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nick sundberg loves life as a long snapper

(photo by Brian Murphy) [Editor’s note: Today’s guest post is brought to you by Joel Murphy, the man behind the pop-culture site HoboTrashcan who also happens to be my brother. Please show him some love so I might be able to convince him to do this again sometime down the road.] Before the Washington Redskins took on the New England Patriots this past Sunday, long snapper Nick Sundberg rushed out of the entrance tunnel, through the giant inflatable Redskins helmet and out […]

santana moss loves beating dallas

(photo by Brian Murphy) [Editor’s note: This is part two of an exclusive one-on-one interview with Redskins receiver Santana Moss. To read part one, please click here.] Twice during the first two weeks of the 2011 season, the Washington Redskins have opted to keep the offense on the field and go for it on fourth down. In both instances, the ball was put in the hands of receiver Santana Moss, and both times the veteran receiver came up huge when […]

santana moss still plays for sean taylor

(photo by Brian Murphy) If it was up to Santana Moss, the Washington Redskins would have been the only NFL team he’s ever known. But, as the University of Miami standout quickly learned, life rarely goes according to plan. Moss was still on the board when it was Washington’s turn to pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, but the Redskins used the 15th overall pick on a different receiver – Clemson’s Rod Gardner. The New York Jets selected Moss with […]

darrel young’s dreams come true vs giants

(photo by Brian Murphy) Forgive Darrel Young if he was a little caught up in the moment as he took the field for the Washington Redskins against the New York Giants Sunday. This offseason, Young was named the team’s starting fullback over 12-year-veteran Mike Sellers, so the season opener was his first chance to show the world what he’s got. There was also the significance of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, which wasn’t lost on the native New […]

it’s impossible to root against brooks laich

(photo by Brian Murphy) Why are some talent evaluators so biased against handsome athletes? I mean, everyone knows that golden boy Tom Brady wasn’t drafted until the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, but he’s not the only attractive athlete to have to wait to hear his name called. The ugly truth is forward/Ladies Man Brooks Laich was equally snubbed – having to wait until the sixth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft when, mercifully, he was selected […]

alzner is finally at home in washington

(photo by Brian Murphy) [Editor’s note: This is part two of a magazine-style feature story on Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner. For part one, click here.] Once the initial warm and fuzzy feelings had come and gone after defenseman Karl Alzner was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2007, reality set in that there was plenty of work to be done. Just because Alzner donned a Caps sweater for a photo opportunity during the draft didn’t actually mean he was […]

karl alzner is living a dream with caps

(photo by Kyle Mace) [Editor’s note: As most of you know by now, I am the editor of Hail! magazine – a free digital publication dedicated to the Washington Redskins. In each issue, we run in-depth feature stories designed to help local sports fans learn more about the athletes playing for their favorite football team. Since it’s the offseason and there’s nothing but drama involving the owners and players, I’ve decided to turn my attention to the Capitals. So this […]