Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rumor: Lockout's Fate Will Be Determined By July 1st


Chris Mortensen hasn't had much to do lately with this lockout, but Mort is reporting that both the NFL and the former NFLPA will meet for the next four days, starting today (I would assume they have concluded talks for the day). Mort was also on the Doug Gottlieb show and said more or less that both sides will have a strong idea if the new CBA is going to happen soon (ie. how close are both sides to a deal that both will be happy upon its signing)..

....or whether we're still in for a long wait by July 1st.

Good news is that things are going so well, that Goodell will be speaking at the former NFLPA rookie symposium.

Rumors that I've heard has the lockout ending as soon as June 30th (very doubtful) to July 4th, to July 15th. The 15th is the supposed "deadline" that both sides feel must have a CBA. This would give an expedited free agency, start training camps on time and have a regular season (including pre-season) slate of games.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Season Tickets Update; Updates/Opinions on FedEx

(Where will you be when the season begins? Photo from Redskins.com)
 If you're a season ticket holder, you may want to head over to Redskins.com and check your seat location for the 2011 season. Just go over to Redskins.com put your cursor on "Tickets". Select "Account Manager". Then, log into your account and select "Account Settings" and then click "view/pay invoices". This will take you to your current invoice for 2011 and will give you your seat locations for the season.

From what I've heard/read most of the upgrades/moves for current season ticket holders have been done. If you haven't been moved by now it may not happen this season. The good news is that many fans were upgraded and/or moved to better seats (many getting the opportunity to get tickets in the lower bowl). In fact, based on what I've been reading over at ExtremeSkins, it seems that a good deal of Redskin fans got moved. I've heard from some current and former (gave up tickets this year) season ticket holders that many passed on renewing their tickets this year for various reasons. How many is many? To be honest, I'm not sure (I'd be glad if somebody had an actual number. I did not contact the Redskins to confirm number). Through many conversations, it would not surprise me to hear that there were a higher percentage of non-renewals compared to previous years. Yes, we're in a bad economy and that's a clear factor. Also, the Redskins are in the process of rebuilding. That said, this is the first year in many where I feel the Redskins are actually moving the franchise in the right direction.

So, if you got the upgrade......congrats! Hopefully, you're on the ground floor to something that will be great in 1-2 years. Hey, we can hope right?

Party Deck Thoughts
(Photo by Matt Terl- Redskins Blog)
 Personally, this move doesn't affect me as a season ticket holder. I'm in the lower bowl so I'm not one of the fans that were relocated. Nor, will I have to deal with a party deck crowd in 2012 and beyond because of my similar locale. This was a topic I wasn't even going to mention because honestly it's an old topic. People on ExtremeSkins were discussing this since the draft day party (back in April). I also don't really care why the Redskins are coming up with party decks.What I hope is that the Redskins can come up with something that can a) provide an affordable option for some Redskin fans on game day b) find ways to bring in more Redskin fans to FedEx and c) make the stadium louder either by increased fan participation or by making the stadium carry and hold noise better. If it does that, great. Want to read more about the project? Click the link just below the photo. Matt Terl has all the scoop on what the Redskins are doing with FedEx.

Seats for Sale
Speaking of removed seats, the Skins are selling the removed seats in the upper deck for charity. If you're a fan of Redskins memorabilia and have $250 to spend, this might be for you. Just a tip. The last time the Skins sold part of FedEx, it was the old Jumbotron (aka The Lite Brite). It is very hard to get those pieces now without paying an arm and a leg, so if you really are interested you may want to buy it directly from the Redskins.

Finally.....
Want to read an evaluation of FedEx field from a Redskin fan/Season Ticket Holder who attended about 70% of last year's games? Well, stay tuned. I'll have a recap of my thoughts on the updated FedEx from 2010. Did the new Jumbotron wow me? Are the Redskins trying to make FedEx more fan friendly? Are we looking at the next RFK (well at least all of the good memories that Skin fans remember about RFK)? What bad things have stayed the same?
That should be up sometime soon.

