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June 28, 2012

11:03
A.M.

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

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Tracee Hamilton

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

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

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

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My Recommendation for Wizards Draft, Yours?

In my opinion, the Wizards MUST take Harrison Barnes with their top pick. The reason? Simple and impossible to refute: this way they can say, "You're a Wizard, Harry! (So, so, good. IMO) With that awesome thought out of the way, Tracee, I must ask: together with the acquisition of Ariza and Okafor, the #3 pick (Harry!), Nene, Wall and the other returning cast, do you think this squad has any chance to even approach the ascent to NBA mediocrity? BTW, how DUMB do the Wizards PR people have to be not to have been doing HUGE marketing tie-ins with the Harry Potter phenomenon and a total embrace of Wizardliness the past 10-15 years?? A snowy owl as the mascot, incorporation of the Hogwarts music in their intros, a coach bearded and decked out as Dumbledore, wearing fake black glasses DURING the game vs. just after... the mind boggles. Alas for what might have been!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, I am just loving that line and there's a 50-50 chance I steal it, in my drug-induced haze.

Of course, I want them to take T-Rob for selfish reasons.

I wonder if there are copyright laws to be violated here and there but yes, it would have been fun. Cheerleaders dressed as Hermione. Every game a lucky fan would find a  Golden Snitch in his popcorn. But then someone would have spoiled it by bringing loaded wands into the locker room.

And hello! I'm trying this. Not promising a long chat or meaningfulness so please try to bring the meaingfulness yourselves, as I'm feeling a little loopy this morning. Yesterday was my first long day out of the house and I'm not handling it well. So if the chat suddenly ends, that means I fell asleep and am drooling on the keyboard. Let's commence. I've missed you all.

– June 28, 2012 11:10 AM
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Allo?

Is this thing on?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sorry, I really am not all here. I'm answering away but not actually publishing the answers. Sorry. Back on track now. I think. I swear, I don't know what happened to me. I was fine yesterday.

Or was I?

– June 28, 2012 11:11 AM
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Notre Dame conference

Why should Notre Dame join a conference? They already play the hardest schedule outside of the SEC. This year they play Michigan and Michigan State in the Big-10, USC and Stanford in the PAC-10, Miami, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, etc. And they actually graduate many of their players. That itself puts them in a league of their own. Ask the SEC how many players actually graduated in anything but Football Theory.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sigh. It was a joke. About having to always write "plus Notre Dame." That's all. And consider this the answer to the other Notre Dame screeds in my inbox. Seriously, folks, lighten up.

– June 28, 2012 11:12 AM
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Groucho Marx

"Like Groucho Marx, the Fighting Irish don’t want to be part of any conference that will have them as a member." Hahaha. Welcome back. We really miss your columns. Notre Dame is like this special class of people that everyone respects but no one remembers why. At some point, somebody is going to ask when they last did anything to deserve this status and they'll realize that 1988 was a really long time ago.
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Tracee Hamilton :

At least someone got the joke! Hurray! I'm not a Notre Dame hater. I just won't write about this topic again while only having the use of one hand because I got so tired of adding the phrase, "plus Notre Dame." Really, poking fun at myself. No one gets me. I'm so sad.

– June 28, 2012 11:14 AM
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Four teams are enough

A four team playoff is plenty. This playoff is determining the National Championship, nothing else. If you can't get people to think you are one of the top 4 teams in the nation, then you don't deserve to be in the playoff.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think four teams might work. I think we'll just have to wait and see. I think that some change from this particular group of conferences, PLUS NOTRE DAME, is better than no change. Baby steps. Or big hulking man cleated man steps. But you know what I mean.

– June 28, 2012 11:14 AM
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Altogether Too Much Time on My Hands

I was watching a Nats game when Gorzelanny came in to pitch, and it suddenly occurred to me that you could sing his name to the tune of the first word of the chorus of Oklahoma (not the verse, which is Brand new state, brand new state, gonna treat you great. . .). Anyway, you can also sing Espinosa and Lombardozzi. Using first names you can add Ian Desmond, Steven Strasburg, Tyler Clippard, Jesus Flores, Ryan Mattheus, and Ross Detwiler to the list. The Zimms have too many syllables with first names & too few with last names. Adam LaRoche, Michael Morse, Bryce Harper, Tyler Moore, Drew Storen don't work either. Try it! Let's go Nationals works if you slur Nationals!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I was thinking, during the first week after surgery, if you could rewrite "Van Lingle Mungo" using the Nats and former Nats. I started tinkering but probably either fell asleep or got distracted by an episode of "Matlock." So this doesn't strike me as a weird idea at all. For those of you who don't know "Van Lingle Mungo," listen to it on the iTunes.

