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Voluntary offseason workouts...Game of Thrones season opener.

in Themen von A-B-C 08.08.2019 04:27
von chenyan94 | 168 Beiträge

..they’re kind of related...sort of..."Just so we lead off with actual Redskins news and notes Jordan Reed Jersey , it is true that voluntary offseason workouts begin TODAY. I will try and work this into the article somehow. As usual, SPOILERS are always lurking in my Monday column, even though most “Game of Thrones” viewers have already watched the season eight premiere multiple times (not to mention nothing happened). Fair warning given! If you don’t watch “Game of Thrones,” I apologize for a Sixpack that might not be as much for everyone as I try and make them, but I am a big dumb animal, and right now I am all in on what I (and many of you) think is the greatest TV show of all time. Dear Kevin and T, I stayed away from the “Game of Thrones” theme for two long years. Hopefully, that bought me a little leeway, because it is officially shaping most of my thoughts right now. The good news is that I think my brain works at optimal levels when the backdrop is a great movie or TV show. The bad news is that “optimal levels” vary from brain to brain. It was a toss-up for me to compare the Redskins arriving to Redskins Park today to either when the Cleveland Indians reported to camp in “Major League” or the table-setting episode of GoT last night. I guess my Willie “Mays” Hayes stuff will have to wait.As it has been two years since we last saw the GoT gang getting after it, the season premiere was mostly reunion stuff, which yes, is likely exactly what is going on at Redskins Park today. We have players working together for the first time, meeting for the first time and feeling each other out for the first time. With everyone’s arrival at Redskins Park, guys are looking around and wondering what kind of team they might have, and how it will all work out. We would be kidding ourselves if we thought that a bunch of dudes just show up in September and start pulling the same way right away. A LOT of players are looking over at Case Keenum and asking themselves (hopefully silently) whether or not this guy is good enough to get the job done. Those same guys—and everyone else—are probably looking around and asking who Case Keenum/Colt McCoy are going to throw to this year. The season is getting closer every day, and after the draft at the end of April, we’ll be left with four months to dust off a team from the heap of players coming through the facility. I’ll ask you which “reunion” do you think is the most joyous at Redskins Park, after the most obvious: Alabama alum Landon Collins is back together with his Crimson Tide boys. I was trying to think of a character that he reminds me most of today—in keeping with the season premiere—and I came up with Samwell Tarly. I understand that the average person does not look at Sam and think “badass warrior,” but think harder than the the average person, y’all. Sam Tarly has actually killed a White Walker. He cured Jorah from greyscale. He found the dragonglass mines. Despite pretty much arriving to the Wall as little more than dead meat, the guy scored a girlfriend AND a Valyrian steel sword—oh, and he ALSO killed a Thenn (which, if you don’t watch a show, would be like Danny Wuerffel carving up the best pass defense in the league). Landon Collins is a heady safety that his teammates look up to and his arrival to Redskins Park signals a major step forward for the Washington defense. Collins would be lucky to make the kind of impact in Washington that Sam has made in Westeros.It ain’t all roses and Thenns, y’all. We have treated the Reuben Foster topic very delicately this offseason, and we will continue to do so. I am sure that there are folks at Redskins Park who are still tasked with being VERY mindful of Foster’s past Ryan Kerrigan Jersey , but everyone has relaxed at least a tiny bit. The NFL has put him back on the active participant list, which means he will almost certainly be starting for the Redskins on opening day (though he will be playing for free the first two weeks). He has some strong supporters in the locker room, as he also is reuniting with his Crimson Tide brethren. A player with his level of talent and fire has certainly made a name for himself on the field, and his actions off the field have contributed to the way in which pretty much everyone views him. I don’t think we have to build any kind of sympathetic case for this guy. To the extent he plays well and stays out of trouble, his contributions can be appreciated, but it’s going to take a lot to make everyone forget some of his antics over the years. Isn’t The Hound the most apt comparison here? Fighting for the good guys has made this character slightly more sympathetic, but his rough edges seem impervious to polishing. I don’t know...maybe instead of finding a better character that Reuben Foster resembles, hit up the comments section with possible alternate players that The Hound resembles.For my money, Arya Stark is pound-for-pound the biggest badass on the show. She has been through the absolute grinder and has emerged as...whatever she is now. She can match the best fighters in the world in close combat, and her faceless abilities have allowed her to literally take down entire houses/armies. I routinely geek out when random characters that meet her come to realize just what she is capable of and how badass she truly is. It’s that realization that got me on the path to coming up with a Redskin that I could compare to Arya Stark. I don’t think it’s close...it has to be Trent Williams. The biggest, baddest