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July 26, 2012

11:05
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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Q.

Tracee Hamilton :

So, I dreamt this morning I'm heading to an Olympic party of some sort at the White House. I stop at a drug store for ice. I come out the back door and there are cyclists all over the sidewalk and road, limbs akimbo (no blood). I step over them (they are being helped by one person who looks like a park ranger) and head down the hill to the four lane road in front of the White House. When I get there I realize it's a moving road, like a moving walkway. I also realize I'm taking a bag of ice to a party at the White House, so I dump that. There is no traffic (clearly a dream), so I make it across two lanes to the median. I hear a loudspeaker announcing the names of Olympians and I can hear splashing; there is a pool at the White House. On the big screen in back of the White House (yes, it's that big) an Olympic mascot is being interviewed. It's like a crazy Dr. Moreau version of every Olympic mascot I've ever seen. And then I wake up.

It's Olympic time! Let the Games -- and the chat -- begin!

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Karen O'Connor -- NoVA Olympian, more coverage this time?

I am always surprised that the O'Connors, who live and train with their horses in northern Virginia, don't get more Olympics coverage from the Post! I am in my 50s and an amateur rider, like many folks in MD and VA, and would enjoy seeing more about them. Any chance of reading about Karen (David is now coaching, not competing) in the WaPo? She does eventing, which includes cross country, giant log and water jumps, etc. -- many competitors now wear airbags.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, boy, the number of stories I assigned on the O'Connors over the years. They've been covered. I wonder why Karen is listed as being from Ocala, Fla., on this year's roster. Normally she's listed as being from The Plains. Riding for someone else? I certainly know what eventing is, but thanks! It's one of my favorites, as mentioned in previous chats.

– July 26, 2012 11:07 AM
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Tana French!

It's because of you that I got turned on to Tana French when you were reading Faithful Place. What a great read! Thanks so much! And now the new one is out: Broken Harbor. As a cool Wash Post columnist, do you get advanced copies of books? Will you be curling up soon with the cats to read it?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't get advance copies of anything but a few trite sports books, so no. And I won't be buying it because I can't hold hardcovers any more. So the debate will be, do I buy it on Kindle? Probably. I don't want to wait for the PB. Love her.

– July 26, 2012 11:09 AM
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Demonstration sports

I miss the demonstration sport part of the Olympics. The sports I would like to see come back are: angling, ballooning, cannon shooting, cycle polo, fire fighting, hurling, kite flying, lifesaving, pigeon racing, and roller hockey. The sports I have absolutely no clue are: glima, Finnish baseball, Ling gymnastics, jeu de paume, kaatsen, la canne, and longue paume.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Bowling. Wasn't bowling a demonstration sport? Any sport with a French name, I'm all in favor of.

– July 26, 2012 11:11 AM
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Another sports related sex abuse scandel

I don't know what possessed me to read the comments following the story about Rick Curl, but I did. I am stunned that people still do not understand that it is not at all unusual for victims to wait years before going public with their stories. I aso can't believe that people do not remember that just thirty short years ago it would not have been uncommon for a state's attorney to discourage prosecution. Things are far from perfect now, but it is within our lifetime that many experts believed it was better to protect especially young victims from any further exposure including in court. The comments blaming the parents for chosing to settle with with Curl and accusing Currin of trying to "benefit" a second time just sicken me. The heaviest blame belongs to Curl. The other adults are not without blame but this did all happen before we came to our senses societally by instituting madatory reporting laws for teachers, doctors, etc. We would like to think that anyone with common sense and a heart would have done so without a law and sexual misconduct training, but that was not the case, which is why the laws and the training now exist. Thanks for letting me rant.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Rant away. And stay away from the comments.

– July 26, 2012 11:14 AM
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PSU transfers

thetransfers the NCAA has made it clear that the business of college football shall go on. They are allowing players to transfer to another school and play right away. No one seems to be asking what happens to the course credits for a degree. Guess the NCAA heads aren't worried about that as long as exciting players are on a field, any field, this fall.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The NCAA has no control over course credits. If a player wants to transfer, he sends his transcript to the new school and that school determines which of the credits transfer. Unless the player was taking nothing but junk courses, most of his credits will transfer, just as they would for a non-football player. But the NCAA can't order a school to accept a player's credits from another school. Not its jurisdiction.

