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September 27, 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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Give the refs a break

I'd like to defend the replacement referees. They're doing the best they can. It's not their fault that the NFL left them woefully unprepared, the NFL was too cheap to settle this thing months ago, or that they weren't prepared for the speed and intensity of the NFL. They're not ridiculous or incompetent -- they're the best the NFL was willing to pay for. Blame the NFL.
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, it certainly wasn't their fault. The NFL rule book is very complicated. And the NFL's hubris in believing that anyone could do those jobs is sort of stunning. If you really believe that about the officiating, then grab people out of the stands and let 'er rip.

And good morning, all. Let's get started!

– September 27, 2012 11:01 AM
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Regular bad

Hi Tracee, How long do you think it will be before fans are complaining that the regular refs are no better than the replacements were?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Second quarter of tonight's game? No, there will be a grace period, but it won't last long.

– September 27, 2012 11:03 AM
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Playoffs!

Hi, Tracee. I'm hoping that either you or the many participants of this chat might know - when will we receive our Nats postseason tickets? I guess I could ask our ticket rep, but then I thought someone here might know. Thanks! Nats Season Ticket Holder Since the Beginning

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Tracee Hamilton :

I  have no idea but there is always someone on this chat who knows stuff, so I'll throw it out...

– September 27, 2012 11:03 AM
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Recent columns

Trac, I have to commend you for being ahead of the curve and calling out the NFL on the officials' strike eight days before the national nightmare. I also have to agree with you that Teddy cannot ever be allowed to win - well, maybe on Opening Day the season after each Nats' World Series victory, MAYBE - although I disagree that he would necessarily beat George Washington in a footrace. George was unusually tall and strong, and he had a strong lower body, so he would probably have beaten TR from time to time. Lincoln of course was also a famous outdoorsman. Jefferson, though -- that guy never worked a day in his life. Dead last every time, for sure. -- Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

Rico: Thanks for the notice; I also wrote the RGIII getting beaten up last week and now everyone is writing it. I'm a trend setter! :) Your assessment of our presidents and who would win a footrace is great. These are the kinds of things we need to debate!

– September 27, 2012 11:05 AM
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Wizards

Any chance they are going to be worth watching this year?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I sure hope so. I'm going out to training camp next week. I'll have a better feel for them then.

– September 27, 2012 11:06 AM
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Was It REALLY The Refs??!?

Tracee; I blame Goodell for the last three weeks. In fact, I'm beginning to believe he's causing as many problems in the long-term of the NFL as good. He tried to talk everyone into the 18-game schedule. He didn't give full disclosure on Spygate. I don't get how he could focus on the Steelers and Baltimore for illegal hits over the last two-plus seasons; then talk about New Orleans having a three-year bounty program but never having hit any of the Saints' defenders for fines during the period (Though that might be wrong--didn't Hargrove get fined for the NFC Championship Game hit on Favre??!?). Then he brings an affadavit to the meeting with Vilma that Gregg Williams had signed four days before the meeting??!? For all intents and purposes, that was comparable to the USADA showing Lance Armstrong all the affadavits they had from the banned cyclists--especially when Williams is indefinitely banned (By the way--if I'm a coach, Williams is now unhirable. If he's throwing former players under the bus, I would strongly suspect players remember things like that). I'm seeing an inflexibility with Goodell, and a capacity for not being forthcoming that really makes me wonder if he's out of his league in that job...
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Tracee Hamilton :

There certainly isn't a transparency there, and there are whiffs of collusion that disturb me. The "gentleman's agreements" and gag orders bother me, too. I 'm not sure he's out of his league so much as developing a rep as a dictatorial commissioner -- and the owners seem to want that. So I think they'd say he was shaping up nicely.

(Agreed on Williams; I wrote that he should be done as a coach and I haven't changed my mind.)

– September 27, 2012 11:06 AM
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Presidents Race

All this "Let Teddy Win" talk smacks of give everyone a trophy nanny state liberalism!. Are the Braves going to let the Nats win the NL East because they have never won it before?. Noooo! Teddy is obviously the least fit of the racing presidents. When he does get a lead in the race, he loses focus and is easily distracted by offers of free pie. Teddy needs diet, train harder, and maybe get a Ritalin prescription. Then he can earn a Presidents Race win.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm hoping this is tongue in cheek; I got emails this week from people who didn't seem to know that those races are fixed. My guess is that you do know it.

