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David Elfin talks Washington Redskins football with Nestor

Posted on 17 November 2014 by WNST Staff

Nestor caught up with Washington Times sports writer David Elfin. To say the least, the Redskins are in the midst of a disastrous season. David does not think Robert Griffin III should get all the blame for Washington’s struggles. LISTEN HERE.

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Why The Redskins’ Name Debate Is Getting Ridiculous

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Brandon Sacks

In the NFL, no team has caused more of a disturbance than the Washington Redskins.  There has been a major discussion about the name of the franchise.  The name is considered to be a belittling term for Native Americans, and there has been a push to change it to something that is less controversial.  There has been a strong recommendation from many different people, including some Native American Tribes and the US Congress, to change the name.  The problem with this is the owner of the franchise.  Dan Snyder has made it very obvious that he has no intentions of changing the name, and he has been very adamant about that.

Earlier today, there was a serious blow to Snyder’s intentions.  The US Patent Office has officially cancelled the Redskins’ trademark, calling it disparaging to Native Americans.  This means that the Redskins organization no longer has control over the sale of merchandise for the team; some regular Joe Schmo can now sell merchandise with the Redskins name and logo on it without problems from the team.  Some have called this revocation the beginning of the end for the name of the franchise.

Everyone that is a fan of the sport is caught up in the situation in one way or another.  However, the reality of the situation is that it is absolutely ridiculous.  Dan Snyder has made it obvious that he has zero intention to change the name, yet people are still trying to convince him to do so.  This same exact revocation happened back in 1999 where they were denied trademarks, but the team won the appeal.  You can expect the same exact series of events to transpire.

Here’s another question that is brought up by the attack on the Redskins.  Why is it not acceptable for Washington to have this name when there are other teams that have potential derogatory names for Native Americans.  The Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians, and Atlanta Braves all are teams that have names derived from Native American culture, yet it is acceptable for them to have their names.  The Indians are even referred to as the Tribe, but people decide to look past this because it’s easier to gang up on the Redskins.

The Redskins are a privately owned company, yet people want to force the owner to change the name.  What about all of the state college and public high school teams that are subsidized by the federal government?  The reigning BCS National Champion Florida State Seminoles shouldn’t be exempt from this argument.  The William & Mary Tribe, who were the Indians until the mid-1980s, seem exempt from this whole debacle, yet the minute change doesn’t remove the ties to Native American culture.  What about in high school?  The oldest high school in Baltimore County, Franklin High School in Reisterstown, which has been around since 1820, is called the Indians.  None of these teams receive any criticism from the general public, yet the government has the power to make these schools change their names should they be found degrading.

What is is about the mob mentality that causes people to want to gang up on the Redskins?  There are other teams in all levels of sports that have names that could be equally offensive, yet people turn a blind eye.  By doing this, it only makes the arguments that are presented against Washington’s historic football franchise that much more laughable.  In this era of being politically correct about everything, you cannot judge one group without judging all of them.  People need to start using certain arguments with every single sports team, from recreational to professional, before this entire spectacle with the Redskins will change.  Until then, it will remain a huge joke.

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Redskins OL Chester says experience with Ravens HOFers was something special

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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What RG3 Can Learn from Joe Flacco

Posted on 19 July 2012 by Big Chee

“Well people….It’s Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!”

Yesterday morning, this was the Tweet from @RGIII letting American know that he was ready to embark on the daunting task of saving the Washington Redskins as the face of this organization. The Redskins are banking $21.1M over four years that RG3 will be the guy that will lead them from the cellar of the NFC East and back to the Joe Gibbs Era where they won three Super Bowls from 1982-1991.

We all know Robert Griffin III is a fine young man. He was the son of U.S. Army Sergeants, so he has been instilled with discipline since his inception.  That rules out going down the path of Dez Bryant. We all know he is intelligen, he had a 3.67 GPA at Baylor and scored a 24 on his Wonderlic (NFL teams look for 21 or better for their franchise QBs). That takes away the possibility of beginning his career in a Vince Young- like fashion. Finally, we all know about his speed. The Heisman winner ran a 4.3 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, a second quicker than Jevan Snead in 2010, who ran one of the slowest times in Combine history. You may ask yourself, who is Jevan Snead and where is he now? Exactly.

