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Redskins updates: retail stores, video screens

A couple of Redskins tidbits to pass along. They don't affect the roster, but they might be of interest.

First, the team announced this morning that's its retail operations will be handled by Indianapolis-based Maingate, Inc., who will manage all of the team's retail stores and online sales.

What does that mean for fans? Well, Maingate will completely remodel the Hall of Fame Store at FedEx Field (which will reopen by June 1 with new merchandise), and some of their retail locations will grow significantly, up to three times their current size at some stores, according to the Redskins.

The team has also reached an agreement with Daktronics to design, manufacture and install the new high-resolution video screens at FedEx Field. The project will cost an estimated $20 million -- or in football terms, about one-half of an Albert Haynesworth guaranteed contract,

Construction is already underway on the video boards, which will be 28 feet high and 100 feet wide -- three times larger than the JumboTron that fans are used to. The team passed along some fun facts, as well:

  • In comparison to your living-room television, the display is equivalent to a 1,200-inch diagonal screen;
  • It would take approximately 675 flat panel televisions to fill the area of one of the new endzone boards;
  • The video boards will communicate in real-time with no transmission delays;
  • More than 3.1 million individual LED pixels will illuminate the images on the two displays;
  • The boards require 21,400 feet (or 4.1 miles) of wiring;
  • Each endzone display will weigh approximately 34,000 pounds;
  • Other technology enhancements include new game clocks, play clocks, eight digital ribbon boards with four adjacent to the new endzone displays and replacement of other in-stadium video displays.

By Rick Maese  |  April 30, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

That's simple mathematics..... 2 + 2 ALWAYS = 4....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 30, 2010 12:38 PM

Hey, blah blah blah, grumble grumble grumble, what is this, a Skins football blog or a math blog?!?!?!

Posted by: dcsween | April 30, 2010 12:56 PM

Sorry...I forgot rule 1 of RI

1. Never let facts get in the way....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 30, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"If Dez were white, I doubt such question will be asked."

(The interview continues.)

Dez: You think momma a hoe 'cuz she black.

Ireland: I think your mother is a prostitute.

Dez: Stop callin' her a prostitute when she a hoe.

Ireland: Sorry for the mix up.

Dez: It's what's called a degree without a difference.

Ireland (raises an amused eyebrow): Explain.

Dez (leans forward on his elbows to explain): Okay, see, a prostitute, she have nasty sex for money.

My momma a hoe 'cause she do it for free.

So stop callin' momma a prostitute when she a hoe.

And why you interviewing me about somethin' everybody already know anyhow?


Posted by: MistaMoe | April 30, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The Mail I Receive At Work:

Dear Mistamoe,
I'm going to marry my boyfriend of six years in a few months. There is one issue that bothers me: his alcohol consumption. He will go through phases of binge drinking that lead to unsavory results. I find his slurring and stumbling unattractive, and he has broken promises to me about drinking with his friends. Last night he soiled himself on his walk home, something he's never done before. He has a family history of alcoholism and is defensive about this issue. I'm starting to get cold feet. I don't want to police his drinking habits, but I don't know how to make him understand that I'm not comfortable with his recent antics.

signed,

My Bud is Not Wise

First, soiling your pants after a night of binge drinking is usually a badge of courage.

Your man is the aspiring town drunk, let him reach his dreams.

There are worst things a guy could do.

He could be a blog hog on RI, for example.

I suggest you go drinking with him so that when he passes out, and you're slightly inebriated, you can stop over to my place.

Then, I'll take the time to stain more than just your pants.

I'll even warm those cold feet of yours.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 30, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

just catching up from last night and already i've seen references to Lt. Calley of the My Lai massacre, Aaron Burr and Rod Blagojevic. damn i love being a 'skins fan.

smartest fan base in the league.

oh and when Vinny friggin' Cerrato says you handled something wrong (and he's actually RIGHT), you're just gonna have to leave the league.


Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

without improved results on the field, aren't the new video screens going to look sorta like this?

http://s3.amazonaws.com/readers/2008/09/10/piglipstick_1.jpg

and interestingly, the first recorded use of this phrase was...

"...in 1985 when The Washington Post quoted a San Francisco radio host from KNBR-AM remarking 'That would be like putting lipstick on a pig' in reference to plans to refurbish Candlestick Park (rather than constructing a new stadium for the San Francisco Giants)."

