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THN Ranked Number Three

In the September 4, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated, the editors of the illustrious magazine selected www.theHogs.net as the third best Washington Redskins news media outlet available on the web.

The sports media giant ranked the outlets as part of their 2006 NFL Preview. The top four news providers were listed, in order of quality as decided by the editors, for each team, as well as a place for fans to vote for the best fan site. SI ranked THN third behind the Washington Post and the Washington Times. The team’s official site was ranked fourth.

This accolade follows the trend of the growing popularity of THN as a source for Redskins news, rather than just a fan site. Most recently, our content has been featured in several Canadian news sources for our work with Jesse Lumsden, most specifically NFLCanada.com. We also have several projects in the works that will continue to make this your “one-stop shop” for all of your Redskins needs.

This just goes to show that with the support of the THN community and the hard work of the THN staff, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

-Scott Hurrey


Sports Illustrated Sept 4th issueSports Illustrated’s NFL Scouting Report
September 04 Issue

Redskins Report – Page 155

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Scott Hurrey

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Press Release: THN Gives Back

THN traveled to the Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Delaware, where we teamed up with the Hogettes and former Redskins’ greats Reggie Branch, Brian Mitchell, Raleigh McKenzie, Ed Simmons, Clarence Vaughn, Ravin Caldwell and Dave Harbour. While many of the ex-Redskins looked like they could still tee it up on the football field, today they teed it up on the on the golf course to raise money for the Touchdown for Kids Foundation. The tournament was hosted by Reggie Branch, who owns The Starboard Restaurant and Bar in nearby Dewey Beach, Delaware. Branch also announced that he is starting his own football camp in Orlando were he lives part-time.

The event featured a dinner and auction after the golf tournament. Among the items up for bid were signed helmets, footballs and pictures. Easily the most interesting item was a pair of Roy Williams (of the Lions) blue Nike cleats. THN got in on the bidding and even walked away with signed Raleigh McKenzie and Reggie Branch jerseys. More importantly, we helped raise money for a worthwhile cause. The evening also featured entertainment by the Hogettes who sung an “acapella” version of “Hail to the Redskins”, followed by Reggie Branch singing Garth Brooks’ classic “Friends in Low Places.” Reggie spared us by stopping before the chorus. The evening ended with Reggie telling the crowd that he wanted to do it bigger and better next year.

Brian Mitchell offered the most inspiring words of the day when he reminded the crowd that while the mainstream media likes to focus on the mistakes that athletes make (like Sean Taylor), they fail to report all the good that the majority of athletes are doing.

Who were the real winners on this day? The Touchdown for Kids Foundation.

— DEHog

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Dan Hines

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Irresponsible Journalism

What on earth is wrong with the world of sports journalism? Can we even call it journalism anymore? We live in the age of technology, which is an exciting thing, so why then is this potential for information being choked by irresponsibility?

I understand the value of shock journalism and the idealism of negativity being a popular read, but when is enough finally enough? When do you pass the point of journalism and dip into the realm of sensationalism? How many ‘passes’ do you get on being ‘right’ in the world of sports writing?

I look after what started as a fan website for the Washington Redskins. While by no means are we a huge news outlet, I DEMAND from our writers that they do not write for the sake of writing or for the sake of attracting attention. We do our best to follow the Redskins closely, and we do our best to put out content that is factually based and pertinent. If anyone could gain an advantage by writing a story that was extremely controversial, it would be a small news outlet like us.

But we don’t, and we won’t. It’s just plain irresponsible. There have been times where we were given rumors that were hot and didn’t run with them. Many times, those rumors turned into truths. We didn’t run them because we could not confirm the reports from more than one person and felt that it was unfair to run with something that could not be verified.

Now this is not in any way meant to be a slight on the freedom of the press or their right to report. Obviously the media outlets are going to be wrong from time to time when they run stories. That’s just a by-product of the freedom to express one’s self. But again, at what point in time did it become acceptable to throw as much crap against the wall as you can and see how much of it sticks. The media mongers tend to forget that real people’s lives are affected by the fiction that they produce.

Some of the major media outlets not only fit the category of sensational journalism, they personify it. As a sports fan, I find myself reading fewer and fewer stories without the ‘grain of salt’ theory. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the theory that makes you take everything that you read with some modicum of disbelief. I don’t pick up a copy of the National Enquirer and take it for gospel, and I’m shocked that that type of sensationalism has spilled over in to the sports world. Sure these guys are celebrities, and as such, are rightfully subject to scrutiny, but I fail to see how that grants ‘carte blanche’ to everything that the media write.