– July 26, 2012 11:15 AM
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We can agree to disagree

Always love your columns and chats but I was really disappointed when I saw the headline to your column that said the NCAA was finally getting tough. With what? Money? PSU has lots. With scholarships? They can surely field a football team with 65 scholarships. Vacating Paterno's wins? Meaningless. This is one of the times I thought Mike Wise's column was exactly right, that PSU football needed to go away for at least a year. The only thing that fanatics would respond to is the loss of their beloved Saturday football. These punishments are just minor slaps on the wrist compared to the crime and the coverup. Anyway, thanks for the rant. Still love your work.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's cool. I never, ever felt the death penalty would be imposed. Truthfully -- and I wrote this -- I felt the NCAA would not act in a meaningful way. I thought what they did was pretty harsh. (Ask Bill O'Brien how meaningless it all is.) But I certainly respect your opinion, and Mike's.

And now I'll call you names for awhile, just because that seems to be the more popular way to do things. :)

– July 26, 2012 11:16 AM
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S-E-Bleah

While I never had much love for the Big T (I mean, Big 12), things have already gone downhill for the Tigers in their new digs. First, our good-guy football coach misguidedly tried to defend one of his heroes, and now I'm getting almost daily cash begging from an athletic department I've never supported in the past. It's almost enough to do what my dad did and get a graduate degree from KU (though his undergrad was K-State) in order to shut up the solicitors. Okay, not quite. But despite what look to be good teams this year (football, men's BB and softball, for starters), I can't get excited. I'm just annoyed. Sorry; had to rant a moment. The heat must be getting to me.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Boy, do you need to hydrate! This is serious!

My folks can't understand my apathy about my own football program and as much as I love my school, I have some issues, oddly, with the way my folks have been treated over the 30 years they've been season ticket holders. Apparently it bothers me more than them. If our team had become a juggernaut I could see basically shoving them off the top of the stadium, but it has not. And there are many other issues as well. So I feel your pain. I get solicitations as well but I give money strictly to academia. I will not compete for points. I understand the need for the system; I simply will not participate.

I never thought Mizzou would be happy in the SEC. I could still be wrong. But for God's sake, if you abandon the Tigers, at least opt for KU. K-State? Really?

– July 26, 2012 11:18 AM
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What is the source of your moral strength?

Tracee: The moral strength you exhibit today in your column is extraordinary, and a compliment to you and your upbringing. You will undoubtedly get inundated by hateful email and chat today for being sympathetic to the Israeli athletes murdered in 1972. Kudos to you for that. You are correct that the Olymipcs should have a moment of silence. But their unwillingness to do so is not because they don't care, it's because they do - they care about conferring legitimacy to Israel by honoring its athletes. Many in the world condemn Israel's very existence (see: Iran's wrestler's mysterious illness), and the Olympics won't fight that. Pity. I just wish they were like you. Deli Man
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm a raging apolitical animal. They were human beings who showed up for a sporting event, put themselves in Olympic hands, and were murdered. To me it's black and white. But I realize I'm a freak in that regard. And yes, I've gotten some strange mail. I even got one that I thought about sharing with you guys but then I thought better of it. But it was almost funny. Almost.

– July 26, 2012 11:20 AM
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Why does the NCAA have the death penalty?

Why does the NCAA have the death penalty if this case doesn't warrant it? Will they reserve it for egregious acts like the whole offensive line getting free tattoos?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I believe it will never be implemented again. TV contracts, the lost of revenue for other schools, the loss of revenue for non-revenue sports .... the college system was a little different in the SMU days. I honestly think it would take a payola scam of epic proportions to see a death penalty and even then...

