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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.

First Things First Archive
Tracee Hamilton Column Archive
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Rivalries

Of course you can't be Sally's rival. Everyone knows that your real nemesis is Kilgore. Although he's really more the Maryland to your Duke.
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Tracee Hamilton :

What a wonderful way of putting it! I haven't heard from Sally since I declared her my (faux) rival so now I'm worried.

And good morning, one and all. Let's get going. I'm a little behind this morning.

– February 16, 2012 11:02 AM
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Big 12 Road Games

Hello Tracee -- With the Big(ish) 12 schedule out now, time for serious contemplation of road trips to Morgantown. In Norman, OU fans are polite and welcoming to fans of visiting teams -- even Mizzou, although that's over now -- and the Pride of Oklahoma plays the visiting team's fight song. Can I (or we if we join up for the OU and KU games) expect that same warm reception and hospitality at WVU this fall? Any first-hand knowledge of the gameday environment for visiting fans at Milan Puskar Stadium? OUMom
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Tracee Hamilton :

I know that the Terps' reception at West Virginia wasn't always warm, but that was a longtime thing. I can't imagine that these new "rivalries" will go from 0 to 60 in one season, so I don't expect it to be ugly. I'm guessing it won't be warm, though. They like their football there.  They will probably be more welcoming to Kansas than OU, for obvious reasons.

– February 16, 2012 11:04 AM
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Jeremy Lin

I really like this Kid. He seems like a great guy and has no ego.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Seems like it.

– February 16, 2012 11:04 AM
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Pitchers, catchers and reporters?

Tracee: If you could choose, which MLB club's spring training would you cover, and why? Would it depend on the team, certain players, or the location? I'd choose location, as a proxy for the weather. Just the thought of the soft sunny warm days in Florida at this time of year is intoxicating. And I could still catch the NCAA Tournament every bit as well there as at home. Headed south or west this Spring? DM PS - Go Orange!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Tigers, without a doubt. But Arizona is the place to be for convenience; everything is pretty close to everything else. If you don't want to see the same team every day, AZ is great.

– February 16, 2012 11:05 AM
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Lin

Should Lin play in the All Star game?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, I don't think so. But he's been invited to the skills competition, which I think is fair.

– February 16, 2012 11:12 AM
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Jeremy LIn

Usually I can't stand the NBA because it's the most predictable sport there is. But, watching Jeremy Lin has got me hooked again. It's refreshing to see someone come out of nowhere and perform as well as he has.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You have to wonder about the collective intelligence of league scouting. And then again, it's seven games. We need to prepare ourselves for the possibility that this may not last. However, I will be watching Sunday and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

– February 16, 2012 11:14 AM
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Lin-Bow

There's always a "Next Big Thing." And then we move on to the next one. I give it another week.
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is the risk of all the hype.

– February 16, 2012 11:15 AM
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Inquiring minds want to know

How is the wing? Rather, how are the wings? (I'm specifically asking about your shoulders, but if you want to make any food and beverage recommendations, this is TOBASMCOTWP, after all.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

The left wing is getting worse by the day. Hoping I can hang on till June. :)

– February 16, 2012 11:16 AM
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McGee

I strongly disagree with your assessment of McGee. This is the last player the Wiz should get rid of. Not only has he steadily improved his game he has the kind of physical gifts that only a very few NBA players have ever had. Which person would you prefer the Wiz to have to replace him?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Someone -- anyone -- who knows at which end of the court play is occurring.

 

 

– February 16, 2012 11:17 AM
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Cowboys prediction

They will fall short of expectations.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I hate to make predictions, but I am not afraid to agree with this one.

– February 16, 2012 11:19 AM
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Tracee: re: Matt Bomer

He seems to be otherwise engaged. Sorry.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not sure how many times I have to say this: Who cares? Do you honestly think that my admiration of Matt Bomer leads me to believe that I'm going to end up married to Matt Bomer? Maybe women are different than men, but most of us really don't believe that just because we're single and George Clooney is single, we have a shot at George Clooney. I have no illusions. Bomer apparently plays for the other team, and he's taken, and I don't care, because he's nice to look at and he's on a fun show. The End.