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 30, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

my advice to Moe's letter writer is to get her boyfriend to quit drinking and replace that habit with pot.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

So who is our free safety this year???

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

So who is our free safety this year???

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 1:51 PM

at the moment i assume Kareem Moore will be the starting FS. forget the Meachem play, Moore actually flashed a few times last season. Landry's goin' back to SS.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the Redskins are expanding their store operations so I have more stuff to not consider buying until final evidence of real progress.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | April 30, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but what credibility did Vinny Cerrato ever display, that I would even care how he responded to an NFL issue?

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | April 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

This was at the bottom of JLC's column on NFL.com. I know people were talking about trading for him. Maybe they will make a move if he is a FA in June.

ยป The Rams are looking to plan face-to-face meetings with the agent for safety O.J. Atogwe in May. Atogwe can walk as a free agent in June without compensation, and the Rams are going to make an attempt to retain him before that point. Not sure they can pull it off, but it's certainly worth a shot.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | April 30, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

big screen!

Posted by: alex35332 | April 30, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

no more lite-brite scoreboard, good deal. not that i've ever been able to afford going to a game in my damn life, but hey, that's nice.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

$20 million worth of high tech enhancements and pixilated illuminations... just to see AH92 sucking wind and flopping around the turf like an asthmatic beached whale.

Posted by: Vic1 | April 30, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The Truth agrees with terrapin.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 30, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The Truth agrees with terrapin.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 30, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Atogwe would be a big get for the Skins...I hope the Rams can't resign the dude.

Posted by: chrislarry | April 30, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The Truth agrees with terrapin.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 30, 2010 2:08 PM

about weed, Kareem Moore as starting FS, or the 'skins fan base as smartest in the league?

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I think Atogwe would be a big get for the Skins...I hope the Rams can't resign the dude.

Posted by: chrislarry | April 30, 2010 2:08 PM

all depends on how much $$$ he wants. we are low-balling pretty much every FA, it seems.

there's no cap, the 'skins are gonna spend on SOMEONE this offseason.

who's it gonna be, that's the rub.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope the fancy new video screen will display better football.

Posted by: edvar | April 30, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I hope the fancy new video screen will display better football.

Posted by: edvar | April 30, 2010 2:18 PM

your keyboard to Football God's monitor, m'man.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

we are low-balling pretty much every FA, it seems.

the 'skins are gonna spend on SOMEONE this offseason.

who's it gonna be, that's the rub.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:16 PM

They're gonna spend big on Trent Williams, fourth pick in the draft.

Skins have signed a lot of free agents, so I don't understand your point about "low-balling" people. Skins used to overpay. Now they're offering the market price. That's different from "low-balling."

Posted by: beep-beep | April 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

They're gonna spend big on Trent Williams, fourth pick in the draft.

Skins have signed a lot of free agents, so I don't understand your point about "low-balling" people. Skins used to overpay. Now they're offering the market price. That's different from "low-balling."

Posted by: beep-beep | April 30, 2010 2:22 PM

perhaps i did not use the proper vocabulary. to cHRisLaRRy's point, "market value" might not be enough for Atogwe's services.

T. Williams is gonna get the biggest payday, true. i just think that the FO will make one, just one, FA splash. i like how they are willing to be patient and find the right player to show the money.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope the fancy new video screen will display better football.

Posted by: edvar | April 30, 2010 2:18 PM

your keyboard to Football God's monitor, m'man.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:22 PM |

I've already sent the email.

Posted by: edvar | April 30, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

cl, agreed on atogwe,getting him would be gravy...

they haven't had any top level guys such as Atogwe to spend on, so no point in spending top dollars on mid level talent..

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 30, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

T. Williams is gonna get the biggest payday, true. i just think that the FO will make one, just one, FA splash. i like how they are willing to be patient and find the right player to show the money.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:28 PM

McNabb doesn't count?

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 30, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

McNabb doesn't count?

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 30, 2010 2:33 PM

i was thinking of DMac5 as a trade and not a FA pick-up but good point.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse


re cartwright's being over-rated by the fan:

it's gotta be the name (and the fact that he practiced and the fact that he never pissed and moaned about anything). "rock cartwright" - what a great football name! the only one that compares, that i remember, is "stonebreaker". i believe there was a linebacker somewhere named "stonebreaker". any other all-time great football names you guys can think of?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | April 30, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Best football name ever:

Mack Strong.

