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August 30, 2012

11:01
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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From a sports ignoramus

Suppose we call sports like diving and ice skating COMPLIANCE-oriented sports because they are judged on the basis of correctness, accuracy and precision. Suppose we call sports like track & field and weightlifting PERFORMANCE-oriented sports because they are judged on the basis on who is he fastest or who can lift the most. When it comes to doping scandals, have they occurred more in PERFORMANCE-oriented than COMPLIANCE-oriented sports?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Off the top of my head, I'd say, using your categories, they've happened in performance-oriented sports. In figure skating, a bump in endurance might be nice but it wouldn't be worth the bulk. Diving, same thing. Those guys are muscular, but small, for the most part. That's off the top of my head, though; I don't keep a mental index of this stuff. I have enough trouble finding my keys. When I came into the office this morning, I had my keys in my hand to unlock my office door. Instead, I  hit the "door unlock" button on my car remote control several times. No lie. I may be losing it. (It didn't work but wouldn't that be cool?)

And on that scary story, good morning! Let's get going.

– August 30, 2012 11:01 AM
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Follow Through, Lance

Lance Armstrong is a disappointment. If he believes he's innocent, he should follow through and prove it, instead of quitting. Honorable athletes don't quit. Now we may never know who Lance really is.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wish he would have fought the charges. But when he went to court and the judge basically said, "You're right, they're harassing you, but there's nothing we can do," I'm not sure what option was left him. And we don't know what was going on behind the scenes. Maybe this was leveraged.

– August 30, 2012 11:04 AM
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Climbing back off the ledge

Hi Tracee, Whew, boy did the Nats need that game last night. The worst part of the losing streak was that it felt like a flashback to the bad old days. We went a whole week without ever having a lead, and didn't look good doing it. For me, it really hit Tues. nite when I got home and knew we were already down 5-0, and I had to force myself to fire up the DVR. But who woulda thought that that we'd be 5 games up on Aug. 30, and starting to figure out magic numbers?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I thought all along they'd go through a slump, because most teams do. The Dodgers just did, and for awhile they were the best team in baseball. And may be again, with the trade. So it was a bump in the road. They need to focus on the division. They also got some help from the Padres.

– August 30, 2012 11:07 AM
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Really?? Section 405

The Nats break a five game skid in the middle of a pennant race, and they get a single game story, a Bog rehash, and a sidebar about who's going to Arizona in the fall.

The Skins play a meaningless preseason game in which NOT A SINGLE STARTER PLAYED. They get 2/3 of the front page, and several pages of stories and columns.

 I know you don't have any control over the allocation of space in the paper, but, REALLY????

Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, one happened in Miami, with one writer in attendance, and one happened in Landover. That makes a difference. The Skins game was unimportant EXCEPT that there are some important roster decisions to be made and that game will factor into those (receiver, running back, etc.)

You will see two reporters traveling with the Nats in September. I'm guessing you will also see a certain columnist with a spring in his step and a song in his heart. But for two midweek games in Miami ... when planning coverage, it's hard to know that the Nats will have a losing skid and Harper will be ejected, etc. etc. The days of throwing someone on a plane with an hour's notice are over, barring catastrophe. That wasn't a catastrophe.

Also, and we've talked about this, I'd caution against the comparisons in general. There are days the Skins are going to get big play; this town is still into the Skins. There are days the Nats are going to get big play; this town is getting into the Nats in a big way and that's going to build. Enjoy the ride; the rest is sound and fury, signifying nothing. You know that, 405.