– July 26, 2012 11:21 AM
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Penn State

Have any journalists discovered whether Jerry Sandusky was molested as a child, perhaps in conjunction with the youth sports programs his parents ran back in Washington, PA.? (Not that it would ever excuse his adult conduct, but maybe explain its origins).
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Tracee Hamilton :

I haven't seen anything about Sandusky's childhood. That's a question only Sandusky would be able to answer. perhaps before sentencing, as a mitigating factor, if he was .... That is certainly one way of creating a child abuser, though not the only one.

– July 26, 2012 11:22 AM
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National's Game

I went to a National's game last Friday. It seems on the big screen there was this person playing some kind of games. These games were thinly veiled advertisements. I really don't see why I have to watch commercials during a live baseball game.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm afraid commercials are becoming so much a part of our lives now that we can't escape them. Movie theaters? That's one reason I go to far fewer movies. I used to see three movies in one day. Now if I see one a month it's a real treat.

– July 26, 2012 11:22 AM
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Ladies rule

One of my wife's co-workers told her yesterday, "Hey, women's soccer is just as exciting as men's soccer." Really? You just figured this out in 2012? Yesterday's U.S. game was exciting...at least until the fourth goal. But our team does look as good as I've seen in at least a decade. Alex Morgan is Mia Hamm with size. There's a scary thought.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, give the co-worker credit for reaching the conclusion at all. That's something. I don't know if you know this, but a lot of people can't learn new things or admit they are wrong. :) I know, shocking, right? And yes, Mia Hamm with size is a scary thought ... for the other teams.

– July 26, 2012 11:24 AM
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So on the big screen in back of the White House....

...did Costas appear almost the size of a human?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! It wasn't Costas, oddly, doing the interview. It was someone I didn't recognize. The White House being down the hill from a CVS was a real eye-opener. Although technically, the White House IS a few blocks from a CVS.

– July 26, 2012 11:24 AM
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Tweet before you think

Hi Tracee, I see "Tweet before you think" has claimed another in the Greek Olympic athlete who thought it was a good idea to tweet racist comments before going to an event that invites the whole world. Kudos to the Greek Olympic Committee that refused to take any excuses and sent her home.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Agreed. The Olympics are not a perfect event full of perfect people, but they were created on an ideal and while ideals are funny things these days, I think at least attempting to reach them for two weeks every couple of years is not such a bad thing.

– July 26, 2012 11:29 AM
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PSU

Tuesday morning there was a great column that of course now I can't find or remember the author. The subject was the feelings of the Penn State community. Yes, we are angry first at Sandusky. Personally, I think a body part should be cut off and stuffed up a nearby orifice. There is also deep anger and sadnesss at the betrayal of JoePa. But no matter how much all the hating chatters on this site want to believe that all PSU culture is was football, sorry you are wrong. I have a spouse and offspring that got excellent degrees in two separate fields. PSU has the largest due paying alumna association of any university in the US. Lion pride is the entire community. we are in mourning. I just had to get that off my chest. the chat now can resume the usual venom and vitriol on the subject.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think there has been a lot of understanding expressed about how hard this must be for kids there now, and for alums. I've said it and written it; I can't imagine how awful it would be and know that it could happen at my school or any other school. There are a lot of people who can separate what happened with people who went to school there and make a clear distinction. I really do believe that. You are not isolated. I do hope I'm not wrong.

– July 26, 2012 11:30 AM
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IOC Decision

In your column today you write: "So Costas will be walking a fine line if he chooses to go rogue during the telecast." But Costas has already come out publicly and said that he would be observing a moment of silence when Israel comes into the stadium. Why wasn't that included?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, a month ago he hinted that he would do something. Then he refused comment to the Associated Press when they wanted to follow up. So I wanted to be fair to the spirit of what he said and when he said it.

– July 26, 2012 11:31 AM
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wish I had saved the original, but after I wrote the "Culture of Reverence" column several weeks ago, I got an email saying I was wrong, that the writer had attended (a famous school known for its football program) and that there hadn't been any of those things going on there!

It was hard to find a laugh in the Penn State stuff but that did make me smile. Also, an alum  from his school did something quite egregious a year or so ago that sort of proved my point. I wrote him back but the email bounced, of course. But talk about not getting it!

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Bowling

Bowling was a demonstration sport in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The US didn't medal. We also lost to Canada in football in 1904.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thank you, I couldn't remember the year.

