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September 13, 2012

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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.

John Lannan

What of a helluva job he's done, the start against the Braves turned the whole season around. Only problem, what do they do with him next year? Has anyone tried to switch Boz to de-caf? I'm worried he'll burn himself out.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Lord, let's not start worrying about next year. For Lannan, I mean. And Boz? I keep telling you people: Benjamin Button. He gets younger with every win. We'll be bringing him to the playoffs in a stroller. Now, once the season is over, he'll probably disappear for a bit, but he'll be fine. Boz is in heaven.

And so are you Nats fans. And Skins fans. Caps fans, not so much, I guess. Anyway, let's get going!

– September 13, 2012 11:00 AM
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Perfect 10

If #10 can score 10 points a quarter, that'd be fine with me!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, yes, if would be more than fine, I would think. Can you imagine 40 points a game? Me neither. The Saints aren't that good, I fear. Still, fun to watch...

– September 13, 2012 11:04 AM
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The Saints....are bad?

I'm not taking anything away from my man RG3's amazing performance, which would have been great no matter the quality of the team, but my prediction is that the Saints will end up not being a good team this year. As Bill Simmons pointed out, we spent the last few years talking about what a genius Sean Payton is, but yet now they're going to be a good team even though that guy is out for the year? And he's being replaced, for six weeks, by a guy the organization thinks so highly of that they are going to replace him as soon as another guy's suspension is up? Didn't it look like the Saints were completely outcoached and out-gameplanned on Sunday? How can a team have a successful season with TWO guys interim head coaches, and not a single game coached by the real head coach? How can that possibly work? They will not be that good this year. If they win more than 8 games, Drew Brees should be the unanimous MVP.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, the Saints seemed lost at times on Sunday and no, they aren't going to be the powerhouse of old. I think 8-8 is possible, just because of Brees -- let's face it, he nearly won that one Sunday on his own -- but it's going to be a long year in New Orleans.

– September 13, 2012 11:05 AM
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Notre Dame to the ACC

As a UVa fan, am I correct in thinking that Notre Dame to the ACC is a big "meh"? I know it's good from the schools' point of view, in that it directs some of that supposedly inexhaustible ND alumni cash flow to College Park, C'ville, and Blacksburg. Sports-wise, though, ND has been coasting on reputation for a long time, right? Having them playing ACC teams doesn't elevate the national stature of those ACC opponents.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I guess it could help the ACC teams' strength of schedule if they can beat Notre Dame, assuming Notre Dame can get good again. But Notre Dame joining the ACC in everything but football, in general? "Meh" was kind of my reaction as well.

– September 13, 2012 11:06 AM
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Clemens??!?

Tracee; Maybe it's just me, but I suspect that whatever Roger has been taking has to have included some "bravery juice". He piled up his wins beating a lot of bad teams--there were too many times when he'd bump back a day in the rotation to avoid good teams to face bad teams back in his heyday. Moreover, he wants to pitch against a contender...when his playoff record really wasn't that good??!? See, where I'm from...I know how a "contender" should handle this. Let Roger re-up with the Astros, announce the date for the start, get everything set up...then the day before the start, that "contender" should sign Dave Stewart. If you want to see Clemens go into a twitching, uncomfortable morass...I wouldn't care if Stew hasn't picked up a baseball in ten years. As much as all that Roger claimed to be, Stewart head-to-head in pitching matchups against Clemens was it. And I would suspect that Stewart would somehow rise to the challenge if only for that.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sure sick of Clemens, and if the Astros agree to his demands, then they are nuts. To what end? Selling tickets, for one night? It's a little late, in mid-September, to worry about that. So why? Just go away. Go play golf. Something.

– September 13, 2012 11:09 AM
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The #10

DC native expat, contemporary CU-Boulder grad living in Central Missouri here. Back in 93-94, I broke my NFL addiction by working in Italy one winter, thus, the travails of the Redskins over the last 10-15 years have been interesting but not emotionally debilitating they way it would have been 20 years ago. That being said, I still have two jerseys from back in the day, one with the #10 on it and one with #72 (Dexter Manley's number). For years, I don't think anybody could ever wear a #10 jersey because of who it was associated with, Jay Schroeder. I'll give the Worst Owner In Pro Sports and the Shanahans some credit: bring in RGIII and having him wear #10 means ole Redskins fans can unpack their mothbolled "Jay Schroeder" jerseys and wear em with pride again. Oh, and go Nats! I'll be in Busch Stadium watching them close out the regular season. Far cry from last year when I watched em in April.
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Tracee Hamilton :

While I'm guessing that wasn't the intent of the Shanahans' intent, that is a nice offshoot of RGIII's arrival and proves you should never throw anything out. (This is how "Hoarders" get started.) And no, the Nats are nothing like they were last April. Enjoy the game!

