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Guest Blog - John

Hey Jason,
It's nearly midnight 12/30 and I'm still reeling from the win! I needed an outlet for all this overwhelming inspiration. I am so proud to be a Redskin today and I'm sure my fellow fans (and R.I. readers) feel the same way. Hope you don't mind me sending you a little something I wrote tonight:

One Game at a Time.

It was a sentiment that was echoed throughout nearly every post-game interview and media quote binge -- "one game at a time." Perhaps it is the most clich of all jock-talk, but today, on the eve of another new year, it offered a most poignant reminder of what it means to be a fan, a coach, a player and a Washington Redskin. The argument could be made that the Skins are the king of heartbreak football. They keep us transfixed -- leading us on with fervent first-half optimism, followed by stretches of cruel, almost-hopeless underachievement and just when it seems all but over, we stay tuned-in, only to have the team's fate determined by a last-second interception, or a botched time out. But something changed in these last four weeks.
Well, actually, a lot changed. Beyond the injuries and personnel changes, in addition to the attacking defensive and the well-oiled offense, the Redskins had an identity shift that was necessitated as much by higher, unseen forces as by their own volition. A season marred by injury, uncertainty, and tragedy, could only end in two markedly different movie-script endings: a complete collapse, or a defining series of inspirational victories both on and off the field. But this season is no movie, and while it remains the best, unfinished story of the year, for the Washington Redskins, all of us, this season has been all too real.
The uncanny 21-point victory over the Cowboys played in a stadium full of rabid fans attending the most important game in the Joe Gibbs II era, was a reminder of what "one game at a time" really means. Players have been mentioning the presence of their fallen teammate during the course of every game and while we as fans may never understand the depth of this presence, we can appreciate the integrity behind each player and coach who speaks the clich. One game at a time is how we all had to appreciate #21 in his burgundy and gold. One game at a time is all that's left to say when the Hall of Fame coach overlooks one of the simplest rules of the game and suffers the "worst moment in [his] career." One game at a time is the only speed suitable for a team with a career back-up quarterback at the helm of a shipped rocked off-course. And now, one game at a time is all we've got as we enter a single-elimination playoff.
"One game at a time" is the mantra of the Washington Redskins and it is the tagline to the epic story that has come to fruition in these last four months. But that's not to say that we cannot dream. After all, that what dreams are for, right?
How great would it be if we take revenge on those Seahawks in the January rain, in their own house no less? How great would it be to get the last laugh against that self-righteous, self-proclaimed, "America's Team?" How great would it be to reach the Superbowl as the anti-Patriots? What would it feel like to celebrate a victory over the national villain, a team that humiliated our proud franchise and handed our hall of fame coach the worst loss of his career?
But there is pain in these dreams as well: the pain of a lost teammate and player that follows every win on the football field. The thought of a great playoff run and a dream-come-true Superbowl victory without #21 is almost too bittersweet to swallow. And so, the Washington Redskins, all of us, are left with only one choice: "One game at a time." Perhaps that's the way it should be. Perhaps that's what we've been missing all along. Even a cautious optimism can still fall victim to underwhelming disappointment; but to face the potential reality of just one more game brings out an effort, and a respect and an appreciation of the game that can only come with a singular, all-in, focus. So, here we go as Redskins, both in life and in football, "one game at a time."

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 1, 2008; 6:07 AM ET
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Happy New Year, RI!!!

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

There are no Redskins articles on today authored by Cindy Boren.

It's sad, really.

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

We are happy to hear that the latest "ultimatum" isn't really a goal, but more like a guideline instead. A MaraTodd instead of a sprint.

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the comments by Nate and JustMe and others about "what about this" and "what if" that (regarding decisons at quarterback, etc.):

All things happen for a reason. Often, it is much later (or not at all) before the truth of such moments is revealed. Rather than torture yourselves over questions for which there may never be answers, perhaps it would be better to close your eyes, relax, and allow the warm feelings from the most recent results to wash over you.

Breathe in, breathe out.

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Was there some kind of pool established for correctly guessing the true identity of the "not guy"? It will be fun to find out who it is. Come on, not guy - the Redskins won. It's time to confess.

Our guess is that it's NatedanslaPDX.

(Although based on the nature of the bet, it is probably SMACK.)

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice that it wasn't just Billick who was fired by the Ravens? The entire coaching staff was fired along with him, including DC Ryan.

"Happy New Year, Hon."

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

The short answer is "Not everyone stays up late and drinks on New Year's Eve".

(This token post is solely for the benefit of the MaraTodd.)

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Nice guest blog, John.

Life is mostly a collection of disparate moments, knitted together in chaotic order. The symmetry of a specific series of such moments, connected by similarity of purpose, is often a wonder to behold. Such is the case of what we have witnessed in the past few weeks, as fans of the Redskins.

One can only fully grasp one moment at a time, or in this case, one game at a time. To attempt to do more is a quick recipe for failure.

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

FYI Cindy,

This blog still eats posts from time to time. Any chance that Loseable Type will fix the glitches in 2008?

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 1, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year!

I love how a good Cowboy thumping can make the world just seem a whole lot brighter!

To win by 21 was just great.

To watch with my whole family was awesome too.