Plenty of pundits out there have argued for and against the success of RG3. For every success at the #2 pick like a Donovan McNabb, there is a Rick Mirer or Ryan Leaf. Being that we are a Baltimore radio station that is just 50 minute neighbors to the north of Washington, let’s try and keep RG3 on the straight and narrow so he does not end up like the two busts just mentioned. What better way to do that than comparing him to the Ravens Joe Flacco? Joe did not have the hoopla surrounding him like RG3 had when he first broke into the league, but as time has passed, Joe has found much success in Baltimore and established himself as a franchise quarterback.

The Five Things RG3 can learn from Joe Cool:

 

1.)           Less is more

RG3 does not need gaudy statistics for Washington to find success in 2012. In Flacco’s rookie season, he had 14 TD’s with 12 INTs.  Those numbers will never blow a statistician’s mind, but he was a game manager and let veterans like Derek Mason and Todd Heap make plays. His strategy of keeping his mistakes to a minimum helped Flacco become the first QB to win two playoff games as a rookie as he led the Ravens all the way to the AFC championship. Now RG3 does not have the talent surrounding him like Flacco in his rookie campaign, but that is ok. The Redskins have won 4, 6, and 5 games over the past three years, respectively. Rome was not built in a day, the Redskins will not be either.

2.)           Find your security blanket

Ray Rice got paid on Monday. 5 Years, $40M with $24M guaranteed. If there was a man that was happier than Ray Rice, it was his Quarterback. Joe Flacco knows that if Torrey Smith is covered deep, Anquan Boldin is double teamed, or the defense is blitzing heavily, not allowing him much time to make a decision, a simple dump pass to Rice will save him. Rice caught 73 percent of the passes thrown his way last season, and Baltimore won all 11 of its games when Rice had 20 or more touches. Tim Hightower, Evan Royster and Roy Helu can work together to be RG3’s own Ray Rice. Now that RG3 is in camp, he needs to start getting well acquainted with these guys to have the same success as Flacco in his rookie season.

3.)           Stay on the field

Don’t try and take over every game on your own RG3, especially in your first season. At 6’2”, 223 lbs, you are not as big and burly as the 6’6” 245lb Flacco. We all know you can scramble and make plays happen with your legs, but too much running will not allow your body to stay intact for 16 games.   Often, RG3’s style is compared to fellow scrambling QB Michael Vick. Vick has played in all 16 games only once, and I am sure the Redskins did not draft RG3 with the expectation of missing games. Bottom line: RG3 needs to give Flacco a call and see what kind of training regimen he is doing up in Owings Mills. Or maybe find out what restaurants Flacco is taking his offensive lineman to. Either way, Flacco has started every single game since being drafted 18th overall in 2008 and has not suffered any major injuries that have been detrimental to his growth as a franchise QB.

4.)           Get in Good Graces with the captain of the team

Joe Flacco had to be feeling awesome after he heard this speech, even if the team was devastated after losing out on going to the Super Bowl last year. Ray Lewis backed and that will pay off in the long term for his confidence and leadership. London Fletcher, entering his sixth season in Washington, may not have the credentials of Ray Lewis, but there is no question he is the captain of the ship in DC.  When veterans stand up for you and proclaim to have your back, which rubs off on everyone involved with the team. RG3 has the personality and charisma to earn the respect from Fletcher and the rest of his teammates.  Let this video serve as a reminder of how valuable this type of relationship is for the Redskins as a whole.

5.)           Don’t Skateboard or do Pizza Hut commercials

Both pretty self-explanatory here. Of all the great things Flacco has done as the Ravens starting QB, riding a skateboard before the AFC Championship last year was the most boneheaded move Joe has made. And if you have seen the Pizza Hut commercials Joe has been featured in, I need not explain any further. But if you have not, look for yourself and you be the judge.

 

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NFL Hot Seat Rankings

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NFL Hot Seat Rankings

Posted on 02 January 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

The end of another NFL season and the beginning of a new calendar year is sure to bring change as unfilled goals and promises demand accountability. Continue Reading

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The Ledge: Boise State, Redskins, Broncos, City of Dallas & the Commish

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The Ledge: Boise State, Redskins, Broncos, City of Dallas & the Commish

Posted on 31 October 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

When great expectations collide with poor performances fans tend to find themselves at the ledge. It’s that fan purgatory where blood pressure always seems to be rising and the sky always seems to be falling. Let’s take a look outside to see who’s on the ledge this week:

 

 

 

Boise State: It was supposed to somehow be their year. What’s more, this should have been a good weekend for the Boise Sate Broncos, instead it was just another in a series of tough late season blows for the “Little Engine That Could” of college football as the Stanford Cardinal not only survived a triple OT scare against USC, but catapulted the Broncos for the fourth spot in the BCS this week as a result.

