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February 2, 2012

11:01
A.M.

Q&A with Tracee Hamilton

Total Responses: 53

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About the host

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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Tracee Hamilton discusses the week in sports.

Q.

Might as well go to bed early

Too bad there's nothing good on TV Saturday night, say at 9 o'clock...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hush now. Nothing here to see. Move along.

I love my boys but I don't see a good outcome in Columbia. Tough place to play when we are loaded, and we are not loaded this year.

Anyway ... good morning, all. I'm going to try to fire right along today because I do have to quit right at noon sharp. So let's get crackin'!

– February 02, 2012 11:01 AM
Q.

Thursday Post Magazine Design Scout...the free and easy look

Did decorator Eddie Ross strip the furniture before painting or just sand? What type of paint did he use? I have some "brown" pieces too that I would like to paint. Thank you.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Either someone is punking me or you've gotten to the wrong chat. I'm posting this right now so you can re-post your question to someone way smarter than me! Ah, yes, you want Jura and the Home Front chat.

– February 02, 2012 11:06 AM
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Wizards

It's sure encouraging that Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld are happy with the direction the Wizards are taking. Will they feel the same way after the last fan has left the building?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I was pretty amazed by that myself. I agree with Jason Reid that it's time for Grunfeld to go. I will say, however, that some of the youngsters are playing well. I'd be giving them more time -- what have they got to lose at this point? But I still would dump Blatche and McGee, probably, and get some veteran help for Wall, whose game is all over the place. They are going to squander his years here and that will be a crime.

– February 02, 2012 11:08 AM
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B'More Cat and Chat Lover

So, should I post a sports question on the Home Front chat?
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Tracee Hamilton :

"Does Eli Manning sand his furniture first, or just paint it?"

– February 02, 2012 11:12 AM
Q.

Werter and great thinker - Lester Brown - .

Greeting to you from Cairo - Egypt . That this is not the right place for my question pleas apologize. The way how to get the books on the writer and great thinker - Lester Brown? - I keep the work and one has just had an arrangement with the Washington post and Bloomberg News Service . It realle is a great thinker you can find books on its own international network of information, and where? . my name is Omar . . Thank you very much .
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, Omar, I am assuming you are talking about this Lester Brown; here is his list of writings. Many of those articles should be available online. His books would be available for purchase on sites like amazon.com, if you have access to them. I hope that helps.

– February 02, 2012 11:12 AM
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Tennis

Page D10, really? That's where WashPost put coverage of the women's final of the Australian Open, a Grand Slam event. Granted it was a blow-out and and another example of how the women's game is too short and undramatic. Next day the men's match provides yet another endurance test for players and viewers alike. Guess my initial rant on Post coverage turned into venting my exaspiration with the pro level of my beloved sport. your thoughts? can tennis fix its product?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think a lot about the future of tennis, which used to be one of my favorite sports, to watch and to play as well. I still enjoy the men's game but find the women's game a little uninspiring. I think the play of the Australian Open stories in the print edition in part is due to the time difference; that's one reason we stopped covering it a long, long time ago (before the internet). Too late for one day, too early for the next. Then the internet came along, but so did budget constraints, and it was just too expensive. The tennis readership is small but loyal, or so the numbers would suggest. I still find the men's game interesting and don't mind the lack of American stars -- apparently we'd better get used to it. I'm not sure that tennis needs to fix itself. I think there are a lot of Americans who won't watch if an American isn't in the hunt. But that men's final was pretty dramatic. Those guys are hard not to like. Is tennis the problem, or are we the problem?

– February 02, 2012 11:16 AM
Q.

Cold cut alert! - SFW stocking Bar-B-Q loaf!

All Shoppers Food Warehouse stores are again stocking Esskay Bar-B-Q loaf (it was a sale item in last week's flyer). Don't know for how long -- the store near me (White Flint) doesn't want to stock it, but they have at least a week or two's worth more in stock now. - Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

For those looking for a Super Bowl Sunday treat ... we are the deli meat chat of the Washington Post!

– February 02, 2012 11:17 AM
Q.

Pittsburgh Wife

Today is my birthday (don't ask which one). If I had to choose a date, it wouldn't have been Groundhog Day! Valentine's Day would have been my choice, as my husband couldn't forget it! Not that I let him anyway. . .For a birthday gift, I want Eli & the Giants to win because I hate Tom Brady.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Happy birthday! How could Pittsburgh Husband forget Groundhog Day? Couldn't he say to himself, "Oh look, they pulled a large animal out of its house; say, isn't it my wife's birthday?"