– July 26, 2012 11:36 AM
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OLYMPICS!

Ok, so biggest question thus far. Opening Ceremonies or going to see Batman?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Opening Ceremonies. Batman will still be in theaters tomorrow, and the day after that ....

– July 26, 2012 11:39 AM
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Worth all that and more

Tracee, The trade with the Rams to draft Robert Griffin III was worth all the 'Skins gave up and more. With all of the passer-friendly rule changes this has become a quarterback's league. If you have an elite signal caller your team can be fair to middling at most of the other positions and you'll still be a Super Bowl contender. An excellent case study is the 2011 season. The Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots respectively had the two worst ranked defenses in the league, but they had the two of the league's best records at 15-1 and 13-3, also respectively. I can remember back in the mid -seventies when teams with bad defenses needed divine intervention just to make a run at .500, but in this era all you need is an Aaron Rodgers or a Tom Brady. The rest of the positions be damned. An even if RGIII is a bust it was still a good gamble.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I just can't wait to see him do something! I honestly believe he was the right choice; I just want to see him play. Wish I could go to camp.

– July 26, 2012 11:40 AM
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Limbs Akimbo

Great name for a movie villain... Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

Or a stripper.

– July 26, 2012 11:42 AM
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the White House IS a few blocks from a CVS

Isn't everything?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, good point.

– July 26, 2012 11:42 AM
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transferring athletes

at least the football players are allowed to transfer. ALL the other sports are affected, since football funds ALL of them. But *those* students aren't allowed to transfer without affecting their eligibility, are they? so, is this about academics or not?
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Tracee Hamilton :

True, but the other sports will be far less affected than they would if the school had gotten the death penalty. Penn State has a $1.3 billion endowment. There is money to help. They need to come up with $12 million this year; I believe they got $13 million last year from the B1G in bowl revenues.

– July 26, 2012 11:43 AM
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"That's a question only Sandusky would be able to answer"

Not necessarily, Tracee. If Sandusky was molested as a child, other kids could've been as well. Or perhaps Jerry started molesting younger kids at his parents' program. If it happened, then a lot of these long-ago boys would likely still be alive.
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Tracee Hamilton :

If Sandusky molested other kids, then yes, of course, others might come forward. But I would want to hear from Sandusky that he was molested, not theories about it. In most cases, the people who know about molestation are the abuser and the victim. Witnesses are very rare, which is what made the Penn State situation so egregious. If Sandusky were molested, his abuser is either very old or gone and certainly isn't going to admit it. That leaves ... Sandusky.

– July 26, 2012 11:44 AM
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No excuses

I disagree with the Greek Olympic committee. So you can't make an apology and get back on the team? Athletes are expected to be perfect people?
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Tracee Hamilton :

During the two weeks you're wearing that uniform, that flag on your chest, yes, you pretty much are expected to be perfect, or close to it.

– July 26, 2012 11:45 AM
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Cross Country travel

Howdy Tracee - just got back from a multi-week, half-country road trip: Here to Colorado and back. Great fun! Spent one night in Columbia, Missouri of all places. First time there - it didn't seem so bad! I actually feel sorry for Mizzou fans - i know several and none of them are happy about being in the SEC. Here's a message to them: You want to have fun this fall? It's not too late to join the Wildcat bandwagon. We're picked to finish 6th in the conference - which is exactly where Snyder wants us. (We THRIVE on disrespect.) And, being a K-State fan means you'll still get to root against KU. It's a win-win! -K-Stater
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Tracee Hamilton :

I knew K-Stater would be out of the woodwork, trying to gobble up that unhappy fan! Glad you had a nice road trip. You are right; Snyder likes to play from behind. No idea what Weis likes. (Insert your own joke here.)

– July 26, 2012 11:49 AM
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surgeries and the importance of getting the right doctor?

