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      And we are back!
       
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
       
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
       
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
       
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
       
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
       
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
       
      Stand by for Inactives...
       
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
       
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
       
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
       
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
       
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.
       
      Kickoff

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
       
      Half
       
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
       
      But that's not the story of this game.
       
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
       
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
       
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
       
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
       
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
       
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
       
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
       
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
       
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
       
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
       
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
       
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
       
      Hail!

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Tarhog

Redskin's History 101: Dexter Manley

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Very nice read guys. Those were the days huh? Man I loved Dexter.

I remember Dexter playing gunner on the punt team as a rookie. It was just nuts a guy that big could run that fast.

There was a fan who used to sit a few rows in front of us at RFK who, on 3rd and long, used to bellow "DEEEXTER, DEEEXTER, DEEEXTER! Dexter would always make a play when they needed it.

That Cowboy championship game was definitely a high water mark for us long time fans. The Danny White sack and the Darrell Grant TD happened right in front of me.

.....And people think Sean Taylor is giving Joe Gibbs problems. If a young Coach Gibbs can handle the likes of Dexter, a wiser, more experienced Gibbs can certainly sort through the challenge that is ST.

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Nice job, guys. Dexter is my all-time favorite.

Is there a video missing? The list skips from "Dexter1" to "Dexter3." I wish it was a video of Dexter "diggin' in" with that right foot.

Keep up the good work. I love the Legends of Lore series.

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Nice read. I met Dexter back in 87 during the Superbowl year. My uncle used to arrange charters for the Redskins while he was working for United Airlines. He got me on the team charter to Miami and I got to meet all of the players. Dexter was a great guy. I have to say that my greatest memory from that trip was talking to Jay Schroeder. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met and spent over an hour talking to me on the flight. We chatted on the field before the game and I will never forget when Dan Marino walked up in street clothes and started talking to Jay. I was standing there in awe and could not utter a word.

But.......back to the topic at hand. Dexter will always be one of my favorite Redskins. It is my understanding that he now lives in Peachtree City, Georgia which is about 9 miles from me. I graduated high schoool in Peachtree City in 1984 from McIntosh and my parents still live there. Several of the people that I work with have told me that they have seen Dexter out and about, but I have yet to bump into him.

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Great piece guys, great work!!!

:cheers:

There was a great segment on one of the investegative shows (20/20 or dateline or another one) it aired last year after he was released from prison. It went through his life, his ups and downs as well as his struggle with drugs. He is known as a tragic story to some, but the story is not over yet. Personally I think he has finally conquered the deamons inside him. I will always remember him for his personal charm, and charactor. When he testified before the Senate committe and cried, it made me realize that athletes were real people with real lives and emotions. It kind of gave me a different view of professional atheletes and the struggles they often go through in life.

Just a question for the Manley fans, does anyone know the story of how Manley and his current wife met? I can't remember the story, but I believe she was a big fan who was writing him and giving him support through his tough times and they married while in prison. I could be wrong, but I think this is the case, and it was a pretty touching story from what I remember of it.

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Originally posted by Joe Sick

Nice job, guys. Dexter is my all-time favorite.

Is there a video missing? The list skips from "Dexter1" to "Dexter3." I wish it was a video of Dexter "diggin' in" with that right foot.

Keep up the good work. I love the Legends of Lore series.

Thanks man!

Yes, I inadvertently put up a video clip of Monte Coleman in that spot - Blade caught it and we removed it.

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Originally posted by Matt Kyriacou

Nice read. I met Dexter back in 87 during the Superbowl year. My uncle used to arrange charters for the Redskins while he was working for United Airlines. He got me on the team charter to Miami and I got to meet all of the players. Dexter was a great guy. I have to say that my greatest memory from that trip was talking to Jay Schroeder. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met and spent over an hour talking to me on the flight. We chatted on the field before the game and I will never forget when Dan Marino walked up in street clothes and started talking to Jay. I was standing there in awe and could not utter a word.

But.......back to the topic at hand. Dexter will always be one of my favorite Redskins. It is my understanding that he now lives in Peachtree City, Georgia which is about 9 miles from me. I graduated high schoool in Peachtree City in 1984 from McIntosh and my parents still live there. Several of the people that I work with have told me that they have seen Dexter out and about, but I have yet to bump into him.

Thanks for the story! Peachtree City, Georgia - that sounds like heaven on Earth :)

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Great, great job gentlemen.

The memories of Manley and Mann decimating the pocket is something (I think) that still fuels our DE debate at draft time.

Dexter was a fan and media favorite, although his personal story is akin to a Greek tragedy. I still remember the game at Dallas when the Hogs and Riggens showed up wearing fatiques and Dexter wore a three-piece suit. He sound byte was something along the lines of "This is a business suit and this is my business".

Dexter, may you find a deserved peace in your life. You brought joy to mine.

To quote Dexter::wewantd:

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WOW, I'm glad somebody bumped the Pat Fischer one so I could find this long.

Manley was the ****! Too bad it ended the way it did with him here.

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I cant remember who it was against, but I seem to remember mann and manly hitting a QB at the same time running flat out, and that is how they left him, it was a really big hit.

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Tarhog, I can't open the videos for Dexter Manley, I'm having the same problems with some videos in your other Redskin's History 101 threads.

I just discovered them yesterday and have been enjoying the reads. Keep up the good work, I look forward to more of them this coming offseason.

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Ahhh, i love the dexter manley histoy 101...simply great.

Are these going to be done again this offseason? I'd like to read about Sonny, Bobby Mitchell and some others

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Great article, guys. Impressive, as always.

For those who have had the feeling sparked, check out e-bay. The above listed link came up as removed before I got to see what it was, so this might be the same item. It's available at the link below now:

http://cgi.ebay.com/DEXTER-MANLEY-auto-REDSKINS-jersey-70-Greatest-Inscrip_W0QQitemZ8742664232QQcategoryZ27277QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

A home jersey signed by Manley with COA for about a hundred bucks. As of the time of posting, there's about three days left on it.

I remember getting team football cards from the DC Police as a kid, and Manley was always my favorite, because it looked like he was flying. I wish I could find those cards now.:(

Thanks again for the article, guys.

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Tarhog, I can't open the videos for Dexter Manley, I'm having the same problems with some videos in your other Redskin's History 101 threads.

I just discovered them yesterday and have been enjoying the reads. Keep up the good work, I look forward to more of them this coming offseason.

Some of the link addresses for photos and video changed when we moved to the Redskins servers. I'll fix them up for you.

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Ahhh, i love the dexter manley histoy 101...simply great.

Are these going to be done again this offseason? I'd like to read about Sonny, Bobby Mitchell and some others

Unless they fire me - yes :)

We'll be looking to do at least one every 3-4 weeks. We may even incorporate some interviews with the players highlighted.

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