– February 16, 2012 11:21 AM
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Tiger rehab

Hi Tracee In Monday's article concerning Tiger you wrote that "he's gone through a couple of swing coaches and several surgeries and non-sex addiction rehabs" . What did you mean by "non-sex addiction rehabs"? Are you referring to post surgical rehab? Jim McDonald Pace Fl formerly of Vienna Va

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes. I had mentioned his sex addition rehab before. He also went through the other kind of rehab. (Vienna says hi, by the way)

– February 16, 2012 11:23 AM
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The AIrless Cubicle Got a Job!

So I'm back in the exciting world of commuting and catching everyone's cold on the train. Love Lin. Wish Wizards would catch Linsanity. Off to catch train and cold! Bye!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Congrats on the job and good luck with those colds! (All these reports lately about not touching anything anyone else has touched -- ugh.)

– February 16, 2012 11:26 AM
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the Wizards

Ms. H: the Wiz's loooooong continuing problems, while disheartening (to put it mildly) aren't surprising. The late Abe Pollin never had the $$ to compete with big-market teams, and his loyalty to a management team which wasn't the best was a sure-fire formula for mediocrity or worse. Getting MJ was great for publicity, but as Mr. Jordan has shown with his current team, being a great, great player doesn't mean you can make the right picks for talent. You need good management, and, and, some luck - getting the 1st round pick when there's a great player for the taking, or "falling into it," as San Antonio did a ways back - have Robinson coming in, have a lousy year, and get Duncan. All that said, time for Ernie to leave. AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

I agree re Ernie. Re-signing Blatche for that kind of money alone makes it an easy call for me.

– February 16, 2012 11:27 AM
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Staff Reporter at the WashPo

Where is the Boz?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Vacation. He always tries to go right before spring training. But I believe he'll be back and writing very soon, as in today or tomorrow. I can't swear to it, but I'd be surprised if he wasn't chatting on Monday.

– February 16, 2012 11:27 AM
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Pittsburgh Wife

Pitchers & catchers report this weekend! Can't wait for the season to start. The Nationals are missing a marketing opportunity. I was looking at the online store and they advertised a set of three onesies "for boys." A pretty red onesie, or something like the Redskins (and most other teams) little cheerleading outfits would be great. I'd love to get something for my infant granddaughter.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Is there something about the onesies "for boys" that makes them inappropriate for girls? I'm trying to figure that one out.

– February 16, 2012 11:28 AM
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Super Bowl XXVI Coverage

You got some negative feedback last week on the Post's 20th anniversary coverage of the Redskins' last championship, I just wanted to give the other perspective. I thought it was great. I was 7 at the time, and it was great to read the game stories and columns to supplement my memories of that last great season. There was some decent new inside info (I could kill a few hours thinking about if the Skins had traded for Elway), but mostly it was nostalgia, and that was fine. I spent the better part of a morning at work reading all the columnists take on each game. It's fun to see what it's like to follow a quality franchise where the question each year is "Do we have a Super Bowl run in us" instead of "Can we get to .500?" What else is sports for if you can't look back fondly on the relatively few years when your team reaches the ultimate goal? Of course, its pathetic that the Redskins haven't even come close to that level of success in two decades...but that's not the Post's fault, and there's nothing wrong with reliving the last great team on its 20th anniversary. I say kudos....but I do hope by the time the 25th anniversary rolls around we have more recent things to celebrate.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks for a different perspective. I hope on the 25th anniversary we're here to publish something!

– February 16, 2012 11:29 AM
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There's another Connee out there?

Or maybe only one, since I'm t ype A, couldn't deal with the aggravatiojn, and legally changed my name to Cinstance, a/k/a Connie as soon we I turned 21. On the o ther hand, Weingarten recently did a sad/funny piece on the weird names parents give their kids, including some that look as if they've been playing with their typewriter.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wonder how many of these kids are going to change their names. I've already told you all how I tried to change mine -- to Nancy, in the first grade. I got in a lot of trouble.

– February 16, 2012 11:31 AM
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Westminister Dog Show

The winner has to be the ugliest dog of all time. I was watching it with a group of friends, all of us sayng anyone but the peke! However, we'd like to borrow it to scoot under our beds, so it can collect all the dust bujnnies. Why don't they televise cat shows?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Am I wrong, or do cat shows consist of cats ... sitting? When they find some brave handlers who can make cats run around a ring, and some brave judges who will grab a cat's, ah, package, then I would watch that. I think as it stands, cat shows wouldn't be quite as interesting. I love cats, but I'm realistic.

