Archive for September, 2010

Revenge of the fallen: Skins look to revitalize their season as Nats look to end on a high note

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

After starting the season 1-0, the Washington Redskins have lost two consecutive starts. They lost Sunday to the 0-2 Rams 30-16 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams had not won a home game in 14 games and they had not won a game in September in four seasons. Well, all of that changed Sunday as they defeated the Redskins. There were certainly a lot of mistakes for Washington. They were 1-10 on third down conversions, 0-3 in the red zone, had nine penalties for 65 yards, and two critical turnovers (one fumble and one interception). Also time of possession was a big difference with the Skins having the ball for 25:10 and the Rams for 34:50.

The Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, a number one draft pick in last year’s NFL draft, got his first career win. He went 23/37 with 235 yards and scored one touchdown. His opponent Donovan McNabb had his worst outing in a Redskins jersey throwing 236 yards as he went 19-32. He also had one touchdown.

Next week is a huge game for the Skins as they look to get back to .500 and travel to visit the Philadelphia Eagles. This will be McNabb’s first visit to Philly to play against his old team since he was traded in the off season to the Redskins. Game time on October 3rd is scheduled for a 4:15 kickoff on FOX.

The Nats ended their week on a high note defeating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 at Nationals Park. There are three more home games left at Nationals Park. They are currently in a three game series with Philadelphia Phillies, tieing the series 1-1 with Adam Dunns walk off homer for the Nationals 2-1 victory on Tuesday. This month is fan appreciation month for the Nats. They have some last-minute giveaways during the final three games of the season. Monday, Sept. 27, they gave away a team poster and early bird 2011 team schedule for the first 20,000 fans. Tuesday was the last t-shirt Tuesday of the season and the first 10,000 fans get t-shirts. Lastly, for the final home game of the season on Wednesday they are giving away knit beanies for the first 20,000 fans. This weekend is the final three game series for the Nats as they travel to face the New York Mets to close out the 2010 campaign.

Some other news and notes: DC United fell to the Houston Dynamo 3-1 Saturday night after having a 1-0 lead in the first half. Also, Monday, Sept. 27 was Midnight Madness for the Washington Wizards at the Patriot Center. Doors opened at 11:00 p.m. as practice lasted from 12:00 to 1:00 a.m. The first Wizards pre-season game is Oct. 5 at the Dallas Mavericks. Finally, The Washington Capitals are 2-0 in pre-season as they defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in their last outing.

Houston, we have a problem

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Both teams coming into Sunday’s game were undefeated, so one team was going to be 2-0 and the other 1-1. Although the Skins led at halftime, 20-7, the Houston Texans scored 20 unanswered points to defeat the Washington Redskins 30-27 in overtime. The Redskins had a chance to win it with a field goal in OT but, as kicker Graham Gano attempted and made a 52-yard field goal, the Texans called time out to ice the kicker. It worked because Gano missed his second attempt wide right. In the following seven-play possession, the Texans lined up for an easy 35-yard field goal in overtime to win it.
Notable players for the Skins are: quarterback Donovan McNabb went 28-38 with 426 passing yards. Wide receiver Santana Moss had nine catches and 89 yards on the day. Safety Reed Doughty and linebacker Rocky McIntosh led the defense with 14 tackles each.
Next up for the Redskins is their first away game of the season. They travel to St. Louis with 4:00 p.m. kickoff. That game will be aired on FOX. Looks like it will be without backup running back Larry Johnson. He was cut Tuesday. Sporting News reports that the team signed free-agent running back Chad Simpson to replace Johnson on the roster.

Losing ways continue for the Washington Nationals as they got swept by the Philadelphia Phillies this past weekend in Philly. The Nats return home tomorrow for the final 10 games left at Nationals Park this season. They have a four game series with the Houston Astros, and a three game series with the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies to round out the 81 home games played at Nats Park this season. At this writing, the Nats record is 62-88. Monday’s pitching matchup of Livan Hernandez against Bud Norris ended with a victory by the Astros after a three-error fifth inning. Tuesday, Nats John Lannan pitches against Astros J. A. Happ.

D.C United continued to slide as they lost Saturday night to the LA Galaxy 2-1 in LA. They return home to face the Houston Dynamo Saturday Sep. 25 at RFK Stadium. A win might salve the wounds left by Houston’s football and baseball teams.

Lastly, the Washington Capitals training camp started at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Big D is for defense, not Dallas

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The 2010 Redskins season got off on a high note as they played on a national stage and defeated the Dallas Cowboys 13-7 on NBC Sports Sunday Night Football. Washington’s offense only provided six points by field goals. However, the defense came up big at the end of the first half. As time expired, DeAngelo Hall forced a fumble and ran it in for a touch down. Some stat notables from the game are running back Clinton Portis 63 yards on 18 carries. Quarter Back Donovan McNabb went 15-32 in his first game in a Redskins uniform after being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Also, corner back LaRon Landry led the defense with 17 tackles. The chief reason the Redskins won the game was that the Cowboys made many mistakes and had a lot of penalties. They had 12 penalties giving up 91 yards.
Next week the Redskins host the Houston Texans with a 4:15 kickoff. The game will be aired on CBS and can be listened to on ESPN 980.

The Nationals continue to slump. At this writing, they are on a five-game losing streak. In the last home stand the Nationals had only one win in six games. The Nats have a six game road trip before retuning home for the final ten games at Nationals Park this season. The Nats have only 19 games remaining on the schedule and currently hold a record of 60-83.

Terps-Middies game kicks off football season, Nats host Mets for last time this season, Skins ready for archrivals

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The 2010 college football season got under way Labor Day. Nicknamed The Crab Bowl, the game featured the Maryland Terrapins vs. the Navy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Missing many opportunities to score, Navy fell to Maryland, 17-14. They fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line and missed a field goal early on in the game. The Terps opened the game on a 14-0 scoring run before Navy tied it up at 14. Navy’s next home game is Saturday, Sept. 11 in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with a 3:30 p.m. kick-off against Georgia Southern. The Terps’ next battle is against Morgan State, 6:00 p.m., Sept. 11, at Byrd Stadium in College Park.

After having back-to-back wins in Pittsburgh, the Nationals returned to winning ways as they defeated the New York Mets in a Labor Day matinee 13-3. Danny Espinosa had six RBIs and hit two home runs in the game. Nats Cuban rookie pitcher Yuneski Maya made his major league debut as he faced the Mets Dillon Gee Tuesday. Both pitchers made their MLB debuts as the Mets won 4-1 to avenge Monday’s Nats victory. Although a rookie in the US, Maya, 29, is a seasoned player who was on the Cuban national team, which took home the silver medal from the Beijing Olmpics in 2008. The Mets drafted Gee, 24, in 2007. Matched in size and stats before the game, Gee came away with an ERA of 1.29 and Maya’s ERA soared to 7.20. Gee pitched a no-hitter through five innings, while Maya gave up a three-run homer in the first inning. The Mets wrapped their visit to D.C. by winning Wednesday day game, 3-2.

As we all know, this week is Dallas week as the Redskins season starts Sunday, Sept. 12 with an 8:20 p.m. kick-off against the Dallas Cowboys. This is one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL. The game will be nationally televised on NBC Sunday Night Football. The Skins ended the pre-season with a 2-2 record.