– September 27, 2012 11:09 AM
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DC's only playoff team?

So it occured to me last week that the Nationals may well be the only professional playoff team in DC. I'm assuming the NHL lockout will kill the entire season, but even if it doesn't, it's worth noting that the Caps only made the playoffs by three points last season. United have missed the playoffs four straight seasons. And, of course, the picture is even more grim for the Wizards and DC's football team (whose moniker I refuse to type). I'm not sure there's a question in there, other than what are your thoughts? (Also, I'm hoping we might see some guest appearances over at Nats Journal during the postseason!)

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not sure what my postseason role will be, but I'd love to drop in on Nats Journal, although the crowd is probably much different than it was back in its adolescence.

Yes, it's sort of odd to think that the Nats are the best franchise in town. But they certainly are. Hopefully the Wizards will be improved. I find the football team fun to watch (but easy for me to say as a non-fan worker bee). As a fan I'm sure it's harder. And United's downfall is sad because they need a stadium and this isn't helping.

– September 27, 2012 11:09 AM
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The B1G . . .

Doesn't look very strong this year, Ms. H. My Huskers are still considered a solid contender, even after losing to a not-that-strong UCLA bunch. I still think NU's move from the Big 12 was smart, looking at the continuing changes there (West Virginia - KState is an important conference game????), but I'd rather still have the "old" Big 12 (the Big 8, if truth be known). NU won't ever be visiting that mountain on the plains in Lawrence anymore. Who ever said change is good? AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not me! I, too, miss the Big 8. Alas. The B1G is fertile ground for your Huskers, and they know what to do with fertile ground. Plow!

– September 27, 2012 11:10 AM
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Season Ticket Holder Playoff Tix

I was told that they are being shipped from the printer starting today. You should be receiving an email with a tracking number. They will arrive 2 day air (I think) and will need to be signed for!
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Tracee Hamilton :

What a bunch this is!

– September 27, 2012 11:11 AM
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We have more in common than our love for heavy brew

Your Jayhawks and my Huskies seem to spend every September losing to directional schools...Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, etc. -- and waiting for hoops season. Here we go again. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sadly, yes. I've never been one of those "wait for hoops" fans -- I've followed football as well. But they are making it very hard.

– September 27, 2012 11:12 AM
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Not a football fan

Thank goodness, but if MLB ever pulls a comparable stunt I'll be off baseball forever. Football seasons are only 16 games long, and 3 of them might as well have been decided by flipping a coin. Go Nats!
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Tracee Hamilton :

If the Packers are on the playoff bubble, you can bet this issue will resurface. And that's not the only controversy, just the tipping point. It's ridiculous for them to think it was going to work. And insulting, really, to anyone who watches the game and has even a rudimentary understanding of the rules.

– September 27, 2012 11:12 AM
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Huh?

Refs admittedly blew the last play, costing the Packers a win, but the result stands? Sally got it right -- arrogance beyond belief. It's going to take a long time for the NFL to l ive this one down, as it should.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Again, I agree.

– September 27, 2012 11:14 AM
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Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and Knower of all things GREAT and small. Given your pure Midwestern upbringing , you may not be able to comment , but whose call to Roger Goodell had the most influence on Tuesday morning? A few key owners? The "broadcast partners? The President ? I'm betting it was Las Vegas. If , as reported , the sports books had to return $250 Million , then we know who has the most influence. Thoughts ?

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'd like to think it was the national outrage, that it moved from ESPN to the non-sports networks. But yes, gambling probably did it. I dislike gambling on sports so this pains me but it's probably true.

– September 27, 2012 11:15 AM
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Tyler Clippard

Tracee, I'm a big fan of his, and I'm really worried. He does not show any signs of pulling out of this slump he's in. Last night he did strike out two, but he also gave up another earned run and might have given up a second if not for Jayson Werth's beautiful catch. What's up with him? What does he need? Time off? More time with McCatty? That sports psychologist we had talked about Henry Rodriguez needing? Finding another roommate he's not in such direct competition with?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I am not in Tyler Clippard's head and I don't like to play psychologist (although I do sometimes). Boz would be better to ask. Boz is in everyone's head. Boz is everywhere, all the time. Boz is a force of nature.