– August 30, 2012 11:08 AM
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Drug testing Efficacy

Liked your column on Lance, but I think that TV shows like CSI have given people a false idea of what science can do. Drug testing is really hard, particularly when you are dealing with substances that are already in the human body or which have been engineered specifically not to be detectable. Recall that there wasn't even a test for the most effective drug, EPO, until the early part of the 2000s. When you add into the equation human elements like back-dated therapeutic use exemptions or payoffs to make positive tests disappear, and it becomes a lot easier to imagine somebody never having a positive drug test, yet still using drugs. I've driven past speed cameras, which I know are there, on Connecticut Ave dozens of times without getting a ticket; does that mean I've never gone over the speed limit on other roads in this time? The sad truth is that if you know the drug testing regime, you can avoid it and many, many athletes have.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There is absolutely no question that every lawbreaker in this country isn't caught, nor is every doper in sports. And as I said, I neither believe nor wrote that Armstrong is innocent. He did pass -- or didn't fail -- the tests available at the time of the races. I wonder if going after a guy who no longer competes should be the top priority of USADA. If all of sport was clean ... but we know it's not. I'm not sure what "getting" Armstrong accomplishes. Deterrent? I don't see it but we'll see.

– August 30, 2012 11:11 AM
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Your Metro Column

Tracee, I liked your Metro column a lot. What I do not (and never did) understand is why Saturday games are usually played at night. In the early & late parts of the season, day games would have been more comfortable for the fans & the players. The stadium would save big bucks on electricity. Metro would be running. And the fans & the players could go out Saturday evening. Of course it might ruin some Saturday morning golf for the players. Nice job by Storen putting out the fire & by Bamm Bamm for starting one. After 8 days without playing, Clippard should have had a save opportunity. Sigh.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Someone told me they don't have Saturday day games because of kids leagues (not only baseball, but soccer, lacrosse, whatever) on Saturday afternoons. No idea if that's true. But I agree. Then again, the Metro runs very late on Saturdays so they might as well play at night and go 16 innings!

– August 30, 2012 11:16 AM
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Lance Armstrong

You say "tests don't lie." Tracee, let's look at some other possibilities: tests can show a false postive; or there could have been collusion with those whose administered the tests. One final note: what is the likelihood that ten different people would all lie about Lance?
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Tracee Hamilton :

All true, plus there are masking agents. As a longtime Olympic editor and friend of Amy Shipley, I'm up on drug tests. I think the likelihood of 10 people lying is low, but I also don't know if those people were asked, coerced, bribed (amnesty), or just decided to talk. Whatever the reason, I'd love to see one shred of physical evidence. I would hate to be convicted on "witness testimony."

– August 30, 2012 11:18 AM
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Moving the Kickoff Spot (a week late)

That will eventually (if not sooner) be called the Devin Hester (aka Ridiculous) Rule. Redskins almost took that game - Bears starters look good, but heaven help the Bears if any of them go down... Hawks-Bears Fan (Soldier Field - Section 429; United Center - Section 314)
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Tracee Hamilton :

It IS ridiculous; there is little more exciting than a long kickoff return.

– August 30, 2012 11:21 AM
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Whew! - Section 405

I'm really, really happy about the Wednesday win, particularly with the run production. Given that this is the first pennant race for **my team** as an adult, I didn't realize just *how* much a five game losing streak affects you -- but the huge emotional ups and downs are what make a pennant race such an intense experience.

After all, we saw not one but two teams who were in our position last August pull off massive choke jobs in September (heck, we helped take down the NL example ourselves). When we reached the 5th game, and Stras *didn't* stop it like he'd always done before, I could feel the potential for panic.... 

The good thing about this win is 8 runs scored, and two Harper dingers, and Harper's amazing throw in the 8th that saved a run. I wasn't thrilled by the Harper helmet slam after the double play (although he should not have been tossed), but he's 19 - he's 19 - he's 19. I guess the title sums it all up for me - Whew!

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Tracee Hamilton :

The question for me is, when do we quit giving him a pass? And I do mean "we," because I've been doing it all season. He's a kid, he's going to act like a kid. I used to have a horrible temper and I know what it's like to try to corral it. Happily, none of my fits was televised nationally. But he can't injure himself, he sure as heck can't injury umpires or opposing catchers (close call) and he can't get ejected. These are not things that get you into and through the postseason. So does he get a pass for this season and that's it? I'm asking the question; I don't have a good answer. I'm an enable.

