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From Fame...to the Game

Jonathan Forsythe, videographer extraordinaire, gives us a look back at the fans and the ceremony before the Redskins play the Colts in tonight's preseason opener in Canton. And here's more camerawork from John McDonnell and Preston Keres.

Mike Wilbon and Mike Wise were the boots on the ground, taking in the scene and translating it into words.



Now, it's time to look ahead.

After all, there is a game tonight.

The new roster limit is a bit of a bear;

Chad Rinehart prepares for his first NFL game evah;

Find out who's in and who's out of tonight's game and peruse the depth chart.

Discuss among yourselves and let's meet up here later.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 3, 2008; 6:25 AM ET
 
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Cindy's putting in a long day at the office today. What's that about? Oh, yeah, feeding the Hamptons. Er, hamsters.

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

I know it's a just a preseason game but I'm really looking forward to this first game with coach Zorn.

Posted by: G | August 3, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't think we'll learn much about Coach Zorn tonight. Mostly we'll learn about the prospects for a few rookies.

I remember looking forward to Coach Spurrier's first exhibition game. As I recall it, he put a pasting on Steve Mariucci and the 49ers in Tokyo. Some were complaining that the 'Skins had run up the score. We all thought "Wow, this Spurrier's the real deal!"

Now, years later, with 20-20 hindsight, I suspect we misunderstood the significance of that victory. Spurrier was never again accused of running up the score.

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

After extensive research I have found that a fried pork-loin sandwich is the appropriate thing to eat due to the Redskins playing the Colts. As some of you know I am attempting to eat food from our opponents city on game-day now.

Posted by: Alex35332 | August 3, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Alex,

This is the NFL. The idea is to eat your opponents, not their lunch.

Indianapolis is the home of Eli Lilly. So you should be taking drugs, not eating fried pork. Give your loved one a treat with a double dose of Cialis. Oh, and with two pills if the erection lasts longer than eight hours, call a physician. "Whoa, doc, you're not gonna believe what I've got!"

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse


Every season turns,
Baseball to football begins.
Fare thee well, Nats! Hail!

Posted by: HaikuMan | August 3, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Anybody remember that Volvo commercial that played off the "four hours" thing with the ED drugs? Four middle-aged guys in golf attire in a Volvo, that typical "four hours" ad comes on the radio . . .

"Four hours? That's not a medical problem, that's a schedule problem."

"Cynthia -- hold my calls."

"Cynthia -- hold my MAIL."

And then their car got crashed into. I don't think that ad ran that long, but I almost fell off the couch the first time I saw/heard it.

Posted by: TMU | August 3, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't think we'll learn much about Coach Zorn tonight.

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 8:17 AM

We advance the theory that the only things we could learn about Coach Zorn would be negative.

We would be highly distressed if Coach Zorn does any of the following:

1. Asks the team to execute a gadget play designed by Mr. Snyder.
2. Plays the first team offense in the fourth quarter in an effort to win a closely-contested match.
3. Wins the game and dedicates the victory to "Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour."
4. Loses the game and attributes the loss to the intervention of Satan.
5. Calls two consecutive time outs in the fourth quarter to "ice" the opponents' field goal kicker.

Posted by: My Highness | August 3, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

6. starts post game presser with "gosh" or "we have a great bunch of guys"

Posted by: Alex35332 | August 3, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse


Hall of Fame game shows
Gosh, Skins can play their guts out!
Coach Zorn -- Super smart!

(H-man would subsequently shoot himself in the head...twice.)

Posted by: HaikuMan | August 3, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Has anybody seen my playbook?

Posted by: Al Saunders | August 3, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

7. Grabs the wheel and crashes the team bus to avoid hitting a squirrel. Then asks the fans to pray for the squirrel.

Posted by: I'm an Anon? | August 3, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah. Farve is back and on his way to Green Bay (according to the ESPN).

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah. Farve is back and on his way to Green Bay (according to the ESPN).

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Mull It...

I can never resist posting this infamous link to the Spurrier Osaka Bowl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZBJTXyDL7g

Posted by: SCSkins | August 3, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

that spurrier lip flap was from the MNF game in week 2 that we got completely embarrassed by philly. and then the pepper spray incident happened. the worst of times.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Several thoughts/questions not all intersting:

1. 3 minute standing O for #81 brought tears to my eyes - yeah fans!