– September 13, 2012 11:11 AM
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Appreciating Jim Calhoun at his Retirement

Hi, Tracee -- When I moved from Connecticut to DC in the 80's, I frequently had to explain that "no, I didn't go to school in the Canadian northwest." After Jim Calhoun arrived and started doing what he did, UConn (capital U, capital C, no hyphen) gained a lot more prominence. From an obscure state school in the middle of nowhere, UConn is today rated as a top-20 public university--certainly the best public school north/east of Charlottesville--and you can't make the case that this growth and improvement wasn't affected by basketball bringing awareness. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay. Although I find it sad that no one here would know where Connecticut was. In the 1980s, I mean. And if you think no one knows where Connecticut is, my friend, try being from Kansas sometime.

Does anyone but me want to re-take geography (not U.S., which I know, but world, which I do not, now, know at all)?

– September 13, 2012 11:11 AM
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Notre Dame to the ACC

I'm setting the over/under at 5.5 years before the Patsy-fighting Irish travel to Tallahassee. Adding five "required" games against the worst BCS conference (yes, because the Big East has more teams and therefore a lower bottom) fits the Notre Dame mold of pretending to play a tough schedule while actually just pleasing its drunken subway alumni.
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Tracee Hamilton :

So, not a Notre Dame fan, then? :)

– September 13, 2012 11:13 AM
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Notre Dame to ACC

Is it safe (logical?) to assume that this "five football game" setup is Notre Dame's baby step toward full football integration later?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think Notre Dame will join a conference when we are down to maybe four super conferences. I think Notre Dame will wait till the 11th hour to join any conference in football. It can do better financially on its own.

– September 13, 2012 11:18 AM
Q.

Nats Getting Married This Winter

 So who's left--Storen, Clippard, Espinosa, & Harper?

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Tracee Hamilton :

I guess. My complete lack of interest in this continues, but I understand that others may care.

– September 13, 2012 11:18 AM
Q.

be prepared

For those who don't have the scratch to pay for playoffs tickets, I would suggest you keep your Nats house parties local. DC Brau is widely available in cans, and if you happen to prefer fields trips for your beer, you can stop by their brewery on Bladensburg NE or 3 Stars (just off Kansas near the Takoma Park boundary) or Chocolate City (Franklin St NE. at the Red Line, basically) for growlers on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Get used to it, folks: We not only have a playoff team, we have actual (excellent) local beer, too. Life is good in the district.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Some good advice from TOBCOTWP.

– September 13, 2012 11:21 AM
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Maybe it's just me, but

Hi, Tracee. Long time fan; first time poster. I'm usually the last to get offended or a PC nose out of joint. Probably because I am either too laissez-faire or really naive. Ban Sweet Caroline? You've got to be kidding! Gary Glitter did what? Who the heck even knew that was his song, anyway? But I am really skeezed out by the WB Mason commercials. That creepy mustached guy hanging around with all those little kids, and last night took the case with the cute pig-tailed girl looking at pictures of "her boyfriend" and sighing. Eeeww. Thanks for letting me rant. I don't know who else would listen. Go Nats!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not sure I get the "Sweet Caroline" thing either. I'm not sure Penn State knows what to do at this point. I hate those WB Mason commercials too. There's one of that little girl in which she's wearing about a pound of makeup and it just made me shudder. Plus they are poorly written and poorly acted. Other than that, they are great!

– September 13, 2012 11:22 AM
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can RGIII stay healthy?

I loved seeing RGIII like everyone else. It was very exciting. I just worry that the Shanahi are running plays that will eventually get him killed. Did you see that too?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Somewhat. I think some of that was his checkdowns and the way he takes off. He had one nice slide but on other plays, he is leaving himself vulnerable. I am quite sure there was a film session with RGIII this week and he was shown some do's and don'ts.

– September 13, 2012 11:23 AM
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Strasburg Who?

