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August 16, 2012

11:02
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.

Bourbonrich

Got to go to a Nationals game when in town earlier this month. What a great place to watch a game and the seats were good enough to hear the home plate umpire. Glad I did not have to climb any stairs. Trying to find something upbeat about college football. It seems like the haves are getting stronger and the rest of the country is sliding backwards. Neither of my schools are going to be very good this year. How do you stay upbeat in the fall other than counting the days till Midnight Madness? Glad to see you back and hope the diet expands to some Guiness on a regular basis.
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Tracee Hamilton :

More important, of course -- how was your golf game while you were visiting? :) Glad you enjoyed your time in the area.

I'm not sure about how to enjoy this fall. We shall see. I'm trying to lose the negativity about college football and failing.

And now, on with the chat!

– August 16, 2012 11:02 AM
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Nats Middle Infield

After Desmond gets back, who will play second base, Espinosa or Lombardozzi? Lombardozzi's defense has been great at second base, and he is hitting better than Espinosa. There's also no room at all in the outfield. Thanks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

My heart says Lombardozzi, my head says Espinosa. Anyone else?

– August 16, 2012 11:06 AM
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High School Olympians

According to NBC multiple Gold Medal winner Missy Franklin swims for her high school team. While she is of course entitled to do so and I do admire her willingness to forgo prize and sponsorship money to maintain her eligibility - something about this seems just a little wrong. It seems like the spirit of a high school meet is that it is for people who compete at the level of high school students. It is not for world class athletes. Why she has the right to compete - what is she trying to prove - that she can lap people in a 200 meter race? It just doesn't seem very sporting to me. Again - she is a good person and I am very proud of the way that she represents the US with such class and joy. But she swims with the big boys, she and others like her shouldn't swim with little kids. Let the kids have their moment to be a big fish in a little pond. I would love your take on this. Do you see something a little off with this or should I just tell the kids to get off my lawn? Thanks
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, she has to swim somewhere, I guess, against competition of some kind. I assume that's why she does it, and not just so she can feel like a big shot. I guess I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt. Now get off my lawn and out of my above-ground pool!

– August 16, 2012 11:07 AM
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The Olympics

WELCOME BACK!! What was the most weird/off the wall/whatever Olympic moment for you? It was interesting to me that Jordan Burroughs, the former NU wrestler who won a "freestyle" gold, is to receive $250,000 from the USA Wrestling Federation. I had assumed the "glamor" winners - gymnastics, sprinters, swimmers, etc. were the only ones making some good bucks. Wrong!! (of course, I think most of them can get a lot more in endorsements than a wrestler.) AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, to be clear, I was not at the Olympics. I was in my living room, blogging.  So the most weird thing I saw was ... I got nothing. I saw my TV and my streaming and that was just about it. Barely left the house except for PT.

I'm surprised about the wrestling bounty but good for him, because that's about the sum total of his earning potential off the medal. Now he becomes a coach.

Ready for football season, AHG?

– August 16, 2012 11:07 AM
Q.

Better college coach

Charlie Weis or Gary Pinkel"
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Tracee Hamilton :

These are the choices?

– August 16, 2012 11:08 AM
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STRASBURG - Make it stop!

Hi Tracee, I don't understand how so many NON-MEDICAL people are calling the decision to shut down Stras as "pathetic". Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you go under the knife to fix an orthopedic issue (I've had microfracture on my knee); the rehab of that muscle or joint is prescribed based on the Expert Doctor's experience. It takes what it takes regardless of outside forces. The doctor and the Physical therapist monitor the progress of the rehab and proceed accordingly. Whether the person is involved in a pennant race or not SHOULD NOT ENTER INTO IT! I'm sick of train of thought that what should be done is contingent on if the team is in a pennant race or not! The recovery is what it is! What? You possibly ruin a guy's career just because he's in a pennant race! If he wasn't in a Pennant race, THEN YOU DO WHAT THE DOCTOR SAYS; OTHERWISE YOU DON'T FOLLOW DOCTOR'S ORDERS?! WHAT KIND OF CRAZY THINKING IS THAT? I've heard that way of thinking all over MLB and Not just Stras. It doesn't make sense to me to base what you can and cannot do on outside forces rather than the doctor's advice on what's going on inside your body! Thanks for letting me rant! CALSGR8
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Tracee Hamilton :

YOU ARE WELCOME. I rant in tomorrow's paper, but with fewer capital letters.

