Archive for October, 2009

29
Oct
09

Make A Poster!

By Jesse Jones

For those who know me, they know that Carmelo is my second favorite player in the game behind Arenas. Here’s why:

The awareness to steal the ball was very good alone, but to have the aggressiveness to slam it hard one-handed on Paul Millsap, priceless.

28
Oct
09

Wizards Open Season With Statement Win

Wizards/Mavs

Arenas Driving With Explosiveness

By Jesse Jones

19-63 was the record that the Wizards’ fans had to deal with all last season.  Once the offseason began though, a new coach was brought in (Flip Saunders), two new players were added (Mike Miller, Randy Foye), and the team got three players healthy, including All-Star Point Guard Gilbert Arenas.  Going into the preseason, all the pieces were in place for a huge turn-around, until All-Star Power Forward Antawn Jamison got injured.

Dallas had a nice offseason after a good season last year, by bringing Shawn Marion to the squad.  There are many people talking about big plans in Dallas this season.  However, one of their top players as well got injured, Josh Howard.

Both teams met last night to open the season in Dallas.  In the early minutes, Dallas came out hot.  However, after three consecutive explosive dunks by Brendan Haywood, the Wizards picked up the slack.  The team played with an aggressive intensity on both offense and defense, including Arenas, who many times gets picked on for not playing a high level of defense.

The Wizards won the game 102-91, and there were many positives:

  1. Arenas turned the Hibachi on, lighting up the Mavericks for 29 points and 9 assists.  His explosiveness is definitely back, while shooting was never in question.
  2. Andray Blatche started off the season great.  Coming off the bench, he scored 20 points and brought in 7 rebounds.
  3. In only 30 minutes off the bench, Randy Foye put up 19 points.  Caron Butler also scored in double-digits; 16.

Friday the Wizards play in Atlanta before coming home on Halloween to welcome the New Jersey Nets to the Phone Booth.

27
Oct
09

Turnovers Haunt Redskins

Eagles Redskins Football

By Ben Linton

The Philadelphia Eagles scored 13 points off of three Washington Redskin turnovers as they defeated the Redskins 27-17 on Monday Night Football. This loss puts  Washington at 2-5 for the season and sends Philadelphia home with a 4-2 record. Here is the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from week 7:

The Good

1. Other than two electric plays by DeSean Jackson, The defense stifled the Eagles offense throughout the night. They were constantly put in bad position after turnovers and a stagnant offense, but continued to fight and never gave up. They seem to be the only bright spot on this team. They really only gave up 14 of the points scored by Philadelphia.

2. After Chris Cooley got injured early in the first half, Fred Davis stepped up and caught eight balls for  78 yards and a touchdown. New Offensive Play Caller Sherman Lewis did a good job of getting the ball to the tight end; Cooley’s numbers should increase due to this change. The play calling cannot be blamed for this loss, at some point the players have to go out there and execute what is called.

The Bad

1. I guess benching Jason Campbell the previous week did not influence him to come out and play well. He threw one interception for a touchdown, fumbled deep in his own territory to set up a field goal, and got sacked plenty of times. Although the offensive line is not a standout bunch, Campbell is still taking too much time to make decisions when the blitz comes. Some of the sacks were on him.

2. Antwaan Randel El has continued to be a dud on the punt return unit; He bobbled another punt and gave Philadelphia the ball in the red zone. This led to a Philadelphia field goal, and was at a key point when momentum was shifting in the Redskins direction with the score 17-7.

The Ugly:

1. On Monday Night Football there was a great stat about Daniel Snyder. Since taking over the franchise in 1999, here’s what the Redskins have done:

  • 78-88 record (10 seasons)
  • 3 winning seasons
  • 3 playoff appearances
  • 6 head coaches
  • 10 quarterbacks

In order to be a successful franchise, one must have stability at the head coach and quarterback position. Until this situation gets solved, the Redskins will continue to struggle.

26
Oct
09

AFC North Update

afc north

By Jesse Jones

On the weekend when the Ravens had their bye week, the three other AFC North teams all squared off against NFC North teams.  The Browns got crushed 31-3 by the Packers, the Bengals completely owned the Bears 45-10, and the Steelers ended the Vikings winning streak by a score of 27-17.  After seven weeks, here is how the AFC North is shaping up:

  1. Bengals – 5-2
  2. Steelers – 5-2
  3. Ravens – 3-3
  4. Browns – 1-6

The Steelers and Bengals will have their bye weeks this weekend, while the Browns take on the Bears and the Ravens square off against the 6-0 Broncos at home.  Even though this is still somewhat “early” into the season, you can consider it a must win for Baltimore.

24
Oct
09

This Goalie Should Be Ashamed

By Jesse Jones

This is just crazy. If you’re the goalie that let this in, shame on you!!

This goal helped lift SMU over #16 Tusla 3-2.

24
Oct
09

Jamison Out 3-5 Weeks

jamison hurt in 07

By Jesse Jones

Suffering from a shoulder injury, Antawn Jamison will miss 3-5 weeks, about 8 games, which is consistent with the original diagnosis.  Jamison has a subluxation in his right shoulder, after an injury in a preseason contest against the Cavaliers, October 14.

The Wizards ended their preseason last night with a loss to Chicago.  They kick off the regular season next Tuesday at Dallas, followed by a visit to Atlanta October 30, and then opening the home season on Halloween against the Nets.

23
Oct
09

Zorn will finish season as coach

Everything seems to be settled between these three...for now

Everything seems to be settled between these three...for now

By Ben Linton

We told you it would be a crazy week. After much uncertainty was hovering around the direction in which the franchise wanted to go, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato announced that Jim Zorn would finish out the season as head coach of the Washington Redskins. He did this on his radio on sports talk 980, explaining “Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future.”

It all makes since to me now. Cerrato and Snyder did not take away play calling from Zorn just to “help out” the offense or clean Jim’s plate; They did it to try to get him to resign. And since he did not waiver or falter at this demotion, they decided to stick with him until the end of the season. It seems that Snyder and Co. want Zorn gone, but don’t know how to do it. Even if the Redskins turn this season around, Zorn will not get the praise, Sherman Lewis will.  Even though it is inevitable that Zorn will be gone after this season, it would have caused even more drama and chaos if they let him go only 7 weeks into the season.

So that pretty much wraps up this week for the Redskins off the field. Now all we can do is sit back and watch what happens on the field.




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