Posted by: mmok | January 1, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

During my 8 hour drive home yesterday I listened to a lot of sports radio. No one is giving us much of a shot but all they had to offer was that Seattle's 12th man was a lot to overcome.

The only exception to this was Shaun King who said the Cowboys would regret "letting" the Redskins into the playoffs.

Posted by: mmok | January 1, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Hello and Happy New Year Every One!

It was Dexter Manley folks.
John Riggins listening to him thought it was so ridiculous [Manley said Collins is better / smarter and questioned Campbell's intelligence because he is black]Riggins quickly responded, "Uh Dexter, Doug Williams is on the line". Meaning of course, "Dexter this is ridiculous and you need to shut up".

Dexter is Dexter; he loves to stir the pot; he loves to be in the headlines.
The Skins choose him to be an honorary captain for Sunday, and by Monday he is already in disfavor saying Soup is black and stupid.

Sometimes we just have to consider the source and move on folks.
There is no validity to Dexter's claim, so I'm moving on...

Happy New Year, Quick recovery to Soup and HTTR!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | January 1, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

As I said in the previous post, let's ITA Dexter for at least the playoffs.

Keep the auroa in the blogsphere positive. We are in the 'best of' days of the RI Blog, don't let Manley ruin it.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Cindy/ Jason

You ever thought about trying to get a player or coach to do a guest blog? I know that you would have to go through the PR guys at the park but it would be sweet.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I've watched/listened to a lot of sports shows the last few days (not a rarity for me) and shockingly most of the analysts are praising us and say we are "red hot." The downside for us against Seattle is not that it is a "better" team but that we have to travel 3000 miles....Seattle has only lost only 1 home game all season...and their dreaded "12th Man."

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 1, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Lisa - Seattle has only one win vs. a team with a winning record. They beat Tampa in the season opener. The lack of competition they faced prob hasn't made them as sharpe as they could be.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

as the number 1 rhode island redskins fan
great article and go skins

Posted by: rickm127 | January 1, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

1 Sep 09 TB 6 @ SEA 20 FINAL

2 Sep 16 SEA 20 @ ARI 23 FINAL

3 Sep 23 CIN 21 @ SEA 24 FINAL

4 Sep 30 SEA 23 @ SF 3 FINAL

5 Oct 07 SEA 0 @ PIT 21 FINAL

6 Oct 14 NO 28 @ SEA 17 FINAL

7 Oct 21 STL 6 @ SEA 33 FINAL

8 Bye

9 Nov 04 SEA 30 @ CLE 33 FINAL

10 Nov 12 SF 0 @ SEA 24 FINAL

11 Nov 18 CHI 23 @ SEA 30 FINAL

12 Nov 25 SEA 24 @ STL 19 FINAL

13 Dec 02 SEA 28 @ PHI 24 FINAL

14 Dec 09 ARI 21 @ SEA 42 FINAL

15 Dec 16 SEA 10 @ CAR 13 FINAL

16 Dec 23 BAL 6 @ SEA 27 FINAL

17 Dec 30 SEA 41 @ ATL 44 FINAL

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse





Offensive rank for the season

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse





Defensive Rankings

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The above are the Seagirls rankings for the year....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Interesting factoid:

Head Coach: Mike Holmgren:

Background: Quarterback at Southern California (1966-69) and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round of the 1970 NFL Draft.

Head Coach: Joe Gibbs:

Background: Gibbs began his career with .... before serving under John McKay at Southern California (1969-1970) ...... Gibbs then rose up to the National Football League, hired as the offensive backfield coach for the St. Louis Cardinals (1973-1977) by head coach Don Coryell.

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Taylor's death proved to everyone that sports is a mere afterthought to the truly important things in life... friends, community, family. When I heard about the tragedy, a decade and change of Redskins futility and frustration as a fan evaporated. What importance was any of my selfish desire to live vicariously through the team's success - and be frustrated by its failures - compared to the tragic, senseless loss of a devoted father and husband? As it was for me, I think Taylor's death was a reality check for a lot of people in this town, not least of all Redskins players and coaches, who came together and responded to the tragedy with the dignity Taylor deserved. On the playing field, this reality check has appeared to purge the team of much of its ills. It's as if their past failures - the frustrating losses, occasional infighting, finger pointing and self-doubt - have been exposed as frivolous and washed away next to the gravitas tragedy. Rather than dispirit them, Taylor's memory seems to have set their priorities right. It's as if the fragile, distracted, media-frenzied, ego-driven bubble that is professional sports has burst with this club, leaving behind far more formidable men doing a job and on a mission. A re-dedicated Taylor knew this. He said before the season that professional sports was like playing a kid's game for a king's ransom, that to play it was a gift, and that you therefore had no excuse not to go out and play it the best you could. Is Taylor still with this Redskins and influencing the outcome of games? Yes.

Posted by: glaytham | January 1, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen the post yet (the style section)? Apparently, the Domino's Oreo Pizza is out and KFC's Double Chocolate Chip Cake is in. This could be good news for PDiddy.

Posted by: sherryz710 | January 1, 2008 09:37 AM

Sigh. I accidentally posted under the old thread. New year not off to a great start.

Posted by: sherryz710 | January 1, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse


I don't appreciate the title of Jan 1 article on Collins - disrespectful at best. However, I'm not the One that you need to worry about over it.