– August 16, 2012 11:09 AM
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baseball math

Tracee, can you please help me understand baseball math. I keep hearing announcers say that the Nationals are 28 games over .500. They have played a total of 118 games and their record is 73-45. Based on the math I learned in school a record of 59-59 would equal .500. If the Nationals had lost 14 of the games they won, then their record would be 59-59. It seems to me then, that they should be 14 games over .500, not 28. Can you please explain this other convoluted math?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No one said there would be math when I agreed to do this chat.

They are 28 wins over .500 because if you subtract 28 from their win total, they would have a .500 record.

– August 16, 2012 11:09 AM
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Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and Knower of all things GREAT and small. SO wonderful to have you back and in your honor--or more likely by your direction , the humidity has dropped, the temperatures have fallen, traffic is lighter than all year and the NATS are #1. All Hail the Goddess. Now , a moment of silence for all those trees who gave their lives so a bunch of ill informed dopes who think THEY know what's best for Strasburg and the NATS could spout their worthless opinions. For all those second guessing the Nats' decision , two words -- Jordan Zimmermann. I rest my case, your goddessness.

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Tracee Hamilton :

No argument here. I mention much the same in my column, which will be online one of these days soon... in minutes, I hope.

Okay, here it is.

– August 16, 2012 11:10 AM
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How far can the Nats go in the playoffs?

Tracee, lots of baseball teams have dominated the regular season, often winning a 100 games or more, only to tank when they get to the playoffs. Is there any identifiable factor that separates those teams who succeed in the playoffs from those who fail?

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Tracee Hamilton :

As many things can go wrong as there are ... things. Bullpens implode. Hitters slump. Inexperienced teams aren't used to the attention. The three-man rotation throws off starters.

Or ... NONE of that happens. I will say that the Nats have exceeded everyone's expectations, or nearly everyone's, and there is no reason to believe they can't continue to do so.

– August 16, 2012 11:11 AM
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Nats!!!

Don't wake me up from this dream! Have you had a chance to make it out to the park this year? I can't believe how good this TEAM has been. All parts are contributing. And there is Hope for Kilgore, he admitted he was wrong about Lombo. Now I am worried that this is really the end of the world and the Mayans were right.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm laying off Kilgore this week as he is getting hitched, so nothing but congrats from me to my arch-nemesis. Yes, I've been to the park and hope to get back out there if my arm permits. Driving is out of the question still so it's got to be a Metro experience. I was unable to see them much during the Olympics but I hear they were pretty good. :)

– August 16, 2012 11:13 AM
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It's official - Bagram no more, call me Section 129!

Tracee, Welcome back - you were missed. I've drunk enough Kool-Aid with the Nats that I bought season tickets for next year and postseason tickets for this one. Needless to say, I'm encouraged about the future. It's clear Rizzo has built this team for the long haul and the way he's treating the Strasburg shutdown points to that. I think Boz does as well as anyone explaining the wisdom of the decision and I rely on a lot his writings whenever a friend of mine from outside the DC area asks me about it, something that's happening with ever-increasing frequency. My question about the situation, though, is about how it might effect Stras' future with the team. Do you think he might be so upset at getting shut down that he leaves when he's eligible? Especially if they make it to the Series? That's the only thing that worries me about it. Thanks!
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Tracee Hamilton :

It could. I'm sure that's crossed Rizzo's mind as well. But if he doesn't protect the kid and he ruins his arm, Stras has no future. And we've got a long way to go before this is going to be an issue. Rizzo clearly thinks they will not be a one-hit wonder, no pun intended. We'll just have to see if he's right or wrong.

