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Kevin Mitchell Charity Info

Sorry for the late post.

Friends of Mitchell's say they have heard that sleep apnea and hypertension are two possible reasons for the enlarged heart and massive heart attack he suffered in his sleep Sunday night/Monday morning. The death of the 36-year old LB has deeply saddened many at Redskins Park and he will not be forgotten.

The Harrisburg native has a fund in his honor set up for deserving kids in his home town.

Anyone who would like to can make a donation to:

The Kevin Mitchell Memorial Achievement Fund

PO Box 405

Hershey, PA 17033

The results of Monday's autopsy might not be know for a month or so.

Wish I had time to post more, but we had to run Chloe to the emergency room last night as she was not breathing well - ended up with a severe case of croup and I would not be surprised if we end up back in the hospital tonight, but we shall see. We just got home after a very long night and day. Rocco is sick, too, so it's kinda tough right now doing much other than tending to the babies. But it's all good. We should be cool in a few days but just have to really keep an eye on Chloe at night.

Hope you guys are doing well and thanks for checking in.


By Jason La Canfora  |  May 2, 2007; 5:34 PM ET
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Eesh! Get some sleep!

Posted by: Mike | May 2, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Jason--Thanks for all the great info. We are thinking about you and the kids.

Posted by: PSUAsh | May 2, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

JLC - Hope the munchkins start feeling better soon. My kids had a couple bouts with that - no fun at all. Holding them in a steamy bathroom while the shower was running hot (not in the shower of course) seemed to help alot.

Posted by: skinswest | May 2, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until I have kids. It seems like they get sick with things I've never heard of before :(

Posted by: David | May 2, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Family always comes first...thanks for all the great info

Posted by: Preston's DAD | May 2, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Ditto Preston's DAD!

Posted by: Lauren's DAD | May 2, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse


my son had the croup and it scared the heck out us. we took turns staying up at night and listening to make sure he was breathing ok. we did the shower/steam thing a couple of times as well. hope everything goes well

Posted by: cosmofla | May 2, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

My daughter, 2, had croup, one thing we did was by a cool mist humidifier and put it in her room while she slept. Seemed to really help. You can pick them up almost anywhere, Target, CVS.

Posted by: JoeyV | May 2, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The guy is gone and still manages to make those around him better.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | May 2, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The croup flat out scares the hell out of new parents...until their second kid gets it, and you know he'll survive.. One thing that always worked, Take the tyke into the smallest bathroom, run the shower on full hot and let it steam up. Do NOT put the kid in the shower. Just hold him or her. But the mist will settle down the croupy cough. It's the greatest feeling in the world. Better even than when baby Tylenol brings the temp down from 104 to 99.

I think I got this croup info (and much more) from Spock, the baby Doc, not the alien, and I remember the moments clearer than JFK's death or 9/11. And my kids are now 31 and 27.

The truest statement about loving parents: "You're only as happy as your unhappiest child." And that goes until the day YOU breath your last.

Posted by: Corkczar | May 2, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I should have made this clear. When in doubt, call the doc or head for the emergency room. You done good, Daddy.

Posted by: Corkczar | May 2, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info JLC. Take care of those babies brother.

Posted by: jm220 | May 2, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

JlaC, thanks for all the great posts, really helped me get my draft fix now we just have to endure a few more months of nothing but baseball to get back in the swing of things . . .

I feel you on the croupy stuff. having to keep an eye on my kids when they had RSV/pneumonia to make sure they were breathing through the night scared the crap out of me. . .

no fun. . .

get them well, I'm sure we can fill this thiing with at least 600 posts in the meantime . . .

Posted by: skinsfan@8KaboveMSL | May 2, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Hang in there Jason, in my experience the croup scares the parents more than anything.

Posted by: Redskinrex | May 2, 2007 8:50 PM | Report abuse

My kids had croups and since I thought they were lying and they did'nt want to go to school I did'nt do anything they got so sick the goverment took them away....Jason they are "LYING" they are probably lazy

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with the kids JLC. Can somebody correct the spelling of Mitchell on this thread. It's a matter of respect.

