Katie was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Rockville, MD and is a diehard Washington Redskins, Capitals, and Nationals fan. As a Virginia Tech Alum, she is also obsessed with the Hokies and NCAA Football. As much as she loves curling up with a good book or writing stories, she also loves being outdoors. She loves riding her horse, Dee, English and Western, and also loves snowboarding, wakeboarding, four-wheeling, fishing, and talking (re: debating) about sports. Katie currently lives in Annapolis, MD with her boyfriend, one of her family’s four rescue dogs, Brandi (a pit bull mix), and a cat named George. Comments or opinions expressed on the blog are those of their respective contributors only. The views expressed on this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Fox Sports 1470AM, WJDY, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, its management or employees. WJDY is not responsible for, and disclaims any and all liability for the content of comments written by contributors to the blog.
You’d be hard pressed to find a Skins fan who doesn’t like Chris Cooley. Since he joined the Skins in the third round of the 2004 draft, Cooley has more than succeeded as a Redskin…and will retire as one. He is one of the few NFL players to play their entire career with one team, and more importantly, he ONLY wanted to be a Redskin. Cooley told the press that if he played in this upcoming season he would only do so in the Burgundy and Gold. Of course, it’s easy to play on a team whose fans love you. But the reasons we love Cooley go beyond his exceptional play on the field (2 time Pro Bowler, most receptions by a tight end in the franchise etc...). We love Cooley because he loves us. Captain Chaos created a website, The Cooley Zone, where he posted personal stories about his life. He allowed the fans to get to know him as a person, not just a player. He posted about his road trips, his passion for pottery (which seemed a little random at first, but is something else in which he has found success), random facts, and we even got a look at one of his…well, more “personal” attributes ( for which he later profusely apologized).
I met Cooley twice during his time as a player. Both times he was incredibly nice. I know the players are supposed to be friendly to their fans during meet and greets, but Cooley is by far one of the nicest players I have met. The first time I met him was with my friend Casey at White Flint Mall. We got there ridiculously early and ended up the first people in line to meet him …which actually isn't very surprising if you know us. We were star struck. Cooley is pretty easy on the eyes and henceforth, pretty popular with the ladies, even those who don’t really follow football. He greeted us, chatted with us about the team and how much he loves the Skins, signed a photo, and then took an awesome picture with us.
I met Cooley again after a Skins' game (one in which they dominated the Cowboys), with Casey and our friend Haley, and Cooley was just as awesome then. He signed my Redskins hoodie and signed their jerseys. Basically Cooley is just a fun guy to meet and chat with and you can definitely tell how much he loves the Skins...and his fans.
I'm so ecstatic he is staying with the Redskin Organization. He belongs here.
Oh. And last, but definitely not least, here is one of the greatest videos of all time: The Great Ram Hunt of 2008:
Stay tuned for Part II on #47 which will have pictures and quotes from other fans! If you have something awesome to say about Cooley, let me know and I’ll put it in the next article J
I hope everyone who attended Sunday's race and an amazing time. Because of my experience with NASCAR races, I'm assuming those who attended may need a recap as the adrenaline (and beer) rush can leave the fans feeling a bit hazy on the details of the race. This Larry McReynolds' article is definitely worth the read: for those who were lucky enough to go and for those who watched via a much-yelled-at-TV.
Despite the fact that the Orioles and Nationals are in different Leagues, there’s still a rivalry. With teams in such close proximity, there has to be. You don’t see the Ravens/Skins rivalry as much unless they are playing in the regular season, but if they met in the Super Bowl it’d definitely be a big deal.
But I digress. O’s and Nats fans definitely have a rivalry. Nationals Park and Camden Yards are both packed with fans in red as well as fans in orange when the teams meet. On Memorial Day (God bless all those who have served and those who are serving), the Orioles defeated the Nationals in Nationals Park, but on Tuesday the Nats got the W. Both teams won their respective games by a significant margin: the O’s 6-2, the Nats 9-3.
The pitchers on the winning teams played exceptionally well. On Monday, Jason Hammel only allowed two runs (the Nats only runs in the game) through eight innings. The win boosted his record to 6-0 against the Nats.
On Tuesday, the Nationals started their 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Nathan Karns. Though his nerves were intensified as he waited for the rain delay to pass ("’Everyone is going to be nervous for the first time,’" Karns said. "’I was really anxious. I just hate sitting around waiting for my turn with the rain delay. It kind of made the buildup a little more. Once I got out there and got that first inning through, it felt great.’"), Karns pitched extremely well. He gave up 3 runs, but pitched until he walked two O’s back to back in the fifth. He trotted off the field to a standing ovation from Nationals fans.
Nationals’ first baseman, Adam LaRoche hit a 3 run homer in the first to put the Nats up 3-0. In the 2nd, Karns gave up an RBI double to Orioles’ Matt Weiters. In the fourth, Karns allowed to single homers, but the Nats retaliated with some home runs of their own. Tyler Moore knocked an 0-2 pitch out of the park which also drove in LaRoche who had been walked. When Moore hit the ball, I seriously didn’t think it was going to make it over the wall. Immediately following, Bernadina knocked one out of the park. LaRoche hit another homer later on and Bernadina hit an RBI single in the 8th to close it out.
The Orioles and Nationals meet again tonight at 7:05 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and again tomorrow night, same time same place. Make sure you watch those games to find out the winner of the Battle of the Beltway!
Read more about these games here:
There’s a new controversy in D.C.: RGIII posted his wedding gift registry online and received everything he asked for…from his fans. Now some people are in uproar because he accepted these gifts from strangers and because he is rich he shouldn’t accept them. (Read the rest of the article and watch the video here)
Seriously? We finally have a leader in D.C. that EVERYONE likes. When the heck was the last time that happened?
