles about the Redskins in the Sports, Financial (Pearlstein column), Metro (Chief Zee column) and Style (John Kent Cooke profile) sections. As...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Note to Skins: Eagles started 3-3 last year

When things look bad on the scoreboard, it's always a good idea to look toward history for some inspiration. Things are, indeed, rarely as bad as they look at the moment, and the long view can help. That said, you might as well choose accurate examples. Within the past 24...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2009; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Sherm Smith discusses the distractions

With all the focus on Sherm Lewis--who has thus far been unavailable for media comment since ascending to the playcalling role--the other Sherm, offensive coordinator Sherm Smith, has at times been forgotten. But Comcast SportsNet has a weekly interview with the Original Sherm, and this week's session was especially interesting....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Marcus Mason says Skins are Yankees of NFL

Forever prospect Marcus Mason, cut for the third time by the Redskins, went on The Junkies Wednesday morning to discuss his former team. He was clearly unhappy to be out of a job, but while he was honest about his experience, he had lots of good things to say about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Zorn shares your concern about the playclock

One of the most frequent concerns I've heard over the addition of Sherm Lewis into the smoothly functioning Redskins offensive machinery is that this might add a few seconds to the smoothly functioning playcalling routine, leading to timeouts and/or delay of game penalties and/or confusion. "Now there's an added step,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Portis on Daniel Snyder: "It's not him"

I kind of made a big deal out of Clinton Portis's comments earlier this season that Daniel Snyder was on the verge of losing his fan base, so it's only fair to highlight Portis's defense of ownership on Tuesday's John Thompson Show. Making his weekly appearance on ESPN 980, Portis...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2009; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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Ochocinco's D.C. United Jersey

Chad Ochocinco hasn't been shy about his love of soccer, so when the D.C. United marketing folks were sending out the invites for the friendly with Real Madrid at FedEx Field, Ochocinco was on the list. Somewhat unexpectedly, Ochocinco actually replied to the invite through his people, thanking United...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Rich Gannon tells Snyder Skins are like Raiders

As I mentioned Monday, it's hard to know exactly what Daniel Snyder's thinking, due to his lack of in-season interviews, so every little bit helps. This week on Sirius NFL Radio, Rich Gannon helped a lot. Gannon, a former Redskin (and Blue Hen!) who called Sunday's game for CBS, spent...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Zorn on the radio gets even more awkward

Ok, before I get to the awkwardness, let me get to the greatest part of Jim Zorn's weekly appearance on ESPN 980's The Sports Fix Tuesday afternoon: when he was asked why Albert Haynesworth lumbers off the field in anguish so frequently. Now, obviously Haynesworth is a massive force of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Does Cris Carter think D. Hall is stealing money?

Chatting here, now. Continuing their media saturation campaign, the Redskins managed to grab a segment during ESPN's Monday Night Countdown this week, when Cris Carter decided to spotlight poor tackling by DeAngelo Hall. "Week number one, Mario Manningham, watch DeAngelo Hall right here, misses him, Manningham scores a touchdown,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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An interview with a paper bag head

WRC, the "Official Broadcast Station of the Washington Redskins," has become a basement broadsheet of the Revolution. NBCWashington is just littered with anti-Redskins propaganda this morning, including a video interview with a Paper Bag Head Man, and a long piece about the creator of the Trade Snyder shirt that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Burgundy Revolution: Chiefs Day After

Another day, another inbox just overflowing with rage. Like, I'm thinking about getting my BlackBerry its own Xanax prescription. To start, take a listen to "Fail to the Redskins," by the "Ashburn Funeral Choir." It's also available on the Sell the Team Dan MySpace page, for embedding on your...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Zorn "Probably" Will Start Campbell?

As Jason Reid reported this afternoon, Jim Zorn said today that he remains undecided on his quarterback situation: A decision on the quarterback will be made before Thursday, Zorn said. "Jason will not back down; he's a competitor. That's what I like about him," he said. "So I could easily...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Inside the Owner's Box

Courtesy FOX News Sunday Obviously Daniel Snyder has a longstanding policy against speaking to reporters during the season, which means it's hard to know what he's thinking about the bad feelings swirling across the land. But a couple hints came out on Sunday. First, his wife, Tanya, was on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Who's to Blame, and What Should You Do?

By Jonathan Newton - TWP At some point you run out of things to say about the Redskins, especially once you've already used the line about the soggy hot dog bun and the porta potty. So what to do at that point? Why, you quote other people saying things...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Midnight Madness: Superheroes and Thriller

(By Rafael Suanes for George Mason Athletics.) Maryland may have toned down its Midnight Madness festivities and eliminated the Hummer entrance, due to budget constraints, but that didn't mean that other Atlantic 11 programs weren't being playfully absurd. At George Mason, the different classes came out as a group,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Faces of Zorn: WHAT?

(Image via Comcast SportsNet) Jim Zorn has the most expressive press conferences I've ever seen from an NFL coach, or from any coach in any sport. Here's a feature dedicated to those looks. There probably aren't many more Faces of Zorn left in the catalog, so we should cherish...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2009; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Revisiting Sherm Lewis's Hiring

Remember when Sherm Lewis was brought in from the bingo hall? I guess it was about two weeks ago, though it feels like about 17 years. Late in that week, Vinny Cerrato was on Redskins Nation and ESPN 980 to discuss the hiring. Seems worth another look at his comments....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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ESPN Speculates on Zorn's Successor

And so the weekly farce continues, with national shows openly discussing Jim Zorn's successor while the Skins front office takes a second swipe at the coach's manhood without actually firing him or endorsing him. Sunday night, right around the time his playcalling duties were being nabbed, ESPN put two of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 18, 2009; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Tony Dungy: "This is Not a Good Thing"

Soon after word broke that Vinny Cerrato asked Jim Zorn to relinquish playcalling duties, Tony Dungy reacted to the arrangement on NBC's Football Night in America. At the time, Dungy didn't know that Zorn had already agreed to give up his pride and joy as an offensive coach, but I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 18, 2009; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Scenes From the Burgundy Revolution: Chiefs

I walked out of FedEx Field with the crowd Sunday afternoon, so I could get a good whiff of the Burgundy Revolution. The first guy I saw was waving his arms and sort of grunting in obvious disgust. I asked him if we could chat. "Don't talk to me,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 18, 2009; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Cerrato Discusses the Offensive Line

I happened to be listening to ESPN 980's pre-game show on my way to FedEx Field Sunday morning, and Vinny Cerrato came on for a pre-game interview with Larry Michael. Now, we all know that the focal point of fan distress over this team's personnel has overwhelmingly focused on the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 18, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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