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Happy Father’s Day Redskins Dads!


Happy Father’s Day to all the Redskins Dads out there!

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Click on the image for the full-sized wallpaper.

Being a dad is the greatest thing in the world. We hope all the Redskins dads out there in Redskins Nation have a great day, and are celebrated for all the great daddy things they do.

Hail to all of you!!

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Flashback Friday: Us!!!


I thought for a Flashback Friday this week, I would take a look back at a little bit of history about the site. There’s method to my madness.

Yesterday I archived over 1300 articles. They were technically the “first” articles ever written by thehogs.net, and they were housed in a very rudimentary old database. It was there that I started, and it was there that I was inspired to write this blog.

First of all, technology. There were no content management systems in 2002. No such thing as a blog. There weren’t even any good scripts to pillage. I had to build a rudimentary mySQL database. And then learn PHP so that I could use the information on a website. My “hack skills” were born. Deconstructing working scripts that did similar things, and then re-arranging them and learning as I went, to try and accomplish the task. Ultimately, I was able to create a front end and back end to start holding our content in 2003. For the first year-plus – we basically wrote on the fly and over top of what was there the day before.

So it’s funny / aggravating / heartbreaking to be sitting here some 13-14 years later and trying to figure out how to migrate that “crappy old database” over to a new home.

Secondly, I couldn’t help but notice the content. I expected to look back and find garbage – a bunch of hacks that just thought they knew what they were doing, and driven by ego; but that isn’t what I found. I found some really good stuff. Partisan for sure, but quality nevertheless. We had weekly features like The Cheap Seats, Sun Tzu: The Art of Coaching, Scooter’s 6 Pack, and The 5th Quarter – all the way back to 2003 when we started the database.

That crappy old database… man, does it hold something very special… history.

As I scrolled the contents looking for mathematical ways to extract the data effectively, I kept being bombarded with memories. Redskins memories… personal memories… things that happened… people I met… people who have helped me throughout the years… content of ours that has been boastfully claimed by others as “original”… people that have moved on to different things… even people that have passed away.

And so I went on an emotional roller coaster where I didn’t expect to. Too many friends made, to single any out. Too much help given, to thank everyone individually. Too many experiences had, to even try and relay them in a concise manner. Too many doors opened, to amply explain.

After all, 2016 will be our fourteenth season online. When I started the site, they told me that I wouldn’t last 2. Couldn’t last 2. And I think most of the sites that existed back then, are long since forgotten with a few exceptions.

We’ve been through many incarnations. We’ve been through many trials and tribulations. I’ve learned a lot about a lot of different things in my years running this community. And not just about football.

This site has been more than a hobby for a very long time. It is a passion. And while sometimes my responsibilities as a family man and father lend me less time than I would sometimes like, to devote to my passion… it never wanes.

Upon successful completion of migrating all of the old articles over to the blog database where we have been writing our content for a few years, we surpassed the 2500 blog mark. Over 2500 articles written by volunteer Redskin fans here at the site. It’s incredible to think about. I’m proud to have written 2500 times about anything. It takes sticktuitiveness. Fed by that aforementioned passion.

I might actually bleed THN harder than I bleed burgundy and gold. There are friends here. There is family here. There is camaraderie here. There is history here.

And a lot of it is in that crappy old database.

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Su’a Cravens in S.T.’s Uniform – Photoshop


Yeah, yeah, yeah… before you even start, I did this graphic up to pay homage to Sean Taylor, not to exploit him or his good name.

After all, not only is Taylor a favorite of many-to-most Redskins fans, he was also the favorite player of the Redskins 2nd round draft pick Su’a Cravens (53rd overall).

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Click on the image for a 1280×800 wallpaper sized version.

Cravens wore number 21 at USC.

It’s not likely Cravens will actually ever see himself in the number 21 of the burgundy and gold – nor will anyone else – so I hope there’s no feathers ruffled with a little bit of Photoshop manipulation to show what it would look like.

The composite uses Sean’s jersey AND pads, and then there is just helmet accents laid over top of the USC helmet. Yeah sure, there are some quirky bits, but it’s just for some burgundy and gold fun. See both images below to see where the composite came from.

Send all complaints to 1-800-EAT-SH… oh, nevermind.

More about Cravens’ pre-NFL days here.

You can actually reach me on Twitter @TheHogsdotNet.

Our Sean Taylor Tribute Page.

Hail. To the Redskins. To Su’a. And especially to Sean. May he rest in peace.

Original images:

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 (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

(Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

And just because there is never not a good reason to post this, the original Sean Taylor Tribute wallpaper:

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Flashback Friday: Joe Jacoby


I posted this before, but when original Hog Joe Jacoby is announced as one of the 15 Hall of Fame finalists the night before…

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Best of luck Joe! All of #RedskinsNation is pulling for you.

Follow him on Twitter @JoeJacoby66Hog and me @TheHogsdotNet.

Hail!

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You Like That: Wallpaper Wednesday


That’s right, it’s Wallpaper Wednesday again, and while we may be playing the Cowboys this week…

… it doesn’t matter because we’re going to the playoffs!

Largely due to the play of Captain Kirk.

We Like That.

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Click for the 1440×900 wallpaper size, and please feel free to share across your social networks.

Hail #RedskinsNation!

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Minion Monday: Playoff Bound!


Winners of the NFC East…

Playoff bound…

Your Washington Redskins.

Bidoo!

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Hail!

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Redskins NFC East Champs Graphic


Here is a graphic for your Washington Redskins – the 2015 NFC East Champions.

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Congratulations and Hail.

Feel free to share on your social networks.

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Pierre Garcon: Wallpaper Wednesday


It’s Wallpaper Wednesday again, and a big touchdown in Sunday’s crucial 35-25 victory over the Buffalo Bills, makes Pierre Garcon, this week’s recipient.

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Please share on your favorite social networks, and Hail!

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Minion Monday: First Place


Bello!!

Great Monday huh?

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Eagles lost? Check. Hammered actually.

Giants lost? Check. Maginficently actually.

Cowboys lost? Check. Eliminated from playoff contention actually.

Redskins won? Check. And sit first place in the NFC East with the ability to clinch the spot next week, actually.

Bidoo! Bidoo! Oh, happy days… oh happiest of Mondays.

Hail!

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Jason Hatcher: #WallpaperWednesday


My apologies for the unforeseen layoff of the Wallpaper Wednesdays… I was out of internet commission for a little bit.

This week’s wallpaper is Jason Hatcher. With it being Dallas Week, it seemed most appropriate.

Enjoy, and just click on the image for the full 1440×900 resolution image.

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P.S. – I hate Dallas.

Follow me on Twitter @TheHogsdotNet. I will be serving up Cowboys vitriol in my timeline all week.

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