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February 23, 2012

11:01
A.M.

Q&A with Tracee Hamilton

Total Responses: 62

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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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Q.

Backstrom

How essential is Backstrom to this team Tracee? Ever since he went out look what is happening. Unfortunately, I don't see him coming back anytime soon.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Backstrom is the second-best player on the team, and could arguably be the best. He's very essential and I would label his as untouchable. But his absence is not an excuse for the Caps to blame injuries for this implosion. A lot of teams have had injuries; look at -- dare I say it? -- the Pens, for instance.

And good morning, or whatever you call it when both pro teams get spanked. But the Nats have arrived and Boz is writing and I know that makes a lot of you happy. So let's get started!

– February 23, 2012 11:01 AM
Q.

Shame on the Angels

Every moderately well-informed baseball fan knows Pujols resisted all efforts to call him "The Man," inh Spanish "El Hombre," out of respect for Stan Musial. Too bad the Angels didn't get the message.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You spend all that money to sign a guy, and you don't run an ad campaign by him? Not smart. It's a courtesy, if nothing else.

– February 23, 2012 11:04 AM
Q.

The Nats

Honest to God, I'm actually giddy about the coming season. Trust me, I'm way too blanking old to be giddy. But I am. Somehow I think I'm not alone, either.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

No, I don't think you are.

Wait, is this Boz?

– February 23, 2012 11:04 AM
Q.

Relocated Nats Fan

Hi Tracee, I've been a loyal Nats fan since they came to DC (and a fan of yours). When I moved to NC last fall, I lost my Nats watching privileges. Obviously, I can't get MASN, and MLB.tv considers me in the blackout zone for the Nats. Do you know how I can watch or listen to Nats games now?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Wow. When you say mlb.tv, you're talking online? What about DirecTV? If I misunderstood, sorry.

I'm throwing this out there because my posters are so very smart.

– February 23, 2012 11:06 AM
Q.

Who's crazier?

Eric Byrnes of MLB Network, for saying that if you wanted to pick a team outside of the usual suspects to make it to the World Series, you should go with...the Washington Nationals? Or me, for thinking he's not totally out of line?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You're both crazy! :) Hey, if you're going to make an outlandish pick, why not? There is nothing wrong with optimism in February and I refuse to diminish it.

– February 23, 2012 11:07 AM
Q.

The Bubble

Who are the last four teams you think should make the NCAA hoops tourney? Do you pick the Jayhawks to go all the way every year in your brackets to not jinx them like I do?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You've confused me with Prisbell. I don't have a 68-team field picked. Too much work. I saw ESPN had Texas in one of those spots; I wouldn't argue with that. And the answer to your second question is ... yes. I can't help it. Every year I try not to ... and fail.

– February 23, 2012 11:08 AM
Q.

O's/Nats Team Loyalty?

It pains me to say this, but I am a lifelong O's fan and find myself casting longing looks at the Nats. In the 7 years since the Nats' arrival, they have made serious steps toward lasting improvement. The O's continue to wallow in mediocrity. Am I a traitor if I transfer my allegiance to the Nats? (I will have to account for this to friends - I made fun of them for automatically supporting the Nats when they arrived.)

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

This is tricky, of course. The Nats are very attractive right now. Traitor seems a strong word, but you will take some guff, and of course you can't then go back to the O's when they are the hot new thing. I'm normally in favor of picking a team and sticking with it, but it's hard not to feel for O's fans when there is no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel.

– February 23, 2012 11:10 AM
Q.

First to Go?

So, tell us, which Cap do you believe will be the first to go...Semin? Hamrlik? Wideman, Hunter or George McPhee?

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, boy. I don't think it'll be Hunter. The problem with Semin was and is his contract, but if McPhee could find a taker I guess I'd go with him. But that would really be something.

– February 23, 2012 11:11 AM
Q.

