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January 17, 2013

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Tracee Hamilton discusses local and national sports -- and whatever else you want to talk about.

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Tracee Hamilton

Tracee Hamilton has worked at the Post since 1993, toiling in office obscurity as an editor before someone said, "Hey, you've got a lot of opinions and can write a little. Why don't you become a columnist?"

Her interests range from genealogy to Nordic combined to Kansas basketball. If ever there were a Jayhawk who once flew off a ski jump, she'd know where he was buried.

Her list of pet peeves is considerably longer, but includes Missouri basketball and poor Metro etiquette. She welcomes dissenting opinions -- in the way Great Whites welcome open-water swimmers.

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Q.

Lance Armstrong isn't the only lying star athlete

Did you see this unmasking the Notre Dame star QB's blatant ploy for sympathy? "Manti Teo's Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax".

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, and since so many of you are writing in about that, we'll lead off with it. I can't even believe such a bizarre story. I will admit to paying NO attention to Manti and his sad story -- story being the operative word. I can't imagine, however, writing a word about it without looking into this woman. Maybe it's because of my genealogy work, but finding out if someone has died is not very hard to do. In fact, it's pretty darn easy.

– January 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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Tale of a draft pick - Section 405

Jose Vidro was drafted in the 6th round of the 1992 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos. He made the majors with the Expos in '97. He became the full-time second baseman in '99, and made the All-Star team in 2000, 2002 and 2003, and won the Silver Slugger in 2003. He was an Original National, and played second through the 2006 season. In December, 2006, Vidro was traded to Seattle for outfielder Cris Snelling and pitching prospect Emiliano Fruito. Vidro had an OK 2007 season, but was through by 2008, being released in August of that year. Snelling played with the Nats for the month of April, 2007. He was traded to the Oakland A's straight up for Ryan Langerhans in May, 2007. The A's waived him that October, and he bounced around various organizations through 2009, when his career ended. Fruito never made the majors; he went to the Boston organization as part of the Willy Mo Pena deal. Langerhans played for the Nats through June, 2009. In a trade little noted at the time, he went to Seattle for a utility player named -- Michael Morse. Langerhans has bounced around, but is still active. He signed a minor league deal with Toronto last month with an invite to the big team's spring training. We all know what Morse has done. Yesterday, he got traded back to Seattle, and pretty much everyone in DC sincerely misses him. We got A.J. Cole back from Oakland, where we sent him last year as part of the Gio Gonzalez deal (this was a 3-team deal), plus another High-A pitching prospect, plus a player to be named later. While Cole had a bad 2012, he's still only 21, and the Nats still think he's the guy they drafted and paid $2 million to in 2010. Rizzo's entitled to roll the dice -- after all, it's only a 6th round pick from 21 years ago..... Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wasn't sure where you were going when you started that post, but I'm with you (I think).

– January 17, 2013 11:02 AM
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Proposal for D.C.'s version of the National Anthem

We're all familiar with the ubiquitous chant of "O!" during the Star-Spangled Banner that originated in the city up the parkway. If Washington wants to put their own stamp on it, consider this idea. Shout out the words in the lyrics that begin with W. There are only eight (don't forget "whose) and seven of them are different. Show them up on the big screen accentuated with the curly W, and it'll probably catch on. What do you think, Tracee?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think the Star-Spangled Banner should be sung as written. But then, I'm old school.

– January 17, 2013 11:03 AM
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Games at Lambeau are NOT like what I'm reading about at Fedex

I was reading the transcript from last week with all the horror stories of the Fedex experience. It reminded me of how nervous I was as I went to my first Packer game last year (2011 opener against the Saints). It was a night game. Wisconsin folks LOVE their beer. I had heard all about problems at NFL venues everywhere. Wasn't I pleasantly surprised that people were there to watch the game. We were packed in like sardines on hard metal benches. There was one Saints fan sitting near us, who teased and was teased in a good natured manner. There was this one annoying guy about two rows behind us, who was drunk and obnoxious. Then it occurred to me that there was ONLY ONE obnoxious drunk guy anywhere near me. People were drinking, but not getting drunk. There were families with their kids having fun. No one was throwing up. Oh, and we parked for free in a mall parking lot about half mile from Lambeau. I won't even start to describe my visit to Miller Park the following week. Let it suffice to say there were about 20 women in the row behind us enjoying a "girls night out." In a sold out game, people were moving to standing room only to get away from them.
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Tracee Hamilton :

My aunt went to a  game at Lambeau last year, I think, and said it was one of the highlights of her sports fan life. Loved it there. I've only heard good things.

