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Vintage video: Redskins vs. Bears from 1940s

It has been a while since I posted about the Washington Redskins. My weekly post with vintage video had to be suspended because the NFL got a bunch of old videos knocked off youtube. Maybe it’s just me, but if people want to watch them on youtube, NFL, maybe you ought to find a way to let them and monetize it.

I also have had any friends who were fans of the Skins opposition in previous games, so no guest prognosticator Q&As either.

This week’s game is at home against the Chicago Bears. There is a little history between the two franchises and it is mixed. While the Chicago’s 73-0 1940 NFL Championship victory is probably the most memorable, Washington held its own, beating the Bears for the title in 1937 and 1942. The Bears won it again in 1943. In the 1980s, the two teams met three times in the playoffs with the visitors winning each game. In 1984, the Bears won at RFK, while the 1986 and 1987 Skins won at Solider Field.

The video below features highlights from the 1942 Championship as well as other games. Sammy Baugh is of course, prominently featured. The narrator is Harry Wismer who was the voice of the Redskins and part owner until the 1950s. Wismer would also own the AFL’s New York Titans.

By the way, the teams are both wearing colored jerseys in the films — I’d love to see that for the playoffs when the contrast between the two are significant enough.

It has been a lost season for the Burgundy & Gold and I expect that to continue on Sunday.

Chicago 24
WASHINGTON 16

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Redskins first championship was 75 years ago today

Today was the 75th anniversary of the Washington Redskins first NFL Championship which concluded their first season in D.C. As always, Dan Steinberg looked back at how The Post covered it on DC Sports Bog. Here is the lede:

“In a wild, frenzied battle for points on the frozen turf of Wrigley Field, the deft arm of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh prevailed today and Washington’s Redskins emerged as the champions of the National Football League,” the A1 dispatch began. “From the stabbing efforts of Baugh’s rapier-like heaves, the big, bruising Chicago Bears, champions of the West, reeled and stumbled and finally yielded to the Redskins, 28 to 21. It was a triumph of Baugh over brawn, of East over West.

Emphasis mine — that was the great Shirley Povich reporting. Baugh led the Redskins back from a 21-14 defecit for the 28-21 win. The rookie quarterback threw 3 touchdowns on an icy Wrigley Field with a bad leg while wearing rubber souled sneakers for the first time in his life. Fewer than 16,000 fans braved the sub-freezing temperatures, but apparently 3,000 came from the nation’s capital.

Here is a newsreel of the game – no narration, just music and title cards to go with the action.

The Redskins beat the Bears again for the championship in 1942, avenging a close loss in 1940. In the modern era, they won Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI.

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Washington Redskins 17 CHICAGO BEARS 14

I don’t know that it is a consensus, but yesterday’s Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears game thoroughly entertained me. Once again, the Redskins won by a slim margin, but atypically (for this season at least) the game was not decided on the final play. It was decided a few plays earlier. The Redskins have been pretty exciting this year and now sit atop the division again at 4-3.

Donovan McNabb did not have a great day, victimized by drops early and then by the Bears pass rush later in the game. However, I think he showed why he is preferable to Jay Cutler, another QB the Redskins coveted in the recent past. Actually, Cutler showed why ANYONE is a better option after throwing 4 interceptions to DeAngelo Hall, including one returned for a 92 yard touchdown. Footage of Cutler in the red zone is a snuff film. They had six turnovers which made the Redskins 3 (including a McNabb pick-six) seem like nothing.

It was pretty funny listening to Troy Aikman keep saying that the Bears needed to put a double-move on Hall. The Bears never did and Hall got four picks. Also, Hall was allegedly fighting with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett during the week. They need to do that every week. Also, Aikman thinks two knees down in the end zone is excessive celebration, while one is not. So, 1 knee = 15 yards?

I approve of passes bouncing off of LaRon Landry‘s helmet and into the arms of an offensive lineman 10 yards upfield.

RB Ryan Torain is enjoyable to watch, though the fumble was troubling. Good job by Mike Shanahan finding him.

K Graham Gano did something I had never seen done before yesterday — he kicked a ball onto the top of the upright. Good job by FOX getting the THUD. My father had never seen that either.

Good job on the instant replay challenges Lovie Smith! Lose a yard and timeout on one, skip the other and lose possession.

By the way, it is good to see the many of the Bears wear jerseys with sleeves. I wonder if that is insisted upon by the equipment manager, front office or otherwise.

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Super Bowl XLI live-blogging (for a while at least)

PREGAME

  • Audio/Video problems — must be the weather
  • Billy Joel didn’t butcher the anthem which is saying a lot since its Billy Joel.
  • This year’s Jessica Simpson ad for Pizza Hut is not as annoying.
  • More later

    COIN TOSS

  • Too many captains for the Bears.
  • Why would you let the kicker call the toss?

    KICKOFF

  • Gee, where have we seen this before? Hopefully, it’ll work out better than it did for Ohio State.
  • I love the rain, it’s about time there was some inclement Super Bowl weather.

    1ST QUARTER

  • Good to see Peyton Manning intercepted.
  • Colts score, d’oh!
  • What’s a matter, dome team can’t handle a wet ball?
  • Bears fumble ARGH!
  • Three fumbles in three plays, nice.
  • Woo, 85 yards!
  • TOUCHDOWN BEARS!

    HALFTIME

  • I meant to mention how much I don’t like the spinning player introductions.
  • Phil Simms just keeps getting worse as a color commentator.
  • Nice to see the Bears are still in it. Indy has missed 4 points in the kicking game, plus giving up the initial kickoff return for a TD.
  • Prince’s halftime show was about as good as they can ever get. I liked the FAMU band.
  • So, where is the Doritos Black History month commercial?
  • I don’t like the huge knots on some of the pregame show analysts neckties.
  • What have their been, six turnovers so far? Good stuff.
  • That Goulet ad was something, I couldn’t help but shoot the TV when it came on. Indy hold on?
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  • Super Bowl XLI live-blogging?

    I have not decided if I am going to live-blog the Super Bowl. It was fun last year, so we’ll see if I do an encore.

    I was not able to go to a party we had been invited to for reasons I may mention later in the week, but the upside is I won’t have to hear anyone say “I’m watching it for the commercials” as if it were some witty, insightful observance of the human condition. Maybe it was 15-20 years ago, but not now — it’s just a tedious cliche.

    I really hope da Bears pull this out, I want the greatest moment in the history of the Indy Colts to remain the following:

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    Super Bowl prediction

    As much as I would like to pick the Bears, I fear they will fall short against Indy. Peyton Manning has made a career out of choking in big games, but every now and then people like him get lucky. I would not be surprised to see da Bears win since they have been dismissed and all and the game is outdoors on grass, but I figure Indy will pull it out just to tick me off.

    By the way, I laughed when I read that Jim Irsay Pillpopper had to put so much of his own money into keeping his team together. Maybe if his belligerent, drunken father hadn’t moved the Colts away from a real football town to a smaller market simply out of spite (take note Mario Lemieux) he wouldn’t have this problem.

    Indy  31
    Bears 20

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