– August 30, 2012 11:24 AM
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Randy Edsall

So does Randy Edsall somehow get a pass this season because of all the injuries, because Maryland can't afford to fire him and because if Kevin Anderson fires him, he basically would be admitting he made a huge mistake (and likely would be following Edsall out the door)? Or does a two-win (one-win?) season and the dismal ticket sales that accompany it force Maryland's hand?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would have said "no pass" before the injuries. Now I'd say "too early to say." I don't think it gets him an automatic pass to another season. Let's see what he does with the team despite the injuries, how he handles adversity, etc. That's been an area in which he has struggled and been criticized in the past. Maybe if he finds  a way to make the Terps competitive despite the injuries, he wins over some people. (Just trying to think outside the negative box here.)

– August 30, 2012 11:28 AM
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remote controls

I haven't done that one, but I have used the wrong remote on a car. "Geez Louise. Why isn't this danged thing working? This remote is broken!! Oh. Never mind." :-) Not sure why, but I wasn't all that worried during the Nats' recent streak. Maybe because I didn't see a couple of the games due to other commitments. I did have to give my hubby a little pep talk, though. natsfan1a
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Tracee Hamilton :

Now if I go out and try to unlock the car with a TV remove, that'll be something.

And good for you with the pep talk. Too early to be worried. September is a long month. Waiting for the weather to turn, trying to keep up with all the overlap. It's a trying time. You have to pace yourself.

– August 30, 2012 11:30 AM
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the sound and the fury

Not a bad little flick, fwiw. I gather that there was a book as well. I believe that the working title was "Sound. What is it good for?"
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, thanks! We haven't had a good Seinfeld reference in awhile. I was watching the finale to what I thought was a disappointing second season of "Suits" and loved that they had this one: "These pretzels are making me thirsty!"

– August 30, 2012 11:33 AM
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Shakespeare?

Tracee, I am impressed. First the St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V and now this. How about this: "And when he shall die, Take him & cut him out in little stars. And he will make the face of heav'n so fine, That (oops! I have to look up the last line, but it's about gaudy day being jealous of night).
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Tracee Hamilton :

I do love me some Shakespeare. You can tell from the purty way I talk. Dude could WRITE.

– August 30, 2012 11:34 AM
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Enough with the Whining

I love the Nats and yes they don't get as much coverage in a pennant race as the Skins do in preseason. But every week on every sports-related chat people are bringing this up, and you have to be quite naive or new to the area if you can't understand DC sports protocol. Anyone who's lived in DC for more than this summer knows its a Skins town in a NFL country. Btw, the Nats still get a ton of coverage in the Post. Who cares who gets more?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It'll balance. It really will. It wouldn't last year. This will be different. (And 405 isn't a whiner; he's an observer, and a worrier. He'll settle down.)

Unless the Skins start 4-0. :)

– August 30, 2012 11:39 AM
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What is a sport?

What makes something a sport vs. a hobby or something else all together? Hemingway didn't consider baseball a sport, but considered auto racing one. I don't consider driving a car a sport. I don't think golf is a sport the way it's played by non professionals.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, boy, philosophy, so early in the morning? Okay, it's not early, I've been up since 4, but still. I think sports and hobbies are in the eye of the beholder. Professional drivers, that's a tough gig, harder than hitting a golf ball, physically. However, it's all done while sitting on their posteriors. The mechanics of golf, the mental aspects, that's tough.

Some guys (and gals) who play golf are definitely playing a sport. Some are just knocking the ball around. By and large, I don't believe in blanket statements.

– August 30, 2012 11:43 AM
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The likelihood that ten different people would all lie about Lance

I don't know that it's all that unlikely that 10 people would lie about one person. Is that really such an unfathomable number? That's such specious reasoning. So if you can get 10 people to say something about one person, that person is automatically guilty?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, this was kind of what I was trying to say. I don't want to cast aspersions on these 10 people. But I can easily envision scenarios in which this is possible.

I worked with a guy who started out as a nobody and became a big, big deal. Famous, and very rich. Also worked his rear off, but no one ever seemed to notice that part of it. Anyway, he became hated by his peers, mostly out of jealousy, some because of his real or perceived arrogance. He also made one professional mistake (not illegal). I can easily see finding 10 people who would lie about him to bring him down. Did he bring on some of those bad feelings? Yup. Would he deserve to be convicted of something because of it, if he were innocent? No. So I can envision the 10 people lying thing.