I could name specifics, and list names… but where would it get me? The sad thing is, I don’t need to. The general public is not as naive as the media would make us out to be. We know the culprits, we’ve read the continual hearsay, and yet, many of these men stand at the forefront of their industry. What a joke. Their employers view hate mail as being as important as fan mail. After all, it means people are tuning in to their product. Why don’t they realize that the ‘boy who cried wolf’ fable will soon rear it’s ugly head? Sure it’s great that people are checking your product out, but how is it positive if they are checking you out ONLY to see what level of drivel you have stooped to?

As I stated, we are but a small sports news outlet trying to forge a path in a competitive world. We don’t profess to be the Pulitzer Prize winning journalists that we aspire to one day be, but we will make one promise. We will get where we get on the backs of hard-working writers that work at substantiative quality as opposed to quantity, and we will not jeopardize our belief system for the sake of the exposure. We apologize for not succumbing to the norm and bringing you mind-numbing, ignorant lies and rhetoric as opposed to what we feel is factual. We’re going to go against the grain and just try practicing some responsible journalism.

Editor’s note: This article is an opinion piece and is expressed in the first person, as it is only an opinion.

BossHog

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Mark Solway

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Heroes

As the country prepares to pay their respects to those who have fought to secure our freedoms I would also like to join them in thanking not only those whom have passed but also those who continue to protect our freedoms today. In addition to the brave men and women of the armed forces, I would also like to offer thanks to the men and women of the nation’s police and law enforcement agencies. At a time when our country is at war, the focus is easily drawn to the very deserving group of folks who serve in our country’s military and it seems easy to overlook the work done by those who put their life on the line everyday with little fanfare (which would be unwanted anyways).

The men and women of the United States military are an invaluable asset and they deserve all the positive attention that they get. Too often they hear the negatives about their actions as directed by those charged with leading them. We are all aware of the ongoing war in Iraq and that our country has lost some fine men and women, who themselves were sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and even grandparents. There is no way that these individuals can be replaced in the arms of their loved ones. But you can honor their lives and the lives of those still fighting to protect this nation so that those of us who havent picked up a rifle and taken our post (without questioning why or for how long can sit in their homes on a quiet street) can write an article.

You see, those of us who haven’t served a day in the most powerful military in the world or those who havent worked a shift not knowing where your next call will place you, have done so by choice. Those who wear the uniform of their respected branch or agency have as well. They chose to serve and protect the people of this country, whether that is on a global, national, state or local level. Those people also do so without the promise of financial retribution but rather with an issued bulletproof vest and the promise that your family will receive an honorary flag for your service and perhaps a mention on the local news should you be killed in the line of duty. All the while, the world as we know it moves on; overpaid professional athletes demand more money to play their sport, people cheat on their taxes and reality television finds more ways to exploit those people who want to be exploited.

Instead of using the military as a political whipping boy and railing on the authority (on lack thereof) of law enforcement agencies, try placing yourself in their shoes. Think about those who don’t have the option of calling in “sick” just so they can play 18 holes before it gets too hot. Or better yet, think about those who allow you to sit in your home on that quiet street without the fear of having someone break into your home or boost your car.

Pay your respects however you choose to, but don’t allow their hard work and that of those who came before them go unappreciated. The next time you see a veteran or someone still serving, thank them for all that they have given up to give us so much.

To all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of protecting what is important, and to those who are still on the front lines both here and abroad, thank you again from not only me but also from my family. Thank you for doing a job that many of us can’t or wouldn’t do. While the title has been given to many people, you are truly deserving of being called ‘heroes’.

-Wingman

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Les Barnhart

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Online transcript from the Washington Post

Yesterday, theHogs.net was online live at the Washington Post for a chat. It was very thrilling to be asked, and we are grateful to the Post for both thinking of us and giving us the opportunity.

Mark Solway (BossHog) fielded questions from many Redskin fans and did his best to provide a fan’s perspective.

Here is the transcript:

Bel Air, Md.: Hey Boss Hog!

Everybody keeps saying that Siant Gibbs may be out of touch with the game.
They seem to be overlooking that he has conitnued to follow the game as a
part-time owner. Even Joe Bugel stated that Gibbs was still keeping up with
the game. Do you think that this question (has the game passed him by?) is as
big a deal as it is being made out.

Mark Solway: On the contrary, I think what makes Joe Gibbs, Joe Gibbs, is that he is always successful. He is extremely intelligent and it was his cerebral nature that allowed him to be so successful the first time
around. More things to think about and take into consideration will only
further distance him from his peers. It may take a little bit of adjustment
time, but it won’t take long for him to figure it out — all of it.