I would have thought your present was the win over Georgetown. Very unexpected and had to be a relief for a struggling program.

– February 02, 2012 11:18 AM
Q.

Bowing to the inevitable

Tracee, would you care to make an incorrect Super Bowl prediction so that we can all go out and bet the opposite? (For recreational purposes only, of course.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

A tradition unlike any other! No wait, that's the Masters. Of course, I can make an incorrect prediction; it's what I do. I like the Giants in this game.

– February 02, 2012 11:19 AM
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Caribbean Series

For those needing a baseball fix, the Caribbean Series starts at 1:45 PM today with Puerto Rico vs. the Wilson Ramos-led Venezuelan team. Broadcast on ESPN Deportes or online at ESPN3. Spanish call, but that doesn't really matter... The games are scheduled at 1:45 and 5:45 PM daily through the 8th. This public service announcement brought to you by Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

For those who can't wait for pitchers and catchers...

– February 02, 2012 11:21 AM
Q.

Super Bowl Pick

Tracee: Please be sure not to conclude today's chat without picking your Super Bowl winner as the New York Giants :) Your grateful and indebted reader from PacNW ~Pats Fan
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Tracee Hamilton :

Already done, my friend. Already done.

– February 02, 2012 11:23 AM
Q.

Great Column on Prince!

I really enjoyed your insights on Prince Fielder. From the comments about his size, I don't think your readers would've approved signing Babe Ruth. No Livo, No Prince, No playoffs - Here's how Marcel projects the Nats' "no fat guy" team to finish this year. Oh, the Tigers are projected to win the Central. (Congrats and may it come true!) Rob Neyer said that Marcel projections "do a surprisingly good job."

The Nats have a 29.2% chance of making the playoffs, even with a 2d wild card.

Team W L RS RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PL%

PHI 90 72 689 615 44.8% 16.5% 10.7% 72.0%

ATL 89 73 668 608 38.2% 19.2% 9.9% 67.3%

WAS 83 79 645 634 10.8% 10.3% 8.1% 29.2%

FLA 80 82 682 690 5.7% 5.2% 5.4% 16.3%

NYM 74 88 630 680 0.6% 1.5% 1.2% 3.2%

RS=Runs Scored RA=Runs Allowed WC=Wild Card PL%=Playoff %

The playoffs are projected as follows:

NLE: Phillies

NLC: Reds

NLW: Rockies / D'backs / Giants

WC1: Braves

WC2: Rockies / D'backs / Giants

ALE: Yankees

ALC: Tigers

ALW: Angels / Rangers (tie)

WC1: Red Sox

WC2: Rays

 

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Tracee Hamilton :

Good thing I signed on early today so I was able to make this halfway readable. Well, those are interesting numbers for the Nats. I get a little nervous with the crowning of the Tigers -- long way to go. But we'll see!

– February 02, 2012 11:24 AM
Q.

In the voice of Hubie Brown

"Okay, you're Flip Saunders. You've been a semi-successful head coach for a long time. Are you more disappointed in these knuckleheads, or relieved that you don't have to see them every day?" TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would think relieved. He's getting paid not to put up with Blatche and McGee. I'd be relieved.

– February 02, 2012 11:26 AM
Q.

The Caps

OK, now I'm starting to worry.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yeah, it's not panic time, but worrying is perfectly acceptable. Still, they were Ovie-less. Let's see what develops.

– February 02, 2012 11:27 AM
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Not in Kansas

Don't know if you saw this ...

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm puzzled about what got into Darrell Green in general. Did the team turn him down for a job? As for this ... the Dorothy references are so tired, and the Chiefs are in Missouri. But still funny. I am not a Marty fan.

– February 02, 2012 11:28 AM
Q.

Sports Rivalry Protocol

Hello - Can you advise me on the proper protocol for taunting a co-worker who attended a rival college? Our schools play basketball next week and I wanted to decorate his office with stuff (pictures, pom poms, streamers) from my college. But I don't know if I decorate 2-3 days before the game, the day of, or the day after. And if my team loses, do I just have to eat crow and take the inevitable abuse, or do people pretend the loss didn't happen? Thanks - I'm new to my job and DC and want to jazz things up here a bit, but don't want to go against any time-honored sports smack etiquette.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, how new are you? Do you and your co-worker trade barbs about your teams or do you just happen to know he went to your rival school? How good a sense of humor does he have? And how good a sense of humor will he have the day after the game? And how good a sense of humor will YOU have when the tables are turned? And is he in any way your superior?

