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The Cowboys' Take...

Dan Steinberg sends a report from Redskins Park:


AP photo.
Over the next five days, the Cowboys will be asked approximately 9 million different questions about how long, how hard, and how seriously they will play this weekend. We just had our crack at Wade Phillips and Greg Ellis. Their responses: Phillips Any closer to deciding who'll play? No, not really. We haven't practiced yet today. Of course, [Andre] Gurode and Owens are not practicing. So we know that it would be doubtful that they would play at all. They probably wouldn't play. So that's where we are. Guys who are questionable or worse won't play? I think that would be the right approach in this case. If we've got guys that are banged up, they won't play, but anybody's that's healthy we want to play 'em. For how long? Well, we haven't decided that yet. You know, whoever we have in there we feel like we can win with, and that's the way we're gonna play the game. Will the score dictate how long guys play? I think there's a lot of circumstances certainly. One of 'em, obviously, is what our position is now. But we have to take all those things into consideration. I said it here, we're playing to win, we're not playing to finish the season or just get out of a game or that kind of thing. We feel like the people that we're going to be playing in the game are going to be playing to win, that's what we're going to do. Feeling any obligation to the Vikings or Saints? Not really. We don't think about them in any of our other games, so we won't in this game either. Like I said, we're going to play to win. I'm think the Redskins know that. Joe Gibbs I'm sure has said that. I mean, this is a rivalry game. Players want to play against each other in this division, and we've got a strong, strong division, probably the strongest in the NFC, without a doubt. On playing without T.O. I mean, we're gonna have guys playing that we think can play and give us an opportunity to win. Sometimes it's through injury and sometimes it may be through the situation. The situation may be that all our, quote, "starters" aren't playing, but we believe in the guys we have. Any time you lose Terrell in our offense--the guy scored four touchdowns the last game--it's gonna be a big loss, but we think we have guys who will come through for us. Greg Ellis Feelings about the situation? The thing that works into our favor is that it's a rival game, and every time you step onto the field as a football player obviously you want to do your best. But the rivalry that Washington and Dallas have against each other kind of negates the fact that we can't improve our playoff standing. So that [rivalry] is definitely going to factor into the picture for us. Do you want to play the whole game? I do. I would love to continue to play my normal reps, but obviously the coach and Jerry and them and the staff has things they want to get accomplished in this game, but the time I'm in there obviously I'm going to play to win it. What if you get nicked up? If I do twist my ankle in this game then obviously I don't think you will see the trainers wrap me up and send me back out there. I don't think you do that, because you have to be responsible and mature about the situation. But other than any of that kind of stuff happening, I think guys are anticipating playing, and when your number gets called you go out, and the backup comes in, and the coaches see what they can do. Feel an obligation to Vikings and Saints? No I don't. And I don't say that in a bodacious way, I say that because I pretty much try not to get involved with the playoff picture on that level. I just try to line up when the game is presented to us, to play. I just give all that I can give. And this team in my opinion has done that, and that's the way we want to continue to play. Feelings on the Redskins as Cinderella? I wouldn't call them a Cinderella team. Actually they're a team that plays really good football in late November and through all of December. This doesn't surprise me with them, and I've told people, after we played them, I said, 'You know what, Washington is a team that's on the rise.'

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2007; 1:51 PM ET
 
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Comments

first!

Posted by: 012 | December 26, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I will now get a life

Posted by: 012 | December 26, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

WE WANT DALLAS! WE WANT DALLAS!

Posted by: CMoney1 | December 26, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Merry Happy and all that everybody! Off work for this whole week! Woo-hoo. Amazing game Sunday night. Starting to nervous my guts out already for this Sunday's game.

Beer question for Nate, Diddy, Stumped, Smack, et al....going to the "store with mass quantities of great beer from around the world" later. Recommendations? Apparently, if you've heard of it, this place has it.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 26, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Want to watch some video? Sure, you do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzMM8FBFVQI

Posted by: TheCindy | December 26, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

4-12

Do you/your guests like

1. lighter stuff (lager/ale) or heavier stuff (porter/stout)?
2. hoppy stuff or not so hoppu stuff?

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

4-12, here are some thoughts...

