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Sean Taylor Merchandise

Got word that the Redskins will be donating the proceeds from all Sean Taylor items sold at redskins.com or at one of their team stores to the Sean Taylor Memorial Fund.

There is a ton of stuff on-line on the team website, including the rally towels handed out at Sunday's game. Those cost $3.99. I received some emails saying that people were selling them for $150 or more on ebay. Might as well get them from the team for a helluva lot less, and have the money go to this cause.

I'm not usually one to hawk anything - other than try to put some cash in the pockets of truly talented but horribly overlooked musicians - but given the circumstances here I wanted to get the word out since the inbox has been getting full of inquires about this topic.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 5, 2007; 6:41 AM ET
 
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I believe the only question we need ask is;
When, in the 4th quarter, will Soups throw the interception to end our hopes of winning the game?

Posted by: 5-11 | December 5, 2007 6:51 AM | Report abuse

JLC,

Thanks for the tip on the towels. I gave my tickets to Sunday's game away, so I am glad to have a chance to pick up a couple because I certainly was not going to feed the eBay vultures.

On another note, I know many others have said it, but it cannot be said too often what a great job you've done covering every aspect of this tragedy. Thanks for your hard work and insight.

Posted by: JustMe | December 5, 2007 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Jla got a shout out from Peter Kings Tuesday Morning QB.

Basically said that is how to run a blog, especially during the tragedy.

Dont know if anybody else linked it yet, but I thought that was pretty appropriate.

Posted by: Zebraskins | December 5, 2007 7:29 AM | Report abuse

They think they have identified the person that shot Sean.

Posted by: SonnyFan | December 5, 2007 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, the youngest, 17 year old light-skinned guy. Rivera is his name I think. His was the myspace page someone linked to.

Posted by: Zebraskins | December 5, 2007 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Which suspect/young man was the one that cut Sean Taylor's lawn?

Posted by: Dorf | December 5, 2007 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Dorf,

I'm not sure about this, but I thought that none of the accused (they've gone beyond suspect) had cut his lawn. They live in Ft. Myers, a fair distance away for cutting a lawn, though close enough for a burglary. I thought that one of them is related to someone who has cut Sean's lawn.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Fox News reported yesterday that three of them were on suicide watch. I wonder if this is indeed true, or something that their attorney put out there to start gaining sympathy for these scum-bags.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 5, 2007 8:35 AM | Report abuse

greg;

they showed those three suspects wearing these 'suicide smocks'. basically nothing on them they can use to kill themselves and made of an easily tearing material.

I think they realize they are in FLA, Jeb Bush country, and we all know his brothers former state like to fry peeps.

Posted by: Zebraskins | December 5, 2007 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I believe Texas puts them to sleep. But Florida does the frying.

Posted by: 5-11 | December 5, 2007 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Good, I'm glad that they're realizing how screwed their lives are.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 5, 2007 8:44 AM | Report abuse

An update -- the RIP 21 shirts have raised $347 so far.

Thanks to all who bought one or passed along the word to others. I am keeping the sales open until the end of the season, at which point I will remove the items and write a check to the Redskins Sean Taylor Memorial Fund.

Posted by: BucktownSkinsFan | December 5, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Bucktown... I still need to order my shirt. My buddy from college does a blog for Real Clear Sports and he used your image (with permission) for his blog... I thought that was cool. You really have some talent and I'm glad you're using it for great causes.

Posted by: Dorf | December 5, 2007 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Great work BucktownSkinsFan. I have a friend who is a Dallas fan that is buying one.

No onto some not so good work by Skins.com. I ordered my Landry 75th jersey back in August. Called in the middle of Oct and was told it would be sent out at the end of Nov. Well, I just got a letter dated 11/28 saying they can't fill my oder but gives me a 20% discount on my next order. The discount is only valid thru 11/30. WTF!!!! Are you kiddding me!!!

Posted by: jm220 | December 5, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

5-11,

JC has had, basically, one season of playing under his belt...the kid is not allowed to make some mistakes, some growing pains, as he matures playing, arguably, the hardest position in sports???

Give the negativity a rest...at least until AFTER the game.

