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Author of The Redskins Encyclopedia visits Hogs Haven

A few weeks ago I brought to reader(s) attention an Extreme Skins post that mentioned the upcoming release of The Redskins Encyclopedia. Shortly thereafter I was able to reach the book's author, Redskins Historian Mike Richman and we've been exchanging emails since. Mike has been an extremely friendly and valuable Redskins related resource in those emails, especially given his vastly superior knowledge of Redskins history that will benefit me personally and, by proxy, Hogs Haven reader(s). I invited Mike to post a blip about the content and purchasing information of the aforementioned The Redskins Encyclopedia (I have already ordered a copy and am considering some kind of contest to award an extra one to a lucky Hogs Haven reader(s)) and he obliged. Mike, the floor is yours:

This coming season marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most memorable years in Redskins history: 1982. Joe Gibbs was in his second season as the Redskins' coach, while legendary names like Joe Theismann, John Riggins, Joe Jacoby, Russ Grimm and other "Hogs" highlighted the offense, and Dexter Manley, Dave Butz and Monte Coleman led the defense. The Redskins finished 12-1 in that strike-shortened season, capping their joy ride with a 27-17 victory over the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII for their first NFL title in 40 years. It was all part of the most glorious era ever for the Redskins, a 12-season stretch (1981-92) when they appeared in four Super Bowls, winning three, and were one of the league's elite teams years after year.

You can read all about it in The Redskins Encyclopedia, a comprehensive 450-page history of the team. Written by Redskins historian Mike Richman, the book summarizes each of the Redskins' 75 seasons to date and profiles about 120 players. There's also a special insert on the storied Redskins-Cowboys rivalry. It's a fantastic piece of reading for anyone who has ever bled burgundy and gold! The Redskins Encyclopedia won't hit the shelves until September, but you can pre-order it by going to www.redskinshistorian.com.

With his permission I am posting Mike's contact information should you have any questions about the upcoming release, its content, or Redskins history in general. Mike is an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable guy and I'm pleased to include him on Hogs Haven. A link to his website has been added to the blogroll. Direct questions/comments to:

Mike Richman
Redskins Historian
mikerichman@redskinshistorian.com

Any ideas for a good Hogs Haven contest (to be rewarded with a copy of Mike's book, per me) are welcomed in the comments section.