Randy Edsall

I've read the columns about how he was nothing special at UConn (sub-.500 record), which suggests he should be nothing special at UMD. But I haven't read stories that suggest he alienated players at UConn the way he has here. Did it not happen up there, was it just hidden because it was UConn football and not on the national scene (not that UMD is either but it's in a slightly better conference)... what gives?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

It's my understanding that he had the same rules at Connecticut but that it wasn't such a big deal. Of course, he had a lot of players that HE recruited so they knew what they were buying into. Last season, that wasn't the case. And he was following a beloved coach and a winning season. So lots of differences. If they had duplicated the previous season's record, would anyone be talking about the rules? Maybe, maybe not. But he didn't become who he is when he arrived at College Park, no.

– February 23, 2012 11:12 AM
Q.

Zim and his contract

Great to see Bos' article on Zim this morning (and I'm not even a Nats fan). It makes me wonder though what the implication of a franchise losing it's "face" is. I'd think if the Nats couldn't get an extension with Zim done it could have a huge implication for the fanbase and other players- why support a team that can't give a little extra to the one guy who has put butts in the seats through some pretty ugly "rebuilding" years. Fans want to see "their guy" and for DC fans, Zimmerman is "their guy."
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I think it hurts. I think it sends a bad message to fans and to other young players, as Boz points out. I wrote about it this winter comparing Zim to George Brett. Their numbers are pretty similar -- where they could also be similar is if Zim spent his entire career here and then moved into the front office. That kind of continuity is good for a team.

– February 23, 2012 11:12 AM
Q.

Craptastic...

UGH... After last night watching the Caps gag and I couldn't stomach the Wiz, all I can say is WOW, that was Craptastic! Is there any thing to look forward too (and if you say the NFL combine, I will beat my head against the wall).
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

The NFL combine! Just kidding; stop it!

Um ... Nats? Daytona? Oscars? College hoops is getting interesting.

– February 23, 2012 11:13 AM
Q.

Caps fragile?

How fragile are the Caps right now? It seems that when they go down by 2 or 3 that they just shut down? If you are GMGM what do you do?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I make a stunning trade or two. I shake things up. Because clearly this bunch isn't getting it done.

(By the way, I have a tremendous number of questions today so please don't take it personally if I don't get to yours. I'm going to type as fast as I can.)

– February 23, 2012 11:13 AM
Q.

Gary Carter, RIP

I'm glad the Nats gave him a final moment of glory. When Andre Dawson, the only other Expo in the Hall of Fame, was elected in 2010, the Nats announced that they would be honoring him, and invited Carter to the ceremony as well. What Carter didn't know until literally minutes before the ceremonies started, was that he was being honored as well by having his number 8 (as well as Dawson's) on the Nats Park Ring of Honor. The Post's coverage from 2010 (no byline) can be found here.

I was there and it was a moving ceremony. Also, the Nats took BP that day in Expos uniforms... The Kid will be missed.

Section 405

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Agreed, thanks, 405.

– February 23, 2012 11:15 AM
Q.

Which GM will go first - Ernie or George?

Who will be the first to go - GMGM or Ernie Grunfeld? The Wizards (new slogan, "Everybody Beats The Wiz!") have totally cratered at this point. They are the poster children for the corrupting influence of AAU teams and the parasitic hoops culture that's been allowed to ruin too many kids' lives. No one learns the team game any more - it's all selfish "watch this!" showboating just to get on Sports Center highlights. I'm not sure there's a bomb big enough to adequately blow up this mess. Of course, the team name is just awful, too.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I just flipped a coin and it came up "Ernie." And I agree about the team name.

– February 23, 2012 11:16 AM
Q.

Capitals

Tracee, Other Post writers have offered their opinions on whether the Caps should be tweaked or blown up altogether and rebuilt. What's your take? Should the recent slide and arbitrary trade deadline be a determining factor for McPhee's and Leonsis' decision? Also, if the Caps decide to blow up the team and rebuild, do you think they could make significant moves before the deadline in order to build for the future? Matt in Williamsport, Md.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I think a complete blowup would be nearly impossible. They did that before, but they had the No. 1 draft pick and Ovechkin happened to be available. Life doesn't often align itself that way. And I'm not sure the fans would stand (or sit) still for another "hey, we're going to rebuild, be patient" message. Been there, done that. That's why Leonsis has to find a way to fix the Caps more quickly than a complete teardown, because I think a complete teardown is more appropriate for that other team. Boy, what a mess.

