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Original NFL franchise that actually plays in the great state of New Jersey. Their former owner said the Washington Redskins were their greatest rival. Fans seem to think the Philadelphia Eagles fill that role.

Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Theismann’s leg 25 years ago tonight

My friend Brad (a New York Giants fan from New Jersey) mentioned in a status update that today was the 25th anniversary of Lawrence Taylor breaking Washington Redskins quarterback’s Joe Theismann‘s leg. While I did not watch the game (it was a school night) my father left me a note on the kitchen table that I saw the next morning. The text of it was something along the lines of “Redskins 23 Giants 21 — Joe Theismann’s leg broken by Lawrence Taylor.” He went on to say how upset Taylor looked on the field after the sack.

This was huge. One of the newscasts (probably WRC Channel 4) had live coverage from Joe Theismann’s hospital bed for what seemed like 3 nights in a row. The only thing even remotely as important as the Redskins to Washington back in those days was panda pregnancies or snowstorms. Someday, I hope somebody gets those newscasts on youtube, they’d be fascinating to watch. This of course, segues into the infamous video of Taylor breaking Theismann’s leg. Here is the original Monday Night Football telecast with Frank Gifford at the top of his game doing play-by-play and O.J. Simpson groaning. This is a very graphic video, so you many not want to watch it.

The second with Thiesmann and Carl Banks commentary as well as Taylor walking around looking ill after what he had done. Once again, this is a very graphic video, so you many not want to watch it.

Five years ago, Theismann said the standing ovation while being wheeled off the RFK Stadium field was an epiphany that led him to be a better person and not so self-involved. I cannot say whether that happened or not, but I do remember that back in the day Theismann was not universally loved around here. Fans generally respected what Theismann did on the field, but did not think much of his personality off of it. I kind of get the impression his teammates were the same way, because how often do you ever see him around with any of them or hear him mentioned by other Redskins?

Theismann and I lived in the same Northern Virginia town, Vienna, in the 1980s. At least one of his kids went to the same preschool (Parkwood represent!) as my brother and I. We saw him at the May Day* festivities they did there annually and elsewhere around town in places like the post office. There was a suburban legend going around Vienna in the mid-80s about Theismann’s old house. The story goes that a family who bought his house discovered a pile of autographs left behind for them and burnt them the first time they had a fire in the fireplace.

I grew to like Theismann as an analyst for Sunday Night Football over the years and think he got a bum rap by ESPN when they fired him from Monday Night Football after a season working with Tony Kornheiser. As for Taylor, he is sadly still having trouble with life off the field.

*It is interesting to think about that in what was then a strong Reagan Republican area Vienna was back in the ’80s. Also, my father said May Day was just awful, I don’t remember much about them, but I trust him.

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Eli Manning draws First Blood on both NYC tabloids

New York Daily News New York Post

New York Giants QB Eli Manning got destroyed in last night’s preseason game (played in New Jersey) against the New York Jets. He christened the artificial turf at New Meadowlands Stadium with blood gushing from a massive head wound that needed a dozen stitches. The tabloids both had the same though with their backpage headline.

Here is the video (but for how long?):

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Super Bowl XLVIII to NJ! Parties to NYC

Politi: Super Bowl in N.J. can be best ever, no matter what critics sayStar-Ledger
NFL owners approve outdoor Super Bowl near New York; Could D.C. be next?The Post
I am really happy that the NFL is finally putting the Super Bowl in a place where it might get cold and could even snow — New Jersey! The parties will be in New York City. Football is an all-weather sport, its about time that the league was willing to admit it and schedule the championship accordingly. This has GONZO BOWL potential written all over it. By then 3-D TV will be more readily available, so there is another reason to hope for snow.

It would be really funny if the Giants and Jets wound up playing each other in it because most of America would have a meltdown in that happened. The is a major drawback of playing at the new Meadowlands stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. — the artificial turf field. Tear it up and plant some grass on some mud!

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wants a D.C. (actually Landover, Md.) Super Bowl and I’m all for that too. FedEx Field even has a natural surface, so go for it Danny-boy! We know how to do big events in this town. Of course, if he gets to build a new stadium on the RFK Stadium site, we’ll that would be even better.

