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Hail to the Redskins, hail Victory! Braves on the warpath, will fight for old D.C.!
When Joe Gibbs returned to D.C. in 2004 as the Redskins' head coach, the reaction was huge. Public opinion previously held that Gibbs wanted to remain retired, as he was now devoted to his NASCAR championship team. However, the legendary coach who had created a dynasty in the 1980s and early '90s—taking his team to four Super Bowls and winning three—was coming back to what he truly missed doing.
The celebration would prove to be brief, however. Even though Gibbs signed a five-year contract, he bowed out in early 2008 after four years. Many factors contributed to this decision, including the tragic death of safety Sean Taylor. Now, the Redskins are actually doing better under new head coach Jim Zorn, who was previously the offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks; ironically, the Skins lost to the Hawks both times they went to playoffs after Gibbs' return.
I cannot deny it: I'm a 'Skins fan, through and through. I barely remember them whooping the Denver Broncos in the 1988 Super Bowl, and still recall several key plays from the 1992 Super Bowl, in which they defeated/dominated the Buffalo Bills. However, the memories remained vague, and I wanted to revisit them by watching the Washington Redskins: 3 Greatest Games, which contains exactly what it's title says: the "complete and unedited" three Super Bowl wins by the Redskins under coach Joe Gibbs.
Disc One: Super Bowl XVII, Redskins vs. Dolphins, January 30, 1983
As it turns out, the Dolphins got suffocated in the second half, with only two first downs and Washington not allowing a single pass reception! The Skin's field goal kicker Charlie Brown (!) contributed his three cents, but the real star (and chosen MVP) was John Riggins, who scored a touchdown after getting away from Don McNeal, the Dolphin cornerback assigned to him; the replay would cite McNeal slipping on the turf, a game-changing mistake. Finally, Brown would solidify the Skins' win with an end zone catch, making the final score 27-17.
Footnote: My brother-in-law is a committed Miami fan and he blames the team's loss on the 57-day player's strike, which limited the number of regular season games to 9, and several supposedly key players were left out in the loop.
Disc Two: Super Bowl XXII, Redskins vs. Broncos, January 31, 1988
However, the game was far from over…and few would have guessed the comeback the Skins would make in the second quarter. In short: five touchdowns, two by Ricky Sanders, one by Gary Clark, one by Timmy Smith, and one by Clint Didier, gave the Skins a 35-10 lead. As for the Broncos, sporadic runs in the second half couldn't do anything, and a final touchdown by Smith assured the trophy would go to Washington. In fact, watching the third and fourth quarters were rather tedious because nobody scored and many of the plays were free of conflict or eye-openers.
Disc Three: Super Bowl XXVI, Redskins vs. Bills, January 26, 1992
Of the three Super Bowl victories, this one is probably the most exciting on a repeat scale, with the Bills getting more perplexed—and frustrated—as the game wore on. The Redskins scored often in the second and third quarters, racking up four touchdowns, while the Bills would struggle with the burden of actually catching up. A pair of TD's in the final quarter was too little, too late, and the Skins would win 37-24. My only quibble with watching the game again was dealing with John "Duh" Madden's obvious commentating, with such embarrassing phrases as "It's always nice to see a referee wear glasses!" Seriously, can the guy be any more annoying?
The audio for all three games is DD 2.0 Stereo and there are no extras. Warner Bros. is found not guilty for their DVD presentation. Court is adjourned!
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Scales of Justice
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