 

The losses by Kansas State and Clemson had to be encouraging for the Broncos, and if the probability of USC upending Stanford as it was happening appeared too good to be true, it ultimately was. After starting the season with little #’s 5 & 7 in the two major polls next to their name, the Broncos appeared to be in line for their first legitimate shot at getting into the BCS title game if a few things broke their way. Lately it became apparent that they were the contingency plan for Oklahoma State at best. Now looking up at Stanford too, it seems that QB Kellen Moore and company will need lots of help in earning their “lifetime achievement award”.

 

Last but not least, it seems that in the era of conference landscape shake-up the Broncos, apparently Big East bound will still be looking at a future where the strength of schedule still serves to indict their record no matter how impressive.

 

Outlook: Stay positive, the weekend wasn’t a total loss. Clemson lost, K-State lost, and Stanford at least proved that they could be beaten. The Cardinal still have a showdown with Oregon and the PAC-12 title game to get through and Oklahoma State’s road may be even tougher than that. Boise’s BCS outlook may still be more realistic and closer than ever.

 

 

Washington Redskins: You started 3-1 and Rex Grossman’s misplaced confidence in declaring the Redskins contenders seemed to be both founded and contagious. Three straight losses and two quarterbacks later the Skins are fresh off of a 23-0 oak-sticking at the hands of the Bills and the once vulnerable looking NFC East is beginning to round more into the form that most expected to begin the season. The Eagles look to be clicking right now, the Giants and Cowboys both look talented but inconsistent and the Redskins look to be pulling up the rear.

 

Outlook: You knew it would eventually come to this, didn’t you? Even at 3-1 the Redskins were tough to buy into, now we’re being reminded of why. 

 

 

City of Dallas: The year began so well. The Cowboys played host to the Super Bowl and even though they expected to be in it and weren’t and even though the weather was an ongoing storyline throughout Super Bowl week, it’s tough to count that experience as a negative. In fact on the heels of the Super Bowl and tons of giant events at the new “Jerry-World” the Mavericks won the NBA Finals and the Rangers dominated most of the summer.

 

Now however, the Rangers arguably choked away their first world title twice in game 6 of the World Series then lost it in game 7, the reeling Cowboys are 3-4 and fresh off of an embarrassing Sunday Night performance on national television, and the Mavericks chance to defend their NBA title is on hold indefinitely as the NBA lockout drags on.

 

Outlook: Everything is bigger in Big D, I suppose panic is no different.

 

 

Denver Broncos: Okay, Tim Tebow stinks. It’s easy to tolerate when he’s winning and inspiring people along the way, but a win over a bad Dolphins team was just that no matter how exciting, and the reeling Detroit Lions exacted 2 weeks of frustrations on the Broncos on Sunday with ease. Tebow was a winner in college, but so were lots of NFL players, and even more who never made it or simply stunk in the NFL. Winning at this level is different, and Tebow has a long way to go before he can think about doing it consistently, and the current coaching staff may have no legitimate designs on waiting for him to be ready.

 

The Broncos are paying 3 quarterbacks good money, yet still have no real answer at quarterback. Additionally their win against the Dolphins while inspirational has them looking “up” at 4 teams in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes and on even ground (in the loss column) with 4 more.

 

Outlook: A team with 2 quarterbacks really has none; a team with 3 might have no idea what they’re looking for. Be afraid Bronco’s fans yours is a tough road ahead.

 

 

Roger Goodell: Mr. Ndamukong Suh would like to see you sir.

 

Outlook: Be afraid be very afraid.

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NFL Week 8 Locks, Lumps & Luck (or Lack Thereof)

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NFL Week 8 Locks, Lumps & Luck (or Lack Thereof)

Posted on 28 October 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

This is not an inducement to gamble, in fact it should serve as quite the opposite. It is my attempt at picking all of the games (before injury reports are official) each week. The picks are broken into 3 categories, 5 picks that I love, 5 that I like and the rest.

I would encourage anyone looking for a little extra interest in Sunday’s game to try the MobTown $15.70 prop card. It’s free it’s easy and cash and bragging rights are on the line.

 

All lines taken from sportsbook.com.

