For those of you new to our blog (thanks for reading by the way), I am a fan of the Washington Redskins. For the overwhelming majority of my adult life, this has not been a fun fact. I’ve grown accustomed to being nervous every single Sunday watching the Redskins play. I am also used to “fans” falling in and out of love with the team. For over a decade, I’ve listened to sports talk radio. Fans for the Washington Redskins (including yours truly) are emotionally unstable. Every week, it seems like we are calling for someone to get fired or cut. After the first 4 games of 2012 alone, I’ve heard for the firing/cutting of both Mike and Kyle Shannahan, Danny Smith (special teams coach), WR Josh Morgan, CB DeAngelo Hall, and new to this list: kicker Billy Cundiff.
Typically, I believe in giving players/coaches multiple chances and opportunities to perform well before I jump out there and yell “GET RID OF HIM!”. Even a few weeks ago when seemingly all of Redskins nation wanted to cut Josh Morgan for his mental mistake in St. Louis, I kept pretty level-headed. Well friends…yesterday I was one of the crazies! After watching Billy Cundiff miss 3 field goals before making the game winner, I was enraged! Even though Cundiff hit the game winner, I still wanted the Redskins to board the plane home and leave Cundiff in Tampa. Like seriously Leave. Him. There. Continue reading
Yesterday was a GLORIOUS day! You should know by now that He Said She Said FOOTBALL are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to our NFL teams. It was only fitting that we be apart of the excitement to see our favorite teams live and in living color. It turned out to be a great day for football, but it was also great for tailgating, and seeing football enthusiasts like ourselves, enjoy a mild sunny day watching their favorite teams battle it out. Fans from everywhere were there to take in this game. We even met a mother and daughter who traveled from Virginia Beach . It was a graduation gift for the daughter, her wish was to see her favorite team (the Cowboys) play in person. We also had the good fortune to witness this rivalry in the most regal way possible: in the SKYBOX at FedEx Field. There is no other way to watch a professional football game. Now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t watch a game any other way. The accommodations were awesome: all you can eat buffet, in-seat wait service, plush leather seats with climate control. And the view was amazing!! It was the best football watching experience that I ever had.
I believe I had the same hopes as most Redskins fans yesterday: “Please don’t let us get blown out at FedEx Field to these BUM Cowgirls!” With that goal in mind, and excellent seats as an incentive, I suited up in my Burgundy and Gold best and trekked up to FedEx Field. Of course it would have been awesome to be on the winning side of a 27-24 victory in overtime. Anytime a fan pays money for a sporting event, they are expecting to be entertained. It doesn’t get much more entertaining than a divisional showdown that goes into OT. FedEx Field holds 91,000 fans. Yesterday I would say the crowd was 50/50 (way too many Dallas fans!). What that meant was 45,500 people were yelling on every play-regardless of what happened. It was THE MOST FUN I’ve ever had at a football game! Trust–I’ve been to many (including this rivalry game in DC and in TX). This was the best one so far. Continue reading
We all heard about the death of iconic NFL owner: Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. It’s only fitting that as HUGE fans of the NFL that we show respect for a man who left a huge mark on the game. While we personally did not agree with many of his decisions (and we weren’t the only ones), we certainly love the fact that Al Davis was brazen enough to walk to the beat of his own drum. As African-Americans, it’s also great to see what he contributed to the game in terms of diversity. Here’s to you Al Davis for bringing mystique and BOLDNESS to the NFL, along with that vertical passing game. This quote of Al Davis really sums up his belief in the vertical passing game: “When we came out of the huddle, we didn’t want first downs and move the chains. We wanted touchdowns-the quick strike. We were going to take what we wanted and that was Raider’s Football” Raiders Football was Al Davis. R.I.P. Continue reading
We had SO much fun Monday night, that this week we decided we wanted to go where the people are again! A couple years ago, we watched a Monday night football game at BlackFinn when the New Orleans Saints played the Atlanta Falcons. (the year the Saints wind up winning beating Atlanta and winning the Super Bowl later). We had such a great time that we decided to go back!
We were NOT disappointed! If you know about me, you know I love talking trash and being around proud fans of their team. While I went primarily to check out my Redskins (and the official ESPN 980 post game show was being taped there), there were fans for just about every 1 o clock game on! Steelers, Texans, Cowboys, Philly, 49ers…and of course Redskins fans! Everyone was cheering (or jeering) at different games. They had the sports bar MUST HAVES: lots of huge tvs, lots of beer options, and delicious food! Check it out:
Today our company celebrated the culminating events for its conversion. As a result, I met a guy flying in town from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. This morning, he was surprised to hear me listening to the Sports Talk radio. As a result we started talking about football. Since he was from Indiana, I asked him did he love the Indianapolis Colts. His response: “I don’t like the Colts this year”.
Fair or not, I instantly labeled him the worst a fan could be labeled: The dismissive “Fairweather Fan”. Sure it’s easy to love the Colts when Peyton Manning is leading the team to AFC North championship year after year. Now is the test of one’s fanhood and this guy was failing MISERABLY my book. This is a topic I am passionate about! Continue reading
This has been a great weekend. It highlighted the last set of preseason NFL games, which means that the regular season is a week away. The games showcase the talents of lesser known players who are trying to give a lasting impression so they can make a final roster……….somewhere, anywhere. This week also brought the official opening for College Football. I will admit that I would rather watch a NFL game, but college games are mad exciting. The BYU/Ole Miss game yesterday was riveting and had a lot of back and forth, and ended with a one point victory for BYU.
Even with the excitement of the pros and college, the most exciting football action i saw was the Live football contest of the Maryland City Mustangs taking on the Chesapeake Bay Piranhas. J’s little cousin plays on the offensive and defensive lines for the Mustangs. He is a first year player on a brand new team composed of kids who’ve never played organized ball before. They went up against an established team in the Piranhas, and it showed immediately even before the initial kickoff. It was entertaining to see because even though the Mustangs were clearly out of their league, they never gave up. It’s always cool to see football at that stage because its being played for the very reason i fell in love with the game to begin with: it’s fun. Its fun to play and its very fun to watch. Who knows, the next Jerry Rice, the next Deion Sanders, or the next Emmitt Smitth could have been on that field Saturday. It doesn’t even matter. All that matters is that character was being built and greatness was being shaped, and the kids were having fun.
Because we were running all over the DMV catching games this weekend, I have a great appreciation for ESPN 980 and 106.7 The Fan. Driving and listening to that Utah St. vs Auburn game literally made the hour ride to Annapolis in traffic seem 10 mins long. For Auburn to be down by 10 with roughly 3 mins left and come back and win that game is the MAIN reason why a team is NEVER to be counted out until the clock hits triple zero! It’s also the reason why I LOVE college football.
Let me tell you why technology is a beautiful thing for sports fans: The ESPN ScoreCenter App for Iphone and the College Football Scoreboard App for Iphone. Another game that I didn’t get to watch but absolutely made me BEAM with pride is my Hampton University Pirates coming back in the last quarter against Alabama A&M in the 14th Annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field. While the Apps give you the score, it’s the peeps on Twitter who gave me the play by play. Hampton blocked Alabama A&M’s kick at the end of the game! YES! Shout out to people who tweeted that… along with opinions on how Hampton should have won the Battle of the Bands! I love my H.I.U!
Tonight me and D get to watch our mutual favorite College Team tonight right here in our own backyard! Our University of Miami Hurricanes take on the Maryland Terps in an ACC showdown! (Don’t I sound like the commercial?) Regardless of losing 10 players to shameful off the field controversy, we fully expect the CANES to handle business anyway!