I have no idea if that's what happening here. It's just the reason that I'd like to see physical evidence. And that's it.

– August 30, 2012 11:43 AM
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Do-Re-Mi

Lance has made a bundle over the years, but he might not have the cash for a protracted, quixotic legal struggle. Those bills add up fast.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Possible. He's got, what, five kids and I have no idea what his earnings potential is now, or what his finances are. He may be comfortably set but not want to endanger that. 

Dodgeball II, maybe? He was excellent in that.

– August 30, 2012 11:47 AM
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Roy Williams

Tracee - do you think the UNC academic scandal reaches to the basketball program?

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Tracee Hamilton :

You know, I have a lot of reading to do on this so I'm not going to crawl out on that limb without doing my research. I meant to turn to this when the Olympics ended and things just intervened. The Games set back my shoulder recovery and I feel like I'm digging out a bit . So I can't say, yet, what I think about any of it.

– August 30, 2012 11:47 AM
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when do we quit giving him a pass?

I don't think he's been given a pass at all. There's been a lot of scrutiny on this kid and everything he says. Is slamming a helmet the worst we've seen someone do. So far he's been more mature than people like Ozzie Guillen, Cole Hamels or Nyjer Morgan. Why don't "we" wait until he does something worthy of harsh criticism before we say he's been given a pass?

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Tracee Hamilton :

You're kind of making my argument. I wrote columns in defense of him in the Hamels incident, which was a no-brainer, and the Guillen one. I didn't write anything about the bat breaking because it happened while I was off the books. Is slamming a helmet the worse thing? Of course not. I think getting thrown out of a game in the ninth inning is no big deal unless the score is 8-8. Then it's a very big deal. I have yet to criticize the guy, writing it off to age, but even Davey, who has been patience itself, is having talks with him. He can't get booted from games. And if he breaks a bat and it hits and hurts someone? I'm not giving him a pass for that, and surely you aren't either. That's not okay. "Pass" is maybe not the right word, but while yes, he's been scrutinized, of course he has, the general response has been, "He's 19." When does that change?

Easy answer, of course, is when he turns 20. :)

– August 30, 2012 11:50 AM
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Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare

It was written by some other guy who happened to have the same name.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. I forgot.

– August 30, 2012 11:51 AM
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New Kicker??

I mean Gano was mediocre but at least we could hope that he would grow. Is this new guy so good that he was worth dumping Gano in a heartbeat? Cos I think i read he missed an easy fg yesterday....
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Tracee Hamilton :

He made three and missed a 46-yarder. Not sure I'd call that easy. However, Gano was solid on the long ones and dicey on the chip shots. Pick your poison. Cundiff got booed for the miss, by the way.

 

– August 30, 2012 11:51 AM
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Lip Reading

Had fun lip-reading Davey Johnson after Harper's ejection - "You're overreacting" This is b*llsh*t!" And while I agree with Davey, I think that maybe the ump (inadvertantly) did Harper a favor by tossing him. He needs to keep the passion, but lose the temper. Over-reaction or not, I'm glad the ump gave Bryce a time-out.

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Tracee Hamilton :

He's not the first nor the last to throw a helmet, and it was a judgment call. And Davey has to say that to the ump. He then also has to have The Talk with Harper. Probably not Davey's most fun week.

– August 30, 2012 11:53 AM
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Nats Bats

As I watched last night's game it struck me that the Nats might have been up about 9-0 if they had been playing at home instead of in Miami's Grand Canyon. A couple of those shots (e.g., Morse's triple to center) would have been Bang Zoom gone! I am optimisitic about the upcoming series IF they keep strokin' it like they did last night. Cuban Pete
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Tracee Hamilton :

Their hitting is definitely streaky. If they can keep it on an even keel, look out.