Praying for your best,
A friend

Posted by: 1 | January 1, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Yikes. I hope that God has better things to do than punish sports writers. Besides, don't the editors come up with the headlines?

Posted by: sherryz710 | January 1, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I think Cindy would know the exact info, but at most papers there is a person who's job is to do the headlines.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

folks, interesting column suggesting that we are not the only ones believing in what's going on here. . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | January 1, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Oh and God probably does not care, if he exists and worries about anything humans do I am sure he has higher priorities like wars, famine. Besides the fact that the football gods are a lot more laid back then the other gods.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

4th, interesting that the steelers shut out the hawks. . .

may be an indicator of what can happen when a one-dimensional team goes against a formidable D. . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | January 1, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Could you imagine what our record would have been if we had such a cake schedule.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

alex, this ain't about God. . .

1 is offended and is calling on a higher power to come the rescue of his/her self-righteous indignation. . .

1, let's be honestt here, this isn't about offending God, it's about offending you. . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | January 1, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

. . .now back to our regularly scheduled programming. . .

also think the pats would've had a harder time getting to 16-0 if their division wasn't so bad. . .

they'd still probably had the best record, just not as easily. . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | January 1, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Honestly people...Are any of you afraid of the "Seahawks".......12th man???? PLEASE!!! With as much as we've been through...and with "Todd Money" at QB, "CP Time", "Boss Moss", "Cooley High", "LL"...

We're battle tested and it seems as if Gibbs has this team focused so they're not looking past them.

Posted by: rickyroge | January 1, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I've thought this through prior to posting, so I know I'll get some flack; but here goes:

There is absolutely no way the 'Skins lose this game. Not because Seattle isn't tough and savvy; they are. Not because Seahawks fans won't be raising a ruckus or piping in noise; they will. And not because Mike Holmgren isn't a good coach; he is.

In Gibbs 1.0, St. Joe said that any team coming out of the NFC East was already battle-tested and was more often than not well-positioned to make a Super Bowl run, jsut because of the caliber of its division foes. That's still true today.

Nobody, but nobody can argue that the hottest team in the NFC are the Redskins. Star receivers are healthy; CP is absolutely dominating; Todd has a hot hand and a live arm; and the defense is pure lightning and thunder. In short, this team is just hitting its stride going into the playoffs. And they are playing for something bigger than themselves, bigger than the championship ring. They are carrying the colors for a fallen comrade, lost just as he was entering his prime.

They had to beat two playoff teams to get here. Two teams that have had their number over the past few years. And they did it convincingly. They had to play at the Meadowlands, their personal house of horrors over the years. Didn't matter. They exorcised those demons. Had to travel to the Metrodome: a loud, raucous cavern filled to capacity with fans expecting an easy win and a playoff berth, sporting the lead's top rushing attack and a great run-stopping defense. Didn't matter. Carnage ensued. Dallas was left scratching their heads and searching themselves about their run capabilities. All of those games bode well for Seattle: loud fans, lousy weather, a QB that has to rely on the pass, and no running game. These past three weeks have conditioned this team for this moment, this opportunity. Contrast this with 2005; we were losing good players to injury (remember if we had won that game, CP wouldn't have been available for the next one); Brunell's arm was dead by the end of the Eagles game, but our defense kept us in it. Not today; we are on fire.

Seattle has played two playoff teams all year. Won at home against Tampa in week one and got waxed by the Steelers on October 7. They've played only three teams that won at least half their games. And they gave up way too many points last Sunday. That's not a recipe for playoff success.

So there it is: 31-17 Redskins. For themselves, sure; for the chance to advance, that too; for the fans, always; but mostly for Sean Taylor, a young man gone but not forgotten. A fierce competitor whose spirit has infused each of these Redskins with a raw power surge unlike anything we've seen before. These Redskins are literally a lifetime away from that 52-7 loss to New England. They now understand how precious life is, and how opportunities must be seized at the moment they present themselves. Humble yet hungry; a fitting tribute.

Carpe Diem, Redskins; Carpe Diem.

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, RI!

Re: Seattle and their '12th man'...
Smoot said something to the effect of "We can silence their 12th man. They can't do a thing about our 12th man." Smoooooooot!

Posted by: 4-12 | January 1, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Soups, I'm vigorously knocking on wood at your last statement. I suggest you do the same. Please!

Posted by: sherryz710 | January 1, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Well thought out Soup, a little long but oh well.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Anyone offended by the headline "In Todd They Trust" must spend most for their time sucking on lemons.

Lighten up.

It wasn't long ago that signs of "In Gus We Trust" were sprinkled around FedEx Field.

So there is precedent!

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 1, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year everyone. The 12th man doesn't play the game. If that's all they are counting on they will be in some real trouble.

Posted by: jm220 | January 1, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Soups, I'm vigorously knocking on wood at your last statement. I suggest you do the same. Please!

Posted by: sherryz710 | January 1, 2008 11:29 AM

You missed the point; no need to knock wood. They intend to kick a$$. Knocking wood is for losers who are afraid to exert their will. Not this team; not this post-season.

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey for everyones interest, here are the division rankings. In these, Pro AFC media days I think this shows the real parody. I love that the AFC South and NFC East cover all four Wild Card slots, I am not sure what it says about the rest of the nfl but it says something.