Completely off topic, but now that you've been through several surgeries, are you more or less impressed with doctors in general than before? In other words, is it really important to get the "best" doctor? I feel I will eventually need surgery to repair disk problems, and I don't know how to find a good surgeon. I believe that all the bad doctors settle their cases with all the details sealed, so finding out who is a bad doctor is not easy. Just wondering how you picked your doctors. Thanks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

When I moved to Washington, I got the names of all my doctors from co-workers. Then if they didn't pass the smell test, I looked further. My doctor now actually got me by accident, when the guy I was supposed to be was out on an emergency or something. Best thing that ever happened to me. Didn't like the original guy; love this guy. I would ask around, ESPECIALLY for back surgery. That is not something you want to flip a coin for.

– July 26, 2012 11:51 AM
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Two random thoughts

1) Sorry, but I will always think of child molestation when I think of Penn State -- because that's what the student body accomplished with all there "JoePa" and "We Are Penn State!" demonstrations when this scandal first broke. 2) I care a little less about the Olympics every four years. I think it has a lot to do with how they're becoming a grossly overcommercialized TV reality show centered around sports I don't actually follow the other 3 years, 11 months and 2 weeks of every Olympiad.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Fair enough.

– July 26, 2012 11:51 AM
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Section 128

Tracee, what it is about international sporting bodies like the IOC? They're no better than FIFA, really. The moment of silence for the slain Israelis is (or should be) a no brainer. Good on Bob Costas, and I'm sure he'll do a great job. He's truly one of the best in the business.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Some of the international governing bodies are just scary. They're like something out of a Dan Brown novel or something. What a pity.

– July 26, 2012 11:53 AM
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Katie Ledecky

How about a shout-out for Katie, at 15 the youngest US Olympian? She graduated 8th grade from jmy alma mater, Little Flower School in Bethesda, last year.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay. I think the paper's given her a lot of shout-out, but here's one more.

– July 26, 2012 11:54 AM
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Henry Rodriguez

Thank you, Adam, for explainng why he's still on the team. But "Strasburg like talent?" Don't you think that's somethibng of a reach?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, he doesn't have Strasburg's mental toughness, I fear. But Adam, while my arch-nemesis, sees him more often than do I.

– July 26, 2012 11:56 AM
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The Currin-Curl case

Will Currin (or her parents) be compelled to reimburse the hush-money they accepted as part of their settlement with her swim coach Curl, now that she's gone public with her allegations of sexual misconduct against him when she was under-age? Or is there a legal exception if they can prove coercion?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sorry, I can't answer questions like this in an hour-long chat.

– July 26, 2012 11:57 AM
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Ticket holders

"as much as I love my school, I have some issues, oddly, with the way my folks have been treated over the 30 years they've been season ticket holders." I'm curious as to what type of issues you've had. Both my parents and my inlaws have been long time season ticket holders for a non major conference school and have become frustrated with how they are treated (moving locations around without telling them, beginning to require additional donations for seat locations when the demand isn't there, clueless staff, etc). The school would so like to be "big-time," but just isn't there.
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Tracee Hamilton :

All of those things you described. Parking has been an issue. My dad was lucky enough to have inside help for awhile (former KU great who was a pledge brother) but that help is gone. He just can't walk well. They can't get handicapped parking. It's just a mess. I called every day for a month asking when "pick a seat day" was. They kept telling me it wasn't scheduled. When they finally did schedule it, fans like my parents had one week's notice, and they had something scheduled on their "day" and couldn't get there. They were supposed to be able to do it by phone. My dad is pretty deaf, so that went about as well as expected. If I had known the date I would have gone on vacation a day early and gone to the stupid thing myself to get them seats. They were something like $16 short of being able to get aisle seats. Stuff like that. I've just had it with listening to them gripe about it but still pay the money and try to participate. It's really their only entertainment and they will have to give it up. I'm guessing when they see their seats this year, that'll be the end for them.

– July 26, 2012 11:58 AM
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Perfect People

Most people don't tweet vicious racism. Apologies really don't cut the mustard here.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, she apparently has some history and then of course apologies are sometimes not enough. She's representing your country and competing in a very diverse meeting of athletes from all over the world. And perhaps with her views she shouldn't be. Or she should keep her yap shut.

