Washington Redskins Hexed or Vexed?
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George Preston Marshall
History of the Redskins
Eighty-two years ago in 1932, the organization/franchise The Washington Redskins had their beginning. Their first professional name was the "Boston Braves" within a year the franchise changed the name to the "Boston Redskins". There were two reason for the changing the name of the franchise; (1) the baseball team were also called the "Boston Braves". (2) They move away from the Braves to the Red sox home, Fen-way Park. Moving away from the "Boston Braves' gave them the ability to disengage their selves with the baseball team and grab and Native American imagery as a new compete sports team.
George Preston Marshall a flamboyant, controversial, innovative master showman was a businessman in Washington, d.c. operation a laundry business when in 1932 he seen the opportunity to become partners in the ownership of the Boston Braves franchise in the National Football League. After the first-season when losses reached $46,000 his three partners dropped out. Mr. Marshall stay on and created the game of football that we know today. He is the one who made the decision to split the two conferences and have them compete against each other proving what conference was the best, thus giving us the NFC and AFC divisions. Marshall organized marching band, introduced cheerleaders, to present a spectacular halftime shows, and also began a radio network that support the games which lead to supporters in the thousands. Marshall endured much criticism for not integrating his team until in 1962 when he was forced to do so. George Preston Marshall owned the Washington Redskins from 1932 until his death in 1969. During his funeral Pete Rozelle said, "Mr. Marshall was an outspoken foe of the status quo when most were content with it. We are all beneficiaries of what his dynamic personality helped shape over more than three decade".
- In 1915 William "Lone Star" Dietz brought the team to an undefeated season and the Tournament of Roses football game.
- Called and impostor. his good friend, Jim Thorpe said he played football as an Indian to cash in on the fame.
- Went to school in Rice Lake where he was known for his Indian look because of his dark hair
- His football career began in South-Central Pennsylvania at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
- In 1902-03 attended Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota
- Was suppose to be of the Sioux Indians, his mother was suppose to be half Indian
- In 1964 Dietz passed away and is still the most controversial coach to this day.
Where the name came from
Now the story of how the redskins achieved it's name hand more controversy that any other story know. It is said that the Washington redskins were named in honor and respect for a native American heritage and tradition. The name was suppose to be in the honor of their head coach Lone Star Dietz. In a 1933 interview with the Associated Press, the story about the Lone Star Indian Dietz wasn't true admitted by the man himself, Mr. George Preston Marshall the team's owner. He said, "The fact that we have in our head coach, Lone Star Dietz, an Indian, together with several Indian Players, has not, as may be suspected, inspired me to select the name Redskins". If perhaps that was the reasoning for giving the redskins that name, that wonderful thought would soon be destroyed by historian Linda M. Waggoner. Ms. Waggoner exhaustively pursued the notion the Mr Dietz life was a lie. Ms. Waggoner claim the in fact Mr. Dietz want not of the native American decent. That he was a German perpetuating and native American to avoid the World War 1 draft. Linda M. Waggoner took Mr. "Lone Star" Dietz to face a federal trial alleging that he falsely represented himself as a Native American to avoid the draft. After the first trial ended in a hung jury, she went back again. Dietz pleaded no contest in the second trial wand had to serve 30 days in jail.at
Lone Star Dietz
Joe Gibbs 1981-1992
Lone Star Dietz 1933-1934
Eddie Casey 1935
1982 Super bowl highlights
Super bowl highlights
Super Bowl 1987
Facts about the team
The Washington Redskin has only three Super Bowl win, and all three wins are with the same coach Joe Gibbs. Joe Gibbs was the head coach for the redskins from 1981 - 1992. Joe Gibb had the best record of all the coaches in the entire history of the Washington Redskins with 140 wins 65 loses and 0 ties
Eddie Casey 1935 had the worst record in history, 2 wins 8 loses and 1 tie.
Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1982, 1987, and 1991.
1982 Quarter-back Joe Theismann - Score: 27 - 17 - Played Miami Dolphins on January 30, 1983 - Location Rose bowl Los Angeles * MVP John Riggins.
1987 - Quarterback Doug Williams - Score 42 - 10 - Played Denver Broncos on January 31, 1988 - Location San Diego Los Angeles - MVP Doug Williams
1991 - Quarterback Mark Rypien - Score 37 - 24 - Played Buffalo Bills on January 26, 1992 - Location Metrodome Minneapolis - MVP Mark Rypein
One of my friends said to me being a Washington Redskin Fan, maybe the redskins need to change their name. I said Why? She said so that they can get back in the championship game. Maybe by not changing their name, maybe they have been hexed or something. Maybe the Indian nation called upon the ancestors and put a spell on them forcing them to change it. So I ask have the Redskins been Hexed or Vexed?
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2010 - 2014 Mike Shanahan 11 - 21 - 0
2008 - 2009 Jim Zorn 12 - 20 - 0
2004 - 2008 Joe Gibbs 30 - 34 - 0
2002 - 2003 Steve Spurrier 12 - 20 - 0
2001- Marty Schottenheimer 08 - 08 - 0
1994 - 2000 Norv Turner 51 - 62 - 0
1993 - 0000 Richie Pettibon 04 - 12 - 0
1981 - 1992 Joe Gibbs 140 - 65 - 0
1978 - 1980 Jack Pardee 24 - 24 - 0
1971 - 1977 George Allen 69 - 35 - 1
1970 - 0000 Bill Austin 06 - 08 - 1
1969 - 0000 Vince Lombardi 07 - 05 - 2
1966 - 1968 Otto Graham 17 - 22 - 3
1961 - 1965 Mike Nixon 04 - 18 - 2
1959 - 1960 Joe Kuharich 26 - 32 - 2
1952 - 1953 Earl (Curly) Lambeau 10 - 13 - 1
1951 - 0000 Dick Todd 05 - 04 - 0
1949 - 1951 Herman Ball 04 -16 - 0
1949 - 0000 John Welchel 03 - 03 - 1
1946 - 1948 Glen (Turk) Edwards 16 - 18 - 1
1944 - 1945 Dudley DeGroot 14 - 06 - 1
1943 - 0000 Arthur (Dutch) Bergman 07 - 04 - 1
1936 - 1942 Ray Flaherty 56 - 23 - 3
1935 - 0000 Eddie Casey 02 - 08 - 1
1933 - 1934 William (Lone Star) Dietz 11 - 11 - 2
1932 - 0000 Lud Wray 04 - 04 - 2
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Owner's of the Redskins
Daniel Snyder 1999 - Present
- Daniel Snyder has owned the Redskins for 12 seasons and has earn a total of 31 Pro Bowl appearances
- During his tenure as owner 4 player 1 coach inducted into the Hall of Fame
- $100 million dollar investment give him one or the largest stadiums in the United States.
Jack Kent Cooke Estate 1997-1999
Jack Kent Cooke 1974-1997
- 1974 — Cooke becomes majority owner of the Redskins.
- 1980 — Cooke takes over day-to-day operation of the Redskins from Edward Bennett Williams.
- Jan. 13, 1981 — Cooke hires San Diego offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs to coach the Redskins.
Vince Lombardi 1969 (family owned after death in 69 until 1974)
- In 1967 NFL season Vincent Lombardi stepped down as head coach of the Packers.
- At dinner in Tony Sweet's restaurant in 1969, Lombardi agreed to become Head coach of the Washington Redskins.
- Short lived because in 1970 shortly before the regular season Vincent Thomas Lombardi passed away.
George Preston Marshal 1932-1969
Achievements in the article above