Taylor's family in attendance at Redskins ceremony


Taylor's family in attendance at Redskins ceremony

Sunday marked an explosive match-up between two of the hottest young quarterbacks in the league, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton, but a certain nostalgia hung in the air as it was also Homecoming at FedEx Field.

The Redskins honored some former players before the game in an alumni ceremony. Late safety Sean Taylor's family was present on his behalf as he was honored as one of the '80 Greatest Redskins' this year, providing a special moment for fans in attendance.

"It is so exciting, just a pleasure and a humbling experience to be here," said Sean's father, Pedro Taylor. "To enjoy the festivities of Redskins' nation, the fans, and the 80 greatest players to see them up close in person…it's just so exciting."

A career cut tragically too short, Pedro Taylor spoke of his son's legacy with the Redskins organization.

"Well, I hope he represented the organization with respect, appreciation and he played hard…that's all you can do is give your best. I think he did that."

As an explosive new chapter opens for for Washington, it's hard for Pedro not to imagine Sean and RG3 playing together for the Burgundy and Gold.

"Oh…it would have been beautiful. I think it would have been a 1-2 punch along with the other players. You need fifty three, you need a team. It's always gotta be about one and that's the team itself, but [Sean] playing with him [Griffin] would have brought everything together. It would have been very exciting, you know," Pedro laughed, "just to watch some people getting hit, some people catching the ball and having a fun…touchdown!" 

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Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Brooklyn Nets

Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Brooklyn Nets

Entering the game, John Wall’s availability had been in doubt because of a migraine headache. Friday, he gave the Brooklyn Nets one as the Wizards swept the season series to move a step closer to officially clinching their third playoff berth in four seasons.

Wall (22 points, nine assists, four rebounds) exited with exactly two minutes left in the third quarter with them up 89-73 and didn’t return in a 129-108 victory. 

Bradley Beal (19 points),  Ian Mahinmi (16 points, seven rebounds), Brandon Jennings (18 points, nine assists) and Bojan Bogdanovic (17 points) also reached double figures in a game in which coach Scott Brooks was able to cut the minutes of all of his starters.

Jeremy Lin (14 points) got Brooklyn out to a fast start for a 13-4 lead after a jumper from Brook Lopez (six points) but that advantage was eroded quickly. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (19 points) led them in scoring.

The Wizards (44-28) last trailed 21-20 in the first quarter and then went on a 30-8 run as Brooklyn (15-57) shot just 16 of 42, or 38.1%, in the first half.

The Wizards led by as many as 28 points in the first half and emptied their bench by the start of the fourth quarter.

--Mahinmi’s defense vs. Lopez, who can spread the floor to the three-point arc, took the pressure off Marcin Gortat (eight points, nine rebounds). He’s more comfortable defending away from the rim and was able to force Lopez into turnovers by timing his sweepthrough move with the ball and not foul. Mahinmi had four steals through three quarters. He had a career-high seven recently vs. the Phoenix Suns.

--The defensive slippage showed itself again in the third for Washington. The Nets shot 16 of 22 from the field, or 72.7%, and scored 39 points led by Hollis-Jefferson’s 13 points. He made 6 of 7 shots and Isaiah Whitehead (10 points) was 3-for-3.  Fortunately for the Wizards, they scored 34 to reduce the impact and made 14 of 25 shots, or 56%.

--Wall and Beal each played just 24 minutes, the most of any starter. Otto Porter (five points) logged 21 minutes followed by Markieff Morris (five points) with 20 and Gortat’s 18 minutes. With a game Saturday at the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were in a tough battle with the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

--This was Bogdanovic’s first game against his old team after he was sent to Washington at the trade deadline. But the Wizards also saw Andrew Nicholson (six points) for the first time. He was included in the deal and wasn’t in the rotation anymore and only played during garbage time for Brooklyn. He made his first two shots.

--Kelly Oubre (nine points) continued his rise and appears to be out of his late-season slump. He harassed Lin early and helped set a better defensive tone. He also had a highlight-reel dunk off a feed from Jennings late in the fourth to punctuate it. He’ll likely see some time on Kyrie Irving on Saturday.

--The Wizards have 29 home wins which is the most in the East. Their next five games, however, are on the road. 

[RELATED: Markieff Morris on his slump, looking ahead to first playoffs]

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What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's the cutest thing you've ever seen in your whole, entire life? Whatever that thing is, be prepared for it to slide down to the second spot, because what you're about to see is absolutely going to move up to No. 1 (and then stay there forever).

Two weeks ago, Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, announced that they were expecting. That announcement, which was posted on Julie's Instagram, was really adorable in its own right — Mrs. Cousins shared a photo of the couple's dog, Bentley, who was wearing a sign that read, "Mom & Dad are getting me a human!"

On Friday, though, Kirk put up a video on his Instagram that revealed their future child's gender. What else did that video do, you ask? Well, it only made every future gender reveal irrelevant, since none will ever top what the Cousinses did.


Gender Reveal! Had to stand close so it wouldn't get intercepted... and still almost missed ha! IT'S A...

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OMG. O. M. G. OMG.

The regular season may be months away, but with that toss, Kirk Cousins is already 1-for-1 (yes, the pass was low, but a completion is a completion) with a perfect quarterback rating.