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Mike Ditka does not mince words.  The Hall of Fame tight end, Super Bowl-winning coach and long-time ESPN NFL analyst is often outspoken and brash. In my recent interview with him, he held nothing back when voicing his opinion on the Redskins' nickname controversy, sharply criticizing those pressuring Dan Snyder to change the team's name and logo.  Thank you, Iron Mike! 

For this episode of "Burgundy & Gold Flashback," I interviewed the greatest place kicker in Redskins history, Mark Moseley. Moseley holds the team scoring record with 1,206 points and set an NFL record with 23 straight FGs during the 1982 season. Speaking a few days after attending training camp in Richmond, he said he's excited about the coming season and likes the way the players are taking to first-year head coach Jay Gruden, saying it reminds him a lot of the circumstances in 1981, Joe Gibbs' rookie coaching season. Moseley, who played for special teams mastermind George Allen in D.C. in the 1970s, also talks about how atrocious the Redskins' special teams were last season and the improvements that must be made. He expounds, too, on his role on the steering committee of RedskinsFacts.com, a newly formed web site supported by the team that seeks to counter arguments that the nickname is derogatory. Just prior to the interview, Moseley traveled to an Indian reservation in Montana with two other members of the steering committee, Chris Cooley and Gary Clark, and saw for himself the true needs of Native Americans that must be addressed such as alcoholism, drug abuse and poverty. Check it out!

On Aug. 5, 1975, Redskins coach George Allen made one of the most audacious trades ever in the NFL.  Allen gave the St. Louis Cardinals two 1st-round picks and a 2nd-rounder for 3rd-year defensive tackle Dave Butz, who’d missed the 1974 season due to a knee injury.  One NFL general manager called it a “terrible deal” for the Redskins.  It turned out to be a great move.  The colossal 6-7, 315-pound Butz, an immovable object to many, anchored Washington’s defensive line for the next 14 seasons.  He starred on squads that played in three Super Bowls in the 1980s, winning twice, and is today one of the all-time sack leaders in team history with 59.5.

In the 2014 debut of "Burgundy & Gold Flashback," Mike Richman interviewed Redskins legendary kick returner Mike Nelms, a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade team. Nelms shared his thoughts on the Redskins with the 2014 regular season weeks away, saying he thinks first-year coach Jay Gruden will do a better job than his predecessor, Mike Shanahan, of communicating with his players. Nelms also said he likes that Gruden is on the "younger side" at age 46. Nelms added that DeSean Jackson, who has returned four punts for TDs in his six-year career to accompany his prolific receiving numbers, was a "great acquisition." Check it out!

Mike Richman breaks down the history of the squad with Evan Redmon, editor in chief of the entertaining and informative Redskins' news/media website Son of Washington (SoW).  The two met up on Aug. 1, 2014 for a videocast at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va., the new site and city for Redskins' training camp.  Richman and Redmon (R&R) spoke about the Redskins' glory years, their struggles in recent decades, what it will take for the team to return to greatness, and how the Redskins' fan base is an ever-changing dynamic. Their conversation marked the start of an exciting partnership between Mike Richman (www.redskinshistorian.com) and SoW (http://sonofwashington.com/) for the 2014 season and beyond.  Check it out!If you can't access the show on this page, click here to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ef6QRWiQQk&feature=youtu.be If you can't access the show on this page, click here to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1vrToJY60 - See more at: http://www.redskinshistorian.com/content/redskins-2013-preview#sthash.0vC3aCsn.dpufIf you can't access the show on this page, click here to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1vrToJY60 - See more at: http://www.redskinshistorian.com/content/redskins-2013-preview#sthash.0vC3aCsn.dpufIf you can't access the show on this page, click here to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1vrToJY60 - See more at: http://www.redskinshistorian.com/content/redskins-2013-preview#sthash.0vC3aCsn.dpufIf you can't access the show on this page, click here to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1vrToJY60 - See more at: http://www.redskinshistorian.com/content/redskins-2013-preview#sthash.0vC3aCsn.dpufIf you can't access the show on this page, click here to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1vrToJY60 - See more at: http://www.redskinshistorian.com/content/redskins-2013-preview#sthash.0vC3aCsn.dpufIf you can't access the show on this page, click here to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1vrToJY60 - See more at: http://www.redskinshistorian.com/content/redskins-2013-preview#sthash.0vC3aCsn.dpu

THIS WEEK IN REDSKINS HISTORY: On Feb. 6, 1969, a man dubbed the “second coming” was introduced as the Redskins’ new coach.  Vince Lombardi, winner of five NFL titles in Green Bay, would now try to work his magic in the nation’s capital.  At his introductory press conference, he dismissed any perceptions of himself as immortal, saying – quote – “Despite what some of you may think, I can’t walk across the Potomac, even when it’s frozen.”  Lombardi could create a winner, though.  The shrewd motivator and strategist led his Redskins to a 7-5-2 mark in 1969, their first winning season in 14 years.  But Lombardi died of colon cancer just before the 1970 season, a monumental tragedy in Redskins history.