Done.

Posted by: jcabana | April 30, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Signing Atowgwe fixes two problems and makes our D a whole lot better. I think Landry will see a tremendous upswing when he gets moved to SS in this new aggressive system.

And I like having Atogwe on patrol deep better than Horton or Moore.

That would be a key pick up.

Posted by: edvar | April 30, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Signing Atowgwe fixes two problems and makes our D a whole lot better. I think Landry will see a tremendous upswing when he gets moved to SS in this new aggressive system.

And I like having Atogwe on patrol deep better than Horton or Moore.

That would be a key pick up.

Posted by: edvar | April 30, 2010 2:42 PM

i'm in the minority on this but i think Moore is plenty good enough to move Landry where he belongs. he just didn't get to show it due to Blache's insistence on Dirty as FS.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The new boards also come with 50,000 gallons of Febreeze to be pumped out during games...

...to keep the product from stinking as much as it did in previous seasons. Or at least to cover that stink up.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 30, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The new boards also come with 50,000 gallons of Febreeze to be pumped out during games...

...to keep the product from stinking as much as it did in previous seasons. Or at least to cover that stink up.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 30, 2010 2:56 PM

i heard all 50,000 gallons were getting dumped during the home Dallas game, to cover the stench of invading redneck Cowgirls fans.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Nothing could ever cover that stench up, terp... nothing ever could.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 30, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Nothing could ever cover that stench up, terp... nothing ever could.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 30, 2010 3:11 PM |

Running up the score on them might help...

Posted by: edvar | April 30, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Signing Atowgwe fixes two problems and makes our D a whole lot better. I think Landry will see a tremendous upswing when he gets moved to SS in this new aggressive system.

And I like having Atogwe on patrol deep better than Horton or Moore.

That would be a key pick up.

Posted by: edvar | April 30, 2010 2:42 PM

i'm in the minority on this but i think Moore is plenty good enough to move Landry where he belongs. he just didn't get to show it due to Blache's insistence on Dirty as FS.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I am still a bit uncertain of Moore. i agree that he did show some very promising signs last year. He is better suited then Horton and Doughty because i see him as being more fluid in the backfield. Horton showed some real ability for tackles for loss on some big bruising backs, steven jackson comes to mind. I think we could plug Doughty in and he would play well enough to not lose a game but wouldnt be much of a differnce maker. This all is supposing that LL is moving to SS.

But if this team were to get a guy like OJA I would really see them as being an elite defense. I still think we want to run that center field style of FS and no one on our current roster can do that. I just cannot trust Moore with that much responsibility. It took ST21 a couple of years to fully understand his duty in that FS role and stop biting on the run. LL after two years has not fully grasped the position and could be better served elsewhere. But OJA could play a ballhawking FS type. We still need some dback help and i dont think the best options are currently on our roster.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 3:21 PM

not calling him an answer, but is Philip Buchanon FS or CB?

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

One does have to wonder how they plan on filling the FS role. If Landry is as big as they say (and if he is indeed moving to SS), that really only leaves Moore as a safety on the roster.

Could a Rogers move to FS be in the works?

Posted by: psps23 | April 30, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

He is a CB, pretty experienced. Also a kick returner. But i def think we brought him in to put a little veteran heat on LOS and Hall.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The Truth agrees with terrapin.

Posted by: TheTruth11

You probably want to go delouse, detox or whatever now, terrapin3.

Truth, how are the remedial reading classes coming along, son?

Posted by: RedDMV | April 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

He is a CB, pretty experienced. Also a kick returner. But i def think we brought him in to put a little veteran heat on LOS and Hall.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 3:37 PM

said last night the competition for starting spots is the best upgrade the 'Skins have made.

as far as FS, honestly what the hell do i know? watch us sign Sharper this weekend (though i thought i heard his preference would be to stay in NO), or Atogwe.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

1. Landry is as big as they say. in a league where all of these dudes are in peak condition he stands apart. Saw him during workouts a couple weeks back and it kinda looks like he is wearing one of those Halloween muscle man costumes, dudes upper arms are absurd. Plus in college it was his more natural position, he did some damage to qb back then. he looses so much of his tenacity being 30 yards from the line.
2. I dont really like the idea of moving any CB to a saftey position unless they are very very experienced and show disciplined tendencies. Covering out of the backpedal vs having the play develop in forn of you are two very diffrent things. we talked about moving Shawn Spring and even Smoot to FS because of the type of careers they have had. A guy like LOS is so undisciplined it would only lead to bigger headaches.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

You probably want to go delouse, detox or whatever now, terrapin3.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 30, 2010 3:40 PM

ah, man, AGAIN? no wonder no one's standing close to me.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

horton tanked on a chance to hit Steven Jackson and that went for a big gain.

