David Elfin

Lawrence Vickers of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the defense of Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

NFL Schedule Sets Up Bitter Battle for NFC East Title

Back before the NFL established a scheduling formula as part of the divisional realignment of 2002, there were always plenty of nerves for the Redskins before they learned the identity of each season’s opponents. But having an idea of the schedule before it’s released does nothing to diminish the pitfalls of a rigorous NFL season.

04/19/2013

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Hall Re-signing Keeps Successful Redskins Intact

I had a column coming this week about the Redskins heading into this month’s draft minus a first-round pick for the first time since 2006 and still needing a starting cornerback.

04/02/2013

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Hoyas vs. Orange: The End of Historic Big East Rivalry

Saturday a very classic matchup, as John Thompson III’s Hoyas go head-to-head against Jim Boeheim’s Orange for dominance over the Big East, with just games left in conference play.

02/22/2013

Washington Nationals v New York Mets

Elfin: Gio Stands Tall in Battle of Public Perception

Two weeks after his name surfaced in baseball’s latest performance-enhancing drugs allegations, Nats ace Gio Gonzalez met with reporters to try to dispel those rumors as easily as he dismissed batters during his superb Washington debut in 2012. In terms of tackling the allegations head-on, Gio has handled the scandal well, but some aspects of public perception will remain out of his control.

02/12/2013

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D.C. Area College Basketball Struggling to Stay Elite

This column was supposed to be about the rising Maryland basketball program which was poised to break into the top 25 for the first time since the final 2010 poll.

01/10/2013

Bruce Irvin of the Seahawks sacks  Robert Griffin III in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Elfin: Shanahan Deserves Whatever Criticism That Comes With RGIII Injury

With Robert Griffin III hobbling on the field in yesterday’s 24-14 loss to Seattle, and before his gruesome fall that could put him under the knife for reconstructive surgery, Mike Shanahan made the decision from the sideline to continue to put the face of the franchise in harm’s way.

01/07/2013

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Elfin: Dan Snyder, Keeping Up With the Jones’?

Washington and Dallas have a fierce rivalry that dates to the latter’s entry into the NFL in 1960 as an expansion franchise.

12/27/2012

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Elfin: The Not So ‘Terrible Two’s’ for the Redskins

There’s something about the years ending in 2 for the Redskins.

12/26/2012

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Elfin: Victory In Philly Sets Up A Season Finale For The Ages

For the first time in five years, the Washington Redskins have something to play for heading into the final game of the season. And imagine how much better they’d feel had they held onto that lead for another 1:13 seconds in the Meadowlands way back in Week 7.

12/24/2012

Thirty years ago American University shocked crosstown rival Georgetown and embarrassed the national sensation Patrick Ewing with its swarming defense. (Credit: Fernando Aunon)

Elfin: Thirty Years Later And The Memory Still Looms

Saturday marks the 30-year anniversary of one of college basketball’s greatest upsets, held right here in Washington, D.C., when major underdog American U took down the Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown Hoyas in a game that’s still vividly remembered in D.C. sports lure.

12/14/2012

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