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Host: Tracee Hamilton

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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Host: Adam Kilgore

Adam Kilgore

Adam Kilgore covers the Nationals for The Washington Post. He previously covered the Red Sox and Patriots for the Boston Globe and the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and the Orioles during a first stint with The Post. He was also part of The Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the mass slayings at Virginia Tech in 2007.
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So You're a Doctor Now?

You sound like my mom after my broken arm had healed when I was in 10th grade. "Yes, I know the doctor said everything was fine and you could go back to football practice. I just think you should sit out one more week."
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's not at all what I said. I said that Crosby was being smart to be cautious and that Manning will have to undergo a lot of tests. That's it. All I was trying to say was that I admire Crosby for not trying to "skate through it" and to take it seriously and that I hope Manning listens to whatever  he's told. I don't know what he'll be told and neither do you. They may tell him there is no risk and then good for him. And good for the NFL, too.

And go easy on your mom. She loved you!

And with that, let's get started!

First, to Pittsburgh Wife: I've checked with Kilgore and he assures me that Clippard's arbitration payment was fair. His big paydays will come in the next few years. He is in line with what he should be getting right now; at this stage it's about more about service than stats.

(We know how Pittsburgh Wife worries about all things Pittsburgh, plus Tyler Clippard. She couldn't wait till Thursday to ask me this question.)

– January 19, 2012 11:02 AM
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Hendricks

Hi Tracee, I must commend Matt Hendricks last night for getting into it with Bourque. For some reason, I see more fireworks when these two teams meet up at the phone booth.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, that one was scheduled well before the game began. Had to be done. And Hendricks certainly didn't mind doing it.

– January 19, 2012 11:05 AM
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beating the Thunder

What does beating the Thunder actually mean? That the Wizards are okay if they actually try to play as a team? That the Thunder were caught sleeping? Is our top 3 draft lottery pick still safe?
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Tracee Hamilton :

The Wizards aren't mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet? I'm guessing the Thunder were a little complacent; I think with this compressed schedules we're going to see teams take "nights off" more often. But with Durant coming home I didn't think the Thunder would be one of those teams. It also means that the Wizards can play better than we've seen. Sometimes. When they want to.

– January 19, 2012 11:07 AM
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On any given day . . .

Thanks, Wiz, we needed that. Making it even sweeter, I went wth a bunch of Okies who came prepared for a laughter. Wow.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sure there were some very disappointed Thunder fans in the building. And if my dad stayed awake, he was probably mad, too. :) He never misses the Thunder.

– January 19, 2012 11:10 AM
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Super Bowl Picks

Let's go Tracee. Who ya got?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Whoo, boy, I don't know why you people ask. Okay, what the heck, Ravens vs. Niners. (Why? Brady's hurt, Eli's sick. Seriously, I just guaranteed the TV dream matchup of New York-New England.)

– January 19, 2012 11:11 AM
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Congrats to the Wizards

What are the odds they can keep this up? Please?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would not expect them to put together a winning streak, if that's what you're hoping for. Can they improve? Of course, because they can hardly get worse.

– January 19, 2012 11:15 AM
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Miracles do happen!

How bout them Wizzies? Is their win over the Thunder going to be the high point of the season? Do you foresee any other totally improbable victories?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Absolutely not, because if I had predicted they would beat the Thunder, you'd have declared me insane. Fairly. It was a nice win and maybe it will give them some confidence and cut down on the dopey behavior.

– January 19, 2012 11:17 AM
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Pats fan

I'm sick of Ray Lewis's Tarzan impersonation. I hope NE beats the tar out of them.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay.

– January 19, 2012 11:20 AM
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What's your take?

Why would Ed Reed throw Joe Flacco under the bus?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I admit, I'm baffled by this one. The timing is odd, to say the least. Flacco didn't look good, but I thought better of Ed Reed. Maybe he thinks this will motivate Flacco?