– September 27, 2012 11:17 AM
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Nats Tickets

Received mine yesterday after two days of delivery notices. You must sign for them or, if you're like me and say, work, during the day, schlep over to FedEx's distribution center in Alexandria.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I hate the "have to sign for them" thing. What a pain.

– September 27, 2012 11:18 AM
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The Financial Impact of the SEC

Contemporary CU-grad, DC native living in Central Missouri here. Did this happen to you back when we were going to our respective Big 8 schools: anytime during football season when OK and/or NE came to town, it might as well have been a home game for them. It was in Boulder since we never went to the games. The stands were 75% red. It doesn't compare to the SEC as I've now seen in Columbia. Mizzou hasn't even played the powerhouse SEC teams at home and yet, wow, the noticeable impact around town is far beyond what I ever saw in Boulder. Yes, the school bolted to the SEC for the money but I'm amazed at the visible presence in town and it's reverberating economic impact (hotels are now totally booked, restaurants mobbed on game day, etc). Nobody is pining for the MO-KS basketball rivalry and we're not even into basketball yet. Again, it's pretty amazing.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that happened in Lawrence (especially the Nebraska contigent because that wasn't a bad drive). I am NOT surprised that it is happening in  Columbia. Some of those fans may not be able to get tickets to their teams in their home stadiums. I remember the Winnebagos driving by the dorms and blaring their horns -- which played the fight song of their schools. Fun!

– September 27, 2012 11:19 AM
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What are the NHL owners thinking?

I cannot believe the NHL owners are willing to lose this season. Look at where they are: They have just signed what is far-and-away the most lucrative network TV contract ever. They have a real possibility of their dream Stanley Cup finals match up, NYC v. LA. That would almost certainly give them tremendous media coverage, more than any other possible match up. And given how things now stand, a Rangers v. Kings final is as likely as any other. Remember the media boost the NHL got when the Rangers won the Cup in 1994? Mark Messier on MTV. Rangers v. Kings could do for the NHL what Celtics v. Lakers did for the NBA. And yet the owners seem willing to let all this slip away. What are they thinking? What have they been smoking?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I do not understand it. They gave up a season to get the current arrangement and now they seem willing to give up a season to change it. There will not be a national outcry that will lead to a deal. The NHL is not the NFL. It's a real shame. Some players could lose two NHL seasons in their careers to lockouts. Ugh.

– September 27, 2012 11:20 AM
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Gio for Cy Young?

What are the chances Gio gets the Cy Young? Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think his visibility has gone up and I hope that helps. I think it would be great, although I'm not supposed to root for such things. I'd give him an 80% chance. And you know my predictions are gold! Gold, Jerry!

– September 27, 2012 11:20 AM
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7 more games

Tracee, I have a problem. Through the first 120 games of the season, I convinced myself that baseball is different than football and that I do not need to treat each loss as if a piece of my soul had been ripped out (I'm being only slightly melodramatic with that description). Over the last 30 or so games, as the Nats' lead has dipped, my blood pressure has done the opposite. Please, work your magic and say something positive about the Braves. They should respond accordingly and lose each remaining game. --RHG--
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hi, RHG! I predict the Braves will win the World Series. There, that should do it.

– September 27, 2012 11:21 AM
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Replacement refs versus replacement players

A lot of today's fans may be too young (or forgetful) to recall that way back in 1987, the league dealt with a player's strike by bringing in replacements, whose games were called by real refs. Maybe I'm getting forgetful myself, but I don't recall the level of fan outrage being the same--a lot of fans thought it was interesting to see a bunch of plucky guys who never got drafted, along with NFL washouts, compete. In fact, it even inspired a movie with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. I doubt if we'll see Brad Pitt in a film about refs. I do remember this--the Redskins won the Super Bowl that year, largely due to the superior team Joe Gibbs and Bobby Beathard put together, all of whom were gone once the strike was settled.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I just watched part of that movie on cable the other night. I want to say the name of it was "The Replacements" but I may have that wrong. I think there's a difference between seeing less than stellar play and less than stellar officiating. You expect officials to be professional and know what they're doing. And back in 1987, going to a football game wasn't the equivalent of a mortgage payment, so fans weren't paying an exhorbitant amount to watch these games.

– September 27, 2012 11:22 AM
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Teddy can never win

At this point, I don't see how the Nationals can ever let Teddy win. That would be like Lucy letting Charlie Brown kick the football. Or the gods allowing Sisyphus to push the boulder all the way to the top. Rooting for a hopeless underdog is an American tradition; why spoil it?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't, either, but there are people who really feel strongly about this. Which is great.