– February 23, 2012 11:17 AM
Q.

The Nationals

Hi, Tracee: I'll be attending two Nats spring training games in March. I'm very excited about this season. Any predictions of how the Nats will do? Thanks.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

No! Not yet, anyway. I will make my usual wild season prediction in the chat before Opening Day. (Gamblers, make a note of that in your Blackberry calendars.)

– February 23, 2012 11:20 AM
Q.

I enjoy reading about sports, but please ...

No more comments that start something like, "Oh great woman of the plains who knows everything great and small in the whole wide world." The next time that person starts that way, show some humility and edit that crap out!

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Oh my dear, do you really think I view myself as a goddess of the plains and knower of all things? I think it should be obvious from the tone of this chat that I don't believe either of those things. That poster is a regular and a regular emailer too. He's joking.

– February 23, 2012 11:21 AM
Q.

The Airless Cubicle is not a Hoya

... but rather a Terp. I am not upset about the cutting off of athletic relationships between Maryland and Georgetown. I blame the mess on John Thompson, who refused to schedule Maryland for fear that it would hurt his recruiting prospects. Georgetown is a smaller school than Maryland, so there is naturally a fear of the Turtle dominating local sports pages, but Georgetown has more "subway alumni" around the country who liked seeing players like Patrick Ewing do so well. -- It's stupid. Local teams should play each other when they can. It stimulates both teams. Get over it and schedule a home-and-home, or play it in a neutral court, or even use Fedex Field. They could play in my Cubicle, but the sound of squeaking sneakers distracts me from my work.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I fear the feelings run too deep on this one, or at least that's what my inbox indicates, but it's nice of you to offer TAC nonetheless.

– February 23, 2012 11:21 AM
Q.

Maryland-Georgetown

I'm a Maryland fan. I've always thought the UMD-Georgetown basketball thing was little more than a dumb standoff. Sure, it'd be great if they played regularly. But if the principals (Williams and Thompson) wanted to let a little ego get in the way of that happening, whatever, it wasn't the end of the world for either program. Now Kevin Anderson has pointlessly turned a silly standoff into a blood feud. And for what purpose? Does Maryland NEED to play Georgetown so bad that we need to throw the hammer down on every other sport? Do we think Georgetown NEEDS to schedule Maryland so bad that this outrageous threat will work? My guess is that, faced with an ongoing budget problem, Anderson sees in UMD-Georgetown a way to bring dollars into the budget every year. Whatever the case, I think this is a dumb move.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sure money is a motivator for Anderson. Depending on how the football program fares this year, that's not an unreasonable desire. But as I say, I think it's too late.

– February 23, 2012 11:22 AM
Q.

Javale McGee's "Block"

The worst part of McGee's goaltend/swat wasn't that it was such an obvious goaltend. NBA officials have missed more obvious calls, so why not go for it? The worst part was the decision to attempt to swat the ball to Arlington. The best shot blockers block shots AND keep the ball in play to give their team a chance for possession. Swatting a shot into the stands doesn't do that much good (unless its near the end of the shot clock), it just forces the offense to reset and take the ball out of bounds. McGee may be a good guy and a supreme talent, but this is another example of what his priorities are: McGee's highlights come first, the team comes second. A guy like that cannot be one of the leaders on a championship team.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

But it was an ESPN highlight. I thought that was the point of sports?

– February 23, 2012 11:23 AM
Q.

Dear "I Enjoy Reading About Sports..."

Please get a sense of humor and calm down. This is a fun chat and we all have a good time. People are wound so tightly these days!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, they are. It's worrisome.

– February 23, 2012 11:24 AM
Q.