Moore'd got potential for sure but unproven.

Otogwe another aging vet this hasnt been the answer in the past.

The giant screens should be called the "coaches pension" screens

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 30, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

said last night the competition for starting spots is the best upgrade the 'Skins have made.

Completely agree on this. I feel like we are starting to learn that competition can better performance. In the past we have always been happy to plug a superstar into our position of need but we never upgrade the position as a whole. A team full of superstar starter is great if they are all playing great at all times. The Pats or steelers can lose a starter and not be devastated because they dont have the house riding on that one and only player. shanallenahan's seem to understand this and is accumulating competition.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

So who is our free safety this year???

Posted by: Stu27

Selvish Capers.

Not really, but I just love saying Selvish Capers.

Posted by: TheCork | April 30, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"1. Landry is as big as they say. in a league where all of these dudes are in peak condition he stands apart. Saw him during workouts a couple weeks back and it kinda looks like he is wearing one of those Halloween muscle man costumes, dudes upper arms are absurd."

This is a red flag to me. You can't naturally put on 20 lbs of pure muscle in 3-4 months -- especially when you've been a gym rat for years on end (which Landry has). That type of growth only happens when you've got a little 'help.'

I sure hope Landry is getting these results cleanly...

Posted by: psps23 | April 30, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Move Horton to free safety.

Posted by: iH8dallas | April 30, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

psp, unlike MLB I think the NFL drug testing policy is pretty solid....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

...

* Other technology enhancements include new game clocks, play clocks, eight digital ribbon boards with four adjacent to the new endzone displays and replacement of other in-stadium video displays

* It is still a cheap, knock-off of the videoboard in Dallas.

Posted by: nojunk4me | April 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

This is a red flag to me. You can't naturally put on 20 lbs of pure muscle in 3-4 months -- especially when you've been a gym rat for years on end (which Landry has). That type of growth only happens when you've got a little 'help.'

I sure hope Landry is getting these results cleanly...

Posted by: psps23 | April 30, 2010 4:05 PM

Dirty was listed at, what, 210 last year? my opinion on that is he was probably playing heavier than that, but was listed lighter because he was playing FS.

this opinion may be utter inanity, but i thought they do this with guys' height and weight all the time.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This is a red flag to me. You can't naturally put on 20 lbs of pure muscle in 3-4 months -- especially when you've been a gym rat for years on end (which Landry has). That type of growth only happens when you've got a little 'help.'

I sure hope Landry is getting these results cleanly...

Posted by: psps23 | April 30, 2010 4:05 PM

c'mon, it's not that hard, if you put your mind to it and drink 70 gallons per day...

http://www.bio.miami.edu/~cmallery/150/neuro/belgian.blue.jpg

a little BGH doesn't hurt either.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: psps23 | April 30, 2010 4:05 PM


And your basing your allegations on your professional opinion as a RI blogger?

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Dirty 30 has always been jacked up. Just like his pickup truck. The dude looks like a line backer at this point. Cork i went to WVU ive enjoyed saying selvish capers as well. Put 15-20 lbs on this guy and shanny has got RT set.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse"

Haha, of course. That and my side hobby of being an avid fitness freak, a former collegiate athlete, and a having physiology concentration in college.

I didn't accuse anybody of anything...but those types of reports do alarm me.

Then again, maybe Landry never tapped his growth potential until this offseason.

Posted by: psps23 | April 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"http://www.bio.miami.edu/~cmallery/150/neuro/belgian.blue.jpg

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo"

I bet that guy will provide someone with one mean ribeye.

Posted by: psps23 | April 30, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Feagles and Walter Jones both announced their retirement today.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

That said, if Landry truly has turned into ST 2.0 (physically speaking), it should be fun watching him being sent in on blitzes and attacking the LOS.

Posted by: psps23 | April 30, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

They have different builds. ST was so much longer then LL. Taylor had some sick wingspan measurements. LL is a lot more compact, better suited toward the line. Seans length helped him snag some of those crazy one handed ints.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Truth, how are the remedial reading classes coming along, son?

