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Don’t Mess With Riff Raff, You Will Be Destroyed

Warning: This may or may not be the coolest/funniest thing you see today.

Warning (2): When you think it’s a good idea to sneak on stage at a Riff Raff performance and proceed to sarcastically tap Riff Raff on his shoulder, perhaps you should first take into account the number of surrounding bodyguards and security personnel. Clearly the young man in this video did none of that.

Also, it’s tough to decide if the bodyguard — who goes 6’9″, 300 pounds — throwing the destroyed crowd surfer into the sea of onlookers is the best or worst part of the video. Probably the best though.

Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman Not Giving Max Effort?

Wizards head coach Randy Wittman constantly talks about the lack of consistent effort he gets from his basketball team, yet here he is heading for the locker room prematurely, as Washington fell 103-101 to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Much to do about nothing? Probably. Coming from a bitter Wizards fan? Yes. Point being, though — practice what you preach, dude.

Fire up the buses. Let’s starting creating hashtags for #Calipari2DC or #DAntoni2DC, and then follow them up with #ThatWouldCostMoneySoKeepDreaming.

DeMarcus Cousins Puts the Boogie Crossover on Wizards’ Nene

Noooooo, Nene! Don’t reach for it!

Too late. DeMarcus Cousins put the Sactown Boogie on the Wizards big man, and Nene knew as soon as the bucket went down how bad he looked — dramatically hanging his head in embarrassment.

The Wizards would go on to lose by 23 to the Kings.

Wizards Stud John Wall Pulls a 360 Layup against Clippers

The Wizards snapped their five-game win streak on Friday night, falling 113-99 to a fire-shooting Clippers team in Los Angeles.

But John Wall was sure to leave us with a lasting bucket — one that may contend for layup of the year. And one that left Matt Barnes frozen in space.

NFL Free Agency: Redskins Sign Jeron Johnson

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Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan — who has rightfully earned the nickname The Ninja — continues to shape Washington’s defense this offseason, signing former Seattle Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson to a two-year, $4 million deal, according to reports.

It’s another point for the defense, as Johnson joins Ricky Jean Francois, Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, and Chris Culliver as the Redskins’ top additions since free agency began less than a week ago.

1. Stickin’ to the plan. It may sound like a broken record at this point, but it’s the result of Redskins fans not being accustomed to quality contracts, promising players, and long-term franchise goals. Since McCloughan discussed his plan during his introductory press conference as the team’s general manager earlier this year, he’s done exactly what he said he would.

2. The money. Like the other contracts we’ve seen dished out by the front office so far, this one for Johnson is a fair one. Clearly it’s inexpensive, but also perfect for a backup who may have some potential, but who needs to be given a chance in order to see if he’s deserving of a long-term starting spot and the contract to reflect it. Additionally, there’s very minimal risk. If Johnson doesn’t cut it at safety, he remains a proven asset on special teams.

3. The fit. He fits because the Redskins secondary was terrible last season. From notes and reports, Johnson sounds like a more of a strong safety than a free safety, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at either position; McCloughan is likely a fan of safeties who can play both spots. Not to mention, Johnson has played about four games worth of snaps in his career; are we really going to call him one kind of safety or the other at this point? Let’s wait and see. And again, in addition to his potential at safety, Johnson is a solid contributor on special teams.

4. The player. Johnson has only one start under his belt since signing with the Seahawks after going undrafted in 2011 out of Boise State, but he’s built a reputation on special teams. His ties to McCloughan may have given Washington a leg up in negotiations (or maybe not). For a signing like this, we’re excited more so about potential and cost than we are about past performance — and that’s far from a bad thing.

NFL Free Agency: Redskins Sign CB Chris Culliver

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The Washington Redskins continue to move through NFL free agency with competency, wisdom, and responsibility, signing cornerback Chris Culliver on Friday to a four-year deal worth $32 million.

While the signings of defensive linemen Stephen Paea and Terrance Knighton were/are well received, this Culliver deal may take the cake as most exciting.

1. Stickin’ to the plan. There’s been a noticeable pattern so far with the Redskins’ free agent signings — average age, 27. New general manager Scot McCloughan isn’t only addressing areas of need, but also doing so with young(er) talent, rather than spending on old heads who are past their prime, firmly stuck in their ways, or both.

2. The money. It seems a bit high at first, but assume Culliver the starter opposite Bashaud Breeland moving forward and it’s not so bad for a starting corner. Again, he’s young, so there’s no issue with contract length, and the structure of the deal works in Washington’s favor.

3. The fit. Remember how much we laughed at this defensive unit a season ago? Scot McCloughan is doing his best to correct that. While remaining patient with David Amerson wouldn’t necessarily be frowned upon, there shouldn’t be much question as to Culliver being the starter opposite Breeland. Culliver probably won’t offer much in the run game (I say that based off stats only), but he’s a good athlete with ball skills and solid coverage numbers to back it up.

