Joe Gibbs honored with Spirit of Virginia Award

Joe Gibbs, three time Super Bowl champion head coach with Washington, was awarded a Spirit of Virginia Award for his nonprofit Youth For Tomorrow.

The award was presented by Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin at the annual Burgundy and Gold Banquet alongside current Commanders and former players as well as Coach Gibbs’ family and friends.

The nonprofit offers residential, outpatient, medical, and education services to children and families in need throughout Virginia.

Since its founding in 1986, YFT has helped 6,752 children and families.

The residential treatment program currently serves over 800 at-risk children and teens annually in Bristow where staff and residents work together towards healing.

YFT also provides day treatment options for select elementary and middle schools in Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties.

This is the second of six Spirit of Virginia awards bestowed in 2024.

The Award recognizes unique qualities and standout achievements across the Commonwealth and salutes Virginians for their uncommon contributions in private industries, education, culture, the arts, and philanthropy

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Ryan’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Get ready for tonight’s NFL Draft with Ryan’s Mock draft, and don’t forget to listen to this week’s Sports Dogs Podcast focusing on the top 10 pick and the Commanders’ selection.

  1. Carolina Panthers: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
    Steph Curry of football
  2. Houston Texans: Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
    I don’t think the Texans like the other QBs.

    2022: 65 Pressures (2nd) 2021: 82 Pressures (1st) 2020: 60 Pressures (1st)

  3. Arizona Cardinals: CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
    Cardinals Trade back to Raiders
  4. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
    Colts can’t keep sending out retread future retirees at QB.
  5. Seattle Seahawks: Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
    Could’ve been first non-QB taken. Off the field concerns. Pleaded no contest in reckless driving and racing which led to a death. Overweight at combine. Doesn’t like hard coaching, Pete Carroll is a good fit for that.
  6. Detroit Lions: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
    Best pure corner in draft. Long. WD40 smooth hips
  7. Las Vegas Raiders: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
    Cardinals trade back to Raiders spot and get a guy with great potential
  8. Atlanta Falcons: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa
    Falcons defensive line was baddddd. Van Ness did not play a ton at Iowa. Big potential pick.
  9. Chicago Bears: Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State
    Traded back showed confidence in Fields. A new OL will help him succeed. Only 2 sacks and No hits allowed at LT last season.
  10. Philadelphia Eagles: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
    Eagles always pick players that terrify me and I don’t want to play against. Ran a 4.39 40 yd dash and was MAD
  11. Tennessee Titans: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
    Consensus All-American and First-Team Big Ten in 2022. Titans just addressed other needs in free agency. 5.2 QBR when targeted.
  12. Houston Texans: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
    Saquon. Stud. Teams started drooling over him last year. Instant fantasy football impact
  13. Green Bay Packers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
    Best WR in draft. Could be a steal. 347 yards in Rose Bowl. OSU record for receiving yards in a season. First WR drafted in first round in 21 years in GB. Would also be absolutely hilarious to make Rodgers mad and draft a WR like he always wanted.
  14. New England Patriots: Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State
    Another pick because it would be funny. Steelers and Pats big rivals at the time his Dad was in league. Spygate was Pats on Steelers. “I have a natural hate for them. Period. “And that’s just gonna be with me forever.”- Joey Porter Sr.
  15. New York Jets: Peter Skoronski, IOL, Northwestern
    Best interior lineman. Could play outside down the road but has short arms.
  16. Washington Commanders: Darnell Wright, OT, Tenn
    Shut down Will Anderson who will be top 5 pick in game vs Bama. Moves Wylie to guard which should help him. Versatile and experienced(played senior year and in senior bowl). Only 6 teams allowed more sacks than Commanders last year. Chris Samuels, Brandon Scherff and Trent Williams last OL taken by Washington in 1st round
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
    Highest ceiling of any lineman in draft. Steelers OL was so bad. Will help Pickett and Najee.
  18. Detroit Lions: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
    Need to fill hole left after trading away Hockenson. Kincaid is a better offensive weapon.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
    Bucs need a QB. Levis falls.
  20. Seattle Seahawks: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
    Seattle completely rebuilds DL in one round. Father attended Warren County High School.
  21. Los Angeles Chargers: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
    New OC Kellen Moore likes two tight end sets
  22. Baltimore Ravens: Zay Flowers, WR, BC
    Still trying to make nice with Lamar. Need cheaper investment at position after giving OBJ 18 mil
  23. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
    WR panic! Vikings need Thielen replacement and KJ Osbourne didn’t step up as much last year.
  24. Jacksonville Jaguars: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
    Chiseled of stone. Freak athlete. Can play the run game.
  25. New York Giants: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
    Giants WR room still stinks even after free agent signings. I don’t think Johnston will transition to NFL very well.
  26. Dallas Cowboys: O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida
    Cowboys always seem to draft lineman well. He should develop well at guard in their offense.
  27. Buffalo Bills: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
    Alabama transfer then balled out. Buffalo needs to fill hole left by Edmunds. They also need to invest in Defense.
  28. Cincinnati Bengals: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Miss State
    FBS record holder in pick 6s
  29. New Orleans Saints: Calijah Kancey, DL, Pitt
    Undersized otherwise would go way higher.
  30. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Branch, S, Alabama
    Extremely unfair the eagles have two first round picks. They get lucky with Branch sliding to them.
  31. Kansas City Chiefs: Will McDonald, EDGE, Iowa State
    Forced 10 fumbles in college.

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Middletown celebrates with Tree Lighting Ceremony

christmas parade canceled

‘Tis the season in Middletown as they got in the Christmas spirit with their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony last night.

They welcomed Super Bowl Champion and Washington legend Brian Mitchell as a special guest to help light the tree which is located off Reliance Road as you are entering Middletown.

Middletown will continue their festivities next weekend with their Christmas Parade down Main Street next Saturday at 2:00 pm.

If you’re in Middletown anytime through the holidays, don’t forget to stop by their mailbox to Santa and Mrs. Claus to drop off your letters which they have promised Mayor Harbaugh to respond to.

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