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I ate a 12-topping pizza made possible by the Redskins. It tasted like victory

I ate a 12-topping pizza made possible by the Redskins. It tasted like victory

Much like Kirk Cousins did many, many times the previous night against the Packers, I made a really good decision on Monday afternoon.

The choice came following my afternoon class at the University of Maryland, while trying to figure out what I wanted for lunch. And though the idea of eating yet another peanut butter sandwich or bowl of macaroni and cheese was really tantalizing (it wasn't, by the way. I've eaten more peanut butter sandwiches in the last week than Ryan Fitzpatrick has interceptions on the season), I knew I wanted something more.

Fortunately, as I was thinking my options over, this Papa John's tweet happened to place its delicious little self on my timeline. It was at that moment that one thing became very clear to me: I was going to celebrate one of the more satisfying Burgundy and Gold-colored victories in recent memory by plopping down on my apartment's couch and eating an ungodly amount of pizza.

As soon as I walked through my door, I fetched my laptop and began game planning for the meal like a young(er) Sean McVay. I then went to Papa John's' website to place my order, only to find out I could only request 10 toppings.

Thinking this was perhaps just a site issue, I called and was told the same thing (note: The reason the toppings are capped at 10 is to ensure all toppings are fully cooked through). Still in McVay mode, I realized I could audible and just scrounge up two extra toppings from what I had lying around. 

I finally placed the order. Looking back now, I wish I asked the guy on the other end of the line, "HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW?" His answer probably would've been, "Not very much, because you just ordered an obnoxiously large pizza," but it still would've been funny.


As the pizza was being built — a pizza with a regular amount of toppings is "made," but one with 10+ is "built." That's a little known fact, so just wanted to explain it — one of my roommates and I began searching for the last two add-ons. Among those nominated: Pop-Tarts, Ritz crackers, Cheerios and a drizzling of beer. We eventually settled on potato chips and carrots.

45 minutes later, after tossing those ingredients on top of the bacon, pepperoni, sausage, pineapple, green peppers, onions, grilled chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms and Canadian bacon, I was staring at a pie that looked just as pretty as a Jamison Crowder touchdown:

Out of the eight slices, I had five (each of my three roommates got one to sample, partly because I was in a good, #VictoryMonday mood and partly because I generally try to avoid gaining large amounts of weight in 15 minutes). And, to my surprise, it was actually quite good.

At the start, I was worried that the sheer amount of opposing flavors — plus the somewhat questionable looking carrots, which came from a fridge that hasn't been cleaned in far too long — would lead to a cluttered taste, but that ended up not being the case at all. In a fitting twist, the pizza resembled the Redskins offense versus the Packers: Each topping, like Cousins and each pass receiver and running back, contributed to an overall successful finish. 

As I wrap up this blog, I'm about an hour past my last bite. My stomach has certainly felt better, but in a way, it hasn't, either. That's because, despite advertising a deal for 12 toppings, Papa John's is actually one off.

The pizza I ate had 13 toppings — with the 13th being sweet, sweet victory.

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.



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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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