– August 16, 2012 11:13 AM
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I got lousy postseason seats - Section 405

I got my invoice for playoff + World Series seats, and I got assigned section 403 row A. The guy who sits in front of me, who also has a quarter season plan, but only for one year, got 405 row G. I'm seriously torqued about this, considering they're charging me a total of over $1500 for playoffs and Series, when my quarter season's under $500 for 21 games. (all prices for a pair of tix). I called the seasons ticket holders office and they didn't seem to care either.

I love the team, but customer relations really sucks. I signed up after they lost 100 games, then renewed after they did it again. I should get some credit for that. If some bandwagon latecomer gets my seats, I will be *severely* PO'd. Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

But, you're Section 405! How can you sit in Section 403?

I hate to say it, but the issue of getting credit for being a fan when they stink? That's what my parents keep saying as they get pushed into the end zone at KU. They've been season ticket holders since the 1970s. It's completely unfair and I hope it doesn't happen to you and a lot of the other faithful who showed up when the team was little more than a series of "epic fails."

– August 16, 2012 11:14 AM
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Nats Nightmare - Section 405

I mentioned the core of this at the last meetup - I have a vision where the Nats are in the World Series, tied 3-3. We're ahead by 1 run in the 9th, but the bases are loaded. There's a pitching change, and coming in to save the game is --

Levale Speigner

AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I letting the pennant race get to me too much? Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes.

– August 16, 2012 11:17 AM
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Natinals to Fort Myers

Sorry, gang: we just finally voted Ray Judah out of his office on the county commission. Judah's the one who pushed giving the Sawx a few hundred million $ we don't have for a stadium, and there's no more money left for the Natinals. The best thing about this is that Judah's gone...the worst thing is that The Best Wife in the World and I won't be able to take Tracee out for Sanibel Stout.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, nuts. The world is conspiring to get between me and beer.

– August 16, 2012 11:20 AM
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washington DC

wondered if nude photos of olympic medalist Danell Leyva in ESPN's body issue and more suggestive underwear pics sent to women circulating widely on the internet will hurt his marketability? He wants to be a song and dance man.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think we live in an age where nude photos hurt people in very few professions. I'm guessing that won't be what stymies his career.

– August 16, 2012 11:21 AM
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50 Shades of Gray

Welcome back, Tracee. We missed you. I hope you had a wonderful time at the Olympics, although I'm sorry you missed all the excitement of the Nationals' amazing run toward the playoffs. I'm wondering if you saw the bullpen members (Clippard, Burnett, Mattheus, and Stammen) reading from 50 Shades of Gray at the MLB Fan Cave. If so, wasn't that something? If not, you can access it on youtube. It is NOT to be missed!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okaaaaaaaaaay.

– August 16, 2012 11:22 AM
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A new question about Strasburg's shutdown

No, seriously, I don't think anyone has asked this one yet. According to Wikipedia, here are the rules for setting a roster for post-season play in MLB: "To be eligible for a team's playoff roster a player must be on any of the following: (a) the 25 man active roster, (b) the disabled list, (c) the bereavement list, or (d) the suspended list as of August 31 at midnight." So, if the Nats shut down Strasburg after he's been on the roster on Sept. 1, his replacement would have to come from the DL, since nobody's on the bereavement list or suspended list. You can sometimes get an exception for a guy who gets hurt after Sept. 1 and can't play and then replace him with somebody from the 40-man roster but Strasburg's not hurt. They're just choosing to shut him down. So how much flexibility will they have in picking his replacement?

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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't have an answer for that, but I know  Mike Rizzo does. We've got to all stop thinking that Mike Rizzo doesn't know what he's doing. I have great faith that he does, that he knows the rules and has a plan.

– August 16, 2012 11:23 AM
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Paterno's tears

Tracee, I just read the WP article on Joe Paterno crying all day after he was fired. Paterno's tears weren't for Sandusky's victims or even PSU's reputation, but as he said for "his name he spent a lifetime building and now it was gone". The more we learn about the whole PSU scandal, the smaller Paterno gets.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I thought that was a weird excerpt to pull. It certainly doesn't make me want to read the book. I am sure he was upset he was fired. Don't blame him for being upset. I hope he was more upset at what his old pal was doing to children in the showers.

