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Snyder: Michael 'consummate reporter, valuable friend'

Legendary sports broadcaster George Michael has died after a battle with cancer.

Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder released the following statement through the team:

"George was the consummate reporter and a valuable friend. I doubt we'll ever again see a sports reporter who was so admired by the people he covered. He loved his family, he loved sports, and he loved his work. His wife Pat and the rest of his family are in my prayers, and in the thoughts of the entire Redskins organization."

The Sports Machine was ground-breaking and no one who watched it will ever forget clips like the one Dan Steinberg has at DC Sports Bog.

If you remember Michael's heyday, you may also recall the day when Gary Pomerantz covered the Redskins for the Post. Steinberg reprints a great feature story Pomerantz wrote on Michael 25 years ago.

Share your memories of Michael at Lives Remembered.

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
 
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Comments

Snyder, please honor George's memory and do the "right thing" for the Redskins. Make the team relevant again with wins and highlights, not controversies. Hope, Mr. Michael will be there to whisper in your ears if you have any questions or doubts!

Posted by: JohnWWW | December 24, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

george, sonny, wilbon, and riggo... what a team!!! you will be missed...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 24, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

RIP George Michael.

F Dall-ass

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 24, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow...surprised by this...

...I grew up on Sports MAchine Sunday nights since my parents didn't have cable...

That and the Redskins Report were my favs...

God Bless....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 24, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I still think Glenn Brenner is still the best sports broadcaster in the area ever, but George Michael was "The King"....

R.I.P. George Michael

Posted by: ENJOYA | December 24, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I still think Glenn Brenner is still the best sports broadcaster in the area ever, but George Michael was "The King"....

R.I.P. George Michael

Posted by: ENJOYA | December 24, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Even in Miami I got to see my Redskin coverage. He was the only national guy who gave us props on the regular.

His interjection during the middle of the season RE The Danny's level of involvement were spot on. He still had it.

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 24, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I still think Glenn Brenner is still the best sports broadcaster in the area ever, but George Michael was "The King"....

R.I.P. George Michael

Posted by: ENJOYA | December 24, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse


One of my teachers got 'Weenie of the Week' once.

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 24, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Here's a classic one to remember him by. What a great laugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0eINGyJHz8

Cheyenne Frontier Days will never be the same.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 24, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Snyder,

Shut the fuc* up. We don't luck you. George Michael-RIP.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | December 24, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

RIP Goerge Michael. You have and will be missed.
I grew up watching him, its another sad day for the DCA....

Posted by: priceisright | December 24, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

George Michael became a star in this city just as when the Redskins were becoming a dynasty in the 80s. Fittingly he has left us just as the team he so loved has reached bottom.
As someone rightfully pointed out above, watching The Redskins Report with George Michael, Sonny, Riggo, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, was the next best thing to watching the Redskins win football games in this town.
RIP George and never will the words "Let's go to the videotape" be the same.

Posted by: JeanJak | December 24, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I thought,"Let's go to the videotape" was Warner Wolf's moniker?

Posted by: rickyroge | December 24, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

RIP George. Man, I sure do have good memories of his broadcasts. The Sunday Night Sports Machine was an institution for me.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | December 24, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Growing up as a Skins fan, you couldn't help but love the way George Michael covered the team. From his barbs with Jim Vance on Mondays after a game, to the Skins Dirt Band, he was great! Though not originally from the area, you could tell he was as big a fan as anyone, and thios showed in his interviews. He would ask the questions the fans wanted to ask, yet always keep whoever he was intrviewing at ease. He was a pioneer, not only with the Sporst Machine, but also being one of the first in the area to cover NASCAR, back before it was remotely as popular as these days. Sports in the area lost a little bit when he was no longer on the air, and the loss is much deeper now. God bless the Michael family!!

Posted by: jwat2410 | December 24, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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