– January 19, 2012 11:22 AM
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KU (good) and Wizards (mostly bad)

Ms. H: Good win for KU over Baylor (what will happen in Waco? I'm not taking KU and giving points). I was on-line this morning reading the "Daily Oklahoman's" beat writer's story on the Wizards upset of the Thunder. His take was part of the reason for the loss was the overwhelming apathy in the Verizon Center affecting the Thunder. That may be the Zards's big (only) advantage now - it's impossible for other teams to get "up" for a game in DC. AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! Well, that's possible. As for playing at Baylor (and at Manhattan and at Mizzou...) we have a lot of road tests ahead of us. That was a nice win and nothing more. We are not deep this year, at all. I've said it a million times. We do have a couple of very good players and Thomas Robinson is something special. Big win for the Huskers, btw!

– January 19, 2012 11:23 AM
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Downton Abbey and the Wizards

The Wizards are so bad that their tickets can be had for a song (which one?), yet I still don't go to the games. Why? Because like a lot of folks in the DC area, I am time-bound instead of money-bound. With the entertainment options out there, an event has to be pretty good for me to spend time on it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not sure where Downton Abbey fits in but I love the shoutout. I haven't watched any of this season, however, so no spoilers, please. I'm a bit like you, I guess, re time, but I also look at the money. The Wizards, right now, are a bargain financially, but the Caps are so very expensive. But it's more fun to see in person than on TV (hockey, I mean). The time issue, for me, is the investment in the getting to and from and how early you have to arrive, etc., which is why the Redskins' experience is so unpleasant compared to the downtown teams. For me, I mean. Other people love the tailgating and socializing. Not for me.

– January 19, 2012 11:24 AM
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Why Peyton should QB the Redskins

The Colts don't have enough cashola for both Peyton and Luck. Peyton is old and a gamble, Luck is new and a gamle. Peyton should head to the Redskins, so he can play Eli twice a year. Remember Joe Montana and the '93 Chiefs?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I have a hard time picturing Peyton in the Shanahan offense. And playing behind the Skins' line. I do remember Montana and the '93 Chiefs, which was fun but didn't go very far.

– January 19, 2012 11:27 AM
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Who will win?

Predictions from you? Otherwise I can't do my office pool ...
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a sad commentary on you!

See above, then make your decisions accordingly.

– January 19, 2012 11:29 AM
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Inexplicable playcalling in Packers/Giants

Tracee: I hope I'm remembering this correctly. With 13 minutes to go in the 4th quarter and the Packers down by a touchdown, Mike McCarthy elected to go for it on 4th down at midfield. And the Pack didn't need a yard--more like 4 or 5. Result--an incomplete pass, ball goes over to Giants and the rout is on. I could understand the call if there were 2 minutes left and you're down by 7, but 13 minutes? Number 1, am I remembering this correctly? Number 2, what was the idea?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Maybe he saw how successful that was for the Falcons the previous week? I don't know why except it does show confidence in your offense and who wouldn't be confidence in that offense? But I do not remember the time remaining so let's throw this one out to the crowd? I know we have some Pack fans out there....

– January 19, 2012 11:31 AM
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Is the World Ending?

Both the Capitals and the Wizards won last night!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I know! And the Caps pitched a shutout, with Neuvy in net, on the road.

– January 19, 2012 11:34 AM
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Clippard Is WAY Underpaid

How can they give him only $1.65 million for one year and give Gorzellany, who had almost twice the ERA, twice as much money? Clip was an All-Star with a 1.85 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 88 innings and 38 holds. He deserves much more money.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Arbitration is based on guys with similar service and numbers. Gorzellany is higher paid because he's a starter. Kilgore explained it all very well yesterday but sadly he's not here today to deflect the wrath of the Clip Lovers.