I don’t understand why people are upset. If people want to give him gifts, let them. They can choose to do what they want with their own money. He shouldn’t be punished for accepting gifts that people choose to give him. Is anyone else who posts a wedding gift registry expected to give back any gifts? I sure wouldn’t. And anyway, it’s rude to give gifts back.
People who have met him have nothing but wonderful things to say about him. Recently, some family friends saw him at the airport. Here are some pictures they took:
Smiling. Signing autographs. Talking to all the fans.
He wasn’t rude. He didn’t ignore people. He didn’t act like he was too good for them. The guy LOVES his fans and truly appreciates them. Why aren’t we allowed to give something back to him? And they’re wedding gifts! Let the kid enjoy and celebrate this awesome time of his life. You know he’ll repay D.C. with a Lombardi soon enough!
What do y’all think? Agree with me? Disagree? I wanna know your thoughts!
For those of you who didn’t see this article, I highly advise you read it. It’s extremely well written and just an awesome read. If you like Harper, the Nats, or just baseball in general, then check out this article. It’s well worth the read.
WOOOO DIVISION CHAMPS. And the haters can shut their mouths about the SE Division sucking…cause someone had to win it. And if you’re actually a hockey fan and you know anything about hockey, you’ll recognize the magnificent hockey the Caps have been playing lately.
It’s been a rough season. Well, until recently anyway. The Caps started off their season with 2 wins in 13 games, but since March 21st (when they were in 14th place) they’ve gone 14-2-1. The whole team has been playing lights out and last night’s game highlighted that. 17 of the 18 Caps that skated had a shot on goal; only Johanssan didn’t have one (but it’s okay, MoJo, we still love you). Here are some quick shout-outs
For more stats, recaps, and info check out: http://dumpnchase.monumentalnetwork.com/postgame-notebook-caps-5-jets-3/index.jsp and http://capitals.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=667384&navid=DL|WSH|home
Keep on Rockin the Red! Success is great in the regular season, but now it’s time to finally bring home Lord Stanley.
ME: All right, let’s talk about RGIII, is he gonna be back for game one?
TK: It’s too early to tell. Anybody who tells you that right now is an idiot.
J: They’ll get a better idea at camp.
TK: He may think his body is ready to go…it’s just too early to tell.
ME: How about our tight end situation, who’s going to be starting there?
J: Fred Davis as long as he’s back. It’s Fred’s job to lose.
ME: So not Paulsen?
J: Paulsen is a solid second, but not a starter.
ME: What about Trent Williams?
TK: Well, you can hit him over the head with a champagne bottle and he won’t go down.
ME: Who is the best pick-up we’ve had this free agency?
TK: D. Hall
J: If I gotta give an offseason nod to anybody, it’d be to Bruce Allen, the GM. You get hit with an 18 million dollar cap hit…he just did a fantastic job with all of that.
ME: Who do you think was the worst move or do you think there were any bad moves? I mean we’re no longer the “Offseason Champs” in a bad way…
J: I’m not wild about
to upgrade the position…We have a ton of cap space for next year. We can go out and rebuild it [the secondary] the way they want it. They would have let him go next year anyway.”
ME: What about Biggers?
J: He’s a boom or bust.
ME: So can we call Biggers “Boom or Bust Biggers?”
TK: That’s a J thing.
ME: Let’s talk about Darryl Tapp. You excited about that? Cause I am. Hokies.
TK: He’ll be a special teamer. Replacement for ‘Zo [Lorenzo Alexander]. May rotate in as linebacker.
JSteelz: I like Tapp, but I can’t get past the Eagles thing.
ME: Okay, well how do you think we’ll do against the NFCEast?
TK: Open season in Philly, probably Sunday or Monday…my entire problem with Chip Kelly is you don’t know what to expect and you may or may not have your franchise QB. A division game basically counts as two wins or two losses when it comes down the homestretch to the playoffs. Not a good game to open with at all…Revamped
Philly: new coach, new offense, new defense—you saw what we did in New Orleans last year when no one had tape on us.
(Update as of 8:30pm 4/18/13: The Skins are opening at FedEx against Philly on Monday, September 9th)
ME: Do you think our team, looking at them on paper, will be good enough to make the playoffs right now?
JSteelz: If everybody’s healthy they should be good to go. Keep the defense healthy, mainly the secondary and pass rush, and keep Garcon in 16 games.
ME: Let’s talk about Romo, let’s talk about his new deal. Have anything to say about that?
TK: @!^%*#$ awesome …there’s no way he’ll finish out those 6 years.
JSteelz: Best move for us.
ME: Do you want to say anything about the Draft Day Party coming up?
TK: It’s next Saturday [April 27th at FedEx Field] 6:00am-6:00pm. And don’t be the fool that shows up with just a bag of chips.
ME: Gas or Charcoal? Gotta ask that.
JSteelz: Charcoal for sure.
TK: Charcoal…only other acceptable answer is wood.
ME: Oh, and is RGIII gonna be there on Saturday?
TK: RGIII will be there…can’t say if you’ll definitely get an autograph or not,
though.Looks like things are lookin up for the Skins. 142 days til Redskins football is back!
Everyone should take a couple minutes out of their day and watch this video of the crowd in TD Garden singing the National Anthem. It's a beautiful tribute and really shows how Boston has united after the terrible tragedy on the 15th.
The Bruins coach, Claude Julien, said "We have the ability to help people heal and find some reason to smile again..."