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Sunday, December 30, 2007

They Did It For Sean

I interrupt the normal drivel about my nut job family and the Boston Red Sox to make the following announcement; my football team, the Washington Redskins, made the playoffs. Better yet? They beat the Cowboys to do it.

If you think I'm letting the fact Dallas had already wrapped up home field advantage throughout the playoffs going into the game, pulled Tony Romo, and for all I know had the guy who hands out the Gatorade playing free safety by the end harsh my mellow? You are sadly mistaken.

Other than that period from 1983 to 1992, where they appeared in 4 Super Bowls and won 3, the 37 years I've walked this rock have not been kind to the 'Skins. For every Joe Gibbs, George Allen, Marty Schottenheimer, and Vince Lombardi as head coach they've also had THESE guys; Bill Austin, Jack Pardee, Richie Petitbon, and Norv Turner. And for the record, Steve Spurrier NEVER coached in Washington. You hear me? NEVER.

Comparing Jack Kent Cooke to Daniel Snyder as an owner is sort of like comparing Ann Margaret to Paris Hilton as an actress. Getting richer and younger is cancelled out by being dumber with way less class. After that magical 9 year period, the next 15 years have been one frustrating season after another. From 1993 through 2006 their record was a scintillating 95-135 with 2 playoff appearances resulting in a 2-2 record.

After starting this year 5-3 they proceeded to lose the next 4 games. Their best player, Sean Taylor, tragically lost his life as well during this time. I'm not one for mystical forces and looking at your own belly button for the answers to life, as anyone in my family will readily attest.

But for a team to win it's last 4 games while dealing with the unspeakable tragedy of a young mans life senselessly being snuffed out AND end up making the playoffs? THAT doesn't happen.


They say a picture says 1,000 words; I'll let this one of Clinton Portis speak for me.

41 comments:

Tex said...

ok I dont follow this stuff. But i do recall the news about his death but didnt pay attention to what team he played for. For that reason...Im glad your team won. :)

Ted D said...

Thanks, Tex. For a Texan that is a pretty big step. Almost like a Yankee fan wishing the Red Sox well.

Watching the interviews and post game, it looks like a pretty emotional group. Even if they don't win another game this year, I sort of feel like they've won, you know?

Tex said...

yep. nice story ending. and let's not compare me to a yankee again. compiche?

Ted D said...

Sorry, Tex. Wasn't comparing YOU to a Yankee, just saying what YOU did was comporable. Trust me, I'd never do that to you.

Tex said...

just messing with ya. as usual

Tree Newt said...

You know that had to be an emotional day for all those guys. I saw Portis pour a small cup of Gatorade on Gibbs, then give him a big hug, and you know Taylor was on both their minds.

I'm like you: no matter what happens from here, they've already won. To go through all that and still make the playoffs...that took some serious buckling down.

I'm pulling for 'em.

Redbeard76 said...

I can't relate much to the 'Skins, but congrats. Anytime they beat the Cowgirls is a good day, especially if they can dedicate it to a fallen comrade.

Edge of Design said...

My Cowboys lost, enough said. Oh well, they've never been the same since Aikman stopped playing anyways. Go Redskins!

Ted D said...

Mattie, it was pretty sweet to watch and Gibbs looked pretty raw afterward. I'd like to see them make a little noise at least.

Stephen, even if you can't relate, I like your anti-Cowboy stance!

Edge, you're from Canada, living in California, and you pull for the Cowboys? You are puzzle wrapped up in an enigma. ;)

Redbeard76 said...

They've never been the same since Jimmy Johnson and his helmet of hair.

Fixed.

Tex said...

as long as ya aren't anti-Texas...you can root for whomever you like

gojohn said...

Wow pretty impressive for the Skins

Redbeard76 said...

//as long as ya aren't anti-Texas...you can root for whomever you like//

EXCEPT THE YANKEES!

Ted D said...

Stephen, growing up in Oklahoma surrounded by Cowboy fans, it was like a Sox fan living in NYC. Plus my sister is a die hard Cowboy fan, this one was pretty sweet.

Now they just need to figure out how to win a playoff game.

Hey John: Happy New Year to you and the family.

And Tex, only Scott is anti-Texas.

scott h said...

Geesh, give me a break. The Redskins in the playoffs are a prime example of why teams should be forced to play starters for at least 3 ouarters. That way hopefully we stop back door Annies from a parade line of one and done.