A new football thread would be good too. I would settle for "Redskins Rule".

Posted by: SMACK | May 2, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

government should take away your computer 2 moron

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I like ice cream, I like Ice Cream, how 'bout you? how 'bout you? topped with Chocolate syrup, topped with chocolate Syrup, Whipped cream Too, whipped Cream too...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone tried to sign Key yet. He could be a tall possesion type receiver for us, but I don't know about the attitude. What do u guys think?

Posted by: RockyTopSkin | May 2, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

What the heck is Croup? We are all doing good compared to you right now.

Preliminary autopsy shows Mitchell died of heart attack
Associated Press Sports
Updated: 1:03 p.m. ET May 2, 2007
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -A preliminary autopsy shows that former NFL linebacker Kevin Mitchell died of a massive heart attack.

Mitchell died in his sleep overnight Sunday at his home in Ashburn at age 36. He retired in 2003 after a 10-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers (1994-97), New Orleans Saints (1998-99) and Washington Redskins (2000-03).

The results of a more detailed autopsy will be known in the next four to six weeks, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Redskins at the request of Mitchell's family.

Services for Mitchell will be held Saturday in Harrisburg, Pa. Mitchell was a graduate of Harrisburg High School.

Posted by: ES | May 2, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the kiddos Jason... my dog had kennel cough once and that got pretty bad. I'm guessing the croup is much worse. Chloe and Rocco are always this blog's #1 concern... #2 would be funny Reaper jokes with nicknaming people a close #3.

Redskins ranked in at a respectable #6.

TCOB friend. We'll hold down the fort.

Posted by: Dorf | May 2, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Take Care of Babies (TCOB)??

Posted by: ES | May 2, 2007 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Prayers for your kids.

Posted by: bangkokben | May 3, 2007 2:37 AM | Report abuse


Hang tough bro (New Kids style!)

I have 2 and have been lucky enough not to have to deal with anything like that. They seem to have aquired my knack for concussions, though. Yay for projectile vomiting!

No need for a new thread until all is well with both of them.

Posted by: etrod | May 3, 2007 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Take care o' those kiddies, J- we'll hold down the fort. Thanks for all your efforts.

Posted by: D7 | May 3, 2007 6:42 AM | Report abuse

OK, perhaps one of the most annoying things in the universe right now is that god-forsaken WSJ popup ad at the top of this page w/ F#*^ing Tiki Barber's fat smiling face on it. He's still a Giant in my book, which means I despise all things Tiki.

Posted by: D7 | May 3, 2007 6:44 AM | Report abuse


I hope the kids feel better soon but with all this pollen and temperature changes it is hard to keep them healthy. I know first had because I have a 5 month kid.

Kevin lived a good life doing what he wanted to do which was playing football.

On another note, have you heard who the skins may be inviting to the rookie camp? Perhaps they will look at the 6-4 374 pound defensive tackle Wlater Thomas.

Take care and keep the vaporizer running.


Posted by: Skin4life | May 3, 2007 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Jason, Sorry about the anxiety. I can relate... very nervous when our son was born a year ago and still anxious when he is coughing, etc. Croup has been common around where we are.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | May 3, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey JLC, hope the fam feels better. Best wishes!

Posted by: Rage | May 3, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

What is Croup? I would like to know????

Posted by: ES | May 3, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Croup is a lot like chicken, only gamier.

Posted by: MrSpartan | May 3, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting this Jason.

We all need your reminder by posting these types of messages, that there are more important things for us to consider...

some things like death, grief, suffering far transcend who the Skins drafted, cut, restructured contracts, FA signings etc. etc.

Jason, Thanks for the dose of real world reality.

Posted by: Redskin Ray | May 3, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse


With all the pollen out right now it could be allergies are playing a role in your children's conditions. I know it's affected me. And it may have also affected the Miami FO.