 

Loves (100 pts for a win and -110 for a loss)

week 7: 2-3 (-130 pts)    season: 13-12 (-20 pts) 

 

Saints -14 @ Rams 

 

Lions -3 @ Broncos

 

Steelers +3 vs. Patriots

 

Browns +9 @ 49ers

 

Chiefs +4 vs. Chargers

 

 

Likes (50 pts for a win and -55 for a loss)

week 7: 2-2-1 (-10 pts)    season: 10-12-1 (-160 pts)

 

Panthers -3.5 vs. Vikings

 

Dolphins +9.5 @ Giants

 

Bills -6 vs. Redskins

 

Bengals -3 @ Seahawks

 

Cowboys +3.5  @ Eagles

 

 

Feeling Lucky? (20 pts for a win and -22 for a loss)

Week 7: 1-2(-24 pts)    season 9-10-2 (-40 pts)

 

Titans -9 vs. Colts

 

Jaguars +9.5 @ Texans

 

Ravens -12.5 vs. Cardinals

  

Last week Total: 5-7-1  (-164 pts)     Season Total: 32-34-3 (-220 pts)

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Week 7: Locks, Lumps & Luck (or Lack Thereof)

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Week 7: Locks, Lumps & Luck (or Lack Thereof)

Posted on 20 October 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

This is not an inducement to gamble, in fact it should serve as quite the opposite. It is my attempt at picking all of the games (before injury reports are official) each week. The picks are broken into 3 categories, 5 picks that I love, 5 that I like and the rest.

I would encourage anyone looking for a little extra interest in Sunday’s game to try the MobTown $15.70 prop card. It’s free it’s easy and cash and bragging rights are on the line.

 

All lines taken from sportsbook.com.

 

Loves (100 pts for a win and -110 for a loss)

week 4: 4-1 (290 pts)    season: 11-9 (110 pts) 

 

Chargers -2 @ Jets 

 

Texans +3 @ Titans

 

Steelers -3.5 @ Cardinals

 

Packers -9 @. Vikings

 

Ravens -7.5 @ Jaguars

 

 

Likes (50 pts for a win and -55 for a loss)

week 4: 3-2 (40 pts)    season: 8-10 (-150 pts)

 

Redskins +2.5 @ Panthers

 

Browns -3 vs. Seahawks

 

Broncos +1.5 @ Dolphins

 

Raiders -4.5 vs. Chiefs

 

Saints -14 vs. Colts

 

 

Feeling Lucky? (20 pts for a win and -22 for a loss)

Week 4: 1-1-1 (-2 pts)    season 8-8-2 (-16 pts)

 

Buccaneers +1 vs. Bears (in London)

 

Lions -3.5 vs. Falcons

 

Cowboys -12.5 vs. Rams

  

Last week Total: 8-4-1 (328 pts)     Season Total: 27-27-2 (-56 pts)

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T.J. Houshmandzadeh on time in Baltimore: “If the Ravens want me back, I would stay”

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T.J. Houshmandzadeh on time in Baltimore: “If the Ravens want me back, I would stay”

Posted on 28 July 2011 by Ryan Chell

The Ravens may have had to cut ties this week with veteran receiver Derrick Mason and saw the likes of receiver Donte Stallworth take his services to the Washington Redskins, but there is one receiver who is leaving Baltimore behind who not a lot of people are talking about.

And that may be the strangest part of it all. It’s because this receiver in the past has been a guy to usually get the trash-talk started.

That of course is free agent wide receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh, who by the way of a coaching change in Seattle last summer, found his way to Baltimore and was projected to be the third leg of a superb receiving corps joining the likes of Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Donte Stallworth and others.

Unfortunately, Houshmandzadeh-a catching machine for his first eight seasons in the league with Cincinnati-struggled to get himself in the mix in an offense that lacked identity at times last season, and it turned out there weren’t enough balls to go around for the many playmakers and egos in the Ravens passing game.

But Houshmandzadeh-despite his frustration at his role-was very mature about what happened and he voiced that same expression on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” with Thyrl Nelson Monday.

He was actually more displeased with the Ravens losing in the playoffs than his performance on the field.

“It wasn’t my use,” Houshmandzadeh told Nelson. “It was how the season went. My experience was great, except for not catching that last ball.”

Houshmandzadeh said he doesn’t blame the quarterback, Joe Flacco,  coach John Harbaugh, OC Cam Cameron, or anyone else on the team. He admitted that wearing out his welcome in Seattle and coming into the mix in September was all on him.

“Getting here five days before the start of the season, I was behind everyone else,” Houshmandzadeh said. “We were getting ready to play the Jets, and I only had a few days to learn the plans, and for the coaches to put me in.”

