Monday, November 24: Ooops! Vote for Fans As Well


More on the Seattle game later in the day, but let me start the morning by making up for a mistake late last week: I talked a lot on Thursday about voting for Fred Smoot‘s Super Bowl ad. That’s still a good idea, and not the mistake I’m talking about.

The mistake, as pointed out by a number of commenters, is that I failed to also note that the Redskins have five entries in the initial round of voting for the fan commercials as well.

The folks over at Chris Cooley’s blog have endorsed Kevin Bittenbender as their choice, and his story is certainly the most compelling of the available choices. But for now, I say we just try to move as many Redskins fans as possible through to the next round, and worry about the details later.

There are two more Redskins fan videos up that did not get nominated, and seven more Redskins player videos as well, including Colt Brennan.

(And Matt Hasselbeck’s story of beating Shawn Springs to the endzone in a playoff game has some mildly amusing resonance after yesterday’s finish.


Okay, NOW Vote For Smoot.


The practice update will be up shortly, but the NFL Superad website is finally live, so we can all start voting for Fred Smoot.

I asked Smoot today if he had seen his ad yet, and he said no. “Which one did they use? I gave them three or four, I don’t know which one they went with.” But, he assured me, they were all about the same thing: “Champ Bailey, Darrell Green, Bruce Smith, and me as a rookie in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.”

Not all of those guys get namechecked in the version that’s used, but the result is still worth your vote — and not just because Smoot is on the Redskins.

Thursday, November 20: More Voting For More Smoot Talk!


Yes, yes, yes. I know. You’re voted out. First it was all the FedEx Player of the Week awards. Then it was the President of the United States of America. Then it was the Pro Bowl. Then it was seemingly endless commentary on the process of voting for the Pro Bowl. I have no doubt that voting fatigue has set in, and I understand. I really do.

But this one is important: you’re voting to give Fred Smoot an audience of something like 97 million people. And I think we can all agree that if anyone deserves an audience of 97 million, it’s the team’s Dutch, blurple-Impala-driving, hot-sauce-loving, FedEx-truck-loading cornerback.

More specifically, it’s time to vote on the NFL’s Superad campaign, which has players record stories of their NFL experiences, the best of which will get turned into an artsy black-and-white Super Bowl ad.

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Nice Work Again: Clinton Portis Wins Third FedEx Ground Player of the Week

Photo by Ned Dishman.

Photo by Ned Dishman.

I only hope the voting for the Redskins Ticket campaign is as effective as the voting for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week has been. Clinton Portis wins again, his third such award of the season.

MORE VOTING! Clinton Portis Nominated Again.

Photo by Ned Dishman

Photo by Ned Dishman

Good thing it’s an election year, otherwise all of this voting-themed stuff would seem really out of place.

Anyhow, Clinton Portis has been nominated again for FedEx Ground Player of the Week. This award is still determined by fan vote; CP has already won once this season, but that’s no reason not to vote for him to win again.

Voting Time Again

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

For as much as I’ve griped that the Redskins hadn’t been getting the attention they’ve deserved this season, the various sponsored individual player awards on have certainly taken notice. Seems like I’ve done a post like this every week of the season, and this week is the biggest yet. Here’s the rundown, with links for voting:

Wednesday, September 17: Rock the Vote

Photo by Ned Dishman.

Photo by Ned Dishman.

As noted yesterday, Chris Horton has already won NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, but the fan voting is still open for a few other Redskins honors.

Clinton Portis is up for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week. Vote here.

Jim Zorn is up for Motorola Coach of the Week. Vote here.

And Chris Horton is up for Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week. Vote here.

To the best of my knowledge, Randy Thomas has not promised any of these people that they get anything unusual for receiving these awards, so your conscience can rest easy as you vote.