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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.

Vintage video: 1946 Redskins vs. Giants in color

A great find on youtube, a film (in color!) of the Oct. 13 1946 game between the Washington Redskins and New York Football Giants from Griffith Stadium in D.C. Sammy Baugh led Washington a 24-14 win over New York (Pro Football Reference boxscore).

The half-time show and other festivities get more attention than the first game. A second game, featuring a trip to Philadelphia’s Shibe Park for an Eagles game, is also featured. Even weirder is a 1947 game against the Green Bay Packers in Baltimore.

The narration is by Harry Wiese, long-time Skins radio play-by-play man and future owner of the AFL’s New York Titans.

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R.I.P. Pat Summerall

Another great voice has left us — Pat Summerall, who for so many years handled play-by-play for NFC football games along side John Madden on CBS and then FOX. Prior to my time, it was Tom Brookshier working with Summerall. It seemed every autumn Sunday, Summerall and Madden would be in some NFC East city or maybe Chicago or San Francisco doing the 4 p.m. game which we watched by a roaring fire. As television memories go, they were some of the best.

Summerall was a rather restrained in his play-by-play, mostly letting the picture tell the story. His smooth voice added excitement and gravitas that somebody like Joe Buck could only dream of having. Summerall also knew that he was the straight man, setting up John Madden‘s excitable and thorough analysis. In their prime, they were the best and it wasn’t close. The pairing was the measuring stick for how important the game was — when the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys had a Sunday game without Summerall and Madden, it was a story in D.C.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who can still hear Summerall winding down a broadcast with “Stay tuned for “60 Minutes” followed by “Murder She Wrote” and the CBS Sunday Night Movie… (EXCEPT ON THE WEST COAST)” He was a natural. In addition to football, Summerall also did golf and tennis for CBS.

When FOX shocked everybody by taking over the NFC rights, Summerall and Madden moved over to the fourth network, lending more credibility to its coverage than it deserved. As much as I may have liked the Simpsons, it was still a bit grating to hear Summerall promote “Married…with Children, the Simpsons, etc.” It wasn’t long after the switch to FOX that Summerall began a decline, mostly due to age.

Before becoming a sportscaster, Summerall was a kicker in the NFL, mostly with the Chicago Cardinals, but most famously with the New York Football Giants. In fact, one of the surprising things about long-time Yankee Stadium p.a. announcer Bob Sheppard was that when asked about his favorite moment it wasn’t about the Yankees:

Mara recalled how Phil Rizzuto once asked Sheppard on TV during a rain delay for his fondest Yankee Stadium moment.

“Much to The Scooter’s dismay, Bob replied, ‘The day Summerall kicked the field goal in the snow to beat Cleveland in 1958,’” Mara said.

- From: Bob Sheppard’s funeral: a majestic voice stilledAP/FOX News

Here is how Sports Illustrated covered the story in 1958 49 Yards And One Foot Here is a gallery too.

Also, Summerall, born George Allen Summerall, picked up “Pat” as a child from an uncle, not because he kicked the “point after touchdown” according this USA Today column: Hiestand: Much more to Summerall than TV persona

CLIPS!

Darrell Green’s punt return touchdown against the Chicago Bears in 1987-88 playoffs

Green again, one week later. Maybe not the best example, but I don’t think many Washingtonians will complain…

Week 15 of the 1983 season opener between the Redskins vs. Cowboys

The beginning of the last CBS broadcast, the 1993 NFC Championship Game. The pool halls scene is nothing special , but what follows is perfect Summerall narration and a subtle, but appropriate sendoff.

The NFL doesn’t have embeddable videos, but here are a couple of good ones on the Giants Web site: Pat Summerall: A life remembered | Frank Gifford looks back on Pat Summerall’s career


MORE COVERAGE

Pat Summerall and the Redskins – D.C. Sports Bog, The Post

Pat Summerall, football broadcaster, dies at 82The Post

The Voice of the SeasonSports on Earth

Pat Summerall, Star Kicker With Giants and a Calm Voice on TV, Dies at 82The Times

Pat Summerall, longtime voice of the NFL for CBS and Fox, where teamed up with John Madden, dead at 82NY Daily News

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2012 Redskins vs. Giants Game 1 Q&A & prediction with Brad

My friend Brad Stratton is back for some more guest prognosticating about his beloved New Yorker Football Giants who play the Washington Redskins this weekend in our native New Jersey.