Alaskan Brewing's Winter Ale. Awful good.
http://www.alaskanbeer.com/winter.html

Liefmans Kriek, made from cherries. Amazing.
http://www.liefmans.be/EN/Liefmans/Kriek.htm

Red Seal, from northern CA. Yum.
http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/beer-RedSeal.htm

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Cindy: Great video. Love to see everybody feeling their oats and looking loose.

Posted by: MadDog | December 26, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

And everything from the Samuel Smith family. The Nut Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout are especially good this time of year.

http://www.merchantduvin.com/pages/5_breweries/samsmith.html

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Nate stole my Red Seal idea, but if you like a thicker heavier beer, I'd highly recommend the Bells Porter and Java Stout

http://www.bellsbeer.com/index.php/brands.html

If you want a kick your liver Imperial Stout, then go for

Brooklyn Brewing Black Chocolate Stout

or

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (from Red Seal)

And you can nver go wrong with Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale!

Cheers

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else tired of reporters asking if they are going to play hard when there's "nothing" to play for? What are they going to say?

"Uh, we'll just play all our second-stringers and we won't play very hard."

I mean if they don't, they aren't going to admit it. Very silly question.

Posted by: cmecyclist | December 26, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Damnit Nate, stop stealing my beers :)

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Adam- Any/all.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 26, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Nate- Those look great. Writing them down on the list.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 26, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorites...

http://www.ballastpoint.com/index_copy(1).htm

The Yellowtail and Wahoo Wheat are especially tasty. Hard to find outside of California...

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 26, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I've drank for like 7 consecutive days. Should I make it 8 or head to the gym tonight? Maybe gym, then beer?

Skins 27
Boys 16

Posted by: RickyBobby | December 26, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is a glorious winter beer. In fact, just get a case and sit on 12 of them til next year. They're other-wordly after sitting for a year or so.

If they have Oskar Blues beers, I'd grab some Old Chubb and Dale's Pale Ale. Cans, baby! They're outstanding beers.

Sammy Smith's...all are great.

And you can never go wrong with a case of Guinness on stand-by.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Stella is always good to have for the weenies.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

And on the hoppy tip, Dogfish Head 60 and 90 minute IPAs (2 different beers) rock.

Not sure if I'd push the 120 minute IPA at you cause it's wickedly alcoholic (20+%), insanely costly, and extremely hard to find. But if you're feeling adventuresome and want to share a brew with friends, it's an OK choice as well.

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Gym, then beer, so then you don't really have to make a choice between one or the other - it's still very early, so you can totally get both in.

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 26, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

jspaceman72

what's your take on the great Sierra Celebration vs Anchor Christmas debate?

I take it you are a Sierra guy?

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Plus de video pour vous mes amis.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6lehaBcHpU

Je déteste Dallas aussi.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 26, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Victoria Bitter for me.

Skins 24 Dallas 21

Posted by: Skinz | December 26, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I prefer the Celebration Ale. In fact, I'm not too big on this year's Christmas Ale. The piney taste is a bit much for me. It tastes like there's sap in it. I've only had a few of the 2007 Celebrations (I'm working on a case of 2006 at home and a another case that is mine at the bar I hang in). But I thought they were solid. That all said, the Christams Ale is still good stuff.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

That second sentence should say relative to the Celebration Ale.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Without further delay, I present the Saga of the Purloined Pineapple:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2007/12/the_pineapple_finds_a_home.html

Posted by: TheCindy | December 26, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your ideas everybody! Off I go, with $150 worth of beer gift cards, and a hankerin' for some outstanding drinking. Will report back at some point. Perhaps for some DBMGO!

Posted by: 4-12 | December 26, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Adam, great minds, great palates, thinking and drinking alike.

One more, 4-12. This may be a case of unduly lauding another country's Budweiser, but there is a delicious Irish ale called Smithwick's which is available in the US. Pretty darn good, and not as heavy as that other delicious mainstay, Guinness. (Sadly, its sister, the sublime Kilkenny Cream Ale, has not yet landed on our shores.)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

can barno's autographed Heavy Metal Parking Lot CD be far behind?

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

If we get 4-12 and Nate HABTGO (hammered and blogging their guts out) and then get Freak and his new gentleman friend, we might make 150k by the time the ball drops in Times Square.

Posted by: TheCindy | December 26, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Nate- Downed two pints of Smithwick's at the Irish Channel Pub in Crofton the other night!