– June 28, 2012 11:16 AM
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Today's column

How much fun did you have writing it? It read as if you had a lot.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Did I write a column yesterday? Hmmmm.

Were there naughty bits? Hope not!

Those news conferences are so hard because what's the poor guy going to say? I remember him from his Wings AND Caps days and what's not to like, but we'll know what we know when we know it. Don't envy him.

– June 28, 2012 11:16 AM
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Double up?

Help, I'm confused - your chat is listed twice on the Post website - where do I find you?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Right here? I'm confused too. Oh dear, I hope that wasn't something I did but probably.

And here comes the pain again. Eurhythmics time.

– June 28, 2012 11:18 AM
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What Went Wang?

I would love to be wrong, but Wang is just not looking very fix-able. Granted, it is a hitter's park and the Rockies are something like the 4th best hitting MLB team, but it mostly looks like pitching batting practice when he comes in lately -- and it certainly looked that way last night. Are you holding out any hope that McCatty & co. can still find a cure that gets Wang back to form?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I've never had high hopes for Wang. It took so long for him to come back from his shoulder surgery in the first place. I fear he may be a delicate genius. Or just the first part.

– June 28, 2012 11:21 AM
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BCS

So the BCS as we knew it is dead and now we're moving on to a playoff. It didn't take long - in fact it started before the new playoff was approved (see T Hamilton 6-25) - for the calls to come that four teams wasn't enough, we really need eight. Once that happens the bowls are dead. People that say a playoff and the bowls can coexist are dreaming. Once it's a national quarter-final game the Orange Bowl isn't the Orange Bowl any more - it's just a stop on the way to somewhere else. And the smaller bowls? They'll be more pointless than they are now and fade to oblivion (see NIT). Now I've got no dog in this fight. Bowls or playoffs, doesn't matter to me. But people that think we can have both will be not only disappointed, they won't realize what they will be missing until it is gone. I'd also like to point out that a one and done playoff isn't necesarily the best way to determine a season champion in football. All it does is determine the champion of the playoff.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Agreed re the final point. But I'm not sure that's any worse a situation than having a group of men with a vested financial interest decide the two teams who will play for the national title.

I don't necessarily think it means the death of the bowls, if they rotate the playoff games around between the biggies. And if it does mean the death of some of the bowls, I think that's actually a good thing. That was something I failed to write, but there are too many bowls. They are the equivalent of the "trophy for showing up" at this point.

I'm not calling for eight teams. I think four is a good compromise. I never thought they'd approve eight.

– June 28, 2012 11:22 AM
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Wiz

Your pick for the Wiz tonight?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm biased. I want T-Rob. I think we'll end up with Beal here.

– June 28, 2012 11:23 AM
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Playoff and its implications for the ACC

I know the ACC will apparently keep some tie-in with the Orange Bowl (big deal!), but it looks to perennially be locked into the fifth-wheel slot, and the gap in revenue, recruiting and reputation relative to the top four conferences will only widen. Depressing news for a Maryland fan who hopes the ACC eventually dissolves and the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC pick off the best bones of the carcass. And don't give the "you've got ACC basketball" retort; football drives the engine these days and at least KU, ISU, etc., can be passengers on the Texas and Oklahoma train. A Big Ten invitation for the Terrapins can't come soon enough.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You've got ACC basketball. Oh, I wasn't supposed to say that.

And I wouldn't have, because it makes no never mind. Even ACC basketball doesn't bring in the ducats that football does. Yes, we are riding the Texas gravy train. And the mistake we make is trying to keep up. Maryland did the same and look where it got the Terps -- killing sports right and left. The state of college sports is not attractive right now. In fact, it's pretty depressing.

– June 28, 2012 11:24 AM
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Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and Knower of ALL things great and small Welcome Back --bad wings and all. Your column today shows why we missed you so " Unhappiest Russian in the US since Boris met Moose and Squirrel" Priceless . " Don't call for Boris; things are Bad e nov . " Seroiusly , How did the pres from NEBRASKA get to represent the B1G at the Council meeting ? He hasn't been in the B1G long enough to have even visited all the stadia or even Frostbite Falls .
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Tracee Hamilton :

Love the Frostbite Falls line! Yes, this was what I wondered as well. Not a knock on Nebraska, which has a fine athletic administration, but yowza, the Huskers just jumped right in to the deep end! Maybe this is why the B1G wanted them; no one smart enough to attend meetings? I somehow doubt it.