WFY: I guess getting swept by the Redskins last year must have really upset John Mara — he was on the committee that fined the Redskins for breaking an unwritten rule (Pro Football Talk). Pretty weak stuff from him. Your rebuttal:

BMS: Yeah, it’s a shame we got swept by the Redskins last year. Wait a second, let me just pause my New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions DVD. Honestly, if getting swept by the Redskins means we win the Super Bowl, sign me up for 0-infinity against the Skins in the regular season till the end of time.

As for the Redskins and Cowboys getting fined, they were among all the owners who agreed to not use the uncapped year to generate a competitive advantage, then still did it. They deserved to be fined for sheer pompousness alone! Now, was it collusion? Probably. Would Synder and Jones had won if they took the case to court. Likely. But the two were at least smart enough to know that suing the rest of the league probably wasn’t in their teams’ best interests.

WFY: Surprise! The Redskins are 3-3 because Robert Griffin III is already a game-changing QB. They score over 30 points a game. How concerned are you about them? Do you think the Giants can stop RGIII or merely hope to contain him? Is there anything else scary about the Redskins?

BMS: RG3 is quite a dynamic player (he’s on my fantasy team and helped me beat Sam last week), which was obvious by how badly the Redskins sucked after he got knocked out versus the Falcons. I doubt the Giants defense can stop him, but they had some success against Cam Newton and to a lesser extent, against Michael Vick, in forcing the quarterbacks to beat them with their arms, not their feet. So I hope they can slow him down some.

WFY: What are the best and worst units on the Giants?

It’s easy to say what the best unit is on the Giants. Quarterback. Eli Manning is a top 3 quarterback at this point. He’s cut down on interceptions, and even when he does throw them, he’s out their next series slinging the ball around again, the previous mishap now a thing of the past. Look how he threw three interceptions in the first half against the Bucs earlier this year. With most quarterbacks, they would have basically closed up shop after that. But instead, Manning leads a huge second half comeback, and falls four yards short of tying Phil Simms’ franchise record for more yard passing in a single game. The man is a leader. He makes his receivers so much better, which is something everyone also says about his brother. What has Kevin Boss done since he left? What has Steve Smith done? Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett is on pace for a career year at tight end, Cruz and Nicks may be the best one-two wideout tandem in the league, and guys like Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle is having big games.

BMS: The worse unit may be the secondary, which is been hit against with injury after injury. It really relies on the defensive front to generate pressure. But if the QB gets time, they can easily give up yards. Michael Vick has been a turnover machine all season, but without players getting in his face a few weeks back, the Eagles don’t commit a single turnover against the Giants.

WFY: Has Tom Coughlin passed Bill Parcells as best modern Giants coach?

Tom Coughlin just passed Bill Parcells last week in career wins as the head coach of the Giants. I think one more Lombardi will cement him surpassing Parcells’ legacy.

WFY: If the Giants are Big Blue, how come they have a white jersey with no blue on it, but lots of red? Do you like that jersey? What about the alt red jersey?

BMS: I love both Giants’ home and away jerseys. They are Big Blue, but their colors are red, white, and blue (so patriotic!), and to a lesser extent, gray. They haven’t worn the red jersey in years, and supposedly had retired it, although there was a rumor in the offseason that it might make a reappearance this season. I hate the red jersey. If they want an alternate home jersey, why not the Big Blue uniforms from the 80s, complete with the helmet with GIANTS in the side. Although I like the current jersey and helmet design the best.

WFY: What Giants jerseys and other gear do you own?

BMS: Of current players, I owe two Eli away jerseys (forgot I had the one and got a second), and two Eli home jerseys (one is an authentic jersey with the captain patch and Super Bowl XLVI patch).

WFY: Please rank the Giants rivalries in the NFC East. Are there any inter-divisional rivals that are more important to you than intra-divisional rivalries?

BMS: As for divisional rivalries, Giants-Redskins rank at the bottom, although some of that is due to the lack of success the Redskins have had over the years. Nothing beats Giants-Eagles. As a Yankees fan, I hate the Eagles more than the Red Sox. When Xander’s original first grade teacher tried to turn him into an Eagles’ fan, I had to inform him that Eagles’ fans hate Santa Claus, and that the Eagles hate puppies. Giants-Cowboys is in the middle. I really dislike the Cowboys. But i don’t hate them. I don’t feel ill when we lose to them.

WFY: Prediction?