– January 19, 2012 11:37 AM
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Caps Fan

I expected the Caps to exact some revenge on Bourque last night and was surprised that Hendricks was the guy. Bourque held his own which makes me wonder whether a real message was sent. He consistently crashed our net with none of our D-Man doing anything or even responding after the whistle. Not advocating taking bad penalties, but did the Caps really send a message to other teams about cheap shots on our star players? It looked like MoJo took a cheap shot knee on knee late in the game as well.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, Hendricks is always ready and willing. They'll get another shot or two at Bourque. I didn't see the hit on MoJo. I feel funny saying MoJo.

– January 19, 2012 11:38 AM
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Nationals MASN TV rights

The only part of Adam's article today on the Nationals TV rights that I didn't understand was why is there such a windfall to the Nationals when currently they only own around 15% of the rights. It sounds like a big windfall to the Orioles. Am I missing something? Thanks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Because the Nats get to reset the rights fees at fair market value. So their percentage doesn't go up but the size of the pie does. (Per Kilgore)

– January 19, 2012 11:40 AM
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N-A-T-S NATS NATS NATS

Hi Tracee! Will Mikey Morse get a good deal? Will Zim get extended? Please?!!! Once and for all, do you think a FIELDER decision is immanent (SP?)? Thanks Tracee!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Morse will be re-signed for $3.5-$5 million. Zim will probably get extended; nothing new to report. Fielder depends entirely on what he wants to do so hard to say. Should be imminent but who knows? (This per Kilgore, who happened to wander by)

– January 19, 2012 11:43 AM
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Prince negotiations

AK - I have enjoyed your (and Boz) coverage of the negotiations. But now that Darvish has signed and the Nats are widely seen as the front runners, what does the timeframe look like? Any possibility Prince re-signs with the Brewers for a short term deal waiting for a better market in a year or two?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Possible but agent is adamant he doesn't want a short-term deal. (per adam)

– January 19, 2012 11:44 AM
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm letting him get back to his normal job...

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Making the Redskins fun again

It's easy to be a fan of a winning team, but winning is a roll of the dice in the NFL, and the better teams have an ethos that rallies fans when the winter of losing rolls in. For example, the Raiders are "outlaws", while the Steelers are "blue collar", the Cowboys were "razzle-dazzle". What are the Redskins? Nothing, so fans have nothing to buck themselves up with. In the wisdom of George Carlin: "In football, I root for the Oakland Raiders because they hire castoffs, outlaws, malcontents, and f-ups, they have lots of penalties, fights, and paybacks, and because Al Davis told the rest of the pig NFL owners to go get f-ed. Someday, the Raiders will be strong again, and they will dip the ball in s- and shove it down the throats of the wholesome, white, heartland teams that pray together and don't deliver late hits."
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Tracee Hamilton :

So are you switching to the Raiders? Or hoping the Skins become fun again?

– January 19, 2012 11:46 AM
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Todd Haley

Ms. T-Ham, what do you make of the story out of KC regarding the Chiefs? My favorite response (playing off the "Todd Haley bro" meme) was this from UweBullocks on Deadspin: "Before this, the closest Todd Haley has ever come to looking like the victim was when he accidentally put GHB in his own drink." *snort* GO PATS! ~Pats Fan

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Tracee Hamilton :

Weird. Just weird. I don't even know what to say. I know that sad group of misfits played 100 percent better when he was gone. That doesn't mean they weren't bugging his phone, I guess. I just can't figure out what they were hoping to hear.

– January 19, 2012 11:48 AM
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Boras/Nats connection

As someone who thinks Scott Boras ruined baseball, I find this pretty upsetting. Sure, he and his clients are filthy rich, w hile the rest of us can no longer afford to see games.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's a little disconcerting when Boz puts the numbers together, no doubt. It's also surprising given that the Lerners are accused of being cheap and that Boras is seen as being the gougiest of the gouging agents. So the connection seems counterintuitive.

– January 19, 2012 11:48 AM
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"cut down on the dopey behavior"?

How can you say that when you KNOW the "Dunk" is what fired them up. I see Globetrotteresque antics in our future.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Right, you're right, I failed to see that. Excellent!

