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Josh Norman to dance in local performance of 'The Nutcracker'

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Josh Norman to dance in local performance of 'The Nutcracker'

Yes, you read that correctly. Josh Norman will be playing the role of the 'Arabian Prince' in a guest appearance with the Loudoun Ballet Performing Arts Company in its rendition of the 'The Nutcracker.'

'The Nutcracker' will be put on at local Loudoun County high school, Loudoun Valley, located in Purcellville, Va. Starting Dec. 14, the Company will put on five different shows, with Norman's guest appearance on Opening Night, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. 

Norman is no stranger to dancing. In fact, he was a finalist on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' last season.

If Norman dancing in 'The Nutcracker' isn't enough to convince you to come out and see the performance, some of the proceeds from Norman's performance will benefit Starz24, the cornerback's charitable foundation which provides opportunities for youth to get involved in the community through fitness and team-building activities. 

In a prepared statement published in The Loudoun Times-Mirror, Norman said:

“I met these talented ballet dancers at the Loudoun School of Ballet when I was rehearsing for 'Dancing with the Stars.'  I have tremendous respect for their stamina, strength and commitment to the demanding sport of dance. Yes, sport. I am honored to be invited to join them on stage and to have another opportunity to dance in support of Starz24."

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than watching Josh Norman dance in 'The Nutcracker'?

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 

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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

For most humans, a workout on the treadmill consists of the following steps:

1) Get on with plans of running at a high speed for a long time. 

2) Realize three minutes in that you have no interest in running either at a high speed or for a long time because running on a treadmill is really one of the more awful things you can subject yourself to on this planet.

3) Get off.

On Friday, though, Derrius Guice shared something on Twitter that shows his attitude toward the treadmill is very different from most humans.

LOOK. AT. THIS. DAMN. VIDEO:

Judging by the speed and tilt of the machine, the Redskins' second-year RB turned every setting on that thing to its maximum number. Even the obnoxious overachievers at your gym don't have the courage to go above level 8.

Honestly, he's going so hard that you almost feel bad for the treadmill. Someone get that treadmill into an ice bath ASAP. 

Earlier this week, Guice provided an update on his comeback from a torn ACL, saying he's still "strong as an ox" and "getting it back." If this is what it looks like when he's "getting it back," what's it going to be like when he's fully gotten it back?

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