– January 17, 2013 11:06 AM
Q.

Who am I rooting for?

I am rooting for that bucket of chicken wings that I will be consuming during my 6 hours of football. Shall it be honey BBQ, Caribbean jerk, teriyaki, or spicy garlic?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Teriyaki gets my vote ... which means teriyaki will lose by 20.

– January 17, 2013 11:07 AM
Q.

Who do you like on Sunday?

Baby needs a new pair of shoes.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't want baby's feet to be cold all winter, so I will pass.

– January 17, 2013 11:08 AM
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Dolphins blowhole

On the Miami Dolphins logo, the dolphin is wearing a football helmet that covers its blowhole. How does the dolphin breathe?
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Tracee Hamilton :

In recent years, one could argue the Dolphin is not breathing well at all.

– January 17, 2013 11:09 AM
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Pete Rose Reality Show

I'm embarrassed to admit I watched about 15 minutes. He says he's doing this to show the world what he's really like. Well, it's worse than I realized. Episode one was about his efforts to convince the children of his first 2 marriages to accept his 30-something Playboy Bunny fiancee. He's 71, flabby and cranky. She can have him!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I didn't even know he had a reality show. I'm not sure you could pay me to watch it. No, I'm sure. You could not pay me to watch it.

– January 17, 2013 11:09 AM
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"How to pick a horse" column - Sect. 405

I notice that you were exquisitely careful to not *predict* anything, just express mild rooting interest for the Patriots and Falcons. Do you think this is enough to deflect the Hamiltonian Prediction Curse? Perhaps it's attenuated, like a vaccine, and Atlanta will *almost* choke it up again like they did vs. Seattle before coming back to win... (BTW, if that happens, Atlanta's a lock for the Super Bowl). As custodian of the curse, I am glad to see you are being so responsible in handling it. Plus, I thoroughly enjoyed the column. Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks, 405. Yes, no teams were cursed in the writing of the column. A reader pointed out another good "theory" category: The Harbaugh brothers. Should have thought of that one.

– January 17, 2013 11:11 AM
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The Nats may win 140 games this year

I know pre-season predictions often crash and burn, but they are going to be awesome. I' m not sure even you can jinx them. Barring something catasclysmic, they look virtually unstoppable.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I always like teams that have an outside shot over teams that look "virtually unstoppable." Those teams make me nervous. That said, on paper, this Nats team looks like a lot of fun, minus, of course, Morse, who will be missed.

– January 17, 2013 11:12 AM
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Nats week

Hi Tracee, As usual, Rizzo runs silent with regard to Soriano. Hate to see the Beast go, do you think we got a fair return in the deal? Might depend on the PTBNL.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I do not worry about such things where Rizzo is concerned. Until he lays a giant egg, In Rizzo I Trust.

– January 17, 2013 11:14 AM
Q.

I have to ask

Since we have never met, are you a real person? Did you really have shoulder surgeries? I'm just a little worried that "Tracee from the Post" will turn out to be a fictional person and I will feel as dumb as Manti Te'o does now.
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Tracee Hamilton :

If I were a fictional person, I'd have a much better life than the one I'm currently having. On the other hand, if we can just pick photos of the internet and declare them to be our boyfriends, or ourselves, then I'm Miss Alabama and I'm dating Ryan Gosling. Or George Clooney. Much closer to my age and getting hotter by the year.