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Jake (Edgewater, Md.): Hey Mark,

Why did Joe Gibbs pick Gregg Williams over the other defensive coordinators
that were available? Was it partly because of the other Bills assistants he
brought along. Thanks for answering my question! JOE IS BACK!

Mark Solway: I think he picked Gregg Williams because Mr. Gibbs
thought that he was the best co-ordinator available. Williams was hugely
successful when he was only the DC, he just didn’t fare as well as a head
coach. I also think that Williams will want to try again one day and will take
like a sponge to water getting to learn from one of the game’s very best.

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Las Cruces, N.M.: Who do you think the Skins will take in the draft?
I’m guessing — Vince Wilfork, Sean Taylor or Stephen Jackson …

Nice Web site!

Mark Solway: Thanks.

I think that with months of free agency
to follow, only time will tell. I like Wilfork a lot, and Sean Taylor is a
great safety. I think the defensive line has to be a priority, but whether it
is a FA with a Jevon Kearse or through the draft makes no difference to me.
Last year’s offseason by the FO was brilliant, but completely denied
conventionality, so it’s really hard to predict.

I do think that if we
go into the draft looking for a DT or DE that it would be smart to drop
slightly, maybe 3-5 positions, and pick up an extra pick. I’ve seen
suggestions of them dropping further, but I think if they stay top 10 they can
get a guaranteed #1 or #2 DE or DT still, at a slightly lower cap number, and
pick up a solid extra pick from a team really looking to not miss on a player
like Taylor.

We do an entire draft section at the website that we’ll
be opening in about a week, so you can follow along everything there… top
10s, mock drafts, exclusive articles and more. It’s a great way to kill some
time in the offseason for us.

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Kingstowne, Va.: Any concern that Gibbs will end up like Bud Grant
did in his second stint with the Vikings? Remember, Grant coached the Vikes to
4 Super Bowls between 1967 and 1982. He quit, citing burnout. In 1983, Les
Steckel took the Vikes to a 3-13 season. Grant returned in 1985. The Vikings
went 7-9, and Grant retired for good, ignominiously. What’s to prevent the
same situation from playing out in D.C? Thanks from a lifelong Skins fan.

Mark Solway: Bud Grant had a little more of a mean streak that was
effective with his players, but Gibbs was respected for many more reasons. In
July of 2003 I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Ken Harvey Football
Fan Classic by Mr. Harvey. I got to interview some Redskin alumni like George
Starke, Charles Mann, Darryl Grant, Mark Moseley and Reggie Evans. When I
would inevitably ask them about Joe Gibbs, they all went out of their way to
say how much he had affected their lives, not just their football careers, as
they looked back now. They spoke with such reverement that it was truly
inspiring. When Darryl Grant told us about the infamous Cowboy canmouflage
game and how mad Gibbs got, he was like a son describing the experience with
his dad the first time he came home late for curfew.

While Grant was a
great coach too, I think Gibbs was far more of a fatherly figure to his
players. IMO, that stigma alone will also enable him to just pick up where he
left off in a city as engulfed in tradition as Washington is.

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Roanoke, Va.: Mark,

What do you expect the draft and free agent priorities to be in examining
the situation of the team as it stands?

Mark Solway: I think in order they are Defensive End, Defensive
Tackle, Running Back, Safety and then Tight End… though the last three are
almost interchangeable.

I have had a lot of feedback that fans think
Gibbs arrival makes tight end a bigger priority, but I think we are going to
be looking for a blocking tight end or two as much or more than a pass
catching end.

Obviously if the defensive line has already been
addressed come draft day it will be a very difficult decision between someone
like impact player Sean Taylor or Va Tech’s Kevin Jones. But an enviable
decision to get to make regardless.

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El Paso, Tex.: I’m really excited that Joe Gibbs is back with the
Redskins. With the success that Joe Gibbs enjoyed in Washington, why is it
that he is so obscure? I beleive he is a better coach than Parcells and
Vermeil, but they receive more accolades. Is it because Gibbs stayed true to
himself and didn’t bounce from team to team like Parcells and Vermeil?

Mark Solway: IMO, one word… humility.

He may be a little
bit more obscure outside of D.C than the others but I don’t think any of those
men that you mentioned are as revered in any of the cities that they coached
in as Gibbs is in Washington either. But he certainly never was anything but
unassuming, regardless of his level of success and that kind of low brow
demeanor just doesn’t get noticed as much.