4. The player. According to Pro Football Focus, Culliver finished last season with a rating of 8.2 in coverage, which was good for tenth amongst cornerbacks having played at least 60 percent of their teams’ snapsa. He finished with six pass deflections and four interceptions on the year, and quarterbacks posted a rating of just 66.5 when throwing into Culliver’s coverage, which was fourth-best behind the likes of Vontae Davis, Chris Harris Jr., and Richard Sherman; and ahead of guys like Aqib Talib and Darrelle Revis. That said, he does come with a decent share of off-the-field run-ins, all of which can be learned about here. From a talent/need/money/fit standpoint, this is another good deal for the Redskinsb.

  1. Culliver missed two games due to injury  (back)
  2. And yes, I agree — it feels extremely weird to continue to praise Redskins front office moves. But maybe we should get used to it…?  (back)

Redskins Sign Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton

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Former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Terrance Knighton visited Washington on a Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday evening he became the newest member of the Redskins, inking a one-year deal worth a reported $4 million.

Similar to the Stephen Paea deal earlier in the week, the addition of Knighton won’t tip the scales or send Twitter into a tailspin; but it’s an encouraging deal for the Redskins.

1. Stickin’ to the plan. Not only is new general manager Scot McCloughan building from the inside out, but he’s also refusing to break the bank.

2. The money. One year, $4 million. It’s smart. It’s a bargain.

3. The fit, which means Paea is your end opposite Jason Hatcher, and Pot Roast gets the nod at nose tackle. Ironically enough, Chris Baker (who is a childhood friend of Knighton’s and who helped with the lineman’s recruitment) looks to be the team’s first rotational guy.

4. The player. At 6’3″, 335 pounds, Knighton is true to the nose tackle position, and it’ll be nice for the Redskins to have a large cog in the middle drawing double teams and helping to clog running lanes. There’s some concern/talk regarding his weight and fitness level, none of which really concerns me as a fan. Knighton isn’t a three-down player, the team didn’t sink a ship to sign him, and he’ll be playing with lots of motivation in Washington, including trying to outdo his best friend (Baker), as well as working to earn his next contract.

Heads Up, Ungrateful NBA Fan!

If you’re ever fortunate enough to nab tickets to an NBA game where the seats are only TWO FRICKIN’ ROWS behind the bench, do yourself a favor and leave your mobile device in your pocket. Soak up the scene, listen to the trash talk; take it all in as one of the best live sporting experiences available.

If not, stuff like this happens.

On a scale from 1 to 10, what are we grading the effort made by husband, stage left, wearing the obvious orange shirt in a sea of blue and teal?

NFL Free Agency: Redskins Sign Stephen Paea

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The Redskins kicked off NFL free agency with a redefined role under new general manager Scot McCloughan. Instead of chasing huge names or throwing money around, Washington’s first move of the period was a quiet one, signing defensive lineman Stephen Paea to a four-year deal, according to reports.

As Redskins fans, we like this deal for a few reasons.

1. Stickin’ to the plan, as in the plan Scot McCloughan described during introductory press conference after being hired by the Redskins. The gist of it was more reliance on drafting than free agency, and this sort of a deal is on the quieter side and fiscally responsible, which leads into the next point…

2. The money. It’s a solid deal for the Redskins because they address a need (defensive line) with a young player (26) by way of a reasonable contract (four years for a reported $21 million; $15 million guaranteed).

3. The fit, which sounds like it’ll be mostly at defensive end, and then inside on passing downs. The good news, too, is Paea’s intrigue and excitement about his own fit with his new team, saying, “Other teams were offering me a little bit more, but the way Washington would use me in their defense was the reason I chose Washington.”

4. The player. Because Stephen Paea is good. At 6’1″, 305 pounds, Paea is extremely strong, he’s disciplined, and he’s especially athletic (former rugby player). For a guy his size, he’s quick off the line and skilled enough to put all of his best traits together in order to disrupt the quarterback. As insider John Keim mentions, new defensive coordinator Joe Barry and the Redskins would like their ends to play more as one-gap defenders moving forward, which means Paea’s combined skills bode well for his new role in Washington.

Redskins Sign Niles Paul Ahead of NFL Free Agency

According to reports, Paul’s new deal could be worth up to $10 million (with incentives) over three years.

This is a solid move for the Redskins. With teams like Miami and Atlanta rumored to be interested in Paul, Washington gets to business early and brings back an improving pass-catching tight end, as well as a valuable special teams player. We all know how talented fellow tight end Jordan Reed is, and Paul can serve as a weapon on offense as well.

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