– January 19, 2012 11:50 AM
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Clipped

Odds of the new-look L.A. (formerly San Diego) ending with a better record than the Lakers?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think they're pretty good. Chris Paul was obviously is a huge pickup but I thought at the time that Billups was a great pickup by them as well. He just wins games for you.  Last night was a case in point.

– January 19, 2012 11:52 AM
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Ravens vs. 49ers

I'm not much for that pointy-ball game (being an all baseball, all the time type of gal), but as someone who grew up in the Bay Area I'd be rooting for SFO. I did also root for the Joe Montana Niners back in the day (there's just something about a tight end ... Yes, I know he was a QB, what's your point? :-)).
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Tracee Hamilton :

Just a little girl talk here; don't mind us.

– January 19, 2012 11:53 AM
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Officiating

I thought when the NFL season entered the playoffs, the NFL chose the best officiating teams to serve in each game. Is that no longer the case? The officiating this post season has been embarrassing. When you have Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and the Fox Rules Master calling out reversals, penalties and no-calls for their utter absurdity, you know something is wrong. Perhaps I'm a bit jaded because I am a Giants fan, but this post-season, the zebras seem to be doing an exceptionally bad job.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There have been some bad calls, I'll admit. I was stunned by the number of bad ball spots in the Giants-Falcons game. I mean, it happens, but in that game it was almost laughable. It was happening on both sides of the ball, but still... Yes, they are supposed to be the best in the league but ...

Do you suppose replay causes an official's skills to diminish over time? I wonder if anyone is doing a study of that. If you have a cushion to fall back on, do you get complacent.

– January 19, 2012 11:54 AM
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Ed Reed

While I think Flacco responded maturely and appropriately, I didn't really think much of Ed Reed's comments. I have listened to enough sports radio to know that sometimes players can get tripped up, and accidentally say something they would say to a print or television journalist. How many times has Chris Cooley had to backtrack or respond to something he said on 106.7? I think radio interviews need to be taken with a tablespoon of salt. I liken it to the awkward times when someone overhears a part of a phone conversation - out of context, it may seem like I was being offensive, ignorant, or a myriad of other unflattering things. But to the person on the other line, who I've been conversing with for the past 20 minutes, knows what I mean by that offhand comment! That's just my humble opinion. ~STG
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Tracee Hamilton :

But Reed was given a chance to clear it up, as it were, in another interview (ESPN?) and didn't back down or soften his remarks, it seemed.

– January 19, 2012 12:01 PM
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Ed Reed on Joe Flacco

Ed seems to have lost his heart about a year ago, when his brother died about a year ago. For the most part, on the field, he's still ED REED, but off the field, he's oddly introspective.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hmmmmm.

– January 19, 2012 12:01 PM
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Nats?

What are the odds that Prince Fielder trips and falls into the lifeboat that is the Nats?
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Tracee Hamilton :

If he does, that boat will rock and take on some water. He's a big man. Odds? I can't do odds. I'm no gambler. Kilgore still thinks it is likely. We'll see.

– January 19, 2012 12:02 PM
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Peyton

Boz did a good job of explaining the 30 different reasons why Peyton would never come to DC--mostly because the Redskins are dreadful and he wouldn't be interested in facing Eli twice a year. But, he would be okay with joining the Jets and sharing NYC with Eli.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Is that last sentence a question or statement? (I'm really asking.) I've seen the stories about the Jets being interested in dumping Sanchez for him and Eli talking about it, joking about it. Somehow I don't see both of them in NYC but hey, he has to land somewhere (assuming Rob Lowe is wrong).

– January 19, 2012 12:02 PM
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Ne vs B'more

How hurt is Brady, really? I'm a transplanted Bostonian who loves the Patriots, but on the other hand, have lived here long enough to be pleased when a local team does well, too. What to do, what to do... is it possible to enjoy watching a football game and being happy with whichever team wins?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Glad you asked, since I'm a doctor. Just kidding. I don't know and the only person who really knows is Brady. The Pats will never be honest about it for obvious reasons. I have a healthy respect for shoulder boo-boos so it's hard to say but I'm quite sure he'll play hurt. Is it possible to watch a game and not have a rooting interest? Yes, I think so, at least at the beginning. I usually find by the end that I'm pulling for one or the other. But you can still be happy for either, sure.