I'll take Lannan's gem of a shutout over the batting practice Strasburg was pitching in his last outing! At the end of the day, it's not about any individual. . .it's about the team and winning. John Lannan got the win. End of discussion. And I freely admit I am/was an Anti-Strasburg Shut Downer!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I thought Strasburg's last outing was a good argument in favor of the shutdown. He just isn't used to the workload. And Lannan has something to prove, and he's angry. You like guys like that. He used to be The Man and he has a chance to go from the minors to the postseason and show this team it was wrong about him? Great motivation. I like Lannan and am happy to see it.

– September 13, 2012 11:23 AM
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Section 129

Tracee, I really enjoyed and appreciated your column about football-(not)-as-war. I played football before I discovered rugby, and I served several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Your column reminded me of Kellen WInsow's rant in 2003 that ended with "I'm a (blankety-blank) soldier." No, he isn't. He later expressed regret, but I think your larger point that coaches, journalists, etc encourage this kind of metaphor is dead on. Some of the comments to your story chided you for being PC (and worse), but I think it just puts things into perspective. Football may be violent and require courage, but never once did I ever fear for my life playing it. Thanks.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I was amazed at the tenor of my email from that column but then, I'm amazed by a lot of things these days. I have always been bothered by it and that hasn't changed. Maybe it's being in the room and seeing it (hearing it) in person.

– September 13, 2012 11:27 AM
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Political Ads During the Nats

I know you eschew politics, and this isn't political per se, but... one thing I love about baseball is it affords me an escape. The Presidential race and Virginia's status as a swing state has largely ruined it. The Nats games on MASN are awash with attack ads. The winner has been 106.7 and Nats Park itself. They are the only refuges left! It's too bad the World Series won't go past the election!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Agreed. I hit the mute button. Can't stand it.

– September 13, 2012 11:28 AM
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Nats Trade Bait?

So who will not be here next year? I think Lannan is auditioning for next year for the rest of his 2012 outings. I think Laroche is a very attractive player that could net us some real prospects. Do we keep both Lombo and Mary (Tyler Moore)? We've got some real currency to deal in the off season. . .who do you think will stay and who do you think will go?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, listen, the Hot Stove starts when the season ends. I know this is an unfamiliar situation in DC but it is TOO EARLY to talk about who will be gone next year. At least for me it is. If nothing else, it's making predictions, which I hate. As you know. So I'm not going to play this game. (Another reason: don't you want to see how these guys do in the postseason?)

– September 13, 2012 11:29 AM
Q.

WB Mason

Talk about cheap commercials. Couldn't they find an actor with an actual mustache?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha!

– September 13, 2012 11:29 AM
Q.

Its just September

Skins fans need to stop running their pie holes and wait until December a Giants fan
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wow. So the Skins fans get excited about a new QB and that's somehow offensive to you, a fan of the defending Super Bowl champion? No one said the Skins were going to the Super Bowl. Can't you just be happy to have won the Super Bowl? Yeesh. You need to shut YOUR pie hole.

– September 13, 2012 11:30 AM
Q.

Fun geography book

"How the States Got Their Shapes"
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Tracee Hamilton :

If this isn't made up, it sounds awesome. However, I need to re-learn Europe, Africa... I'm dreadful.

– September 13, 2012 11:31 AM
Q.

Nats 2013-2015

It's hard not to believe that the Nats will continue to be the best team in baseball for the next 3-5 years. They're young, under contract; the farm system's pretty good; their best players (Harper, Stras, JZimm, Detwiler, Desmond, Espi) should all improve. Is this a nutty view?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would say that they should continue to be ONE of the best teams in baseball. Remember that other teams are not static. Also, they will either keep their veterans or blend in new ones and that's always a dicey proposition. The pieces have all clicked this year but may not in all cases. So I believe the Nats should be COMPETITIVE for the next 3-5 years.

– September 13, 2012 11:32 AM
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Clemens

Tracy, if Roger Clemens can come out of retirement and pitch, do you think there's any possiblilty of persuading Sandy Koufax back to the mound?
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Tracee Hamilton :

He'd be more pleasant.

– September 13, 2012 11:33 AM
Q.

Orioles

If the O's win their division, will Sabermetrics' computers nationwide all spontaneously explode? Should I be worried?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not unless you're a sabermatrician.

– September 13, 2012 11:34 AM
Q.