Posted by: 4-12 | December 26, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I have yet to get my hands on the anchor xmas beer, but put down quite a few of the sierra celebration pints on draught this weekend, and enjoyed thoroughly.

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 26, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheCindy | December 26, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!
WE WANT DALLAS!

Posted by: bigmurf08 | December 26, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Nate/4-12

Smithwick's is a reasonable ale, but most places I've gone to in/around DC jack up its price. Often, it ends up almost as expensive as Red Seal (which, imho is a much better beer).

Besides, 4-12, as a local MD resident, shouldn't you be staying loyal to the home state and drinking Snow Goose Winter Ale or Clipper City Winter Storm?

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

'The bog' couldn't grab any bulletin board material from these guys? I thought that was the point of him being not a 'real' journalist?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 26, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

We Want Dallas!

Going to be watching the game in Sunny Florida.

Hail To The Redskins!

Posted by: mjwies11 | December 26, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm going to preface this by saying that I love good beer, like as the sorts of types that are oft mentioned on RI.

But I had a beer once when I was living in Florida (purchased from World of Beers in Clearwater) that I have been unable to find since.

It wasn't what one would think of when one thinks of "good beer," but it WAS good, even though it was something of a novelty. I don't recall who makes it, but it was called Chili Beer.

It's light, like a Mexican cerveza, and it's bottled with a jalepeno in the bottom. The result is a beer that's spicy, but clean.

Like I said, it's kind of a novelty, and I bought it as such, but was nicely surprised at how good it was. Anyone else had one of these?

Posted by: freakzilla | December 26, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I've never had that one, but I had a jalapeno IPA at an Indian restaurant in nebraska of all places. One was good, but it wasn't something I could drink a bunch of. Reminded me a bit of ballpark nachos.

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 26, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody tried the Golden Monkey? (Don't drink 2!)

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 26, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I am partial to a good old Miller Lite - seriously, I think it is the greatest beer ever (please don't kick me off the blog!) and will seek it out at any sporting event, concert, etc. (interestingly enough, to my surprise, you can get it at Coors Field in Denver!)

HTTR!

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 26, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Seeing "National Treasure 2" or whatever it's called with the fam-in-law tonight.

I didn't see the first one. Anyone seen the new one yet? Am I going to be totally lost? Will Nicholas Cage constantly look like he just woke up from a nap?

Speaking of movies, my wife bought me the Die Hard collection for Christmas. Gosh I love that girl. :)

Posted by: freakzilla | December 26, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. What would you go and do that for, freaky?

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Take em all to see There Will Be Blood!

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Nate, yep, pretty sure that was it.

Suzanne, if I'm a stadium or some such place with limited beer selection, I'll usually opt for Miller Lite. Of the Big Three domestic light beers, it's definitely the best.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 26, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. What would you go and do that for, freaky?

Not my call, and not a battle worth fighting.

Plus, I heard it has maps.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 26, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd bring some Patron, a Mini Maglite and a few crossword puzzles if I was you.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks freakzilla - my friends make fun of me because if we go someplace that does not have Miller Lite, I have a problem deciding what to get - one reason that I do not like most Irish bars!

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 26, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"I do not like most Irish bars!"

Dear Todd! That's crazy talk!

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 26, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Irish girl and embarassingly enough do not like Guinness. I've been known to drink Harp on St. Patrick's Day or when in an Irish Pub - but Amstel Light is my favorite beer.

Freakzilla - the first National Treasure was very entertaining. Nicholas Cage was very good, but he's one of my favorite actors. If you go into it looking for some light-hearted fun - you'll enjoy it. I haven't seen the second one, let me know what you think.

Posted by: mmok | December 26, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

suzanne, it's all right. I worked at a bar in Albany, CA, where there was a group of regulars, real Irish dudes from Ireland, who would come in and drink nothing but Budweiser. They were not being ironic, they actually loved to drink Budweiser.

I like a good American macrobrew once in a while. I ain't a snob. I just don't want to be insulted by the beer I'm drinking (looking at you, Keystone.)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

jspaceman, I think "Blood" is in limited release this week... I got all amped up from the preview and some tremendous reviews, and it's not showing on any Portland screens! Bummer. It looks great.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Between the Irish music, the shepard's pie and the lack of Miller Lite, I usually have a 1-2 hour pain threshold! (oh, and I am half Irish!)