AFC South 42- 22
NFC East 40-24
NFC North 35-29
AFC North 32-32
AFC East 28-36
NFC South 27-37
NFC West 26-38
AFC West 26- 38

32 - 32

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh it does prove my theory that Football is meant to be played in the east.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Concerning the person who was offended by the article titled, "In Todd We Trust." I am a huge Redskins fan of over 40 years who happens to also be a Pastor in an evangelical church in Columbus, Ohio. In my study of scripture, I don't recall anything that prevents us from trusting people here on earth. Yes, we put our whole trust in God, but we also have trust in our spouses, our children, our friends. We trust in our employess or co-workers to do their jobs correctly. We trust our police department and fire department to protect us. And yes, we DO trust in Todd, because he has earned that trust. If the person who wrote the post about the article title, "In Todd We Trust", is so stiff necked and legalistic in his/her thinking that they become offended by a play on words with a statement that is found primarily on our national coinage, then I would suggest they need to lighten up. The only thing offensive to God I can see here is your stiff necked attitude.

Posted by: guitarman050 | January 1, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Happy new year hamsters!

"averaging just 3.3 yards per carry during this four-game streak"

That might be a fact, but doesn't tell the whole story. This is a "good" 3.3 b/c the skins stay committed to the run for balance sake and the run attack seems a bit "feast or famine" so they may get stoned for 1 yd...but then often bust off 8 or 10 yard bursts as well...

Also Betts has been sorta lame so he drags the average down...

And thanks for that sensible and spiritual slap down of the "Todd we trust" mini controversy Geetarman050!

Posted by: chrislarry | January 1, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Soups, thanks so much for jinxing us :(

And Happy New Year everyone.....

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 1, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

NP chrislarry, just doin' my job, so to speak.


Posted by: guitarman050 | January 1, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse


And that's why you live alone and sleep in dirty sheets. You simply cannot understand a winner's mindset. You actually believe that sleeping in the same sheets for a week keeps the team winning. It's about attitude; not a thing to do with lucky charms or stupid superstitions. You have to believe in your core that you are going to be the best. You think the Pats knock wood? You think they refuse to believe in themselves? Hardly! They're the best because they know when they step onto the field that they intend to dominate their oppponent. And suddenly, our team is acting the same way. This just in: that's a good thing. If they go out to Seattle and just hope not to get embarrassed, then they've already lost. They'll go out there knowing they're the best team and knowing they will wreak havoc upon the 'Hawks! And what happens afer that is out of their hands. But I'm very confident; so go back and hide under your sheets and poke your head out after the battle is fought so you can say "we showed 'em!". How pathetic...

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Soups1, not that it's any of your damned business but I live alone because I WANT TO LIVE alone. I was not saying by any means that the team is not focused and determined on winning....I know they are but your ridiculous comments that they will win do nothing towards securing a victory. You think you know everything and that so is not the case.

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 1, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right; your dirty sheets are the answer to the team's success. Go back and bury your face in your cheesecake....

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Coincidence? I think #21 is F'in with Seattle already....

Posted by: 4-12 | January 1, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't eat cheesecake - that would be right up your alley.

And please stop calling yourself "Soups" - you are nowhere close to being Jason Campbell. Idiot!

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 1, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Soups1 is that really called for? No need to attack Lisa because you don't agree with the way she thinks. Can we please keep the positive energy going?

Posted by: jm220 | January 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey, let's all play nice. Now is the time for uniTodd!

Posted by: freakzilla | January 1, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Well let's explore this. Here you are on New Year's Day all alone blogging about how you sleep in the same sheets so as not to jinx the team. Rather odd, isn't it? Obviously, you can't handle a real relationship with a man so you get your jollies blogging and telling everyone else how to talk about the team and being the arbiter of what's appropriate and what's not. Face it, kiddo: your 2008 will end up the same as your 2007. Alone with your computer, cheesecake, and dreams about how it's everybody else's fault...

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Soups, great way to start the new attacking me. Hope you new year is great as well.

And what the hell are you talking about? I did not start the new year blogging about not washing my sheets...that was 2 days ago and was written in jest. Not that it's any of your damned business but you have no idea of what my life is about. I have a very busy life and certainly do not spend all my time blogging. Uh...that would be YOU. Really strange that you mention I'm spending my new years day blogging when you are doing it far more than me.

Oh and by the way, I just got home from the gym.....suggest that you visit it!

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse


Her opinion was that I jinxed the team. A strong response was necessary. Amongst other things, I simply pointed out her hypocrisy on superstitions. The rest was simply gravy...:0)

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh and one more thing...who the hell said I was alone today? And why the hell do YOU care?

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks thou dost protest too much, Lisa!

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Soups1 I really think you took it wrong. I don't think Lisa really believes you (or any of really) have control if the team wins or lose. You both really should take a deep breath. If we are going to attack anyone I say let it be Chirs Larry. I am sure he is some where eating Salmon and a salad.

Posted by: jm220 | January 1, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The deal with the fireworks was kind of painful to watch (from the comfort of my living room), just because I felt bad for the folks doing the display. A repeated computer glitch was their undoing.