UConn/Yukon

Problem is that if you say University of Connecticut using the shorthand method of UConn, it sounds exactly like Yukon, so I can understand why people would think that he decided to go get educated in Yukon.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, that's funny and I never thought of it like that. Of course, that's because it's U-Conn., which drives certain people nuts, but I don't make the Post rules.

– September 13, 2012 11:36 AM
Q.

griffining

have you done any, and if so, where's the shot?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I do that every time I get my cat to eat more than three bites of anything.

– September 13, 2012 11:37 AM
Q.

Appreciating Jim Calhoun

I'll appreciate him, sure -- as a prime example of how college athletics have worsened. The man's a cheat and is resigning in all-but-disgrace. College basketball is better off without him in it.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

And here is the other side of the Calhoun argument. I knew that was coming. I'm not the biggest fan. No argument that he put the school on the map. No argument that he can coach.

– September 13, 2012 11:38 AM
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Notre Dame-ACC

I think a few of your posters are missing the fact that ND will play every single ACC team at least once over a three-year period. They're not going to be ducking the powerhouses and only playing the Dooks and Wakes. They're going to have to play everyone. And ND doesn't get to choose -- the ACC does. IMHO this is a temporary situation while ND's contract with NBC finishes. Once that's done, I think they come in fulltime for football.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You may be right (re the contract with NBC). We'll see. By then, God knows what the conference landscape will look like.

– September 13, 2012 11:40 AM
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Impending Hockey Lockout

Any advice for a non-football hockey (Caps) fan who is looking at a fall full of torture? RGIII seems like a nice guy but I don't think I can get behind the Redskins. Baseball is a good option but that only gets me through October. Should I just wish for a miracle to happen and the lockout is short?
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Tracee Hamilton :

If you can't get interested in the Skins, you've got the Wizards, college hoops, or  you're out of luck. Can't help you. I sure hope the Caps play.

– September 13, 2012 11:41 AM
Q.

Pierre Garcon

I'd like to believe that things are looking up for the Redskins this year, but poor Pierre Garcon's story really encapsulates Redskins fandom. "He's off to a great start! Something's finally looking up for this team! ...Aaannd, now he's hurt." After only 15 minutes. It's going to take a few more good games to convince me that we're not still cursed.
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Tracee Hamilton :

And a weird injury. The top of the foot? That can't be easy. That's gotta be the hardest part of the foot to hurt.

– September 13, 2012 11:42 AM
Q.

Time to celebrate!

ESPN's MLB standings include each team's percentage chance of making the playoffs. Yesterday the Nats were at 99.9%. Today it's 100.0%. (The O's are at 64.1%.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I never like to count my chickens -- and unlike some of you, I have actually counted chickens in my lifetime -- but with a magic number of 11, I am talking about the playoffs without adding the word "potential" in front of it.

– September 13, 2012 11:44 AM
Q.

Magic Numbers?

How low do we have to go before TWP prints Nat's magic number(s) in a relatively prominent place? Magic numbers are currently: 5 to clinch a playoff spot (WC #2), 6 to clnch WC #1, 11 to clinch the East, and for us optimists, 17 to clinch the best record in the NL (and in the majors as a bonus!) But Tracee - I had to do *math* to figure that out. Can't we get a little help on page D1? - space cadet
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Tracee Hamilton :

I thought we were going to start a bit ago, so I don't know, and I'm not in the office today so I can't ask. But our baseball editor reads the chat -- hi, Alexa! -- so she will see this and get on it!

– September 13, 2012 11:47 AM
Q.

The 2013 schedule is out

Should we start planning a day at the ballpark for chatters now?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

No, but soon. Boy, you people are REALLY into planning. I thought I was bad.

 

– September 13, 2012 11:48 AM
Q.

Metaphor

Trac, I am posting early because I have a meeting (and am frankly a little worse for the wear for sticking it out to the end at Camden Yards last night). I wanted to thank you for Sunday's column about war metaphors. You are 100% right that sports ain't war. But I think the reason that the metaphors are so common is because they draw on similar experiences: discipline, shared objectives, chains of command, mutual effort, high performance. I have a friend who tells me that I overuse both war and sports metaphors, and I ask her to give me some examples of non-war metaphors that have the same effects. She can't. Can you help, or crowdsource this to TOBCAMOSCOTWP? (The extra "AMOS" is for "and metaphor or simile," of course.) Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sorry, Rico, I should have thrown this out early. I don't know; I manage to write columns without them so I'm pretty sure others can as well. Anyone else want to weigh in?