I worked with a guy once who went to a rival school I won't mention but one I hate with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns. I never mentioned the outcome when our teams played, no matter the outcome (which at that time pretty much was always the same -- my team won). When at last his team won, he was at my desk, gloating, the next day. That was a strategic error. I never gloat and I do not like to be gloated AT. I was also his superior in the chain of command.

So what I'm saying is, make sure this will be a super-fun thing and not the beginning of what could escalate into something quite awful. Also, decorating his office 2-3 days before the game seems really extreme. If you think it would be a fun thing you would do back and forth, do it the day after. Or just have a sweatshirt bet or something. But know your foe before you get in over your head.

– February 02, 2012 11:28 AM
Q.

Lannan v. Nationals

Word just came through that the Nats won the case and Lannan will make $5M not $5.7M. I kept hearing a lot of fans saying "I can't believe that they went to arbitration over $700K". However, when you think about it, that is a little less than 2 league minimum players. Lannan will have teammates that will make less than the difference in the salary amounts. Puts a different view on it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks for the update! I wonder if he sands his furniture, or just paints it.

– February 02, 2012 11:29 AM
Q.

Sunday

Puppy Bowl! Kitty Half Time Show! Yay!
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Tracee Hamilton :

What could be better than kitties and puppies? Nothing, that's what.

– February 02, 2012 11:30 AM
Q.

Brad Lidge

One of the things I don't get about baseball is how the Nats were able to sign Brad Lidge for $1M. Seems like a really good deal for the team; I'd much rather have Lidge and a giant bag of money than Yu Darvish or Albert Pujols.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think that was a good, economical pickup.

– February 02, 2012 11:31 AM
Q.

Will Food trump the game Sunday?

Goddess of the Plains: I'll be testing a recipe for a cooking magazine on Sunday. Will my "tasters" - some folks I'm watching the Super Bowl with - be too distracted by the game to give the recipe a decent assessment? Or wil the game be a desultory one and they'll clamor for more? I'm wondering how much to buy and want to be prepared. Are we in for a good game? Deli-Man
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh Lord, now I have to predict whether it will be a good game? Isn't it enough that I have to inaccurately predict a winner? You people ask a lot! I think it will be a good game but I don't think a good game has ever distracted Americans from food. Statistics would back me up.

– February 02, 2012 11:31 AM
Q.

Go Nats

I know the Super Bowl is mere days away but kudos to the Nats for signing Brad Lidge and having their farm system recognized as #1 overall. Sure they traded a few pieces away after the list was finalized but it's their depth that allowed them to bring in a major league talent like Gio. As Jonah Keri writes about on grantland, there is no such thing as a pitching prospect and notes that as a 20 year old Edwin Jackson was the next big thing. Re: the Lannan arbitration, why go to arbitration over $700,000? The Nats are at 5mm and he wants 5.7mm, can they really not settle at 5.35mm and save all the hurt feelings and legal bills?
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Tracee Hamilton :

The farm system news is big; that's what they've been working toward so kudos to Rizzo and the rest. As for arbitration, I think Lannan wanted to roll the dice on trying to get a little extra and the Nats wanted to do the same on trying to pay a little less. It usually has to do more with setting up the next deal. I don't think it's anything to worry about.

– February 02, 2012 11:32 AM
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How to make a Redskins fan cry

Have them go on the WBAL Radio site and listen to Steve Bisciotti, owner of the Baltimore Ravens, during the end of the year press event he did yesterday with Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh and others. This is a guy who is straight forward and seems to enjoy talking candidly with the media, yet keeps an ultra low profile during the season. Compare and contrast with one Daniel Snyder.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There are so many differences in the two organizations it's hard to know where to begin. To me, the real key is Ozzie Newsome. Consistency in the front office and great personnel decisions. They've got some overhauling now as their team ages and that will be a test but one I assume they'll pass.

– February 02, 2012 11:33 AM
Q.

