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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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Redskins Continue to Expand Coaching Search


By Jake Russell

With two interviews already in the books and two more occurring this weekend, the Redskins continue to cast their net far and wide for a potential head coach, gathering information from an extensive range of candidates.

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Redskins Fire Mike Shanahan, Begin Search for New Head Coach


Mike Shanahan was fired Monday after four seasons as Redskins head coach. (Photo by Terri Russell)

 

By Jake Russell

Exactly one year after leading the Redskins to their first NFC East title in 13 years, head coach Mike Shanahan was fired following a deflating 3-13 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yeah, Not So Special: Another Redskins Heartbreak


Is there anything worse for a Redskins fan, than losing to the Dallas Cowboys? How about betting online AND losing a game largely due to the play of the special teams units? Sure there were plenty of other things to point to in Sunday’s 31-16 loss to the Cowboys, but you can’t give up (ostensibly) 14 points on special teams, leave three on the board, and not notice that it’s 17 points in a 15-point loss. Read the rest of this entry »

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Redskins 2013 Draft Day 2


The only thing predictable about this draft so far has been its unpredictability. After one round, we’ve seen Shariff Floyd fall from a projected third overall choice down to No. 23 with the Vikings, who ended up drafting three players in the first round. We’ve seen the Bills take E.J. Manuel as the first quarterback off the board. The Cowboys traded back and drafted a projected second rounder with the 31st selection.

Heading into Day 2, names like Manti Te’o, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Eddie Lacy, and Jonathan Cyprien remain available.

With their first pick not until No. 51 in the second round, it’s clear the biggest needs for the Redskins are safety and cornerback but with talents like Robert Woods from USC and Keenan Allen from Cal still on the board, wide receiver could still be a possibility. However, the second round could be where the cornerback dominoes start to fall and force the Washington to select one before the top of the group is selected.

The Redskins own the 51st (2nd round) and the 85th overall selection (3rd round).

2nd Round – No. 51 Overall – David Amerson – CB – N.C. State

Image via the Washington Redskins.

With their second round selection, the Redskins decided to take cornerback David Amerson out of North Carolina State.

Ranked as the 19th best safety in the country coming out of high school, Amerson transitioned to become a skilled cornerback, picking off 13 passes as a sophomore in 2011 and earning him the Jack Tatum Award. Amerson also possesses size with his repertoire at 6’1″. However, he had a down year in 2012, getting burned deep regularly. He finished last season with 61 tackles and five interceptions.

He told local reporters in a conference call that the coaches will keep him at cornerback and playing safety was not mentioned.

However, he is still regarded as a bit raw and was burned deep a bit in 2012. The Redskins coaches hope working with DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers, all of whom have expiring contracts after 2013, will help give him time to develop into a pro.

Here’s a summary of Amerson provided by Pro Football Weekly: “Overhyped, enigmatic, Jekyll-and-Hyde interceptor who looked like a slam dunk first round pick during his 13-interception sophomore season but was repeatedly burned as a junior. Zone, off-man corner who will never be a shutdown cover man, and the team that drafts him must be willing to sacrifice consistency for turnovers.”

3rd Round – No. 85 Overall – Jordan Reed – TE – Florida

The Redskins opted to select a young security blanket with their third round pick. Reed adds depth to a tight end spot that may be without starter Fred Davis after he becomes a free agent in 2014.

Reed, 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds, was a quarterback coming out of high school but made the move to tight end with the Gators. His versatility should help his adjustment to the dynamic Redskins offense.

During a conference call with local reporters, Reed shed light on head coach Mike Shanahan’s approach to the draft, admitting he had no idea the team was interested in him and that the team had not contacted him at any point before tonight.

In his 2012 senior season, Reed started 12 of 13 games and caught 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns.

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Choking: Romo Style


Well our good friend Cowboy Jeff is at it again, and is there anything quite as delicious as something that pokes fun at the Dallas Cowboys?

The current beauty is a song called Choking: Romo Style – it’s a parody of Gangnam Style, and there are four Redskins mentioned by name. How can it not be fantastic right?

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Romo Burning


You may have seen this epic piece of Redskin-ness – maybe you haven’t – that’s why I’m posting it!

The pic comes to me via Simone Bett (@SimoneBett on Twitter) and the picture actually belongs to Timothy Butz.

Thanks Simone and Timothy.

You can tailgate normally for a game, or you can do it up right and burn a Tony Romo scarecrow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Redskins 2013 Opponents


While the Redskins schedule won’t be officially released until probably April, the close of the 2012 season did allow for Washington’s 2013 opponents to be selected. The Redskins will be facingĀ  the NFC North and the AFC West next year. Here is a breakdown of the home and away games: Read the rest of this entry »

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Cowboys Fan Petitions President to Oust Jerry Jones


Reading NFL.com’s story on a Dallas Cowboy fan petitioning Barack Obama to get rid of Jerry Jones, is really way more joy than I can handle in the same week that my Redskins smacked up the Cowboys in their own stadium, and on Thanksgiving to boot.

We, the Citizens of the Great State of Texas, and Dallas Cowboys fans worldwide, have been oppressed by an over controlling, delusional, oppressive dictator for way too long. Request the Executive Branch’s immediate assistance in removal of owner and GM, Jerry Jones. His incompetence and ego have not only been an extreme disappointment for way too long, but moreover, it has caused extreme mental and emotional duress.Read the rest of this entry »

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Dez Bryant Endorsement Deal?


Let’s face it, there’s something just a little bit metallic sounding, about even having to say something like, “Dez Bryant slapped his mother?”

I’ve heard every ridiculous rationalization from, “Maybe he didn’t hit her that hard,” to “Maybe she deserved it,” to “You’re just hoping that it’s true so Bryant doesn’t burn you on the field next year.”

Seriously?

Well I took what everybody said into consideration, and started to re-formulate my thoughts. I try to be a positive person. I try to have good energy. I wanted to make this horrible Dez Bryant story a little more palatable to me.

The only thing I came up with is that he has perhaps opened the door to some new endorsement possibilities.

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