JC can play ball. He's our future. He'll grow and is becoming of the cornerstones of this franchise. We need to retain talent and not turn on a player because he's made some mistakes.

Posted by: seanc | December 5, 2007 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Those poor wittle guys! That must be really sad and sccccarrrrwwwywyyyyyy for them all alone in jail like that! I feel so bad for them. No one should ever have to go through that! I mean it's almost like they got their houses broken into and killed in the middle of the night!

Posted by: sams3 | December 5, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm not saying don't give him a break. I'm just pointing out that for the rest of the season we need to be ready for, and accept the fact that it's going to happen.

Posted by: 5-11 | December 5, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I thought Patrick Ramsey was the cornerstone of our franchise?

Posted by: Dorf | December 5, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info about the products. I was disgusted by the items showing up on ebay.

Posted by: Annie-Jazzy | December 5, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Dorf,
He might have been if the the "Old ball couch" hadden gotten the poop knocked out of him.

Posted by: 5-11 | December 5, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I thought Patrick Ramsey was the cornerstone of our franchise?

Posted by: Dorf | December 5, 2007 09:25 AM

Dorf, Do you remember when they nearly traded him to Chicago while he pulled that holdout from training camp? Dude was a late first round pick and blew his rookie season with that holdout.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Dorf, thanks for the head's up. I just found the entry, and I'm now including the link in a "shout out" post on my blog. Gotta thank all the blogs that helped promote the cause.

jm220, I've had orders from CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IN, MD, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, WI and WV. People care...

Posted by: BucktownSkinsFan | December 5, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

5-11, so you don't think JC will be making any progress over the next 4 games?

Having R. Thomas back in there might give him the extra time that the current line isn't giving him.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 5, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

gregmarino88, I see improvement just about every game. But as far as I'm concerned he's still a rookie. And he is going to make mistakes. Thomas is still a maybe, and I don't think we will see a drastic improvement his first game back. He's going to have some rust.

Posted by: 5-11 | December 5, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Buck... what's your blog? Sorry, I feel like I've been there before.

Posted by: Dorf | December 5, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I agree with that. Thomas will be rusty and let's hope he doesn't overextend himself and reinjure himself. It'll be best for him only to play a portion of the game.

As far as JC's maturation process, the way this season has played out so far. I WANT JG to let the reins loose on him. Let the guy MAKE PLAYS. He'll make mistakes but he has proven he can make the throws, has good mobility and speed, and will take and face the pressure when in the pocket. Only continued game experience will teach him to protect the ball, read and react to defenses, and curtail gunning the ball. JC is NOT Patrick Ramsey...Spurrier took the game out of that kid, forever, in one season with what he was attempting to do.

Posted by: seanc | December 5, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

JC is NOT Patrick Ramsey...Spurrier took the game out of that kid, forever, in one season with what he was attempting to do.

Posted by: seanc | December 5, 2007 09:53 AM

That man never had much game in him, especially if Spurrier could take it out of him in one season. He never got rid of the ball fast enough and he still doesn't get rid of the ball fast enough.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Dorf, it's Bucktown Skins Fan.

Enjoy.

Posted by: BucktownSkinsFan | December 5, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

JC is learning. His mechanics break down when he is pressured. He brings the ball down too low. They can fix that.

At the end of the game, JC has a tendancy to try too many hard throws. That he will get with time.

They need to let him sink or swim. They need to let him get into a groove early in the game. Not throw every 20 minutes after 2 3 and outs while we try to run the ball.

Posted by: Zebraskins | December 5, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

With the trigger man 17 yrs. old, my fear is that they play the age card at trial/sentencing time.

In a case like this, they should all pay dearly.

Posted by: gdennie | December 5, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

gdennie, FLA law 17 yr old can't get the death sentence.

Posted by: 5-11 | December 5, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

In a case like this, they should all pay dearly.

Posted by: gdennie | December 5, 2007 10:05 AM

Just curious, but which do you think would be a dearer price to pay -- life in prison without parole or execution?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I was listening to a radio show this morning about this very subject. Because the guy who did the shooting is only 17, they were saying he wouldn't get life. More like 25 years, with chance of parole.