– September 27, 2012 11:23 AM
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Welcome back NFL Refs

Spent the morning watching ESPN and no one is addressing what teams benefit with the NFL refs coming back and which teams don't. I say RGIII might make a game past the bye week with the real refs but still be on IR by Turkey Day.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not sure if I could pinpoint any particular teams that would benefit but I agree about Griffin. He certainly feels that is possible, that these officials will protect him better than the replacements were able to do. We'll see.

– September 27, 2012 11:23 AM
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The replacement refs deserved it

Sorry, I really don't agree with the first commenter's logic. The refs weren't filling in at the last minute. They're scabs. Nobody forced these people to do this job. If they're not qualified to referee in the NFL then they were perfectly within their rights to decline the offer. But once you agree to take a super, super high-profile job which you're probably not qualified to do, then you've brought whatever criticism you get onto yourself. I mean, I'd love to fly an F-16, but I also don't know how to fly, so I'd never do it even if the Air Force offered me a chance.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The other side heard from. Thanks.

– September 27, 2012 11:24 AM
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Espi K's again

Tracee, Can the Nat's get a special change to the rules? Every time there is a critical at bat, it seems Espinosa is the guy up. We know how they usually end. How about once a game, a team can switch batting orders for two players? At least he didn't totally kill the rally by hitting into a double play.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think we should rewrite the rules for Espinosa, personally, but I'm a little laid back. :)

– September 27, 2012 11:24 AM
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Montgomery Village, MD

Dear goddess............... Teddy solution # 75368. Teddy leads the World Series Victory parade down PA ave.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There's a good one. I also had an email from a fan who suggested they auction off a Teddy win and give the proceeds to charity.

– September 27, 2012 11:27 AM
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So are you following the T20 cricket world championship?

Many of the games come on at 10 a.m. and are only online here in the states, so they're great work timewasters. Apparently they don't have overtime or extra innings, but rather a "super over." Very cool. Now if I can only figure out what a yorker (yorkie?) is, then I might being to have a clue. As it is, this is like watching baseball in a foreign language, which is rather diverting.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I have not watched this. I made an attempt at one point in my life to understand cricket and failed. Doesn't mean I wouldn't enjoy watching it, especially with British announcers. I love Brits announcing anything.

– September 27, 2012 11:27 AM
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A Cynical View....

I guess the Vegas boyos got upset with the "unreliability" of the NFL product..... Money talks, the fans walk......
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Tracee Hamilton :

Cynical, yes, but also quite possibly true.

– September 27, 2012 11:28 AM
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Nats Haiku

Magic number four

Nats pull rabbit out of hat

Skins RGIII, who? ~HaikuMan

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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha!

– September 27, 2012 11:29 AM
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Section 129

Tracee, What a great baseball week for me so far. I went to Monday's game, where the weather couldn't have been any better and the Nats won, Boz answered not one but TWO of my questions, John Lannan seems to have exorcized his Citizens Bank Park demons and the Nats are within striking distance of the NL East crown. The only bad news is Bo Porter's leaving, but I'm thrilled for him and so glad his interview in Houston wasn't just a check-the-block minority interview. Sorry to see him go but can't blame a guy for striking while the iron's hot. Who do you see replacing Davey and how many more seasons do you seem him managing?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Replacement for Davey? Impossible to say. I think a lot depends on how far they go this year, as far as how long he'll keep managing. I think he really enjoys this team and has sort of found his second managing wind, so I don't think he's out the door right away.

– September 27, 2012 11:29 AM
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Who to blame

Hi Tracee, Everyone is making Roger Goodell the fall guy in this, but isn't he just the lackey for the greedy owners who seem to have not taken any blame for this fiasco?
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Tracee Hamilton :

He certainly is hired and paid by the owners, and yes, he is their lackey, although I sense sometimes he's the monster they've created (and possibly deserve).

– September 27, 2012 11:31 AM
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NFL Ref - full-time job?

When I was a teen, my friend's dad was an official. He held down a regular job and was a ref on the side. This was different than baseball umps, who worked full-time in that position, as I understood. Have things changed- are the ref jobs now full-time?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not for most, but the NFL will make some of them fulltime now. Most are still part-time and some have to work other jobs. Baseball, of course, is a much longer season, so it would be a lot harder to find a temp job for three months that paid anything. Plus, although they stand around a lot, that's a long season.