– June 28, 2012 11:27 AM
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Wizards Draft Pick

What is with this obsession that a shooting guard fits in the current Wizards team - they current Wizards team STINKS. The Wizards need the guy who can be the best possible player, period. Teams that finish with the 2nd worst record are not one guy away!
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Tracee Hamilton :

No argument here. I'd run screaming from anyone who fit into the current melange of ... whatever that is they're serving up. Draft talent. Ah well. No, they are not one guy away, unless that one guy is The Hulk, maybe. Sadly, The Hulk will not get draft. Hulk sad.

– June 28, 2012 11:29 AM
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Oates' Caps Days

I seem to remember something about issues w/Oates when he was w/the Caps as a player. I cant remember but I seem to remember not being sorry to see him leave. Maybe it was at the same time the team was revolting against Ron Wilson and that had something to do with it. He also drove me crazy because he refused to shoot at open nets. Have you heard anything from old timers at the Post that we should be concerned about? Im giving him a fresh start but am curious.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sorry, but I'm distracted trying to think of old-timers at the Post. Sorry, I give up. I AM an old-timer at the Post. Well, Boz would be the most old-timery if he weren't going all Benjamin Button on us. I don't recall this but I wasn't writing columns then. I'll ask around. Meanwhile, I would give him a fresh start. That was a long time ago.

– June 28, 2012 11:30 AM
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SInging Nats' Names

It also works to the tune of Green Acres.
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Tracee Hamilton :

We can have karaoke at our July get-together.

– June 28, 2012 11:32 AM
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Zim

Well I guess we know what has been wrong with Ryan Zimmerman.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I had a cortisone shot in my thumb last week and now when I flip quarters, they hit the ceiling. (Half of that statement is true.)

– June 28, 2012 11:34 AM
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Nats hitting unclogged? - Section 405

I *KNOW* it's Colorado, but the first game of the series wasn't a "Colorado" game. Tuesday they set their franchise hits-in-a-game record. I'm writing this Wednesday in the middle of the third, and the Nats are already up 8-0 with 7 hits. Ryan Zimmerman had the cortisone shot in his shoulder, and his natural swing's back, and he's all of a sudden a hitting machine. The Post's writers/columnists have pretty much all been saying that Zim is due for his usual 6 to 8 week hot streak. Is this the beginning of it? 

How much can cortisone relieve shoulder pain? (You're my go-to for shoulder pain info)? 

BTW, Atlanta, the next stop has the second-highest altitude in the majors after Colorado...

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Tracee Hamilton :

Cortisone can really mask that pain for awhile. My hand was almost paralyzed for 24 hours, and now I am not quite pain free but closer than I've been in a long time.

Of course, you can't just keep getting them forever. That's the down side. But he's young and male (for women they put you at greater risk of things like osteoporosis) and he can probably get by through the season with them. The trouble is, they can mask if you're doing further damage. I had the choice of getting a cortisone shot in my left shoulder or having an MRI, and I chose the MRI, which showed the tear. My doc said it was good we got in there when we did because a bone spur was just tearing up everything in sight. That's not what he has, of course, so he should be fine. One hopes. Of course, if I'm a major league ball player, I have the MRI and then I have the cortisone shot and try to hold on. No one's trying to write songs to the tune of "Green Acres" about me!

– June 28, 2012 11:37 AM
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Cheeseboy

Hey Tracee, Went to Boston and in one of the foodcourts there was a fast food place called CHEESEBOY! Isn't that you're nickname for somebody? I can send you the picture tonight. You can blow it up and put it on his desk! LOL!
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Tracee Hamilton :

OMG! That's hilarious! And a missed franchising opportunity for our own Cheese Boy, Dan Steinberg.

– June 28, 2012 11:40 AM
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Jamie Moyer - Section 405

Looking at Colorado in the current series, it's a wonder that Moyer actually got a win there. Even though he had a strong performance in the O's minors, the O's wouldn't bring him up. Now he's with Toronto. Any chance he makes it back?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Looking less likely, 405, but guys get hurt and you never know. I've always liked him. Wouldn't it be a good story if he were a September callup success story for some team?

– June 28, 2012 11:41 AM
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Baby Duckgate!