Posted by: skinfanman | May 3, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse


Long time lurker - thanx for all the insight...tough to follow the Skins from up here in NJ. I actually have Giants season tickets - lower level 45 yard line and the only game I go to every year is the Redskins...been some tough games to watch in recent history.

Hopefully Chloe is doing better but if she has another 'croup attack', open the freezer door and hold her in front and let her breathe the cold air - this will help clear the air passages.

Not a doctor but a father of 3 who has been down that road before...good luck

Posted by: Marksmen | May 3, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I recently had a daughter with "croup-like-cough" it ended up not being croup... so we have no idea what it was, but it sure is tough to sleep when all you can think about is whether or not your kid can breathe. Hope it clears up quickly... and you dont have to spend the night in any more ERs. Those places suck with kids.

We are lucky enough to have a pediatric ER at a hospital here. Last week my youngest was holding her Grandfather's hand and decided she didnt want to keep walking and pulled away (you know when they pull away and put all their weight into getting away from you), giving herself nursemates elbow... we spent a few hours in the ER that night. To make everything better, there was a totally hoosier couple in there swearing with every other word and trying to pick fights with parents in the waiting room who asked them to be quiet... at a freakin pediatric ER!!!!

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | May 3, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

LaRon Landry's greatest hits. Not sure if you've already seen this but this kid is a beast.

Jason - Hope the kids feel better soon. I have 2 of my own and both had their own issues to scare the bajesus out of me in their infant days. Hang in there. It will be okay and it will give you something to talk bout for years to come.

Posted by: BIGfish | May 3, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Jason, hang in there. As someone mentioned earlier, they come first. Steamy shower and humidifier, with a little chunk of Vicks thrown in, is a good one.

For all that care to know, here is the poop on the Croup.

Posted by: k Squared | May 3, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins will keep three roster spots open through this weekend's rookie minicamp, meaning some of the 60-plus players who will be invited on a tryout basis should return for the full squad minicamp in June. That also means Washington has no immediate interest in former Carolina receiver Keyshawn Johnson or Kansas City defensive end Eric Hicks. - Washington Times

Posted by: JonTPK126 | May 3, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Love that video of Landry. That guy sure can close.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 3, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Strongly suggest you have Chloe checked for allergies to pollen. This is THE pollen season. As a wee tot..I was in the ER on numerous occassions for "not breathing well". All scripts as a wee tot were dated 4/30 through 5/5 for about 10 straight years. Finally..someone figured it out. Turned out..Asthma due to pollen. I now start my allergy/asthma meds on 3/1 every year (and am 43 y/o).

Anyway..just a suggestion. Hope all gets better.

Posted by: bornafan | May 3, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

How big can a roster be right now?

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 3, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Any news on the rookie practices? JLaC?

Posted by: Max | May 3, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

NEW YORK -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who disclosed last week that the NFL will make baseline neuropsychological tests mandatory for the 2007 season, is requiring all team medical personnel to attend a meeting on concussions next month.
NFL spokesman Joe Browne said Tuesday that Goodell has ordered all 32 teams to send its doctors and trainers to a June 19 meeting in Chicago for the first league-wide concussion summit.

"At no time should competitive issues override medical issues," Goodell said last week. "Safety comes first."

Under Goodell's new policy, all players will be required to take a baseline neuropsychological test, determining cognitive abilities, memory and motor skills, by the start of the 2007 season. That way, when a player has a concussion, he can be tested to determine what neurological changes have taken place.

Some players have had baseline tests recently. Under the new policy, those players will not require another test. But those who haven't had a test will be required to have one. NFL officials said some teams administer those tests on a regular basis, while other teams administer the tests only after a concussion.

Goodell has acknowledged players often fight the medical staff to get back into games after suffering head injuries.

"We're protecting the players against the players," he said.

Concussions among NFL players have drawn attention in recent months. A forensic pathologist who studied the brain tissue of Andre Waters after his suicide last November concluded Waters had brain damage resulting from multiple concussions during 12 years as an NFL safety.