– September 27, 2012 11:32 AM
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If you really believe that about the officiating

Sort of like having the wedding and picking somebody out of the pews to officiate. They pastor can say, with power vested in me and mean what he or she says. In any case, professional training and experience create security.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yup.

– September 27, 2012 11:33 AM
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Bully!!!

Teddy is obviously the least fit of the racing presidents? Just wait till there's a William Howard Taft racing President. Then maybe Teddy can win.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Like I said, I think the poster was being very tongue in cheek.

– September 27, 2012 11:34 AM
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Teddy Winning

I think it's a fait accompli at this point -- the Nats are marketing the final series against the Phils as all about Teddy -- including $2 and $6 ticket prices for our 26th president. He'll be winning then, I think. My idea for how: Strasburg comes out of the dugout and beans the other three presidents, making sure he contributes somehow in the final weeks of the season.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That would be pretty awesome and the crowd would love it. I'm not sure Strasburg would. But maybe.

– September 27, 2012 11:35 AM
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Replacement Refs

The key was when the Division I CFB refs refused to work as the NFL replacements. It gave the regulars tremendous leverage because they knew Billy-Bob and Cletus were going to screw up big soon. I don't totally blame the NFL for this, the refs got a pretty sweet deal.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The money, for those replacement guys, would be hard to turn down. The lower divisions don't pay very much.

– September 27, 2012 11:36 AM
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Upon further review

When the game is over it has to be over. No way should a result ever be changed the next day because of an officials error. Also need to get rid of the ridiculous farce of college teams forfeiting wins from years ago due to recruiting violations, etc.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I agree with that. They blew the call but you can't change the result that was called on the field.

– September 27, 2012 11:37 AM
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Excellent Service!

With the NFL referee kerfuffal resolved, I went to the shopping mall this morning for a new pair of sneakers. All Foot Locker personnel have returned to their respective stores. I was waited on quickly, the replacement refs were very courteous, and I left with a brand new pair of sneakers--an excellent shopping experience. Thank you replacement refs!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, that's a good one.

– September 27, 2012 11:38 AM
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Nats/Phillies "Rivalry"

So, does this mean you won't be on the radio up here pleading with us to fill your seats next spring, then deciding two years later our money's not good enough for you? ;-) Good luck if you get to the World Series and play the Yankees. Until then, go Reds! Just because the Gnats have gotten so annoying after ONE (still-unfinished) SEASON of success.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Very funny. (I'm not being sarcastic.) But you can't blame people for being excited. You used to have two teams in Philly and now you still have one. There hadn't been a team here in years and years ... and none in the playoffs since the 1930s. I think that calls for some excitement. Sure, it's one season. For every team ever "born," there had to be a first. I don't think you should have to win 20 division titles before you're allowed to be excited. Or giddy, in the case of some.

– September 27, 2012 11:39 AM
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playoff tickets

Ms. Hamilton - I have a request. My husband just spent a fairly absurd amount of money to purchase tickets for NLDS Game 1 in San Francisco (we live here in Washington, but I am from the Bay Area.) This means roughly that the Nats need to clinch the division as soon as possible but then lose a few so that the Giants are playing the Nats and not the Reds in the NLDS. Can you send word to Davey Johnson? Thanks!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sure, no problem.

– September 27, 2012 11:41 AM
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Uncle Bryce

Congratultions to Bryce Harper on the birth of his nephew Colton, son of his sister Brittany. It seems that being an uncle agrees with him. Best wishes to Mom, Dad, Colton, and the proud grandparents & uncles
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Tracee Hamilton :

Um, okay.

– September 27, 2012 11:42 AM
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nhl strike

The NHLPA has long been the punching bag of sports unions, which is saying something. So the Governors have good reason to believe they'll win. But the NHLPA wised up and hired Don Fehr. I suspect that the outcome may be different this time. The Governors will be shocked when the players stay out. Of course, we have to live without hockey, so we lose too.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, the hiring of Don Fehr was pretty smart. Caps fans will miss hockey right away; the more casual fan will start missing it in January. Right now, there's a lot of football to placate the masses. And this is an opportunity for the Wizards to gain some ground locally.