If you look at the
pandemonium that has been created in the last two days, and the absolute
euphoria, you wouldn’t know he was obscure!!!! And the whole NASCAR world
knows how smart he is too.

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Newark, Del.: Hey Mark, Venting Hog here.

What was your favorite Gibbs era Redskins moment?

Mark Solway: Probably the second quarter of the 2nd Super Bowl win.

There were so many, but I have never seen such domination. In a game
that started badly, I thought i had only blinked twice and we had buried the
game before half time. I choose that as a favorite Gibbs’ moment because I
don’t think there is a finer example of just how great a coach he was/is. i
still have to pinch myself when I say or type that.

It’s too easy to
answer Riggo’s run, but it’s also pretty hard not to. It personified
everything I love about football… and the smashmouth, ball control nature
that Joe Gibbs made famous.

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Darlington, S.C.: Mark,

Do you think the defense will play a lot better under Gibbs or will he have
to make an example out of someone to get them to play better?

Mark Solway: I think everyone will play better. I’m not trying to
insult Steve Spurrier, I just think that Joe Gibbs will have more control over
this team than Spurrier ever did.

I am not saying that is any fault of
Spurrier’s either, just a statement on how special Gibbs is to everything and
everyone to do with the Washington organization. We are talking about a
legend.

Gregg Williams is also a much more experienced DC than George
Edwards and it will show in the schemes, the confidence, and the subsequent
level of success.

There are also personnel issues that need to be
addressed in the offseason to facilitate a better showing in 2004 as well. We
have to find a pass rush.

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Washington, D.C.: Are the Skins picking up Owens from the
49-ers?

Mark Solway: I don’t think he’s Gibbs’ kind of player, and I don’t
think there is any need for receivers in Washinton.

The only WR
transaction that I think is important for the Redskins FO to deal with is
re-signing McCants. But I think Gibbs will really like him, and will bering
him back. He’s big, he’s tough, he makes the hard catches in the middle and
he’s the best red zone receiver we had last year.

I think we’re solid
with Laveranues Coles, Darnerien McCants, Rod Gardner and Taylor Jacobs. I
expect Scott Cloman to push hard for a spot again this year at camp as well.

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Falls Church, Va.: I have long said that the relationship between
the city of Washington and its football team is unlike anything else in
American sport. Right or wrong, the second coming of Gibbs appears to have
been received with a level of joy I have never seen in a city before. Do you
think at least some of the reason Gibbs is returning is because he understands
this intense relationship between the city and its football team and like the
rest of us, ached over what the Redskins have become over the last decade?

Mark Solway: Completely.

I think that success for the
Washington Redskins will always be a part of Joe Gibbs make-up.

I
think that’s why the confidence and euphoria is so high — Joe won’t rest
until the streets of Washington flow with Burgundy and gold proud tradition
again.

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New Carrollton, Md.: I am truly excited! My husband and I have
constantly told our sons about how great of a coach Joe Gibbs was and now they
will get to see him in action themselves! I have been a Redskins’ fan for many
years and I have to say that I can’t remember being so excited! We finally got
ourselves a real coach again!

Mark Solway: It’s fantastic that another generation of Redskin fans
will get to experience arguably the greatest football coach of all time.

Even Cowboy fans on our message board have stated that this was good
for football, not just the Redskins.

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Fort Worth, Tex.: So where is training camp going to be held this
year? Will Gibbs go back to Frostburg?

Mark Solway: we actually started talking about this today.

It’d be really nice to see it moved back to Carlisle… there just
isn’t a more quaint way to spend a week or two vacation than in close quarters
with your Redskins team and friends.

I think that Camp is an
unbeilievable experience anywhere, and I would strongly urge everyone to try
and make it down. thehogs.net will be down there for the majority of camp with
a bunch of our friends and screaming praises at our players… it’s a tough
way to spend a day watching football practice in the sun.

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Old Fort, N.C.: Mark, do you believe Russ Grimm is ready to be an
offensive coordinator in the NFL, and will Mr. Gibbs persue Him? Thanks.

Mark Solway: I think there is a good chance of Russ Grimm returning
to the Redskins in some capacity, just because of the reverie that all of his
players feel for Gibbbs as i stated before.

I don’t know if it should
be as an OC, but I do know that his presence will always welcome to a hog
lover such as myself. In any capacity. The Hogs are the ispiration for our
website… it would be another happy day.

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Delware : Joe Gibbs is a godsend for the Redskins, but let’s hope
that Mr. Snyder can stay out of his way …

Mark Solway: I think the fact that Mr. Gibbs was also designated
team president tells you that mr. Snyder is ready to let Joe do his thing.

