For those of us afflicted with a Redskins football addiction, the offseason can sometimes feel like the Dark Night of the Soul when it comes to trolling the internet for the latest content about our favorite Sons of Washington. So to satisfy your Jonesing for some ‘Skins 411 until the fall, here are some interesting blogs that present fairly regular and current content on our favorite NFL franchise.
Here are some blogs that are solely dedicated to the Skins:
Hogs Haven (www.hogshaven.com)
Updated just about daily, Hogs Haven is probably the most popular independent blog about the Skins and enjoys the highest ratings on Alexa.com, according to my unscientific and half-hearted research efforts. Bottom line, this blog provides exclusive reporting, great analysis, and perhaps most importantly, a strong sense of humor, an essential ingredient for living a happy life as a Redskins fan. Hogs Haven also features a lot of community interaction, something I personally don’t do too much perhaps due to my inability to engage in e-arguments with poor spellers and grammarians.
The Curly R (www.curlyr.blogspot.com)
Similar in tone to Hogs Haven, The Curly R combines healthy doses of humor, cynicism, and Redskins adoration/dissatisfaction. Often written from an inside perspective, The Curly R has been on the Redskins beat since 2006 and is definitely worth checking out regularly.
Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins (www.realredskins.com)
Not gonna lie, I’m not a regular reader of this one, but that is more due to the fact that I unfortunately have to dedicate some of my available waking time to other valuable human pursuits like feeding myself, providing for my family, and sleeping. Been around since ancient times (2004), this blog has great writing and pretty adept analysis. The tagline of the site is “A Blog for Sophisticated Redskins Fans,” which basically means you have to extend your pinky and read the posts with a British accent.
The Om Field (www.theomfield.com)
With the Om Field being relatively new to the Redskins blogging scene, I am perhaps enamored more with the name and look of this site than with the actual content. I say this not to imply that the content is lacking in any way, except for in the Department of Posting Frequency. The writing on the site is strong and the viewpoint is unique. More of an opinion site, The Om Field doesn’t seem to do much actual reporting, which is fine by me, considering I blog about the Skins without a press pass living all the way up in Patriots country.
The Official Redskins Blog (www.blog.redskins.com)
Normally I skip “official” blogs because we all now how Mr. Snyder runs the propaganda machine of his empire down at Redskins Park – he simply buys media outlets – but this blog should still be a must-read for Skins fans to get the skinny on “official” things like roster moves, dirt from the coaches, and inside scoops.
Not a Redskins-Specific Blog
Homer McFanboy (www.homermcfanboy.com)
This blog covers all DC-area pro sports teams, and with the Capitals apparently still in the NHL playoffs, this blog has a lot of hockey-specific content right now. I imagine it will slant more towards the Skins as the season rolls around, as I doubt the Washington Nationals will be more compelling blogging fare than our beloved Burgundy & Gold (I don’t know this for sure, as I have just recently discovered this blog).
But the best part about this site, without a doubt, is the incredible photography. Blogger Brian Murphy is not only a good writer, but is also an extremely talented shooter and posts some of the coolest Skins photos out there. He has some kind of filter on his camera that creates grainy, stylish photos that look like they came straight out of a movie.
Any Skins fan with a pulse and a internet connection is aware of TE Chris Cooley’s Cooleyzone (chriscooley47.blogspot.com) by now, so I won’t spend any more time on it here. But are there other Redskins player blogs out there? QB Colt Brennan has an “official” website graced with a custom logo (www.coltbrennan5.com), but the blog part of the site doesn’t seem to be up to date and/or linking properly, which is a shame, considering Colt’s popularity with fans. In a Curb Your Enthusiasm sort of way, I would be interested in reading about the life of a 3rd-string NFL quarterback. Does that make me lame?