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Flashback Friday: Lavar Arrington Takes Out Troy Aikman

It was 21 years ago today – December 10th, 2000 – that Lavar Arrington put a hit on Troy Aikman that would prove to be Troy’s last.

This blog isn’t to glorify an injury. Not at all. It was just a significant moment in the Washington | Dallas rivalry.

Aikman was running out of bounds and throwing the ball away on the play, but Lavar finished the hit as he should. There was nothing dirty or malicious about it. It was just a strong football play.

But if you want to trigger a Cowboys fan and see them turn salty, just mention this play.
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Flashback Friday: Washington Vs Philly – The Body Bag Game

The Body Bag Game. It was thirty-one years ago today – November 12th, 1990 – on a Monday Night football game at Veteran’s Stadium. A nationwide audience watched Washington lose 28-14 to the Philadelphia Eagles in what is widely regarded as one of the roughest games of football ever played.

The game is called the Body Bag Game because before the game, Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan told reporters that “they’ll have to be carted off in body bags.”

During the game, an Eagles player reacted to one of the Washington injuries by asking, “Do you guys need any more body bags?”

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Flashback Friday: Falcons Fan Anecdote Mixed With Some Site History

I have a memorable little anecdote. Memorable for me anyway, and hopefully, humorous to you. It requires some context to make much sense, and that gives me an opportunity to reflect back on some site history. I don’t do that as often as I should.

I should probably do it more with next year being our twentieth year in existence.

The F2FA

Way back in the day, the site was part of something called the F2FA – The Fan 2 Fan Alliance. We were webmasters who were chosen – one per NFL team – to form an alliance that collectively provided coverage of the entire NFL. This is pre Bleacher Report / Fansided etc. Same exact idea though.

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Flashback Friday: Beck To The Future: The Buffalo Bills

On Sunday, Washington square off against the Buffalo Bills. They don’t play each other very often. They are in different Conferences, and often at different ends of the table. This will be just the fourth time they have faced each other in the last decade. And while nobody really wants to remember, it was almost ten years ago that Washington lost to the Bills in a most spectacular fashion.

In Canada.

I was there. Though I have regretted it ever since.

On October 30th, 2011, Washington played an away game in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Rogers Centre. It was part of the NFL’s International Series that put games in other world cities, and Buffalo played five home games in Toronto from 2008-2013. Read More

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 1985

On this day, November 18th in 1985, the Washington Redskins lost their quarterback to one of the most horrific injuries ever broadcast on live TV.

Joe Theismann suffered a horrific compound fracture of his leg while being sacked by New York Giants linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson during a Monday Night Football game at RFK Stadium.

Theismann said during a 2005 interview with the New York Times:

“The pain was unbelievable, it snapped like a breadstick. It sounded like two muzzled gunshots off my left shoulder. Pow, pow! It was at that point, I also found out what a magnificent machine the human body is. Almost immediately, from the knee down, all the feeling was gone in my right leg. The endorphins had kicked in, and I was not in pain.”

An ESPN poll voted it, the NFL’s “Most Shocking Moment in History”.

The Washington post dubbed it, “The Hit That No One Who Saw It Can Ever Forget”.

Which is absolutely true. You can’t unsee it no matter how hard you try.

But here it is if you dare…

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 1990

On this day, November 4th in 1990, the Washington Redskins equaled what was at the time*, the greatest comeback in club history with a 41-38 overtime win at Detroit.

Washington were down by 21 points in the third quarter (17 points entering the fourth quarter), but 363 second-half yards from Jeff Rutledge rallied the Redskins.

Chip Lohmiller kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime to seal the victory.

Art Monk (13/168), Gary Clark (8/132) and Ricky Sanders (11/132) ALL had over 100 yards receiving. Gerald Riggs had 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rutledge came in for Stan Humphries after his third interception.

The Redskins finished with an incredible 676 yards of total offense.

The Redskins went on to finish the season 10-6 but lost to the 49ers in the playoffs.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/199011040det.htm

Kirk Cousins broke the record in 2015 with a 24-point come from behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 1956

On this day, October 28th back in 1956, the Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Cardinals 17-14.

Washington overcame an early 14 point deficit. Sam Baker got the Redskins on the board with a 22-yard field goal, and then two Al Dorow second half touchdowns – the first, a 34-yard pass to Dick James, and the second, a 40-yard pass to Steve Mellinger – carved out a tough Redskins win.

For the Cardinals, Max Boydston reeled in a 39 yard pass from Lamar McHan and Johnny Olszewski ran for a 7-yard touchdown early in the first; but it was all downhill from there. Both TDs were converted by Pat Summerall. Yes, THAT Pat Summerall. He played for the Cardinals from 1953-1957. He passed away in 2013 after many years of NFL service both on the field and in the broadcast booth.

The Cardinals were in Chicago from 1920 until 1960 when they moved to St. Louis. They moved to Phoenix in 1988 and after 6 years as the Phoenix Cardinals, were re-named the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.

Boxscore

The Redskins finished the season 6-6, and 3rd in the NFL East.

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 1934

On this day, October 21st waaay back in 1934, the Boston Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 6-0.

Rather than offer up some pallid game reference, I thought I would post a great excerpt I found at a site called FenwayParkDiaries.com:

Boston and Battles beat Philadelphia

October 21, 1934 … Displaying superior rushing ability, but balked by penalties and fumbles for three periods, the Boston Redskins called upon the fighting ability of Cliff Battles to score the touchdown that pulled out a 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Fenway Park. On two previous occasions, the Redskins shot the ball over the goal only to have the scores called back because of penalties. Once a fumble on the two-yard line stopped a touchdown and twice, intercepted passes inside the 10-yd line halted the Redskins.

he first non-touchdown, a 22-yd run by Steve Hokuff was called back because of and offside penalty. Early in the third period, the Redskins marched 82 yards to the 10-yard line where Cliff Battles notched the score, only to have it called back for a back in motion before the snap. The game was just too much Cliff Battles

Read the rest of the nostalgic entry here.

Boxscore

The Redskins finished their third season 6-6, and a respectable 2nd in the NFL East.

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 1984

On this day, October 14th in 1984, the Washington Redskins hammered the Dallas Cowboys 34-14.

Joe Theismann may have only been 11 of 17 for 182 yards, but 3 of those passes were touchdowns. Two of them were hauled in by Clint Didier, and the third was an 80-yard bomb to Calvin Muhammad.

Monte Coleman also picked off a Gary Hogeboom pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown.

The Redskins went on to finish the season 11-5 and won the NFC East. They lost to the Bears in the playoffs.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198410140was.htm

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 2007

On this day, October 7th in 2007, the Washington Redskins crushed the Detroit Lions 34-3.

Jason Campbell was a near perfect 23 of 29 for 248 yards. He threw two touchdown passes for a stellar quarterback rating of 128.3. Antwaan Randle El led all Redskin receivers with 100 yards on 7 receptions.

Not only did Carlos Rogers actually catch a ball that hit him in the hands, he returned it 61 yards for a touchdown (this was before getting his eyes fixed of course – if you remember, he couldn’t catch a cold).

Sean Taylor had a 35-yard interception return.

Check out this clip of Sean gunning off the Lions as the Skins come out of the tunnel for the game and getting jacked up before the game even starts – near the end of the clip. RIP brother – you are certainly missed and never forgotten. Thanks YouTube…

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