– August 16, 2012 11:24 AM
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Rizzo's critics

If Strasburg blew out his arm in October, how many of Rizzo's critics would come to his defense? None. All these critics are playing with someone else's money. Cubs fans know what happens when you only play for this year (see Wood, Kerry and Prior, Mark). BTW, this is why the team's manager (win now!) and the general manager (win every year!) have to be two different people (see Shanahan, Mike).
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Tracee Hamilton :

A GM with a clear vision and the stones to say "This is all on me." I like that. He is taking it all on himself.

– August 16, 2012 11:25 AM
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Rizzo and Strasburg

Are you surprised by the reaction of some of the Nationals about Rizzo's follow through on limiting the number of innings Strasburg pitches this year? Now that the time is at hand and the Nationals are certainly pennant contenders, I give kudos to Rizzo on sticking to his original plan. It would have been easy to cave and let Strasburg pitch more and potentially wreck his arm. I think it takes character to stand by what you think is right even when everyone else is pitching a fit.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You mean the players? No, not surprised. I think they probably had largely ignored the issue. They're ballplayers. They're going to be upset when it happens and then they're going to move on. And the smart ones will see that the club is interested in protecting them for the long haul and think that might be a good thing.

– August 16, 2012 11:27 AM
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Unfamiliar territory

The Nats series with the Braves next week will be the most significant baseball series in this city since 1933. I can't believe I just wrote that sentence.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Shirley? Is that you?

– August 16, 2012 11:28 AM
Q.

The Rookie Initiation

I was thinking back to last year's rookie initiation with the guys dressed as Smurfs (and even Smurfette!) and wondering when this year's will happen. My guess is that this year, in tribute to Bryce Harper's famous quote, they'll be clowns, bro!
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's pretty funny, and I hope you are right.

– August 16, 2012 11:29 AM
Q.

Felix Hernandez

I could not be more happy for Hernandez and the Seattle fans. The guy is an amazing pitcher and he rarely gets run support. So, he took things into his own hands and prevented the other team from even reaching first base. I'm so glad that his name will be added to the record books.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yup.

– August 16, 2012 11:31 AM
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Very best 2012 Olympian

Who would win in a Rollerball final to determine the best athlete of the 2012 Summer Olympics? a) Michael Phelps; b) Usain Bolt; c) Hope Solo; d) Oscar Pistorius

Could James Caan fire the ceremonial first ball out of the cannon? Who would you want as your three motorcyclists?

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Tracee Hamilton :

My Rollerball knowledge is not high, but I'm going with Usain Bolt. I just think that guy can do anything.

– August 16, 2012 11:32 AM
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Skins season

Good to have you back, O goddess of the Plains and knower of all things great and small. Good to be under 100 degrees here in Kansas. Prognosticate if you would: With RGIII in the fold and one good offensive series under his belt, may I now dream of an 8-8 season, or will the perennially neglected O-line do us in yet again? -- Wichita Fan
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oooooo, I'm not ready to give my Skins prediction until after Saturday night, but the offensive line is a worry to me, and it was before the draft, and it was big time after the draft. So let's see what happens Saturday night. He needs more time on the field. Maybe they're afraid of what will happen to him, maybe he's not ready. But he needs more snaps. And they need linemen. (If forced right now, I would say 8-8 is optimistic.)

– August 16, 2012 11:32 AM
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I'll bite

Weis: 35-27 (at Notre Dame!), 1-2 in bowls (at Notre Dame!). Pinkel 157-91-1 (NOT at Notre Dame!), 5-4 in bowls (NOT at Notre Dame!). Also, Pinkel has had a team ranked at #1 for 1 week. Weis has not. Of course, Mark Mangino spent a week at #1. So, y'know...
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Tracee Hamilton :

I have no idea how Weis will do, but I feel safe in saying Pinkel will have a harder time in the SEC than he had in the Big 12. That's not a knock on Missouri.