– January 19, 2012 12:03 PM
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This weekend's slate of non-scientific predictions

No dog in this hunt, but: we get so many obnoxious people from the northeast down here that I can't pull for the Pats or Giants. Ravens have too many felons and near-felons. Wife's a Ute, like Alex Smith. And that, my friend, is why I might watch, but I'll never bet. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Boy, TBHitW, you have some high threshholds! I've got absolutely no connection to any of these teams so I hope to watch for fun. I never bet because I would be living in a cardboard box, as I think I've proven many times over on this chat.

– January 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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Tebow Mania

Tim Tebow is the new Chuck Norris. Discuss.
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Tracee Hamilton :

How? Why? How?

One of my favorite movie lines: "Thank YOU, Chuck Norris."

One of the worst movies I've ever seen: "We Bought a Zoo." Hint to the producers: You might have included some damn animals in the movie. There were more animals in the previews than the movie. Grrrrrr.

"The Artist," however, is brilliant. And it's not about Tim Tebow OR Chuck Norris.

– January 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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To Pats Fan:

Here in Baltimore, T-shirts reading "Hey! Pretty Boy! We're Coming for You!" are on sale. Ray Lewis ain't all y'all need to worry about.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's funny and very funny. I think it should be "We're Coming for You, Hon!" though.

– January 19, 2012 12:05 PM
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Super Bowl recipes

This year I will be making my pork tenderloin sandwich for my husband's Super Bowl party at his firehouse. I will also be making Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls (also known as "Crack Bread."). I think the firefighters will go for it. :) Signed, The Very Good Wife.

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Tracee Hamilton :

TVGW, I hope those firefighters are still able to fit through windows after eating that stuff; I gained five pounds clicking on the link. Oh my my my. Looks divine.

– January 19, 2012 12:05 PM
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Skins QB

What's your take on whether the Skins should trade up to get RG3? I don't see how they can go another year without addressing the position, and if they think RG3 is the real deal, I'd give up an extra 1st rounder to get him...
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is a great question and one I haven't decided on yet. My heart says this is such a great kid and a great talent and the kind of guy you want to build around. My head says what if he's not, what if the Skins find a way to screw it up, plus which giving up draft picks is what got the Skins into the mess they're in. So I literally veer from day to day on this question. It's January, after all. We can spend an entire chat on this question alone, and should, probably.

– January 19, 2012 12:06 PM
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Peyton to the 'Skins

Boz had a reasonable take on the "Peyton to the 'Skins" rumor (or, wishful thinking). He explained that he didn't think it was going to happen because the Manning brothers are very close, and it is slightly uncouth for Peyton to go to a division rival of Eli. Plus, Manning has the enviable position of being desirable, so these family tensions can play into his decisionmaking process. Oh, and not to mention, Peyton probably wants to go to a team that has a chance of winning next season. Skins, despite my undying love for them, probably don't have that great of a chance.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I agree with Boz's take that I don't see it happening.

– January 19, 2012 12:06 PM
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NU basketball?

Ms. H: I coudn't get too excited about beating Indiana. NU will do one or two of these a year, but generally suck otherwise. The "culture" of two reasonably similar states (KS and NE, of course) is amazing in regard to b-ball and football. NU could have three B1G b-ball championships and the major topic of sports conversation in state would still be the football team. I assume KS is the same - in reverse. AGH
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sort of, although Charlie Weis has certainly gotten some tongues wagging. We'll see what he does on the damn field (still very, very angry). :)

I've got to sign off now and deal with SmartTrip woes. Hope to have a guest next week; stay tuned. Meanwhile, have a great weekend, everyone!

– January 19, 2012 12:07 PM

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