Thursday, January 31, 2008

Redskins: Skins Demolish Broncos 20 Years Ago

The Skins compiled 603 yards of offense in this one.

The fourth TD was a play action that faked a counter to the right while Ricky Sanders, lined up on the right as the Split End, went in motion to the left to run a slot pattern which was a skinny post, and he was all alone. This followed the Timmy Smith TD, the third TD of the day, half, and quarter, which actually was a counter gap to the right. Gibbs is brilliant.

The fifth TD of the day, half, and quarter featured Broncos' LB Karl Mecklingburg simply giving up. Look at the pass rush of #77 on that play.

I never get tired of that song...

Redskins: Riggo's Run 25 Years Ago

From Riggo's Rag:

Brings a tear to this Riggo fan's eye, I tell ya...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Chess: Luck of the Irish

Friend of the blog Anthony Ragan is in this month's The Check is in the Mail with a Walter E. Muir correspondence chess event win. Anthony finished 4.5-1.5 to win Muir 07W35.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Joe Jackson Gibbs Retires Again

So much for plans. I had intended to kick this off with a run down of the roster and what needed to be done for the Skins to take the next step in 2008 toward the Lombardi Trophy. Then Head Coach and Team President Joe Gibbs states that he is done.

GibbsI can't blame him. Gibbs is 67 and coming off a nightmare of a season where his best player and team favorite was murdered, the right side of his offensive line sustained catastrophic injuries, his coming of age quarterback went down, the future at corner and linebacker both sustained season and career threatening knee injuries... In addition to his age, Gibbs has diabetes. His grandson is battling cancer.

Stepping down now looks like it was inevitable. Gibbs goes out with another miracle December and the franchise seemingly primed for much better things. We can forget about the first twelve games of this season. By leaving now, Gibbs goes out with that fantastic four game stretch and the way Gibbs and the staff recaptured past glory.

Against the Bears, Vikings, Giants, and Cowboys I saw a coach that I hadn't seen since 1992. Gibbs and his staff completely out-coached all four teams. Even against the Seahawks Gibbs had the Skins prepared and kept them in the game with a great chance to win until the Sellers/Collins meltdown and ensuing Suisham miss. That the Seahawks had better talent in the trenches was glaring. That the Redskins' offense was struggling with crowd noise obvious. Yet Gibbs and staff had the Skins up 14-13 and in place to add seven points in the fourth quarter.

That was masterful. They just didn't have enough players to pull off a fifth miracle.

The genius was back.

But, how much did it cost to the health of a 67 year old man? How much would it cost to duplicate the effort at age 68? If it cost one minute, one second, it is too much. This die hard Redskin fan wouldn't want that sacrifice from a man I have considered a hero for twenty five years.

Thank you, Coach Gibbs. You gave us much more than any fans deserve, and we adore you for it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Chess: Another Muir Win


I'll post the games as soon as I have had a chance to go back through them. My opponents in this event were accomplished and tough. All had multiple Muir and other USCF event titles. Of the correspondence events I have taken part in over the past year (I started back last January) the Muir events have been the most enjoyable.