– February 16, 2012 11:33 AM
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MD

Why, exactly, can't O'Brien transfer to Vandy?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Teams have to give players their release. Usually, the release includes conference teams; teams that will be opponents during that player's possible remaining time; and then there are some wild cards.  Maryland threw in Vandy as a wild card because of Franklin.

– February 16, 2012 11:34 AM
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Olie's Comments

Tracee, What did you think of Olie's comments about Ovie's "Rock Star" status? I do agree with Olie. However, Olie really does not have much standing in this as to what he did when he stormed out and removed all of his stuff from his locker.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I think that was awhile ago and I think Olie has as much of an insider's view of Ovie as anyone. I was hardly surprised by anything he said but thought he was pretty gutsy to say it.

– February 16, 2012 11:36 AM
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Tiger

Your column on Tiger raised the interesting question of how he can get back to being the "swaggering," "frosty" assassin he used to be. But it also raises the question of whether he can be called the greatest ever if he doesn't get that back. If the world ended today you'd have to call him second to Jack and possibly third or fourth behind Hogan and Arnie. Granted that at this point he needs to win once before he wins a second. But does he have to regain his old dominance again to be considered the greatest ever? What if he becomes a grinder, the kind of guy who racks up money finishes and struggles to win a couple tournaments a year and the occasional major? Does he need the challenge of chasing Nicklaus to be as good as he once was, and/or does he need the belief that he is better than Nicklaus to be as good as Nicklaus?
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a fair point. As I said right up top, I haven't given up on the idea that he's done. But if he doesn't get his mental game back, he's done. That's where he had it all over the other guys. Now Phil has more of a mental game than Tiger. That's something. But you are right; if he never wins another tournament the chart gets re-done.

– February 16, 2012 11:37 AM
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Dale Hunter

Seems like many people are not to pleased with Hunters decisions. However, I must say that he is doing what many of us expected him to do. He is keeping his players accountable. Yes, Mike Knuble is a great locker room guy and a great leader but is a -14. You gotta scratch him and send a message. Hunter is trying to get rid of the sense of entitlement that was placed in this Organization by Bruce (who is stil a great coach). I just wish he would hold Semin, Carlson, Ward and Laich accountable as well. Don't give up on Dale yet Tracee.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I haven't given up at all on Hunter. Not sure where you got that idea. Because of my remarks re Bruce? They had to fire Bruce; that's the go-to play when nothing is working. But when you do it, then you don't have that move to make again. In other words, you can't turn around and fire Dale Hunter. Someone else has to be held accountable. And that will either be McPhee -- or someone  or more than a few someones in the locker room.

– February 16, 2012 11:38 AM
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K-State girl

I'm sure by now you've seen the story about the little girl who refused to color the picture of the Jayhawk in her kindergarten class. While you may disagree with her choice of institutions of higher learning, you have to admire her determination and loyalty (her mother's parenting also earns high marks).

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that was interesting. I'm not sure why a teacher in Olathe thought this was a good idea. The Jayhawk has its roots in Kansas history but these are kindergarteners. That wasn't the lesson. So have them color both mascots, and throw in the Shocker, too. Or don't go there. How weird. Or have them color the meadowlark, the state bird of Kansas, for heaven's sake. Very non-controversial, as far as I know, unless someone in the class is very anti-Globetrotter.

– February 16, 2012 11:40 AM
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Manning

I understand why Redskins fans want Manning. We are deluded enough to think the team is one piece away from being a Super Bowl contender. But, it's unclear to me why Manning would want to come here: (1) he'd be in the same division as his brother. From what I understand, the family is close and it may cause friction if Peyton comes here and competes for the division against his brother; (2) our line stinks - it's really hard to be the world's greatest QB when you're on your back half the time; and (3) our receivers stink - on a better team, our receivers would be backups. I just don't understand why he would want to come here?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wrote this on Sunday, minus the part about Eli, because apparently that would be an attraction. I agree with the reasons but I worry that he is just so attractive to the Redskins that they'll throw pots of money at him. Hopefully that won't be enough of an incentive.