Now he will get to concentrate on the things that he’s great at as
well like marketing, and schmoozing players.

There are some amazing
days ahead for this franchise.

I don’t know how long I will get to
answer questions for, but I wanted to just thank the Post for even giving
theHogs.net the opportunity to do this chat in case my time runs out. It is a
great honor and I am very thankful for the experience.

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Hinesville, Ga.: Thanks Mark, Our prayers have been finally
answered. Now will Champ Bailey stay, will the Skins sign Mark Brunell and
Corey Dillon? A glorious day. Hail!

Mark Solway: On Champ – I think that’s up to Champ. It’s a lot of
cap to give up and since he will inevitably be ‘franchised’, it will also be
very hard to ignore first round draft picks if anyone is interested in paying
the required compensation.

Mark Brunell – I definitely can’t see
coming in here.. more for cap reasons than anything else. The Redskins are
sitting with about 9 million available cap dollars, but they’ll need it for
the draft and to address the offensive line.

Corey Dillon – great
player, great skill, wrong attitude for this situation IMO. There are no I in
team on Joe’s team. He’s also about a $7 million cap figure next year I
believe.

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Tysons, Va.: This is an odd question.

All my brother wants for his February birthday now is an autographed pic of
Gibbs. I told him that it would be easier to get Super Bowl tickets.

Any suggestions of who to go through?

Mark Solway: Go to camp, hang out for a week and wait for your
opportunity. It will undoubtedly happen if you go on Fan Appreciation Day as
they sit at a table for an hour and just sign autographs. i know it’ll be the
first table that i’m lining up for.

If you can get me a super bowl
ticket that easily, just let me know. 🙂

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Columbia, Md.: Forgive me Joe for I have sinned. It has been 12
years since my last confession.

In that time I have forgotten what victory tastes like. I have been seduced
by flashy dreams of vertical offenses, by the glitz of high-priced free
agents, by the arm of a Shuler, a Banks, and even (whimper) Jeff George. I
have forgotten that coaching is impossible and yet simple. I have strayed into
the fields of task-masters and old ball coaches only to return to your feet
humbly asking for your salvation.

The apostles (Jacoby, Monk, Walton, Clark, Warren, Lachey, etc. …) all
speak of your incredible grace and subtle motivation. I long to feel that
again. The city of Washington, your wayward son, has actually returned to you
and not the other way around. We have all repented and are ready to march
toward the promise land with you at the front.

Sunday is again holy in the heart of our beloved nation and may the
infidels from New York, Philadelphia and Dallas fear the battle we will wage!

Humbly yours,

Mark Solway: The NFC East is back.

With Parcells, Coughlin
and Reid to contend with… the rivalries are all going to return to glory and
the division will once again rise to former heights.

There’s going to
be a lot of black and blue division games next year… what could be more
exciting than that?

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Crofton, Md.: hi Mark

Great site and great chat. Thanks.

Is there any way to recapture the old magic of RFK? I know FedEx will never
rock like the old stadium but do you think that this will energize the fans
enough to become a place like RFK, a place that opposing teams hated to come
to?

Mark Solway: Fed Ex has never seen the level of ssuccess that RFK
did, and success has a funny way of intensifying things.

There will
only ever be one RFK and Fed Ex could probably never bounce, but we will be
cramming nearly 90,000 Redskins faithful into a stadium to watch playoff
football in no time and I think that we will be going back down the road to
intimidating teams with our fan base very soon.

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Warner, N.H. 03278: Why can’t out-of-state Redskin fans hear “Sonny,
Sam, and Frank” do the game broadcasts over the Internet?

Mark Solway: Infinity broadcast has the rights and they do not
stream any of their content. I believe I heard rumor of that perhaps changing
(infinity having the rights), but I’m afraid I don’t know any of the details.
If you drop me a line at Bosshog@thehogs.net I can find out for you and get
back to you.

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Harrisonburg, Va.: There are two names that leap out at me on the
free agent market — Corey Dillion and Jevon Kerse … do you think the Skins
would be inclined to make a hard push for them with the cap room and a glaring
need at safety and TE?

Mark Solway: Kearse is hard to not at least look at. I think pass
rush is our greatest need, and he is a good fit.

He’s also going to
get a lot of money.

But I think john Abrahams would be great too, and
I think pass rush should trump anything else. There are some good pass rushers
in the draft, but no absolute studs. Will Smith and Marcus Spears might be
good choices if we moved down to below # 10 in the draft. Although pass
rushers have a tendency to look a lot sexier on draft day which may push them
up the board.

