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Much Ado about 140-Character Messages

My new partner on the beat, Rick Maese, is sitting next to me working on an old-fashioned newspaper story about the Redskins' Twitter/blogging policy that was changed a few hours ago.

Reporters no longer are permitted to tweet or blog from the field during practice. We were allowed to blog on the first 10 minutes of practice from the field last season, but now we'll have to leave the field and risk missing something. Of course, the Redskins' Twittering ban/blogging restriction does not apply to their in-house blogger, which is their right.

I'm not upset about Washington's decision because, well, this has been coming down the road for a while. In his recent report about Twitter, Maese explained the league has struggled to deal with the effects of the new technology.

I do find it curious, however, that these are the issues Daniel Snyder pays people to discuss and handle. I acknowledge the whole Twittering thing has stirred major concerns for sports leagues, and other teams have taken a hard-line approach to the practice as well. But shouldn't there be more pressing concerns?

By Jason Reid  |  August 16, 2009; 3:55 PM ET
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Comments

Is the alpha dog the alpha poster?

You tell me.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing, but not surprising. Shame on the Redskins' front office for this stupidity. Morons.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 16, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I do find it curious, however, that these are the issues Daniel Snyder pays people to discuss and handle. I acknowledge the whole Twittering thing has stirred major concerns for sports leagues, and other teams have taken a hard-line approach to the practice as well. But shouldn't there be more pressing concerns?

By Jason Reid | August 16, 2009; 3:55 PM ET

I can see why you don't like it, but is this the best you could come up with? Do you really believe that this is all that he pays people to do? Some low level grunt in the PR office came up with this.

'Skins are feeling their way on this like everyone else. One year they tried charging to visit camp. That didn't work so they stopped charging.

My own take is that the tweets that have been up here have been pitiful. Chris Larry's brother was better at it than WaPo. No information at all, and you're better off watching practice than trying to frame your cutesy tweets. The Redskins are saving you from yourselves.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 16, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Danny's the biggest a****le organism to ever walk the face of the Earth, but I agree with him on this, any ONE of you so-called reporters could be an ENEMY MOLE leaking valuable operation plans to Belichek or Manning..Like, decipher this:

Retarded Monkey A**,
He belongs in the Upper Class,
Retarded Monkey A**,
And Danny was his Naaaame-ohh..

You don't have to work for the CIA to decipher that one!!

Posted by: frak | August 16, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Reid,
Your article sounded way too much like whining. The team did the right thing, and the Post just needs to go back to old school reporting on camp. The team could definitely be more restrictive than they are, even after banning tweeting, so just get over it.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 16, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Call the wha-ambulance. F Twitter.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | August 16, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Twitter is lame as hell. "Hip hip hooray!" to the Redskins for helping prevent this stupid fad from being the only form of journalism that comes out of Redskins Park.

Posted by: Section104 | August 16, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't there be more pressing concerns?", you ask. OMG, what in the world are you talking about. First of all it is a serious matter and Snyder is right because this twitter thing is serious stuff. Secondly, I'm sure Snyder has a host of things on his mind, not the least of which is a limp offense, coached by an offensive head coach. Got nothing better to report Reid, hang it up.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 16, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"But shouldn't there be more pressing concerns?"

Yet you found it important enough to devote two articles to it!!! Seems a bit hypocritical doesn't it!!??

Posted by: dkidwell61 | August 17, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

GET OVER IT! Learn to be efficient with your ten minutes blog about what you saw on RI or write about it in a column, you know like you had to this time last year. You think after Ben Franklin designed his printing press, he was pissed because he couldn't tweet about to fellow inventor Thomas Jefferson?

Posted by: clark202 | August 17, 2009 1:28 AM | Report abuse

It's not like teams try to steal plays or scout practices or videotape Super Bowl walk-throughs or ya know videotape another teams defensive signals during a game or somethin'.....no that NEVER happens!

Posted by: filmchis | August 17, 2009 3:57 AM | Report abuse

BOO HOO

Posted by: drewkinnear | August 17, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

darn. now you'll have to go back to journalism school to learn how to write. just kidding

in all seriousness, twitter is awful. i'm glad it was killed for this team.

Posted by: moo21 | August 17, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

As fans shouldn't we be happy that Snyder is concentrating on twittering. Anything that keeps his nose out of football matters is a plus!

Posted by: drfunknsoul | August 17, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Twittering and blogging , please..These guys need to go out an play some NFL football and stop being soft as Zorn indicated...

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | August 17, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

"I acknowledge the whole Twittering thing has stirred major concerns for sports leagues, and other teams have taken a hard-line approach to the practice as well. But shouldn't there be more pressing concerns?"

Ah grasshopper!

You are too young to remember George Allen equating journalists to communists and banning them from practice all together.

Posted by: mdrockjock | August 17, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

F Snyder
F Vinny
F Attempting to control the media's message
F Boras
F Strasburg
F chRIs laRRy

Posted by: 4-12 | August 17, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

BFL wide the MSM needs to man up and refuse to cover any team
and just not mention the NFL at all. ESPN, CBS, Fox, MSNBC/NBC just refuse to cover the NFL. Local networks should refuse to broadcast the games or do so w/o any play by play etc.

Sorry this is censorship and no NFL team has the right to do this. if they don't want the press there than ban them.

What's wrong Mr Reid have you forgot your Constitutional rights just like your namesake in Senate. this is still the USA and not the Socialist States of America yet under Comrade Obama! Man up and fight your rights bubba. Just like guns this is all part of the plan by socialist elites to control the message and tell us how to live. Danny Boy Snyder is major contributor to the Dems and Obama.

Next thing you know Mr Reid they will ban you from the field and the game when you criticize the team. All the media should refuse to cover the NFL. Kidnap and torture larry Michael until you can twitter!

Posted by: omarthetentmaker | August 17, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

now there's a rant to make a birther imbecile proud, omarthetentmaker.

you do realize that, for better or worse, the skins aren't a publicly owned institution, don't you.

Posted by: mdrockjock | August 17, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Cmon J Reid. You are starting to sound alot like that lil twit lacockfora. Listen up bro, if the Skins were the VERY FIRST sports team to ban twittering, (omg i even hate typing the word 'twittering', its soooo gay) then you would have a reason to give this topic a second helping, but there not, so get over it dude. Seriously, I like you and I think alot of Skins fans do as well, so just dont muck it up like jlc did. Give us SKINS FOOTBALL NEWS, not the horses**t that lil jlc couldnt stop himself from. Thank you

Posted by: SkinEm1 | August 17, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

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