– August 30, 2012 11:56 AM
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Armstrong

I want to believe that Lance is clean. The one, and pretty much only one, thing/person convincing me otherwise is George Hincapie. He was never accused of anything. He never had an ax to grind. He was a loyal domestique for years. I feel that he is trustworthy. (I also feel that the whole thing has been an unending witch hunt).
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wonder if he was promised immunity to testify, would be my only question, since he's admitted to using EPO. But I know what you mean; he has always seemed like a good guy.

– August 30, 2012 11:57 AM
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Field Goal Kicking

Why haven't field goal kickers gotten any better over the past couple of decades? We have QBs who can throw a ball 70 yards flat footed, so why can't these kickers boot a ball more than 50 or 60 yards. A kicker who could hit 70 yard FGs would change the game. Are these the only athletes in all of sports who don't use PEDs?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes.

Kidding. I mean, I hope I'm kidding. I don't understand it either. If I were raising a kid to play football, this is where I'd go. The money isn't as good, of course, but the longevity for a good kicker can be double digits. Safer than a lot of positions. And given the number of times a kicker can decide the outcome, why isn't there more emphasis on kicking? I don't have the answer to that but it's a good question. Even someone who never missed from 20-40 and could hit from 50-60 would be a game changer.

– August 30, 2012 11:59 AM
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What confuses me ...

Is the woman who says Lance nonchalantly mentioned his PED usage in front of her. What's her explanation for why he would do that? That he's so arrogant he thought no one would defy him? So then why be so adamant about not using all the time? Isn't possible she misheard him? Why would he not be more careful when he was supposed so careful about fooling the best testing available?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It seems to me that the hospital where Armstrong was being treated has denied this encounter could have taken place but I am fuzzy on the details of that. There is some doubt about the veracity of that, however.

– August 30, 2012 12:00 PM
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Does USADA oversee France?

How can an American organization take away awards from a French race? Isn't that like the NBA taking away LeBron James Olympic Gold Medal? When they say he's banned from biking, I get the feeling they're saying he's not every allowed to own or ride a bicycle again. Even in his backyard. They sound kind of creepy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, they can't take away his Tour titles; the UCI has to do that. They recommend the UCI does that. It's just the way USADA handles everything that the make it sound more the way you describe it.

Listen, there are no choir boys in this thing. On either side.

– August 30, 2012 12:01 PM
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It's become a Gut nation

The problem with the Lance Armstrong thing is that the USADA seems to be going with its gut. I think all of us have our doubts about Armstrong either on the surface or in our gut. It's part of the America becoming a gut nation. Look at Fox News. How often do they ask someone what "their gut" says? We need to be a nation of logical thinking, not gut reaction.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a good way of putting it. I don't think we want to be in the business of convicting people based on our guts, or hunches, although I suspect some lawyers in the crowd will tell me I'm nuts, that it happens all the time.

I was on a jury once in DC, a sexual harassment jury. At the start, I felt terrible for the victim and looked at the defendant with loathing -- dirty old man! Then came the evidence. By the end of the trial, my opinions had changed, radically. I like the evidence. I consider myself a fairly fair person, and my gut was completely wrong. Lesson learned, and I haven't forgotten it.

– August 30, 2012 12:04 PM
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Curse of the Polo

Whenever I buy a polo shirt of a team I like, they begin to lose, and they go on to lose for quite some time. So it was no surprise to me that when I purchased a Nats polo last Wednesday, they immediately went on a 5-game losing streak. I put it in the attic yesterday and they won. Hmmm...
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Tracee Hamilton :

So clearly, you are to blame. I believe in this stuff.

– August 30, 2012 12:06 PM
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Throwing my computer monitor

I don't see what the big deal is with Harper throwing his helmet. Whenever I process something incorrectly in my office, I through my monitor on the ground.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I used to do things that were almost that bad in my old office. I'm rather humiliated to think of it now. Occasionally it still comes out. I threw something in the house the other day, can't remember what. Used the wrong arm. So karma really is a bitch, and she's tearing my rotator cuffs.