Of course, there are detractors like Mike Lopresti (USA Today). He hates the idea of a cold weather Super Bowl because there might not be”optimal conditions” and a warm-weather team might be disadvantaged. Tough! Any team that can’t win in snow and cold doesn’t deserve to be Super Bowl champions. The idea of a Super Bowl indoors in his home state, Indiana offends me too and that is happening for some indefensible reason. A Super Bowl by the side of the New Jersey Turnpike is much greater than one in a sterile, flyover country dome. New Jersey is even the birthplace of college football, plus baseball, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and me.

Of course, it will probably be 55° and sunny for Super Bowl XLVIII and take away all the fun.

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Zorn finally fakes a Redskins FG

When I found out Jim Zorn was hired by the Redskins to be the offensive coordinator head coach, I immediately hit YouTube looking for the NFL Films Feature on him. He was the original Seattle Seahawks quarterback and his signature play in this early expansion years was the fake field goal. He was the holder and apparently scored on about 37 fake field goals in the late 1970s. Give or take a couple of dozen. I did not find the NFL Films video about Zorn, though I did find this piece of television excellence, The ABC Sunday Night Movie. This was also when I began my Redskins fandom discernment.

One of the disappointing parts about last season’s ultimate run to mediocrity is that Zorn failed to run his money play. I even emailed Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog about it last May when he was “looking for stuff to blog about.” I don’t think Steinz ever went into the fake field goals, but I have missed it.

Anyway, I was really pleased yesterday when this happened:

In case the video gets pulled down, it is punter Hunter Smith, the holder, pulled up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown right before halftime. Huge play, well done Smith. The only way it could have been better was if it had been last year’s punter, Ryan Plackmeyer, perhaps the huskiest punter ever. I guess it would have been better too if it had led to a Redskins win. Anyway, my prediction of Giants 20 Redskins 13 wasn’t too far off, as the final score was Giants 23 Redskins 17.

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Week 1: Redskins vs. Giants prediction

Since I’m officially on board with the Washington NFL team (however ambivalently), I thought I would start a weakly weekly prediction of the Redskins outcome. This week, they travel to the New Jersey Meadowlands to play the New York Football Giants (if it were up to me, they’d be the NY-NJ Giants). The Redskins history in Giants Stadium is not a particularly good one and I don’t expect the final regular season game there to be much better for D.C. The Redskins did not look great in preseason and the G-men are not the ideal team to get better against.

GIANTS 20
Redskins 13

Brad will be happy with this prediction.

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Degenerate gamblers, take note, my NFL Predictions are here

Tonight, the NFL returns, so I thought I’d get in the spirit and give you my predictions for the 2009-10 season. Divisions listed in order of least to most importance.

AFC SOUTH

The Houston Texans will admit they have the most boring name in the NFL.

Indianapolis Peyton Manning will take first ever snap without audibling confusing entire state of Indiana and causing a decline in productivity.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will maintain 15th consecutive season of irrelevance. They should have kept their old uniforms too, the new ones are overdesigned. The only change the old uniforms needed was a switch back to standard block numbers.

The Tennessee Titans will have more uniform combination than wins as they regress to the mean.

AFC WEST
Along with Rep. Heath Shuler (D, NC), San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner will be arrested for attacking a local blogger.

Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson will win the NFL Man of the Year Award, prompting former coach Dick Vermeil to cry.

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis will lock himself in his skybox at whatever the Colisuem in Oakland is called these days.

The Denver Broncos will embarrass themselves by wearing ghastly uniforms. They will also wear their 1962 mustard yellow and brown throwbacks.

NFC SOUTH

The Atlanta Falcons fanbase will not so quietly admit that best that happened to their franchise was Michael Vick getting busted.

The Carolina Panthers fans will forgive Jake Delhomme because that Bojangles ad a few years back is still awesome.

Hey, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees doesn’t have a birthmark on his face anymore.

In honor of their throwback jerseys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will add Doug Williams, Steve DeBerg and Vinnie Testaverde to the team’s QB rotation. DeBerg will start, but be replaced Testaverde who will throw 5 interceptions in second half.

NFC WEST

The Arizona Cardinals will start season 1-4 as they are too busy saying, “we played in the Super Bowl?” to concentrate on games.

Following precedent set by former coach Mike Nolan, NFL will be grant wardrobe dispensation to current 49ers Mike Singletary, who will coach team pantsless in home games.

The St. Louis Rams will beg L.A.to “please let be back baby, I’m sorry I strayed,” prompting former coach Dick Vermeil to cry.

The Seattle Seahawks will lead the league in too many men on the field.