BMS: The Giants are coming off a big win in San Francisco last weekend, and look ahead to a rematch with the Cowboys, so I can see the Giants giving a subpar performance and losing to the Redskins, But I think RG3 adds a lot of interest to this game, so I don’t feel it’s like a classic letdown game. My guess, the Redskins get a lead, the Giants come back. You’re never truly our of a game when you have Eli Manning, and I predict a late fourth quarter comeback and a 24-23 Giants victory.

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Super Bowl XLVI prediction

Here’s my quick Super Bowl prediction — New England Patriots 34 New York Football Giants 17. Last time these two met, I talked myself out of picking the Giants.

I’m pulling for the Giants for several reasons — they play in New Jersey where I was born, represent New York which is one of my favorite cities to visit and have a good, stable family ownership. They also wear classic, basic uniforms. There is something to be said for the winning Super Bowl team swept by the Washington Redskins too. For Redskins fans, it is mostly indecipherable words of confusion and frustration.

The Patriots on the other hand, stretched the limits of sportsmanship if not outright cheated during the previous Super Bowl runs, have annoying Tom Brady and have stupid uniforms. New England and Boston are nice enough and the offensive coordinator will soon coach my alma mater, I just don’t want to root for those guys.

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Uninformed NFL predictions – Conference championship games

The Northeast corridor is well represented in the NFL championship Sunday with 3 teams playing. At least one will move on to the Super Bowl. This is the best Sunday in pro football, better than the Super Bowl which is amateur night and about things like ads and half-time shows.

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

About 400 miles of Interstate 95 separate the two stadiums. I guess I’m grudgingly rooting for Baltimore because the thought of the Ravens going to Indianapolis for a Super Bowl is kind of funny. Oh and I like their marching band too.

I think the Patriots win though, because I’ll take the Pats offense can overcome the Ravens defense better than the Ravens offense can overcome the Pats defense. If Ray Rice has a big game, which he didn’t against the Houston Texas, Baltimore has a chance. I also think New England wins because it keeps Penn State from having a full time coach for another two weeks.

PATRIOTS 34 Ravens 24

New York Football Giants at San Francisco 49ers
The battle of I-80! Or the Lincoln Highway! I’m filled with nostalgia for the NFL I loved before I went to college. Two flagship teams wearing excellent old-school (for the most part) uniforms playing on a real grass field that will probably be coming up in clumps. Candlestick Park is one of the few NFL stadiums left that has any character for the television viewer. I cannot wait to watch this game.

The sloppy field probably favors the 49ers with their run gun and stout defense. However, San Francisco gave up over 30 points last week at home to the Saints. I picked the Giants to go to the Super Bowl, so I guess I have to keep picking them. I think Eli Manning is in the zone and the Giants defense knows it is time to play. They have been through this before with head coach Tom Coughlin. Either way, I’m rooting for the winner of this game to win the Super Bowl too. I always liked the NFC better anyway.

Giants 24 49ERS 20

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Uninformed NFL predictions – Divisional Playoffs

New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers

The Niners haven’t been in the playoffs in ten years. They can run the ball though and are playing at home. Weather is apparently going to be pretty good, but Saints are still a dome team. Plus, the ghost of Jim Mora may show up. I’m going with the 49ers at Candlestick.


Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

If the Broncos can get to Tom Brady, they have a shot. Still, I’ll take the Pats and their playoff experience in a night game in Foxboro over Tim Tebow.

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are hosting their first playoff game in a while. This seems like the kind of game they lose, despite a strong crowd and Houston using a third string QB. I’m rooting for the Ravens too, I’d love to see them troll Indianapolis.

New York Football Giants at Green Bay Packers

The Packers were nearly unstoppable, but the G-men are peaking at the right time and have won in Green Bay in the playoffs before, so I’m taking them in the upset. I did predict they’d make it to the Super Bowl.

GAMBLOR DISCLAIMER: If you need these predictions to place bets on these games, I don’t know what to tell you.

Okay, the Jim Mora thing was a little forced.

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Redskins vs. Giants prediction and Q&A with Brad: Game 1, 2011 season

Another Washington Redskins season means more guest prognosticators and this week is regular New York Football Giants contributor, my friend Brad Stratton.

WFY: Do you think the Giants will benefit from the lockout since they are established at quarterback?

Brad: The QBs missed out on OTAs and minicamps. There was precious little time for quarterbacks and their receivers to get in sync. To make matters worse, Manning lost his two best safety valves, Steve Smith and Kevin Boss. Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham are both solid receivers, but Manning is going to need to get some production from Dominick Hixon, Victor Cruz, or Devin Thomas.

