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Hate Them Cowboys


I can say with certainty that in the twelve years I have been running this site, the question I have been asked the most is, “how did you become a Redskin fan, living up in Canada?” I always answer unequivocally and without hesitation, “Well I hated the Cowboys. Then I loved the Redskins.”

That’s the absolute truth.

Things were MUCH different for young sports fans in the early 80′s when I was cutting my football teeth. Television coverage was sporadic compared to the broad array of options available to Joe Q. Public now. In a climate where there were only one or two football games a week available to watch, it seemed that the Cowboys were always on. I liked football, so I watched. The Dallas Cowboys were known as “America’s Team,” and even at 10 years old, I didn’t like them. At all.

They had a bunch of poopy heads on their team.

I came to like whatever team was playing Dallas. That’s an adage I still follow today. If someone happens to ask me what football team I like, I tell them that I like the Redskins, and whoever is playing the Cowboys. I don’t know how many times I have said it in my life. It isn’t to be cutesy, it’s just how my football brain evolved.

Ultimately as I learned about the game in that first year, I learned about divisions and what the NFC East was and that THESE teams played the Cowboys TWICE a year. I knew that there was a good chance my football allegiance lay somewhere in the NFC East by virtue of that fact alone. All of my other sports allegiances I was born into, or are to local clubs, but with no local option in the NFL for me here in Canada, I was a free agent.

So in 1981, I started watching football with more of an eye for individual teams as opposed to just watching. Late in November I believe it was, I caught the Cowboys vs Redskins game at a friend’s house who had a giant satellite dish. The satellite was a new experience, so watching a non-network broadcast football game was exciting territory for an 11-year old. That friend of mine was a “Cowboys fan”.

Dick.

Or Richard I guess he prefers to be called.

It was on. Him versus me. Mano e mano. Okay, we were 11 – it was more like a little bit of mouthy jarring. We may even have snuck in some profanity in momentary absences of parental observation.

I took my first Redskins beat down that game. They hammered us to the tune of 24 or 25 to 10 or something. He kept saying, “The Redskins suck.” I kept saying, “Nuh-uh, the Cowballs do. Dick!!”

Some 30 years later, I have come to realize that all fans donning that stupid star are “Dick”s.

My Redskins fandom was born on that day. Oh sure, the draft that year, and the imminent rise of The Hogs was what rooted them in my soul; but it was that faithful day in late Novenber of 1981 when I first felt the coarsing rage of my burgundy and gold blood.

And of course I still hate them Cowboys today; probably even moreso, as my vitriol has gained focus.

Sure, I have friends that are Cowboy fans; but I consider it a tragic flaw in them, that I am willing to overlook. But not easily. Well actually, I can’t overlook it at all, so I guess that I “tolerate” or “put up with” it, is better phraseology.

Because even the ones that are my friends, are “Dick”s. Especially on Game Day.

I have a house rule that nobody EVER wears Cowboys garb in my house. Of any type. This has been exercised on several occasions… usually if a friend brings another new friend along to watch the game. It isn’t pretty, and usually goes something like this…

Me: “You can’t wear that in my house.”

Them: “HaHa. You hate them Cowboys huh?”

Me: “This isn’t a joke. Did I stutter? Take that crap off.”

Them: (to friend who brought them) “Ha. He’s kidding right?”

Me: “If you don’t have a shirt to change into, then you can sit here shirtless, go get another shirt, or I will see if my girlfriend has a smock for you, but you can’t wear that crap in my house.”

At this point, they either leave, or change. Nobody has ever opted for the smock. Which is good because I wouldn’t know a smock from a sock, but what I do know, is that you can’t ever come into my house wearing a star.

For some reason, no one that has ever actually stayed after removing said Cowboys gear, has ever been very boisterous or annoying during the game. Regardless of result.

Tossers. Every one of them. Even my friends.

On Game Day anyway.

Because at the end of the day…

I just hate them Cowboys.

