I still love the Redskins, I’ll love em’ for the rest of my life…but this year is lost. We have no mulligans, no do-overs…it’s a lost season. I had high hopes before the season started, like I do every year, but every year for the past 18…my dreams have been crushed. How, have my dreams been crushed? Well…here’s a few examples (70% of these examples were found in this book, a must have for any Skins fan!!)
1991- Skins win the Super Bowl but Joe Gibbs forms his NASCAR team which doesn’t seem like a big deal at the time…
1992- Skins spend their first round pick on Desmond Howard.
1993- God tells Reggie White to play in Green Bay, not Washington…God tells Joe Gibbs to retire.
1994- Due to retirement/firing/cleaning house the Redskins part ways with all-time greats Jacoby, Bostic, Monk, Mann, Rypien, Petitbon and Charlie Taylor…my uncle Mojo vowels to become a Cowboy fan instead of a Redskin fan (mostly due to the Monk fiasco)…he remains a Cowboy fan to this day. Skins draft Shuler and hire Norv Turner.
1995- Redskins part with Coleman and Lohmiller….Draft Westbrook in 1st round.
1996- God tells Sean Gilbert to play for the Redskins, not the Rams…draft OT Andre Johnson in 1st round, he never plays a game!
1997- Jack Kent Cooke dies and leaves the team to the highest bidder, Dan Snyder eventually shows how adept he is at being the highest bidder (professional teams, free agents, coaches.) Westbrook sucker punches Davis.
1998- Skins get rid of Gilbert, sign Stubblefield to replace him…team starts 0-7.
1999- Originally thought to sell for the $500-$600 million, the Redskins are sold for $800 million to Dan Snyder (our first introduction to Dan’s overspending)…Snyder fires Charley Casserly and hires Vinny Cerrato…Snyder further disrespects Cooke name by re-naming Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.
2000- Dan Snyder opens his pocketbook to Jeff George, Bruce Smith, Mark Carrier and Deion Sanders…charges fans to watch training camp practices in Ashburn…cut longtime Skin Brian Mitchell…Skins go thru 5 kickers, none of them make key kicks.
2001- Schottenheimer signed as HC until…
2002- Spurrier hired as HC…Vinny is brought back after Marty fired him…Skins sign horrible ex-Florida QB’s Matthews and Wuerffel.
2003- Final 2 roster cuts are made by Dan Snyder, of course…
2004- Skins trade picks and sign Brunell, deal Bailey for Portis…Skins go 6-10 in Gibbs 1st season back.
2005- After trading up to 1st round, Skins draft Campbell, become 1st team to ever spend 2 1st rounder’s within a 3 year span on QB‘s…Arrington plays his way out of DC.
2006- Brunell looks old again…Portis misses most of season with injury…Gibbs worst season @ 5-11.
2007- Sean Taylor passes.
2008- Gibbs retires again…Zorn hired as HC, OC, QB coach…Gregg Williams fired…Cerrato promoted…2 draft picks traded for Jason Taylor…
2009- You are living it now!
Cheers and Hail
Hard to believe that 6 Degrees has been missing from the blog for nearly 6 months. What is 6 Degrees? It’s a bunch of links (6) that I have enjoyed over the past few days…and it will be back in a regular rotation here every Monday. So, click on the links and enjoy some of the best stories I’ve found on the net.
Of course Tiger is everywhere…but this is the best story out there…he needs a “Kobe special” from Zales? (TMZ)
Al Groh was put out of his misery. (Yahoo Sports)
Charlie Weis had his office cleaned out before leaving for Stanford. (PFT)
Former Orioles Roberto Alomar, Harold Baines, Pat Hentgan, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Todd Zeile & David Segui (??) are among 26 finalist for MLB HOF ballot. (Yahoo Sports)
Former Redskins Russ Grimm and Andre Reed are candidates for the NFL HOF. (NFL HOF)
Higlights from the 94′ Plano East-Joh Tyler High School football game…amazing…YouTube above. (KSK)
Cheers and Hail
Happy birthday Randy Milligan. Randy played 4 seasons for the Orioles from 89-92’. “Moose” was burly figure that was generously listed at 228lbs and was surprisingly handy with a 1st baseman’s mitt. But, Randy was better with a bat and hit 59 HR’s and drove in 228 during his tenure with the Orioles. Randy also posted a .388 OBP (4th best all-time) during his O’s career. His best season came in 90’ when hit .265-20-60 in only 109 games. Randy retired after the 94’ season and currently works for the Orioles as a scout. Happy 48th Mr. Milligan.
Happy birthday Brendan Haywood. Brendan is currently playing his 8th season for the Wizards. Brendan has appeared in 543 games during that time averaging 7.6 pts and 6 rebounds a game. His best season came last year when he averaged career highs in points (10.5) and rebounds (10.8.) Brendan ranks in the top ten all-time on the Wizards list for games (#9,) FG% (#4,) Off Reb (#3,) TTL Reb (#9) and Blocks (#4.) Brendan also has a cool website you can check out here. Happy 30th Mr. Haywood.
Cheers and Hail
Posted by fatpickle Date: Friday, November 27, 2009
Categories: Happy Birthday!