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 26, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I think mmok and I may be long lost sisters!

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 26, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

4th, good for Schein to serve himself a nice tall glass of shut the hell up, but I take issue with his characterization of Almighty Todd as a "career backup." Wasn't The Todd a starter in Buffalo for about two months?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Suzanne - I wouldn't be surprised the way Irish family trees are - but at the very least sisters in spirit!

Posted by: mmok | December 26, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of beers that are good...

http://www.chimay.com/en/chimay_blue_220.php

Posted by: chris_skins_balt | December 26, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's only in NYC and LA, Nate.

I'm going to act like I didn't read the knock on Irish music that Suzanne just made. Nope...didn't see it. Doesn't exist.

The bandwagon's getting a little crowded, no?

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing worse than Irish music. I'd rather listen to the Marlboro man coughing all night.

I like crappy beer too. Flavor just slows me down.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 26, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey 4-12,

Sorry for the off-topic post, but what place are you talking about for buying beer. I went to the Dominican Republic a couple of years ago, and there was a beer called Presidente. I can't find it anywhere here in the states. Wonder if the place you're talking about would have it.
Thanks.

Posted by: nlancaster | December 26, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"Flavor just slows me down" - that's great! I have to remember that.

I'll be doing my Holiday travels starting tomorrow and so will be able to watch the big game on Sunday with my whole family which I hardly ever get to do anymore. Should be an awesome game!

Go 'Skins!!

Posted by: mmok | December 26, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Safe travels, mmok and anybody else hitting the road this weekend or coming home from an XMas trip.

Cyn City, can we count on regular updates this week, from you and the Jasons? Must feed the beast, you know.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

That's what the whiskey back is for, SMACK.

nl, you should be able to find Presidente all over. Most specialty places should have it.

I love Irish music. Particularly, as a complimentary good with boozing. I can listen to The Pogues and the Cheiftans for days on end.

First person to tell me the Pogues are a British band gets a kick to the Blarney Stones.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

nlancaster, from what I can make out of this page en Espanol, Presidente is on the verge of busting out all over, though so far they've only announced inroads in the quad-state area...

http://www.cnd.com.do/index.php/esp/exportaciones/cifras_exportacion

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Everytime I am in an Irish Bar, they inevitably play that stupid green alligators and long neck beasts songs that I will now have in my head the rest of the afternoon...

Not new to the Bandwagon, just this blog - stopped by early in the season (pre-registration days) and could not read around all the trolls and other crap and get to the substance and everyone seemed to be giving Jason a hard time, so I moved along, but it was my source for up-to-date information the Monday after Sean Taylor was killed when I was stuck in Texas at my fiance's - who has no cable.

That said - I get to go to my first Skins/Dallas game this weekend - I CANNOT tell you how excited I am!

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 26, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

thank you, jspaceman, for giving me an excuse to post a link to this gorgeous jersey from the London Irish rugby football club. A nod to their heritage (the same as most of the Pogues, and so many other displaced Irish) is the word EXILES across the back of the shirt. Just beautiful.

http://www.londonirishshop.com/p-14-07-08-pro-home-shirt.aspx

I have GOT to get me one of those. A previous version of their jersey had a little patch between the shoulders, a wee pint of Guinness! I had one of those and, ahem, lost it at a Pogues tribute show this past Saint Patrick's Day. Alas...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Please disregard SMACK (aka the Angry Dutchman) on all things Irish. He's still trashing the country William of Orange style and he hasn't heard these guys

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10934905

Gotta vote MGD as my best American macrobrew winner. It's not fancy, but it tastes good and hasn't disappointed me yet. However, I'd go thumbs down on chili beer. I'm usually drinking beer with spicy food to dull some of the chili heat and for a nice beer aftertaste. Chili beer is exactly the opposite of this; I initially taste beer, then I'm whacked with jalepeno juice. It just doesn't work for me.

Well, to each his/her own.

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Also, and thanks again for the opportunity to post this, jspaceman, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Shane MacGowan, fifty years young today.