– January 17, 2013 11:15 AM
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SO-MD

As of 8:45 pm on Wednesday I like how on WaPo Sports front page you can find the following: -Who the Eagles hired as their head coach. -Who the Bears hired as their head coach. -Wisconsin basketball beating Indiana -Brooklyn Nets winning their 7th straight -Knicks owner recording trash talk -Random Australian Open scores Yet one has to dig deep in the Nationals/MLB section to find any mention of the Orioles locking up Buck Showalter through 2018. Yeah, nevermind that there are TONS of Oriole fans who still read WaPo, nevermind that Showalter is one of the better managers in MLB, nevermind the random stories/articles about teams that most who read WaPo couldn't care less about (see above), nah. Does WaPo and Boswell really despise Peter Angelos that much that the newspaper can't even put a simple AP story about the O's locking up their manager long-term on its front page? Wow.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would make two counterpoints -- contract extensions aren't as newsy as, say, contracts, and second, blaming that on the Post's hatred of Peter Angelos, or Boz's, is hilariously ridiculous. Boz is on vacation and even if he weren't, believe me, has has no interest in controlling the sports home page. And the Post isn't some giant cabal where we all sit in a circle and think of ways to manipulate the news. We couldn't even organize a department picnic.

– January 17, 2013 11:16 AM
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In Rizzo We Trust

While I'm sad to see Morse go, I have come to grips with the fact that Mike Rizzo has forgotten more about managing a baseball team then I'll ever know. I was glad to hear that the Nats got AJ Cole back but was surprised to see his horrible record in high-A ball. So spotlight on Tyler Moore and let's hope Cole can regain that edge that made him the centerpiece in the Gio trade. Any chance Seattle comes to Washington for an interleague game this season??
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope.

– January 17, 2013 11:18 AM
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Act like you've been there?

Sure, that was a much-needed win for Maryland last night, but they only managed 51 points and won by one at the last second. Yes, NC State is ranked, but they're also in-conference. What I'm getting at is, I'm starting to think the Maryland students would rush the court for pizza night at the dining hall.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think it's great all the seats are filled again, so I'll cut them some slack on storming the court. It's been awhile since they've had anything storm-worthy.

– January 17, 2013 11:19 AM
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Take On Me

Now that Morse has been traded, and rightly so, the biggest question becomes what will the Nats do with "Take On Me."
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Tracee Hamilton :

The quick answer is, I don't know. I would imagine a team of folks is looking for answers, especially The Bog and My Arch Nemesis. However, if Nats fans want to keep it, they can sing it themselves and force the team to help them with the music. It's a dreadful song a capella but that just makes it more great.

– January 17, 2013 11:20 AM
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Why didn't Te'o come forward

If there is one thing this week has shown us, eventually you have to face the truth in these large scale lies. Even if Te'o is honest about being scammed (and considering the statements about talking to her family or meeting anyone in person) I find this hard to believe, he lied to the public for a number of weeks. ESPN basically ran the segment about his loss on a loop. If he had come out on Dec 27th and said I was caught in a fraud this would be a lot easier to trust. Instead we have two weeks of lies along with a University that has a shady recent history of covering up crimes for its football team. How he handled the situation will stain him forever.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It may have started with Te'o being scammed, but it sure didn't continue that way. It'll be fascinating to see what happens to him in the draft, if this hurts him at all.

– January 17, 2013 11:22 AM
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The media fumbles the Te'o story

(Yeah, I went for the obvious pun, but I'm a slightly invented Internet personality, so there...) Hopefully, the media will take a break from criticizing/mocking Monti Te'o and Notre Dame to lay a little smackdown on themselves. I worked in broadcasting for more than 15 years, in both news and sports, and I'm appalled at the violation of basic journalism rules that occurred in perpetuating (you can't call it reporting) this story. To list a few: --Nobody tried to find a police report on the accident in which the "girl" was hurt? --Nobody tried to find out her academic record at Stanford? Major? --Nobody tried to find any friends who knew her independently of Te'o, who could have told her side of the relationship? --No death notice? No funeral announcement? --She's a beautiful 22-year old woman who's smart enough to go to Stanford and nobody puts together an online tribute page in her honor or comments on her death in Facebook or organizes an event to remember her? --She would have spent her formative years in the Internet era. Wouldn't somebody have done a Google search for stray information (grade school, high school, photos, friendships, mentions in the newspaper)? If you did, wouldn't you find it weird that NOTHING turned up? Incredibly lazy journalism, which is inexcusable.
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Tracee Hamilton :

No argument here.

