Tuesday, December 23: How To Make A Win Even Better

Drew Tong and Kim Davison – SkinsFanInTennessee and KnoxSkinsGal, if you know them from ExtremeSkins – are proud first year Redskins season ticket holders. They sit up in the last row of section 415, and they haven’t missed a home game this year despite living in Knoxville, Tennessee. (The drive up takes about eight hours, and they make a weekend of it with the rest of the ES crew.)

For Sunday’s game, Tong decided to do something special for Davison. He managed to get hold of Dream Seats, down in the corner of the endzone directly next to the Redskins tunnel, and pregame field passes.

“Kim had no idea about the Dream Seats or field passes,” he says. “She just thought we were going to our regular seats in the upper deck until we got to the security check and I handed her the dream seat ticket. I just told her Merry Christmas.”

This would probably have been enough of a surprise on its own. So when Tong dropped to one knee in that muddy corner of the field and pulled out a ring, Davison was just about speechless.

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Coach Zorn Does Not View Sunday As A Preseason Game

Photo by Ned Dishman

Photo by Ned Dishman

One more note from Coach Zorn’s press conference today. This one’s going to disappoint a few of the regular readers of the blog, so I think it’s best if we just tear it off like a band-aid: the rookies aren’t going to be seeing extra playing time just because the team is eliminated.

Here’s Zorn’s reasoning on the subject:

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Zorn Motivates With The Fetal Position

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If I had to pick one phrase I don’t particularly want to hear my coach saying with any sincerity, it’s probably “I’m the worst coach in America.” Well, we cleared that hurdle last week, and I actually thought Coach Zorn delivered the line well, and recovered from the fallout well also.

If there’s a second phrase I don’t want to hear, it’s probably “I was in the fetal position, plopped over sideways.” Not really your traditional chest-out leadership posture, although Zorn isn’t really your traditional chest-out leadership kind of guy. Which is, ultimately, what led to the fetal position story in the first place: someone asked if he had ever engaged in any sort of unusual motivational techniques a la Mike Singletary’s now-legendary pants-dropping.

Zorn’s answer — along with his comments on the defense in Sunday’s game — after the jump.
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Zorn on Suisham

Photo by Ned Dishman

Photo by Ned Dishman

Well, it’s a question that people keep asking me, and Coach Zorn addressed it in his press conference today. So here’s what he had to say about Shaun Suisham‘s struggles in the second half of the season, and his own peculiar decision to attempt a 54 yard field goal last night:
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Monday, December 22: Donovan McNabb Not Impressed With Your “Sweep”

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By Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There are some things that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is very good at. Playing football, for one. Successfully delivering the tongue-twister “microwaveable bowl” during Chunky Soup commercials, for another.

But he’s much, much less good at determining which games his team should win. After losing to the Redskins in Philly way back in the long-gone days of October, McNabb said, “Not taking anything away from them, but there is no way this team is better than us.”

Leaving aside the complete misunderstanding of the phrase “Not taking anything away from them,” this statement was, well, not correct. Even Eagles blog The 700 Level agrees, sort of:
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Redskins v. Eagles – LaRon Landry Postgame

Photo by Brian Murphy

Photo by Brian Murphy

One of the best things about this bittersweet victory was seeing LaRon Landry finally playing the way we’ve hoped for all year. There are number of possible reasons for his performance — Greg Blache played the defense a montage of their best plays that he described as “emotional and attitudinal Viagra,” for one — but the most likely seems to be his health.

“This season I got out to a very slow start with this hamstring injury,” he said, “and I just tried to fight through the whole season with it. Probably, like, six weeks ago that’s when it really started coming around, so I’m looking forward to next year, and we’ve got one more game.”
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Redskins v. Eagles – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

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  • I mentioned this last week, and … you know what? I’m going to actually go so far as to quote myself verbatim: “The spark of Santana Moss punt returns is seriously dampened when they’re all accompanied by penalties….” Today? It’s an illegal block by Kareem Moore negating a 31 yard return.
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