Pinkel is a very good coach. Really, I was joking. You can't expect me to pick the Missouri coach. You can't expect me to pick Charlie Weis, no matter how much I want him to do well.

– August 16, 2012 11:36 AM
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More baseball math

Tracee, your response of "They are 28 wins over .500 because if you subtract 28 from their win total, they would have a .500 record." make no sense. If you subtract those 28 wins, then you have to add them to the loss column and that would give them a record of 50-68, which isn't .500.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh brother.

– August 16, 2012 11:37 AM
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Baseball Math

Just to add to your point. The Nationals could lose 28 straight games and their record would still be .500, hence they are 28 games over .500 Thinking in those terms helped me wrap my head around the concept...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thank you.

– August 16, 2012 11:37 AM
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Re: High School Olympians

If I finished after Missy in a swim meet I'd be bragging about it for the rest of my life!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I know various people who do brag about such things, and I'm with you.

– August 16, 2012 11:38 AM
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Don't ask - "How far can the Nats go in the playoffs?"

This is exactly the question that the Boston Red Sox fans were asking before their collapse last September. Don't assume anything and good things MAY happen. There are baseball gods to keep happy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, very true. Never assume. September can be very cruel.

– August 16, 2012 11:39 AM
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Scariest Nats playoff opponent

I know they're not doing well at the moment, but the playoff opponent that would have me worried the most is the Pittsburgh Pirates. I was saying two years ago that Andy McCutcheon is the most amazing center fielder out there... Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

Stop that, 405!

– August 16, 2012 11:40 AM
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high school competition

As a high school swimmer, wouldn't you love to see what a real olympian looked like in the pool? Wouldn't you love to tell the story that you finished second behind a gold medalist? Anyways, she's staying amateur so she can swim in college, not just beat up on high school kids.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sure, and she needs to SWIM. Swimming laps for four years is not helpful. I'm not sure what options she has. I don't think she's doing it for the medals.

– August 16, 2012 11:41 AM
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College football and waning interest

I too am losing interest in college football. Both of my teams will have solid seasons though not great seasons (OSU and VT). Yet the biggest reason I am losing interest is the playoff that is coming. I am very disappointed in that so called progress. I normally attend 2-3 games per year and I do not plan to attend any this year due to my lack of interest.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I wonder if it's just you and me (although our reasons differ, our apathy seems to be the same).

– August 16, 2012 11:42 AM
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Nationals pitching

You knew this was coming. Yes, a Strasburg "question" (more like a comment). May I answer all those folks out there with their opinions on what the Nats should have done or should be doing? 1. Delaying Strasburg pitching until June--The Nats started the season 14-4. Do we think they would have had that record without Strasburg? You don't make a playoff spot in April/May, but you sure can lose one. A win on April 5th is just as important as a win on Sept. 25th. 2. They should have/should be limiting his innings per start to have him go deeper into the season--The Nats have a good bullpen but they can only pitch so much. They would not be able to cover short starts every 5 days and still pitch effectively. 3. Skip starts--You still need someone to pitch in his stead.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Go right ahead. Everyone else in America has weighed in.

– August 16, 2012 11:43 AM
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Can you help?

Perhaps this is better asked of a psychologist but here goes. I'm 60 years old, married, grown kids and a sober, responsible member of the community. So why do I find myself glued to the TV every night, when I'm not at Nats Park, and filled with equal measures of joy and angst every day? I even wake up in the middle of the night to check the scores when they're on the West Coast. Is my case hopeless? Signed, Pennant Feverish
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Tracee Hamilton :

You are what is known as a "baseball fan." There is no known cure; although the affliction may leave you of its own volition for no reason at some point, you have no control over it. Enjoy!

– August 16, 2012 11:44 AM
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Strasburg

Thank you for your column! I think most Nationals fans remember that Strasburg was on an innings/pitch count limit before his surgery, and that he would be on a less strict one the next season before he was fully unleashed, and that the Tommy John changed the schedule. In fact, this was debated when some thought the Nats were "babying" him, but that was squashed when it turned out he suffered a major injury and needed the surgery. That's why most Nats fans are, at least accepting of this (because we've known since day one how this would be handled, and because we know what overstress can do). Most of the debate is being stirred by those outside the Beltway who didn't even know D.C. had a team until about a month ago.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Exactly. The Nationals have the best record in baseball, but the only coverage they are getting is of this tempest in a teacup. Which is great for them, truthfully. Fly under the radar as long as possible. The spotlight is coming.

