Monday, December 03, 2007
I've become so numb.
For the first time in a very long time, I had zero interest in waking up and watching the Redskins game on TV. I really can't say why either. After the death of my favorite Redskin player, Sean Taylor, just numb for football this week. I wish the season was over and we can begin anew. I loved the 10 man tribute.
It reminds me of a few years ago when my school University of North Texas played Baylor in a football game. It was right after the Patrick Dennehy scandal had happened. it was a weird game. We UNT fans did not say any insulting comments nor pretty much of anything. We felt sorry for the Baylor players. UNT won the game, but it sure did not feel like a victory. I felt sad that these fine kids had to deal with this mess for the season. they were not ready to play and the game showed it.
CAN WE PLEASE END THIS SEASON NOW?
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- After scoring the game's only touchdown, Clinton Portis lifted his jersey to reveal a white shirt with the words "In memory of Sean Taylor."
They played for Sean. They tried to win for Sean, just as Sean's father had told them to do. The grief of the Washington Redskins was on full display Sunday, in front of 85,000 fans waving their No. 21 towels, but their fragile emotions were shattered when Rian Lindell kicked a 36-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give the Buffalo Bills a 17-16 victory.
THE MISSING MAN FORMATION
Redskins remember slain Taylor, use 10 men on first defensive snap
LANDOVER, Md. -- The message was all too clear: Sean Taylor is gone forever.
For all of the No. 21 jerseys, waving towels and handwritten signs in the stands Sunday, for all of the flowers at a makeshift memorial outside the stadium, for all of the pregame tributes to the Pro Bowl safety, the most stark reminder of Taylor's plight came when the Washington Redskins lined up on defense for the first time since he was shot to death.
Instead of 11 Redskins on the field, as rules allow, there were 10.
As the Buffalo Bills got ready to run their first play midway through the first quarter, the man who replaced Taylor in the starting lineup, Reed Doughty, stood near coaches on the sideline with his arms crossed. After watching while Bills running back Fred Jackson gained 22 yards, Doughty entered for the next play -- and made the tackle.
The 24-year-old Taylor died Tuesday, a day after being shot at his home in Florida during a burglary. Four men have been charged. The shock has yet to dissipate for Taylor's teammates and fans, and the grieving process continued on game day.
"The only way we can honor him right now is to go out there on the field and play. Go out and play football," Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels said during a pregame video tribute to Taylor.