I made some great strides in Week 11 for trying to reach my goals for the season. Last week I was 13-2 straight up (SU) and 9-6 against the spread (ATS.) I also hit both my lock of the week and my underdog of the week. Here are my year to date stats:
SU 106-52 .67%
ATS 74-67 .53%
Survivor Lock of the Week 9-1 (BAL,MIN,GB,IND,PIT,PHI,NE,SD,SEA,ARI)
Underdog of the Week 6-4
My Week 12 picks:
GB-12.5 @ DET GB 30 DET 17
OAK @ DAL-14 DAL 28 OAK 10
NYG-7 @ DEN NYG 24 DEN 23
MIA-3.5 @ BUF BUF 20 MIA 17
SEA-3 @ STL SEA 28 STL 21
WAS @ PHI-9.5 PHI 24 WAS 17
TB @ ATL-13 ATL 27 TB 17
IND-3.5 @ HOU IND 28 HOU 20
CLE @ CIN-14 CIN 28 CLE 13 (Lock of the Week)
CAR @ NYJ-3 NYJ 21 CAR 20
JAC @ SF-3.5 SF 23 JAC 21
KC @ SD-14 SD 31 KC 16
CHI @ MIN-11 MIN 31 CHI 23
ARI @ TEN-3 TEN 24 ARI 20
NE @ NO-3 NE 30 NO 27 (Underdog of the Week)
PIT @ BAL NL BAL 23 PIT 20
Cheers and Hail
On Nov. 27th it will be 3 years since Sean Taylor’s passing. It’s still hard to imagine that he’s gone. This is a re-post of a blog that I wrote on the 1 year anniversary of his death and an Animoto that I made as a tribute. The 2nd YouTube is the Redskin’s official tribute.
I was watching a Skin’s game a couple of weeks ago and I was wearing my Sean Taylor 75th Anniversary Jersey (happens to be my favorite out of my collection). I was enjoying all the stress and excitement of the game when my 4 year old son asked me a question.
“Daddy, who’s jersey is this?”
“This is Sean Taylor’s jersey,” I replied.
My son then walked up to the TV and stood in front of it, his nose only inches from the screen. He stared intently at the TV for a few seconds as I asked him as politely as I can (while watching a Skin’s game) to please move out of the way.
“But Daddy, which one of those guys is Sean Taylor?”
After stumbling around for a couple seconds I came up with,
“Sean’s not playing today.”
Wow, how could I answer that? It’s a life and death question that he is not ready for, and quite frankly…maybe I’m not either. But that simple answer is not enough.
I remember so many things about Sean. I remember how excited I was that they picked him over Kellen Winslow. Excited, because I felt Taylor was a once in every ten years type of difference maker. An added bonus to this scenario brought my favorite player (Chris Cooley) to the Redskins in the 3rd round.
I remember how he intercepted a pass and returned it for a TD in his very first pre-season game. It was the Hall of Fame game against the Broncos, and Joe Gibbs‘s first game back.
I remember how his teammates nicknamed him “Meast”, because he was part man-part beast.
I remember how he may have been the best running back at the University of Miami, but he played Safety. Frank Gore, Willis Mcgahee, and Clinton Portis were the teams RB’s.
I remember how he scored a TD in the Eagles game in 2005 to clinch a playoff birth, then scored another TD in the Bucs game to seal a playoff victory.
I remember how Receivers feared going across the middle against him. No, they feared him wherever they were on the field.
I remember hearing that he got shot, and that he was clinging to life. It seemed so surreal.
I remember thinking he was so strong, he was going to pull through…but I guess God had a better plan for him.
I remember the media reporting bogus reports, implying that this was somehow Sean’s fault, some sort of retaliation for something Sean did.
I remember for a split second thinking what the media reported.
I remember the media not recanting their bogus stories. I myself am sorry for my momentary lapse in thought.
I remember thinking how there was no way the Skins would lose the following week against the Bills. They did, but then rallied as a team to make the playoffs.
I remember learning just who Sean was. The person, the teammate, the friend, companion, and father.
I remember it all, and I will continue to remember.
And some day, when my son and I are ready…I’m going to tell him all about Sean Taylor.
Cheers and Hail
Happy birthday Ben McDonald. Ben played 7 seasons for the Orioles from 1989-1995. Ben came to the Orioles as the #1 overall draft pick in the 89’ draft., at the time he was the highest rated pitcher to ever come out of college. At LSU, Ben enjoyed an All-American career that was highlighted with 2 College World Series appearances, a gold medal with the 88’ US Baseball squad and the Golden Spike Award. Ben also played basketball at LSU and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. As an Oriole Ben went 58-53 with a 3.91 ERA. His best season was the strike shortened 94’ season…the strike cost him a 20 win campaign. During that 94’ season Ben was 14-7 with 4.06 ERA for Johnny Oates 2nd place squad. Ben retired after the 98 season due to a shoulder injury that required 3 surgeries. In retirement Ben has worked in TV doing broadcast work for LSU baseball games, coached Fatpickle in a fantasy camp but Ben mostly enjoys fishing, hunting and wrestling alligators in his post baseball days. Happy 42nd Mr. McDonald.
Happy birthday Ledell Eackles. Ledell played 6 seasons for the Bullets from 1988-92 & 95-98’. A-Train played Guard and Forward in a 6th man role during his tenure. A solid player, he averaged 11.3 PPG in only 20 MPG during his career with the Bullets. Happy 43rd Mr. Eackles.
Cheers and Hail