– August 16, 2012 11:46 AM
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Missy Franklin swimming for her school

Last year, a young American tennis player, Jack Sock, won the mixed doubles at the US Open (and also played to the third round in the men's draw). He then returned home to finish the season for his high school tennis team at Blue Valley North High School in Overland, Kansas, finishing his high school tennis career at 80-0. He felt that he owned it to his team mates to help win their fourth consecutive state championship. I'm guessing that Missy Franklin feels the same loyalty to her school's swim team and her teammates.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Another good point.

– August 16, 2012 11:46 AM
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Season tickets: Loyalty to Loyalty

Because they can. I have relatives who were Steelers season ticket holders for decades- and there was a pretty long stretch between the Super 70's and the Cowher SB years when the team was just awful. Fastforward to the implosion of Three Rivers and the new setup at Heinz Field. What were once truly decent seats (nothing awesome, but really good) were now in the nosebleeds- an arduous trek for family members with asthma and other issues. And of course, the Rooney family (still some of the better owners in the NFL) didn't care- anything to maximize revenues. It's a shame that it happens, and other than voting with your wallet, there's not much you can do.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Exactly. It happens everywhere eventually, and it stinks. There is nothing you can do. If I had a guess, I'd say my folks won't go after this year. I think they were told they were $4 short of donating enough money to get an aisle seat, for instance. Stuff like that. Their seats are bad and I have a feeling when they get a load of them, that will be the end. Too bad.

– August 16, 2012 11:47 AM
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Maybe the other Joe knows what he's doing

Posnanski took a lot of (guff) for some of the things he wrote around the time the scandal broke and then after Paterno's death. It appears that he might have managed to put together an accurate account of the man after all. Maybe all those awards mean he's good or something.
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Tracee Hamilton :

He's aces. Dude can write. Not faulting him for the excerpt. He obviously had access and wrote what happened.

– August 16, 2012 11:47 AM
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Nats/Royals

Before this season, the Nats and Royals were both widely recognized as franchises on their way up. Of both of them, it was said that 2012 could be the year, but 2013 would definitely be the year. Well, they've kind of gone in different directions, wouldn't you say? The Nats not only arrived early but look like a lock to stay as a contender for at least 4-5 years. The Royals, on the other hand, not only aren't contending but really don't show a whole lot more promise than they have any of the preceding 25 years or so. What do you think - do the Royals have any chance of joining the Nats next year in baseball's upper echelon? Please say yes. -K-Stater
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'll say yes, but only because it's you, K-Stater. I don't know, I don't get a lot of optimism off the Royals.

– August 16, 2012 11:48 AM
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HS Olympians

With all due respect to the OP, Lebron James played in the same division as everyone else when he was in high school; they didn't make him scrimmage with the scrubs of Akron State or Toledo (yeah, I said it). Was it unfair to the other players? Well yeah, but still- that's just the way it is. Besides, how many guys are out there now who can say "Yeah, King James totally blocked my shots, and dropped 50 on us in the 3rd quarter". If anything, competing against an OIympian can only make you better- swimming, basketball, whatever.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I was trying to think of a good example and you did my work for me, as the chatters so often do. Thank you.

– August 16, 2012 11:49 AM
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"Paterno's tears"

To the OP- spoken like someone who never did anything that mattered, and never signed your name on something that meant something. I'm so happy for you that you clearly never went through a job loss. Jerk. As for his thoughts, I guess we'll never know. But since you love kicking a man who can't defend himself anymore, congratulations- he's dead. Have a nice day.
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Tracee Hamilton :

As I said, his reaction was a natural one -- of course he was upset. But the excerpt does make it sound like he was only upset for himself. We don't know what the rest of the book says. That's why I'm hesitant of passing judgment based on that pull quote.

