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Old 09-19-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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Om Field: Opportunity Game

Opportunity Game
Sept. 19, 2008

If last Sunday against the Saints was about confidence, this Sunday against Arizona is about opportunity. In all shapes and sizes.

ē Opportunity to slap down the nagging voice in the back of every single Redskins fan's mind, and probably some of its players, reminding them that over past decade-and-a-half, the Washington Redskins have far too infrequently dealt well with success. How many times in recent years have the Redskins won a game in inspiring fashion, run off the field aglow with success and set up to build on that success ... only to slip on the proverbial banana peel the following week and fall right back on their collective keester?

Answer: too many.

ē Opportunity for Jason Campbell to build on his dramatic turn as a clutch, big-play finisher. He doesnít have to go 300+ again to consolidate his confidence gains, but he does have to turn in another competent, professional effort of decision-making, field generalship, converting key third downs ... and most of all, willing his team in the end zone rather than settling for field goals. After last week, his teammates know heís capable of doing it. If he can deliver again while that good buzz is fresh ... well, you do the math.

My gut over/under on points needed to win this week: 24

ē Opportunity for Jim Zorn to continue to show what appears after 2 weeks to be a pretty quick learning curve. Game-management; clock management, keeping the other defense off balance, continuing the process of syncing up with his quarterback ... Zorn made big strides in those areas from week one to week two. He too doesnít have to be a genius on Sunday, just turn in another competent, professional sideline performance. After the tumult his rookie-ness caused in game one, he has the chance in week 3 to silence the ďin over his headĒ altogether by simply showing he belongs.

Okay, not really--some will continue to say it no matter what. But he sure would make it easier to ignore them ...

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Old 09-19-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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Re: Om Field: Opportunity Game

Good stuff. Well written. Opportunities abound indeed.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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Good stuff. Well written. Opportunities abound indeed.
Mosk kind.

One that didnít make the final edit but I suspect might strike a chord with some ...

ē Opportunity to enjoy one hell of a slate of NFL matchups on Sunday. The other early games donít interest meĖwhen the Redskins are playing, the only time the remote gets picked up is at halftime. Or for the occasional feinted throw at the TV when an announcer says something particularly insipid. But after that ... there may not be another day this season before the playoffs when the NFL can boast a more attractive lineup of games.

4:15 pm

New Orleans vs. Denver
Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis
Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia

8:00 pm

Dallas vs. Green Bay

I mean, seriously.

But hereís the rub: the Redskins have to win. If they win, Iím all about the rest of the daysí games. Iím flipping channels, Iím on the web, Iím assessing other teams, Iím horsing around, Iím grabbing one beer too many.

But, if they lose ... the TV is still probably on, and thereís probably a game on it, but if Iím watching at all itís with a distant, glassy stare. And Iím not ďenjoyingĒ the game, Iím just kind of taking it in ... resenting the fact tomorrowís a work day and Iím not independently wealthy (yet), wishing I could keep the neighborís dog from crapping on the side yard without doing something Iíd regret after ... and quietly hating on whichever team is winning, wondering why the **** MY team canít do that.

By Monday Night Iím generally over it and watch either way. But damn if NY Jets vs. San Diego wonít be a lot more fun (Can Favre Breaks Norvís HeartĖAgain?) if the burgundy and gold are sporting 2-1 and the DC air is full of love.
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wishing I could keep the neighborís dog from crapping on the side yard without doing something Iíd regret after ...

this is the reason fully automatic airsoft guns were invented. they may not completely break the habit at first but the cool thing about them is the more they don't serve the original intended purpose, the more fun you have!

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this is the reason fully automatic airsoft guns were invented. they may not completely break the habit at first but the cool thing about them is the more they don't serve the original intended purpose, the more fun you have!

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I like the way you think.

I've found directionally broadcasting Mariah Carey at the cursed beast has a similar effect.
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