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The Redskins From A to Z, Volume 1: The Games: Rich Tandler

The Redskins From A to Z, Volume 1: The Games

Rich Tandler

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ISBN 10: 0972384502 / ISBN 13: 9780972384506
Published by Walking EncyclopediaPub, 2004
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PUBLISHER: Walking Encyclopedia Pub DATE/EDITION: 2004, second printing BINDING: Softbound, 8 1/2" x 11", 323 pages DUST JACKET: No jacket, as issued BOOK CONDITION: Very good clean and tight inside and out DESCRIPTION: Signed by the author on the first free end paper. Bookseller Inventory # 001232

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Title: The Redskins From A to Z, Volume 1: The ...

Publisher: Walking EncyclopediaPub

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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It is like no book that has ever been written.

The Redskins From A to Z, Part 1: The Games, by Rich Tandler, is a Redskins fan’s dream come true. The book chronicles every one of the 925 regular season and playoff games the Redskins have played since their move to Washington in 1937 with an original game story and other details.

"It’s a combination of a reference book and a tome that one can thumb through for pleasure," said the author. "The reader will be able to pick it up and use it to settle an argument with a fellow fan about what transpired during a particular game. Another day, he or she will sit down with the book and read it for the sake of reliving cherished memories."

What makes the book unique is its completeness. Tens of thousands of books have been written about college and professional sports teams; none of them has covered every contest that a team has ever played in the detail seen in The Redskins From A to Z.

The first Skins game you ever watched? It's in there. Forgotten classics? Got 'em all. The 73-0 loss to Chicago, the 1979 stunner in Dallas, the Body Bag Game, Super Bowl XVIII? There in every painful detail. Remember watching a great game with your kid or your dad? You can relive it. The Quarter, the '42 upset of the Bears in the title game, Riggo's run in the Rose Bowl? All covered from a fresh angle. The '61 win over Dallas to break a 23-game winless streak, the late comeback in '83 against the Raiders, the game when Art Monk set the single season receiving record (and the Skins clinched the division to boot)? In The Redskins From A to Z, you've got it

"I wasn’t setting out to break any new ground," said Tandler. "Actually, I was kind of surprised to find out that nobody had done anything like this before."

In addition to the accounts of game action that Tandler wrote using personal observations, news coverage, game tapes, NFL Films highlights, and other sources, a wealth of additional nuts and bolts information is included. In addition to a complete scoring summary, details such as the name of the stadium where each game was played and the record of each team at the conclusion of the contest add depth and perspective to each game story. The stage for each season is set with tables of that year’s statistical leaders and a list of every player who saw action on the field.

If you’re a Redskins fan, you’ve got to have this book!

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

January 23, 1983 NFC Championship Game

RFK Stadium—It was a wild scene. The ambient crowd noise was much louder than the usual buzz; it was more like a jet airliner on the runway warming up for takeoff. Signs referring to an American Express TV commercial that Dallas coach Tom Landry had done, a spot where he talked about being "surrounded by Redskins", were being waved everywhere. Occasionally, just about every five minutes or so, a chant of "We want Dallas" reached a deafening crescendo. Fans were jumping up and down and giving each other high fives. The stands themselves were rocking and rumbling. Offensive line coach Joe Bugel was giving the one-finger salute to a Dallas defensive coach. And all of this was just in the hour before kickoff. After the game started, it really got rowdy.

Dallas took the opening kickoff and promptly drove 75 yards to the Redskins 10. The defense stiffened from there and the Cowboys had to settle for a 27-yard Rafael Septien field goal. The Redskins responded immediately, driving 86 yards to a Joe Theismann to Charlie Brown TD pass.

Washington came up empty on its next drive as Mark Moseley missed a 27-yard field goal attempt, but another golden opportunity came shortly after that. Rod Hill muffed a punt at the Dallas 11. It bounced into the end zone where Monte Coleman fell on it, but under NFL rules, the ball was spotted at the point of the muff. It didn’t matter, as Riggins went over from a yard out four plays later to make it 14-3.

With 32 seconds left in the first half, Dexter Manley ran over Dallas quarterback Danny White, rendering the signal caller dazed. White left the field under his own power, but he was done for the day with a concussion. Unknown backup Gary Hogeboom would be at the controls of the Dallas offense for the second half.

A short Redskins punt gave Hogeboom a chance to get some confidence and he did just that, leading a six-play, 38-yard drive that ended with a touchdown toss to Drew Pearson. It was 14-10 early in the third quarter and the Redskins first-half dominance was becoming a distant memory.

Not for long. Mike Nelms made what Joe Gibbs later said was "maybe the key play of the game" when he took the ensuing kickoff 76 yards down the right sideline. Wilbur Jackson threw the key block after Nelms got through the initial wave of defenders, taking out Septien and clearing the way for Nelms to roll all the way down to the Dallas 21. A 22-yard pass from Theismann to Brown preceded Riggins’ four-yard TD run to give the Redskins back their breathing room.

They would need it. Hogeboom, not realizing that he was supposed to wilt under the pressure and shrink in fear of the noisy, hostile crowd, calmly led Dallas on an 84-yard, 14-play drive capped by his 23-yard scoring pass to Butch Johnson. The margin was back to just four with 3:25 left in the third quarter. While the crowd noise continued at high volume, a bit of doubt was beginning to creep in: Did we really want Dallas?

Dallas threatened to cut the lead further by driving to the Washington 23 early in the fourth quarter, but Septien missed a 42-yard field goal. Following a Washington punt, Dallas started out at the Washington 32. On first down, Hogeboom threw to receiver Tony Hill on the right sideline, but he never saw Mel Kaufman. The linebacker’s leaping, over-the-shoulder interception set up a 29-yard Moseley field goal that gave the Redskins a seven-point cushion. Better, but still not safe. That would come on the Cowboys’ next play from scrimmage.

From the Dallas 20, the call was a delayed screen pass to running back Tony Dorsett, a play that had gone for 25 yards earlier in the game. Tackle Darryl Grant sensed that this was the call again and stopped his rush and drifted out to the ten yard line. Manley rushed at Hogeboom at full speed, hoping for his second quarterback KO. Instead, he delivered a blow that knocked out the whole Dallas team.

Leaping in the quarterback’s face, Manley tipped the ball high into the air. Grant caught it and high stepped the 10 yards to paydirt. As the crowd exploded with delight, Grant slam-spiked the ball into the end zone turf, providing Sports Illustrated with a great cover photo.

The spike had been driven into the heart of the Cowboys and all that was left was to bury them. The Redskins did that by running Riggins nine straight times on the 50-Gut play. In technical terms, that play is slamming a big guy up the middle behind a bunch of Hogs clearing the way. Riggins had 140 yards rushing in the game, his third straight 100-plus yard effort of the playoffs.

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