Warpath  

Home | Forums | Donate | Shop




Go Back   Warpath > Redskins Forums > Redskins Locker Room


RIP Rich Tandler

Redskins Locker Room


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-17-2018, 08:00 PM   #16
rocnrik
Impact Rookie
 
rocnrik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 507
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Very sad to hear this ..rest in piece
rocnrik is offline   Reply With Quote

Advertisements
Old 10-17-2018, 10:00 PM   #17
JPPT1974
Special Teams
 
JPPT1974's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 369
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

May he RIP. As thoughts and prayers are with his family!
__________________
Happy Thanksgiving 2018!
JPPT1974 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2018, 10:02 PM   #18
punch it in
MVP
 
punch it in's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: toms river, nj
Posts: 12,187
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

They are saying nobody will sit in his press box seat Row 1 Seat 15 ever again. That is pretty cool.
RIP Rich and HTTR.....
__________________
I'm living in yesterday's tomorrows.
punch it in is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2018, 10:35 PM   #19
mooby
Gamebreaker
 
mooby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: NoVa
Posts: 14,558
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

RIP.

This is a shocker, Tandler was one of the few whose' opinions I trusted over the years. He will be missed. Condolences to those that knew him personally.
mooby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 11:32 AM   #20
SFREDSKIN
MVP
 
SFREDSKIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Pacifica, CA
Posts: 10,540
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Great article by Keim honoring Tandler:

The reality hit anybody when they walked through the door because the absence was jarring. The first face youíd often see walking into the Redskins Park media room was Rich Tandlerís. And it was vacant. That sight will continue to provide a massive jolt to anyone who covers the team.
Tandlerís death on Tuesday hit our room hard.

He was a good man who loved what he did and it showed.

Thatís why Wednesday was one of the two most surreal days Iíve had at Redskins Park, the other one being the day Sean Taylor died. That time, the players mourned a co-worker and a friend. This time, we do. A media room that is often full of life Ė laughter, chatter Ė was eerily quiet for most of the day.

Not every media room is like the one in Washington. Some donít get along, whether because they think thatís how you have to compete or the personalities just donít mesh. Others do. Ours did. You can compete with other people and still enjoy their company. My goal is to beat someone else, not hate them. Thereís enough of the latter going around.

Tandler fit well into that dynamic and he could interact with anyone on the beat. I did not sit and have long chats about life with Rich, but I loved needling him. Why? Because I couldnít help myself Ė and because he was always a good sport about it. There was nothing malicious, but he reacted well Ė with a look, with a comment or a (fake) hearty laugh.

This job can be difficult. Weíre not curing cancer, but there are long hours during the season, almost no days off, it is competitive and there are demands. Weíre closely scrutinized and often judged (just like we do with players or coaches). Itís not nearly to the level of a player (nor is the pay), but it is a very public job -- one that we chose. Some fans can be nasty simply because they disagree with an opinion (or even a fact-based article) and donít want to believe the reality. You can disagree without vitriol (most do). Yet itís a job thatís easy to love because letís face it: Weíre covering football. I worry all the time about never becoming complacent. It's not healthy. But for all of us, when you're writing fun stories or talking Xs and Os or watching games, good lord what's not fun about that?

Another reason it can be enjoyable is because of the people in the media room, especially when people get along. I looked forward to my interactions with Rich, whether in the press room or on the NBC Sports Washington podcast. I love joining that group Ė J.P Finlay, Mitch Tischler and Peter Hailey -- because their chemistry is strong and it makes for such a fun 30 minutes. When you can have fun on this beat, it makes the other parts a lot more palatable. He sat next to Tarik El-Bashir now, just as they did when working together for Comcast. There was a good connection. Those two, J.P. and myself typically sat by one another at home games.

This loss is crushing for that NBC Sports group because of how much time they spend together, whether at home or on the road. Yes, it became a second family for them. Finlay and Tandler clicked because both would get exasperated with the other in a fun way and show it in their unique fashion. Tandler could smile and knock out a line or just say, ďWell..Ē with a little shrug. Rich had a role and he played it well. Really, it was just being himself.

Rich was the crusty but good-natured uncle (or, for some in the room, grandfather). But he was not some genial pushover. He was a consistent, reliable worker. He learned how to perform this job after switching to writing late in life. He was around 50 years old when he called Rick Snider about a book he wanted to write. One thing led to another and Rich kept elbowing his way into the room. Eventually Comcast hired him; he was a voice of the fan. But he did not act like a fan. He obviously had some things to learn, but he grew in his role and became established. There is room for many voices in the media and Richís was heard. Thanks to the podcast, he became a mini-celebrity. It makes me happy that he got to enjoy a certain level of popularity in this job before he passed.

I often have kids tell me they want to do what we do: cover the NFL or the Redskins in particular. My response always is to let them know the path almost all of us have taken. Thereís an outlier: Rich. He traveled an unusual path but he made it work. He understood how to use social media to build a brand. Despite his age he probably had the newest gadgets before anyone else. We could joke about his flip phone, but the reality is he probably ditched his before anyone else.

A running gag -- one of many -- in the media room involved whether or not Tandler fell asleep on the way back from the Grand Canyon the day before the season opener. Five of us saw his head down and eyes closed. Tandler refused to budge: He had not fallen asleep. We killed time debating this topic over the last few weeks. That trip, by the way, was an absolute all-time highlight for me. Going somewhere with people you like and care for and having a good time.

