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Three local teams among Forbes' list of most valuable

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Three local teams among Forbes' list of most valuable

Forbes has released its annual list of the most valuable sports teams and three area teams have cracked the top 50.

The Washington Redskins remain the region’s most valuable franchise, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 9 on the list with a value of $2.4 billion. Despite a growth in value from last year’s $1.7 billion, the Redskins could not rise on the list as they came in at No. 9 last year as well. They are the third most valuable NFL franchise behind both the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

The Baltimore Ravens saw their value rise from $1.227 billion to $1.5 billion but still fell from No. 19 to No. 24. Despite a dip in the rankings, they still remain the most valuable franchise in the AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the only other division rival to make this year’s list, coming in at No. 32.

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The Washington Nationals were able to crack the list this year, coming in at No. 41 with a value of $1.28 billion. They are one of 12 MLB teams to make the list.

With a value of $3.2 billion, the Cowboys and New York Yankees are tied as America’s most valuable franchise and sit second in the world behind only Real Madrid’s $3.26 billion.

You can see the full list here.

The average value of the teams on the list is $1.75 billion, up a whopping 31 percent from 2014. In addition to the 12 MLB teams, there are also 20 from the NFL (the most of any league), 10 from the NBA and one from the NHL.

Forbes’ list is compiled using valuations in the past year on enterprise values based on current venue deals.

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Redskins Trey Quinn and Jordan Reed were ready for emergency quarterback duty after Alex Smith's injury

Redskins Trey Quinn and Jordan Reed were ready for emergency quarterback duty after Alex Smith's injury

FedExField — The last we saw Redskins rookie wide receiver Trey Quinn was the third quarter of the first game of the season on Sept. 9. 

Sunday afternoon against the Houston Texans, in his first game back from a right ankle injury, Quinn found himself a heartbeat away from playing quarterback. 

That wasn’t the plan when the day started. But no one could have known that starting quarterback Alex Smith would sustain a broken leg. With backup Colt McCoy in the game and taking shots all over the place, Quinn and tight end Jordan Reed were the options if another injury struck. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Quinn was his guy if McCoy went down. Third-string quarterbacks are rarely active anyway, but Washington doesn’t have one on its 53-man roster or its practice squad. 

“If it came to that I’d have to go in there and make some plays,” Quinn said. “I was ready.”

Quinn is no quarterback, but he is a great athlete. At 12 he pitched in the Little League World Series and threw a no-hitter. He still holds the Louisiana state record for receptions (357) and receiving yards (6,566) and played two years at LSU and two more at SMU before the Redskins drafted him in the seventh round with the final selection of the 2018 draft. 

Quinn hurt his right ankle feeling a punt in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 and just returned from injured reserve this week. 

Reed actually was a quarterback in high school and was recruited at that position by the University of Florida. He even played there some as a redshirt freshman and had three touchdown passes to one interception, but quickly moved to tight end. He, too, was ready – but the coaches weren’t exactly telling him to warm up. 

“Nah. Because you don’t even want to put that in the atmosphere” Reed said.

Jinxes aside, Quinn and Reed didn’t need to step in at quarterback to contribute. Both had big days. Reed caught seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Quinn moved right into the slot receiver position vacant for so long with Jamison Crowder hurt and caught four passes for 49 yards. 

Reed and Smith, before his injury, did have a hiccup in the end zone. A pass intended for Reed was intercepted and returned 101 yards for a touchdown by Texans safety Justin Reid. On that 3rd-and-8 play, Reed ran what Gruden called a “swoll” route. But Smith had to step around Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and the nose tackle was looping toward him as well. Reed took an angle toward the ball Smith didn’t expect. 

The quarterback didn’t have clear vision of where his tight end was and had to rush the pass. The result gave Houston a 17-7 lead instead of what could have been a 10-10 game or even a Redskins’ lead.

Reed more than made up for it with his touchdown catch one play after McCoy had to come in for the injured Smith. That catch cut the Houston lead to 17-14 with 4:47 left in the third quarter. 

Quinn, meanwhile, caught a 15-yard pass on a 2nd-and-11 to get the ball down to the Houston 15 with 47 seconds left in the first quarter. Three plays later running back Adrian Peterson was in the end zone and the Texans’ lead was cut to 10-7. 

Quinn also had a 13-yard catch on a 3rd-and-6 in the second quarter to get the ball to the Houston 16. That came on the ill-fated drive that ended with the 101-yard interception return. 

Quinn’s 11-yard catch with 33 seconds to go was Washington’s last one of the game and got the ball to the Houston 45. Three plays later, kicker Dustin Hopkins’ 63-yard field goal attempt to win it fell short.

Quinn was also immediately inserted into the lineup as the punt returner, but the only Texans punt went out of bounds. Expect him back in that role against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.  

“Trey had a real big game for us,” Reed said. “He’s a good player. He’s a real good player.”

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That final holding call surprised Josh Norman just as much as it surprised you

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That final holding call surprised Josh Norman just as much as it surprised you

FEDEX FIELD — It looked like Colt McCoy was going to get a legitimate shot to complete a wild comeback and cap an unforgettable day against the Texans, but a questionable call prevented that from happening.

On a 3rd-and-5 right after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, the Redskins defense took down Deshaun Watson short of the line to gain. It looked like the unit had done their job in forcing Houston to kick a field goal, and that McCoy would get the ball back with more than a minute and a half, plus a timeout, to work with. 

But refs threw a late flag from the opposite side of the field and ruled that Josh Norman had held DeAndre Hopkins. That led to a fresh set of downs for the Texans and they ultimately ran another minute off of the clock.

Here's the play, which occurred on the right sideline as Watson was rolling to his left:

After the flag, Norman was quite animated with officials. In the locker room following the contest, he was less animated but still upset and confused.

"It is what it is, you know?" he said. "You play defense. Those plays, gosh, man. You just gotta shake your head."

"We're going at each other," Norman continued. "He ran a out and up on top of it, high shoulder. Play was over, it went to the other side, and then I stopped and turned around and look and see the yellow flag."

The corner, who said it's "always tough" being a defender in today's NFL, was asked to relay the conversation he had with the ref who called the penalty. He chose not to.

"I think I said everything I said on the field to him, so, to repeat that, I think I'm gonna take a pass."

Ka'imi Fairbairn did eventually end up missing his field goal after Washington's defense held up again, but by that point, the 'Skins had used their final timeout and were working with significantly less time. In the end, Dustin Hopkins had to attempt a desperate 60-plus yard field goal that didn't even reach the uprights.

Plenty went on at FedEx Field in the Week 11 matchup, including a season-changing injury and a slew of turnovers. But one can't help but wonder if the outcome would've been different than what it ended up being had there been no call against Norman.

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