In addition, the Boston Globe and New York Times reported in February that 34-year-old Ted Johnson, who spent 10 years as a linebacker with the New England Patriots, shows early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

Johnson said he began to deteriorate in 2002 with a concussion during an exhibition game against the New York Giants. He said he had another concussion four days later after coach Bill Belichick prodded him to participate in a full-contact practice, even though he was supposed to be avoiding hits.

News of the Chicago meeting first was reported by

Great news from the NFL. I am reminded of an article in SI in the 1980s quoting Ronnie Lott as saying that a good hit included the snot coming out of his nose and being unconscious for a few seconds. I like Goodell. He seems to have the best interests of the players, the league, and the owners (in that order) in mind.

Posted by: Neil in Durango | May 3, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Old School....looks like Bobby DePaul got extended by the Bears for three years. Chicago Tribune reports he got a deal.

Posted by: Sweetness | May 3, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen this blog this dead. Work productivity must be sky high today.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 3, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Croup is the single worst noise in the history of humanity. Sounds like a dying, tortured seal. Hang in there.

Posted by: Steve | May 3, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Get well, Rocky and Chloe! You too, Marcus Washington.

Posted by: Ghitza | May 3, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Hollenbach will be cut before training camp even starts. Skins always cut somebody to sign somebody else. Happens every year and Hollenbach will be one of the first to go. (Hey, he barely made it as a starter at Maryland; what you want him for the Skins for? Don't we throw enough interceptions as it is?)

Palmer will compete with Bramlet for 1 practice squad position.

Brunell and Collins are safe as backups. Brunell gets cut in 2008, Collins the year after that. Palmer moves up to regular squad in '08, Skins draft another qb for practice squad and to move up in '09.

Don't worry, be happy. Defense doesn't matter, NFL is like NBA -- rules and refs won't let you play no "D." Look at Colts - one of the worst defenses during the regular season, then they turn it on in the playoffs. So, in pass-crazy NFL, secondary is more important than D-Line.

Why will Skins make the playoffs? Because Philly, NY and Dallas have all made blunders this year too.

Did you catch NFL live on ESPN last night? Floyd Peters, formerly GM in Tennessee, said Philly violated a cardinal rule trading with Dallas and letting them back into the 1st round. Evidently, error was one every junior GM is taught not to make. Then they draft that qb kid in the 2nd round. Bad draft, bad Philly! Plus, McNab had to visit Philly HQ to be reassured that he's still no 1. Hey dude, they didn't even offer Jeff Garcia a deal, so chill dude!!!

NY releases half their roster. No more Tiki Tiki! Go Giants!!

Dallas sign Leonard Davis, Marc Columbo. TO still there. Romo still there. Parcells? Gone!

So, in light of all of the adroit moves by our NFC East cohabitants, who says the Skins won't be in the playoffs next year?

The glass is half full. Drink the Kool Aid, it tastes good!!!

Posted by: rb | May 3, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Dallas and Philly are both better teams than we are. Your on some massive prozac if you think that Campbell's first year as a starter and our pitiful dline gets the skins in the playoffs, unless 8-8 gets them in they have no shot cause that's the best we're gonna do have you seen our schedule? Without any pressure on the quarterback, opponents had a 97.8 quarterback rating against us. Unless the Redskins can find a way to get a pass rush, Landy and Taylor might get a lot of opportunities to get tackles......way downfield.

07 record 4 months early

W vs. Dolphins
L vs. @ Eagles
W vs. Giants
W vs. Lions
W vs. @ Packers
W vs. Cardinals

absolute best case to this point

L vs. @ Pats
L vs. @ Jets
W vs. Eagles
L vs. @ Cowboys
L vs. @ Bucs
W vs. Bills
L vs. Bears
W vs. @ Giants
L vs. @ Vikings
W vs. Cowboys

This is absolute best case sweeping the Giants, spliiting with the Eagles and Cowboys, beating a good Cardinals team, winning on the frozen tundra and going 7 - 1 at home. You really think all those things are gonna happen. I don't, 8 - 8 would be a heck of a year 9 - 7 a miracle.

