It’s been a long, weird, and uncomfortable offseason for fans of the Washington Football Team. But without practicing any revisionist history, or shying away from some very serious flaws with the franchise that we’ve stuck with for better or for worse, actual, honest-to-God football is happening this weekend. For my money, and there’s no better excuse to sip a few beverages and chat about it with old friends.
Bryan is joined by Gumbi (yep, really) to talk about the offseason that was, our thoughts on the talent (or... potential) of the 53-man roster, and our predictions for the 2020 season.
In addition, because we were robbed of pre-season football, and therefore deprived of a Hogs Haven tradition, we discuss OUR semi-un-ironic favorite WFT player of all time in a reclamation of the Mason/Brennan Award.
For the uninitiated, the Mason/Brennan Award was named after Marcus Mason and Colt Brennan, and was created in 2013 seeking “to recognize the low round draft pick, UDFA or otherwise generally unheralded player who, in training camp and pre-season, manages to generate the most hype.”
1. Player must have been drafted late or signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent. Players that have only been on other teams practice squads that are signed by the team are also eligible.
2. A player that has been on the team for several years is still eligible if most of that time has been spent on the practice squad, inactive, or with very limited productivity/time.
3. The Pat White Rule: High draft picks (busts/out of the league) from other teams who have never completed an NFL pass, but can run the read option/wildcat are now eligible.
This year’s roster offered up some enticing candidates of retroactive M/B nominees. While we duked it out a little bit over whether or not Troy Apke is still eligible for consideration, Marcus Baugh, Isaiah Wright, and Kamren Curl seemingly all check all the boxes.
Personally, the Mason/ Brennan was one of the things that originally drew me to this wonderful site with you wonderful people. Gumbi and I (along with some other friends that you’ll get to know in subsequent weeks) were fully wrapped up in Colt-Mania 2008, and were fortunate enough to see him live and in the flesh from the 400-section during that fateful preseason. It was enough for us to hop aboard the hype train, resulting in the best $10 (each) we ever spent in Colt Brennan jerseys on clearance from the team online store. And while Brennan never threw a regular-season pass, his legend lives on both here at Hogs Haven and in our hearts. I eagerly took the reins for the Mason/ Brennan series my first year with the site in 2016, and as a fond “Rememberer Of Some Guys,” think back on past nominees with warm and fuzzies.
We took the opportunity to venture down memory lane to discuss former nominees that ended up actually doing the damn thing and became more than a guy to remember (Chris Thompson, Aldrick Robinson, and somehow Ryan Grant), I for one was happy to chat through the Other Guys just as much (Martrell Spaight, Marvin Burdette, Skye Dawson, Leonard Hankerson, and the immortal Lache Seastrunk) and hope you will too.
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Who is your retroactive Mason/Brennan 2020 Award Winner?
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