I have nothing against texans as long as they don't wear puke orange and walk around with a cow on their hat.

Ted D said...

Mark my words, Bub. The 'Skins are going on a Steelerish run of 2 years ago.

::I hope::

scott h said...

ok, I hear you. On a different note. Since we are approching New Years, I thought I would go ahead and state my team for 08 and beyond. Yes you heard me DETROIT TIGERS, I have a new hat to prove it. But we can still be friends.

scott h said...

I haven't heard GreenPeace bragging, he must have got shot down by the real pants wearer over the Iphone.

Ted D said...

Tigers are going to be tough, my bandwagon jumping brother in law. But as Ric Flair once said, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man" and if the Sox somehow end up with Santana? Well, it might just not be fair.

And Canola oil DID get the Iphone. How he convinced her THAT was ok I'll never know.

Tex said...

so see Scottie we DO have something in common. I do NOT like UT. of course I like the Aggies.

wait Matt has the iphone??? is he more upscale than i knew??

Ted D said...

Not more upscale Tex. He just acts as if.

You ever decide if you're going to be stalking Beckett tonight? ;)

Tex said...

Ted. i never WAS gonna stalk beckett tonight. I was JOKING!

I respect the Beckett. it is apparent he is not a media ham or likes to be all in the media...he is lowkey. otherwise he'd stay in boston and eat up all the attention he'd get. I like Beckett cos he's your "typical" texas boy...doesnt talk much...doesnt have to cos whatever his life is...actions speak louder than words. such as it is with Beckett.

Ted D said...

Tex, you kill me. Well, whatever you do have fun tonight and be safe. I'll be here, riding herd over the hooligans and waking Angie up at midnight.

::puts lampshade on head::

scott h said...

What does McNewt need an iphone for anyway? He's to busy rewriting the Bible on papaya leaves so he can be relevant. that's like giving you a tie rack.

scott h said...

Tex be careful. A stalker on New Years Eve is mug shot with a hangover on New Year Day!

Ted D said...

//rewriting the Bible on papaya leaves//

LOL!!! Bub, you are an all time classic. And I have no idea what he needs an Iphone for, but I'm sure he'll come up with something.

Tex, those are wise words. Though she swears she's not going to do it. I'll be scanning smokinggun.com in the morning, just in case. ;)

HorshamScouse said...

Congrats to your Skins, Ted. Enjoy it while it lasts.

And Happy New Year to you and all your tribe:)

Tex said...

does Matt even know what the "i" stands for?

and Ted. I'm all talk when it comes to stalking. I have a REP to keep.

This chick does NOT get arrested

scott h said...

Jr, you and the better half going out tonight?

Ted D said...

Thanks Horsham, and the same to you and your sister.

Tex, I doubt it. And I KNOW you won't. I just love picking on you.

Bub, are you kidding? In fact, I've been here all day with the kids, doing laundry, while she's been helping a friend of hers get moved back in. She's home for supper, then back out. If I'm lucky, she'll be here for a kiss at midnight.

scott h said...

What, did Angie join Peace Corp?You make her take a part time job moving furniture.

Perfect time for you to hire cousin Libby to come over and watch the little Nut crackers and hit the town.

Ted D said...

Hit the town with who? Matt's in Hooterville, you're in OKC, and all my other friends are my internet buddies. Naw, little Star Wars PS2 with Rakes, put Trot to bed, and Ciera will be holed up in her room. I'll enjoy the peace and quiet and mess around at the blog I suppose.

scott h said...

If I could cut the drive time from 20hrs to 2hrs I'd be there. Angie would be asking , does he have to come over every evening.

Ted D said...

That'd be all right with me, Bub.

Tex said...

So Im going out with my gfs here. Getting ready to go out. no worries ill be safe. wonder if josh will be there ;)

Ted D said...

Give the name of where you're going and I'll call ahead and warn 'em. ;)

scott h said...

Heading out also, Ted watch things while we are gone.

Tex said...

Ted. there are plenty of other Texas women gonna be there. I think this place is used to us gals. dont you know any other texas gals?

Ted D said...

You got it Scott.

Tex, none like YOU. :)

Tex said...

well of course. they only made ONE me. Pod intended it that way.

Ted D said...

Trust me, the world is only ready for ONE of you. ;)