Posted by: Jack | May 3, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse


Drink the Kool Aid, Jack!

We can beat Tampa Bay anywhere. We can sweep the Eagles and the Cowboys. We can beat the Bears and the Vikings. Everyone gets a difficult schedule, not just the Skins. Injuries and luck count for more than who were playing.

Team has a lot to build on: Portis & Betts, Campbell's 2nd year in the same system, London Fletcher leading the D, a healthy Marcus Washington and Cornelius Griffin, improved Golston and Montgomery, Andre Carter's 2nd year in the system, etc. We are as good and as bad as anyone else in the NFC. Nobody in the NFC scares me. Bring em on!!!

Posted by: rb | May 3, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Shawn | May 3, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Eagles signed Ian Scott. Someone values DL.

Posted by: cdubb | May 3, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

No need to be an insensitive prick Shawn

Posted by: cdubb | May 3, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

What about signing Joe Andruzzi, the former Patriot guard? The Browns just released him, nad he's had some knee problems, but he's only 31 and has won Super Bowls.

Posted by: Cole | May 3, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Shawn, be like Jason and get a life.

Posted by: Dave | May 3, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

No need to be an insensitive prick Shawn
Posted by: cdubb | May 3, 2007 07:22 PM

I'm guessing that he just can't help it...

Posted by: NewMexSkin | May 3, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse


I hope you never have or don't have any children - that would be cruel.

Posted by: geez | May 3, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jack, we can beat the bucs and vikings so add 2 more wins to your total. Im drinkn and it tastes good. lol

Posted by: Brut | May 3, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

"We can beat Tampa Bay anywhere. We can sweep the Eagles and the Cowboys. We can beat the Bears and the Vikings."
Posted by: rb | May 3, 2007 06:44 PM

Only if you sign Keyshawn. Actually I agree with all the posts about parody and parity in the NFC. Especially the East. The Skins need to prove they've improved, the Eagles have all their eggs in one basket, and that basket is on a little girl's pink bike with tassels, the Cowboys are a mathematical equation with more variables than our alphabet has letters. The Giants? Enough said.

The plummeting Seahawks and the ascending Niners will about cancel each other out. So how much better are the Bears and Saints. Maybe 15%. Anything could happen.

Posted by: SMACK | May 3, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

So it's wide open to see who loses to the AFC this time.

Posted by: SMACK | May 3, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse


If we are 5-1, dont you think that builds momentum? If JC wins 5 of 6, he obviously is doing something right.

So your comment "if you think that Campbell's first year as a starter and our pitiful dline gets the skins in the playoffs"... wouldn't this statement preclude a less than 5-1 start? If our Dline is taht pitiful, and JC not that great, we would lose Some of those home games against the Bills, Cards, Lions or Mia.

I understand everything you say, except your prediction of the record... they just do not seem to mesh.

Posted by: PDSquared | May 4, 2007 6:37 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Shawn | May 3, 2007 07:12 PM

Oh you really need a beat down. If you don't like us being concern about our boy and his family. Then get the f*** out.

Posted by: jm220 | May 4, 2007 7:11 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Shawn | May 3, 2007 07:12 PM

Oh you really need a beat down. If you don't like us being concern about our boy and his family. Then get the f*** out.

Posted by: jm220 | May 4, 2007 07:11 AM


I just thought this needed to be said again. LMGO

Posted by: JustMe | May 4, 2007 7:50 AM | Report abuse

There you go, JustMe. That's one veteran, experienced, supersmary blogger - a core RI guy leaving it all on the field for their team.

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 4, 2007 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Just ITA and bring the Hammer JM..... Little does this guy know there is a shirt immortalizing the Hammer.... If he dont know now he know

Posted by: PDSquared | May 4, 2007 8:01 AM | Report abuse

What post count did we get to before the draft started?