WFY: All things being equal, the better quarterback is a.) Phil Simms b.) Eli Manning?

Brad: Phil Simms didn’t play a full season until 1984. Although he had one of the best Super Bowls ever seen by a quarterback, he had 21 touchdowns and 22 interceptions that year. He was benched twice, by Bill Parcells in 1983 and by He Who Must Not Be Named in 1991. He didn’t complete at least 60 percent of his passes in a single season until 1992. I loved Simms when he played, but it’s not a competition.

Eli Manning had thrown for over 4,000 yards in two straight seasons, and had 31 touchdown passes last season. Yes, he had 25 interceptions, but nine of those were catchable passes tipped by his receivers. And Drew Brees threw 22 picks in 2010,but no one seems to care about that. He’s led the Giants to 16 wins when trailing in the fourth quarter. Eli is also the only quarterback to lead a fourth-quarter game-winning touchdown drive when nothing less than a touchdown would suffice.

Eli gets bashed a lot for multiple reasons. First is his brother. If he were Eli Jones, people were be as critical. Second was the 2004 draft, with the Mannings announcing that he wouldn’t play with the Chargers. He was the No. 1 pick in a draft with Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Schaub. And he plays in the media capital of the world.

That’s not to say Eli doesn’t have his faults. He throws off his back foot too much. When he scrambles, he tends to dive and not slide, leading to two unforced fumbles in consecutive years vs. the Eagles.

WFY: Have all the injuries caused you to reduce your expectations for the season?

Brad: Previously, I saw the Giants as contenders for the division title. Now, I think there’s more likely to be a contender for a wild card. I see them getting somewhere between 7-9 and 10-6.

WFY: Is there anything about this Redskins team that makes you think they can beat the Giants?

No reason. I’d give the edge to the Giants at QB, RB, WR, and OL. Washington fans have increased their expectations after a solid preseason. But the preseason doesn’t matter. The Giants went 6-0 in the 1974 preseason and went 2-12 in the regular season.

WFY: Did Plaxico Burress bring dishonor to the proud legacy of #17 set by Jeff Rutledge?

Brad: Actually, I find it more interesting that Plax is still #17 with the Jets. He chose that number when he joined the Giants in 2005 because he signed with New York on March 17.

WFY: Who is the greatest New York Football Giant of all time, your lifetime or both?

Brad: It’s got to be Lawrence Taylor. The man redesigned the linebacker position. Teams adjusted their game plans with the sole purpose of containing him. He was one of only two defensive players to ever be named NFL MVP.

WFY: Do you watch Giants games with the sound turned down and the radio turned up?

Brad: I tried while listening to Daryl Johnston, but there was too much of a delay.

WFY: Who are the standouts for Giant media coverage?

Brad: Mike Garofolo of the Newark Star Ledger is the best Giants beat writer. Bob Papa is the Giants play-by-play man on the radio, co-hosts “The Opening Drive” on Sirius NFL Radio, and also broadcasts at the Winter and Summer Olympics for NBC.

WFY: Oh the NJ-NY teams you follow that have won championships (Yankees, Giants, Devils), which is the most special?

Brad: The Giants. Maybe it’s because of the insanely high expectations every year for the Yankees, but the Norwood kick and the Burress touchdown keep giving me chills.

WFY: Side note, the NJ-NY teams your follow, the Nets moving to Brooklyn is kind of weak, isn’t? Would you support the NBA returning to Jersey?

Brad: I support the Nets moving to Brooklyn, and I look forward to seeing a game at Barclays (granted, I still look forward to seeing a Devils’ game in Newark. The NBA isn’t going back to New Jersey.

WFY: What is your final score prediction for Sunday’s Redskins vs. Giants game? Anything else to add?

Brad: Ginats 27, REDSKINS 13

WFY: New York Football Giants 21, REDSKINS 17

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Minnesota steals snowmageddon name, punished with collapsed Metrodome roof

I just saw on Twitter that the roof for the Metrodome (technically Mall of America Field) collapsed in Minneapolis from snow accumulation. I went over the Star-Tribune, the paper of record in that city, and saw this headline:

“You Survived “Snowmageddon”. Time For A Snowy Post Mortem”

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT?!

