Author Archives: Tom Garrett

Something Special: The Mountaintop

In the final episode of “Something Special,” the Washington Redskins tangle with the potent Buffalo Bills, featuring Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, and a host of top-level players at the height of their powers. There’s not much … Continue reading

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Let’s All Make Fun of Tom’s Brackets (2017 Edition)

I don’t know anything about college basketball. But I accept that fact now. The turning point was hearing that Cal State Bakersfield finished in first place in the WAC this year.  Cal State Bakersfield?!?  The WAC?!? A hurried online search … Continue reading

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Something Special: Second Chances

Fresh off of a convincing win against the Atlanta Falcons a week earlier, the Washington Redskins now looked to knock off the Detroit Lions and advance to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in ten years. The Lions had … Continue reading

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Something Special: Step One

We pick up the story of the 1991 Redskins with Washington having secured home-team advantage throughout the playoffs by posting the NFL’s best record. However, the road to the Super Bowl is never easy. First up for Washington in their … Continue reading

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Best of 2016

Happy New Year! Since today is (observed as) New Year’s Day, I thought I would go through the usual motions of curating the best material I generated in 2016 and putting it all in one post. 2016 included a fairly … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Learned in 2016

2016 was a . . . well, it was definitely a year. I learned a lot this year, though! Yes, 2016 provided some terrific opportunities for learning—sometimes via the proverbial “hard way.” Here, in no particular order, are some of … Continue reading

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Something Special: Let’s Prove It

With their first loss of the season behind them, the 1991 Washington Redskins enter the final month of the regular season looking to clinch the NFC East title and secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Most importantly, Washington looks to … Continue reading

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Something Special: A Lot of Marbles

Getting to 11-0 was a lot of fun, but playtime was over. If the 1991 Redskins were going to finish undefeated, the last remaining major roadblock would be their arch-rival Dallas Cowboys. Coached by Jimmy Johnson and led by Emmitt … Continue reading

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Something Special: Keeping the Dream Alive

The fifth episode of “Something Special” sees the 9-0 Redskins look to become just the ninth team in NFL history to get to 11-0. Standing in the Redskins’ way would be Jerry Glanville and the upstart Atlanta Falcons, and coaching … Continue reading

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Something Special: A Long Time Coming

In part four of “Something Special,” the Redskins try to break a three-year losing streak against the New York Giants. Then, Washington battles the Houston Oilers as head coach Jack Pardee looks for revenge against his old team. The Redskins … Continue reading

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