He's done pretty well, for someone who I thought was dead fifteen years ago.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I always thought it was long necked geese. My wife subjected me to hours on end of wading through puddles of beer and listening to Pete Papageorge at the Irish Times. He killed me on it.

But Adam is right, I am prone to the blanket idiotic statement now and again.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 26, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Shaney Mac turned fifty yesterday -- he's a Christmas baby, as I knew. Not sure why I said 'today.'

Anyway, if you don't like the Pogues... well, jeez, I don't know what to say to that. Suffice to say that I have a Pogues tattoo.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Suzanne, I was absolutely NOT refering to you with my bandwagon comment. It was in reference to the link.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

suzanne is in. SMACK, you going to the game this weekend? Anybody else?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

SMACK, if it helps, the flavor just slows me down line made up for the rant :)

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Not familiar with Pete Papageorge.

I love pretty much anything involving three chords, a fiddle and a penny whistle.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Just watching the Portsmouth game, Nate. I'll take former Arsenal players for $800. But it worked.

No plans to go see my Cowboys lie down like dogs at the FedExperience on Sunday. I hope there is a meaningful Skins Cowboys game in our immediate future though.
?

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 26, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS

The Saturday night game in which the New England Patriots will be trying to set an NFL record by finishing the regular season with an undefeated record, will be simulcast on CBS and NBC, the NFL has just announced.
Originally, the 8:15 p.m. game against the Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., was scheduled to be carried only on the NFL Network. Because of a dispute with Time Warner and Comcast, that network is available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation's homes that have televisions.
"We have taken this extraordinary step because it is in the best interest of our fans," Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "What we have seen for the past year is a very strong consumer demand for NFL Network. We appreciate CBS and NBC delivering the NFL Network telecast on Saturday night to the broad audience that deserves to see this potentially historic game. Our commitment to the NFL Network is stronger than ever."
This simulcast is the first to include three networks. However, Super Bowl I (between the AFL and NFL) was carried on both CBS and NBC on Jan. 15, 1967.
The Patriots-Giants simulcast will be the NFL Network's feed, featuring broadcasters Bryant Gumbel and Chris Collinsworth.

Posted by: TheCindy | December 26, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the off-topic post

Is there such a thing as an off-topic post up here?


Nate, The Pogues were the basis of one of my favorite SNL one-liners. They had just finished a song sung in a (to me) incomprehensible brogue, and Dennis Miller started Weekend Update by saying, "I love The Pogues. But then again, I've always been a sucker for lyrics."

Re-watching the Minny game while working at home on the couch today. Here's my biggest beef right now: I wish ARE would just make one move and then run on punt returns.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 26, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Is it bad karma to book my flight to Seattle now?

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 26, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl and my other bother Darryl.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The stray question mark lends an air of mystery.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 26, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"The Patriots-Giants simulcast will be the NFL Network's feed, featuring broadcasters Bryant Gumbel and Chris Collinsworth."

I wonder if CBS/NBC close captioning will simply say "And you thought our announcing teams sucked; check out these tools".

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The Patriots-Giants simulcast will be the NFL Network's feed, featuring broadcasters Bryant Gumbel and Chris Collinsworth.

After this, all of the people who have been calling their cable companies and complaining that they don't carry NFL Network will call them back and say, "Never mind."

Posted by: freakzilla | December 26, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Very funny, Adam. I'm trying to decide whether Gumbel-Collinsworth is better than a CSI/Best of "SNL" Commercials rerun....I have to go with CSI/SNL.

Posted by: TheCindy | December 26, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

No worries J - didn't click on the link.

going to be on a plane for most of the game Saturday night - I wanted to change the tickets (to also see the TX A&M Bowl game), but my Patriots' loving fiance didn't care, so I will miss most of the A-Team that is Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collingsworth (who we muted halfway through the Giants/Skins game last year and just watched without any sound b/c it was such a huge improvement!)

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 26, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Do you want to play the whole game? "I do. I would love to continue to play my normal reps, but obviously the coach and Jerry and them and the staff has things they want to get accomplished in this game..." - Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis

Can you imagine the firestorm that would erupt in this area if, say, Marcus Washington said "obviously coach and Dan (Snyder) will want to limit my reps this game"????? Funny how Jerry Jones gets a pass for such comments, but Dan Snyder makes a tongue in cheek joke to Gibbs about running on 3rd and 1 and it turns into a controversy about an owner's involvement.