Posted by: RedDMV"

Does The Truth know you? The Truth thinks you sound like a jerk being rude and insulting.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Sure, sure, one of the RI regulars is an "avid fitness freak". Yeah, right. And I'm not plonked down at my desk half-asleep, I'm submitting this comment from my mountain bike as I grind up a steep hill in Forest Park. Uh huh.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 30, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

a bunch of FAs and a draft and still no FS

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 30, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Truth, how are the remedial reading classes coming along, son?

Posted by: RedDMV"

Does The Truth know you? The Truth thinks you sound like a jerk being rude and insulting.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 30, 2010 4:45 PM

Anyone referring to themselves in the third person is an arrogant d-bag.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 30, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

They have different builds. ST was so much longer then LL.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 30, 2010 4:39 PM

Wow...uh, what?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Golly, I sure am excited about the new and improved Redskins Retail Experience! I can't wait to see what terrific enhancements the great team from Maingate has up their sleeves. And of course I hope the team's profits go up up up!

Same for the big screens! When your stadium is so large that a good portion of the crowd is too far away to really see the game, you better have a bunch of giant screens and crap so they can (a) have a vague idea what the hell is happening on the field and (b) remain distracted that they're spending a huge chunk of change for a truly lousy experience, when they could be sitting in the comfort of their homes seeing the game about 100 times better.

Ah, who am I kidding, these little bits of "news" don't mean anything at all to me. So it goes for the modern day sports fan. Hail to 'em anyway!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 30, 2010 5:01 PM

DirecTV "NFL Direct Ticket" is the best $300 i spend every single year.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

scamp, I find discussions of athletes' "length" to be one of the most disturbing recent innovations in sports broadcasting.

I believe they're talking about the length of players' arms, which we used to call "reach" or perhaps "wingspan", but for some reason a few years ago dudes started using the term "length". Or as Mel Kiper Jr. and many others say it, "lenth".

There's something profoundly strange, to my ears, about discussing how "long" a man is. Setting aside that it's usually some white broadcaster talking about a young black man.

Ugh...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 30, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 30, 2010 5:09 PM

or how guys "play in space." WTF are they even talking about?

every time i hear that term i picture defenders in, like, friggin' G-suits floating around like 2001.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

After "length", my next most uncomfortable sports broadcasting euphemism is "he needs a blow." Commonly heard when a basketball player is heading for the bench.

How this of all phrases has entering the commonly accepted parlance of sports broadcasters is utterly mystifying to me.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 30, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Anyone referring to themselves in the third person is an arrogant d-bag.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 30, 2010 4:58 PM |

Mack agrees. But hey, that's Mack!

Posted by: mack1 | April 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I completely understand the Ticket thing, t3. Have heard that from so many people. I've never had DirecTV myself, but I am a believer.

"Play in space" is a terrific bit of nonsense. Good call on that one. It's not as disturbing to me as the ones I noted, but yeah, boo on dopey crap like that.

"Escapeability" is another made-up sportsy word I'd be happy never to hear again. Especially because the term to me means the quality of being able to be escaped from, which is not a desirable trait in a football player, rather than the quality of being able to escape from something.

Anyhoo... happy Friday...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 30, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"After "length", my next most uncomfortable sports broadcasting euphemism is "he needs a blow." Commonly heard when a basketball player is heading for the bench. "

The Truth wonders how old Nate is, because The Truth never hears that crap and played basketball for most of The Truth's life. The Truth thinks Nate heard this in the 50's during black and white NBA broadcasts.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 30, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"The team has also reached an agreement with Daktronics to design, manufacture and install the new high-resolution video screens at FedEx Field. The project will cost an estimated $20 million"

http://www.theonion.com/articles/we-must-repaint-our-nations-crumbling-infrastructu,10860/

Posted by: zarpe | April 30, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone referring to themselves in the third person is an arrogant d-bag.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 30, 2010 4:58 PM |

Mack agrees. But hey, that's Mack!

Posted by: mack1 | April 30, 2010 5:16 PM

The scamp abides...and he needs a blow.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 30, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Move Horton to free safety.

