Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The governor presented the Washington Redskins quarterback's jersey during Israel trip.
In a stroke of football diplomacy, Gov. Martin O'Malley presented a jersey of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to Rabbi Dov Lipman while on a trade mission in Israel this week. Lipman, a Silver Spring native, is a member of Israel's parliament. “Rabbi, this is from your home place," O'Malley said as he handed over the jersey in a video of the exchange posted on YouTube. "This is who everybody roots for in Silver Spring, Maryland. And this year, everybody was fired up by RGIII.” “So I just want to tell you, governor, that I was at the National Prayer Breakfast last year,” Lipman said. “And RGIII was the guest speaker. And before I even saw him play, before I knew he’d be a Redskin, he talked about God and about prayer. And…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Capital News Service: Team mascot faces challenges in Congress, the courts and high schools.
It’s a battle that has raged for decades. Is the name Redskins racist? Should the moniker and mascot of D.C.’s professional football franchise be changed? In recent months, the debate has been waged with unprecedented fervor. A federal trademark panel and Congress are considering the franchise’s trademark of the term, USA Today reported. Recent columns in The Washington Post have challenged the use of the name. This week, a Capital News Service special project examines “The Other Redskins: High Schools Debate Dropping a Controversial Mascot.” CNS identified 62 high schools in 22 states that use Redskins as their mascot—eight fewer schools than cited by the Washington Redskins on the team’s website earlier this year. Click here to access …
Monday, January 28, 2013
At least one Washington Post writer thinks so.
As the Ravens prepare to face the 49ers in Sunday's Super Bowl—and with the Redskins having long since begun their own off-season—Washington fans are once again faced with a conundrum: should they back Baltimore? It's a question many Washingtonians confronted in recent seasons as the Ravens racked up four playoff appearances to the Redskins' none. But with the arrival of rookie sensation Robert Griffin III and the team's first signs of postseason life since 2007, has the calculus changed? For one Washington Post writer, the answer is still simple: Hail to the Ravens. Craig Timberg, an admitted Baltimore fan, says it's a no-brainer given the Ravens' many parallels to the Lombardi-winning Redskins clubs of yore: a stout defense, a great …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Traditional NFL rivalry heightened by playoff implications.
Late Sunday night, either the Washington Redskins or Dallas Cowboys will be crowned champions of the NFC East and earn a home playoff game in January. In the DC Metro area, the buzz is deafening, but there is significant national interest in the game as well. An ESPN.com poll asking, "Which team are you rooting for in the Cowboys-Redskins game in Week 17 that will decide the NFC East title?" has garnered more than 214,000 votes. Seventy-three percent (representing 49 states) said they are rooting for the Redskins, while 27 percent, representing a lone (star) state are pulling for the Cowboys. FedEx Field promises to be electric. If you are lucky enough to have your tickets already, the parking lots are opening earlier than usual (3:30 p.m…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Who will win the battle of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., regional foes?
The brawl between the beltways takes place Sunday in Landover. We can only hope it takes place on the field and not in the stands or at your local bar. But speaking of which, check out the scripted banter between the two fans in the YouTube video we've included. Where do your allegiances lie? Are you an RGIII fanatic, too? Or do you view the Redskins "as the other team from Maryland," like the Ravens fan said? TELL US: Who are you pulling for on Sunday and why? Give us a score prediction and a key for the game in the comments. — At the game or watching it with friends? Add your fan photos to this post to show your true colors.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
As the high-stakes campaign hits its home stretch, a pair of polls suggest Question 7 could be a losing bet.
Maryland’s casino industry has made a high-profile addition to its roster of supporters after the Washington Redskins came out in favor of a ballot initiative to expand in-state gambling. The NFL team—which is based in Northern Virginia but plays its home games at FedEx Field in Prince George’s County—is calling on its Maryland fans to vote yes on Question 7 when they head to the polls next month. The hotly contested ballot measure would open Maryland’s five casinos to table games such as poker and roulette, add a sixth mega-casino—potentially in Prince George’s—and allow more than 1,000 new video lottery terminals statewide. Question 7’s ultra-expensive advertising campaign—the Baltimore Sun pegs it at $25 million spent so far—has …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Redskins stunned the Saints in New Orleans, 40-32; the Ravens rolled over the Cincinnati Bengals at home on Monday Night Football.
Could week 1 have possibly gone any better for the two NFL teams separated by merely an hour on I-95? The Washington Redskins were road underdogs featuring a rookie, albeit highly-touted rookie, quarterback playing in a hostile environment against a former Super Bowl MVP quarterback. The Baltimore Ravens faced adversity of their own, missing the NFL's 2011 Defensive MVP, Terrell Suggs, and coping with the recent death of former owner Art Modell. Both teams passed week 1 tests with flying colors. The Redskins, led by No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III, stunned the New Orleans Saints, 40-32, at the Louisiana Superdome. The Ravens rolled over the Cincinnatti Bengals on Monday Night Football, 44-13. We want to know your impressions on the …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Training camp for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins opened Thursday in Ashburn, VA.
The Washington Redskins opened arguably the most anticipated training camp in the Dan Snyder era Thursday with fans awash in excitement for the official debut of new franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. As The Washington Post's Jason Reid put it: Forget about the [Redskins’] past two disappointing seasons under Coach Mike Shanahan. Never utter John Beck’s name again. The Redskins got a sorely needed fresh start when they drafted rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, and this season his development is all that matters. As important as Griffin's development may be, fans still want to see the team win, and do so sooner than later. Is the No. 2 overall draft pick's presence enough to help the team improve on its 5-11 record from a …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Should they trade up in the draft to get Baylor's Robert Griffin III, try to sign free agent Peyton Manning, stand pat with Rex Grossman, or acquire someone else?
Football frenzy is climbing high in Washington and dreams of the next Redskins quarterback are aplenty with next month's NFL Draft on the horizon and today's release of former Indianapolis Colts starter Peyton Manning. Rumors are swirling that the Redskins should go all-in for Robert Griffin III, Baylor University's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, in the 2012 draft, a move that would cost the team an abundance of draft picks. But many fans are already clamoring for Peyton Manning, a four-time league MVP and Super Bowl champion, who would only cost the team a large paycheck from owner Daniel Snyder. Weigh in on our poll and tell us why you voted a certain way in the comments!