2. Who thought yellow jackets were the cool color? Yellow? Seriously?

3. Did Zorn really call the vets on the o-line "crusty pups" in the Rhinehart article? I'm not sure how you dress up like a 'crusty pup'

4. What happened to the punter we drafted? I've been MIA so enquiring minds want to know.

5. What's the theory behind the 80 man roster limit? Fairness and balance? So one team with deep pockets can't stock up on all the potential rookies? Not that I can ever imagine who would do that!

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Everything in the Spurrier era was the worst of times except the awesome throwback unis with spear helmet. . . I think we wore them then.

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Just in case anyone is wondering....I am also planning to show up at Packers camp tomorrow at noon.

Posted by: Vince Lombardi | August 3, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

2. Who thought yellow jackets were the cool color? Yellow? Seriously?

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 11:53 AM

Dude,

You don't get it? The yellowjackets symbolize the mighty warriors from Georgia Tech, the site where football was perfected.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

5. What's the theory behind the 80 man roster limit? Fairness and balance? So one team with deep pockets can't stock up on all the potential rookies? Not that I can ever imagine who would do that!

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 11:53 AM

It's the First Principle of Economics 101 and of the money machine that is the National Football League: Profit Maximization.

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Umm really GA Tech? oh-kay

Here is where the y chormosome rears it's ugly head literally. It's like the hideous green jacket for the Masters.

I realize sports isn't necessarily about fashion sense (although it seems to be more and more) but sheesh.

It reminds me of my dad who would wear 4-5 different shades of blue in his suit, jacket, shirt, tie, pants and call it a 'symphony of blue' - and half the outfit was a good 20 years older than me.

Ah good times.

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

4. What happened to the punter we drafted? I've been MIA so enquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 11:53 AM

Not much news from the camp on this. People say he has "a strong leg" but most believe the competition will be settled in the pre-season games where he has to punt against a rush and has to put the ball down inside the 10 yard line.

Mike Wise wrote a column about Derrick Brooks which really doesn't tell much and was widely derided up here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072802514.html

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

3. Wins the game and dedicates the victory to "Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour."
4. Loses the game and attributes the loss to the intervention of Satan.

Of course, the alternatives might be interestingly funny.

18) Loses the game and dedicates the loss to "Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour."

19) Wins the game and attributes the victory to the intervention of Satan.

Posted by: Msgr. Kelly | August 3, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Here is where the y chormosome rears it's ugly head literally.

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 12:09 PM

It's part of the set. My 10 year-old son has a drawer of 20 soccer jerseys and a drawer of 15 soccer pants. He dresses every morning by randomly choosing one from each drawer. My 12 year-old daughter finally protested: "Mommy, you have to do something. Kyle never matches."

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Outside of DC, it appears there is lots of confusion about the Redskins official team colors. No wonder Zorn was confused when he arrived.

From the AP wire service report on the HOF ceremony:

"Almost as shocking was the partisan crowd that turned Canton, Ohio, into a temporary home for the Redskins.

From the burgundy-and-yellow clad crowd to the pig's snouts to the responses whenever the Dallas Cowboys were mentioned, the ceremony looked more like a team induction than a league-wide enshrinement."

Posted by: Yves St. Laurent | August 3, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I realize this is a contradictory post but I am so effin sick of the Favre situation.

This is getting into Michael Jordan territory in terms of absurd hoopla and throwing mud on your own reputation.

Also why would Favre want to play for Minny. Doesn't he know Minny either has a subpar season, collapses mid-season, has a strong end of season run after a mediocre first half so whoopdeedoo or just chokes in the playoffs?

Finally and I realize I'm going on and on about something that annoys me but hey that is a talent I posess. At this point if he is traded, does he have a legitimate shot to start on another team? I guess I can see Chicago and TB but where else?

Do you really want to bring in this guy make him your starter and essentially 'betray' the guy he is replacing and then a year or two from now hope your now back-up doesn't have mental trauma from all of it and goes on to be the QB you wanted him to be this year?

Anyone who is a legitimate contender has the QB situation resolved at this point I would think.

blah blah blah

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows the team colors are maroon and black and yellow. Duh.

Posted by: P Diddy | August 3, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Cooley's blog is hilarious today.

Posted by: P Diddy | August 3, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Over/under on what time Redskins Nation begins the Colt Brennan vs. Jason Campbell QB controversy? Colt could be our new Babe.

Posted by: P Diddy | August 3, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Ah zee stoopeed AP. Do zey not know zat eet eez ze burgundy and ze goold?

Aneeone who haz evair zought for a zecond about it knowz you do not EVAIR wear ze yellow with ze burgandy. Mon Dieu! Quelle horreur!

