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  • Victory Monday… Redskins!


    Nothing does it like victory.

    That good feeling this morning is real.  The Redskins have continued the disciplined play that was the hallmark of their preseason.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Things Still Looking Up? Preseason Game 2


    The Colts are notorious as “non-performers” through pre-season.   That is a given.   They view preseason as an opportunity to evaluate personnel, and to get into game shape.   Yet, you can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a bit of concern in Indy this morning.   Read the rest of this entry »

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    Things Looking Up?


    What the heck? I’m excited about the performance of my team in the first preseason game of the year? I must be nuts! Read the rest of this entry »

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    A Curmudgeon’s Take on NFL and Labor


    Hear me, owners… players… 

    Baseball is dead to me. This is absolutely relevant to the current situation vis a vis the NFL, and the factitious “NFLPTA”, an organization that was built exclusively for litigation. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Michael Irvin’s Stand


    Michael Irvin has taken a stand in favor of gay rights.   (ESPN:  Michael Irvin Champions Equality) This is certainly a courageous statement on his part.  A stand that is likely to be unpopular among many in football, especially among the fanbase in the Dallas area, and those who look for any reason to pile it on.

    If he really believes what he is saying, I have a good place for him to start.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    The Sad Saga Continues


    The Washington Redskins have become a circus… it’s true. Annually, since the onset of the Snyder ownership, one can count on the annual return of the Washington Redskins Travelling 3 Ring Drama. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Musings from Curmudgeon Corner: 12/17/10


    I sure didn’t see it coming.

    This is Dallas week… You put your best team on the field THIS week. You TRY to win this game… no matter how slim you see your chances. You try. Period.  Right???

    Bench McNabb? For Sexy Rexy????? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Rule Tinkering… Bad for Football


    This is NOT about the Redskins loss to the Detroit Lions… they did not deserve to win that game… while there were bad calls that influenced the outcome, a good team does not let the game fall into the hands of the officials to begin with.

    It’s probably happened for much of the league’s history, but sometime, probably in the early 70′s, the league decided that NFL offenses needed help.  Rather than waiting for the coaching form of natural selection to slowly work it’s evolutionary magic, the league decided to ban the bump and run technique that had begun to shut down many NFL passing attacks.  They knocked over a domino that began a chain reaction of increasingly complicated and situationally specific rule changes designed to increase scoring by hamstringing defenses. 

    I think it’s responsible for the incredibly complicated situation that NFL game officials find themselves in today… resulting in incredible inconsistency of officiating, missed calls, bad calls, blown calls… many of which are changing the outcomes of games. 

    Natural selection works in building coaching philosophies… there is forever a swinging pendulum of offensive dominance, to defensive dominance, and back again… the league erred in attempting to disrupt that swinging pendulum… and made a huge mess of the lot of the NFL Official…

    Want to fix it? BACK OFF… make tactics such as bump and run legal again… let the brilliant offensive coaching minds figure out how to beat it…

    They figured out how to beat the Tampa 2 without league help…

    The NFL needs to simply stop tinkering… let the game be the game.  The product that was on NFL fields in 1970 may not have been of the “quality” of the teams taking the fields today… but the game was a whole lot more pure… and officials made fewer mistakes… because their rulebook was simple…  clean… uncomplicated.

    HTTR

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    Devin Thomas Scrubbed from the Roster


    You could see it coming, but, honestly, I was still taken by surprise when the Redskins cut Devin Thomas.  The conventional wisdom is, it takes about 2 seasons for most new pro WR’s to reach their “full potential effectiveness” (who knows what that really means?)… It’s, obviously, not all about talent, as that only provides your starting point. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The King of Clutch is gone.


    Yes, this is not about Redskins football… but, please, bear with me.  Among my cherished memories is that of watching a grizzled old Raiders “kicker” and part time back up quarterback winning a game with no time left. There are not many like George Blanda. The man was effective, till the end.    Brett Favre?  Not quite yet.  Read the rest of this entry »

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