Posted by: 5-11 | December 5, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Just curious, but which do you think would be a dearer price to pay -- life in prison without parole or execution?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 10:11 AM

Excellent question.

In this case, I'm not sure which option would be appropriate and more deserved. I do strongly suspect that in this case, these 'gentlemen' may very well not get a chance to serve much time of a life sentence.

Posted by: gdennie | December 5, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The 17 year old cannot be given the death penalty, as the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles, even if tried as adults, cannot be sentenced to death (one of the reasons that Lee Boyd Malvo-one of the DC snipers can never be sentenced to death).

I just cannot shake how senseless this all is...

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 5, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I say put them in the same jail that Vicks put in, that would be fun.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 5, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Given that these guys have the makings of becoming 'career criminals' at a very young age, I'll go with execution.

No point in keeping them alive.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 5, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

He is being tried as an adult. So I think he can be put to death.

Posted by: Zebraskins | December 5, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Would anyone be suprised if Dan Snyder holds a press conference in January announcing Russ Grimm as the new head coach?

Posted by: tdskinz | December 5, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Nevermind, thanks Suzanne

Posted by: Zebraskins | December 5, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I would be surprised. It's not like Dan Snyder to hire an unproven nobody. His style is to hire over-the-hill, overpaid somebodies. Cowher wouldn't surprise me, but Grimm would be a sea change. Grimm would make me think he's changed the dosage on his medication. But, I'm a talent evaluator, not an owner evaluator.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

For the life of me, I cannot understand the obsession with Russ Grimm. When Gibbs leaves, Snyder will not be bringing in Grimm. He will want to bring in an experience proven coach - willing to bet on that.

Posted by: Lisa | December 5, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The case is Roper v. Simmons: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62584-2005Mar1_2.html

Not sure if that link will show up. Because the shooter was under 18 when he committed the offense, he cannot be sentenced to death, even if tried as an adult (as he should/will be).

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 5, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I am glad I am not a judge, here on earth or of matters pertaining to eternal consequences...

"Let he with out sin cast the first stone."

I don't care what religion you are, I hope we could have learned something from this experience about being quick to make judgment on things that we don't have close dealings with.

I'll step down from the pulpit now...

Posted by: Dorf | December 5, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Lisa! You and me in agreement on one thing! Holy smackaroley. December 5, 2007. I'm going to remember it forever. I'm already planning our first anniversary, a year from today. Where do you want to go for lunch?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

re: the death penalty, just understand that the government doesn't do a very good job of anything, and proving someone guilty of a crime is no exception. Wins, not some sort of quixotic quest for the truth, motivate most prosecutors.

Posted by: daggar | December 5, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"It's not like Dan Snyder to hire an unproven nobody."
How do you explain Spurrier?

Posted by: daggar | December 5, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Dorf, didn't they confess to this? No one is rushing to judgement. These guys admitted what they did. I don't follow what you're getting at?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 5, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Ok, that's a low blow, he wasn't an unproven nobody until after he got here.

Posted by: daggar | December 5, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"It's not like Dan Snyder to hire an unproven nobody."
How do you explain Spurrier?

Posted by: daggar | December 5, 2007 10:45 AM

Spurrier was a proven nobody. Hottest coach in college football and most people agreed -- even Peter King -- that he was a sure thing in the NFL. Everybody, except Marty, thought Snyder had pulled a real coup in landing him.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs stays on for next year if he finishes 7-9 or better. He'll claim victory/progress and collect another 5 large.

6-10 or worse - I believe he'll crack and leave.

These last four games have more to do with Gibbs than many realize.

Posted by: gdennie | December 5, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Landing Spurrier for the 'Skins would be like landing Coach K for the Wiz. Could Coach K get it done in the NBA? Who knows. But he sure isn't unproven.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 5, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Dorf, my point exactly! Snyder learned from the Spurrier mistake.

Posted by: Lisa | December 5, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

T_E, you're right, I was mainly joking to cover up the deep, painful hole his "so simple no one can stop it" offense and "I'm gonna let Dick Cheney handle it" defense dug for us.

