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Christmas images, D.C. sports version

Christmas images from across the D.C. sports landscape. Above, Abe Pollin singing Christmas carols with three Russian Caps.

And here, via the Redskins Blog, is an old Skins halftime show, featuring random animals and little people and fake announcer voice. It's stupendous.

And here's Gilbert Arenas's latest official video, in Christmas carol form, which repeatedly mocks him for not winning a championship and always being injured. No mention of any weapons.

This story from Christmas Eve in 1984 was none too cheery, as cold weather canceled Skins practice:

Metal goal posts shook and Smurfs feared for their lives yesterday at Redskin Park, where cold winds forced Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs to halt practice after just 20 minutes. "He didn't win coach of the year for nothing," said running back John Riggins, one of 49 players full of frozen thrills and smiles about the shortened workday.

Once he stopped shivering, Gibbs said that he will check on several indoor practice facilities, just in case this weather continues. The Redskins will relax Christmas Day, then resume practice Monday, preparing for a conference semifinal at RFK Stadium against Detroit Dec. 31 or the Los Angeles Rams Jan. 1.

"We have to find some alternatives, maybe some place with a dome. We sure can't practice in this weather," Gibbs said. Possible sites he mentioned were George Mason University, Virginia Tech and Frying Pan Park, a dirt-surface facility near Redskin Park used for, among other things, rodeos and horse shows.

See, absurd halftime displays are a happier topic. So we go to a story Len Shapiro once wrote about the lasting popularity of the Redskins, even when they were terrible. Joe Kuharich, the Redskin coach from 1954 to 1958, attributed the early love to George Preston Marshall.

"Even when we had some bad teams there in the '50s, there was always tremendous interest," he said. "Mr. Marshall always saw to that. He'd bring in the National Symphony to play at halftime. There's be elephants, clowns, jugglers, Santa Claus. He was an unbelievable promoter. And he'd always come up with a story for the papers that would get the people excited."

More elephants, please.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 12:37 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Redskins , Wizards  
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Dig dat dancin' horse!

Posted by: charley42 | December 25, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

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