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Second Cousins! Nationals draft Kirk Cousins's cousin, Jake Cousins, in 20th round

Second Cousins! Nationals draft Kirk Cousins's cousin, Jake Cousins, in 20th round

Second Cousins in Washington! Not second cousins meaning the children of your parents' first cousins. Second Cousins meaning a second member of the Cousins family has been drafted by a D.C. team. 

The Nationals selected Jake Cousins, the cousin of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, today in the 20th round of the MLB draft.

For the purposes of clarity, this post will break with style to refer to them as Kirk and Jake – rather than cousins Cousins and Cousins – from here on out. 

Kirk congratulated his cousin on Twitter once he found out the Nats drafted Jake. 

Jake's alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, also shared the news. 

Even the official Twitter account of the MLB Draft got a kick out of the whole thing. 

Here's what you should know about Jake. 

He's a right-handed pitcher from the Chicago area (Kirk grew up there, as well) who's 6-4 and 180 pounds.

According to his bio on the Penn athletics website, Jake was a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy League selection in 2017 and was the team's ace pitcher. 

He finished his senior season with a 7-2 record in 11 starts and a 3.15 ERA. His career 2.91 ERA is sixth best in the history of Penn's baseball program. 

The Nationals are in dire need of bullpen help. While the odds aren't in Jake's favor to crack the Nats roster this season, current closer Koda Glover made his major league debut one year and one month after being taken in the 10th round of the 2015 draft. 

Whatever happens, it's shaping up to be an exciting year for the Cousins cousins.

MORE REDSKINS: So what do Redskins front office moves mean for Kirk Cousins?

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?