DC

I've worked with the same knuckleheads for years. Many of them are less knuckleheaded now, and actually quite useful co-workers. Why do the Wizards always want to dump them at a loss, rather than waiting for them to grow out of it?
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Tracee Hamilton :

How long do you wait? Blatche is in his seventh season, just as an example. The difference between the knuckleheads you work with is that their work life might span 40 years. John Wall's won't.

– February 02, 2012 11:35 AM
Q.

Ryan Zimmerman extension

Tracee, Please explain to me why a certain local major league baseball team gets extremely cautious and plays coy about signing its publicly declared "Face of the Franchise" to a long-term extension, but then announces that for the third time in the team's short history, the main promotional item of the year is a bobblehead of that same person? Perplexed in DC.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I wouldn't put too much linkage between a bobblehead and a longterm extension. Even if they had no intention of re-signing him, they'd market him until the day he left town. But I don't think that's the case. I think they're being cautious but I do think they want to keep him. On the other hand -- Rendon. It's very interesting.

– February 02, 2012 11:35 AM
Q.

In honor of Don Cornelius

I just broke out some of my old-school "Soul Train Line" dance moves. I think I just pulled something. RIP, Don...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Absolutely. That was some show. I was mesmerized.

– February 02, 2012 11:36 AM
Q.

Greetings from Bagram

Tracee, I enjoyed your column on All Star games and generally agree. Where I feel differently is the orginal All Star contest, namely the one played in July. I think the format of baseball lends itself better because a short break is good in a 162-game season, and the nature of baseball means the games themselves are more like regular season ballgames. Baseball is a team sport, but it doesn't involve the same kind of in-game cooperation like the other sports do. There's no passing, really no timing involved and so on. You can literally throw nine guys together and, with no practice, play a decent game of baseball. I thought maybe I feel this way because I love baseball so much but that's not it. I love football almost as much but this past Monday I woke up and somebody asked my if I'd seen the Pro Bowl. Completely forgot about it - it just wasn't on my radar.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Baseball lends itself most easily to the format, and because the season is the longest, it's the sport that most needs the break. I wouldn't kill any of the all-star weekends, per se. I do wonder if a weekend off for everyone wouldn't be a smarter use of time. But with baseball's non-contact nature, it stil lends itself to the all-star format the best of the bunch, I agree.

– February 02, 2012 11:37 AM
Q.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

Is there a monster truck rally I can go to this weekend. As a hater of Belichek's Boys and the Other Manning's team, I am not watching the UNSuperBowl. First time in 25 years I haven't been able to cheer for at least one of the teams. I have a friend who is cheering for an extraterrestrial strike on Indy, but I can't go that far. Any recommendations for movie watching?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, my favorite movie in a long, long time is "The Artist." Also, check your listings; cable channels will surely be providing "marathons" of various TV shows. One might be your cup of tea.

Also, every quilt store in town has some sort of quilt-in or sale for what they perceive as being a large population of women who don't watch the game. I don't think you fall into this category but I am mentioning it because I've always thought it was kind of funny. Some year I'm going to go to one but watch the game on an iPhone or something, just to see what would happen.

– February 02, 2012 11:38 AM
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Caps Injuries

Are the capitals suffering more from the loss of Backstrom or Green?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Backstrom, I think, just because they've gotten accustomed to playing without Green for long stretches.

– February 02, 2012 11:40 AM
Q.

Vanderbilt's recruiting class

Just read SI's story about Vanderbilt having its best recruiting year ever in football, even beating Tennessee for a key player. A lot of the credit is going to the head coach, who sure sounds like he would have been a great option for the Maryland job when they were thinking about replacing Ralph Fried...wait, what?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Snap! I know no one says that anymore, but I don't know what the hip kids are saying.

– February 02, 2012 11:41 AM
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More to lose

Would you agree that the Pats have more to lose regarding this Super Bowl? If the Giants win, they go up 2-0 on Brady/Bellicheck, both victories won as underdogs. Even if the Pats win, they were heavy favorites and the Giants still have 2007. Not a ton of upside for the Pats from my perspective, though another win will further cement Brady/Bellicheck's legacy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hmmm. I guess, but the Giants, in my mind, are the hotter team entering this game. Eli needs a second ring to cement HIS legacy, I think. I don't know, these intangible things, I think they matter more to us than to them and I think they really have no answers.

– February 02, 2012 11:43 AM
Q.

Speaking of Egypt...