I hope zat zis Monsieur Zorn haz eet feegured out at zees point. Alzough ze maroon and ze gold eez not a bad combinacion so pearhaps he haz ze eye for ze haute couture should heez coaching not be so good he can be ze uneeform dezignair.

Posted by: Oscar de la Renta | August 3, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Diddy - if the Todder has a decent game this evening and Soups makes one mistake the howling at the gates will begin I'm sure.

I don't know if Colt gets thrown into the fray quite yet.

Although it does raise all the delicious possibilites of stupid taglines/headlines etc. I shall start it off.

Colt Brennan lights it up in preseason game. Will the Redskins switch horses midstream?

wah wah wah waaaah

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is a legitimate contender has the QB situation resolved at this point I would think.

blah blah blah

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 12:28 PM

Totally agree, but there are several non-contenders (like Minnesota, and Tampa and the Jets) whose QB lineup look like the old Spurrier days here (with the U. of Florida hit parade of Wuerffel and Matthews).

A short-term Favre would have been very appealing to the Redskins in 2002.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins Ride Colt to Victory

Posted by: P Diddy | August 3, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Colt Leads 4th Quarter Stampede

Posted by: P Diddy | August 3, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Colt Gallops Past Collins for Number Two Spot

Posted by: P Diddy | August 3, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Colt stumbles in third turn; loses race breaks ankle; is put to stud.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh well played Diddy well played.

How about: Colt #5 - Works Everytime

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Senor Anon - true true about a Favre and us in 2002.

Still Favre in another uni seems wrong. Just like Monk should never ever ever have been a Jet or an Eagle. EVER!

Posted by: sfskin | August 3, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I think we learned what we need to learn about coach Zorn's ability to remain calm in the face of adversity on the first day of training camp. What we'll start to learn tonight is about his ability to coach.

I really REALLY hope he's the real deal. Because if he isn't I'll never have faith in myself to judge character again. I'd go to war for that guy. He's got whatever that "it" is that makes leaders. Be a shame to waste it on someone who doesn't have a grasp of the X's and O's

Posted by: corkczar | August 3, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

+++ ? Colt could be our new Babe.

Posted by: P Diddy | August 3, 2008 12:32 PM+++

Ruth? Laufenberg? Or the little pig in that movie?

Posted by: Porky | August 3, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with Tonya Snyder?

Darrell's call for prayer for her gave me the impresion she might be seriously ill.

Posted by: Corkczar | August 3, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Cork, she was reported to have breast cancer about 6 months ago

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | August 3, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The 80 man roster issue is a big non-issue. All but about 5-10 slots a year are known ahead of time. So you have 30 guys playing for those slots. Plus, you can rotate guys thru camp, meaning you can look at about 90 guys.

Those 30 guys should play most of the first 2-3 preseason games. At that point, coaches will know who is worth keeping til the end and who isn't. The last couple games are where the regular season players get tuned up.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | August 3, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

sfskin, ALL the so called "experts" predict MN has the potential to go to the Super Bowl. What currently stands in their way? The QB. Of course, they all predict Dallas is going to the Super Bowl as well. We will be lucky to win 4 games.

corkczar, I also hope Zorn is the real deal. He has been a breath of fresh air, great in his pressers, and has really worked hard with the QBs (and the players in general).

Posted by: Lisa | August 3, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It's really hard to surf adult websites while trying to blog here at the same time.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It's really hard to surf adult websites while trying to blog here at the same time.

Posted by: | August 3, 2008 1:54 PM

You must be a female. Men don't try to multi-task. Do one thing at a time, and do it well.

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Just got done watching "America's Game" 1987 Redskins. I cannot wait for a little football.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

What's the status of the the Redskins boycott that some of us were calling for a few short months ago?

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Not the the.

just the.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Chia, you gon' be at Buffalowildwings this evenin'?

Posted by: Redskin Willie | August 3, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What's the status of the the Redskins boycott that some of us were calling for a few short months ago?

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 2:33 PM

Chia, don't tell me you've abandoned the boycot, you two-faced ceramic figure. Me, I'm still with the boycott. Haven't eaten those potatoes since, and I never will again. Strictly Yukon gold for me.

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Ya, Willie.

See you there, my friend.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe it for a second, Mull. You're all over those taters like white on rice.

You never cease to amaze me. 90 days in the clink for you. No TV privileges. Enjoy the HOF game, because it'll be the last one you see for a while.

Remember, this is no democracy. This is a dic-tater-ship.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeehaw.

I'm printin' a roster so when somebody makes a good play, an' ever'body wants to know who dun it, we can check the numbers.

We discovered James Thrash usin' that method back in the day when the cat was a kick returnin' maniac in pre-season.