But something much funnier happened a few minutes later. John Curley, KING 5's smiley, multi-purpose reporter guy was presiding over a series of New Year's marriage proposals below the Space Needle. When they got to about the fourth one, the guy (an active-duty Marine) dropped to one knee, popped the question (not a huge surprise to the young lady at this point), and after she said yes, a guy standing in the crowd on the other side of the barricade yelled out "F*** YEAH!"

Live and uncensored.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 1, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

>>> "Coincidence? I think #21 is F'in with Seattle already...."

The fireworks debacle was hilarious. Even more hilarious is that there were people who were actually disappointed that there was a glitch.

Sadly, I was relatively sober last night. What was I thinking???

Anyone have any creative New Year's resolutions? Mine are all lame and pedestrian.

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, peeps. (That would have been an ideal spot for a ! if i had not resolved to eschew them this year. No emoticons, either.)
Many questions....I will answer through tears provoked by Crickets' shot at me.
I predict that Loseable Type will not be fixed in 2008. I predict that the Redskins will beat Seattle. I predict that we do indeed have a copy desk that edits stories, writes headlines and photo captions. Wait, that isn't a prediction. Oh, well, I'm on a roll.

Posted by: TheCindy | January 1, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly, John Curley started off at WTTG in DC.

I think it's funny that he is the designated puff piece reporter. He's a regular on the cocktail reception circuit. If there's one of those lame parties full of old people posing for pictures in Seattle Magazine, he's almost certainly going to be there.

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Call her butter, she's on a roll!

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Her opinion was that I jinxed the team. A strong response was necessary.
Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 02:17 PM

In the immortal words of Ron White, "The officer told me I had the right to remain silent... I just didn't have the ability."

Posted by: daggar | January 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"eschew" is no "recherche", but it's early in the year. You have to build up momentum...

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I sense a Soups/Lisa dinner bet on the horizon...

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished." - Ulysses S. Grant

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Sir, that is exactly the kind of resolution I expect from a drunkard.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I woke up this morning and was blogging in dirty sheets. It felt good. Though I was not alone, my girlfriend was in the sheets too.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Instead of calculating jinxes, let's try to figure out how many jinxes the CowPies game invalidated.
At least the 4:15 jinx was rendered null and void.
What else?

Posted by: daggar | January 1, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe in jinxes.

But I don't believe we're going to have an easy time in Seattle either.

The Seahags aren't just going to roll over.

27-23 Skins.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 1, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

This tiny column sucks -

They don't mention RI at all!!!

Posted by: cmecyclist | January 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I woke up this morning and was blogging in dirty sheets. It felt good. Though I was not alone, my girlfriend was in the sheets too.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 03:05 PM


Posted by: jm220 | January 1, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Liz was trying to draw the link between blogs and sports. Up here on RI, we've only managed to set the definitive rules on typos on blogs (thanks to our beloved patriarch), cosmic significance of dirty sheets, quality of various yogurts, and words that end in -age.

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Kinda slow up here today. Is everyone hungover?

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, Lisa, I believe we also vacated the Aikman/Buck/Oliver jinx.

Was LaVar on the postgame show?

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

He was on the Minnesota game's post game show.

I love Lavar on the field, but don't really like his commentary style.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

It's very slow here...sounds like everyone needs some Berocca.
I keep reading the comments about LaVar Arrington with interest. My thought on that is that you're all remembering the LaVar of 4-5 years ago. This one has had a rupture Achilles' surgically repaired and a leg that was broken in three places. I believe that ship has sailed.

Posted by: TheCindy | January 1, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

In all honesty, I was just yanking chains...Lisa just took the bait a little harder than I expected. No blood, no foul!

Happy New Year everybody! If we're slamming each other this hard this week, imagine how hard our team will be hitting Saturday!

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Few people are here because they are hungover from too much Lisa Soups! ;-)

Posted by: cmecyclist | January 1, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Time to break out the white on white uniforms!

Posted by: david | January 1, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm here, no hangover, just not saying much. Watching my Hoos.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

It's Tebow Time! :-)

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Nope, apparently NOT Tebow Time :-)

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Cindy, does Jasno get any season bonuses for making the playoffs?

Posted by: Dorf | January 1, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Diddy, you are correct....the 4:15 (perceived by me) jinx, the Buck/Aikman/Oliver jinx (also perceived by me) are history! Lavar was not on the postgame show last Sunday but he was the previous Sunday and we won that game. So my theories are now null and void.

My biggest worry about our game on Sunday is that the team has to travel 3000 miles.

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 1, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

They have to travel 3,000 miles, but they're playing early, and that's a big help. Cuts down on the effect of jet lag.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 1, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Also, poop on Texas Tech.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 1, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse has ranked the Redskins defense the worst among the teams in the playoffs. Offense ranked 3rd worst. For people interested in facts instead of fiction here are the actual numbers compared to the 11 other teams in the playoffs:

YPG - 7th
Rush - 7th
Pass - 6th
Pts - 11th

YPG - 7th
Rush - 2nd
Pass - 11th
Pts - 10th

Looks like middle of the pack instead of at the bottom to me...

Go Skins!

Posted by: Moose33 | January 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Not hungover either.

I was just pondering the fact that Soups1 is an arrogant little prick with all the finesse of a shoplifter in Kmart.

