It’s an exciting day for me to take over the Redskins beat from Tarik El-Bashir. As a native Washingtonian, it’s not an exaggeration to say I’ve wanted this job since I was a kid.
In fact, in sixth grade, after months of writing nothing but Darrell Green stories and turning them in for English homework, Miss Girard said I was no longer allowed to write about the Redskins. Who got the last laugh, Miss Girard?
Working with Tarik and Rich Tandler covering the Skins at CSN the last few years helped me learn a lot, as did my earlier work with Mr. Irrelevant, SB Nation DC and the Washingtonian. My approach to the beat will be to cover all the angles relevant for fans, and try to look ahead to what might happen and find stories that fall under the radar. In an era of information overload, readers expect more than just stats and quotes from coverage, and I know I will be able to deliver that experience.
This beat means a lot to me. I’ve watched the Redskins my whole life, I’ve cheered for them for most of it. One of the things I hate to hear is when somebody moves to the D.C. area and says ‘nobody is from here.’
I’m from here. My wife is from here. My friends are from here. Go to a Redskins game any Sunday, and thousands and thousands of people will show you, loudly, they are from here too.
Most of all, I like to have fun. I recognize not everyone gets to watch football for their job, and I want to enjoy all of it. I’m open to talking with readers, even disagreeing here and there, so feel free to reach out.
And before I forget - thank you. Thanks for reading, for arguing on Twitter, and please keep it coming.
Bashaud Breeland knows how to make an entrance. He arrived in Richmond for Redskins training camp today with a quartet of squishy bulldog puppies in tow.
Just watch as Breeland's diminutive pack waddles behind him in this video.
Who are these little meatballs and where did they come from? Glad you asked.
A look back through Breeland's Instagram pictures shows he was looking for a mate for his female English bulldog, who he's been posting about since she was a puppy herself.
Around seven weeks later and boom! More puppies!
It appears the pups are up for adoption, too. I'm sure there are plenty of Redskins fans who'd make great dog parents.
Leave it to Breeland to deliver the highlight of training camp before it has even started.
If you're reading this, chances are you're a Redskins fan. And if you're a Redskins fan, chances are you're quite excited for Washington's season opener this September, where the Burgundy and Gold will play host to the Steelers on Monday Night Football.
Now, if both of those above statements are true, here's a word of advice: Don't be too excited. In fact, on the excitement scale, where a 10 is how you felt after the 'Skins beat the Eagles in December 2015 to clinch the division title and a one is how you feel when you see a Dez Bryant highlight, take a seat around three or four.
That's because, since 2008, the team has played on Monday night 11 times. And of those 11 games, they've lost nine, with many of those defeats coming by double digits.
To put it simply, the next time the league allows franchises to vote on rule changes, the 'Skins should propose eliminating Monday from the calendar altogether. Just float that idea out there, and see if there are any other takers. A six-day week may do 'em some good.
So, in hopes of exorcising the Monday night curse, let's revisit those past 11 contests. Most of the memories in CSNmidatlantic.com's gallery will be bad ones, but you can't prepare for the future without learning from the past — or something like that. Check out the link to access the list, and remind yourself of another reason to hate Mondays.