Hey Twin Cities, I get that you have an epic blizzard on your hands, but Snowmageddon belongs to us, Washingtonians and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic who endured the massive snow storms of early February 2010, not you. For stealing our storm name, you probably deserve having the polyester (or whatever it is) roof of your football stadium collapsing. I thought Minnesotans were supposed to be nice, but really, you are a bunch of thieves. First you steal our baseball team, the original Washington Senators and now you still our storm names. HACKS! Couldn’t you have gotten Garrison Keillor to come up with something witty?

Additionally, a football stadium should have not have a roof, so there is yet another reason why this happened. Then there is the whole begging Brett Favre to come back thing, how’d that work out for you?

As punishment, I think that the game between the Vikings and the New York Giants, already rescheduled for Monday, should be moved to the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The new location of the Vikings “home game” should show a continuous loop of Washington Redskins CB Darrell Green breaking up Wade Wilson‘s 4th down pass in the NFC Championship game after the 1988 season:

Gary Anderson missing against the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs after the 1998 season:

The “original” Hail Mary, Dallas Cowboys WR Drew Person pushing off CB Nate Wright to beat the Vikings in the playoffs after the 1975 season.

Lastly, Favre delivering the Super Bowl berth to the New Orleans Saints:

Have I made my point Minnesota? Come up with your own ideas lest I have to discipline you again.

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Redskins vs. Giants prediction with Brad

This week’s prediction is from my friend Brad. We go back to the old school days. Brad is a New Jersey native who loves all the pro teams that call the Garden State home (except the Jets of course) plus the New York Yankees. A renaissance man, Brad has been a tight end in high school, a fast food employee, trained mosquito assassin, filmmaker, one-armed stadium concession courier (he broke it playing toga football), dishwasher, computer lab attendant, sportswriter, educator, husband and father. At Penn State he could alter the outcomes of sporting events with his mind. If Brad and I were playing in Tecmo Super Bowl, he’d beat me 63-0 and I would probably attempt a 90 yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Please choose which description suits Eli Manning best: 1) Great quarterback 2) Good quarterback 3) Overrated quarterback due to last name/large media market 4) Average quarterback who got hot in the playoffs one year 5) Below average quarterback

Eli Manning is a good quarterback who is sometimes great. He is a Super Bowl MVP, has been invited to one Pro Bowl. He’s one of only four quarterbacks to throw for at least 3,000 yards in each of the last five seasons. He’s also one of only three quarterbacks with at least 20 touchdown passes in each of the last five seasons. His name is actually a detriment right now, as it constantly causes to be compared to his older brother.

Were you disappointed when the Giants put the “ny” back on the helmet since they play in your/our native New Jersey? Overall, aren’t the Giants uniforms, especially the roadies, pretty sweet though?

I like the Giants’ jerseys with the ny, although supposedly they will be using a historic look for an alternate jersey in 2011. Considering their current jersey is pretty retro already, and the 1975 jersey was hideous, it seems likely it will be the old jersey with GIANTS on the helmet.

Would you support the name of the team being the New Jersey Giants or the New York/New Jersey Giants?

No, I would not support the Giants being renamed NJ Giants or NY/NJ Giants, anymore than Cowboys fans being ok with the Arlington Cowboys, or Redskins fans being cool with the Landover Redskins.

You were at the last game Giants Stadium game, did it need to be replaced by the New Meadowlands Stadium? Have you been to the New Meadowlands Stadium?

Giants Stadium didn’t need to be replaced, UNTIL that last game. I haven’t been to the new stadium yet.

Do you get much grief about being a Giants fan living in Maryland? Also, which fanbase seems to be bigger in Columbia, the Redskins or Ravens?

I’ve never gotten grief from being a Giants fan in Maryland. Instead, I’ve found that I’m far from the only one. After the Giants won Super Bowl XLII, I went outside and was running around my street screaming and singing “We Are the Champions.” I wasn’t the only one out there doing that. Columbia seems to be more Ravens country. That seems to start changing in Laurel.

Which bothers your more, me being a Redskins (casting aside my previous loyalty) or Nationals fan (maintaining my previous loyalty in baseball bigamy)?

Your Redskins “fandom” doesn’t annoy me. But it’s clear the only football teams you’re a fan of wear blue and white and play on Saturdays, not Sundays.

It’s true that I care much more about the Saturday football than the Sunday football, but I have been watching more of the Redskins than I though I would. The first half of the season was quite exciting.

Final score prediction?

Giants 27, Redskins 17

Redskins 19 Giants 17 – Since they win every other week

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