Now, perhaps he can't help being a low-rent weasel, but nevertheless...

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 1, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse



I was just yanking chains.


Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 1, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the copy desk writes the headlines. Sorry, Cindy, I didn't mean to suggest that you wrote the offending headline. :-) I'm still using emoticons!! And exclamations too. Maybe I'll use them twice as much now to make up for the ones that you're not using.

Posted by: sherryz710 | January 1, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with dirty sheets or a dirty upper lip for that matter? Wishing you a smelly filled new year.

Posted by: dirtysanchez | January 1, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Calm dow there sanchez.

You HotCarl and DonkypunchDave get too excited any time you hear someone blogging in dirty bed sheets. SJK

Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Mr.Redskin 21 getting in on the act. Keep it clean, dude; keep it clean. and have fun!

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: alex35332 | January 1, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Mr. Redskin21, Soups1 and Lisa all have issues to work out. While they're doing that, let's talk football!!!!!!

Like Mr. T said in Rocky III, my prediction for Saturday is....pain.

Should be a fantastic game! Like Philly, Seattle is accused of piping in sound to amplify the on-field noise. Don't know whether it's true; but I'll find out Saturday. Paid an arm and a leg for 50-yard line seats in front of the 'Skins bench, but it'll be worth it.

Posted by: Soups1 | January 1, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I never got the impression Qwest had piped in sound. It's just a very well designed stadium. It's got very good acoustics for football crowd noise.

Incidentally, I've been to most of them, and Qwest and the new Three Rivers are my favorites. Invesco is gorgeous as well, and you'd have to actively deny your inner 13 year old boy if you didn't like the pirate ship at Raymond James.

The three California stadiums are obviously the worst, but FedEx and Giants Stadium are the most soulless of the newer ones. However, FedEx was built with private money, so more power to it! I'm hoping Jerry Jones's billion dollar boondoggle in Big D pushes "Mr." Snyder to compete with a downtown stadium/architectural marvel. Boys and their toys...

I wonder what the economics of a new stadium would be. It's not like "Mr." Snyder can sell FedEx to someone else. Certainly he could sell the land, but unlike a house, there are exactly zero buyers for a 93,000 seat football stadium. It's paid off, but unless he asks the DC government for money, he'll have to leverage his way to what would presumably be a billion dollar project downtown...

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the one stadium I really want to visit but haven't yet been to is in Arizona.

Maybe this year...

Posted by: PDiddy | January 1, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Hail, Hail to Michigan. I had zero expectations for today's game, and they put a licking on the Gators in spite of four big turnovers.
They sent Carr off in style, and showed some of the preseason skill that they never had a chance to put on the field during the season.

Posted by: daggar | January 1, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Re: stadia, the proposed waterfront stadium the DC United will never get to build was a really interesting concept.
Hopefully, they can get something done for football -- if they can get something done for United, then RFK would be available as a natural choice.

Posted by: daggar | January 1, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

You guys watching these bowl games? SC is incredibly talented and looked like they beat anybody in the country. Michigan was impressive. Cool seein all those great seniors healthy and play well after coming back together. I'd like to see Hawaii win tonight, but Georgia looks way bigger and stronger.
Can't wait for Saturday.

Posted by: puttinforbird | January 1, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Thought I'd drop a line and say howdy. Glad to see you in the playoffs. Sorry you won't be staying long. Mr. Collins will certainly get to say hello to Pat Kerney and Julian Peterson a time or two.

Thought you all learned your lesson in 2005 but we're more than willing to offer a remedial course to you all. Get some butter for your corners 'cause they'll be toasted by game's end. Don't forget to cheer for us in the Super Bowl....See you again in another two years--maybe...

Posted by: SeahawkSam | January 1, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Seattle advances without Alexander 20-10
Associated Press

SEATTLE (Jan. 14, 2006) -- His head pounding and his day over, Shaun Alexander walked off the field at halftime and flashed the "OK" sign.

He was right.

Despite losing the NFL MVP to an early concussion, the Seattle Seahawks ended their 21-year playoff drought by beating the Washington Redskins 20-10 behind Matt Hasselbeck and a stout defense.

"I told Matt at halftime that he had to shoulder the load," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. "We always put a lot on his shoulders, but I told him that now he had to do a little bit more."

Hasselbeck did.

He passed for a touchdown and ran for another as the Seahawks advanced to the NFC title game next week against the winner of the Jan. 15 game in Chicago between Carolina and the Bears.

Holmgren said he was optimistic Alexander will be able to play. Alexander, injured in the first 10 minutes, did not talk to reporters.

The victory ended the longest run without a postseason victory by any NFL team -- Seattle had been 0-6 since its last playoff triumph on Dec. 22, 1984. The contest next week will be the second title game in its 30-year franchise history -- the Seahawks played for the AFC championship after the 1983 season.

"I don't know if it was me. Those other guys stepped up," Hasselbeck said. "It was really a team win today."

Alexander, who scored an NFL-record 28 touchdowns this season and led the league with 1,880 yards rushing, lost a fumble without being hit at the Washington 11 on Seattle's opening drive. He was then hurt with 5:28 left in the first quarter and did not return.

Without Alexander, this became Hasselbeck's game.