Deadspin had an article about Tyler Clippard and some baby ducks near the bullpen in Colorado in which a fan shot some footage of Clip apparently spitting on the baby ducks and throwing water on them. "Tyler Clippard is either a serial killer in training, or hanging with the wrong crowd and thought taunting those downy angels would earn him some cred. Anyone have Tyler's mother's phone number? I bet she'd love to hear about this!" That cracked me up. But Ryan Mattheus said it wasn't so. They were actually feeding the ducks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I could find out, but I only have so many lifelines to use where Clippard is concerned so I think I'll wait until we have more evidence he's torturing animals. He doesn't seem the type.

– June 28, 2012 11:42 AM
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PLAYOFF!!

Ms. H: I never thought it would happen, a football playoff in place of the $@$%)&! BCS. It's not near what it should be, to put it mildly, but better than what's set up until 2014. One word of caution to those who root for Boise State and others not in "Big Boy" conferences - when the playoffs get going, and there's a year where Boise State is undefeated and say, ranked 3rd or 4th, while the SEC has two teams with one loss, and the Big 10 and Big 12 (or 9, or 14, or whatever) are the same - well, the chances the selection committee puts Boise State in the playoffs is the same as you or I rooting for Missouri. Just saying . . . AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

AHG, those are NOT good odds. I repeat, NOT good odds. And you are right, the opportunity for abuses still exist. It's better than the old way; it's not perfect. The NCAA tournament is not perfect (it's just a lot closer than what college football has to offer).

– June 28, 2012 11:45 AM
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How are you feeling? - Section 405

How are you feeling? Will you be able to go to the Olympics? Can you have a Guiness? Are you running out of shoulders to have surgery on? - Your fanbase wants to know.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay. No. No. Yes. Whew. Tough fanbase.

– June 28, 2012 11:47 AM
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No Chat Last Week?

Was kinda surprised to see no chat last week...
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Tracee Hamilton :

I found that typing was incredibly painful last week. I was surprised and we canceled last minute. The plan was to chat last week and return to two columns and a chat this week. I've got to write for Sunday, too, and I'm having a lot of pain. I am really surprised because this surgery wasn't nearly as intense as the last one but I'm having pain when I type, and apparently I'm sleeping on my arm because I'm waking up in pain. Everything else is cool.

– June 28, 2012 11:48 AM
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Male Meow? Sure

Tracee: Watch the heat this weekend. Trust Congressional will remember you and let people bring in water. They'd better! Is there a male version of "meow?" Sure! When we hear someone get "snap"-ped ( the non-gender specific for what causes a meow), we give a deep guttural grunt of appreciation. This MUST be through the nose, wth the mouth closed, and is followed by a big swallow of beer - draft beer for the connoiseur or those i the know. The big risk in this, of course - and we males love taking risks - is that if the situation is humorous the beer may follow the grunt out of one's nose. This, too, takes practice to get right. I'll gladly demonstrate on the 16th - grunt only, that is! DELI MAN
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I will need to be taught this. I'm afraid I'd just end up blowing my nose on someone. But willing to learn. I hope I can drink my then! Hmmmm. Yes, surely.

And yes, my dad and I spent some time talking about last year and the heat and the getting lost. Never again! We have Rory's Runaway to remember. That'll do.

– June 28, 2012 11:50 AM
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Cortizone shots

Be very careful w/cortizone shots if you fall under your employers drug testing program. Cortizone shots also contain other drugs as painkillers that may cause you to pop positive. Then you forced to try figure out why you popped positive and then you remember *#$%@ cortizone and get a letter from your doc.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Interesting. Had no idea. Right now sirens and bells would go off. Lance Armstrong would cycle over and slap me in the face. That's how loaded I feel.

– June 28, 2012 11:52 AM
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Fire the Hitting Coach

I would like to say that it's refreshing to have people complaining about the Nats' hitting. That's the First Place Best Record in the League Nats. Better than apathy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha!

– June 28, 2012 11:53 AM
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re: "Four Teams Are Enough"

I guess the NY Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and LA Kings should return their trophies, since they clearly would not have been able to get people to think they were one of the top 4 teams in the nation, so they didn't deserve to be in the playoffs.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Exactly. That's the perfect comparison.

Listen, those sports have playoffs in place. They have divisions in manageable sizes. They also play by the same financial rules and constraints, by and large. College football -- brace yourself -- does not. If you think that in two years, the entire system is going to tear itself up, 80 percent of the bowl games are going to commit corporate suicide and all will be right with the world, then you're the one on percoset, my friend. Four teams is a start. Someday, there will likely be four to six uber-conferences and a playoff system not unlike what we have in professional sports will be a possibility. But we are so far from that point that it's pointless to talk about it. Four teams is a good start. And it's better than what we've had shoved down our throats with the BCS.