By the way, KUDOS to Cindy or whoever it was that made the decision to have Dan Steinberg post a blog entry on the Redskins Insider. More Steinberg entries in this space in the future would be much appreciated.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 26, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Their closed captioning should carry corrections...."Actually, No. 50 is Mike Vrabel."

Posted by: TheCindy | December 26, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"The FG attempt actually was not good".

I would rather listen to a 3-hr test of the Emergency Broadcast System than hear Bryant Gumble call another game.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 26, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I wish ARE would just make one move and then run on punt returns.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 26, 2007 04:51 PM

I haven't seen any games this year. So mmy question is, does ARE still run about 20 yards before he does his first 5 yards upfield?

Posted by: cmecyclist | December 26, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if someone could pull off a live (or barely delayed) pop up video edit of the Gumbel/Collinsworth feed with edits, snarky comments, etc.

That could be a classic

Adam

Posted by: argh | December 26, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I'd prefer to hear Bryant Gumble sing Irish music than butcher another football game.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 26, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Beer tips from a guy who used to work in a brew-pub.

Already some very good brews mentioned near the beginning of the blog. Something to keep in mind though:

1) When possible, buy local. Most beer is best when freshest and in good condition. Although some beers age well, most don't (for an exception, see a recommendation below). So try to get a local micro-brew. For those living in the DC-Baltimore-Annapolis area, one of my favorite breweries is Wild Goose. Their seasonal brews are always quite exceptional.

2) Buy fresh. Well, it's a corollary of 1). Beer brewed a long time ago and that has traveled long distances, often exposed to extreme temperatures, is not going to taste as good as it might otherwise. So again, try to stay with local or nearby micro-breweries and also check the brew date (and avoid beers that don't indicate when they were brewed).

And if you want to skip all that advice and go for a exotic brew from overseas, then see if you can find what I think is simply the best beer in the world: 3 Monts, a golden ale, Flanders style.

Product Description:

3 Monts is a classic Bière de Garde (which literally means "beer for aging or keeping") brewed by the brewery of St. Sylvestre(actually and old farmhouse) located in the heart of the French Flanders countryside. The beer, named after 3 small nearby hills on the farm, is an old fashioned, full flavored beer brewed from strong aromatic Flemish hops and fermented using top yeasts. The beer is similar to many farmhouse beers that were once brewed in iron hooped barrels in the district and delivered to the many small local Flanders bars. The aromatic bitterness also makes this beer highly suited for cellaring and will last for up to 20 years in a cool dark cellar with definite improvements possible after the first five or so years of storage.

Tasting Notes:

Medium gold clearish under a large, very fine bubbled, creamy yellow white, very long lasting head. Head regenerates superbly on glass swirl. Aroma has hops and fainter spicy, something floral and a hint of cured meat yeastiness, and that celery chicken noodle soup thing you get in some Belgians. Lightly fruity. Medium, less velvet more silky smooth, body. Lasting carbonation. Medium yeasty and fresh malty sweet flavours, nicely balanced between the bitter and sweet dimensions.

Posted by: gringoinmiami | December 26, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Is it bad karma to book my flight to Seattle now?

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 26, 2007 04:51 PM


Don't know. I bought my tickets for the Skins/Seahags 2005 playoff game after we clinched our playoff spot, a few days before we played Tampa in the first round. My uncle and a friend of mine were both flying in for the game, so I wanted to make sure that I held up my end of the deal early (I told them that if they wanted to fly here, I'd buy their game ticket).

Speaking of which, Nate, Diddy, Stumped (Stumped, you're in PDX area, yes?), and any other Pac NW folks who want to try to get seats together for our hopefully-soon-to-be playoff game in Seattle, I propose that we start a group e-mail conversation regarding finding ourselves some tickets.

The earlier we get our tickets handled, the easier and probably cheaper. Should something bad happen at FedEx on Sunday, the tickets can easily be re-sold.

You guys can e-mail me at freakzilla at mindspring dot com to get the ball rolling. (Don't freak out if you get an e-mail from my spam filter. It snags e-mail from addresses it doesn't recognize, but I'll see your e-mail and add you to my approved list.)

Posted by: freakzilla | December 26, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to mentions the most important thing:


WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!

WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!

WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!

WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!

WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!
WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!
WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!
WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!! WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!
WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!! WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!
WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!! WE WANT DALLAS!!!!!!!
WEEEEEEEEE WAAAAAAAAAAAANT DALLASSSSSSSS!!!

Posted by: gringoinmiami | December 26, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

This isn't exactly Must-See TV they're pre-empting:
NBC -- "Dateline NBC" and "Law & Order: SVU"
CBS -- "Good Night and Good Luck" (the 2005 George Clooney movie) and "48 Hours Mystery."

Posted by: TheCindy | December 26, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I can live with Collinsworth. Gumble should feel guilty cashing his checks.

I have the attention span of an 8 year old on Fun Dip today. All the beer talk isn't helping. About 30 more minutes and it's yabba dabba doo time.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 26, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Beer question for Nate, Diddy, Stumped, Smack, et al....going to the "store with mass quantities of great beer from around the world" later. Recommendations? Apparently, if you've heard of it, this place has it."

Recommendation from the UK - Fursty Ferret by the Badger Brewery, or failing that First Gold (same brewery), or if you fancy a heavier winter ale, you CANNOT beat Theakston's Old Peculier.

And hell yes. WE. WANT. DALLAS.

Posted by: mikeysuperdons | December 26, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

freakzilla, I'm already a Seahawks season ticket holder so will actually be using my seats for a change (club level, 25 yard line, visitor team side). This has been an odd year with an unusually large number of Seahawks games overlapping with 'Skins games. I think I've only been to three games this year.

I will hold off on mentioning plans for any local parties for gameday until, you know, the team actually earns the gameday.

Independent of the 'Skins being in the playoffs, I will be at the game anyway, so if you're headed to Seattle for the first round, just holler...

Cindy, that Mike Sellers video is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: PDiddy | December 26, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, nearly forgot..

BEAT DALLAS.

Posted by: PDiddy | December 26, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Have to ask before I go check in to the loony bin...

...is everyone else as totally amped up for this weekend as I am?

Haven't felt this excited about the 'Skins since that improbable 2005 run. More so this time around since I'm so incredibly proud to be a 'Skins fan after this crazy year.

Posted by: PDiddy | December 26, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on the being amped front, Diddy. If we qualify for the big dance, we will go from everyone's whipping boy/laughingstock to something of a darling.

The joke's on them, though. I wouldn't want to play this team! With this defense plus The Todd piloting the unfiltered Al offense plus the great intangible, playing for Sean.

Getting payback on the Seahawks for that playoff game we coulda-woulda-shoulda won a few years back would be awfully sweet...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

2 things skins fans i put my boys down in bed christmas eve, read the night before xmas, said a prayer and as I was leaving the roon my five year old says " Dad the bad guy that broke in Sean Taylors house and shot him, I bet Santa wont bring him any presents this year" No son he wont, made me cry all over again. I am coming up from atl for the game and I bought a green parking pass i now dont need cause my tickets from stub hub came today with a purple pass. anyone interested in the green lot pass plese email me @ gpizzano@bellsouth.net. ill be in falls church area sat thanks and httr

Posted by: gpizzano | December 26, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

gpizzano, I believe Ricky Bobby was looking for an extra parking pass. I don't know his email but hope he sees your post. Good lookin' out.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

SMAACK, for what it's worth, "Play up, Pompey!"

Scoreless draw on the south coast. Lovely.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Purple Parking is great. I can usually get out of the stadium in 10 minutes. Unless my mom drives, in which case her granny driving takes us 2 hours. For a 1pm ET game, I can usually make the 6:30pm flight out of National to Chicago to Seattle. Again, unless my mom is driving.

Her driving is a regular feature in our Airing of Grievances. :-)

My new thing is to get a ride from the stadium to the Greenbelt Metro, then take the Green/Yellow line into National ( I think that's right, I always get Greenbelt and New Carollton and Green/Orange confused)...I can usually get from the FedEx Purple Lot to National in 35-45 minutes.

Beat Dallas.

Posted by: PDiddy | December 26, 2007 8:07 PM | Report abuse

*beep beep*

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 26, 2007 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Beer???

All Vodka....all the time, baby!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | December 27, 2007 9:00 AM | Report abuse

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