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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Video Jason Campbell Quiets The Crowd Effectively, Is Appropriately Auburn

I mentioned a couple of times during the Rams game just how disconcerting I found Video Jason Campbell and his efforts to quiet the crowd. What I didn’t notice at the time, because I was behind the soundproofed glass of the press box, was that Video Campbell was apparently very effective at his job.

“It worked,” said Fred Smoot. “Normally our crowd don’t be quiet for no reason, but they kinda shushed for that one. It was pretty cool … we’re all Madden fans, you know?”

Actual Jason Campbell seemed fairly pleased with his pixelated counterpart. “He’s pretty cool,” he said. And was the quieting motion good enough? “Oh, most definitely. Just seemed like the war eagle, you know?” The knowledge that Video Campbell is familiar with the symbol of Actual Campbell’s alma mater seemed to settle the subject for him.

Mike Sellers had some further thoughts. “Why is it always the quarterback? You need a more imposing type person,” he said. And the war eagle flapping? “It didn’t have enough style, it was too mechanical.” Well, what would you do, if it was Video Mike Sellers? “I’d be like, ‘Just SHUT UP!'” He laughed, then said, “You know, with the fans, it’s always nice to have that, but sometimes they get too excited and you can’t hear the plays.”

Sellers had one other concern. “There’s some people that don’t know football, when you’re out there just like this” — he flapped his arms elaborately — “some people don’t know that means quiet down. He might just be flapping his arms.”

LaRon Landry was also enthused about being the video embodiment of getting the crowd fired up for defense. “That’s pretty cool, man,” he said, “In the game I’m focused on the game, but I look up at the Jumbotron to see what’s going on and I see myself on there.”

I thought Marcus Washington — himself a pretty animated dude — might have been jealous, but he supported the choice of Video Landry. “He’s a hyped guy – Dirty Thirty, we call him,” Washington said.” He’s always full speed so he’s definitely a good guy to use for that.”

“If it was me,” he said, laughing, “I’d probably be jumping around doing something spastic. I’m a big spaz sometimes on the field.”

Todd Yoder was the only guy I asked about this who had no idea what I was talking about. “I don’t think I paid any attention to that,” he said, so I guess what really surprised me in all of this was just how much the guys actually notice the stuff on the stadium Jumbotron.

“Oh, yeah,” said Washington. “My favorite is the one from Gladiator. I get so hype when I see Russell Crowe get on his horse and say ‘At my signal, unleash hell.‘”

One interesting note, though, is that it’s not Jason Campbell’s voice shushing the crowd during the Video Campbell clip — it’s actually Brad Baker, of Redskins.com TV. This is a fact that Actual Campbell found mildly disappointing. “It’s not me, but it should be,” he said. “I could do that.” Then he proved it: “Shhhh.” I found it perfectly convincing, anyhow.

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Photo Contest: First Place WINNER

Photo by Donald Robinson.

Photo by Donald Robinson.

The runaway winner, with eleven first place votes, is Donald Robinson’s shot of LaRon Landry frozen in midair. One of those first place votes came from Santana Moss.

“Oh, that’s cool,” Moss said. “Did he catch that thing?” Good question, and I didn’t know. So I asked LaRon.

This picture of you won the fan photo contest on the blog.

He gives a genuine looking smile. “For real?”

Yep. So do you remember that one? Did you catch it?

“Nope. I missed it. I just couldn’t quite bring it down. I think it would’ve been a challengeable play, though — maybe could’ve be a catch and a fumble.” Landry shakes his head. “That’s a really decent picture, though. Whoever took this is a great photographer,” he says, smiling, and walks off with the printed photo.

So Donald Robinson is the winner of the two tickets to August 28th preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Congratulations to Mr. Robinson, and thanks to everyone who entered.

Some Pictures From Yesterday’s Charity Event

Yesterday, Chris Cooley got together with with the Redskins Charitable Foundation and brought in 25 kids from a children’s hospital. The players spent a bunch of time with the kids after practice — because there were no fans to sign for as well, they really had more time to spend — and I took a few pictures. Nothing more to say about it than what Cooley’s already got in that link, but I thought the pictures were worth posting.

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