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      Burner’s Burning Questions: Free Agency, Mock Drafts, Camps, Roster Predictions, 2018

      A Special Dedication:

      This off-season blog actually started at the end of 2017. The 2017 season was basically over and it was time to focus on the upcoming off-season. The reasoning was simple. So much uncertainty surrounded Kirk Cousins and how the Redskins would proceed. Another tag? A trade? A new contract? No one really knew, so that is why we had two types of mock drafts each week in January.

      That start to the off-season would be the busiest ever for BBQ and so many of you were engaged in the process. Then suddenly, without warning, a trade did occur. However, it was a major curve ball that no one was able to predict. From there, the off-season took a completely different turn.

      In late December, I briefly lost contact with a very good friend for a few days. I figured the holiday season was keeping him busy and I needed to get the new off-season BBQ blog going anyway. Then the news hit. He had a heart attack.

      The two of us stayed in contact over the years via email, texting, and social media, especially Twitter. During the colder months, he would tease me about the weather where he lived (Daytona, FL area). We had a unique bond - one that extended beyond being fellow Redskins fans.

      Arthur Haszard (HapHaszard) was the long time “News Hound” at Extremeskins (aka, “the other place”). I have been a blogger here at BGO for a number of years. Both of us would provide content for our forums of choice (his was daily and pure Redskins news and most of mine have been opinion blogs) over the years. As a result, we formed a wonderful bond and friendship.

      We had planned to meet in August, 2017 for the solar eclipse in east-middle Tennessee. The huge volumes of traffic kept us apart unfortunately and we had to simply text one another from our locations about the celestial experience. We still vowed to meet in the future.

      After his return to social media from the heart attack, I wished him well and a speedy recovery. He did the same for me after I had a stroke June, 2016. A little later in January, he seemed to be back to his usual humorous self and we were talking about the Redskins once again.

      Then it happened. Arthur suddenly passed away on January 28. Many members of ES and BGO were stunned. We lost a good friend. For many months, it seemed so strange to not see a morning message from Hap or a friendly jab about the weather in Daytona. No more advice from him about the blog. No more discussing what the Redskins would do in free agency and the draft.

      I miss Hap's wonderful friendship, but his memory lives on at ES with the news forum being named after him (along with Bubba). That is a fitting tribute for a truly magnificent person.

      This is the final formal entry for the 2018 BBQ off-season blog. It has surpassed all the other off-season blogs with numbers I never could’ve imagined. Each of you made that possible. I don’t know if we will break these lofty records next year, but this off-season was one for the record books here at BGO. Thank you.

      Burner’s Burning Questions - Free Agency, Mock Drafts, Camps, Roster Predictions, 2018 is fondly dedicated to the memory of Arthur “HapHaszard” Haszard – the one and only – News Hound.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Free Agency, Mock Drafts, Camps, Roster Predictions, 2018 started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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