Not only did he complete 16 of 26 passes for 215 yards and a 29-yard second-quarter touchdown pass to Darrell Jackson, but he scrambled around the right side for a 6-yard TD in the third quarter.

"I think he was awesome," said wide receiver Joe Jurevicius, one of the few Seahawks with Super Bowl experience. "He loses his starting running back and he's able to overcome that with no problem."

Indeed, Hasselbeck's work helped overcome three costly turnovers -- one that kept Seattle from scoring in the first period, a second that led to a Washington field goal and a third in the fourth quarter that the Redskins squandered.

Jackson had nine receptions for 143 yards despite playing with a bad back.

The Seahawks (14-3) stopped Washington's six-game winning streak. The Redskins (11-7) were inept on offense for the second successive week -- they had 140 yards in the first three quarters after getting a total of 120 in last week against Tampa Bay.

"That's my responsibility," Washington coach Joe Gibbs said. "Obviously we wanted to be much more productive than what we were in the playoffs. We have to look to see how we can do a better job offensively."

Washington's last chance ended in the final minute when Mark Brunell's desperation fourth-down pass for Santana Moss was batted down by safety Michael Boulware in the end zone.

And had it not been for the Seahawks' mistakes, the Redskins never would have been in the game against a Seattle defense that was able to concentrate on stopping Clinton Portis' running, because only Moss and tight end Chris Cooley were receiving threats.

"If he's not playing at a Pro Bowl level, their offense struggles," Seattle defensive end Bryce Fisher said of Portis, who gained 41 yards on 17 carries.

After Josh Brown's 33-yard field goal gave the Seahawks a 17-3 lead early in the third quarter, the Redskins finally got going. Brunell hit a wide-open Cooley for 52 yards, then completed a 20-yard TD pass to Moss that deflected off the helmet of Seattle's Andre Dyson.

That cut the Seattle lead to a touchdown only 3:01 into the final quarter. Then Josh Scobee fumbled the kickoff and kicker John Hall recovered, but Hall missed a 36-yard field-goal attempt that would have cut it to four.

Brown clinched it with a 31-yard field goal with 2:54 left.

Said Hasselbeck: "We've got a great feeling in our locker room right now because we did come together. We overcame adversity."

After that first series when Alexander fumbled, there were nine consecutive three-and-outs -- five by the Redskins and four by the Seahawks. Washington never got beyond its own 22 until the second quarter.

But after Washington's fifth futile series, Jimmy Williams fumbled Derrick Frost's punt at his own 39 and Pierson Prioleau recovered for Washington. From there, the Redskins plodded their way to the Seahawks 7, setting up Hall's 26-yard field goal that gave them a 3-0 lead.

The Seahawks finally got going after that with Hasselbeck using his legs as well as his arm. He scrambled for 16 yards to help keep the drive moving, then finally hit Jackson, single-covered by safety Ryan Clark, from the Washington 29 to make it 7-3.

Seattle then went 81 yards on 10 plays on its first possession of the second half to make it 14-3 with Hasselbeck scrambling in for the touchdown.


Jackson's 143 yards receiving was a postseason record for the Seahawks.
Washington guard Ray Brown, at 43 the oldest lineman in modern NFL history, played his final game after 20 seasons.
Brown, wide receiver Taylor Jacobs and cornerback Shawn Springs all had to leave the game temporarily for Washington.
Seattle fullback Mack Strong's 32-yard run in the fourth quarter, which helped set up the clinching field goal, was the longest in his 13-season NFL career.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2006, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved

Posted by: SeahawkSam | January 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Should be able to reprint this on Sunday morning. Read it now so you won't have to on Sunday morning. Just looking out for you. :)

Posted by: SeahawkSam | January 1, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Sam. Who did the seahags beat this year? 1 playoff team? In week 1? Sounds like a tested team to me. Way to finish strong v Atlanta and Carolina in week 15. Good luck Saturday. You'll need it!

Posted by: puttinforbird | January 1, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Sam, you might want to tell the team... maybe they can rest their starters for the CowPies.

Posted by: daggar | January 1, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow's Wilbon column is just plain idiotic. I love how he is now jumping all over the Redskins bandwagon, saying we'll beat both the Seahawks and the Cowboys. But 3 weeks ago he predicted on both PTI and channel 4's Redskins Report that the Redskins would not make the playoffs--and now pretends like he didn't even say it. If you predicted a team wouldn't make the playoffs, and now predict they'll make a deep run, why should we give your opinion on this subject the time of day?

I respectfully request that the WaPo editors ask Wilbon to no longer write about the Redskins. He has absolutely zero credibility on this topic with his readers.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 1, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Just rip out the page, Barno.

Or, no clicky the linky. Much better vote than hoping someone reads your respectful request.

Posted by: daggar | January 1, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Barno Bano Barno

Just because you had an OPINION that came true does not mean that everybody else can't come to the realization that they were wrong. In the real world people can adjust. By the way, the article was in the Jan 1. edition, which is today, not tomorrow. Go look for your signed CD, you moron. Try to keep up.

Posted by: roweq | January 1, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I love how Barno chums the waters without even trying.

Analogy: Blood is to sharks as Barno is to RIers.

Barno > x_1967

I'll take Barno any day.