Posted by: daggar | December 5, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I am against the death penalty only because the court system is flawed and it is not applied consistently across the board. Too many poor and too many blacks have a higher chance facing the death penalty than whites and rich people have. That's why Parris Glendenning put a moratorium on the death penalty before he left office. The Illinois governor commuted everyone's death sentence to life in prison (I think).

If it were applied consistently, then that would be another story........

4thFloor

Posted by: RightWay | December 5, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Amen, 4th. I'd put it this way -- you can't afford to be wrong on the death penalty, not even once. And that ain't how the government is set up.

Posted by: daggar | December 5, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Just a hunch, but if Gibbs isn't back next season, I'd be Snyder gives serious consideration to Jason Garrett.

Posted by: smarty_pants | December 5, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I thought that the government has gotten around the supreme court. I think it had to do with extensive travel on executive jets...

They are on suicide watch because they know that the streets will take care of them if the courts do not.

Posted by: BT23 | December 5, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Listened to the Cooley interview from yesterday on eitmonline.com.

I expect a big game from our team.

He said last week was surreal.

Funeral helped to put it in perspective. So hopefully now they can focus.

Redskins - 24 Bears - 16

Posted by: Zebraskins | December 5, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

gregmarino,

I'm not saying the guys didn't do it... Its pretty clear they are guilty of armed burglary and at least one is guilty of pulling the trigger... But does anyone know these guys? I am not against the death penalty per se, but more so the flagrant and vindicative use of it as a quick solution. I am very angry at these young men for what they did, but I'm not going to let that anger turn into an excuse for more death. These guys are sons, brothers and maybe even fathers as well. We live in a flawed society with imperfect people. All I'm saying is I am the last guy in the world that wants to decide someone's fate and have no desire for that kind of power over someone else. I am weary of people who want that power and would use it so flippantly.

Wow, I'll leave it at that... I've never been a soap box guy up here before so I'll say my peace and let bygones be bygones. If you disagree, I'm okay with that.

Posted by: Dorf | December 5, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

If the Skins lose tomorrow, I say get out the "badwagon" for everyone to jump on. Haven't taken a ride on that since Marty Shottenheimer's 0-5 start.

Posted by: smarty_pants | December 5, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

BT,

That's a good point. Those guys are screwed in more ways than one. The justice system has got them, the penal system will get them (no one wants to be a young man in the prison system...you'll get old pretty quick...if you survive) and then they will have to face the 'street justice' that awaits them. The best thing they can hope for is a long, long sentence in a maximum security prison where, hopefully, they can dodge the predators.

...it's a damn, damn shame. They took a life and, essentially, have ended four others along the way.

Posted by: seanc | December 5, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I rarely get on a soapbox, but for those who are concerned about mistakes made by our justice system, you may want to check out these two web sites:

http://www.innocenceproject.org/

http://www.thejusticeproject.org/

Posted by: Markin21132 | December 5, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I will say this;

I am for the death penalty. Now we have seen so much in the advent of DNA that has given me pause. Seeing people being freed after 10 years of incarcerated incorrectly, and that saddens me.

But mostly I am for the death penalty b/c of who I am.

I would never take anothers life willingly, thus I dont fear being incorrectly accused. Now it is still a possibility, but a remote one.

But b/c of my perspective of middle-class white kid who grew up in the burbs of DC, it is understandable why I think violent criminals should be dealt with.

But there are plenty of others who have different perspectives, and maybe even knew someone put to death, and maybe unjustly so. others who understand what it is to steal to survive, and to carry a 9 to survive.

So I guess the point is, in the olden days, women were put to death for 'witchcraft'. But as time goes on, our society gets better at 'justice'. But like dorf said, I would never want to be the judge.

Hopefully some day we can download memories to see if a person committed a crime. But then again rights of people may be tread on b/c of this.

If we could eliminate senseless death, would you give up that right? My answer is yes.,

Posted by: Zebraskins | December 5, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Jail is no joke. Especially Max prisons. There in suicide watch since they were moved to Miami-Dade jail. Now, there are some real thugs there, and I am sure they don't like the fact that some boys from the other side of the state would shoot one of their own for nothing. You just don't do that. The streets have codes too. It was probably suggested to them to be on suicide watch because they need the boys to stay alive at least until the trial starts. Once they get convicted and go to real prison, its see you later.