Why do you think there was such terrible violence and loss of life at the Port Said, Egypt, soccer match? I was under the impression that most places in the world had such things under better control nowadays.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That was awful. I think it's tied to the unrest in the country and not to a random display of soccer hooliganism. There seems to be a lack of control so that when this broke out, there was no one to stop it. Just dreadful.

– February 02, 2012 11:44 AM
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UnSuper Bowl

How can the chatter say that this is the first super bowl in 25 years that he hasn't been able to cheer for either side? Isn't it a repeat of 2007? Is he cousins with David Tyree and now is no longer able to root for the Giants??
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Tracee Hamilton :

Maybe he's Bridget Monaghan's brother? I don't know. Let's see if he answers in the next 14 minutes.

– February 02, 2012 11:46 AM
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Today's questions

This is already the best chat ever! -K-Stater (P.S. Did you see that ridiculous video from the Missouri kids? Okay, we can all forget Eco-Cat now!)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh dear, do I have to watch a ridiculous video from Missouri kids? I promise to never mention Eco-Cat if I don't have to.

– February 02, 2012 11:48 AM
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Renaissance woman

Oh, goddess of the plains, I see you are answering questions on home decor, reading lists for environmental thinkers, and even the occasional sports query. We bow to your wide ranging knowledge base. Sorry about the loss in Ames the other night, usually ISU thoroughly blows those kinds of games.
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Tracee Hamilton :

KU has traditionally struggled at Hylton and the 'Clones are looking good. Plus, as I've said, we are not deep this year and it's going to show. :)

– February 02, 2012 11:49 AM
Q.

From New England:

Can you pick the Pats, O Goddess, so that everyone here will just shut up already?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can't; I picked the G-Men already. Sorry. I can't be that flippy-floppy.

– February 02, 2012 11:51 AM
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I like a grab bag but this is ridiculous

Home decorating and environmental journalism? Are there no questions about germane topics, like what kind of beverages and sliced meats are appropriate for Sunday? (Answer: All.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, come on! I couldn't ignore Omar, and all I did with the other one was point out he/she submitted to the wrong chat so he/she could resubmit. I can't move the questions over. And I couldn't ignore the nice man from Egypt.

You are right, though. The correct answer to your question is: All.

– February 02, 2012 11:51 AM
Q.

I love this new chat format:

"Sports-free Q&A with Tracee Hamilton!" I'm braising short ribs. Should I serve Guinness with them or a hearty red?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Both. (TOBCOTWP)

– February 02, 2012 11:51 AM
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Peyton's place is not in DC

See what I did there? Anyway, is it not obvious that given the bad karma surrounding this franchise for the last 20 years or so that there is no way that bringing in Peyton Manning would work out for the Skins? He's guaranteed to reinjure his neck while putting on a Skins helmet at the signing press conference?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! Agreed. "While donning the maroon and black today, Peyton Manning suffered a season-ending neck injury ..." I hope Manning is able to play again but boy would I be cautious. And he doesn't belong playing here.

– February 02, 2012 11:52 AM
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RI mom:

Tomorrow my second-grader is allowed to wear her favorite football shirt to school. She's torn between her Zdeno Chara jersey or my '86 Mets t-shirt. Fashion advice? (I think there's a ManU hand-me-down from a cousin if she wants to be literal.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, yes, fashion. I was hoping we'd get there. I'd go with the ManU shirt, personally.

– February 02, 2012 11:54 AM
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The deisgn forum is faster than T-Ham

I never thought I would see a forum whip through questions faster than you can.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think there are more of them, though, aren't there?

– February 02, 2012 11:54 AM
Q.

I can't believe:

you didn't give Pittsburgh Wife her heart's desire for her birthday!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Do you always get your heart's desire for your birthday? I don't. Pittsburgh Wife is doing fine.

– February 02, 2012 11:55 AM
Q.

I like the Giants in this game.

Unfortunately for everybody who will bet against the Patriots will lose! More importantly: When will the redskins win a super bowl? 2025 when I probably be blind and lost my hearing?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think it will be sooner than that, but maybe not much sooner. Good gravy, I feel like I ought to be working the carnival circuit. Let's put it this way -- it won't be next year or the year after. Beyond that, hard to say.  A lot can happen, for good or ill.

– February 02, 2012 11:56 AM
Q.

Easier Way to make a Redskins fan cry

Make them watch the Redskins play...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ouch.