Posted by: PDSquared | May 4, 2007 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Focus on your kids Jason..the Redskins can wait....ooooo...geeesh...did I really say that?

Posted by: Fred | May 4, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Fred you did say that, and we all need to be reminded of it from time to time. Thanks.

Hey, can someone tell me how you check the post count on a thread or site?


Posted by: Redskin Ray | May 4, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse


I have never seen a schedule where where i said gee that looks like 3-13 or 14-2, it usually ends up looking like 8-8 with luck 10-6, bad luck 6/7 wins. you just don't know. SMACK and others are right the nfc has a bunch teams with questions and overall its anybodies conference so be optimistic. You may be right at 8-8 which would put is the playoff picture most likely in the weak nfc, I hope we are at least there or a little better but its moving in the right direction.

Posted by: Old School | May 4, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse


I think only to moderators know. You could go to the archives and go back to a certain date, and start adding.

But I am pretty sure Cindy has an easier way, since she is on the 'inside', to get the count.

Posted by: PDSquared | May 4, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Shawn | May 3, 2007 07:12 PM

If we wanted any lip from you we would all jiggle our zippers. Dont mess with a man's kids

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | May 4, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

So how come when the Patriots buy free agents like a kid in a candy store, the NFL goes crazy and annoints them the best team? When the Redskins do it, they ridicule us.

Before anyone shoots that thought down: 1) I know our past of not being able to buy championships, but we didn't do that this year; 2) I know the Pats have 3 SBs, but they never did it with free agency, they did it by drafting those teams; 3) our recent free agent signings (under Gibbs) include Portis, Marcus Washington, Santana Moss, Randel El, P. Daniels, and Springs and our drafting has brought us the Reaper, Campbell, and Cooley (traded up to get him). I like those signings better than a handful of 3rd/4th string WRs and a headcase that needs to be the focal point of his team's offense to avoid controversy (i.e., the other Moss).

Not sure what my point is other than the double standard, caused by a franchise's past. I'm not arguing with it (can't argue with anything the Pats have done), but simply want to point out that success buys you a free pass from NFL writers and analysts--which it shouldn't.

Posted by: Section 104 | May 4, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Section 104

I think it goes back to the basic fundamental of sports...winning cures everything. If the big moves the Redskins have made in the past translated to Superbowl wins, we would be considered brilliant.

It's the win/loss record that vindicates all decisions.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | May 4, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I agree Cheyenne, WY. I just hope that this year's watered down Kool-Aid ends up better on the way out than on the way down.

By the way, nice comment to Shawn!

Posted by: Section 104 | May 4, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse


This may be way too far dwon the thread for you to read, but get Chloe to an allergist. My son had "croup when he was 3 and when he was 4. He was hospitalized both times. The second time he was in critical condition for 4 days.

It happened at the same time of year both times and seemed to coincide with some type of forerunner virus. I had a sneaking suspicion that he was allegic to something. My pediatrition insisted that it was croup albeit a severe case.

He had a third, milder case when he was 5 at the exact same time of year. At that point, I insisted on a referral to an allergist whereupon we discovered that he had severe allergies to several different things including dust mites and that it was the allergies causing asthma attacks in the fall, not croup.

The allergist believed that it was happening in the fall because that was when we turned on the forced air furnace. We were conscientous with the filters, but the allergist said that wasn't enough.

I had asked the pediatrition about steroids after the second attack and he said that, even though his was severe my son didn't need them, that it was croup and he would grow out of it.

The allergist informed us that pediatritions won't diagnose asthma in young children because insurance companies won't cover it. The reason being that the consensus of doctors don't believe it's possible for children that youndg to develop allergies. The allergist said that this is based on dated information that doesn't take porrer air quality into account.

Long and short is that croup can be asthma and can be treated so that you won't have to take her back to hospital. I hope you all are doing well.

Posted by: Larry Bud | May 4, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Any scoop on the 60 invites to the Rookie Camp?