Bourbonrich

Hope the weather changes are not negatively impacting your shoulders. I wonder how you feel when KSU and Missouri play? Do you feel as I do when Michigan and Notre Dame play, that is hope for a zero/zero game? Since it looks like I will have no rooting interest in March Madness this year, I will be spending my time rooting against teams. Good luck to the Self boys but not much else for me to cheer for this year.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, in this instance I was rooting for K-State. I won't say any more because it'll be a jinx. Saturday's a big day.

– February 23, 2012 11:24 AM
Q.

Spring has sprung

Ah, the first Bos columns of spring training are always such a pleasure (of course all Bos columns are such a pleasure), esp. now that there is real hope for the Nats. This is true even tho ugh we haven't really had a winter this year.

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Boz is the daffodil of the sports page. I hate to comment on winter because, well, you know. But you are right -- so far.

– February 23, 2012 11:25 AM
Q.

Nat/O's Etc

So I guess all DC/Maryland sports fans are now Nats/Ravens fans?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

No, I think a lot of folks have remained loyal. I just don't think it's my place to beat up on somebody who is intrigued by a different team. I'm not the goddess of that. :)

– February 23, 2012 11:26 AM
Q.

watching the Nats in NC

MLB has all sorts of packages, one of which lets you watch all MLB games for something like $200/season.l Not exactly pocket change, but doable. Of course you then have to fight the urge to watch baseball 12 hours a day. But if you enjoy rooting for (or against) several teams, it's well worth it.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Are you talking MLB online? I'm stupid and need specifics, and perhaps the poster does too.

– February 23, 2012 11:27 AM
Q.

Jayhawks double jinx

The one time I didn't pick the Jayhawks to go all the way was in 2008 and, well...
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yeah, well, for me it was 1988. No joke. All it means is that I'm older than you and I've been beating myself up 20 years longer than you.

– February 23, 2012 11:28 AM
Q.

Good luck this weekend

All Kansans are Jayhawks on Saturday! K-Stater
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks for that, and thanks for that other thing you did, which was much appreciated. :)

– February 23, 2012 11:29 AM
Q.

MD/Georgetown/Etc

DC should do what Philly does with it's college basketball teams - all the local teams play each other each year. It's good for the entire college basketball scene and the fans. Stop the pettiness.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

It is great, but it's been going on for years and thus has the tradition behind it. I agree it would be a great thing for the area, but I am feeling negative about the whole thing.

– February 23, 2012 11:31 AM
Q.

Don't listen to the curmugeon

Keep the "great goddess of the plains," etc. One of the things I like about this chat is the obvious affection of the regular submitters. There's plenty of nastiness online. It's nice to see some niceness.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

One of the great lines from M*A*S*H: "It's nice to be nice to the nice." :)

– February 23, 2012 11:31 AM
Q.

Backstrom & Caps

The Caps are seriously impacted by Backstrom's concussion because they have no other players capable of centering the first or second lines. Just like in baseball, you have to be strong down the middle centers and goalies).
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

No question he's a huge loss. I believe that Backstrom could be, or could become, the best player on that roster. I am not in any way trying to minimize his importance.

– February 23, 2012 11:32 AM
Q.

Sec. 314

There is a lot of talk about Strasburg's inning limit and when they will shut him down. Is there any talk about starting him late, say mid-April or even May, so that he will be available when the hunt is on in August?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Not that I've heard. You don't want to take him out of spring training and shut him down. And he needs the buildup that he gets in spring training, under the watchful eyes of ... everyone. I know what you're saying but logistically I am not sure that would work.

– February 23, 2012 11:32 AM
Q.

Tunnel Vision?

"...but it's hard not to feel for O's fans when there is no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel." Wait, we O's fans are in a tunnel? And all this time I thought it was so dark because we were 6' under ground.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Snap!

– February 23, 2012 11:34 AM
Q.