– July 26, 2012 11:59 AM
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Moment of Silence

I'm Jewish, and certainly aware of the tradgedy of the 1972 Munich Games. I definitely think a moment of silence during the opening ceremonies is not too much to ask, but I understand the the IOC has been and continues to be an anti-semetic agency that allows muslim athletes to pull out of competitions when paired against Israeli athletes. I'm not at all surprised by the descision, and not shocked that they continue to accomodate athletes with religious observances (Jewish Shabbat and the fact that the games occur during Rhamadan this year). I think you had an opportunity to lay a knock out punch on the IOC, but you instead taunted them with kid gloves. Let's face it, the IOC makes the NCAA look like a convent. Eventually, they will be exposed for the corrupt, ignorant, racist, group they are, but not until we as fans of the games come to realize what a sham the modern Games have become.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay.

– July 26, 2012 12:00 PM
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If Sandusky was molested as a child, other kids could've been as well

OP here. What I was trying to say was that other kids who were Sandusky's contemporaries at his parents' youth athletic program 50-60 years (who are now probably in their 60s or 70s) could attest if they were also molested as kids there.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sure, but that doesn't mean  Sandusky was. That was what I was trying to say. Sorry, I wasn't trying to argue, just making the point that if there are eight ball players and seven say they were molested, it doesn't follow that the eighth was. We just have to be careful not to make assumptions.

– July 26, 2012 12:04 PM
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Decline in Redskins mania?

I'm not a Skins fan, so I can't judge this, but what's likely to happen to the usually insane hype and coverage of Skins camp now that there's a real team playing important, winning games at the same time? Can even RGIII compete with Strasburg, Harper, RZimm and the rest as they go through a pennant race? I assume AM980 will still go nuts (consider who owns it) but what about the other media? And the fan base in general? I'd be curious as to what you think will happen.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I don't think the Skins mania will be reduced very much. A lot of it is simply that on talk radio at least, the Nats have never held at  lot of sway. That is starting to change but it's still going to be Skins Skins Skins. Nats. Skins Skins Skins. Or so I think. I'd be happy to be wrong.

I actually heard this on the radio last week, and forgive me if I'm repeating myself.A host said that what worried him about the Skins was that RGIII starts Game 1 against the Saints, whose defense is depleted, then gets overconfident and doesn't try hard in Game 2.

SERIOUSLY????  That's your worry? Did I share this before? I do apologize if I did. I'm still just befuddled by it.

 

– July 26, 2012 12:05 PM
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Athletes are expected to be perfect people?

I seem to recall that back in the '30s (after Prohibition had ended), a female US swimmer was kicked off our Olympic team for, horrors, having an alcoholic beverage on board the ship taking the team to Europe -- even though she was 21+.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Slut! Whore!

Of course, that's crazy, but national teams do have standards and they are allowed to send athletes home. Boy, what a different world we live in, eh? And isn't Twitter well worth it?

– July 26, 2012 12:07 PM
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...you pretty much are expected to be perfect, or close to it.

ESPN the Mag has a column on the randy behaviour that goes on in the Olympic Village. Does this disqualify them from being perfect or make them perfect? http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/story/_/id/8133052/athletes-spill-details-dirty-secrets-olympic-village-espn-magazine
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Tracee Hamilton :

Are they having sex, or racist sex.

Seriously, do you equate having sex with sending racist tweets? And the athletes having tons of sex at the Olympics story is as old as the hills around the White House.

– July 26, 2012 12:08 PM
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Let's Wait for Results

"The trade with the Rams to draft Robert Griffin III was worth all the 'Skins gave up and more." Preseason fans are great.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I repeat: I want to see him do something. Not because I don't believe -- I want to believe -- but because I want to see him do something.

– July 26, 2012 12:11 PM
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Nats!

So how much Koolaid should I be drinking? Right now it looks like us vs the Braves. Although some of the National Reporters think that the phillies still have a shot (despite being 14 games back of the Nats). Should we be afraid of the Pirates? Dodgers? Giants?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's very hot; you should be hydrating. Seriously, drink your Koolaid and be afraid of no one. This team is interesting because it really seems to have that attitude. The fans need to pick it up. I know the Nats have had some silly slogans but this year's Natitude was a good choice.