– January 17, 2013 11:24 AM
Q.

Manti Te'o

In a world enamored of Fantasy Football, how could we not expect a Fantasy Football Player Girlfriend? Cuban Pete
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Tracee Hamilton :

You may have just invented America's next big time suck, Cuban Pete!

– January 17, 2013 11:26 AM
Q.

The beast is in the Charm City, early august

Seattle will be in Baltimore in early august for a three game series. I thing Nats fans should go there to chear on the Beast, and sing Take on Me!
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Tracee Hamilton :

There you go! Get those tickets now.

– January 17, 2013 11:26 AM
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Still a fan favorite

Morse's class in dealing with what has to be a tough situation (despite what he says in public) is just one more reason fans are sorry to see him go. I hope he continues to blossom in Seattle.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think Nats fans will be rooting for him for a long time to come.

– January 17, 2013 11:29 AM
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Nats Pen

I have to say, picking up Soriano was A) a suprise and B) really genius. They have 3 "stoppers" in the bullpen, which will have the effect of shortening up the games- Clippard, Storen and Soriano can potentially turn a baseball game into 6 innings, the way the Yankees did in 96 with Wettland, Rivera, and Nelson, or Johnson can use an impressive rotation in the bullpen, with Soriano as his "ace" closer and Storen and Clippard to keep him fresh- remember, the 86 Mets had McDowell get 22 saves and Orosco 21. It will also keep the innings off of Strasburg et al, keeping them fresher. Might be the best move they made all winter.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think it IS the best move they made all winter. And I was pretty happy with the re-signing of LaRoche.

– January 17, 2013 11:29 AM
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Manti Te'o -- most bizarre story of the year (with 11+ months to go)?

Tracee -- i don't think we know close to the whole story yet. What do you think?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, I'm sure we don't. However, I think we know enough to know that what we know is really, really weird and that there's no way this kid was duped. I just skimmed the Deadspin story and there are references to the dad talking to the girl? Really? I mean, your girlfriend has all these bad things befall her and you don't get on a plane (or a bus, for that matter) to see her? The whole thing is bizarre.

– January 17, 2013 11:30 AM
Q.

Take On Me

Well damn, who doesn't love Morse, but can the 'Nats at least use the song for every 7th Inning Stretch so we can all raise the roof again every game? Who needs "Country Boy?"
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Tracee Hamilton :

If I were in the stands, I'd put the song on my iPhone, iTouch, whatever, and invest in one of those tiny speakers, and let 'er rip. If enough fans to do that, the song can continue. You just need a section at a time to go along and pretty soon it's a done deal. That's if I were a fan and in the stands. If I do that in the press box, I'm not sure what would happen, although Boz can really hit the high notes.

– January 17, 2013 11:30 AM
Q.

Manti Te'o

I would be credulous about this story if I didn't know personally a woman who was similarly the victim of a hoax. She had an on-line relationship with a man who lived overseas, agreed to marry him, planned her wedding, and then found out he was a fabrication made up by her roommate. An incredible betrayal of a very sweet person
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ugh. That is disgusting -- although planning to marry a man you've never met face to face is a really bad idea. Really bad. I'm sure there are scenarios in which it works out, but man, what a roll of the dice.

– January 17, 2013 11:32 AM
Q.

Mickey Mo'

T-Bone, I'm super upset that the Nats are going with Span and LaRoche instead of Michael Morse. I'm not really sure it's an upgrade, and Beast-mode was a real treasure for us fans. How do you think this plays out?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think it was the better option, much as I like Morse. (Now LaRoche will step in a gopher hole at the ranch and miss spring training.)

– January 17, 2013 11:34 AM
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Notre Dame star QB's blatant ploy for sympathy

First, to the poster, he wasn't a quarterback. If you're going to complain about someone lying get your facts straight first. Second, there's no clear evidence that he was part of this and not just some gullible kid. There's so much unknown about this bizarre story.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Sorry, read right over the QB part. I agree that we don't know all of this story, but I am amazed that any kid these days could be that gullible, especially one that's been out in the world like this guy has. I mean, he's a highly recruited, nationally known athlete. That's not exactly a sheltered existence.