– September 27, 2012 11:43 AM
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Bourbonrich

Now that Kansas and the Illini football programs have thrown up on themselves and the Terps do not give me any confidence, I am dreading the rest of fall. Very tired of the attitudes of the SEC fandom and even with the regular Refs, I am having trouble getting into the NFL. Other than all the great Oktoberfest beers that are out, do you have any suggestions to get me through till college hoops is the primary TV option? Hope you are feeling better and have been sampling some of these wonderful Marzen style beers.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Can't drink beer anymore; long story. So I've been enjoying nothing whatsoever. As far as TV, there are some good shows out there. "Homeland" starts this weekend -- that's about as good a show as I've seen on cable. "Boardwalk Empire" has been violent but good as always. I like "Treme" although I'm never sure where it's going. Lot of new TV on the networks -- you can find something you like!

– September 27, 2012 11:43 AM
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Replacement refs

Tracee, I get a little cranky when I see the replacement refs being referred to as "scabs," as this was technically a lockout situation. The refs didn't go on strike, so there was no picket line to cross. In other news, one positive about being unemployed is that I can watch the Royals-Tigers game live this afternoon on TV, and hope Miggy goes 3-4 with a couple of home runs. I really want to see a collective meltdown of sabermetric pundits when Miggy wins the AL MVP over Trout.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I just want to see him win it. And I agree about the word "scab" but the poster wrote it and I don't censor, just clean up the typing when I can!

– September 27, 2012 11:44 AM
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BO Knows Managing

Hi Tracee! Although I'm sad to see him leave the NATS, Congrats to Bo Porter! BTW, he won't be leaving until next year, will he? What's the procedure? I mean the interim manager might as well finish the year. It's only a week away!
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, he won't go yet. Can't leave a playoff team high and dry.

– September 27, 2012 11:45 AM
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What makes a Chat Host Regular?

I love your chats but usually just read the transcript at a later time because I have a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old and they don't seem to want to take a nap at 11 am (10 am my time) on Thursdays. Go figure. Here's my problem--it's hard to find the transcripts a few days later! If I click on the Live Online Today link on the main discussion page, I can get to a link that says Looking for Our Regular Chats?. But apparently you're not considered a regular chat because you're nowhere to be found on that list. Can you please be included there? Pretty please? With a Rock Chalk Jayhawk on top?
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Tracee Hamilton :

If I can figure out who to ask, I'll ask. I can't imagine why I'm not regular. Uh, don't answer that question; that didn't come out right. But yes, I'm a regular chatter.

– September 27, 2012 11:46 AM
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What's next for the Mystics?

With Trudi Lacey gone, what's next for the Mystics? It was not clear from the message I received about this (I am a non-renewing STH), whether or not Sheila Johnson plans to hire another combo pack of GM/coach. Hard to see the franchise recovering, it fell so hard so fast. Your thoughts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sure they were doing the combo for the financial savings. I don't see a bright future for the WNBA -- it seems to have topped out.

– September 27, 2012 11:48 AM
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Randy Edsall

I saw my first Terps game in College Park when Roman Gabriel was a sophomore (Terps won 33-28) and i've been through alot, both good and bad, in the intervening 53 years. But nothing even comes close to Coach Edsall's on- and off-field performance last season. I did not renew my season tickets and cut my annual donation to the athletic program by 90%. Some of my friends and colleagues are now cautiously getting back into the pool, but so far I'm holding out. Am I overreacting? At some level it kills me not to be a part of Terps football, but this guy is such a jerk, I just can't stand it.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Then stay away. Or follow from a distance. I know exactly the feeling you have. Don't torture yourself. If you don't like a coach or the direction of a program, you have only to wait awhile and it will change. In most cases.

– September 27, 2012 11:50 AM
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President's race?

You're teling me that the President's races are fixed!!!??? The next thing you'll try to convince me of is that professional wrestling is fixed - No way! WHAHOO! Nature Boy lives forever!
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, professional wrestling isn't fixed. Is it? Oh my.

– September 27, 2012 11:51 AM
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the sports books had to return $250 Million

No they didn't, why would they? One small book refunded some but that was done for the publicity.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Of course, why not? Dear God, I hate gambling.