Bos on O's prospects

Bos was asked about the O's prospects in his Monday chat (yea! he's back!!) and he replied, "the Orioles have no prospects." I have no problem rooting for both the O's and the Nats. When and if they meet in the World Series (very unlikely in my lifetime), I'll have to decide.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

And that is an excellent point and an excellent attitude as well.

– February 23, 2012 11:36 AM
Q.

It's my fault

I went to bed with the Wizards comfortably ahead. Obviously I haven't learned that there is no such thing as a comfortable lead where this team is involved. I'm sorry!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

But was your mattress comfortable? That's the key! Because if you're going to survive sports in this town, you need your sleep.

– February 23, 2012 11:36 AM
Q.

Hagerstown Suns

While the Nats are certainly justified in asking for improvements to that 80 year old stadium, I'll be sorry to see them go. They've been a community focal point for many years so their leaving is just very sad. Anyone who wants a taste of old-time baseball, warts and all, should try to make it up to the park this season.

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Always sad to see these minor league parks shut down because they are something around which communities rally, and they've seen a lot of history. It's a good thought to get out there this year.

– February 23, 2012 11:38 AM
Q.

Capitals Mistakes adding up....is the clock finally ticking for GMGM?

Hi, Tracee! I hope your shoulder is feeling better. The mistakes seem to be piling up on the desk of GMGM...Hamrlik, Voukoun (why you'd trade for a starting goaltender when goalies are all the farm system seems to be sending to DC is beyond me), Dale Hunter (who seems unable to alter the course of this ship, heading for the rocky shore of missing the playoffs)...is the clock finally ticking on his job? How could they possibly fix this team? The collapse is startling....but we are seeing this more and more in the major league sports these days - indifferent play by overpaid players who mumble through post-game interviews saying "we just weren't ready to play tonight..." Somehow, these same players are always ready to cash the fat check every two weeks, all the same. Can anyone say the fans are getting their money's worth? Ted has already announced ticket price increases for next year's Caps. Yikes.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I am told that the relationship between Ted and GM is very tight. That said, I do not see how GM survives this season if they fail to make the playoffs. Once you fire the coach -- you're next. They've got time to straighten up but not much.

– February 23, 2012 11:39 AM
Q.

Strasburg's limit

For Sec. 314's question, Rizzo sounds adamant about not tinkering with the timing of his starts, no skipping to get him into Sept.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yup.

– February 23, 2012 11:39 AM
Q.

Short Answers

It's really pathetic how short your answers are. A bum off the street could write some of your responses.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yup.

– February 23, 2012 11:39 AM
Q.

MLB.Tv

It sounds like the original poster has tried the online MLB video service (which is great, I have the similar NHL package). If you live in an area where at least one cable/satellite company carries a regional sports channel that show's a team's games, that team's games are blacked out. It sounds like some cable company in North Carolina offers MASN. My suggestion to the original poster is to check around with the cable companies and see.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks for that!

– February 23, 2012 11:43 AM
Q.

Handle Pending

I just heard Richard Justice speaking with Mr. Tony on yesterday's radio show (stupid podcast delay) and found out he has moved on to writing for MLB.com. I know they already have Peter Gammons in the fold. I'm happy that they still have platforms to write from, but I think it is a great loss to not have them writing for a local paper about a local team. Makes me cherish Boz even that much more. He is a treasure and a pleasure. Do you think the trend of veteran columnists moving to online venues can be stemmed?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Depends. Richard was in Houston, as you know, and he loved it there but there was no travel budget, just nothing, and that was hard for him -- and would be hard for any columnist. MLB has flirted with him for years about making the move and the timing was just right. I hate to see it, too, but I'm glad if he's happy because he's one of my favorite people in the business.

Some papers are making columnists a focal point; others aren't. And some online venues have made crazy high offers to jump ship. That has stopped somewhat recently as some of these online venues have gone belly up.

– February 23, 2012 11:44 AM
Q.

Bum off the street..

Hey!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Right?

– February 23, 2012 11:48 AM
Q.