– June 28, 2012 11:54 AM
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Your last three headlines

"Adam Oates handles media, but can he turn the Washington Capitals into champions?" "Small step, but a giant leap." "Woods is in front, but is he back?" You write the columns, but do you write the headlines? Your columns are supposed to be opinion, but you keep asking questions? You were once an editor, but would you have let those go?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No I don't write the headlines? I mean no, I don't write the headlines. I don't like question headlines, no, but I also see what my editor goes through in a typical day and I'm not going to kvetch about the occasional one.

– June 28, 2012 11:56 AM
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Your chat

The Home Front chat doesn't seem to be working so I'm here with you all. May I ask a decorating question? How do you feel about built-in bookcases? Yea or nay?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I have both built-ins and stand-alones. I think the built-ins in my home office and family room will add value to the house but I have standalones in the living room because I think the built-ins presume too much reading on the part of the buyer. Some people don't want that many books. And that way when I move I have some shelving to go with me.

– June 28, 2012 11:56 AM
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Four teams will never be enough

The NCAA basketball tournament started with 8 teams. Then it went to 16, then 32, and so on. Heck, 64 wasn't good enough to satisfy everyone. I guess they couldn't sleep knowing that the world could be denied the true champion if the 68th best team in the country doesn't get a shot at the title. It's four now ... but that will be 64 before you know it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, and the basketball tournament has seriously considered 96. I just think four, for a fairly curmudgeonly group of thinkers, is a good start. That's all.

– June 28, 2012 11:58 AM
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Baseball

The Nationals are the toast of the NL East ... The Giants, dispite Timmy throwing like Tracee pre-surgry, leading the NL West Combine the two teams and you still wouldn't have a great offensive club. Simple rule pitching ultimately wins in baseball. When it is there everyday, it makes everything in baseball easier. And over 162 games easy buys you a few wins ... Even the Royals who have a dominate bull pen that is throwing almost 40% of their innings are only 5 games out of 1st. (Might have something to do with just how bad the AL Central is ...) Pitching lets you win for YEARS. Strasburg needs to shut it down when he hits his innings. It is the difference between the Nationals becoming the Giants or a 1 year wonder. What I wouldn't give for the Royals to be a one year wonder ... Let's Go Royals!

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Tracee Hamilton :

You've got the all-star game to look forward to -- that should be fun. Hope it cools off before that happens, LGR.

– June 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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LeBron on Pace for Jordanization

Yes, it took LeBron a very long 9 years to get his first title, but that's only two years longer than it took Michael Jordan. If this year proves to be his championship breakthrough, he could surpass Jordan - if he doesn't decide to do something stupid like join the Marlins or Panthers.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hmmmm, I don't see him surpassing Jordan, but perhaps. I also wouldn't write off the Thunder long term. This is how teams prep for the title -- the Thunder are following the script. They aren't quite there but they are close.

– June 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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Nats

I guess people will be complaining that there is too much coverage of the Nats in the WaPo.
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Tracee Hamilton :

When Nats coverage, Olympics coverage and Redskins training camp converge in a few weeks, look out. In 2008 we could put the Nats on the backburner a bit (except Boz would sit in our office and watch the games online with that old pitch tracker thingy; I know it has a name but I do not remember). That won't happen this year. Fun!

– June 28, 2012 12:06 PM
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Death of Bowls

I'm old enough to remember when the argument against the playoffs was that the students who play football wouldn't have enough time to study for exams. Now having a real playoff will be the "death of the bowls." Are there any bowls left that have any sort of tradition worth caring about? OK maybe the Rose Bowl. But the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl - what is the tradition they are upholding? As long as the host cities get to have an important football game so drunk alumni overspend on stuff, it will be fine.
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Tracee Hamilton :

What about the tradition of the taxslayer.com bowl? There was probably more to the name but that was part of it. A few of the bowls have military tie-ins and hopefully their profits go where they are intended but by and large, it's a big drunken party. Not that there's anything wrong with that.:) Seriously, I agree, and if this whittles down the number of games I don't think it's a terrible idea. I'm not talking about getting rid of all but 10 of them, but they are really out of control.

Speaking of big drunken parties, don't forget we'll have our get-together on July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Crystal City Pub. Sorry if any of these answers seemed muzzy; I am going to crawl into the recliner and see if I can't sleep this off. Thanks for your patience; let's chat next week!

– June 28, 2012 12:10 PM
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