Posted by: iH8dallas

AHhhh!! A Thunderbolt of an idea!! Horton's ballhawking skills will shine and Landry can bust up the box!! But , if we sign Sharper, he'll be good, too, but will deprive coach Williams in NO of his championship safety so necessary for a Saints repeat!! Hmmmm..

Posted by: frak | April 30, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Hail to 'em anyway!

How fitting.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 30, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I believe Horton is a tad slow to play FS

that's why he's at SS

Posted by: noonefromtampa | April 30, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sitting here in my Redskins hat, t-shirt, boxers and slippers. Had to cover myself with my Redskins fleece blanket because the wife is having a hot flash.

She's looks at me and says "Crap, it not football season already?"

"No", I reply, "but a man can always dream though."

and Danny just called to thank me for my support.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | April 30, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Now where is my friend League-Source? He's not going around changing his screen name again is he? That dirtbag goes around creating new names and jerking off others.

Posted by: Risa_L | April 30, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Nate, my main man, who licked all the red off o' yer candy?

Posted by: RedskinWillie | April 30, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

next: vinny cerratto weighs in on retail store, video screen upgrades

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 30, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Now that Tebow is gone can the Truth hope that his beloved Dawgs beat the Gators.

No, because Brantley is going to be an even better QB than Tebow.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | April 30, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frak | April 30, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey, SURPRISE!!! Sean Taylor's 40 time was the same as Chris Horton's, 4.51, exact...Sharper is a 4.5 , too..Its hard to teach those ball-hawking instincts like they got, also...

Posted by: frak | April 30, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

++++The project will cost an estimated $20 million -- or in football terms, about one-half of an Albert Haynesworth guaranteed contract+++++

Does this mean we can only count on the giant, oversized board to work about 2-4 games this season?

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | April 30, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Free Safety is not about speed.

It's First, Intelligence.

Second, Range (often through vertical leap and reaction time... being in the right position helps a lot, too)

Third, What you do when you get there.

Do you make the pick? Do you knock the ball away? Do you scare the receiver into submission?

And don't forget Run Support. Gotta be a sure tackler whether it's run or pass. You're the last man, often. Even on a 5 yard run, sometimes, so you can't be Landry-Bouncing off RBs.

I'd give Horton a go, really. But Sharper knows the position in his sleep. Experience. Horton could learn a lot from him, too.

I'm a bit surprised at Sean Taylor's 40 time, honestly. But, smarter, better players often seem to be moving at another speed. MAN, he was great. Talk about Range and Intimidation. Just amazing.

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 30, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

not that I'm advocating for the source, or the idea...

but here is what Horton has to say:

"You go from hash to numbers, basically, and if you break it down like that and protect everything from hash to numbers, you're good. If you look at most free safeties, their plays are made from the hashes to the numbers, and I think all of us are able and capable to do that. But there ain't much difference between free and strong, in my opinion."

http://blog.redskins.com/2010/03/24/chris-horton-discusses-position-changes/

have at it... need to fix up the trough for the calves. night all.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 30, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Another thing The Thinker likes about Sean Taylor:

NOT a Choker.

: )

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 30, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, SURPRISE!!! Sean Taylor's 40 time was the same as Chris Horton's, 4.51, exact...Sharper is a 4.5 , too..Its hard to teach those ball-hawking instincts like they got, also...

Posted by: frak | April 30, 2010 8:19 PM

I believe the fact that Taylor and Horton shares identical 40 time, but what surprises me most was Sean Taylor's ability to cover top notch fast wide-outs. I know he once covered Randy Moss toe to toe in a game, but I forgot which game it was.
Sean Taylor R.I.P

Posted by: abxinc | April 30, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I think there's another gear or level of speed that players in realtime have when in the actual fire of the moment..There's no way watching McCluster last year rip through the secondary that he's the same speed as the dude that posted a 4.5...Some players have initial burst, some players have middle burst, and some players have closing burst, just watch a top runners track meet...

Posted by: frak | April 30, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

HAIL!!!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 29, 2010 11:33 PM

I know I'm a day behind but always enjoyed catching up.

HTTR! :)

Posted by: RedCherokee | April 30, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

++++The project will cost an estimated $20 million -- or in football terms, about one-half of an Albert Haynesworth guaranteed contract+++++

Does this mean we can only count on the giant, oversized board to work about 2-4 games this season?