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Columbus, Ohio: Hi Mark, I’m a huge fan of the skins, and am looking
forward to seeing Gibbs coach for the first time in my adult life! One
question, do you think Darrell Green will be offered some position with the
orginization? If there is one person who defines the Redskins more that Joe
Gibbs, it is Green, and I would love to see him involved, even just as a face
for the orginization!

Mark Solway: I don’t think anyone personifies the Redskins like Joe
Gibbs myself… look at this reaction. Not even DG himself could create this
much stir.

I think Mr. Green has enough on with his various projects
and charities and has little desire to return to Redskin football in an
official capacity at the present time. But who knows… it seems everyone else
wants to!

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Venting Hog (Newark, Del.): Mark:

One of the most frustrating things for fans (and players) is the influx of
opposing teams’ fan watching the game in D.C., cheering for the opposing team.
All you hear are their chants instead of “Hail to the Redskins!”

Do you think this will end in the Gibbs era, with season ticket holders
once again keeping their tickets and proudly attending the games instead of
giving them up to Giants, Cowboys, and Eagles fans?

Mark Solway: Season ticket holders haven’t had much success to go
along with their season ticket bills lately.

That’s all going to
change.

I’m sure the waiting list added more names in the last 48
hours than in all of the 2003 season.

I sure hope so… it’s really
tough seeing all those foreign colors at home. Folks, i implore you, if you do
have to sell your tickets, make sure they go to Redskin fans. there’s always a
frothing mad fan floating around theHogs.net that’s probably interested in
taking them off your hands.

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Washington, D.C.: Hey Head Hog,

When are Washingtonians going to give Snyder the credit he deserves instead
of ragging on the guy every time something goes wrong? I know at least 10
other franchises in the NFL that would love to have as active and concerned an
owner as Mr. Snyder is.

Plus, if you were given the ability to OWN the team of your dreams,
wouldn’t most people meddle a lot as well?

Mark Solway: when you have a franchise as proud as the Redskins, i
guess nothing less than the ultimate success is acceptable.

Mr. Snyder
has made some mistakes along the way, but has always made them for the right
reasons… he just wants to win. Giving control to someone like joe Gibbs is
proof positive that he now understands the importance of concentrating on what
he’s good at and leaving the football to one of it’s greatest minds.

The partnership has the potential to be devastating.

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DE: Hey Boss, DEHog here.

There’s been much talk about the relationship of Dan Snyder and his past
coaches. How do you see the Gibbs/Snyder relationship playing out?

Mark Solway: I think even Dan Snyder grew up adoring Joe Gibbs…
and you can’t say that about any of the others.

That alone will change
the whole dynamic IMO. As I said, I think Snyder will now set about proving
just how good he is at what he’s good at, leave the football to joe, and I
can’t see how that relatinship can be anything but harmonious as long as it is
allowed to exist.

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Greenville, N.C.: I too am excited as everyone else about Saint Joe
returning. But, in all the confusion and emotion not a lot has surfaced on
Gregg Williams yet. He too is a wonderful aquisition as defensive coordinator.
How soon do you expect the defense to turn things around?

Mark Solway: With the correct personnel moves in the offaseason —
very quickly. I think that we saw far too much zone coverage last year and we
have to allow our LBs to play closer to the line and react.

If we can
get some pass rush, there’s no reason to believe that we can’t almost
imediately return to a top 5-10 defense like Marvin Lewis accomplished (with
some of the same pieces of the puzzle).

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Springfield, Va.: Hey there,

Now that we have the coaching fixed, let’s turn our attention to game day
antics of FedEx Field. Is there any way we can get the announcer to not
glorify a tackle after at 12 yard run, the same music pumped up way to loud
too to stimulate fan excitement. I think we’ll be able to generate that one
the field and not fake it with DMX being played over and over again. And I’ll
pay money to never see the funky bunch do the same exact dance for the 4th
year in a row.

Mark Solway: I think as success mounts, the football will become the
focus at Fed Ex.

They can’t ever let the Funky bunch change their
dance… come on! It’s as Redskin as the Hogettes, Hogs and Hail to the
Redskins are. maybe we’ll all be happier doing the dance if we’re winning.

_______________________

Kennesaw, Ga.: An observation: Organizationally, it sounds like
Gibbs will have with the Redskins a role most like Mike Sherman has with the
Packers. Sherman is nominally coach and GM, but in practice he delegates most
of the GM stuff during the season to Mark Hatley and Reggie McKenzie. Also
Sherman is very Gibbs-like as far as work habits are concerned.