JLa - Good Luck with the Kiddies!

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | May 4, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

section 104/ALL

If we had used a 5th round pick to get Tom Brady the year he came out ..... things would be different.

QB/Coach they have it and have had for the past 7 yrs. Like others have said winning and making smart decisions at QB position, increases the stability and therefore reinforces your philosphy, the cycle of winning works the same as the cycle of losing, its perpetuual until you start to win then "what we do up here" suddenly isn't stupid. same with NE only the polar opposite they will be smart until they start to lose.

Posted by: Old School | May 4, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse


I think the reason they are no building now is b/c they know Belichek is likely 1 and done.

So that points to our strategy b/c Gibbs was not here for long.

So we need to hire a young coach next time, and allow him to build his team, not use past laurels to try and come in quick and grab another SB.

And maybe that was not Gibbs intention as he said he was trying to turn around our struggling franchise. But the Danny saw SB's everywhere.

So maybe Gibbs is laying the foundation for a young coach to come in and make this team a winner. Can you say Russ Grimm??!! No to Cowher since the same will happen as did with Gibbs.

Posted by: PDSquared | May 4, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse


I think if we get things rolling odds are good joe signs an extension.

Posted by: Old School | May 4, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Blaylock in for a tryout??

Also, that TE mentioned in the article went to my highschool. Dont really think he is the blocking type, but 6'7" is a good target in the endzone. Local boy made good with the skins???

Posted by: PDSquared | May 4, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I'll never understand the cowardice of acting like a prick on a message board. I'll bet my life that loser didn't have the balls to even use his own name. I hate guys like that.

Anyway, I like what the Redskins did in the draft, I think Landry will be a stud. If you look at the last few years, with the Colts, and Pats, those teams were primarily passing teams, you can never have enough talent in the secondary. I'm excited about Campbell with a full training camp, not to mention Portis, and Betts.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | May 4, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Maybe a reason for MeShawn. Only if you can answer this question... What was one of our greatest Offensive inablilities last year??

You, in the Back

"Johnson was a guy I picked with the top selection in the draft, and I know he can still play at a high level in the league if he wants to. He moved the chains 88 times in the last two seasons. When a receiver can create a first down with a reception 62 percent of the time he catches a pas, he still has a place in this league."

Posted by: PDSquared | May 4, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse


Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that Lions defensive tackle Cory Redding, a free agent who currently is limited by the franchise tag, does not plan to attend any drills until he has a long-term contract.

And, technically, Redding can't participate in any offseason or preseason practices until he signs the one-year tender offer worth $6.7 million. The payment becomes fully guaranteed once Redding signs the tender; but he likewise is then required to attend all mandatory offseason minicamps, training camp, and preseason games and practices.

In the past, several franchise players have stayed away from his team until the eve of the regular season, at which time they signed the tender -- and got the full amount of their guaranteed salary.

The only risk for the player is that, until the franchise tender is signed, it can be withdrawn.

Is he worth trading for?

Posted by: ES | May 4, 2007 10:01 AM

The Skins have been great at not getting baited into a risky trade.

Part of me wants to stay as we are and roll the dice; but I don't know if I can handle a season like last season.

My health is not what it used to be :)

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | May 4, 2007 10:05 AM

We can this guy if we trade Shawn Springs. They originally wanted him anyway.

I am not advocating for the trade, though. I'm just saying........

Posted by: ES | May 4, 2007 10:10 AM

Be careful ES...if it sounds like you want to get rid of Springs, there are people here that will cyber-shake you.

I think as far as I am concerned, as long as we get a sweet deal, I think Springs can go

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | May 4, 2007 10:14 AM

Full Name: Cory B. Redding
Born: November 15, 1980
Houston, TX
Height: 6-4
Weight: 290 lbs.
Age: 26
Pos: DT
Experience: 4 years
College: Texas
Drafted: Year:2003 Round:3 Pick:2, Lions
2003 DET 9 7 6 1 1 0.0 0 0
2004 DET 16 41 37 4 0 3.0 1 0
2005 DET 16 33 26 7 4 1.0 1 0
2006 DET 16 48 39 9 0 8.0 2 2
Career 57 128 107 21 5 12.0 4 2

I'm not quite sold on him, thogh. One great year which was a contract year. Two other very solid years as well. Lots of potential.....