Final Note: In full disclosure, I did get moved two sections closer to the 50 and about 9 rows down from my previous seats. Not only does this make me happy, but it should make you as a reader happy. Me closer to the field means better pictures for the blog. So everybody wins. See you in August in Section 106.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mark May Isn't a Fan of an Ex-Redskin GM's Evaluation Skills

(Not many current Redskins have a ring on their fingers like that.)
Just happened to catch what I think was ESPN's College Football Live on Friday night (MASN was on a rain delay for the Orioles @ Nationals game) with Erin Andrews and former Hog/ESPN analyst Mark May. In one segment May was talking about the University of Texas and the problems they were having from the 2010 season. It was during the final portion of the segment that May had a mini tirade about Mack Brown bringing in a outside consultant to evaluate the team and their problems. A former Redskins GM by the way.

Guess who Brown brought in?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Quick Update

"Where have you been?" I'm sure is one of the thoughts of the 10 or so people who on occasion reads IIWII. Well, I've been taking a break from the rigors of blogging while this lockout situation comes to a fruition and hopefully we'll see a new CBA in place sooner than later.

Lately, I've been following the Nationals to fill the void of no Redskins/football. I was able to catch the Nats play (and sadly lose) to the Padres a few weeks ago. I even caught a Delmarva Shorebirds game the other night to take a look at some of the Nationals prospects including Bryce Harper.

If you're curious to see some photos from this past Nats game and a game from last year (vs. Mets, Stephen Strasburg pitching) then check out IIWII's Flickr page (on the right of the page) for this and some pictures from various Redskins games/events. I'll be adding more as I can (I have a limited monthly amount of space with Flickr- it's free, so nothing to complain about).

Working on a few articles..... keep checking back this week.

Friday, June 3, 2011

More Fun With Vinny

More Comments From the Skins Favorite GM
(Did you miss me? Heh, Heh, Heh Heh*)
The only thing I miss with Vinny Cerrato when he was the officially unofficial GM of the team was the many, many quotable comments he would make on a weekly basis. For awhile, I even had a "Notable Vinny Quote(s) of the week" section when I did a Redskins News & Notes column. So while I'm catching up on some of last weeks podcasts (the only way I can hear the Skins @ 1 on ESPN 980's The Sports Fix), I got to hear a great tidbit from Kevin Sheehan about our former GM.

Remember a few years ago that there was a rumor that the Redskins wanted to trade 2 1st round picks to Cincinnati for Chad OchoCinco? For a long time, I really didn't believe that this could possibly be true. The Redskins couldn't have been that foolish, could they? Well, Vinny confirmed the rumor was true:

 (Vinny): I was part of trying to trade for Chad OchoCinco and when they said no they meant no. And  y'know, Marvin [Lewis] would have done it.
(Other Radio Guy): You were offering two number 1's, correct?
(Vinny): Two number 1's that's exactly what it was.
Thank God Mike Brown and the Bengals are so stubborn that they told the Redskins to basically get bent and that hell would freeze over before he'd trade OchoCinco just because Chad wanted to be traded. If that trade had happened, the Skins would have never drafted Brian Orakpo and Fred Davis.

 The second thing that I noticed is that Vinny still can't pronounce Orakpo's name correctly. It's O-Rak-Po, just like the spelling. Vinny still says O-Rop-Ko. Maybe he thinks it's like Favre (pronounced Farve). I don't know, you'd think he'd be able to pronounce a player that the Redskins coveted so much they took #13 overall in the 2009. Just remember these things the next time the Redskins lose or Bruce Allen/ Mike Shanahan does something you don't like, we could still have Vinny.

But Vinny is right about one thing......it worked out for the best that the Redskins did not make that trade. Imagine what a mess the Skins would have been if that trade or the trade for Jay Cutler had happened? We would've be lucky to have seen the Skins win 2 games over the last 2-3 seasons.

This ladies and gentlemen is what I'm left to write about during this horrible lockout, but it was good to confirm a long standing rumor/truth.

* The Classic Vinny laugh.
Interview from 105.7 The Fan (SHD's favorite Sportstalk station) via ESPN 980's The Sport's Fix.