New York GIANTS @ Washington REDSKINS
Saturday, DECEMBER 24 ~ 12 Noon
Burgundy & Gold Fan Club
Austin Avenue Grill & Sports Bar
Performing Our Janitorial Duty To Society . . . Sweeping!!!

So what did we learn last Sunday?  We are back!!!!!!  Now, does that mean that we will make the playoffs?  No.  But it does mean that Redskins Football is back and moving in the right direction, which is something that we have not seen in over a decade.  We got the chance to witness exactly what Joe GIbbs was brought back to do . . . win big games in December!  We have all criticized Gibbs for a lot this season, some deserved, some not deserved ~~ but he showed me that he is willing to not only adjust to do what is needed to win, but to listen to his players when they approached him about being "less conservative" a few weeks back.  For this, we need to praise the man.  Make no bones about it, we need to run the ball to win (9-1 when Portis gets 25+ carries per game), but we saw this team click on all cylinders, in all facets of the game.  We saw this team place both feet on the throat of the Cowboys, another playoff contender, and not let up!  We saw what this team is capable of being when they execute the game plan that Joe Gibbs puts in place.  Norv Turner was not capable of winning a game in this fashion, Marty Shoettenheimer did not really get a chance but still, he didn't, and Steve Spurrier?  Not a clue!  The team has taken a huge step, and to go from 6-10 in 2003, 6-10 in 2004, to 8-6 (so far) and a realistic shot at the postseason in December of 2005 is a beautiful thing!
So what now?  We have to do it again and again.  We have to approach the Giants and Eagles games with the same intensity and execution that we saw on Sunday.  If we do ~~ AND WE CAN ~~ we are in the playoffs, plain and simple!  But if we do not ~~ we still have great things to look forward to in the coming years because we are on the right track.
I didn't think it could get any better than the feeling I had after the Monday Night win in September, but I was wrong.  How good did this win feel?  How good did it feel that Cowboy fans could not accuse us of "stealing one" or "getting lucky"?  How good did it feel that they could not say a THING???  How good does it feel to be wearing Burgundy & Gold, IN DALLAS THIS WEEK!?!?!?!?!?!?  All I can say is that it feels pretty good watching Redskins Football in December again!!!  I am convinced that The Grinch lives in Dallas now and he wouldn't have Christmas for the Cowboys any other way!!!

And the crowd at Austin Avenue was AWESOME!  We need the same fire and energy this Saturday as we watch our Skins hand the G-Men their butts and keep our post-season hopes alive!!! 

See you all on Christmas Eve!!!!!                                        ..............................Chad Costa


What else can you say about last Sunday!!  I lost both my fantasy playoff games, but didn't care one bit ~~ that game was AWESOME!  Total humilation of the Cowgirls from start to finish ~~ AND we get a whole year to RUB IT IN!!!!  The defense was outstanding, and if we put that kind of pressure on Eli Manning, we can win this game against the Giants this weekend, pay them back for that fluke of a game earlier this year, and get ready for the playoffs . . . while the Cowboys start reserving Tee Times!

The Giant's Tiki Barber is having an MVP-worthy year, so step one is stopping him ~~ and we CAN and WILL do that this weekend.  Their passing game consists of Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey . . . and that's about it . . . so we should be able to shut at least one of those guys down.  Hit "Plastico" hard enough with some Sean Taylor action, and maybe we can send him to the sidelines and make them one dimensional! 

We win this game and we are virtually assured of a playoff berth . . . so let's just do it!   HAIL!!!!!
                                                                                                                                 ............................John Priddy

What a rousting . . . it seemed Dallas was jumping off sides every other down and/or Bledsoe was being sacked on every possession . . .HA!!!   The Skins looked like a team -- they played solid and took advantage of every mistake the Cowpies made.   Dallas was thoroughly spanked, punished and sent home in shame ~~ it'll be a long time before we see another "We own the Redskins"  banner hanging in Texas Stadium!   Poetic Justice....... !!!!
                                                                                                                                ................................Garry Granger

Farewell B&G Fan Club Member ~
Jeff Neudecker & Family
{returning to Charlotte, North Carolina}


Did you read . . .

"How 'bout those Redskins!" costs Armstrong $1,000
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Mavericks guard Darrell Armstrong was so happy his beloved Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys that he grabbed a microphone before Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and hollered, "How 'bout those Redskins!"
It's going to cost him $1,000.  Dallas coach Avery Johnson announced the fine during his postgame news conference and team owner Mark Cuban later verified it was legit, much to the chagrin of a disbelieving Armstrong.  The money will all go to charity, with Johnson saying the Cowboys would decide the recipient.  The Redskins wrapped up a 35-7 victory over the Cowboys shortly before the Mavericks left the locker room to play the Timberwolves.  As part of the pregame ceremonies, guard Devin Harris wished the crowd a happy holiday.  Then Armstrong, who wasn't scheduled to speak, asked for the microphone.  He added his holiday wishes, then made his fine-inducing proclamation, a twist on a famous line by former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.  A mixture of laughter and boos followed, even from German import Dirk Nowitzki.  Cuban laughed, too, and joked with Armstrong about it when he returned to the bench.                                                                . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sent in by HenryGlospie


AND Did you read . . .

Great article from today's Washington Post . . .

By Jason La Canfora, Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 21, 2005; Page E01

Here is the key line . . .
"When the Redskins rush 34 or more times, they are 11-0 the last two seasons, and they are 3-16 otherwise.
In the chill of December, the ability and willingness to plow ahead with the run is even more indispensable."

I'll be singing the Chuck Berry hit:  "Run Run Clinton"  (a.k.a. Rudolph) on Saturday!
                                                                                                             . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtesy of Tony Grasse


2005 Oldies But Goodies RAFFLE!
A few favorites from the 2005 season!
Remember ~ Donations are always welcome

TRADING is ALWAYS allowed AND encouraged!


- - F O R   S A L E  - -
Commemorating Austin Avenue's 10 Years ~ and the Redskins' Super Bowl Victories!
ONLY SIZES XL and XXL are available ~ $15.00 each
They are going fast ~ get yours while they last!

Double Weight ~ Big stripes of Burgundy & Gold!
With Logo ~ $30 . . . . . . Without Logo ~ $20

Makes a great Christmas gift for that special Redskins fan on your list!
Redskins Trivia!
Week #15 Winner
Five questions every game day.  No cost to play.  Win a great Redskins collectible!
Turn in your answers to Chad before the end of the first quarter.
Following the raffle, a winner will be drawn from the hat!


Burgundy and Gold Fantasy League Playoffs

Burgundy Conference:
A crucial line-up error by Calley's Allstars (John Priddy, owner) in starting Domanick Davis lost the game, sending the fighting Hellfish (Matt Goldie, owner) to the Super Bowl.

Gold Conference:
Game Over (Danny Zegen, owner) knocked off last year's Super Bowl Champs, Unsung Heroes (John Domin, owner).

B & G   S U P E R   B O W L
v. Game Over
                                                                                                          ...........John Priddy, the Commish
M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S
T O   O N E   A N D   A L L !

Watching the Skins in High Definition ~ it doesn't get any better than that!

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Burgundy & Gold Fan Club:
Bryan Capps ~
Chad Costa ~
Linda Domin ~
John Priddy ~
David Solly ~


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