Do you guys ever tie a rope to Boz's leg

he has a tendency to float away with optimism. The rope would be to pull him back to earth. Don't get me wrong, I'm giddy with excitement about the Nats this year, but I still see the offense as being a problem. There are too many low on-base-percentage and high strikeout guys. But with good pitching. So I'm thinking we'll see a lot of 3-2 wins AND losses this year.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! Yes, Boz gets giddy, and especially in Florida in February. It's very hard to pull him down and let out the helium in his happy balloon.

– February 23, 2012 11:49 AM
Q.

Will they ever dump Semin?

And is there someone who could use him?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I really do think it's the money. Maybe if they offered to pay part of it.

– February 23, 2012 11:50 AM
Q.

Finally read "moneyball":

I just can't see it as a Hollywood movie. Esp. w/ Brad Pitt. Thoughts, O Goddess?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

See it. It is a great movie and I think it might be Brad Pitt's best work. You totally forget he's Brad Pitt, for one thing. Seriously, it's a terrific movie.

– February 23, 2012 11:51 AM
Q.

I don't mind "goddess of the plains" but...

I don't like the way this becomes the Kansas / Midwestern sports chat. Local-ish teams like UVA, Mason, Townson, VT, etc. all get little mention and there are at least four KU - KState -Missou comments a week.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I have had no posts concerning UVA, Mason, Towson, VT etc. today. I answer the posts I get.

I was at GMU yesterday for the CAA swimming and diving prelims. Rooting for Madison because a friend's daughter dives for them. There, now I've introduced the topic. Anyone else?

– February 23, 2012 11:51 AM
Q.

"A bum off the street could write some of your responses. "

Actually, those guys tend to write really, really long diatribes with lots of ALL CAPS and meandering points in tightly-packed lines taking up every available square inch of page space. Like Boz.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There was a great line on "30 Rock" last week, when Jack referred to "Irish Arguments Weekly, the only all-caps magazine in America." I'm still laughing.

– February 23, 2012 11:53 AM
Q.

Maryland-Georgetown

In your column this week, why didn't you mention the obvious solution, Maryland vs. Georgetown in the BB&T Classic?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think there's a zero chance of that, is why, I guess. But if that ended up being the solution, that would be lovely.

– February 23, 2012 11:54 AM
Q.

Semin

"Maybe if they offered to pay part of it" - can't do that under the NHL CBA.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, of course, thanks for the correction. That explains it, then.

– February 23, 2012 11:55 AM
Q.

Boz's Optimisim

Must be the warm weather down in Florida...
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

But wait, it's warm here, too.

– February 23, 2012 11:55 AM
Q.

Multi-city cable/video package:

Treated myself to 40+ NHL games a week when I was preggo, my only indulgence. Daughter-almost-eight is now a hockey stats machine. Coincidence?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think so. They tell you to read to your unborn child, to play music, etc. etc. Why would hockey be any different? Good thing it wasn't twins, though, or they'd have been taking each other into the boards, figuratively speaking.

– February 23, 2012 11:56 AM
Q.

M*A*S*H*

"Oh yes, Margaret, let me kiss your brain."
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! (Keepin' 'em short, just to annoy the bum-hater.)

Oh dear, bum-hater sounds dirty.

– February 23, 2012 11:56 AM
Q.

The Lerners

How does one reach the Lerners either by email OR snail mail. As a fan I would love to let them know how I feel about resigning Ryan Zimmerman.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Email? I couldn't get you close. Snail mail? The best I could do would be to try the park:

 

1500 S. Capitol St. SW

WDC 20003

Can't guarantee they'll get it.

– February 23, 2012 11:58 AM
Q.

Speaking of DC area sports

Did you ever comment on NoVa's Ashley Wagner winning the Women's figure skating gold at Nationals, and heading for Worlds? Will WaPo be covering Worlds (in Nice, France, I believe -- if so, a dirty job but someone has to do it).
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

No, I didn't, but it's great. I can remember when she was just coming up and wondering if she'd break through, so good for her. Two years out from Socchi is not bad timing, either. I do not know coverage plans, but in a Summer Olympics year, I'd be surprised if we covered worlds. The Oly budget will go for track trials, gymnastics trials, swimming trials, etc. But that's a guess; I'm not in charge of that any more. :)

– February 23, 2012 11:59 AM
Q.

