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The Redskins have hit the ground tweeting this morning:

@TrentShelton On my way to practice...thank God for waking me up this morning! U should do the same!

@RedskinsLB58 Back to work this morning, gotta make this team and make it better!!

Speaking of tweets, Twitter is changing the NFL landscape and nowhere is that more true than with the maroon-and-black (see above for latest evidence). Rick Maese writes:

While athletes have used blogs the past couple of years, they say Twitter is quicker, more accessible and less likely to be filtered through agents, publicists or team officials before publication. From the perspective of both fan and athlete, that's a good thing. But the National Football League is an image-obsessed league, routinely beset by athletes' off-the-field antics. Twitter has already grown into a social media tool over which the league has little to no control.
In all, 10 Redskins players use active Twitter accounts to keep in touch with friends and fans through 140-character bursts. It's part of a revolution that has touched other sports, but one that didn't boom in the NFL until after last season's Super Bowl. Since then, dozens of players throughout the league have opened Twitter accounts, giving fans an intriguing look at the offseason -- previously a period in which most players essentially disappeared from public view.
It has league officials and social media experts predicting the upcoming season will be unlike any before.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 2, 2009; 7:17 AM ET
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Finally, an answer to the age-old question, "What is the sound of one hand clapping"?

It's twitter tweets about the Redskins.

These people have nothing to say and only say it because they can say it briefly. Boring as ChRiS LarrY's blog complaints.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 2, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Brian Orakpo...

it reminds me what Arrington might have been if he only had a brain--THE CORK

I think you are dead-on here, Cork. Both are/were great athletes. BOrak seems to be much more coachable. The more I think about selecting him, the more I like it.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 2, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Blache is the quote machine. Love his outlook and philosophy.

From the times:

"People base success on sacks alone, and that's not what it's about," said Blache, who added that Carter led the team with 16 hurries and was often just a half-step late. "We're trying to make something that's mostly an art into a science. Putting numbers to it just doesn't work. They didn't paint the Mona Lisa by numbers. They didn't paint the Sistine Chapel by numbers. Numbers are for the idiots that can't paint."

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 2, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

tweet, tweet.

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 2, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Just thing Cindy, we were way ahead of the players and most of the public with twitter. (This is ahr19 here)

Posted by: Levelheadedskinsfan19 | August 2, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

that is supposed to say ... *just think

Posted by: Levelheadedskinsfan19 | August 2, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The constant "Maroon and Black" reference is a little old wouldn't you say. It's been over 18 months since he said it and it wasn't that big a deal at that time, let alone now. Get over it.

Posted by: 6-2StackMonster | August 2, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

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