Monday, June 26, 2017

Getting to Know Brandon Scherff

Brandon Scherff, the Washington Redskins' fifth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is quite the outdoorsman.

Pop Quiz! Is the following statement fact or fiction regarding the 25-year-old lineman?

When not mauling opponents' defensive linemen, Scherff enjoys time with Mother Nature; bird watching, smelling flowers, and wine tasting at local vineyards—among other things of that nature (excuse the terrible pun.)

The correct answer is both: fact and fiction. Though it has not been verified that Scherff actually enjoys birds, flowers, and vineyards, it can be confirmed that he's an avid hunter and fisherman.


While many would describe an ideal vacation as somewhere tropical; relaxing on the sand, overpaying for hotels, and sipping out of coconuts, Scherff envisions a different scene. His ideal getaway is a Texas hunting excursion where he can shoot wild boars from a helicopter.

Further proof?

The Iowa Hawkeye skipped his college graduation to go deer hunting.

More recently in Scherff's outdoor adventures, he and fellow teammate Tress Way were out golfing. Seems safe, right? Wrong.

Thanks to Way and his savvy Twitter skills, he displayed a photo of Scherff holding a large snapping turtle by its tail. Not only that, but Scherff looks perfectly calm in doing so.

Perhaps the prehistoric-looking creature heard what Scherff is capable of, and decided to play dead.

Good thing he's not holding a watermelon.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Kirk Cousins' Cousin Drafted by Washington

Kirk Cousins confidently calls cousin Jake Cousins, congratulating him on being drafted.

How is that for a tongue-twister?

Number 2 (Jake's new nickname as of right now) was selected in the 20th round of the MLB draft, by none other than the Washington Nationals.

Much like Kirk, Number 2 is a strong-armed thrower and well-respected teammate. He grew up in Chicago before attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the ace on their pitching staff.

During his senior year, Number 2 was a First-Team All-Ivy League selection, boasting a 3.15 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 7-2 record on the season. Number 2 holds a career 2.91 ERA—good for sixth best in the history of the university's baseball program.

While not likely that Number 2 is big-league ready this season, the Nationals bullpen needs a major overhaul. When he does make his debut, with any luck, fans will chant, "Who does Number 2 work for?"

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Doug Williams Earns New Role With Redskins

After starting this offseason with more questions than answers, the Washington Redskins' scattered puzzle pieces have finally begun to take form.

The firing of Washington's then-general manager, Scot McCloughan, created media frenzy and, to put it nicely, a total [expletive]storm. Instead of letting the pressure affect their decision making, however, the Redskins marched on and promoted several names from within. The most prominent name being Doug Williams, who is now senior vice president of personnel.

Williams, 61, has been a personnel executive with the Redskins since rejoining them in 2014. Both he and Bruce Allen served on Tampa Bay's staff from 2004-08, with Williams as their personnel executive and Allen as the general manager.

Most known for his Super Bowl XXII heroics, Williams made history in 1988 as the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Only Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks has won the Big Game since then.

Meanwhile, Allen's role as Redskins team president will not change—Williams and head coach Jay Gruden will report to him.