Moneyball the Movie...

Is a great movie, but I do hope everyone realizes it is a Hollywood version of the story. The movie makes it seem like Scott Hatteberg was the reason the A's were great. Having a starting rotation with Hudson, Zito, and Mulder was slightly (slightly meaning a ton here) important. And Miguel Tejada was pretty good too. All "scouted" and drafted players. What Beane did was use the ideas of Moneyball to improve at the edges and margins, which I think the book makes clear, but the movie ignores that (as movies often do). Pitt is very good in the movie, surprised me.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, yes, the book got the Hollywood treatment but still, the movie is good and Pitt is great (as is Jonah Hill).

– February 23, 2012 12:00 PM
Q.

"Oh dear, bum-hater sounds dirty"

You think bum-lover doesn't?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, point taken.

– February 23, 2012 12:03 PM
Q.

Wizards

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the Wizards do their traditional finish-with-3rd-worst-record thing, then also do their traditional get-leapfrogged-and-fall-to-5th-or-6th-pick thing, they're basically doomed to remain mediocre forever, yes? I mean, they need to get that second potential star player to play with John Wall via the draft lest we just tune them out completely, right? (If we haven't already.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There is no question that this draft is critical to the Wizards' future, unless they are able to pull off a gigantic and surprising deal.

I was joking about Jeremy Lin in the Olympics in this morning's column and it appears he may get a late invite to tryouts. Huh.

– February 23, 2012 12:07 PM
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the only all-caps magazine in America....

Ah, yes, it's usually right next to Great Moments in Elegant Irish Cuisine, a large volume filled with blank pages....
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Tracee Hamilton :

We joke because we're Irish (at least I am).

– February 23, 2012 12:09 PM
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watching the Nats in NC

I have friends who watch all MLB games on their TV's. I'll get in touch with them and let you know next week how they do it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks!

(One word!)

– February 23, 2012 12:10 PM
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DC

I acknowledge this is a peeve, but I do have an editorial question for you: How does the Post decide how many decimal points to use in their reporting? I know in baseball, the averages are reported to 3 places, .275 batting average, obviously. But, as I read the sports pages last weekend, there were a lot of extra decimal places. Is a 34.4% 3 point shot average any different than a 34% average? Especially when its only a single game, not a season long average. Seems like there are a lot of extra decimals places that distract rather than enhance the reporting and commentary. What's your guide?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Our copy desk probably has a style book entry just for this topic, but I think for basketball it's pretty standard that we go one decimal point. Is there a tremendous difference? No, I guess not. I wrote today that Lin was averaging 24.6 points, which is more impressive than 24 points, but not by much.

– February 23, 2012 12:10 PM
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Delurking to represent ...

WAHOOWA! There. I said it. U.Va.'s team isn't lights-out this year, but they're better than they've been in a while, and I for one can't wait to see them play in March. I have such a crush on Tony Bennett; I hope he sticks around.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The Cavs have been a great story this year and I'm eager to see how they do in the tournament. Hoping to pick them in my bracket, depending on their pairings.

– February 23, 2012 12:11 PM
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Slap Shot

Did you know that this Saturday is the 35th anniversary of its release?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I did not know that.

– February 23, 2012 12:12 PM
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Let me see

So you are not supposed to include any honorifics, can't discuss any teams other than local ones, must have LONG answers...I think that is the list so far. Given what we pay for this chat, I can see how people can be so demanding. Thank you for being so strong in the face of the "bum-haters."
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's my great pleasure to interact with all of you each week, even the bum-haters. :)

And with that I bid you all a fond farewell till next week, when I'm sure I'll annoy someone, somewhere. Something to look forward to!

(I should have just signed off with this: "Bye!")

– February 23, 2012 12:13 PM
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