– February 02, 2012 11:56 AM
Q.

How does bringing in Peyton Manning make sense?

My suspicion is that Manning will have to retire, but if he plays, why should the Redskins bring him in? If he's healthy, Manning may have three years left so you need to be ready now. You'd want to have other offensive pieces in place at the skill positions and up front. And you also have to give him a lot of freedom to call plays, which means you wouldn't want to have other dominant personalities around who want to call plays. Does that sound like the Redskins to you?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, he'd be a bad fit here.

– February 02, 2012 11:56 AM
Q.

Tennis

There's nothing wrong with this game that more great players wouldn't fix. Tennis was at its best when there were two or three dominant players and four or five players who were good enough to give the dominant ones a hard time on a good day. (Oh, and it would help if the tennis organizations would give the media more access to players and make them seem more human. Jeez, have I turned into Feinstein?)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Boy, I hope not.:)

It seems to me the men's game has the dominant players you're looking for, but the women's game is a bit more even.

– February 02, 2012 11:56 AM
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re: All Star games -

The NHL should skip the game and just do the "skills" competition, which is actually fun to watch (and seems fun for the players, too). Though I think someone actually got a penalty this year.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I love the skills competitions for the most part. The players seem to have fun and that makes it fun to watch, for me.

– February 02, 2012 11:56 AM
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Re: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

I'll be watching the best new show on television IMHO--Once Upon a Time (although I've heard that said about both Revenge & Person of Interest)
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Tracee Hamilton :

I've heard it said as well. Never got into the first two; Person of Interest I like, but I don't love. But Downton Abbey -- that I love. But I will be watching the game. Anyone give "Luck" a try?

– February 02, 2012 11:56 AM
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Ozzie Newsome and personnel decisions

I heard a reporter sayNewsome keeps a continual stream of what are called 20/20 guys coming through the front office. They're about 20 years old and they're paid 20 grand. They start out being sent to the airport to pick up a free agent who's coming in for discussion. After a while, they might be given a bunch of tapes to watch regarding possible draft prospects. Then they get involved in numbers crunching for contracts if they have a flair for figures. Little by little, they're made into professional NFL front office people and a huge number of them stay with the Ravens, turning down more lucrative offers, because Newsome nurtures them so well.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Makes me think of Jonah Hill in "Moneyball" for some reason. (Underappreciated movie so far during awards season, but very good, IMO.) However he's doing it, Newsome knows his stuff.

– February 02, 2012 11:57 AM
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Projected playoffs

Well, hey, why even bother playing the actual season, let's just give everyone their awards and championships based on the projections.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not a huge fan of projections, predictions and all the rest, because I like to see what happens. But I do try to post the posts I get, opinions to the contrary. I've written about this before, about how we have to somehow know what's going to happen before it happens. I'm stunned at all these companies that are pre-releasing their  Super Bowl commercials now. Why? We are so impatient in 2012, I think. 

– February 02, 2012 11:57 AM
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Wiz

Agree Ernie should go. Perhaps the luckiest occurrence yhid season was 'Dray's injury so we can see what the youngter's have. Amnesty? However, I'm wondering who could replace McGee, and do even that good a job? Who might be available either as some type of free agent (that would be willing to play here) or from the college ranks? Kevin is not getting minutes, so one assumes he is not ready for prime time. Perhaps thr best approach would be to move Lewis at the trade deadline for a center buried on someones bench.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'd use amnesty on Andray because there is no other way and then see what you could get for Lewis, as you suggest. Playoff teams are often looking for a veteran around playoff time. And then send Mrs. Pollin to the lottery. They need some help. But they need some of that help to be veteran help.

– February 02, 2012 11:57 AM
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Unsuper Bowl

Not the OP, but the thought of rooting for either a team from New England or New York (New Jersey) leaves me cold as well. The East coast is not the center of the world, even though many of its residents believe it to be so.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I'll be interested to see a geographic breakdown of the TV ratings on this one, but in the end, most folks will watch because it's the Super Bowl. But you're right; not everyone in the country is as enamored of the east coast as the east coast is.

– February 02, 2012 11:57 AM
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Lightning round!

Quick answer - Does Harper start with the big-league club on opening day?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No.

And I have to go, so that really was a quick answer. Next week, everyone. Have a great weekend!

– February 02, 2012 11:57 AM
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