– January 17, 2013 11:35 AM
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My favorite line about Manti Te'o

It came from an old friend of mine: This sounds like something Jan Brady would have done.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, that's hilarious.

– January 17, 2013 11:35 AM
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Beast Mode...off?

Why? Why trade Morse?!?!
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Tracee Hamilton :

They had no place to play him. It's a kindness to give a guy a chance to play somewhere else and to open up a roster spot for a guy who doesn't necessarily need or deserve to play every day. Morse earned that and was WORTH that, making him the guy to trade.

– January 17, 2013 11:35 AM
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Caps

Backstrom is feeling better, Ovechkin has some new moves to try out from the right wing, and the first puck drops this weekend. How psyched are you?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Pretty psyched, actually. I've missed hockey.

– January 17, 2013 11:36 AM
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Fans at stadiums

Is it truly a FedEx field issue or random sections in FedEx field? My experience with football is limited to season tickets at the Ravens since M&T was built. The people in my area are great. Opposing fans tease and are teased but all in good nature. I've seen fights and passout out people (some taken out feet-first by EMTs). I, therefore, must assume that some sections in every stadium are good, some are terrible, and some must be neutral.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think the entire stadium is a UFC event waiting to be televised. I think the real problem at FedEx is that the trip there is a nightmare, which means people go super-early to avoid the traffic, which means people begin to drink super early. Add to that the lowering of our standards of decorum in public over the years and bang! you've got trouble, right here in River City. Er, you know what I mean.

– January 17, 2013 11:36 AM
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Geneology

I think it is wise that you do not "predict" any winners or losers. One of your long lost relatives, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton predicted an Aaron Burr loss, and we know what happened to poor Alexander.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! Very good.

– January 17, 2013 11:38 AM
Q.

Great column on Armstrong

Everything he's ever done has been to makeh im look good. Poor Sally and everyone else who idolized the man. However, I am interested in learning how he was able to never fail a drug test.
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Tracee Hamilton :

He was ahead of the testers. It has happened in other sports as well. Track is a great example. There are always doctors who are making new synthetics for which there are no tests. The drug testers develop a test and bang! the doctors develop something new and the cheaters move on.

– January 17, 2013 11:40 AM
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CSN Washington sports reporting

As a Redskin fan for the past 60 years, and a Maryland Terps basketball fan, I have found it very irritating for the past several months to watch TV at 6 am, before I have to leave for work, CSN Washington sports programing and find almost only Ravens news and interviews. I end up just turning off the TV because I do not want to waste my few free minutes. I wanted to see how Md basketball defeated ranked NCState last night, not a Flacco interview this am. The Ravens have had a good team for many years and last Sunday they were very lucky to get past Denver due to at least 6 questionable ref calls and stupid calls by the Denver coaches at the end of the game. That being said, I have no interest watching them on a DC sports TV show even though they are still in the Super Bowl hunt.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Comcast has a broadcasting tie to both NFL teams, the Ravens and Skins. That's why you see the Ravens coverage. I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea, but if the situation were reversed, the Ravens fans would have to sit through Redskins reports.

– January 17, 2013 11:41 AM
Q.

Chip Kelly

One can understand the appeal of going from being a Duck to being an Eagle, but was this really a smart move for Kelly?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It wasn't a smart move to say you weren't going, and then going. I wonder if a coach has ever done something like that before? Oh, wait ... yes. It doesn't speak well for Kelly in the short term, but if he does well, all will be forgotten except by those up Oregon way, some of whom may hold a grudge for awhile.

– January 17, 2013 11:42 AM
Q.

Opening Day

A-Ha concert at noon. Deal?
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Tracee Hamilton :

That would be great news for the real a-ha! (As I recall, it was lowercase, but I could be wrong.) However, yes, why not experiment with it?

– January 17, 2013 11:42 AM
Q.

Not Miss Kansas?

- Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think a Miss Kansas has won since something like 1969 although I could be wrong. In beauty as in football, Alabama is the better option, sadly. (That Miss Kansas dated KU QB David Jaynes, who never made it in the pros but was a terrific college QB. He is now married to Cary Grant's widow and they are both tremendously nice people. And that's a little useless trivia for today.)

– January 17, 2013 11:43 AM
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Fact checking

Given your own past problems with fact checking - claiming in a column in July 2011 that Maryland gave up a home football game against, ironically, Notre Dame to let it be played at FedEx Field, which was untrue since it was never scheduled to be played at Maryland - how can you say that you would never write about Manti Te'o without looking into the girlfriend?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, the two mistakes are exactly identical. Good point. I wouldn't want to write a human interest story about a guy and his sick/dying/dead girlfriend without speaking to the girlfriend (while alive) or her family, friends, etc. And it is incredibly easy to find out about people using Facebook, if nothing else. There are a lot of ways this fan be done. The Social Security Death Index is but one, but it's a good one.

– January 17, 2013 11:44 AM
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Chatterings

So the national scuttlebutt seems to be that the Nats made out like bandits on the Morse deal. Does this show how fans can become irrationally attached to a player (like Frenchy in K.C.) or are all the talking heads wrong?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think people are irrationally attached to him. They aren't burning Rizzo in effigy or turning in tickets. They are expressing affection for a guy who wasn't just a stiff in a jersey, who made the game fun and had fun playing the game. I think people respond to that.

– January 17, 2013 11:46 AM
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Manti Teo

I can admit this here because no one knows me. lol. Ten years ago, I "met" a girl online. Like Te'o, I had a three-year relationship with her -- exclusively online. She was across the country, just out of college. At one point she "moved overseas" for work and we fell out of touch, but eventually she recontacted me. At that point, she made up a tragedy and said she needed to "deal with that" before we could meet. Finally I kept asking about a meeting and she agreed to one. I bought plane tickets to the West Coast ... and the day before I was to go out there, she told me she was actually a lonely, 50-year-old single woman. The "work overseas" and "tragedy" were both attempts to get me to leave on my own so she wouldn't have to admit it. She had sent me photos, but all were either at a distance or her from younger days. At one point she even pretended to be her own mother on the phone to say she wasn't ready to talk to me after the "tragedy" yet. Of course, I felt like an idiot. However, I never lied about any of it to my friends -- I told them what I'd been told. I never lied about meeting her or her parents. So I've been in Te'o's situation, but can't see any way this happened exactly the way he says it did.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Interesting. Thanks for sharing that. This is why I would avoid online relationships like the plague; there are too many bad people out there. Your story could have ended far worse than it did. Glad it didn't.

– January 17, 2013 11:47 AM
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Te'o

Goddess of the Plains and Drinker of Stout: It's not a coincidence that the Te'o story wasn't broken by the 4-letter network, or Yahoo, or any of the usual suspects -- because they're pretty much court stenographers for the major sports leagues (and I'm counting the NCAA) at this point. Deadspin, and other websites, may do their share of cheap jokes, but at least they don't feel the urgent need to soft-pedal every story in fear of having their locker room/practice field passes pulled. Score one (again) for new media.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It is not surprising Deadspin did a good job -- I agree that amid the sometimes useless stuff there is a lot of good stuff there. No quibbles.

– January 17, 2013 11:49 AM
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Superbowl food

Is it too early to talk about what we're bringing to our respective Super Bowl parties? Signed, The Very Good Wife

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Tracee Hamilton :

I think we'd better save that for next week, which reminds me -- we'll have to chat at noon next week or cancel. I'm assuming noon is the better option so that's what I'm planning.

– January 17, 2013 11:50 AM
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Lance's sincerity

Unless Lance apologizes specifically to Greg LeMond, I can't believe that he is sincere. Lance tried to use strong arm tactics to destroy LeMond Cycling after Lemond had the temerity to question Lance's relationship with Dr. Ferrari. It is significant to note that LeMond didn't question just Armstrong, but the entire peloton. A quote of his that appeared in Le Monde a few years ago can be translated as "It is a shame that we will never know who the true champions of this generation are. Hinault, Fignon and myself wouldn't finish in the top 20 nowdays."
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can't imagine what he could say that would make me believe he's sincere.

