There’s something about the years ending in 2 for the Redskins.
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.
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.
It’s hard to imagine today as Robert Griffin III has the nation’s capital swooning, but 50 years ago this season, Bobby Mitchell was making bittersweet history as the Redskins’ first black player.
Joe Montana. Reggie Jackson. Michael Jordan. These are all names of athletes who built untouchable legacies based on a career of rising to the occasion in big moments, and after eleven games, the stats don’t lie. RGIII is cut from the same cloth and he proved it last night.
For the Washington Redskins, this isn’t just the week of Thanksgiving – it’s Dallas Week, and a chance to tie the Cowboys in the standings. And for Robert Griffin III, it’s all of the above, plus homecoming, on the biggest stage in front of friends and family, with all eyes watching as he makes his debut against the Redskins arch rival.
With the sudden and surprising announcement that Maryland will abandon the ACC for the greener pastures of an expanding Big Ten – and see an extra $8 million or so in television revenue – the Terrapins have become the latest victims in a movement to emphasize the value of the dollar over old-fashioned college tradition.
After a promising 2011 free agency class, Mike Shanahan hasn’t been able to recreate that success with a 2012 signing period led by Garcon and Wilson. Add the three defensive backs he signed – one of which will never see the field – and this ranks as one of the worst Redskins free agency periods of all-time.
The Nationals have a commanding lead over the NL East, a commanding claim on a playoff berth and a commanding foothold at the top of the stats books. Take Strasburg out of the equation and we know they still have at least one of those. They’d still be in first place without him.
A pennant race is still new to Washington fans so the city-wide panic attack that was shared by them is forgivable after the Nats dropped four straight to Philly compounded with the news that Strasburg is down to his last few starts. But rest assured, everything will be okay.
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