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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 20 - 15 Cardinals
       
      Sorry folks, just made it. Plus, all of our photogs are injured.
       
      It must be the end of a bad season with no hope of playoffs.
       
      But I am here, JimmiJo, to bring you all the action.
       
      Here are my thoughts in a nutshell, bottom-line sort of way: win today or coaches could become at risk. 
       
      This is where you see who is who and who will be here next year.
       
      Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast.
       
      Inactives 
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 19 WR Robert Davis
      o   No. 35 S Montae Nicholson
      o   No. 53 LB Zach Brown
      o   No. 67 G Kyle Kalis
      o   No. 71 T Trent Williams
      o   No. 73 C Demetrius Rhaney
      o   No. 97 DL Terrell McClain
       
      Half
       
      Prototypical game for Washington. Jump out to early start, then the offense starts to fade. The bad news with this is Arizona has stuck with the run game and it is starting to pay dividends for them. 
       
      Thanks to a fumble by Vernon Davis and a good defensive stand by the Redskins; the Cardinals were able to muster a field goal to pull within 5.

      Head coach Jay was visibly upset on that last drive and one wonders if he is not going to be lighting this team up in the locker room.
       
      The Redskins get the ball to start the half. 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      JimmiJo
       
      Make no mistake. A win is a win is a win.
       
      But let’s not kid ourselves; any competent quarterback for Arizona and this was likely a loss. Heck, if the tight end holds the ball at the 1-yard line at the end it is likely a loss.
       
      The Washington Redskins got one they had to have. It meant nothing in the overall; there are no postseason aspirations, and this game likely had no spoiler-implications.
       
      But for the Redskins it was about pride and identity. It was also about people’s jobs.
       
      If a football team cannot get up for a much-needed win against a bad team in front of their home crowd; the problems are about more than injuries and dumb-luck. Such a loss would have been an indictment of the coaching staff. Specifically the head coach.
       
      Attitude is a reflection of leadership, as the saying goes. And lately this team has not been showing up.
       
      That’s on the man in charge.
       
      A loss today and ownership could be starting to consider a change at skipper. At a minimum he is wondering who else is out there.
       
      The good news is the team responded and found a way to win. They had help.
       
      Blaine Gabbert finished the day 16-of-41 for 181 for quarterback rating of 52.9. Worse were those moments when he decided to have poor accuracy. His red zone effectiveness was atrocious.
       
      Then there were the dropped balls from the receivers. If the Cardinals tight end catches the ball at the 1-yard line we are having a different conversation.
       
      The Redskins on the other hand didn’t fare much better. They posted just 218 total net yards of offense, and a paltry 31-yards rushing.
       
      The offense benefitted from an opening drive sack-fumble by their defense. Two plays later, Kirk connected with Jamison Crowder for the easy touchdown.
       
      Two drives later the Redskins would again draw blood when Cousins hooked up with Kapri Bibbs fir a 36-yard touchdown.
      But after this the offense went flat. They managed only 15-total plays in the first half. And early in the 2nd half had only amassed 5-yards rushing.
       
      The turnover the start the second half deflated the team and stadium.  Washington would manage to add another two field goals, and it turned out to be  just enough to get the win.
       
      Cousins was by far the best player on offense finishing 18/26 for 196-yards, 2-touchdowns and a QB-rating of 149.07.
      Crowder led all receivers with 5-catches for 55-yards and a TD. Next came Bibbs, with 4-receptions for 47-yards and a touchdown.
       
      Defensively, Washington brought pressure that made a difference at times. Preston Smith had a banner-day; finishing the game with a sack, fumble recovery, and interception. Anthony Lanier had two batted balls and a forced fumble. Kendall Fuller led all tacklers with 6-solo and 2-assists.
       
      The Redskins did just enough to get a win at home. It means they can still to avoid a losing season which would paint a much different picture on the season.
       
      From here on out it’s about who wants to be here next year. Washington has one more home game against the Denver Broncos, who feature a touch defensive group. They will then travel to New York for the final game of the year.
       
      It’s all about character now.
       
       

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New Pierre Garcon Restaurant Spinfire at Loudoun One

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I hadn't heard of this before ... but spotted today near the Alamo Cinema/Draft House in Loudoun One, it looks like Pierre is putting his name on a salad and pizza restaurant just a couple of miles from Redskins Park.

 

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Bad investment, imo should have just given me the money if he wanted to waste some loot!

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Bad investment? This is a pretty good one. If they picked the right location, that is.

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I'm trying to think of ex-sports stars who hit it really big in the restaurant business.  The biggest current one I can think of is Don Shula.  His Shula's Steak House has 14 locations in 9 states and it's branched into Shula's Bar and Grill, Shula's Burger, Shula's on the Beach, etc. with 20 or more additional locations.

 

Ex-Baltimore Colt Gino Marchetti, long with other teammates including Alan Ameche, built a minor fast food empire with the Gino's Hamburgers chain. Locally in DC the franchises sold Kentucky Fried Chicken along with the hamburgers.  The chain had over 300 locations before they sold out to the Marriott Corp. in 1982, which turned the stores into Roy Rogers restaurants. 

 

Billy Sims, ex-Sooner and Detroit Lion running back, runs a chain of 15 Billy Sims Barbecue restaurants in Missouri and Oklahoma.

 

Mike Ditka has three Ditka Steakhouses in the Chicago area and Pittsburgh. 

 

At one time, there were at least three or four Joe Theismann's Restaurants in the DC area.  The one in Old Town near the King Street Metro is still going strong after 35 years..