It may be a bunch o' scrubs who will never see the light of day in a real NFL game, but hey, they're wearin' burgundy and gold tonite. That makes 'em Our Guys and worthy of our best effort at knockin' back cold microbrews (ain't Portland the greatest?) and cheer heartily.

Wouldn't be surprised if Nate gets up to lead a rousing chorus or three of HTTR.

Anybody else still choked up from last nite's festivities?

Taking for granted that we all love Art and Darrell, wasn't it great to see Emmitt Thomas highlights and hear the speech.

Three Redskins were inducted last night. Not two.

Just sayin'...

Posted by: Redskin Willie | August 3, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Did you really cry during the induction ceremony, Willie?

Tell me you didn't cry.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

My diet consists of one type of potato:

The red skinned variety.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Damn right I cried.

Not the snivellin', whinin', blowin' yer nose kinda cryin', but the so proud yer about to bust and the joy and happy is rollin' down yer cheeks kinda cryin'.

Yes I did.

You bet yer life I did.

Darrell and Art together? Plus Emmitt Thomas who I remember as a player.

Incredible.

I'm gettin' verklempt just thinkin' about it...

Tawk amongst yourselves...

Posted by: Redskin Willie | August 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Coach Z,

Please after the game tonight, do not, I repeat, do not say "Our guys fought their guts out." I've been g damned bored the past 4 years with post game pressers of the Interstate Battery King. So Coach Z, win or lose, be interesting buddy.

Posted by: enuffalready | August 3, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

do not say "Our guys fought their guts out."

Posted by: enuffalready | August 3, 2008 3:07 PM

But, what should he say if they really do fight their guts out?

The guys who really "fought their guts out" died in war. Iwo Jima. Omaha Beach. Gettysburg. Ugly images.

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

[sounds of waves crashing on a forlorn strip of craggy beach]

wooosh, wooosh, woooosh...

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

People need to post on Crowd Noise in support of out latest celebrity blogger, Alex35224.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

After watching the induction ceremony last night, all I can say is "Holy Jesus!"

Posted by: jakeweed | August 3, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

They're re-running the induction ceremony right now on the NFL network. Fred Dean's up next.

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

My diet consists of one type of potato:

The red skinned variety.

Posted by: Chia Pet | August 3, 2008 2:58 PM

Hey, I saw you on television, Chia, and the way I understand it is your diet consists of water and more water to keep your chia coat green. Are you an imposter chia?

Posted by: Mull It | August 3, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

smelly poop

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

{yawn}

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@ PDX crew,
I should be there tonight, though I'll probably be there late, after the starters are riding the pine.

Posted by: Stumped | August 3, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's take a dip in the strawberry river.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I always though he was a Scoobie Doo Chia.

Posted by: Alex35332 | August 3, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

+++I'm printin' a roster so when somebody makes a good play, an' ever'body wants to know who dun it, we can check the numbers.++++


Wish redskins.com ran a printable roster BY NUMBERS, in addtion to alphabetially. Much easier to keep up that way.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Hello, kidlets.

Posted by: Cindy | August 3, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Lizard toes for you
Lizard toes for me also
Lizard toes for all

Posted by: Haiku Lizard Man | August 3, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Monkey toes for you
Monkey toes for me also
Monkey toes for all

Posted by: Haiku Monkey Man | August 3, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Art Monk toes for you
Art Monk toes for me also
Art Monk toes for all

Posted by: Haiku Art Monk Man | August 3, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

One, two, three, four, five
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten too
Eleven, twelve, done.

Posted by: Haiku Numbers Man | August 3, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Eighty-one, Art Monk
And Twenty-eight, Darrell Green
Hall of Famers, HAIL!

Posted by: Haiku Canton Man | August 3, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mull It, for noticing the early hours I put in, all for Hamster Nation.

Posted by: Cindy | August 3, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

So yesterday I
Was driving on interstate
Two eighty one, Hail

Posted by: Haiku 281 Man | August 3, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I took a detour
to kick Michael Irvin's a$$
He cried like a wuss.

Posted by: Haiku Dallas Sucks Man | August 3, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail victory! Braves on the
Warpath! Fight for old

Oh Phooie. Doesn't fit. (That's what SHE said)

Posted by: Haiku Cork | August 3, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

A HAIKU DISSING THE REST OF THE NFC EAST


Dallas is Evil
Philadelphia Just Sucks
Giants are Midgets.

Posted by: Haiku Cork | August 3, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

beep beep beep beep

Posted by: Cindy | August 3, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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