– February 16, 2012 11:40 AM
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8 is too much

The 8 I meant is not Ovechkin but the average 8% price increase Ted Leonsis advised Caps full STHs to expect. Well that's better than the 20% he hit us with last year but given the increasing number of empty seats at da Phone Booth (these are supposedly sold out games), the falloff in people attending practices at Kettler, and the declining resale value of Caps tickets, 8% is maybe too much. Your thoughts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Bad move. If they miss the playoffs, a really bad move. I'm sure he's looking at the empty seats at  Wizards games and worrying.

– February 16, 2012 11:41 AM
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The left wing is getting worse by the day. Hoping I can hang on till June. :)

That's what Adam LaRoche said last year and looked what happened to him...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! Yes, I'll have to compare wings with Adam. I just hope this one isn't as ripped up as the other one, but if I had my guess, the labrum is probably also torn. Just a hunch.

– February 16, 2012 11:42 AM
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Ron Jaworski

I guess Jaw's new multi platform job doesn't include the most important one: analyzing live games.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I admit I couldn't tell Jaws and Gruden apart on Monday nights, voice-wise, but out of that booth, I'll take Jaws every time. Pity.

– February 16, 2012 11:44 AM
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I really like this Kid. He seems like a great guy and has no ego.

Can you believe I said that about Kobe once?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Really?

– February 16, 2012 11:46 AM
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Josh Hamilton

How's Josh Hamilton doing, after falling off the wagon? I hope he's able to get back to sobriety ASAP, first and foremost for his own (and his family's) sake, but also for his fans'. I also hope his teammates and management will give him all the support he needs in resuming his recovery.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think the Rangers have bent over backwards to help the guy, and so have his teammates. I just saw him on ESPN talking about it, and he seemed pretty matter-of-fact about it. I don't think lack of support is a problem. His biggest challenge will come when he's no longer in baseball, I fear.

– February 16, 2012 11:49 AM
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All these reports lately about not touching anything anyone else has touched

Guy I know in the mail room wears latex gloves during cold and flu season. I can't blame him.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I am tempted to wear a mask during the winter on the Metro and on airplanes. To many illnesses linked directly to air travel, and to many seatmates on the train hacking and sneezing without benefit of covering their mouth or nose. Ick.

– February 16, 2012 11:51 AM
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Nats' Onesies

They're just not very cute or the least bit feminine!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hmmmmm. You could get a red onesie and a Nats logo of some ilk and make your own. I think hoping for "feminine" might be too much. And it's a baseball onesie. It's like the pink hats for teams whose colors aren't pink --  it's a stretch, to me.

– February 16, 2012 11:52 AM
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Caps buying or selling?

Any predictions on players that might be on the move as the deadline approaches? I could see a package of Beagle, Schultz and a pick bringing back a decent defenseman or second line center.
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Tracee Hamilton :

A center would be good. I fear they might trade Carlson, who hasn't been up to snuff this year but is young and talented and can get it back. I wonder if they won't make a big deal in order to get everyone's attention.

– February 16, 2012 11:52 AM
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Links

How can we install links in our questions? I've tried HTML code and it doesn't work. But clearly someone has figured it out.
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Tracee Hamilton :

If you put the html code in the question, I check it and then insert it as a link. You can't do it yourself. It's one of the reasons I sometimes wish I had a producer.

– February 16, 2012 11:52 AM
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The greatest golfer ; or the golfer with the greatest impact

It really doesn't matter how many majors Tiger Woods wins, I believe that Arnold Palmer will be reckoned the golfer with the greatest impact on the game. He was the first player to take it out of the country club confines, get the broad public interested in the game and have his own rooting faction (Arnie's Army). It's kind of like Johnny Unitas. Have others thrown for more touchdowns and yardage? Have others won more championships? Yes, but Unitas was the prototype of the deep throwing quarterback and his work made the NFL a nationwide passion.
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is a good debate point. Woods' impact on the game is hard to underestimate, in terms ot money, fans, diversity. Talk about taking it out of the country club. But I'm not sure there has to be one answer. I've always felt these questions, like "who was the greatest of all time," are just too hard to determine beyond personal opinion because of the different times players play in, among other reasons. Palmer's world was certainly different than Woods'. And so on...

– February 16, 2012 11:53 AM
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"Friday Night Lights" sequel movie

Did you read on the Post's Celebritology blog today that the script for a sequel movie to the "Friday Night Lights" TV series is nearly completed? Are you as excited as Chris "The Fix" Cillizza will be? Of course, they've GOT to get Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton back, at any price, to play Mr. & Mrs. Coach!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Without them, there is no movie. And they need Matt and the daughters. And to me, they need Tim and Landry and oh shoot, the blond girl and Buddy and ... I'm not sure who they can do without!

