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2020 Madden Bowl winner on why he picked Redskins punter Tress Way as his quarterback

2020 Madden Bowl winner on why he picked Redskins punter Tress Way as his quarterback

Raidel "Joke" Brito won the 2020 Madden Bowl this past week in dominating fashion, shutting out his opponent in the final 17-0.

But the most impressive aspect of Brito's dominant run in the video game's premier tournament is that he didn't throw a single pass the entire competition.

Yes, you read that right. Not one. In fact, Brito did not even have an actual quarterback playing the position.

Brito signed Tress Way to his roster and made the Redskins punter his de-factor quarterback. In an interview with D.C. Sports Live, Brito explained the rationale behind the move.

"The reason why I went with Tress Way as a punter and as a quarterback is because he's lefty," Brito said. "In Madden, if you have a lefty quarterback, they hand off the ball with their right hand and righty quarterbacks hand off the ball with their left hand."

The gamer explained that in addition to Way, he had a very low-rated Eli Manning on his roster for whenever he wanted to put a right-handed QB in the game. Brito would switch back and forth between the two, confusing his opponent's defense in the process.

"I wanted to have a lefty and a righty so I could run the ball in a few different ways," he said. "It made it so you had to have a complete run defense against lefties and righties. In Madden, most people are used to just playing against righty quarterbacks, and most people's defense stops only righty quarterbacks."

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Brito explained he has no actual rooting interest in the Redskins or Way, but he picked up the Washington punter because of some of the game mode constraints. The tournament was played under a salary cap mode, and Way was one of the lowest-capped players in the game.

"The reason why I went with Tress Way was we were playing in a mode called 'salary cap,'" he said. "We had to fit in a team with 1,325 points. Tress Way was the lowest capped lefty as a punter. I could have also gone with a kicker who was lefty, but there was nobody lower than 12 cap, what Tress Way was."

Like in real football, winning the field position battle is an important factor in Madden, too. But that battle is even more important for someone who runs an offense like Brito, drawing up run plays 100 percent of the time.

Brito explained that while he initially picked up Way to be his lefty quarterback, having him play his actual role as the punter helped him significantly. Way has a higher-rated kick power rating than most other punters in the game, which helped Brito win the field position battle he puts so much emphasis on.

"When you don't have a quarterback and you run the ball every single play, you have to win the field position battle," Brito said. "He was kind of a dual-threat for me where he was punting the ball and taking some snaps under center."

Way was asked about Brito's victory during the latest episode of the Redskins Talk podcast, and the punter gave his own explanation as to why opponents were unable to stop the gamer's offense with him at QB.

"Whenever you carry a career QBR that is higher than Tom Brady's, just the thought that this guy might throw scares the heck out of people," Way joked. "If that was enough to take somebody all the way to the finish line, I'm happy to be a part of that."

Brito explained that he has never met Way before, but after this, he's hoping to meet him and get a signed jersey to hang up on his wall next to the championship belt he won.

"He was definitely a big part of me winning this tournament," Brito said. "Without Tress Way on my team, without having a punter I can put in the game to be my lefty quarterback and somebody who was going to help me win field position, I probably don't win the tournament."

The tournament victory was the first of Brito's competitive gaming career. Winning the tournament had a special meaning to Brito, who dedicated the competition to his late friend.

"One of my really good friends in the Madden community, Taylor Robertson, passed away in a mass shooting on August 26th," he said. "I knew I was going to dedicate this tournament to him."

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Reports: Redskins' three minority owners attempting to sell their stakes in the franchise

Reports: Redskins' three minority owners attempting to sell their stakes in the franchise

The three minority owners of the Washington Redskins -- Frederick Smith, Robert Rothman, and Dwight Schar -- are trying to sell their stake in the team, according to a report from the Washington Post on Sunday night. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio first reported Sunday afternoon that Smith and Schar wanted to sell.

The three men have reportedly hired a banking firm to help the search for potential buyers, but according to Florio they have not had much luck. The trio is "not happy being a partner" to Redskins majority owner Dan Snyder, according to the Post.

Smith, Rothman and Schar are Washington's lone minority partners and make up about 40-percent of the franchise's ownership group, according to the Post. The three minority owners are the only members of Washington's ownership group outside of Snyder, along with his sister and his mother.

Smith is the CEO and founder of FedEx, one of Washington's largest corporate sponsors. FedEx currently holds the naming rights to Washington's home stadium, FedEx Field, through 2025. The stadium lease expires in 2027.  

This past Thursday, FedEx became one of the first major corporate sponsors of the Redskins to publicly place pressure on the franchise to change its name. Other companies such as Nike, which removed all Redskins' products from its website, along with Bank of America and PepsiCo followed shortly after.

In response, the Redskins released a statement on Friday that the team is undergoing a "thorough review" of the team's name. All signs point toward an inevitable change. New head coach Ron Rivera has said that he hopes the name is changed prior to the 2020 season, which begins in September.

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Former Redskins CB Shawn Springs wouldn't mind a red, white and blue color scheme with new name

Former Redskins CB Shawn Springs wouldn't mind a red, white and blue color scheme with new name

Over the next few days, and in the spirit of a Presidential election year, NBC Sports Washington is polling ex-Redskins players and NFLers who grew up in the DMV for their thoughts on the burgundy-and-gold's pending name change - and what name THEY would like to see.  

With the Redskins officially reviewing their name for a seemingly imminent change, suggestions from fans have poured in. 

Not only do you see name ideas like the "Washington Red Tails" or "Washington Warriors", but nowadays you see logo mockups, uniform designs and new color schemes to go along with them. With almost too many to choose, former Washington all-pro cornerback Shawn Springs highlighted the best suggestions he's seen.

"I like the Washington Warriors or the Senators," Springs told NBC Sports Washington. "With the Senators, you have the Capitals and Nationals, so you can keep that theme in DC."

Springs, a Silver Spring native, played in Washington from 2004-to-08, tallying 12 interceptions, 250 tackles and 52 passes defended. He seemed to like the idea of including the Redskins in the nation's capital theme, especially if it meant changing the team's color scheme to match every other pro team in the city.

"I like the fact that the Nats, Wizards [and Capitals] all wear red white and blue," he said. "I think that'd be a real cool thing for DC. And hell, both the [Nationals and Capitals] won. I just like something that's gonna give you a theme with the rest of the teams [in DC]."

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Washington's controversial name could be seen as divisive for the city's sports fans, so what better way to unite everyone than every team sharing the same color scheme. Pittsburgh is the only other city whose pro sports teams (Penguins, Steelers, Pirates) use the same color scheme, and it certainly works for them. 

One obstacle going with the Senators would be the fact that the name belonged to the city's baseball team from 1901-1960 and again as an expansion team from 1961 to 1971. But Senators 1.0 moved to Minnesota to become the Twins and Senators 2.0 left quickly for Texas to become the Rangers. Baseball has since returned to DC and the Nationals couldn't be a better name for the franchise. Why not bring "Senators" back in a different sport?

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You can recapture some of the town's sports history and perhaps even recycle some of the logo/uniform concepts they used years ago. Not to mention how cool it'd be for a Walter Johnson jersey to become appropriate attire at an NFL game.

Whatever the team's name ends up being, this whole saga has bred a ton of creativity and done a lot of heavy lifting for everyone set to choose new fantasy football team names this year.

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