NFC NORTH

The Chicago Bears will tear up their grass field and replace it with an artificial surface, further sissifying the NFC North.

The Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre will retire after game in Green Bay. Weeks later, he will demand a trade to the Packers. NFL complies, ignoring trade deadline.

After being reacquired and then benched in favor of Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre will demand trade to New York Jets. NFL complies, ignoring trade deadline.

The Detroit Lions will complete sissification of NFC North by wearing new jerseys with “cute” numerals instead of standard block.

AFC EAST

Terrell Owens will do push-ups on Yonge Street prior to the Buffalo Bills showdown with the Jets in Toronto. Buffalo will start 5-2 or 2-5 on their way to 7-9.

New Miami Dolphins part owners Serena and Venus Williams will line up in the wildcat formation.

The New York Jets will play before thousands of intoxicated, overweight men wearing green from the outer boroughs and Long Island. Joe Namath will finally hookup with Suzie Kolber. Namath explains “I must have appealed to her maternal instinct.”

Curt Shilling will sign on as backup quarterback for the New England Patriots

AFC NORTH

Forgotten Baltimore Ravens mascots Edgar and Allen will at last have revenge for their banishment. Watch you step Joe Flacco.

Cincinnati Bengals K Chad Ocho Cinco will moonlight as a wide receiver.

The field at Cleveland Browns Stadium will catch on fire.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will lose the AFC Championship at home, causing a a near riot in Heinz Field parking lot as fans argue whose fault it was, Neil O’Donnell or Kordell Stewart.

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ego will hit the hanging HD television screen above the field. Also, a distraught Tony Romo, still reeling from his breakup with Jessica Simpson, will begin dating Nick Lachey.

In a bid to send off Giants Stadium and provide closure to a dark spot in team history, the New York Giants will invite Joe Pisarcik back for the final home game. He fumbles a handoff to Larry Csonka, Herman Edwards picks it up and scores, eliminating the Giants from playoff contention.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb will make a boneheaded decision that makes Michael Vick look better able to lead the Eagles, prompting former coach Dick Vermeil to cry.

Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn will call fake every field goal for every attempt. Team will stop listening in week 3.

There you have it, contact your local bookmaker for odds on all these predictions today!

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NFL Playoffs: Semi-finals predictions

HOME team capitalized

Baltimore over TENNESSEE
This is a tough one to pick because there are two big reasons the Titans are supposed to win — playing at home against a rookie quarterback. However, I think the Ravens defense will mess with Kerry Collins enough that the Ravens find a way to win.

CAROLINA over Arizona
The Cardinals won their playoff game for this century last week. The Panthers are a better, more complete team and play in the Eastern time zone which is not a place the Cardinals tend to win in.

NEW YORK GIANTS over Philadelphia
The Eagles and their playoff beards seem to have momentum, but was beating Minnesota in the 72° Metrodome that big of an accomplishment? . I don’t think so; It would have been one thing if Minnesota had not benched Gus Ferotte, The Eagles are also the same team that got swept by the Redskins and tied Cincinnati. I expect an ugly game as the Giants have had a lot of time off and only one win in the last month, but learned to win last year.

PITTSBURGH over San Diego
Although a recently concussed Ben Rothliesburger could hurt the Steelers and that their home field advantage is not great in the playoffs, I cannot get over the fact that the Chargers are coached by Norv Turner. Sure, the Chargers won last week, at home but I am not a believer in Norv. I mean the man was intimidated by a 17 year old at a Friendly’s carry-out window. I don’t have any against him though.

Besides, the Steelers typically wait until the AFC Championship to blow it.

These picks are for recreational purposes only and should not be used by degenerate gamblers.

Last week: 3-1

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Tabs use the same headline in slightly different ways

I had expected at least one of the tabloids would have gone with “WE WIN.” The Daily News cover shown was a wrap-around; there were two regular covers today too. The NY Post’s back cover is shown.

The right team won and restored order to the New York vs. Boston rivalry; take note Yankees. It has been fun being on the Giants bandwagon.

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How I might design this week’s Sports Illustrated cover


DC Sports Chick notes that amazon.com has a special book on sale. Make sure to pay attention to the tags at the bottom.

Just in case amazon removes the page, I have uploaded a screengrab for posterity.

POINT OF CLARIFICATION: I believe the Giants won the game more than the Patriots lost it, but I couldn’t resist putting that cover together last night.

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