Also, you should know that a lot of people here in the Atlanta area are
murmuring about how Falcons owner Arthur Blank may really have blown it by not
pursuing Gibbs after Dan Reeves was fired. Gibbs owns a piece of the Falcons,
and Blank knew before almost anyone else that Gibbs wanted to coach again —
weeks before Spurrier left.

Mark Solway: I’ve had discussions with Redskin fans about Atlanta
too… it is a testament to the schmoozing ability of Dan Snyder that the
Falcons, who could have used a coach, didn’t get to pull off such a colossal
happening.

If you doubt Mr. Snyder’s ability to bring in pretty much
anyone he wants, surely this should at least have you questioning your logic.
This is the single biggest explosion I’ve ever seen for a coach in sports…
let alone in football.

And in one fell swoop, Mr. Snyder restored
faith, restored respectability, and left us all licking our chops for the
start of the 2004 season.

_______________________

Mark Solway: Well folks. My time is up. I just wanted to thank
everyone who participated and once again thank the Washington post,
specifically Mr. Fisch, for allowing me to do this. It has been a thrill, and
I look forward to seeing you all over at theHogs.net. We have a lot of
exciting things planned for the offseason, and we hope that you will pop by
the boards and say hello any time. We’re always there to talk football and
talk Redskins.

Thanks.

Mark Solway
Bosshog

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Mark Solway

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Kicking Off the 2003 Season

With less than two weeks left to go before the Redskins’ opening kickoff, we’re kicking things back in to high gear at theHogs.net. It’s been a whirlwind first offseason for the website with our new message board, our exclusive draft section, player profiles, the Ken Harvey Football Fan Classic and the 2003 training camp. We’ve been busy, but we’re getting ready to be really busy again as the season starts.

If you’re new to the website, we will be bringing you exclusive articles every day written by the volunteer staff at theHogs.net. The 5th Quarter, Sun Tzu , The Cheap Seats, Scooter’s 6 Pack and Game Day Matchups will all be returning this season as well as some new weekly columns. We hope that you enjoy the content and we always welcome any comments or suggestions at feedback@thehogs.net.

We have added a lot of new features to the site. We added a transaction log, and a How the Redskins Were Built page to the Team Info page. We also archived all of last year’s articles into the new exclusives database. Make sure you always check the exclusives page to read the latest theHogs.net article or to search for your favorite past one.

We also took our already incomparable Redskins News Section and made it better. All the Redskins News that’s Fit to Link… and all in one place.

Perhaps the biggest addition in the offseason was the message board. As theHogs.net community grew, so did the need for a message board. We used it extensively to try and bring you real time training camp reports, and we will continue to post pictures there. You must register to see the photos, but registration is free and will also grant you access to all of the forums. With membership quickly climbing to almost 300 members, it is a great place to just hang out and talk about the Redskins. We also set up a Public Service Announcement forum that is strictly for bringing your attention to official Redskin and NFL events. If you represent an official Redskin function, and would like to promote the function on our website, just send us an e-mail. We also made the message board easy to get to, by adding links to the latest board posts at the bottom of the main page of the website. We look forward to getting to know anyone that bleeds burgundy and gold there!!

We are also excited to announce a new affiliation with the Fan 2 Fan Alliance (F2FA). F2FA is a network of die hard fan sites just like ours. They choose one website per NFL team and we were honored to be selected. For most weeks of the regular season, we will be linking up to an F2FA site where you can go and get all of the information that you need about the opposition. We hope you enjoy the new resource. We will also be entertaining the enemy in the message boards, so we set up a Talking Smack forum just in case things get a little, ahem… heated.

There are many more things on the horizon as this website grows in leaps and bounds. We just wanted to enhance your visits here by making you aware of all of the new items, and we thank you for visiting theHogs.net.

Hail to the Redskins!

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Mark Solway

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Ken Harvey Football Fan Classic

Saturday, July 26th, 2003 marked the proudest day of this website’s short history. Melanie Pierce, the marketing director for Ken Harvey’s marketing company JAKA and for the Redskin Alumni, invited us to help with the Football Fan Classic that was being put on at Splashdown Park in Manassas, Virginia. So BossHog, NewsHog, Scooter, and the Wingman all headed to the event not really knowing what to expect. It would be the first time that the core group of staff had ever met. We travelled a combined total of over 3000 miles to make it happen.

We’d have travelled 30,000 miles had we known what was in store.