– September 27, 2012 11:51 AM
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Thank God for TiVo

I did take 1/2 hour away from the game to watch Modern Family last night, but I'm mostly catching up the next day. So far the only new shows that have caught my interest are Revolution & 666 Park Avenue. Mrs. Nick Swisher is on Animal Hospital,but I have no desire to watch it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think Mrs. Nick Swisher is a show killer, but I'll watch for the monkey until it's canceled. I was surprised to be intrigued by Revolution. And I'm surprised at the reviews of "Last Resort." I am recording it and will give it a look based on that, not on the previews.

I was disappointed in the first Mindy Kaling show but will give it another chance. First eps are hard.

– September 27, 2012 11:52 AM
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We booed

Mentioning that 1987 strike brings back memories. I was at the Meadowlands MNF game right before the strike. The teams both came out to the middle of the field right before kickoff to shake hands in a show of players' union solidarity. We booed. How dare they?!? I agree that people's sympathies have changed. Fans are alot more anti-owner than they were in the 80s or early 90s. Sure the players are even more rich now, but the owners are fabulously wealthy. And the owners are the ones who move your favorite franchise to a new city and lock out players to wreck an entire season.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, it wasn't that long ago but the landscape of sports has really changed.

– September 27, 2012 11:52 AM
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Realignment

Tracee, Any idea why MLB is moving Houston to the AL instead of just returning Milwaukee, where the team has AL tradition?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Because  Bud doesn't want to move? I don't know, but I like to blame Bud for things.

– September 27, 2012 11:53 AM
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Most are still part-time and some have to work other jobs

The average pay is $149k with $18k into a pension fund. You have an odd definition of "have to".
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Tracee Hamilton :

The average pay. Guys in their first few seasons make less. Not everyone has to, but some do. And some just want to. Some don't want to sit around for six months.

– September 27, 2012 11:53 AM
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Sec 114, Row E

A negative comment from a Phillie? Who knew that they could operate a computer! Maybe he had someone at the library type that in for him... And no, we don't want your money, don't ever step foot in our Park and you'd make many of us infinitely happy. I'd rather that the Nats relocate to Portland then take money from Philly fans.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Now, now, let's keep it civil. The Nats DID beg those fans to come here and spend their money. That's on the Nats, not the Phillies fans who took advantage of it. But trying to tell Nats fans they don't have a right to be excited -- that's just silly.

– September 27, 2012 11:54 AM
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Kyle's temper tantrum

Great article on Kyle Shanahan not answering questions about his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Sunday. After the game I was livid that the media appeared to be giving Kyle a free pass after skewering Josh Morgan the week before. Kyle still has basically hid behind the ref mess and refused to answer questions about the penalty. I know the penalty was five yards too long, but that wouldn't have made a difference. Kyle got his way and the run-off and still threw a temper tantrum. I don't get it. Thanks for your article and I am glad the NFL fined him. Does his Dad pay that for him?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Kyle should talk about it today; this is his media day. We'll see. It wouldn't have been such a big deal if the Skins had made him available. Who will pay the freight, I do not know. Maybe the club will pay it.

– September 27, 2012 11:54 AM
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DC Playoff teams

I know everybody always does, but don't forget DC United.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I mentioned DC United. I didn't forget them.

– September 27, 2012 11:55 AM
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"Jefferson, though -- that guy never worked a day in his life."

Ummm.... I respectfully disagree with that assessment.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think the poster -- Rico? -- was joking. Everyone back then worked outdoors and walked and rode, even people with money. We've got to allow for some fun somewhere. People are so quick to jump on EVERYTHING.

– September 27, 2012 11:56 AM
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re: "what teams benefit with the NFL refs coming back"

Without having any actual information, I'm going with Pats, Steelers, Giants, and Packers. The problems those teams have had so far is that the replacement refs didn't have their star system preferences lined up properly. Imagine what the NBA would look like if Michael Jordan hadn't been allowed to push off, or if Lebron could only take two steps....
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Tracee Hamilton :

Or the Shaq Butt Block.

– September 27, 2012 11:56 AM
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Presidential (Foot) Races

While Washington indeed was a gifted athletic specimen (contemporary sources always point out his physical attributes), Teddy would've outlasted him on a long-distance run; perserverance was one of TR's best traits, and he would've found a way to win in the long run (pun definitely intended). Rico's right about Jefferson BTW.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Boy, I never knew our chat would be so divided over Jefferson's street cred!

