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01Oct

photos from the sidelines: week 4

(photos by Brian Murphy)

Nothing is ever easy for the Washington Redskins.

How else do you explain two players — receiver Aldrick Robinson and safety Brandon Meriweather — being lost for the game thanks to a freak collision during warmups?

Things only got more bizarre once the actual game started, as the Redskins raced out to a commanding 21-3 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only to watch that lead evaporate as the defense once again forgot how to stop anyone.

And let’s not forget the improbable hero of the game, kicker Billy Cundiff, who missed three field goals during the course of the game before nailing the game winner with three seconds left in the game.

It was thrilling. It was maddening. But most of all, it was Redskins football.

So please take a moment to savior the team’s come-from-behind-after-blowing-the-lead victory by checking out my favorite photos I was able to capture from the sidelines of Raymond James Stadium.

24Sep

photos from the sidelines: week 3

(photos by Brian Murphy)

Well then.

After years of the Washington Redskins defense being asked to carry the load while the offense struggled with consistency, this is definitely the dawn of a new day on both sides of the ball.

By simply adding competent quarterback play, the offense magically appears to have learned that NFL teams are allowed to score more than 16 points per game. Meanwhile, the usually-stout defense doesn’t appear capable of stopping anyone from marching up and down the field.

The Redskins suspected they were getting a franchise quarterback in Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III, but Washington’s defense has been so pitiful so far that it looks as though RGIII brought the Baylor defense with him to the pros.

That, my friends, is how the Redskins can score 99 points in three games and still be in last place in the NFC East with a 1-2 record. But before you purge Sunday’s disappointing home opener completely from your memory bank, please take a minute to check out my favorite photos I was able to capture from the sidelines.

Don’t do it for me. Do it for running back Alfred Morris, who wanted to impress you so badly that he gave up on wearing a helmet just to see if you were paying attention.

17Sep

photos from the sidelines: week 2

(photo by Brian Murphy)

Okay, so the Washington Redskins aren’t exactly ready for prime time just yet.

While there were still a few positives to take away, the simple fact that the Redskins continue to find ways to lose to a St. Louis Rams squad that has trouble consistently beating anyone else is enough to put a damper on the excitement level Week 1 brought to the nation’s capital.

While quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to find new and creative ways to impress, too many of his teammates failed to match his intensity level against St. Louis.

The offense showed glimpses, but failed to put together time consuming drives that enable the season opening win at New Orleans. The defense created three turnovers, but struggled slowing down Sam Bradford and friends. And special teams … well … they sure are “special,” aren’t they?

But the beautiful thing about an NFL season is the Redskins could absolutely make it all better by winning next weekend against Cincinnati. Before you completely move on to next week’s game though, please take a minute to check out my favorite photos I was able to capture from the sidelines.

10Sep

photos from the sidelines: week 1

(photo by Brian Murphy)

As you know by now, the Washington Redskins started their season off with a bang — shocking the New Orleans Saints 40-32.

The offense, led by a gentleman named Bob Griffin, looked better than it has in a while. The defense, thanks to the inspired play of a couple lesser-heralded safeties, got timely turnovers. And special teams … well … they were definitely “special.”

All in all, it added up to what was probably the most satisfying Redskins win since ’07 — when the team rallied together to make the playoffs after the tragic death of safety Sean Taylor. Wins have been hard to come by for Washington in recent years and quality wins like this have been even more rare, so please forgive ‘Skins fans if they’re enjoying this victory a little more than usual.

For those fans interested in reliving all of the action, here is a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture from the sidelines of the Superdome.

30Jul

photos from redskins training camp

(photo by Brian Murphy)

The Washington Redskins officially kicked off the most highly-anticipated training camp of the Mike Shanahan Era late last week.

That’s what happens when a franchise that has lacked a true franchise quarterback for more than 20 years trades away a stack of high-draft picks for the right to select Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.

So while ‘Skins fans are typically quick to proclaim “This is the year the Redskins finally turn the corner and become respectable,” there’s actually a legitimate reason for cautious optimism in Ashburn these days.

For more than a decade now, Washington has been known as a defense-first franchise. Well, if RGIII is as good as advertised, this might finally be the year the offense is worth tuning in for as well.

With that in mind, I headed out to Redskins Park with my trusty camera to see first-hand how the new-and-improved Redskins look.

And for those interested, here is a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture during my first trip out to see training camp.

16Jul

photos from caps development camp

(photo by Brian Murphy)

The Washington Capitals hosted more than 40 rookies and undrafted free agents during the 2012 Prospect Development Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from July 9-14.

The week-long event, which was free and open to the public, gave the team’s coaches and front office a first-hand look at players hoping to one day fulfill their dream of playing in the NHL.

In addition to seeing highly-touted players such as first round draft picks Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson for the first time, it also provided an opportunity for less-heralded players such as T.J. Syner and Gregory Miller to make an impact as well.

In fact, both of those players scored during the final scrimmage of development camp — with Miller’s tally coming in the final minute of play and Syner netting the overtime winner for the Red Team in a 4-3 victory over the White Team.

While none of these players will likely make the Capitals this season, the camp still featured a standing-room only crowd throughout the week. Even if this is the leanest time of the year for the world of sports, that’s a testament to the local fanbase.

For those interested, here is a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture during the final day of this event.

02Jul

tiger woods wins at congressional

(photo by Brian Murphy)

Regardless of what some may think of how Tiger Woods carries himself away from the golf course, there’s little doubt that the world of golf is much more interesting when he’s competitive.

This weekend, Woods outlasted his competitors to win the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club for the second time in the six year history of the event. Just as importantly, the win was his third of the year and the 74th win of his career, which moved him past Jack Nicklaus into second place all time on the PGA Tour — eight short of Sam Snead’s record.

Woods, who also won the AT&T National in 2009, outlasted Bo Van Pelt on the final nine holes of the tournament for the victory.

“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again,” Woods said. “That was, what? Six months ago? Here we are.”

While Woods is still a polarizing figure elsewhere, he’s seemingly always had a huge following locally — especially since he played such a key role in bringing the PGA Tour to the area. As the unofficial host of this tournament, Woods always has the biggest crowds following him.

And for the fourth time in the six-year history of the AT&T National, I was fortunate enough to cover the event. While cameras are not permitted on Congressional Country Club once the tournament officially begins, I was able to shoot photos during the Pro-Am last Wednesday.

For those interested, here is a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture of Tiger Woods during this year’s festivities.

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