– July 26, 2012 12:12 PM
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Still struggling re PSU

Trac, you know I am usually on your side, but I am struggling with the NCAA-PSU decision. To me this is an overreach. Sandusky was criminal and Paterno, Schultz, Curley, Spanier covered it up - but none of it has an impact on competition. The only impact is the indirect impact of criminal activity on potential publicity. The NCAA hasn't punished any other institution for covering up criminal activity -- and, if they are going to start, their track record on punishing infractions is, well, suspect. I absolutely want PSU punished for their criminal and civil wrongs, but this isn't an athletic wrong. It smacks of the NCAA saying, we are seizing this chance to demonstrate our moral purity by punishing you for a horrific crime, while continuing to look the other way on thousands of other moral crimes by coaches, ADs, and institutions. Can you talk me out of this? Rico (PS Have fun in London!)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Probably not. I think everyone has their own viewpoint and that's perfectly fine. The problem at Penn State was that the entire university let the football coach, and by extension the program, grow so powerful that it ceded all control and good sense to others. That is what is different from other cases. And when it was uncovered, the university community reacted with outrage -- mostly with the outside world, not with the perpetrators. I think that was disturbing. That has turned around now, to a degree, as the facts have come out. That's my take. Yours is different, and that's cool.

(PS Not going to London!)

– July 26, 2012 12:12 PM
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PSU

Don't know if you caught Brent Musberger on PTI yesterday, but what do you think of his argument that the PSU penalties were inappropriate because the NCAA has no precedent of punishing criminal activity, only things that violate academic and amateurism rules?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I didn't, but I've certainly heard the argument from others. There is no precedent for this, as the NCAA admitted from the outset. Penn State knew that and took their medicine, perhaps to avoid the death penalty. Let's hope this is never necessary again. But I just can't get worked up about this angle. Something strong and significant had to take place.

 

– July 26, 2012 12:13 PM
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Penn State and other sports

Apparently, the deal indicates that money can't be taken away from other sports (like fencing) to pay the penalty.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, thank you, I had forgotten that but it is true.

– July 26, 2012 12:13 PM
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Down here in America's Wang

If you're looking for a CVS -- just go to Walgreen's and cross the street.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! And hello, AW!

– July 26, 2012 12:14 PM
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Moment of Silence in the Parade of Nations

Great article this morning. The athletes should do it. Do they still march in alphabetical order by country. If so, directly in front of them are Iran, Iraq and Ireland. Behind them are Italy Jamaica and Japan. That could make for quite a spectacle as the Iran and Iraq teams keep walking and everyone else stops.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, it's alphabetical order in French. Not sure if that alters it.

– July 26, 2012 12:14 PM
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Best Olympics Apps? For Android, That Is

Hello - I am a relatively new smartphone user and am looking for the best apps for following the Olympics on an android phone. Some of the apps I've heard about (and would have been interested in) are only for iPhone or iPad. I am interested in schedules, a news ticker and results and would also be willing to pay for a good app (also to eliminate annoying ads) so if you or any of the other chatters have recommendations, I'd love to read them. Go Team USA!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm so sorry this got buried in an avalanche of posts and I didn't see it. This is probably too late but I'll send it out.

– July 26, 2012 12:16 PM
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IOC anti-semitism

Avery Brundage was arguably rather anti-Semitic, and ran the IOC like a personal fiefdom, which set a tone that's lasted a long time. He did not cover himself in glory the way he handled the situation at Munich in 1972, either.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope.

– July 26, 2012 12:19 PM
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Order of countries in Olympics

Tracee, Greece enters first, followed by the countries in alphabetical order of the host country's language, so English in this case.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Why was I thinking French? Good lord, how did we know what was going on in China?

– July 26, 2012 12:20 PM
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Olympics Apps

ESPN's ScoreCenter app is available for Android and should have most results.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Here's one.

