Posts Tagged ‘Washington Redskins’

Brian Cushing keeps Rookie of the Year award after a re-vote

May 12, 2010

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will keep his Associated Presss Defensive Rookie of the Year award that he won back in January after a revote at noon today.

Cushing was accused of taking performance enhancing drugs and he tested positively for them back in September 2009.

He was suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating the NFL drug policy. The Houston’s opponents: Indianapolis, Washington, Dallas and Oakland.

Brian Cushing will keep his AP defensive rookie of the year award after the revote on Wednesday May 12. (photo by David Phillips, AP)

During the revote, where Cushing originally had 39 votes, received 18 out of 50 votes on Wednesday.

A hodgepodge of sports writers and broadcasters voted, but three voters were “unavailable” and two abstained from voting, including ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Cushing did lose his spot on the All-Pro second team, for which he originally had five votes and now has just one.

While Cushing says he never took any type of steroid, he tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL’s banned substance list.

This was the same drug that led to the Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez’s suspension last year.

HCG is a hormone that helps jump-start a body’s production of testosterone and restore its virility. It is banned by sports organizations because it is often used by people who are coming off a cycle of steroid use

Bills safety Jairus Byrd received 13 votes, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III had 10 and Washington’s LB Brian Orakpo had 3.

What does this mean for sports—changing the adage that cheaters never win to “cheaters win twice”?

After this re-vote, sports fans should wonder why sports like football, boxing, etc. are not looked at or punished as much as baseball players are. What are your thoughts?

Albert Haynesworth fails to show up to Redskins mini-training camp

May 11, 2010

Right down the road–or highway–the Washington Redskins hold their own pre-season mini-camp as players prepare to practice and get ready for the upcoming season.

However, one of the most highly paid players on the team, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, did not show up to practice with the rest of his teammates.

What does this say about a man who is worth $100 million in contract?

Albert Haynesworth, #92, the DT for the Washington Redskins is not practicing with the rest of the Redskins during mini-training camp, causing concern among fans, teammates and coaches.

“Dear Albert Haynesworth quit staying up late going to bars and buying girls shots (like you were doing to someone I know) hoping to get lucky,” Chris Mcney, a die-hard Redskins fan, said.

Yes, that “someone” was your own ms. charm city sportaholic. On a recent trip to D.C. for Cinco de Mayo festivities, I ran into Mr. Haynesworth and it was a Patron filled night.

However, Haynesworth might still be feeling the hangover of last Wednesday as he is not practicing with his team— and fans and teammates and coaches do not know what to make of it, but do have a lot to say.

“Get your ass in training and join your team to prep for the season, they paid you all this money to be there for a reason, now quit being a wuss and report to training camp, don’t let the coaches, players, and fans down like you are doing right now,” said McNey.

His teammates are feeling the missing link as well.

“The thing is, we have 100 percent participation if he is here. It’s now 99. He’s got to be here,” veteran DE Phillip Daniels said, according to The Washington Post‘s Mike Wise.

“There is no room for negotiation at 4-12 (Washington’s record in 2009). He’s got to understand that. We need him to come here, be here and show these young guys that the veterans have bought in and that we want to win games.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said he has not heard from Haynesworth when asked about his absence or the rumors claiming that Haynesworth wants to be a Minnesota Viking.

Are those rumors true? Stay tuned for future information on Haynesworth and our neighbor football team.

Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb traded to Redskins

April 5, 2010

In a trade to his division rival, the Philadephia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb trades his colors to move south to throw for the Washington Redskins.

Last night around , the trade was confirmed to the Skins for a couple of draft picks.

McNabb has led the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl in 11 seasons in Philadelphia.

It might have been his failure in not winning the big game.

The Eagles have not won an NFL championship since 1960. And with the emergence of Kevin Kolb, McNabb’s days in Philly were numbered as the franchise needed to make moves to improve that record.

McNabb,  a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, threw for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in the 14games the Eagles played last season.

Will McNabb be missed in Philly? Most likely as he has led the team and has been an outstanding figure for almost a dozen years.  But Kolb and Michael Vick are both good QBs to keep Philly moving the sticks.

With McNabb in Washington, it seems like current Redskins QB Jason Campbell might be on his way out. Those rumors have not yet been confirmed but it only seems inevitable.

Contract extensions are in talks right now with the ‘Skins and McNabb’s agent.