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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.

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
      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. 
      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.


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My Established lg has a few openings for Madden '13 (PS3)

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About us: We have been around since Madden '10 when they introduced online lgs. I helped out the Xbox crew last year setup their lgs and they seemed to enjoy things.

- We have a wide range of talent. Our best guy was top 100 in the lobby leaderboards for a long time last year, but he's also a great sim player (which our lg is). But we have a LOT of good players, so if you're looking for a challenge we got it.

- We are more like a community than a lg. We were the first lg to use facebook that i know of in 2009, and it's helped us develop a community b/c people are always posting videos, smack talk, and more personable discussions.

***This next point separates us from 99.99% of madden lgs this year***

- As you know EA removed the fantasy draft option. However, due to our lgs love of the fantasy draft, we will still be doing a complete fantasy draft meaning you can build a whole team to your liking still. The details haven't been completely worked out since we need the game to see exactly the process we need, but it's happening on Sept. 8th.

- We will also be running a stock rosters lg in parallel. Team selection for the stock lg hasn't happened yet b/c i'm waiting until i fill the lg as much as i can.

- We have 3 openings in the Fantasy lg, and 4 in the stock lg.

- You need to play a try out game just to make sure you're not a douche and do the cheesy things that belong in lobby ball, but other than that we have relaxed rules b/c our players have been together so long.

- If you're going to commit, please stick it out. If you think you may quit in a month, please don't waste my time. This lg is for someone who is good at the game or wants to put in the effort to get better. Please participate and be active and have a good attitude. Those things are much more important than skill.

If you have other questions just ask, but I think I covered most important things.

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To update, my fantasy lg is full (though I will still take your name for a waiting list b/c we have 5 new people and experience has shown me that 1-3 of them will not last). I also have 5 spots in my stock rosters lg.

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