– September 27, 2012 11:58 AM
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Teddy winning ...

Do people realize that Charles Schultz eventually had Charlie Brown kick the ball? He also hit a homer to win a game, too.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Also, we have posters who know their "Peanuts."

– September 27, 2012 11:58 AM
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Replacement referees prediction

The whole fiasco has got to turn into a script for an Adam Sandler movie. Adam plays a disgraced former college ref who has to resort to reffing in the Lingerie Football League (cue the cameo by Kate Upton). He gets the call from the NFL thanks to a buddy in the Commissioner's office (Rex Ryan plays the buddy, I'm thinking Bob Barker plays the Commish). Soon, he's the head of a crew of incompetents played by the usual cast of characters that show up in Adam Sandler movies (Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider). Hilarity ensues (actually, hilarity NEVER ensues in an Adam Sandler movie, but maybe that's just me). Throw in some cameos by NFL players (Tim Tebow meets Kate Upton!) and you've got box office gold. I can't believe I'm giving away this idea.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Gold, Jerry. Gold!

– September 27, 2012 11:58 AM
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The Replacements

Tracee: Indeed, that was the name of the film. And the football action was shot at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. I know, because I was an extra dressed as a sideline photographer. It was a long day for little money, but it was cool to be down on the field.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That would be cool. Gotta love Gene Hackman.

– September 27, 2012 11:58 AM
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Tracee Hamilton :

That does sound pretty cool. Gotta love Gene Hackman!

– September 27, 2012 11:58 AM
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Tracee's postseason

"I'm not sure what my postseason role will be, but I'd love to drop in on Nats Journal, although the crowd is probably much different than it was back in its adolescence." I would imagine that it is different, but I don't read comments over there these days so I can only imagine. Ah, those were the days. Here's an idea, how about live Nats chats with you, the former Blogfather (AKA Barry), and, oh, yeah, what's that other guy's name, Kilgore, I think? That would be cool, imho . :-) natsfan1a
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Tracee Hamilton :

Trying to nail down the two of them would task all my powers. But perhaps...

– September 27, 2012 11:59 AM
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re: "Very tired of the attitudes of the SEC fandom"

Man, BourbonRich -- just be glad you don't live down here in the armpit of the SEC. Maybe you can pick a PAC-12 team and do what I do: DVR the late game on whichever network has Oregon or Utah or Stanford, then watch it with Sunday brunch after coming home from the beach. You don't waste your Saturday or your Sunday, and you get one really entertaining game. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Our posters -- helping each other through the dark days...

– September 27, 2012 11:59 AM
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ND and Michigan taking a break

The ways of football conferences are a mystery to me, I admit. ND is "taking a break" from Michigan for a few years - to meet some conference requirements, I understand. This stinks. My hubby and I are on opposite sides and that one and I always enjoyed that rivalry. (Especially this year - go Irish).
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Tracee Hamilton :

This really bugs me. That's a game I always enjoyed, despite not having a real rooting interest in either. I don't think I'm the only one.

– September 27, 2012 12:00 PM
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Playoffs??? Don't talk about playoffs!

Sorry, but all this playoffs talk for the Nats, I had to give a shout-out to Jim Mora.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Still one of the great all-purpose rants. I mean you can use it for any sport. Like Iverson's "practice" rant.

– September 27, 2012 12:00 PM
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Re: Kyle

If I recall, Mike Shanahan said "I'm not hiding Kyle, he doesn't talk til Thursday." So, now it's Thursday ... will he get grilled?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I assume so.

– September 27, 2012 12:01 PM
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Sec 114, Row E

Milwaukee isn't moving back to the AL for one reason. Bud was able to make it a condition of the sale when the Astros were recently sold. Just like when he jammed MASN down the Lerner's throats. "You want the Nats, fine, you don't get their TV rights." By the by, Bud hasn't owned the Brewers for a looonnnngggg time.
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Tracee Hamilton :

True, but his ties there are strong. Very strong.

– September 27, 2012 12:01 PM
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Re: Uncle Bryce

The MASN announcers were calling him that all night.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not sure why it's such a big deal for anyone but Bryce, but whatever.

And now I must close. Thanks, everyone, for joining in. Let's chat next week, when the baseball season will be over -- and yet the Nats will still be playing. As Falco from "The Replacements" would say, "Whoa."

– September 27, 2012 12:02 PM
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