– January 17, 2013 11:52 AM
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Musberger

Tracee, I was very surprised to see you supporting Brent Musberger. It seemed to me his comments were basically the equivalent of a construction worker whistling at passing women (the difference being that she didn't know she'd been whistled at until the next day). There's something very repulsive about a broadcaster stopping a telecast dead in its tracks to ogle a woman 50 years his junior. No?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No. He didn't stop dead in his tracks. If he was talking about her while watching her on his binoculars while the cameras were showing the game, that's one thing. The cameras focused on her and he commented on her looks. Since she's a beauty queen, I hardly think that's out of bounds. She is trading on her looks for scholarship money and exposure (and good forher; she has every right to do that). As I said, there's a huge difference between saying she is beautiful and speculating on her bra size or making suggestive comments. I think we are all too ready to overreact.

– January 17, 2013 11:53 AM
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The beast

Is there any way the Nats would trade Ryan Zimmerman, to open a place on the roster for Anthony Rendon, to Seatle for Michael Morse? The beast was my favorite Nat.
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Tracee Hamilton :

No.

– January 17, 2013 11:55 AM
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Beast in MD

The only problem - that would involve giving DC money to Angelos, something we swore off when he couldn't decide if "There are no REAL baseball fans in Washington," or "That's MY territory."
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's a moral dilemma.

– January 17, 2013 11:57 AM
Q.

Take On Me - Kilgore's already on it Section 405

From Kilgore's post-trade interview with Morse:

On taking "Take On Me" with him to Seattle:

"I'm 50-50 right now. I feel like that's something me and the people of D.C. kind of shared. We'll see how it goes."

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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks, 405. That's pretty cool of him to say.

– January 17, 2013 11:59 AM
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Lance & money

Not sure why Lance would need to return $$$ sponsors had given him for endorsement deals? I'm pretty sure that they profited off him to the tune of millions and millions of $$$ while he was seen as a positive figure. After his fall from grace he was dropped from the sponsors ... so now folks are saying he owes them that $$$ back? Does Tiger Woods owe Nike back any money? What about Marion Jones? The money he won in lawsuits when he was fighting the charges I can understand, but not the sponsorship money.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hmmmm. I think I agree with you on that. There were rumors for most of his career; they knew they were rolling the dice. Drop him, sure. But expect a refund? You're taking a risk any time to endorse someone. You may have to pay a price for that. Now, future contracts with athletes may include payback clauses for cheating with women, cheating with drugs, or being gullible, but for now. no. Caveat emptor. (And if that's wrong, forgive me. I don't do Latin, sadly.)

– January 17, 2013 12:00 PM
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What Teo Really Lost

He was supposed to get a $20 Million dowry from his girlfriend's father, who's a Nigerian prince.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha!

– January 17, 2013 12:01 PM
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Ray Lewis

If the Ravens make it all the way to the Super Bowl, is Ray Lewis going to have one of his friends stab some dude, for old times' sake?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not the first time I've heard this, nor will it be the last.

– January 17, 2013 12:01 PM
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Manti Te'o

Manti Te'o is 21 years old. I have made many dumb mistakes when I was 21. I just didn't have the whole world watching. After being scammed this bad, the embarrassment should be punishment enough. So we all might cut him a little slack. Note, I take this all back if he was somehow "in on it."
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Tracee Hamilton :

'Tis true. Lots of people older than him do dumb things. If he used it to court Heisman support, however, then my sympathy wanes considerably. I just don't think all the shoes (cleats?) have dropped in this story yet.

– January 17, 2013 12:01 PM
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The Gatekeepers

As a former editor, what are the rules about reporting what others are reporting? It seems to me that one outlet picks up a juicy story, and then others repeat it so it is all over the Internet and the country.
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Tracee Hamilton :

If you pick up a story from another outlet, you credit the outlet. If you use another outlet's reporting in your story, you should credit that as well. If you run an AP story, you just put the AP byline on it and run it. Every paper has different rules. The Post has long had a rule that if another outlet breaks a story, you are to credit it. My former boss used to put that credit very high in the story, so that it made the section front. Fair is far. I can honestly say that some of our competitors took an opposite approach and he would always say, "High road!" and he was right. That doesn't mean we always got it or get it right but those are some of the basics.

