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      Good afternoon Redskins nation!  I’m in beautiful Landover, MD with Spaceman Spiff who has been pulled away from Instagram models and tailgating and sent down to the field to do what he does best (roll around in the mud).
      Let’s get down to business...  Can we block them?  There are other story lines entering into this game but worrying about them feels largely academic.  The Texans have two terrifying pass rushers and the Redskins intend to block them with optimism and underdog stories.  Alex Smith isn’t a statue but he does take time in making decisions and getting the ball out.  This combination looks disastrous.  The sort of thing that has us all after the game consoling each other with things like “well, it was just a bad matchup" and “we caught them at the worst possible time.” 
      Or... we could walk away wondering just how the heck this team managed to pull off another improbable win.  Last week the gave up something like twelve thousand yards of offense to the Bucs, I’ll have to check those numbers to be sure, but only three points.  That’s not supposed to happen.  Maybe we can enjoy an outrageously unlikely result again.  Not probably, not likely, but you know... maybe.  I’m saying there’s a chance.   
      I’m here for that chance.  (and you know... the free food and climate controlled free seats) 

      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins are running their bend and break defense, and I’m not sure a little over three quarters is enough time for the Redskins offense to close a 10-point gap.  I’m having flash backs of week nine, but having human emotions is considered “disruptive behavior.”  I'm fine.  Everything is fine. 
      That Quinn celebration, whatever that was, was the highlight of the 1st quarter. 
      2nd Quarter Update
      Is there a better way to start a quarter than by scoring a touchdown?  There is, if you follow that TD drive with a forced turnover on defense.  Things are looking good! 

      So much for that.  A great start was quickly ended up canceled out by the Redskins offense.  With a chance to take a lead Alex Smith throws a pick six in the red zone and takes the air out of the stadium.  He followed that up by throwing another interception on the very next drive.  Alex Smith almost made me forget about Vernon Davis dropping that pass.  Almost. 
      Texans missed a field goal attempt and the lead remains frozen at 10. 
      This quarter feels like a giant blown opportunity.  
      Halftime Update. 
      I should have stopped at one hotdog.  I deserve this.
      3rd Quarter Update
      You know the feeling where you say and think all these bad things about a player and then he breaks his leg and you immediately feel bad about it?  I live there now.
      Colt McCoy has freed me from that place of sadness! 
      As much as I love this defense, they have to start forcing teams to punt at some point.  Is there a stat for defense tha thas forced the fewest punts?  We have to be near the top of that list.  Texans have punted just once today.  Holding them to three was good, though.   
      The lead is down to six and Colt McCoy has arrived to save us.  (Please let that be true.) 
      Personal Note:  Someone just stomped, loudly, out of the press area like a while muttering at his phone.  Laughter and comparisons to toddlers followed him.  The media's laugh is an evil laugh!  Good times. 
      4th Quarter Update
      Colt has brought us back.  Welcome to the first lead change of the season, Redskins fans.  You like that?!  (Yeesh, was that always so lame?)  I guess you could say Adrian Peterson contributed by actually scoring the touchdown.  I bet Colt told him to score though, so you have to factor leadership into things.
      Once again, the defense cannot force a punt, hard to feel great about holding a team to a field goal when that field goal gives them the lead in the 4th quarter 
      Remember that whole "can we block them" thing?  The answer was absolutely not on the Redskins 2nd drive of the 4th quarter.  Watt and Clowney each sacked our man Colt, and ended that drive before it really had a chance to begin. 
      Horrible, no good, very bad holding called on Norman gifting Houston a first down at the worst possible time for it.
      Colt chooses to throw deep at an inopportune moment resulting in a 60+ yard attempt for an injured kicker.  Heartbreaking end to a game that cost this team entirely too much (via injury) yet still seemed to be within reach several times. 
      I'm off to the post game press conference and locker room, check back later for updates.
      Final Thoughts
      I’ve always found it preferable to watch my favorite team simply get destroyed, than to feel that they were the better team and still managed to lose.  The Redskins gave this game away with mistakes in the 2nd quarter.  Fred Davis makes a routine catch and Alex Smith doesn’t throw a pick six, and the scoreboard shows at least 7 fewer points for the Texans.  Even if the Redskins had settled for field goals, that’s a 13 point swing in 2 point game.   
      Losing the game wasn’t even the worst part.  Losing Alex Smith, for at least the remainder of the season, is likely enough to push the Redskins past the point where they can continue toughing their way through key injuries. 
      We'll all feel better after a win against the Cowboys next week. 


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ES Content: Washington Redskins Media Guides (**1st Update**)

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Installment 1: 1948 through 1952

In the ongoing interest of providing our members with the broadest array of products and services related to the Washington Redskins, we have acquired, scanned, uploaded and converted (to the extent possible, into text), our collection of Washington Redskins Media Guides. Our archives start at 1948 and go through the present (with some exceptions). Over the course of the next few months, we will be periodically releasing more media guides for your consumption. We hope that each of you will take advantage of this resource to read up on the history of the Redskins and learn about the team, players, coaches and history of bygone eras.


48mg.JPG The 1948 Washington Redskins Media Guide

49mg.JPG The 1949 Washington Redskins Media Guide

50mg.JPG The 1950 Washington Redskins Media Guide

52mg.JPG The 1952 Washington Redskins Media Guide

Installment 2: 1953 through 1956

53mg.JPG The 1953 Washington Redskins Media Guide

54mg.JPG The 1954 Washington Redskins Media Guide

55mg.JPG The 1955 Washington Redskins Media Guide

56mg.JPG The 1956 Washington Redskins Media Guide


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These are awesome iheart.

:applause: To the mods.

btw, think I can still get season tickets for 20bucks?

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Thats the plan.....coolest part, they're 'searchable' since they're in PDF format.

Btw, this is ALL iheartskins hard work on display. Also huge props to Die Hard who tracked down and obtained, at great effort and expense over a number of years, these media guides. You'd be hard pressed to find many of these individually anywhere else, and short of working for the NFL history division, you sure wouldn't have access to nearly all of them. Its fascinating to see how the league has changed, and how much more comprehensive and elaborate the guides get with time.

Awesome job iheart :cheers:

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:applause: Oh my god! These are just awesome. Thank you so much for the effort. This community is really the best. Thanks for all your work! :notworthy

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Outstanding job Sol, there shouldn't be a single true Redskins fan that doesn't love this.

:notworthy :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy

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Got my 2006 Version of the Skins Media Guide

Okay, cool. We'll save that one for last then. :)

Seriously top notch work, Sol. Major, major kudos and thanks.

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Classic pictures in some of these.....this one's Sammy Baugh in his last game, giving his successor Eddie Lebaron some pointers....

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