– July 26, 2012 12:20 PM
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Costas

Actually Costas said 2 days ago that he plans an on air moment of silence. Here's a link to the AP story: http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/olympics/2012-07-23/bob-costas-plans-air-moment-silence-munich-victims?v=1343082320
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Tracee Hamilton :

If you read the full story (that one you sent was edited for a roundup) his remarks to the Hollywood Reporter were made a month ago.

– July 26, 2012 12:21 PM
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" if there are eight ball players and seven say they were molested, it doesn't follow that the eighth was"

So very true. The New York Times just did a lengthy expose on sexual abuse going on between teachers and students at my high school, including during when I was there and involving teachers I personally knew. Reading about it in the Times was the first I'd ever heard of it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

These predators are very smart. They pick certain kids for a reason.

I went to school with a guy who turned out to be a pedophile. I wonder constantly what the trigger was, because if he was abused, it was happening around me. Our town was small; I would have known his abuser. I will never stop wondering about that.

– July 26, 2012 12:21 PM
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if there are eight ball players and seven say they were molested, it doesn't follow that the eighth was

But what I'm trying to say is that it DOES follow that there's a culture of child molestation present, even if one kid is lucky enough to avoid being molested.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, of course, sorry. I'm sorry I'm not understanding you today. I apologize.

– July 26, 2012 12:22 PM
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I'm not a redskins fan at all

But RGIII ought to be fun to watch. If he's not, then the Shanahans will have to leave.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's what I'm thinking: Fun. I remember fun.

– July 26, 2012 12:22 PM
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Well said . . .

Your comments on the gutless stupidity of the IOC, in refusing to recognize the deaths of the Israeli athletes 40 years ago. On a mere "sports" note, I've decided I'm only going to worry about the Nat's relief pitching and quit kvetching about Strasburg - he'll be shut down, and that's it. Also, I too have high hopes for RGIII ("Bob," if you're a Giant fan), but let's be realistic - an 8 and 8 record for the Skins would be a great season. AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good attitude -- Natitude? -- re Strasburg. There is nothing to be done, so let it go. :)

– July 26, 2012 12:22 PM
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Book review

I'm about a third of the way through Death Comes to Pemberley. As you said last week, it's a bit of a slow mover, but it did seem to pick up the pace a bit after the first 40 pages or so. Years ago I had the same issue with A Tale of Two Cities (if you get past the first 40 pages you'll make it through the book). This is my first time reading PD James so I don't know if this is a common trait of hers but introducing new a character by having someone describe what the new character looks like, does for a living, etc to another person who already knows all of these things is driving me nuts. Get creative! On to sports: I think it was smart of the NCAA to wait a few days to drop the bomb that a 4-year death penalty was in the works if Penn State hadn't agreed to the penalties. Makes everyone stand back and say, "OK, they weren't that bad then. Carry on." On ESPN last Friday they interviewed a student who said that he didn't think that the NCAA had the authority to do what they did. I'm hoping he just meant the monetary fine, but regardless it shocked me that he would think they didn't. They're the NCAA!!!!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Of all the people I can't feel sorry for re the Penn State thing, it's the faces of the students disappointed that they won't have a great football team for a few years. Perspective is a wonderful thing to learn.

If you like mysteries, read anything by P.D. James EXCEPT this book. She's a tremendous writer. This is not an example of her craft. Get "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman." Then you can move to the Adam Dalgleish series.

– July 26, 2012 12:23 PM
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More Olympics apps

http://www.nbcolympics.com/on-the-go/index.html http://www.london2012.com/mobileapps/ http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/07/26/golden-apps-for-traveling-to-london-and-following-olympic-games/
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thank you!

And good grief, I've run long.

Well, now time for the bad news. I am live blogging for the next two weeks so -- you guessed it -- no chats. No columns, either, unless I get really mad about something, and what are the odds? So I will be back on Aug. 16 and we can rehash the Olympics. Meanwhile, the live blog is a chat of sorts so you can join me there at any time of the day to talk about what you're watching or just to check in. I don't have a link but it'll be linked off the sports front every day. This will allegedly start tomorrow but if not -- Saturday.

Enjoy the Games (unless you hate the Olympics, then enjoy the next two weeks) and we'll chat on the 16th!

– July 26, 2012 12:33 PM
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