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Diehard Redskins fan converts lawn into insane Redskins shrine


Diehard Redskins fan converts lawn into insane Redskins shrine


Clevane Gillespie Sr. is used to having people knock on his door. 

That's because the North Chesterfield, Va. resident has quite the attraction on his front lawn -- or, should we say, his front lawn is quite the attraction. And everyone -- from his neighbors, to local news outlets, and even some members of the police force -- come by to check it out.

Ever since 2009, Gillespie, a self-proclaimed "lifelong" Redskins fan, has turned his yard into a colorful, 3D shrine to the Burgundy and Gold. And this season's edition is particularly eye-catching:


"Each year, I make it more unique," Gillespie said in a phone interview about his lawn. "First it started flat. Then each year, I raised it by a foot. Then I put it on a slant. And then I asked myself, 'Let me see if I can do it in 3D.'"

Washington has been Gillespie's favorite team for as long as he can remember. Growing up in North Carolina, he said the Redskins were the franchise he would see each Sunday.

"Back on that little black-and-white screen, the helmets with the little 'R's' on 'em were all I ever saw."

The 2015 version of Gillespie's lawn is especially impressive, but it wasn't a project that involved much teamwork. Gillespie said the lawn took somewhere between two-and-a-half and three months to complete -- and he did it mostly on his own.

"My routine is that I wake up around 6 in the morning, and sometimes, I work until 9 at night, if you can believe that. I love to design," he said. 

There is one person who is around to watch Gillespie's create his masterpiece, though, and that's his wife Bettie (she, too, is a 'Skins fan. She tells everyone she pretty much has to be after marrying Clevane). Her lone job is to make sure that the 56-year-old takes water breaks and doesn't tire himself out.

The whole creation is mulch, according to Gillespie. The reason for that is because, back in 2007, he was involved in a landscaping accident that injured his back and caused him to lose control of his left arm. After a lengthy surgery, Gillespie had to learn to re-use the arm, and while doing so, got tired of taking care of his grass. So when he started building his yearly shrines, he decided keeping it 100% mulch was the best way to approach it.

When talking to Gillespie, his optimism and passion is immediately evident, even through the phone. That optimism carries over into his expectations for the franchise he dedicates his property to, as well, as he sees the Burgundy and Gold doing better than almost everyone expects them to.

"I believe we can win 10 games," Gillespie predicted. "I believe RG3 is going to have a coming out season, too. I really believe we'll win 10 games."

If Gillespie does this much yard work for a team who's won just seven times over the past two seasons, one has to wonder how much effort he'll put in if they end up performing the way he predicts. And if the Redskins ever win a Super Bowl?

Gillespie will probably need a bigger lawn. 

Photos courtesy of Atron Thorne

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

After pulling off a tremendous half-spin move when DJ Swearinger got in his face at Richmond, Terrelle Pryor released a statement on Twitter about the confrontation.

The fact that he felt the need to release the statement in the first place was a strange decision. That strangeness is absolutely overshadowed by how weird the statement itself is, though.

First, let's read it. Then, when you're done reading it — and trying to figure out who thought this was the right thing to do (which may take you a few minutes, so don't rush) — let's go over what makes it so bizarre.

Here's the message, which came out Wednesday night:

Now, here's what stands out...

The hashtags

They get worse and worse as you read them.

#headturn? #FlinchNRunGang? #SillyGuy?

SILLY GUY?!?!?!?

It's one thing to try and laugh at yourself when something embarrassing happens to you. It's another thing to start the #FlinchNRunGang, which is a one-member gang and will forever remain a one-member gang.

The message

Getting into a scrap with DJ Swearinger seems like it'd be a putrid life decision, so while the way he did it will never be forgotten, it was in all likelihood a smart choice not to square up.

With that being said, claiming he didn't do so because he wanted to be a "positive role model for the kids who came to training camp to watch us" is as outlandish as it gets. After all, he said earlier in August that cheapshots by the 'Skins would be handled "accordingly," which isn't very role model-ish!

Pryor's three paragraphs make you cringe after the first reading. After the fourth, they'll make you want to deactivate your Twitter account so you don't have to read them again.

The irony

The overall message is odd, but the last part of it is so ironic it deserves its own subheading in this blog.

"I will continue to work hard and lead by example by not making it about me and keeping the focus on the Jets organization," Pryor writes.

Well, as everyone knows, the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise is release a statement that literally no one asked for. (That was sarcastic.) (That's actually not the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise.)

The battery level

You can see in the upper right corner of the wideout's Notes app that his phone nearly died before he plugged it into his charger.

That's a shame, really, because if it did hit zero-percent, maybe he would've had more time to ponder his situation and come to the conclusion that keeping this all in his drafts folder was the correct play. 

On the other hand, though, he wouldn't have become the first person in the history of the Internet to publicly use #FlinchNRunGang in hashtag-form, so at least he has that going for him.