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | April 30, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, but it probably means that it will freeze up sometime during the second quarter, have to be taken out of the stadium for repairs on a giant golf cart, return for a lengthy period of time during the third quarter, and spend the rest of the game operating at half capacity on generator power.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | April 30, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I'd give Horton a go, really. But Sharper knows the position in his sleep. Experience. Horton could learn a lot from him, too.

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 30, 2010 8:40 PM
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hey thinker..
There is a reason Sharper is still beating sand waiting for an Offer... He cant catch a cold. He is a classic "sit back ball hawk".. who cant tackle.. That is a really "asking for trouble" FS in a 3-4.
If you are at the bottom echelon of NFL tacklers with a recently surgically repaired knee, advanced age, and high salary demands.... Better to walk away from him...no run away. Which is what most of the competent GMs are doing.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 30, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 30, 2010 10:37 PM

need more Moore. alright, i'm gonna stop beating this drum now.


since it's so very rare i get a chance to crow about my O's, just beat the Sawx 5-4 in 10. with them i gotta take it where i can get it.

Nats are looking damn good for, well, the Nats. 7-1 over the Marlins, what's that? 14-10 on the season? way early, but most impressive.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

we are not happy up here in Beantown.. manny delcarmen.. We knew it was over when he came in.
But, if we had to be beat.. better the O's and not the Yankees. Congrats Orioles.
Time for Big Papi to take a long-term break.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 30, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 30, 2010 10:54 PM

believe me, i know the O's-Sawx "rivalry" at the moment is pathetically one-sided.

it would be silly for me to think this makes the O's better or anything. like i said, gotta take these where i can.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 30, 2010 10:54 PM

believe me, i know the O's-Sawx "rivalry" at the moment is pathetically one-sided.

it would be silly for me to think this makes the O's better or anything. like i said, gotta take these where i can.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 30, 2010 10:58 PM
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terrapin..
I'm a transplanted DC guy.. up north of boston.. Got to sit in the dugout with Ted Williams when he was with the Senators in 1969 as a 7 year old.. and last game too.. Then transferred allegiance to the O's during their 70s dominance.. behind homeplate at memorial stadium for a decade as a teen.. Then off to Boston for the last 15 years, thankfully before "The Orioles Way" became the "Angelo's Way"...
So, basically, Angelos made me a Sox fan.

And can you believe chain smoking, dirt kicking, freak out. cuss out Manager, Earl Weaver is still around!!

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 30, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, to tell you the truth, I thought he was really over-rated last year, BUT...

I gotta say, throughout the playoffs, I thought he played well. I was pretty surprised.

But, again, at his age, post SB ring... It doesn't sound like he's got a dang thing to prove at all, so, I'm fine with us not getting him.

I just wish Horton could light people up.

gotta remind myself we're not going to replace Sean Taylor. He might have become the greatest safety ever, and I'm not just saying that because he was a Redskin. His highlight films over his short career are ridiculous. Another 8-10 years? And getting better every year?

It's scary.

So, I'm afraid maybe our bar is set a bit high as Redskin fans. Landry did a lot to help with that idea last year, though. I'd be happy with a guy who doesn't give up the big play, knows when to come up on the run, and doesn't miss tackles.

Could be Horton. I'm not sold. Doughty, has the tackling, I'm not sold on his coverage.

We might have to go with them, though. I'm OK with it, as long as they look better than Landry did last year.

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 30, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

My guy Phillip Dnaiels ahs this to say...

"Redskin Insider wants to know where I fit in the plans for Washington this year. Hmmmmmm let me see. The left defensive end spot. Yep that's where I fit in. Also said I will be in battle for my job. Well bring it on. I love competition. Don't think I made it 14 years by just stepping on the practice field. There you have it Mr. John Mcdonnell."

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 1, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow...holy 6 for 8 on what I actually typed. Better than most but sub par for a man of wealth and taste..