Redskin of them all is the Arya Stark of this team. I love the juxtapostion of the little girl that everyone thinks of when you say the name “Arya,” and the giant of a man who is pound-for-pound the best player on the Washington roster. When it comes to Trent Williams, those who know, know. People sleep on how good he is because the Redskins have been forgettable for so long, but every once in a while we are treated to the honest reaction of someone who sees him do something that makes the world know what kind of athlete and football player he is. As I watch the forces amass at Winterfell for a final battle, I feel a lot better about the good guy’s chances with Arya on their side. Who among us Redskins doesn’t feel the same way about Trent Williams?I usually put a value play in the #5 spot, and you could argue I have done that today with the Arya/Trent pairing. I will keep to my habit of posting the previous week’s show in this spot, and asking that folks join us tomorrow night in the basement as we continue today’s discussion. Last week, we mock drafted for the Redskins, walking through the first 14 picks as they were made by the managing editors of the other team sites. Tomorrow night, we will spend at least some time (however much time Kevin and T can stomach) going further down the road of comparing this point of the Redskins offseason with where things stand with the characters in “Game of Thrones.” Here are some questions to get the decision started:Which character on “Game of Thrones” would make the best general manager for the Washington Redskins?Compare an under-the-radar character on GoT with a depth player on the Washington roster. Which player on the Redskins would make the best character on “Game of Thrones,” and who would they fight for and what would be their claim to fame in Westeros? ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Vinny Papale knows his father’s story and has watched the Mark Wahlberg movie “Invincible” about 30 times.Only when he got to college at Delaware did Vinny fully appreciate the inspirational tale of Vince Papale earning a spot with the Philadelphia Eagles at age 30 despite never playing football before. The younger Papale was amazed his dad made it to the NFL, and now he’s trying to follow in those footsteps.More than four decades after Vince Papale went from part-time bartender, nightclub doorman and substitute teacher to Eagles receiver, Vinny got rookie camp tryouts with the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins and is trying to make a name for himself in the league.“I’m a little younger — he was 30 Vernon Davis Jersey ,” Papale said this weekend after a Redskins rookie minicamp practice. “But it’s definitely cool just to have another opportunity to play at the next level.”Papale almost didn’t get this opportunity. He broke his left leg his freshman season at Delaware and tore ligaments in his right knee the next year, so it was a battle just to get on the field.As a senior, Papale had 36 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns and was so good on third down that his father said the team had an expression, “Third and Vinny.”“Those setbacks, they just ruin people, but he came back stronger,” Vince said in a phone interview on Monday. “I’m just so proud of how hard he works and the adversity he’s battled through to get there.”Vince is proud that his son doesn’t harbor any resentment toward him for living under the shadow of “Invincible” and having to answer the same questions over and over. But Vince sees parallels because Redskins President Bruce Allen’s father, George, was a mentor of longtime coach Dick Vermeil, who gave him his shot off a tryout in 1976.Vinny has received some fatherly advice from his dad about the game.“He just said there’s limited opportunities,” Vinny said. “Every time I went on the field or was in a play, just make the most of that opportunity and make sure I was noticed on film. That’s what he told me.”At Washington’s rookie camp, Papale had his name written in magic marker on a piece of tape on his helmet but didn’t get too much flak from other players because they didn’t know much about him. Vinny said most people think the movie is about his grandfather, anyway, but the attention didn’t bother him.Papale wanted attention for his play on the field and Redskins coach Jay Gruden came away impressed.“He’s a tough guy,” Gruden said after Saturday’s workout. “He runs everything hard and plays with a lot of passion without a doubt. Very similar to the movie.”Even though Papale wasn’t among the six players the Redskins signed out of rookie camp, that doesn’t mean he won’t catch on somewhere.“Invincible II” could be a real-life sequel if either Jay or brother Jon — who coaches the Raiders — decides to sign this Papale. His father said the important thing is that “Vinny is his own man” who would get a job on his own merits.“He’s got talent, and I’m just hoping that somebody out there like Jay or like Jon sees what he’s got and gives him a shot,” Vince said.Vinny Papale was invited to the Eagles’ pre-draft pro day, but his father said it doesn’t matter what color the uniform is as long as the NFL dream materializes. If that’s Redskins burgundy and gold, Vince is on board with that, even though he’ll always have a connection to the Eagles.Vince said his son wants to go into special forces if the NFL doesn’t happen. But with two tryouts down, his family is optimistic.“I’m very confident that he’s going to get that opportunity,” Vince said. “God bless that person or team that gives him the shot because they won’t be disappointed.”


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