– September 13, 2012 11:50 AM
Q.

Lannanukkah!

Who needs Strasmus when we have Lannanukkah? How great does the decision to stash Lannan in the minors this year instead of trading him for peanuts and cracker jacks look right now? I know it's just one game, but every game at this point in the year is one closer to postseason play.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Very funny! Although I think I'd go with Lannakkah. :)

– September 13, 2012 11:51 AM
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Nats Ads when on MASN2

The worst is when the Nats are on the secondary MASN channel, then you get the infomercial-esque ads for the GoJo hands free (yeah, sure), the spray on hair (aaahhhh!), and the wonder bra (gahhh). They bring a whole new meaning to low rent. This could all be solved if MLB would do the right thing and give the Nationals control of the Nationals broadcasts and take it away from Baltimore.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, when monkeys fly out of Bud's you know what is when that will happen. But yes, it would be nice.

– September 13, 2012 11:51 AM
Q.

Wait a sec...

"Skins fans need to stop running their pie holes" Running our pie hole? I thought we finally traded Albert Haynesworth?
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Tracee Hamilton :

That would be "walking" your pie hole. That guy never ran! :)

– September 13, 2012 11:52 AM
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World geography

The world map has changed significantly from when I took world geography. Where'd the Soviet Union go? What's an East Timor? But my grandparents said the same thing. (Whatever happened to Prussia?)
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Tracee Hamilton :

It really bothers me the most when I play Jeopardy.

– September 13, 2012 11:53 AM
Q.

Fantasy

No, not the one where Sue Bird, Danica Patrick and I take a cruise together... I'm talking Fantasy Football. The Post used to do columns/chats on fantasy football, but no longer. Why not? Certainly there are more post readers who care about Fantasy Football than how to grow the perfect tomato or whatever is happening in the noon gardening chat.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know why they got rid of the fantasy chat but they did. Geno is on Mike Wise's show, today, and I'm sorry I don't know the exact time, but I think it's between 12:30 and 1. He's really good at fantasy questions. I'll try to have him come on with me.

The column bit the dust because Geno's covering a whole bunch of stuff and because of space. As the paper shrinks, stuff gets dropped.

– September 13, 2012 11:56 AM
Q.

I'm sure sick of Clemens, and if the Astros agree to his demands, then they are nuts. To what end?

Um isn't this about HOF? If he plays in another game then he has to wait 5 more years before he is eligible. I'd think his strategy is to have 5 years to repair his reputation rather than go for it now...
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Tracee Hamilton :

How do you repair the reputation in five years? What can he do? Maybe wait for some old sports writers to die, figuring the younger ones don't care about steroids? I guess. I don't know, maybe it will work. I wouldn't touch the whole mess with a barge pole.

– September 13, 2012 11:57 AM
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Lance Armstrong

Do you agree with your colleague that, bar anything short of murder, Lance Armstrong is a good person? (Which I guess means he could commit rape, beat people up, etc and still be ok in her book)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I assume you mean Sally, and that doesn't sound like anything Sally would say. I will just say Sally knows him better than you, and me. Way better. She likes him. That's her choice. If he raped someone, she would stop liking him. I feel very confident in that statement.

– September 13, 2012 11:57 AM
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Magic number

Was on the front page (not D1) the other day.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that's true.

– September 13, 2012 11:58 AM
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Yukon/UConn

You never thought of it like that? Seriously? You know that's why they're called the Huskies, right?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I admit it, I never thought of UConn as Yukon and never really cared why they were called the Huskies. I mean, teams are called all kinds of things that don't make sense. I mean some do (Miami Hurricanes) and some don't (Tulsa Golden Hurricanes). So no, I really never gave UConn that much thought. Sorry.

– September 13, 2012 11:58 AM
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Pie Hole

typical homer stuff from a Washington Post Sports writer. The Wp Sport's page has been a joke for 20+ years. Inept and incompetent and that's with Boswell. Thing about how abd the Sport section would be w/o Boswell!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, it's you. I thought I recognized the lack of punctuation, coherent thought and grammar. Here's your last post of the year. Enjoy!

– September 13, 2012 12:00 PM
Q.

Tracee said.

I guess if, as you typed, "God knows what the conference landscape will look like" then Notre Dame would be in a good position to ask him about it. :-)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Direct line...