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 1, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Some of you posters floor me. The same guys who were saying the combine numbers mean nothing are the same ones saying Horton could play free safety because his forty time was the same as Sean Taylor's. Speed is only part of playing the position. I think Sean Taylor's biggest strength was he was an instinctive coverage guy. He sometimes knew where the ball was going before the receiver did. Horton doesn't have that. Hey, I liked the way Horton played the year before last but understand that Horton was little more than an extra linebacker in Blache's defense. That was Doughty's deal last year. Neither one of these guys can cover a receiver mano-e-mano. Blache was careful to not let them get exposed to this - to Landry's detriment, I might add, because he was the guy covering for them. I think the best thing the team could do is move Rogers to free safety and Landry to strong safety. Barring that, I say Kareem Moore gets to play free safety and Landry gets to play strong. Doughty should be on the trading block, because Greg Williams would love to have him down in New Orleans and he doesn't fit with the new defense. Horton can stay to back up Landry because, in my opinion, he's got more upside.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 1, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Some of you posters floor me. The same guys who were saying the combine numbers mean nothing are the same ones saying Horton could play free safety because his forty time was the same as Sean Taylor's. Speed is only part of playing the position. I think Sean Taylor's biggest strength was he was an instinctive coverage guy. He sometimes knew where the ball was going before the receiver did. Horton doesn't have that. Hey, I liked the way Horton played the year before last but understand that Horton was little more than an extra linebacker in Blache's defense. That was Doughty's deal last year. Neither one of these guys can cover a receiver mano-e-mano. Blache was careful to not let them get exposed to this - to Landry's detriment, I might add, because he was the guy covering for them. I think the best thing the team could do is move Rogers to free safety and Landry to strong safety. Barring that, I say Kareem Moore gets to play free safety and Landry gets to play strong. Doughty should be on the trading block, because Greg Williams would love to have him down in New Orleans and he doesn't fit with the new defense. Horton can stay to back up Landry because, in my opinion, he's got more upside.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 1, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse
If I remember correctly, ST struggled in his 1st and 2nd years, before becoming a beast at FS. Maybe Horton's learning curve will enable him to be better at FS this year.

Posted by: frediefritz | May 1, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse


If I remember correctly, ST struggled in his 1st and 2nd years, before becoming a beast at FS. Maybe Horton's learning curve will enable him to be better at FS this year.

Posted by: frediefritz | May 1, 2010 7:03 AM
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I haven't seen anything about Horton to lead me to believe he can play free safety in the NFL. Here's another thing to ponder: the new regime will expect both safeties to play the pass, so, for Horton and Doughty just to keep their jobs, they will have to show improvement in pass coverage. I know it is unlikely because of their special teams' contributions, but it is possible both players could be on the outside looking in when the season starts. Any way you slice it, I can't see Doughty or Horton as starters when the regular season comes around.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 1, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

"smartest fan base in the league. posted by terrapin3"

Check out MistaMoe's mailbag post for convincing evidence to the contrary.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 1, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I can't see this team playing a bunch of single high coverage this year. I don't know the last time I can remember the Steelers relying on that defense. Ryan Clark is no speed demon so being in the right position and understanding what's happening in front of him will be key. Reed can do that without a doubt. I think Horton will be able to it as well. Moore showed that ability at times last year.

Posted by: TWISI | May 1, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

"Toilet Paper Bandit Sought"

APRIL 27--A man who wrapped his head in toilet paper was caught on surveillance video as he calmly pulled off the knifepoint robbery of a Nebraska convenience store Saturday night.

Police believe the perp's real name is Skid Mark.

If he gets caught, they say he'll be in deep doo-doo.

Did I tell you that the guy's sister is named Latrine?

A friend of the perp says he was tired of the cashier's sh!tty attitude.

Finally, police say the robber wiped the place clean.

This crime is another example of what brown can do for you.

(INSERT rimshot audio and a series of bad pun groans and shouts of "You really are not funny, dude!" as Rodney "Moe" Dangerfield sits on stage on a toilet yanking his tie (?) while complaining about the lack of respect he receives from this blog.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 1, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

twisi

"I can't see this team playing a bunch of single high coverage this year."

Too, the stillers have a safety in Polamalu who, when he's healthy, really makes their scheme work.

I think a lot of the changes in store for L Landry will be more of his playing like Polamalu--playing an aggressive, linebacker-lite style where he's allow to make plays.

If it works right, the change will suit Landry's talents.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 1, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

If it works right, the change will suit Landry's talents.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 1, 2010 9:00 AM |

I would put it the other way around: If Landry brings hit talents, then it will work right.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 1, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 1, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Michael H. Kenyon...Good to see a public servant get his doo!!

Posted by: frak | May 1, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow....the Redskins Insider hits a new low....

Posting stuff directly from the REDSKINS website that has been on the site for like a week or more....

Way to be INSIDER!!!

Posted by: GoonieGooGoo | May 2, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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