Where do I begin?
The idea for RedskinsDB.com came about during the 2005 regular season.
There was a database that I was particularly fond of that had been taken offline
earlier in the year. During the months following, I'd searched on a
fairly regular basis to find a replacement and nothing really tripped my
trigger. I use game databases as part of an on-going hobby of collecting
game DVDs. My actual interest is creating DVD inserts (matching cases) for
all the games I've collected to-date. I use data on the Internet to create
game summaries, and put in some essential information like dates, stadium,
attendance, etc. My pile of games grew deeper as waited for the better database
to make an appearance and finally,
decided I would build one of my own. Shortly after the 2005 season
ended I began the project in earnest.
The first thing I did was to contact Rich Tandler, the author of "The
Redskins From A to Z". Perhaps the most authoritative history book ever
written on Redskins game history. I would need his support or the site
wouldn't be worth putting together. The second thing I needed was a source
to error check and validate my data. Enter a phenomenal Web site,
NFLHistory.net. In conjunction with the Pro Football Researchers Association,
NFLHistory.net has published an extensive library of box scores from the
beginning of the league. Much of my effort, aside from the herculean
effort to key all the data in, was analyzing descrepencies between the several
sources and making an educated guess on who might have the more acccurate
data. Attendance estimates is a good example of data that varied considerably in
the early years. Ultimately, I hope I have represented the most accurate
information possible in this database.
I also went through considerable soul searching to determine the best balance
between providing sufficient information, yet having a database that was easily
and intuitively searchable. It is a hard balance to strike, but in the end
I felt that hard-core statistical data is a job for someone else. What I
want to provide is enough meaningful data to be informative, but utilize the
game descriptions to make the data and interface as "human" as possible by providing
that journalistic feel that I feel is critical in portraying history rathering than
regurgitating the facts.
In my version of a Redskins database you'll find pictures of every Redskins
coach and stadium played in with only a couple of omissions. For example,
several games were played at the Milwaukee State Fair Park between 1939 and 1950.
In working directly with the park historian, I've gained permission to use an
exclusive photo from their archives. I hope I'll be able to fill all of
the notable omissions with similar efforts.
At the end of the day and through all the countless hours, this site has been
a labor of love. A site "For the Fans" by a fan. I hope it provides
value and does justice to our remarkable and storied history. If it does,
then that's all the compensation I'll ever require. Please enjoy your
visit to RedskinsDB.com and be assured I'm always thinking about ways to improve
upon it! I'd like to acknowledge the resources I've referenced and some
people that have inspired me.
My online family at HailRedskins.com with whom I have exclusively partnered
with on this project
Rich Tandler, The Redskins From A to
WeWantDallas and F Dallas Productions for all the
incredible DVDs and support
Memories of the old database at ExtremeSkins.com for my main inspiration!
Intersoft Corporation for the colo space and
The Funky Four
Tony Kornheiser and
the "Redskins BandWagon"
Sonny, Sam and Frank
SportsCardHeroes of Laurel, MD
My fabulous game day gang and tailgate buddies! you
know who you are...
Jason in sales
at FedEx field
December 9, 1979...Thanks Dad!
My wife and kids
for allowing me to ignore them for 3 months