Houshmandzadeh played in all 16 games last year, but as the third wide receiver behind Boldin and Mason-and being a similar receiver to those two, he didn’t get a lot of chances to make plays.

His 30 catches were the lowest total since his rookie year in 2002, and after 2004 with the Cincinnati Bengals, he saw no less than 73 balls come into his possession until suiting up in purple.

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The highlight of his season came in Week 4 against the Steelers in Heinz Field, where he caught the game-winning touchdown from Flacco with just 32 seconds on the clock to put down Pittsburgh, 17-14.

It was that play in particular, and several others, that had Houshmandzadeh putting Flacco in the elite quarterbacks of the NFL, and he would know having caught passes from a Heisman Trophy winner and former top overall pick in Carson Palmer for years.

“The Ravens have the right guy in place,” Houshmandzadeh said. “It’s funny when people pick on him, because he’s cool. Joe was always the last guy to leave the facility. He puts the work in, and he’s only going to get better.”

Houshmandzadeh saw firsthand how much criticism the reserved Flacco took last season for the team’s struggles and for not being a vocal leader, and he said none of that was warranted to say the least.

“The criticism was unfair. Joe’s leadership was never in question,” the receiver said. “His style might be different, but the media didn’t understand.”

And further defending his quarterback-even if he is catching passes from another one this season-he says that the comparisons of Flacco to other elite quarterbacks in the NFL aren’t fair either because of the unique systems each signal-caller has at their disposal.

“Everybody’s offense is different,” T.J said. “Joe worked with what was given to him. It’s unfair to compare him to others’ offenses. We did a lot of different things here in Baltimore.”

And for Houshmandzadeh, it could all be different again for him in the next few weeks should a team other the Ravens give him a buzz. Given the Ravens full depth chart at receiver and Houshmandzadeh’s veteran asking price, he probably won’t be parking at 1 Winning Drive for this year’s training camp.

And he knows that.

“I would love to come back,” he said, “but they have a lot of guys there though.”

But, Houshmandzadeh has learned, especially after his time in Cincinnati and Seattle, to never burn your bridges because there’s always a chance to a return visit.

Maybe even one from Baltimore, per chance?

“I loved Baltimore. My time there was great…if the Ravens want me back, I would stay. All a team has to tell me is that they want to sign me.”

And whoever calls upon his services, he wants them to know that he’s all-in.

“Whenever the call is made, I’m ready to go,” Houshmandzadeh said. “My body feels great. I’m looking forward to what this year holds.”

WNST thanks T.J. Houshmandzadeh for joining @WNST and being a part of a great Ravens team in 2010! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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Ravens welcome in one Terp, say goodbye to another

Posted on 27 July 2011 by Ryan Chell

College Park must love the attention on a day like this.

In only a few days of free agency, the Baltimore Ravens have already shown up in the NFL headlines for players coming in and out of the facility at Owings Mills.

Today, the Ravens saw two former Terps that found their way to Baltimore in separate ways popped up on the NFL transactions list.

Earlier in the day, corner back Josh Wilson-who found his way to Baltimore’s starting lineup in 2010 via a trade with Seattle-signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent.

Wilson, who started nine of 14 games last year for the Ravens registering 40 tackles and three interceptions, was in the mix to return for Baltimore, but most likely not as a starter at first glance.

The highlight of his year in Baltimore was his game-sealing interception return of Matt Schaub of the Texans in the Ravens’ Week 14 OT victory over Houston.

Wilson agreed in principle to a three year, 13.5 million dollar deal with six million of that reportedly in guarantees.

Wilson-a DeMatha Catholic grad and Maryland class of 2007, didn’t offer comment to WNST when contacted, but expressed enthusiasm about playing for his hometown Washington Redskins and staying in the area.

While Wilson made the trip down 1-95, Ravens second round pick Torrey Smith, a native of Fredericksburg, VA, made his trek up north official as well Wednesday as he reportedly signed a four year deal with the Ravens.

He becomes the first Ravens draft pick to sign, and that means he can officially practice with the club tomorrow at the team’s first walk-through at 1PM in Owings Mills.

The deal is believed to be four years in length, according to Pro Football Talk.

If you would like to catch up with our most recent chat Thyrl Nelson had with Torrey Smith, check the BuyaToyota.com Audio Vault!

WNST thanks Josh Wilson all the best down in DC and officially would like to welcome Torrey Smith to Ravens Nation! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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