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Sweet Moment of the Match: Redskins v Titans


THN and Confections Cupcakery have teamed up to bring you a delicious new blog, where we pick the sweetest play of the game by a Redskins player and award them the THN / Confections “Sweet Moment of the Match” award. That player can walk into Confections any time that week and pick up ALL THREE of that week’s flavors of the week. Pretty sweet all around! We will tweet the player who wins to make sure they know that they’re the winner! This week’s recipient – and winner of the Sweet Moment of the Match award – is Colt McCoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers: Redskins vs Titans


Here are the important statistics and numbers for Washington’s narrow 19-17 victory over Tennessee on Sunday. It may not have been the prettiest of wins, but it ended the losing streak regardless, and hopefully put the now 2-5 Redskins back on the winning path. The Titans fell to the same mark of 2-5.

351 – Total net yards for the Redskins, to just 236 for the Titans.

160 – Yards passing for Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, on 17 receptions (26 attempts, 91.8 rating).

139 – Yards passing for Kirk Cousins, on 10 completions (16 attempts).

138.9 – QB rating for Colt McCoy. Contrast that with the 64.3 that Cousins put up on basically the same number of yards. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Quick Game Thoughts: Titans


Here are 5 quick thoughts I had following the Redskins, ahem, thrilling 19-17 victory over the Titans at Fed Ex on Sunday.

1) The Real McCoy – I don’t know what Colt McCoy’s NFL future looks like, or even if he will start next week against the Cowboys, but I will tell you this – he should. He was sharp coming off the bench, and provided Washington with exactly the right mix of spark and conservativeness. His very first pass hit pay dirt when Pierre Garcon took it 70 yards to the house. Colt showed great poise down the stretch too, especially on the last drive. He finished his first start as a Redskin, 11 of 12 for 128 yards. You could ask nothing more of the young man… near back-up perfection. Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers: Redskins vs Cardinals


Here are some of the more important numbers and statistics from the Redskins 30-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

407 – Yards of total offense for the Redskins. The Cardinals had 317.

354 – Yards passing for Kirk Cousins, on a 24 for 38 day; unfortunately 3 of those 14 incompletions were actually completions to Arizona Cardinals.

250 – Yards passing for Carson Palmer, who returned from a 5-game absence due to a nerve injury in his shoulder. He was 28 of 44, with 0 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fill In The Blank, Winning Isn’t Everything…


Well the hot button / water cooler / trending topic for the Redskins this week seems to be a fairly lax dressing room following their loss to the Seahawks on Monday night. John Keim, and others, reported the Redskins were less than forlorn after dropping to 1-4. That has sparked an endless flow of banter in Redskins Nation.

I have to admit, I’m a competitive person. I will make a race out of drinking a milkshake. I don’t like to lose. Hate losing. Don’t lose. Not at anything. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweet Moment Of the Match: Redskins vs Seahawks


THN and Confections Cupcakery have teamed up to bring you a delicious new blog, where we pick the sweetest play of the game by a Redskins player and award them the THN / Confections “Sweet Moment of the Match” award. That player can walk into Confections any time that week and pick up ALL THREE of that week’s flavors of the week. Pretty sweet all around! We will tweet the player who wins to make sure they know that they’re the winner! This week’s recipient – and winner of the Sweet Moment of the Match award – is DeSean Jackson – for the second time in a row. Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers: Redskins vs Seahawks


Not even taking 3 touchdowns away from Percy Harvin, could stop Russell Wilson and the Seahawks from handing the Redskins their 4th loss in 5. Here are the interesting numbers and statistics from the Seahawks 27-17 victory over the Redskins on Monday night:

6,781 – Equals the number of times I watched Russell Wilson do something and thought, remember when RGIII used to look sort of like that? But I digress… Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers – Redskins vs Giants


The Redskins were completely embarrassed by Eli Manning and the New York Giants on Thursday. Here are some of the more telling statistics and numbers from New York’s 45-14 dismantling of Washington:

449 – Total yards of offense for the Giants, to the Redskins 329.

300 – Yards passing for Eli Manning on 28 completions (40 attempts). He dismantled the Redskins defense, with 4 passing touchdowns, and also rushed for one himself.

259 – Total yards passing for Kirk Cousins. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jeter


I sit here today – paralyzed by the sting of the Redskins being destroyed by the New York Giants. I’m not even going to write about the game – it’s too painful to re-live. Instead, I’m going to write something positive, something about Derek Jeter. After all, who won’t be today anyway?

Did you catch Jeter’s last game at home last night? He finished his career with a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth – won the game with his final at bat ever at Yankee Stadium. Epic. Read the rest of this entry »

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