Springs is worth more at this point.

Posted by: | May 4, 2007 10:31 AM

That was me above.....

Posted by: ES | May 4, 2007 10:41 AM

JLaC - You are getting scooped by the times...

"Notes -- Defensive end Renaldo Wynn renegotiated his contract, saving the Redskins $1.52 million on the salary cap. Cornerback David Macklin and offensive tackle Jason Fabini both signed one-year deals with $40,000 bonuses on top of the veteran minimum base salary. ... Washington's rookie pool is $3.4 million"

Posted by: ES | May 4, 2007 11:34 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Why did all those posts show up in one?

Posted by: PDSquared | May 4, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey ES,

I liked Redding coming out of college. Too bad we didn't have any draft choices that year either.

He plays DE most of the time, was switched to DT last year because of all the injuries the Lions had in their D-Line.

So at his size he would play DE on the strong side, opposite Andre Carter. I like this move. Unfortunately, we probably do not have enough money/cap room to sign Laron Landry and Redding.

Which is why I agree with SMACK. If we could get Keyshaun cheap, it would be a great move. He is a great blocker at wide receiver for the running game. Plus he would give us a great possession receiver to team with Santana. We could put Randle-El in the slot when in our 3-receiver offense. I really like this move -- we should make it. Maybe we have to wait until closer to training camp to get him cheap.

I also agree with cdubb. We shoulda made a move on Ian Scott. Philly gave him a 1-year deal -- I bet it was for low $$$. He would've been good to have in our rotation and excellent insurance in case Salave'a's or Griffin's nagging injuries return.

So who plays left guard on offense? Has anyone thought they might try moving Jon Jansen inside? He's struggled at right tackle the last 2 years. Sadly, Parcells was right when he wondered what had happened to Jansen. He could probably play better inside because he is a road grader for the running game and wouldn't have to cover as much space as a pass blocker. Then, also, we could play Todd Wade at right tackle, and have our 5 best linemen on the field.

If Andruzzi had much left in the tank, I don't think Cleveland would be cutting him loose. What do others think they are going to do at left guard?

Posted by: rb | May 4, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

RB: Ian Scott's deal was a million for a year. While I think he's a solid player, I'm not sold on the move - we already had five defensive tackles, four of them pretty good (I think). I'd rather have beefed up our cornerback set ...

I still don't think Keyshawn would be good - it seems like the Skins are OK at WR, unlike some other positions ...

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 4, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse


Todd Wade is going to get first shot at guard. Gibbs said in one of his press conferences that is wasn't thrilled about moving inside at first, but after taking with Gibbs and Bugel he is excited about the opportunity of playing inside.

Posted by: ce1782 | May 4, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

CE1782 Yes, I know Wade is going to get 1st shot. What I'm talking about is what will ultimately happen at left guard. My feeling is that Jansen may be better than Wade at guard and Wade may be better at right tackle than Jansen.

Gonzo, your right. However, I am still wondering if they can't get more production by moving Montgomery outside to End. If he dropped 10 or 15 pounds, he could potentially be a good strong side End. Then they would have 3 solid DTs plus Boschetti for depth. I'm not looking to move people around willy nilly, but when a player like Scott is free for low $$$ we need to be creative to get the most out of personnel we have. Is Golston too small for DT? Can he get stronger? Could he be fast enough to play outside at End? Could Monrgomery lose the weight and add some speed to play End? He played high last year and was not effective. He might be better at End. These are the issues the coaches are going to have to work out to get maximum value out of the players we have and the opportunities that arise to add quality vets to the roster at inexpensive prices. IMHO.

Posted by: rb | May 4, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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