– February 16, 2012 11:54 AM
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Hockey and Detroit (old school)

Tracee, I recently read a retrospective of Johnette Howard's story about Joey Kocur of the early '90s Red Wings (a must-read for anyone interested in hockey violence), and the story mentioned that she had worked for the Detroit Free Press in the late '80s. Were you there at the same time?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yup, Johnette is an old friend. She's aces.

– February 16, 2012 11:55 AM
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But, it's unclear to me why Manning would want to come here:

I would like add: (4) Coming to the Redskins seems to kill the older player's career. It's the place where has-beens come to pretend they can still play. If he comes to DC his career is over and we'll wonder why we even considered him. If he goes somewhere else he'll have a stellar final 3 years and we'll regret not getting him.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think he should go nowhere, but I'm clearly in the minority on that one.

– February 16, 2012 11:58 AM
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B'More Cat and Six Nations Rugby Lover

Football is over, but at least I can watch rugby (fit young men who bend over a lot) and Go Wales! Onto some general free association, Matt Bomer is pretty and so is Channing Tatum. But neither is going to date me, no matter which side of the church they sit on. I'm fostering a young mama cat and her two kittens; I'd forgotten how cute and annoying kittens can be. So far the elderly cats in the house are curious, but not stressed out. And today is an excellent day for cassoulet at my favorite French restaurant in B'more. Have a good day.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's a cassoulet day! Good for you for fostering. I'd like to do that. One of my cats wouldn't mind; the other would go nuts. Someday.

– February 16, 2012 11:58 AM
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Speaking of Globetrotting

The Honorary Harlem Globetrotters are Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Whoopi Goldberg, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Pope John Paul II, and Jesse Jackson. I would pay to see a pick-up game.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, they'd all have to be alive or it wouldn't be much, but yes, that would be something. Interesting group.

– February 16, 2012 11:59 AM
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Rotator cuff injuries

I was REALLY lucky, in that my rotator cuff injury responded to several months of gruelingly painful physical therapy (next stop would've been surgery). But those who've never had this cannot begin to imagine how much and how relentlessly it hurts. When I was going through my treatments, all I could think of was baseball pitchers who get rotator cuff injuries as a routine part of performing their job -- yowza, that must be excruciating for them.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I had no true appreciation of what they went through until my first surgery. Then again, my first surgery was a career ender for a pitcher. Luckily, I don't pitch! But yes, certain motions I make now, I think, if I had to throw a baseball, I couldn't throw a baseball. I couldn't open a jar a baby food the other night and ended up in tears. Not pretty.

– February 16, 2012 12:00 PM
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Almost Daytona

So are there any new drivers that you think might have an impact at Daytona and beyond this year?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Let's see, who's new this year? :) I do wonder about Danica and what her reception is going to be among the NASCAR drivers. I can't imagine them being impressed as a group with the godaddy campaigns. But if she drives well, she should be fine. Eager to see what happens, although my interest in NASCAR has waned in the past few years.

– February 16, 2012 12:01 PM
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You'll Miss Jaws?

They should've fired both Gruden AND Jaws (That said, Gruden gets paid too much this year to fire), they are horrible. Gruden openly panders to guys he might coach once his contract is up and Jaws must think it's his job to outdo his slobbering misguided praise. It's unbearable.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wrote last year that I thought the MNF booth was terrible. That said, I think Jaws is the most likeable of the three. My other complaint was that I could not distinguish Jaws' voice from Gruden's. That's it.

– February 16, 2012 12:03 PM
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Cowboys Prediction?

What Cowboys prediction please?
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Tracee Hamilton :

The poster said they would not live up to expectations and I agreed. That's it. I think the poster was poking fun at my inability to predict and I was playing along. Because as you know, I'm lousy at it (although I will point out I got the Super Bowl right, and that's my one right prediction for the year so everyone, please don't ask me for any more until 2013).

Okay, gotta go. Thanks, everyone, for dropping in. By next Thursday, spring training will have started and the Caps may have made some moves. I'm sure we'll find things to talk about. Have a great weekend, everyone!

– February 16, 2012 12:06 PM

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