Posted by: Dorf | January 1, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess Soups will have to resign from the blog if his guaranteed win against the Hawks doesn't come to fruition?

Posted by: daggar | January 1, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Sea-squawk Sam is doing a fine job of projecting.

He's soooooo not worried about the Redskins that he is copying and pasting articles from 2005, using lame Stuart Scott references (i.e., toast & butter) all the while ignoring the fact that Shaun Alexander is no longer playing.

They do have a look-alike wearing his #37 jersey, but that guy shies away from hits, can't cut back and generally doesn't seem very interested in playing tackle football.

Good luck on Saturday, pal.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 1, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

It comes down to running behind someone not named Mack Strong. I haven't watched a seahawks game all year, but I can imagine the absence of a Pro Bowl fullback will change the running game and more than likely in a bad way for SA.

It also pisses me off that he is so amazing in Madden... he and Vick!

Posted by: Dorf | January 2, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

F Wilbon

Posted by: mul | January 2, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

barno, please ITA!!! do NOT click on his articles. i didn't neither should any skins/sean taylor fan or even any self respecting sports fan.

Posted by: dealer | January 2, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

LOL, all your comments are hilarious. Your team is coming in to Seattle and you expect to win?? Your team will be going home in body bags after this crushing blowout. You don't stand a chance at Qwest Field. Too bad suckas. Enjoy your one and done. It ain't gonna be pretty you pitiful excuse for fans

Posted by: wsumichael | January 2, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

LOL, all your comments are hilarious.

Posted by: wsumichael | January 2, 2008 03:52 AM

Things must be pretty quiet out there in Pullman tonight, eh Michael? What? No cows available to be tipped?

Do us a favor: if your vaunted Seahawks lose on Saturday, at least have the guts to come back here and apologize.


Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 2, 2008 5:26 AM | Report abuse

Please note that has a mystery article today - a Redskins article with no author credited. Could this be yet another sighting of "reportage by cindy"?

Ah, the wonder and mystery of it all!!! ;)

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | January 2, 2008 5:31 AM | Report abuse

Time to break out the white on white uniforms!

Posted by: david | January 1, 2008 04:31 PM

Those white on whites were one hit wonders....

We are sticking to tradition going forward...

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 2, 2008 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Diddy - I live 1/4 mile away from FedEx. I can tell you that the property value of where the stadium sits has went up by at least 400%. This means that if Snyder wanted to move he could sell this property to a developer or he can develop something himself through one of his businesses and make $$ off the deal......

BTW, did anyone watch Dick Clark's Production of the 'Rockin New Years Eve'? That's why Ryan Seacreast was at the game this past Sunday.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 2, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Pullman????? WTF I live in Seattle you Schmuck....oh, and BTW I'll be the guy at the game holding the sign "Just like 05" Sure...ok, it's a deal....if the Hawks lose to your pathetic Redskins, I'll come back and apologize to every single person on this site....but we both know that's never gonna happen. You guys are scared, and you know it. I love how the media is making the Skins out to be so hot, and have alll this momentum....that's all out the window once you step inside Qwest Field. Your "rookie" QB won't know what hit him once Qwest field blows out his ear drums....he has NO idea what is awaiting him this Saturday. It's gonna be ugly...Gibbs better have a few extra medical staff members on hand. Holmgren is releasing the hounds, and going to blitz Collins to death. Hope he likes turf...that's the only action he'll get Saturday. Can't wait for this ass-kicking to take place!!!!

Posted by: wsumichael | January 2, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Ha, a Sehawks Fan calling skins fans pathetic. Can anyone tell me any moment that the Hawks fans will be remembered for? Skins fans have all sorts of famous moments of crazy we have the Hoggetts and the "We Want Dallas" Moment of 72. What do you hawks fans have? You hung up a flag saying 12th man, whoooo you may as well have taken up the title "best fans ever" or something, way to be original.

Thanks for the Starbucks ya loser.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 2, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

wsumichael is delusional.

Also, he writes as if the Seahags are some sort of historical juggernaut (i.e., "just like '05"), at 10-6!

That team has never won anything of significance in its whole miserable history.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 2, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse


Indeed, Hail to The Victors! I didn't expect anything from Michigan yesterday, and I was pleasantly surprised. Between that game and the Skins/Boys game, this has been a great week of football for me. I only hope the good vibes continue Saturday.

Did Ricky Bobby and Lisa have their dinner date yet?

Posted by: jcabana | January 2, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Redskin revenge against the Pats?
That's about as likely as the chance that Hawaii had against Georgia! Unfortunately and too bad. Nonetheless, that match-up and second meeting between WR and NEP could come about. And that would produce one of the most ridiculous Super Bowls ever. Unfortunately and too bad.

Posted by: iliwai34 | January 2, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

well... "That team has never won anything of significance in its whole miserable history" about to crush you for the 2nd time in the past 3 what's that say about your pathetic Skins this year? I live in the present....only losers bring up the past and talk about something that happened back in 1972. Saturday will be a great day for Hawk fans...doesn't matter if we raise some cheesy 12th man flag or not....the fans themselves are going to make Collins wet himself. Ohhhhhh.....this is gonna be fun Just like 05!!

Posted by: wsumichael | January 2, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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