– September 13, 2012 12:00 PM
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Boras Negotiatiing Ethics

Will Scott Boras' ethic of advocating for Strasburg's health/shutdown affect his ability to get future clients?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Not until he fails to get his clients large contracts will anything affect Boras' ability to get clients.

– September 13, 2012 12:01 PM
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Notre Dame and ACC

They come into the ACC for football based on the following equation: $ for being in ACC > $ for being independent.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sure, when that happens.

– September 13, 2012 12:03 PM
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What beer would RG3 drink?

I suggest Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, which I just discovered. Yummy!
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Tracee Hamilton :

TOBCOTWP

– September 13, 2012 12:04 PM
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Town gets better - Section 405

Boy, does the Washington area get better when the Nats *and* Skins are doing well. This year, the Nats are basically playing with house money - even appearing in the postseason means the best season in 79 years. Next year, though... Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

Stop talking about next year! Stop it, I say!

– September 13, 2012 12:05 PM
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Does RG3's Performance Change Expectations?

So the talking heads were all pegging the Skins to go 8-8 at best. . .most had them around 6-10 or worse. Does Mr. Griffin's performance change the equation at all? I bleed burgundy and gold and have for all of my 44 years but I'm reticent to let slip the dogs of optimism. What say you flatlander?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wouldn't start ratcheting up your overall expectations just yet. He had a great opener; I think he'll do more than well in his first season. He has to stay healthy. There are still some holes on this team. It's a long season. Etc. etc.

– September 13, 2012 12:05 PM
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Skeevy

Ok, let's put this out there. Older men lusting after a 19 year old girl would be considered skeevy by most people. So is the flipside - if you're old enough to be Harper's mother or Harper's mother's mother, just stop it. It's weird and creepy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

No argument re 19-year-olds. I have said this before; I get teased if I say I "like" a ballplayer but my God, I really mean I like them, not that I like them in a swoony way. Because that would be gross. In Harper's case, let's see, I couldn't be his grandmother, but it's a near thing. I'm sure I'm way older than his mother.

– September 13, 2012 12:06 PM
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Counting Chickens

So can you shed some light on the phrase? When counting chickens, is there a real concern about accidentally counting non-hatched chickens? Is their a grey area that is not apparent to those of us who have only counted frozen chicken parts in their freezer?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Some eggs are duds. So don't count all the eggs in the henhouse as potential chickens.

– September 13, 2012 12:07 PM
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Baseball coverage

Is Sheinin not covering baseball anymore? I've noticed lots of Redskins stories with his byline. Also, are there any plans to increase O's coverage now that they are winning and might be October bound? Boz's column this morning was great!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sheinin is on RGIII duty, much as he was on Harper duty. I don't know what the plans are, O's wise. Sheinin may come off RGIII since he's in Baltimore. I can't answer those insider questions!

– September 13, 2012 12:07 PM
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Jenkins/Armstrong

First two lines of her column on August 24: "First of all, Lance Armstrong is a good man. There's nothing that I can learn about him short of murder that would alter my opinion on that."

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I'm sure Sally is anti-rape and anti-pedophilia, to name two things. That was perhaps a bad choice of words.

– September 13, 2012 12:07 PM
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Do College Kids No Longer Know Geography?

I think to be in the Atlantic Coast Conference, you should be within at least be a day's drive of the Atlantic Coast (they should never have been in the Big East either). How can Marquette be in the Big East when it's in the Central Time zone? This whole conference realignment nonsense is awful. It's ruining the great traditions and rivalries and all sense of geography. Texas A&M is in the East? Dems fightin words in Texas.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think we can equate conference realignment with geography. Then we'd really go nuts.

– September 13, 2012 12:08 PM
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Re: Metaphor

Put me in the "dislikes war metaphors" for anything except... War. I think the problem is within ourselves. We somehow feel compelled to raise our discussion/description of what are *games* at their core to match our lifelong investment in the history, tradition, joys, and sadness of it all (I am from an unnamed camp of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, after all). I don't have much of an answer, except that my professional training requires precision with language. I don't see "hard-fought" or "well-played" or "violent" or "exhilarating" paired with "game" as lacking. Even worse though... The unabashed overuse of "hero" and all iterations on any given day in sports. Oh - and: GET OFF MY LAWN!
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Tracee Hamilton :

And mine too!

Perfect way to end. Hope you all have a nice weekend. Let's chat next week!

– September 13, 2012 12:08 PM
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