On Monday, Rich and I walked to our cars together. Itís a five-minute walk and I accomplished a rarity: Going five minutes without needling him. I donít really remember the conversation because it was routine. As I pulled away in my car, I nearly stopped to make a wisecrack. For one of the few times I chose to be an adult and simply told him Iíd see him Wednesday. When I walked through the door, there was only an empty seat. And a massive void.
__________________
Joe Gibbs- The best coach of all time, Lombardi trophy should be renamed Gibbs.

Art Monk- Art was like an OL playing WR, doing the dirty work and not getting the glory.

Darrell Green- Best DB ever.


Purveyor of fine Filth
SFREDSKIN is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 12:30 PM   #21
MTK
‎\m/
 
MTK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 91,179
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Pretty awesome how he worked his way up from a blogger. I remember seeing him in Canton when Monk and Green got in, I should have said hello but I didnít want to bother him, wish I did now. Iíll definitely miss his articles and insight, the Redskins Talk podcast will never be the same.
__________________
Support The Warpath! | Warpath Shop
MTK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 12:50 PM   #22
CRedskinsRule
Living Legend
 
CRedskinsRule's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pasadena, Md
Posts: 16,661
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Reading Keim's article, the death must have been amazingly sudden. Having just experienced the death of my dad in the last few weeks, not as sudden, and yet just as sudden, I can't imagine for Keim or others who left expecting to see him, and then not, no goodbye, no silent moment to thank him for his personal enrichment in your life, none of the moments that helped me as my father passed. That article must have taken everything he had to write, and Rich's family and friends have my deepest condolences.
CRedskinsRule is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 01:01 PM   #23
Chico23231
Living Legend
 
Chico23231's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 21,334
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Quote:
Originally Posted by CRedskinsRule View Post
Reading Keim's article, the death must have been amazingly sudden. Having just experienced the death of my dad in the last few weeks, not as sudden, and yet just as sudden, I can't imagine for Keim or others who left expecting to see him, and then not, no goodbye, no silent moment to thank him for his personal enrichment in your life, none of the moments that helped me as my father passed. That article must have taken everything he had to write, and Rich's family and friends have my deepest condolences.
Damn...so sorry to hear about your loss Cred. Prayers bud.
Chico23231 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 01:03 PM   #24
MTK
‎\m/
 
MTK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 91,179
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Quote:
Originally Posted by CRedskinsRule View Post
Reading Keim's article, the death must have been amazingly sudden. Having just experienced the death of my dad in the last few weeks, not as sudden, and yet just as sudden, I can't imagine for Keim or others who left expecting to see him, and then not, no goodbye, no silent moment to thank him for his personal enrichment in your life, none of the moments that helped me as my father passed. That article must have taken everything he had to write, and Rich's family and friends have my deepest condolences.
Sorry for your loss. My stepfather died suddenly in 2014, heart attack in his sleep. It was definitely a shock and so strange vs when my real Dad died in 2012 after a battle with cancer. No good byes, no preparing for it, just here one day and gone the next.

I'm guessing Rich had a heart attack too or a stroke.
__________________
Support The Warpath! | Warpath Shop
MTK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 02:03 PM   #25
CRedskinsRule
Living Legend
 
CRedskinsRule's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pasadena, Md
Posts: 16,661
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Thanks all.

Must have been a heart attack/stroke, just odd they didn't put a general note out.
CRedskinsRule is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 07:22 PM   #26
CrazyCanuck
Keep the Faith

 
CrazyCanuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,954
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

A true fan... RIP.
CrazyCanuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 07:56 PM   #27
DYoungJelly
The Starter
 
DYoungJelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Clintwood, VA
Posts: 1,448
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Such a nice guy.

Will really miss reading and listening to him.
__________________
I'm tired of these monkey fighting snakes on this Monday to Friday plane!
DYoungJelly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 09:40 PM   #28
punch it in
MVP
 
punch it in's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: toms river, nj
Posts: 12,187
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Quote:
Originally Posted by CRedskinsRule View Post
Reading Keim's article, the death must have been amazingly sudden. Having just experienced the death of my dad in the last few weeks, not as sudden, and yet just as sudden, I can't imagine for Keim or others who left expecting to see him, and then not, no goodbye, no silent moment to thank him for his personal enrichment in your life, none of the moments that helped me as my father passed. That article must have taken everything he had to write, and Rich's family and friends have my deepest condolences.


Shit C RED. Sorry to hear that man....Hope you and your family are ok. God Bless man.
__________________
I'm living in yesterday's tomorrows.
punch it in is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2018, 10:01 AM   #29
BaltimoreSkins
The Starter
 
BaltimoreSkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Parkton, MD
Posts: 1,599
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

CRED sorry for your loss
BaltimoreSkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2018, 10:14 AM   #30
CRedskinsRule
Living Legend
 
CRedskinsRule's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pasadena, Md
Posts: 16,661
Re: RIP Rich Tandler

Again, thanks guys. My (and JR's) dad was 87 so like I said - same but different. He took a huge downturn in a span of 10 days going from "heart healthy as a beast" should live for many years, to hospice 1 month max to hours not days . That was hard enough, I can't imagine what Rich Tandler's family - sounds like he was a real good man - and friends are trying to cope with.

Terrible loss
CRedskinsRule is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site has no official affiliation with the Washington Redskins or the NFL, we're just a bunch of fans talking football
Page generated in 0.10841 seconds with 10 queries