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Jul 12, 2008, 10:04 PM EDT

Some of you reading this blog have met my father, Ty. He’s been to Hogfest a time or two and some of you have met him at our tailgate.

Only a few of you have met my mother Mimi. She was the one who let Dad and I engage in all of these Redskins-related activities for 40+ years.

Mimi died suddenly on Friday.

She had been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days and she was in bed on Friday. Dad brought her breakfast late in the morning and after she ate it he let her go back to sleep. He came in to check on her a little while later and she was gone.

Mom wasn’t a big Redskins fan, but she always pulled for them. She paid attention; when we got home from a game she always knew if the Skins had won or lost and she would always chat a bit about the game. It meant something to her because she knew it meant a lot to Dad and me.

She had her favorites. Clinton Portis was one because of his impish personality and she appreciated the grace of Santana Moss’ moves. And, of course, she recognized the special qualities that Coach Joe possessed.

Of course, this aspect just scratches the surface when it comes to Mimi Tandler. She was a special lady in many, many ways.

  1. Skudge - Jul 13, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    My condolences, Rich.

  2. Skudge - Jul 13, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    My condolences, Rich.

  3. wtfree3 - Jul 13, 2008 at 4:38 AM

    Rich,

    My family’s prayers and condolences to you, your dad, and your family on your loss. Take as much time as you need to take care of the things that really matter.

  4. wtfree3 - Jul 13, 2008 at 4:38 AM

    Rich,

    My family’s prayers and condolences to you, your dad, and your family on your loss. Take as much time as you need to take care of the things that really matter.

  5. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Rich,
    I am sorry for your loss, all the best to you and your family.
    Phil

  6. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Rich,
    I am sorry for your loss, all the best to you and your family.
    Phil

  7. redskin521 - Jul 13, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Rich,
    I’m sorry to hear about your Mom. Having lost my Dad 2 years ago about all I can offer is that the pain will ease over time. Again, my condolences to you and your family.
    Terry

  8. redskin521 - Jul 13, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Rich,
    I’m sorry to hear about your Mom. Having lost my Dad 2 years ago about all I can offer is that the pain will ease over time. Again, my condolences to you and your family.
    Terry

  9. David Alison - Jul 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Rich, you, your Dad and Mimi are in my prayers.

  10. David Alison - Jul 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Rich, you, your Dad and Mimi are in my prayers.

  11. Joe in Raleigh - Jul 14, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Rich, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Joe

  12. Joe in Raleigh - Jul 14, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Rich, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Joe

  13. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    As Rich will attest, I wasn’t even half the Skins fan as his Mom, but I was a huge Mimi fan. In high school, the Tandler house was a fascinating, fun, loving place to hang out- one always felt sheltered there. In spite of raucous and bad behavior that other parents would not tolerate, Mimi and Ty were always welcoming. And they gave us Rich. I’d say she done good.
    Rich, sorry to hear.
    Curt Laub

  14. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    As Rich will attest, I wasn’t even half the Skins fan as his Mom, but I was a huge Mimi fan. In high school, the Tandler house was a fascinating, fun, loving place to hang out- one always felt sheltered there. In spite of raucous and bad behavior that other parents would not tolerate, Mimi and Ty were always welcoming. And they gave us Rich. I’d say she done good.
    Rich, sorry to hear.
    Curt Laub

  15. Ben Folsom - Jul 14, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Rich, my condolences to your family, I am sorry to hear this news.

  16. Ben Folsom - Jul 14, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Rich, my condolences to your family, I am sorry to hear this news.

  17. Gregory - Jul 17, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Rich, thanks for posting this personal information here. Life’s not always about football, even though the game itself is sometimes a metaphor for our struggles in RL.

    Please know in your time of sorrow, that many are pulling for you and your Dad.

    Be Well

    Gregory

  18. Gregory - Jul 17, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Rich, thanks for posting this personal information here. Life’s not always about football, even though the game itself is sometimes a metaphor for our struggles in RL.

    Please know in your time of sorrow, that many are pulling for you and your Dad.

    Be Well

    Gregory

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