Again, reading something before commenting is so much better than commenting before reading something. Crazy talk!

– August 16, 2012 11:51 AM
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The time in Beijing

I don't know if it's just on my computer, but the date and time of each post appear to have Chinese characters. Are you outsourcing your chats Tracee?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes.

– August 16, 2012 11:51 AM
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Make up you mind!

So Stephen Strasburg needs less time on the field and RG III needs more time on the field?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sorry, I missed RGIII's injury. It was ... what?

There are apples and oranges, and then there are apples and thumbtacks.

– August 16, 2012 11:52 AM
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Before we get to Nats vs. Braves....

Before next week's head-to-head with Atlanta, two significant series happen: the Nationals play the declining but always dangerous Mets, and the Braves are at home against a power Dodgers' line-up. Somehow I feel the results of these games will do as much, or maybe more, to determine the division's final season standings as the games against the Braves next week.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wow, we're now debating most important upcoming Nats series. These are not your 2011 Nats.

– August 16, 2012 11:53 AM
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I was serious about the braves...

and don't call me Shirley.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Very funny ... and that was a tremendous compliment.

– August 16, 2012 11:54 AM
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The alleged ace of the staff

Tracee - can you tell your colleagues in the chattering classes to stop saying the Nationals will be shutting down their ace Strasburg? To my way of thinking, Gio is the ace of this staff, and a case can be made for putting Zimmermann ahead of Stras too. It's like nails on a chalkboard when I hear them talk about the "ace" as if he has five no-hitters and is 18-1 or something.....
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Tracee Hamilton :

Agreed on that point as well. Stras has been very good this season but he is not carrying this team on his back.

– August 16, 2012 11:54 AM
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Not on the Bandwagon

I started watching the Nats last fall and got hooked. Michael Morse's pre-batting warm-up had something to do with it and they were so FUN to watch! This year, they added Bryce Harper and now Jayson Werth is back, Bernardina continues to be awesome, and Mike Rizzo is the true Beast. I just happen to fall in love with a new sport every ten years or so (my last obsession was Nascar, thanks to Tony Stewart), so what do I say to people who accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon? The timing is completely coincidental and I'm in it for the long haul.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think last fall counts. I think last week counts. And listen, teams want and NEED bandwagon-jumpers. That is how a fan base is built.

But last year? You're okay.

– August 16, 2012 11:54 AM
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Posnanski/Paterno

I love Posnanski's work ("The Soul of Baseball" should be in every baseball fan's library) but as far as Paterno goes, I think Posnanski became too emotionally attached to his subject. His rare blog posts since the scandal broke, combined with the released excerpt, give me little hope that Posnanski was able to look as critically at his subject as was needed to do the story justice. ~Pats Fan
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Tracee Hamilton :

I hope you are wrong but can see that that would be entirely possible.

– August 16, 2012 11:55 AM
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Missy Franklin

Is a high-schooler. Why in the world shouldn't she swim for her high school? Every athlete who is really good should not do their sport in high school so the other kids can win? Our "first place for everyone" society attitude strikes again.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Trophies for the entire chat! Just for participating!

– August 16, 2012 11:56 AM
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grade schoolers finishing second to a gold medalist

After Usain Bolt won the 100m race, my 11 year old son told his friend, "I am only 10 seconds away from the gold medal time." I think lots of kids would like to finish second to a gold medalist.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's pretty cute! And not only kids -- a lot of adults would be thrilled to pieces.

– August 16, 2012 11:56 AM
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How about this

Don Fambrough or Charlie Weis?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Don Fambrough. Just as a person he wins by a mile.

Don wasn't the best coach Kansas ever had. He was the best ambassador KU ever had. You guys would have loved him, even K-Stater and Mizzou.

Well, maybe not Mizzou.

Okay, gotta dash. It was good to chat with all of you again. Same time next week. Can't imagine what we'll talk about, but surely SOMETHING will come up.

– August 16, 2012 11:57 AM
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