 

I hope Pierre's place is a success.  But for every successful athlete-turned restauranteur, there's a bunch that fell short.  Just ask Lavar Arrington, Richie Petitbone, Jay Shroeder, Curtis Jordan, etc...

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Bad investment? This is a pretty good one. If they picked the right location, that is.

 

That's the location to pick in the Ashburn area. 

I hope Pierre's place is a success.  But for every successful athlete-turned restauranteur, there's a bunch that fell short.  Just ask Lavar Arrington, Richie Petitbone, Jay Shroeder, Curtis Jordan, etc...

 

I think the scale matters. If it's a pizza joint that is supplementing his NFL millions, who cares? This feels different than trying to open up "Pierre's Grill" or something. 

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Good luck to Pierre!

 

Nice - that's some good info, Dan T.  The former Skin I can think of that seems to have done well is Marvcus Patton.  Here's an old write-up about the restaurants he has:  http://www.capcentre.net/2010/06/former-redskin-is-now-restauranteur.html

 

Lucky's in Springfield:  http://www.luckyssportstheatre.com/

The All American Steakhouse and Sports Theater:  http://theallamericansteakhouse.com/#

 

I've been to Lucky's once - it was pretty good.

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Booming location - new 'town center' in Loudoun with movie theater and bars next door and other amenities on their way. Minor league ballpark/soccer stadium (eventually) on the same property. Many, many thousands of sports-mad kids and their families within a short drive. 

 

I have no idea what Pierre's commercial involvement is but he could start this whole thing up with a single game check even if he is paying for everything. It's not a fancy steak house or club with huge overhead and build out costs. With pizzas and salads, and the added cache of a big local name, seems like a modest risk.

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SpinFire offers made-to-order individual pizzas and salads topped with your choice of the finest gourmet ingredients. Our pizzas are freshly-baked in 90 seconds in our unique revolving surface oven. SpinFire also serves homemade gelato, beer and wine.

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McNabb's Burgers and Fries didn't last.  You placed your order, and the cashier threw it at the ground three feet in front of you.

I'm not above recycling my old jokes.

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A lot of people give up on the gravy. Pierre, do not give up on the gravy.  Follow that advice and your restaurant will be a success.


 

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Another one, sorta, is ex-Redskins kicker Mark Moseley. He joined up with Five Guys Burger and Fries fairly early on - in 2002 - as their director of franchising when they had only 5 stores in the DC area.  The chain exploded and there are now over a thousand locations nationwide.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/monteburke/2012/07/18/five-guys-burgers-americas-fastest-growing-restaurant-chain/2/.

 

 

Good luck to Pierre!

 

Nice - that's some good info, Dan T.  The former Skin I can think of that seems to have done well is Marvcus Patton.  Here's an old write-up about the restaurants he has:  http://www.capcentre.net/2010/06/former-redskin-is-now-restauranteur.html

 

Lucky's in Springfield:  http://www.luckyssportstheatre.com/

The All American Steakhouse and Sports Theater:  http://theallamericansteakhouse.com/#

 

I've been to Lucky's once - it was pretty good.

 

Huh.  I know Lucky's. It's pretty well established in Springfield.  I never knew Marvcus Patton owned it.  And his All American Steakhouse now has 5 locations including Ashburn, with two more opening this year.  Sounds like he's doing really well. 

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Booming location - new 'town center' in Loudoun with movie theater and bars next door and other amenities on their way. Minor league ballpark/soccer stadium (eventually) on the same property. Many, many thousands of sports-mad kids and their families within a short drive. 

 

I have no idea what Pierre's commercial involvement is but he could start this whole thing up with a single game check even if he is paying for everything. It's not a fancy steak house or club with huge overhead and build out costs. With pizzas and salads, and the added cache of a big local name, seems like a modest risk.

 

Yeah was just about to say Pierre picked the best possible location to start up that restaurant. One Loudoun is going to become the Reston Town Center for Loudoun

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A lot of people give up on the gravy. Pierre, do not give up on the gravy. Follow that advice and your restaurant will be a success.

please tell me you're not calling sauce gravy.

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please tell me you're not calling sauce gravy.

Come on KB it's clearly a Hotpie reference!! ;)

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Hmm...and notice he's not wearing his uniform in the ad or calling himself a "Redskin Great" (or even just a "Redskin")...Just his number and his name.

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Come on KB it's clearly a Hotpie reference!! ;)

I have no idea what that is :lol:

Italians call tomato sauce "Sunday Gravy" :).

Italians who have never been to Italy or know anyone from Italy do and it's as annoying as any other non Italian, American Italian word for food they make up, to pretend new Jersey is a part of Italy and should never be tolerated. :)

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I have no idea what that is :lol:

Italians who have never been to Italy or know anyone from Italy do and it's as annoying as any other non Italian, American Italian word for food they make up, to pretend new Jersey is a part of Italy and should never be tolerated. :)

Yeah, it's more of an Italian-American thing.  Still, the advise from Hot Pie should never, ever be ignored.

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Interesting.  Curious to know if he severed ties w/ Paisano's?  Seems like that would have been a more logical move (investing), rather than starting his own restaurant. 

 

*off topic, Jamal Mashburn has made an absolute KILLING by opening various franchise restaurants around the country.  He made enough money that he was once considered to be in an ownership group that was going to buy the Pistons. 

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Italians call tomato sauce "Sunday Gravy" :).

By a friend's Brooklyn standard, the tomato sauce is marinara, the Sunday Gravy has the meats...all of 'em...very chunky, not "saucy". I describe it more like, meat with a tomato & spices thrown in... And good grief, is it awesome....I've got his mom's recipe, and it costs a lot & takes 2 days to make properly, but worth every penny and every second.

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