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  1. Embracing a burgundy and gold obsession of 40+ years.
    My off-beat look at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs
    inherent in the world of a lifelong Redskins fan.


    O' Fanbase, Where Art Thou?

    A couple of Sunday’s ago, I drove my 13 year old son north to D.C. for our annual Redskins game pilgrimage. It’s always been the same essential fan experience. Regardless of opponent, playoff hopes alive, fantasized, or dead, wind, rain, sleet, or snow, we inevitably entered a packed stadium with a fervent, raucous crowd in attendance.

    This year’s experience was starkly, decidedly, unmistakably different.

    Invoking all of the wisdom garnered in 48 years of life, I applied ...
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  2. X and O's, statistical analysis and random mumblings run amuck...

    The Shanahan Way; Wait, Which Shanahan?

    The Shanahan Way

    Kyle Shanahan has been heavily scrutinized by Redskin fans the last few weeks, so I set out to check out what Kyle Shanahan’s career tendencies have been.

    One of the things that I noticed most when looking at his statistics is that he has a severely skewed pass to run ratio. In 2008, the Texans attempted 123 more passes than runs. The trend continued through 2009 where he attempted 168 more passes than runs. In 2010, with the Redskins through fourteen ...
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  3. Embracing a burgundy and gold obsession of 40+ years.
    My off-beat look at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs
    inherent in the world of a lifelong Redskins fan.


    Sexy Rexy Stirs Fan Loins, Can’t Complete ‘Big Finish’

    Redskins fans girded themselves for an exciting climax today in Dallas.

    Unfortunately, the end came just a little too quick for full satisfaction to be achieved.

    Still, a 300+ yard/4 TD pass effort by the QB formerly run out of Chicago in a crescendo of boo’s was better than the same old Donovan.

    In the end, in the words of the immortal Dennis Green, Grossman was who we thought he was. And a little bit more. The Grossman we’ve all come to know, either ...

    Updated 12-19-10 at 09:12 PM by Boone

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  4. Week 15 - @ Dallas Cowboys

    Blognosticator - Jimbo

    I HATE THE DALLAS COWBOYS! How did the obvious come about for me? In 1965, my Mom bought my Dad a pair of Redskins season tickets for his 50th birthday. In 1966 they added a third seat. Location: Section 211, Row 11, Seats 3-5. We had those same seats until the Skins left the friendly confines of RFK Stadium and moved into what is now FedEx Field.

    I can remember looking at the old game programs my Dad would bring home from the games and ...
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  5. Embracing a burgundy and gold obsession of 40+ years.
    My off-beat look at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs
    inherent in the world of a lifelong Redskins fan.


    The Fine Art of Blamestorming

    It’s that time of year folks. Homeristic optimism in our nation’s capital has yielded like the fall leaves to the forces of gravity and inevitability. Our Washington Redskins have come crashing down to Earth and we’ve barely had time to finish our pumpkin pie.

    There will be no upstart’s glory in Mike Shanahan’s inaugural season. It’s just more of the same for Redskins fans. A few fleeting glimpses of potential, a nail-biter win every month or so just to keep the natives tuning in, ...
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  6. X and O's, statistical analysis and random mumblings run amuck...

    Two Isn't Always Better Than One... But Sometimes... It is.

    The basic premise of this posting is to point out why 2-gap and 1-gap 3-4 defensive systems differ, and how they differ. First off, I’d be doing a poor job at explaining things if I didn’t point out that the Washington Redskins don’t use just a 3-4 defensive system. Our scheme is multiple.

    When referring to football terminology, multiple refers to the fact that you can run many different fronts/looks. To break it down further, a front is essentially how many defensive players are ...

    Updated 12-14-10 at 08:42 PM by Boone

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  7. He's NOT What We Thought He Was. Or Is He?

    A few months ago, I wrote about hope.

    The birth of a new season of Redskins Football always seems to engender optimism within. For me, anyway. This year was no different. We had a new coach, a guaranteed Hall of Fame coach, no less. Yes, we had problems, but every team has problems. Mike Shanahan was going to change the culture of the team, dammit! I think we all hoped for a playoff spot, but more realistically, considering the disaster that was 2009, thought a 3-4 game improvement ...
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  8. Embracing a burgundy and gold obsession of 40+ years.
    My off-beat look at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs
    inherent in the world of a lifelong Redskins fan.


    The Stalwart

    Solid. Dependable. Courageous. Strongly built. Sturdy. Robust. Brave. Valiant.
    Firm.Steadfast. Uncompromising.

    These words define the meaning of the word ‘stalwart’.

    And they also define my favorite Washington Redskin, the fierce and passionate London Fletcher.

    Forget Brett Favre. If you want to celebrate a player truly worthy of the title NFL Iron Man, London Fletcher is that guy. Favre has accomplished the amazing, nothing can diminish his record-breaking ...
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  9. Week 14 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Blognosticator - Burgundy Burner

    In September, the humble blognosticator for this week was asked to submit an entry for week fourteen and yours truly considered it an honor to be a part of what has become an incredible display of talent at BGO. I didn't mark a calendar or count the days until this week arrived, but I was genuinely excited to have such a unique opportunity. Suddenly, on Friday, I went from feeling well to having a bad cold. It's the kind of cold that is attacking ...
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  10. Information

    I watched the movie Sneakers with my 10 and 13 year olds last Friday. Terrific movie with Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Akroyd, River Phoenix, David Straitharn, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell and James Earl Jones, among others. Fun, ensemble cast, ahead of its time, technologically, and just a darn good popcorn flick. The kids even liked it.

    Anyway, at the end of the movie, with a gun pointed at Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley says, "There's a war out there old friend, ...
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