We arrived early at Splashdown to receive our instructions. Would we be carrying water? Setting up tents? Picking up garbage? We would have done anything to help out, we were just honored to be there. But Melanie’s word has always been golden and she had promised beforehand that she had a special job in mind. We were taken to our table where Ken was standing with a group of people. Interviewing Ken on the phone was not the same as meeting him, so there were some nerves. They were quickly dispelled by his grace and accomodating nature. He thanked us for coming and for all of our help, and we were all quickly made at ease. They informed us that our ‘special job’ would be interviewing many of the Redskin players that were there and also helping the Redskins greats with their drills. We were thrilled.

We set up the table for the day’s events and we started scouting out this quaint venue that Ken and Melanie had created. It was a hot, sunny, beautiful day. You couldn’t ask for a better setting. There were balloon hats for the kids, face painting, midway alley, the Redskin Cheerleaders table, the ‘Chalk talk’ tent and many more things to see. As we walked around the field, we gathered our bearings and set about putting in a good day’s work.

The day was filled with highlights. Wingman and the NewsHog went off to help with the drills, while Scooter and I went over some questions that we could ask the players as they were brought over to the table. We wanted to be semi-prepared and not fumble along, but we also wanted to keep the interviews as casual and converstional as possible. After all, the players were also being interviewed on the stage by Andy Hayes of the Coaches Corner and Steve Buckhanz the Wizards play-by-play announcer. We didn’t want to be repetitive, but we also wanted to make sure that we covered some of the same bases like what the respective former players were up to these days. So we tried to lead conversations rather than just asking point blank questions.

We were very pleased with the results. We got to speak to some great people and great Redskins like Head Hog George Starke, Charles Mann, Daryl Grant, Pat Fischer, Mark Moseley, Ricky Ervins and Reggie Evans. Our approach, coupled with the player’s co-operation, gave us an afternoon that we will always remember as we just sat around talking about football. We would like to thank all of the aforementioned players for giving some fans the thrill of a lifetime. We will be posting all of the interviews in the upcoming weeks, but there is just too much to post in one article. Wingman and NewsHog will also be putting together an article on their experience.

We met some other great people that we’d like to acknowledge too, like Terri Lamb, president of the Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni and Howard Churchill (Howie) of the Hogettes. In fact, we hope to have some really exciting news coming up soon with both Howie and Terri, stay tuned.

The people in attendance were treated to a cozy afternoon with some Redskin stars. Ken and Melanie emceed the event and paraded out legends like Charles Mann, Art Monk and Darrell Green to speak to the crowd. It was great just to see these guys, let alone listen to what they have to say. Many of these great men are still such integral parts of the Washington community, that their words and actions continue to be truly inspirational. The players know that they were part of a very special Redskin family, and this day was all about spending time with their extended family — the fans.

At one point in the day, we grabbed a 6 year old boy named Austin Thomas and asked him if we could interview him about the day he was having:


TheHogs: How old are you Austin?
Austin: I’m 6.

TheHogs: Who is your favorite football player?
Austin: (without any hesitation) Ken Harvey and Darrell Green.

Suddenly without any prompting, Austin adds:

The Cowboys suck. The first time I saw them.. I didn’t really know that they sucked. But the second time that I saw them, I knew that the Cowboys really sucked. My mom likes the Cowboys.

TheHogs: (in tears by the way) How long have you been a Redskin fan Austin?
Austin: Oooohhh… a loooong time. First I played baseball… then I played football… and next year I get to play football for real! My sister is one and a half. I’m teaching her to like the Redskins too.


Just another one of the many memorable moments that the day provided.

The day was also full of exciting activities for the fans. Mark Moseley did some kicking drills. Rick ‘Doc’ Walker and George Starke hit a chalk board and drew up the counter trey and a few other Redskin plays. Darrell Green even graced some kids with his cornerback knowledge in some DB drills.

It was very casual and all the players were very approachable. Ken told us beforehand in an interview that he wanted the event to feel like the players ‘were just hanging around in the backyard’, and that is a perfect description of what we experienced. What more can a Redskin fan ask for?

As the afternoon drew to a close, we knew that we had experienced a day that would last a lifetime. If you live in the Washington area and have never been out to one of these events… shame on you. You’re cheating yourself out of a Redskin fan’s dream. We take our hats off to Ken and Melanie for putting together such a phenomenal day, we only hope that we are asked to do it again next year.

For information on this or other events, e-mail RedskinsAlumni@aol.com or post a question to our message board.

For photos of the event click here.

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Mark Solway

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