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photos from the sidelines: week 9

(photo by Brian Murphy) I have no idea whether or not the Washington Redskins are the only professional football franchise who celebrates a homecoming game each year. But I can tell you this — I fully understand why being named Washington’s homecoming opponent could be perceived as a slight by the team on the other side of the field. “I look on there and it says ‘homecoming.’ And I’m thinking to myself: This is the National Football League. Are you […]

redskins-chargers playlist

(photo by Brian Murphy) 1. “Hail to the King” by Avenged Sevenfold It wouldn’t have surprised me if fans of the Washington Redskins were less than enthusiastic about the team’s decision to hold their annual alumni homecoming game Week 9. After all, the Redskins came into the game against the San Diego Chargers winless in these nostalgic affairs — having lost 21-13 to Carolina last season and 19-11 to San Francisco back in ’11. And yet, I can’t help but […]

mike shanahan opens up, destroys albert haynesworth

(courtesy photo) Without a doubt, the darkest period during my eight seasons covering the Washington Redskins was the Albert Haynesworth era. Whether he was face down on the field after giving up on a play or failing a routine conditioning test, Haynesworth was undoubtedly the biggest embarrassment this franchise has had to deal with during my time on the sidelines. The Redskins gave the defensive lineman a $100-million contract, and in return, they got a surly malcontent who made little […]

redskins made a mistake by not trading away kirk cousins

(photo by Brian Murphy) I can’t help but think that the Washington Redskins missed a chance to improve their football team this week, when they failed to pull the trigger on a trade before the deadline. No, I’m not talking about tight end Fred Davis, who – for reasons that remain unclear – has become a complete afterthought this season. I’m talking about backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. Sure, he’s a stand-up guy and a football franchise can never have enough […]

redskins-bears playlist

(ExtremeSkins photo) 1. “Battle Born” by Five Finger Death Punch The list of areas the Washington Redskins need to improve upon is still lengthier than the list of what’s going right for the franchise, but that’s beside the point for the moment. That’s because the Redskins earned their second win of the season — in comeback fashion, no less — scoring a touchdown in the final minute of play to complete a thrilling 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears Sunday. […]

it’s officially time to change all NFL team names

(photo by Brian Murphy) Because the government was shutdown and therefore decision makers in our nation’s capital had nothing else to do, the President of the United States felt compelled to share his opinion on the name of the Washington Redskins. “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team –- even if it had a storied history -– that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about […]

photos from the sidelines: week 4

(photo by Brian Murphy) As the first month of the season has quickly proven, wins are tough to come by in the National Football League. The Washington Redskins might have been a playoff team one season ago, but that means nothing in 2013. Through three games, the Redskins struggled in all three phases of the game and the natives were officially becoming restless. Enter the Oakland Raiders. While the silver and black happily kicked off their pre-game festivities by showing […]