Everyone liked Sean Taylor for atleast the way he left it on the field. So no one will feel one bit remorsefull for them. That light skinned Rivera will be somebody's girlfriend before the end of his 1st day. If he chooses to fight, then he will really be in some trouble. I'm sure everyone has watched a few prison movies.........

4thFloor

Posted by: RightWay | December 5, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Tossed salad for lunch, anyone?

4th, I didn't realize that prison justice was so reliable, but if you say so, I believe it.

If not, life in prison is too good for these guys. Human beings are very adaptable, and once a lifer is able to accept that prison is now their reality, people are able to live within that scope.

I'm not a death penalty advocate, but maybe we could pump a steady stream of hungry horseflies into their cells to make things just a smidgen more uncomfortable.

Too bad we can't ask Sean what he'd like to see done with them.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 5, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Rivera's myspace page absolutely makes me ill. It's wallpapered with stacks of currency, and one of his hobbies listed is apparently "counting money". Stone cold thug.

Posted by: smarty_pants | December 5, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sean would've asked them to be sent over the middle of the field about, oh 500 times, or have them sit in the pocket with a ball and chain tied to both ankles with little to no slack so he could tee off on them, oh about 500 times.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 5, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Can't imagine anyone becoming fatigued where he is right now.

I still can't believe this...

Posted by: RedDMV | December 5, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Smarty Pants. I was thinking the same thing. From what I have seen with people's myspace pages, though, is that some create a false reality that they wish they were living. Everybody is a gangsta or superstar in myspace.

Now, real life? That is very different. The guy may have some coke charges and may have dreads, but that dosen't mean anything at this point. I still see him as a wannabe. Because the real ones don't have myspace pages.........

4th

Posted by: RightWay | December 5, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with these 4 getting put to death. They had a number of different choices they could have made in which the outcome would have been different. Life is about the choices you make, and in this case, these guys made choices that took a life. This wasn't some random crime. They put time and effort into this. The trigger man, seemed to be well on his way to a life of crime given his record.

Sorry if this seems cold, and uncaring, but sometimes people need to reap what they sew...

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 5, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

This kid Rivera is a piece of work, among other things. If his hobbie is "Counting Money", then why in the hell is he robbing houses?

The dumb bastard should've been sticking up banks. That was probably next anyway...

He must have thought Sean was holding money on his property like Denzel Washington in "American Gangster".

High voltage or lethal dosage?

Posted by: RedDMV | December 5, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Both

Posted by: sams3 | December 5, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"I am against the death penalty only because the court system is flawed and it is not applied consistently across the board. Too many poor and too many blacks have a higher chance facing the death penalty than whites and rich people have."

Posted by: RightWay | December 5, 2007 10:57 AM
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Maybe that's because people fitting those descriptions are committing more crimes that are elgibile for the death penalty??? The shoe does fit both feet.

Posted by: NCICURN | December 5, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Dude - You are so off base in soo many ways. I am talking about proportion. And I backed it up wit hfacts. The Univ of MD was commissioned to do a study, and from that study Glendenning put a moratorium on the death penaly. Many studies have shown that death penalty is not used on a proportionate level.

Posted by: RightWay | December 5, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone already said this, but I doubt any of them will get the death sentence. If it was pre-meditated or conspiracy to commit, maybe, but not for un-pre-meditated murder. At most, they guy who pulled the trigger, but not all 4 of them.

Posted by: dlhaze | December 5, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I just don't see the point in a life, or multiple life sentences, with no chance of parole. Why are we keeping that person alive? Just to keep them in jail? They're a financial drain to whatever state they are incarcerated in.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 5, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

4 black people committed a murder in the midst of another felony (armed burgulary). If all 4 get the death penalty, I see that as pretty proportionate.

Posted by: NCICURN | December 5, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Glendenning is your support for your argument. Remember, his successor, reinstated the death penalty in 2004.

Posted by: NCICURN | December 5, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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