London Fletcher “99 percent sure” he’ll retire. He did good. [
Fletcher also says Mike Shanahan should be back in 2014. [
Skins sign RGIII’s ex-Baylor teammate/third-round C. [
Keim film reviews Cousins. He is a gift. (Keim, not Cousins.) [
Looking forward to reading Chris Brown’s RGIII piece. [
Learn more about new O’s closer Grant Balfour. [
O’s trade Valencia for David Lough, who replaces McLouth. [
B-Rob didn’t give O’s chance to match Yanks’ offer. Huh. [
Wizards beat Brooklyn thanks to Nene and Beal. [
Maryland students set the Testudo statue on fire. WHAT [
Fired JMU coach Mickey Matthews says goodbye via ad. [
2013 listicle du jour: the best D.C. sports GIFs of the year. [
A long look at London’s undisclosed concussion from 2012. [
Fletcher’s concussion revelation perfectly tees this column up. [
Report: The NFL pressured ESPN out of doing a film on concussions. [
RGIII fined $10k for that silly “Operation Patience” shirt. [
Chick Hernandez calling tomorrow’s Skins game for CSN and NFLN. [
Hear Wale’s somewhat rote song about RGIII for a new documentary. [
Nats win in 13 at Wrigley after Strasburg lost it in the ninth. [
The Nats are trading backup C Kurt Suzuki back to Oakland. [
These 2013 Nats may not pass the 2011 Nats’ win total. Woof. [
“Roger Bernadina in a Phillies uniform is just weird.” [
New Nat David DeJesus could be headed to Tampa Bay. [
Werth explains his awesome reaction to eephus pitch. [
Cal Ripken Jr. is interested in managing … the Nats? [
Caps signed talented Russian F Mikhail Grabovski for a year. [
Taking a look at the 2014 free agent class for the Wiz. [
Maryland secures 7-1, four-star C Trayvon Reed for ’14 class. [
Two eight-foot bullsharks were caught in the Potomac. Whut. [
Bruce Allen met with the media yesterday and some headlines came out of it, namely that
the Redskins aren’t changing their name or playing surface. Those are probably the appropriate headlines, but Allen also said this:
London Fletcher has 3 or 4 good years left in him.
I have no idea if Fletcher actually has that much gas left in the tank, but all that matters is that the Redskins do, and that 59 actually wants to play that long. He does turn 38 in May, you know.
If he were to play three or four more years, he’d be retiring at 40 or 41. Forty would tie Clay Matthews as the oldest linebacker in NFL history, 41 would set the record and 42 would tie him with Redskins legend Darrell Green as the oldest defensive player ever.
I think we’d all love to see it happen, so long as he can still play.
With Ray Lewis’ announcement that
he’s retiring after this postseason, the natural thing to do is assess his standing among all-time great linebackers. He may actually be most comparable to a current great LB, though:
That chart is from the Redskins-Browns games a few weeks back, so it doesn’t include the three games, 30 tackles and two sacks Fletcher has recorded since then. Nor does it account for Lewis’ advantages in Pro Bowls and Defensive Player of the Year Awards. But still.
Advanced stats say London Fletcher isn’t good anymore. [
A defiant D. Hall says the ref was “equally at fault.” PSGO. [
Love the fact-checking of Mike Shanahan that occurs here. [
Reminder: Skins are wearing
these leatherheaded throwbacks Sunday. [ TI]
Wiz lose opener at Cleveland. No one scored more than 11. [
The highlight was probably this Jan Vesely sequence. [
DC Sports Nexus]
Adam LaRoche wins first Gold Glove, Ian Desmond doesn’t. [
Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy win Gold Gloves. [
A good first-hand account of Ovechkin’s popularity in Russia. [
Nick Backstrom’s new Dynamo Moscow jersey number is 69. [
Five ways to increase student interest in JMU football. [
JMU Sports Blog]
I must’ve missed this while flipping to the end of Chiefs-Packers, but here’s London Fletcher squaring up Giants TE Bear Pascoe, who weighs 283 lb.
(Thanks to Mr. Irrelevant reader brendan for the heads up.)
London Fletcher not only leads the NFL in tackles but leads in an advanced stat called Tackle Factor too. He’s also good at tackling. [
Advocating for the Redskins to bring Fletcher back. [
Roy Helu has more rushing yards than any active rookie. [
Boz builds a case that Shanahan is all about the draft. [
The Caps have a pretty bad goalie problem right now. [
Jordan Crawford recounts his recent dust-up with KG. [
The Wizards hard hat is a thing you can buy. [
We're Off to See the Willards]
The biggest contracts in Nats history aren’t very big. [
Gary Crowton is out, Mike Locksley in as Terps OC. [
Yet another Terps football player is transferring. [
Maryland barely beat Florida International at home. [
Hey, check out the CAA Bloggers Poll. [
JMU Sports Blog]
London Fletcher — Forced a fumble, picked up a big sack and made like one million tackles.
Rex Grossman — Was pretty awesome (65.8% completion percentage, 7.6 yards/attempt, three total touchdowns), despite a very Rex Grossman fourth-quarter INT.
Jabar Gaffney — Seven catches for 115 yards. Averaging something like 70 yards and 0.5 TD/game started by Grossman.
Donte Stallworth — Came out of nowhere to catch four passes late, including the game-tying TD.
Brandon Banks — Posted 190 return yards, including 97 on three punts.
Roy Helu — Made good on limited time, gaining 35 yards on eight carries.
Chris Nield — Bull-rush sack! Chris Nield sighting!
Sav Rocca — Averaged 49 yards on five punts. I love Sav Rocca.
David Anderson — Made a diving 23-yard catch, capped it off with an odd celebration, which is something he’s known for.
Kyle Shanahan — Went from scoring one touchdown in 37 possessions to scoring three touchdowns in one game.
Miami — They beat Buffalo! Hooray, draft position!
Win or lose tonight, that was a sight to behold. (via
London Fletcher’s hype speech from Sunday (via @dcsportsbog):
I’m posting that for the enjoyment of us, Redskins fans, and possibly for the education of Dallas’
Keith Brooking, who does it wrong. Even though, you know, we’ve been there before.