– August 30, 2012 12:08 PM
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Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and Knower of all things GREAT and small. A couple of chat points today: Harper may have been mad at himself more than the ump who looks like he missed the call. Losing streaks --It's BASEBALL ! If you win 6 out of 10 you're probaly in the World Series . If you suceed as a hitter only 3 of 10 times you end up in the Hall of Fame. Ony weather forecasters can do that poorly and keep their jobs. Race car driving-- In what other sport if you miscalculate by a fraction of an inch do you end up on a gurney ?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I think all of Harper's hissies are at himself. I don't think the kid is ever trying to hurt anyone else. He wants perfection. But I'm trying to recall the last baseball player to hit 1.000.

Race car drivers are definitely gutsy. Not saying it's not mental, it's just not mental over a long period of time. But when a golfer miscalculates, you're right -- the ball goes into some trees. Unless there's a bear in there, he's going to come out again. :)

– August 30, 2012 12:08 PM
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Nationals round up

A few thoughts 1. Without the Braves having their slump, the Nats would not be in such a great position. The thing that worried me about the streak wasn't so much the losing (which made me very sad), but the fact that they looked deflated, defeated, and sloppy. I'm really glad that they scored 8 last night to get the win, because they allowed 4 runs. I'm also really glad that they won last night, but I'm still nervous about *tonight's* game (and so on until the end of the season). 2. Harper's helmet slam. It was a bad choice and bad timing. If he had done it further down the line, he might have gotten away with it. However, it was right about the point where the ump was standing. The one thing to notice though, he tossed it to his RIGHT, i.e., foul territory, away from the ump. It was pure frustration. I think he deserves a scolding for that, but it seemed obvious to me that he was trying not to have it go towards the ump.
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Tracee Hamilton :

1. Absolutely true. 2. Also true. I don't think he was trying to hit the ump. The kid isn't mean. He's just a kid. But he's a kid that may cost them at some point. What if that game had gone extras? What if Davey needed bodies? You have to think beyond yourself and he's not there yet. That's what Davey, or Zim, or someone has to get through to him.

– August 30, 2012 12:12 PM
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Bryce's "rage"

I understand it. I'm a fan (late 30s) and there are times that I have to take something (normally an Inside Pitch) and hit it against a seat when the Nats start imploding or playing stupid baseball. During the goat rodeo of a 9th inning last Wednesday, I had to quickly get to the concourse because I was so livid and sitting in a seat made me feel like a caged animal. All of this, and I'm just a FAN. So, yeah, I can understand Bryce showing his frustration.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can totally relate. BELIEVE ME. When I say I used to have a temper problem, youhave no idea how much of a temper problem I used to have.

But if you bang you program on the seat, it's not going to splinter and put someone's eye out. That's my worry with those bats. That's dangerous. I've joked about hitting himself in the face with his bat but really, given the way bats are splintering, what if that bat had splintered before it hit him in the face? Here's what you can't get back: an eye. The helmet thing -- he's not throwing it at the ump, he's not going to hurt himself or anyone else with it. Unless he gets thrown out in a situation where they need him.

Sure, he gets frustrated. We all get frustrated. Learning to control it is a good thing.

– August 30, 2012 12:14 PM
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Big game Saturday

You figure you're good for more than three points this time around?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! I make no promises. I have no idea what to expect from my boys. Jackrabbits are FAST!

– August 30, 2012 12:14 PM
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Naivety and Lance

My issue with the Armstrong question is that it seems so beyond naive with we we DO know about the competition IN GENERAL from that time, to believe that the one guy who WASN'T using PEDs was the very best over all the other enhanced athletes for 7 straight years. Don't you think?
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is why I have said, and dear God I'm tired of saying it, I make not claim that  Lance is innocent. Or not guilty. Or however you want to put it. Nor did I write that he was.

However, that is also not enough to convict him. Every other member of your family robs banks. You are a member of your family. Therefore you rob banks. Chances are ... but would it hold up in court? Would you want it to?

And here endeth the Lance discussion, and our day. I've been answering Lance emails nonstop since Saturday and I'm out of gas on the topic. So it's time to stop.

And time to wish you all a happy Labor Day weekend. We'll talk next week!

– August 30, 2012 12:14 PM
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