– January 17, 2013 12:03 PM
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Armstrong

Loved your column on Armstrong. now I suppose I should ask a question. hmm. oh, yeah, beverages! What's your favorite soda?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks, and Diet Coke. Boring, right? I'm pretty much off soda and totally off alcohol. I have the most bland life possible.

– January 17, 2013 12:04 PM
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ahead of the testers

But don't they store some samples to be tested years later? In other words, I understand them beating today's tests, but how do they beat tests 5 years in the future? I'm not disagreeing with you, I just wonder how they did it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

They do, and sometimes that's how they get caught. But not always. Sometimes the testers just don't get the right formula, or whatever. (Science is my thing!) There are certainly athletes we can all think of who were rumored to have used something but never got caught. I also am not sure how long they've been taking the B samples (I'd have to look it up; this was always Amy Shipley's territory). And they used to just test urine and some things wouldn't show up unless it was blood. There are a million permutations, which is why it must be frustrating to try to catch them.

– January 17, 2013 12:05 PM
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ha!

While I've always thought that "The Sun Always Shines On TV" was a severely underrated song (calling it a "hit" would be really incorrect), having the Norwegian boys (who apparently are correctly capitalized as A-ha) play the dreariest James Bond theme in history ("The Living Daylights") might scare the children.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I have never heard that song! I believe you re the capitalization, but I'd swear I remember it as a-ha on MTV, where it's continual playing coincided nicely with my college years. Don't think I've seen it since.

– January 17, 2013 12:06 PM
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George Clooney

My wife has a *crazy* thing about old George. What is it with you women? ;)
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Tracee Hamilton :

He's a very handsome man! Now, call me creepy. I see him on old "Roseanne" reruns and I feel the way I did when they first aired -- not attractive. He has just gotten more and more handsome. Paul Newman perfected this. A friend and I were discussing this the other day. It's hard to get better looking as you get older, and much easier for men than women, I think.

– January 17, 2013 12:06 PM
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Payback clauses

Actually, Tracee, from what I've read Lance's sponsorship contract with USPS might have included a "drug-free" clause.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Then Lance had best be prepared to write a check. I can't imagine a sponsor deal today not containing about 100 clauses.

– January 17, 2013 12:07 PM
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Armstrong's Conscience

The one and only reason Armstrong should be confessing is to clear his conscience. Do you get the feeling that's why he's doing this? I don't. It seems so very calculated and planned out. This isn't a mea culpa, it's just another game plan of his - another attack strategy as though public opinion were a mountain in the Pyrenees.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I'd say it feels calculated. Wait, I already said it!

– January 17, 2013 12:07 PM
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We couldn't even organize a department picnic.

That's freaking hilarious. Right up there with Davey Johnson offering to mend fences on LaRoche's farm in exchange for no third year.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wonder if Davey knows how to mend a fence? I also wonder if Davey knows how big LaRoche's spread is. He might be better off with that third year.

– January 17, 2013 12:08 PM
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frauds

is the fake girlfriend really news? or gossip? if news, for how long?
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Tracee Hamilton :

The line between the two has become very thin and very blurry. I think it'll die down for awhile after this flurry then come up again as draft day approaches.

– January 17, 2013 12:08 PM
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This wasn't even in Musberger's top 5

"This is for all the Tostitos" being at the top, of course. By the way: LeMond quoted in Le Monde? L'Awesome!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I find that more offensive, in that it assumes we're all stupid. And love the LeMond/Le Monde thing. LeMond: "Le Monde? This is LeMond." Le Monde: "What?" (but in French).

I'm running long and I'd better stop now. Thanks, everyone, for chiming in. Let's see what next week's hot topic is. But it's hard to imagine anything topping the "Take On Me" debate.

Don't forget -- noon next week. Thanks!

– January 17, 2013 12:09 PM
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