Next Monday, of course, is the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I’m not quite sure how I’ll mark this milestone, but one event that should provide some distraction will be the Monday Night Football game in Washington between the Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings.
In my mind, one of the signals that America was already on the comeback trail was the fact that the NFL took off only one week after the attacks. At the time, I was a bit skeptical that a quick return to football “normalcy” was the right thing to do, and I still have mixed feelings about it. But the fact that I don’t look back and shake my head over a terrible mistake means that it was probably okay, and the “memorial”-ish scheduling of teams in Washington and New York are a nice touch.
My beloved ‘Skins have put together a pretty good team, on paper at least, and I’m hoping for big things from them. One disappointment (and possibly an indication of just how good the ‘Skins are) is the fact that LB Robert McCune once again didn’t make the opening-day roster. I’ve noted McCune before. He served for six years in the Army and the National Guard before attending college and being drafted (heh) by Washington in the fifth round in 2005. He failed to make the final cut last year, but was immediately signed to the team’s practice squad and bounced back and forth between the roster and the practice squad all season.
This season, he once again failed to make the opening-day roster, but he was also once again signed to the practice squad. He was having a pretty solid preseason until a hamstring injury sidelined him for a while, and as the ‘Skins are keeping only six linebackers he might get a chance to see some real action if one of the regulars goes down. McCune is the only linebacker on the practice squad, and he’s capable of playing special teams, so odds are good that he’ll get tapped to fill in if injuries or poor performance create a need.