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October 11, 2012

11:03
A.M.

Tracee Hamilton discusses local and national sports -- and whatever else you want to talk about.

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Tracee Hamilton

Tracee Hamilton has worked at the Post since 1993, toiling in office obscurity as an editor before someone said, "Hey, you've got a lot of opinions and can write a little. Why don't you become a columnist?"

Her interests range from genealogy to Nordic combined to Kansas basketball. If ever there were a Jayhawk who once flew off a ski jump, she'd know where he was buried.

Her list of pet peeves is considerably longer, but includes Missouri basketball and poor Metro etiquette. She welcomes dissenting opinions -- in the way Great Whites welcome open-water swimmers.

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Q.

Big Time No Shows

It is hard as a fan of all these Washington teams to feel good about them. Even though I am going to the game this afternoon, I can't help but feel I am just going to watch another drubbing of the home team. Is my attitude the reason why DC teams fail so spectacularly on the big stage? Or can I blame the teams themselves?
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Tracee Hamilton :

You can blame the teams for losing; teams don't lose because fans are pessimistic. But you can blame yourself if you let your pessimism ruin what has been a great season. Don't do it! Don't walk toward the light!

And good morning, all. Hope you are all well. Let's get started.

– October 11, 2012 11:03 AM
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RGIII not going out of bounds

Does RGIII think he helps his team from a hospital room? Either he is stubborn or stupid when he thinks that one extra yard is worth a concussion. And those are only the football considerations. Ask Jim McMahon about the long term considerations.
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Tracee Hamilton :

He's a rookie who's trying to do what he can to win. That said, of course it was a mistake. Already wrote that. If he didn't learn a lesson from that, he's in trouble. But that's the thing: He's a smart, smart kid. I don't think he'll do it again.

– October 11, 2012 11:06 AM
Q.

Yikes!

Tracee, after the chat is over, can you run over to Boz's house and hide all the sharp knives? Thanks. And if he lives on a high floor, install some window locks too.
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Tracee Hamilton :

They open the press box windows once the game starts. Hopefully Kilgore will keep an eye on him.

– October 11, 2012 11:06 AM
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Orioles or Nationals: which is the Nation's team?

It is obvious that the nation cares more about the Orioles than the Nationals. Every Orioles playoff game is shown in primetime while the Nationals get relegated to the MLB network for a weekday 1pm game. So the Orioles are much more of the Nation's team than the Nationals. Q.E.D. (Or am I not taking into account some unknown variable?)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Um.... this is where we need a sarcasm font. I certainly hope this is sarcastic.

– October 11, 2012 11:07 AM
Q.

Tracee Hamilton :

You almost got me to answer a political question. Almost!

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Lance

So, a dozen riders' testimony, blood tests indicating blood packing, and $1 million in payments to a notorious doping doctor...is that enough evidence for you? I'm waiting to see how Jenkins explains it all away in her next column.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sure, he's guilty. I don't believe I ever said he was innocent. I questioned USADA's witchhunt mentality, and I stand by that. USADA'S had a, ah, real urge to get him for a long time. Very vendetta like. One assumes there is no other doping going on anywhere in sports. But it finally got Armstrong, and yes, the evidence is substantial.

– October 11, 2012 11:09 AM
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Eighth straight loss at Fedex Field

Tracee, I've been a Redskins's season ticket holder since 2005. In that span I think they've lost more games at Fedex Field than they've won. But at least one thing brought a smile to my face last Sunday. It was Santana Moss's 77 yard touchdown reception. I'm a big fan of that little guy - easily my favorite Redskin. I've never heard the media or the fans say a bad word about him in his entire career. He also had a key reception in the game-winning field goal drive against Tampa. It turned out that Cundiff needed every yard. I'm glad that he's still in the Redskins' plans in 2012. I fear he'll be a salary cap casualty in 2013, but I hope I'm wrong. Meanwhile, let's hope he has a great year.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You know, I agree. I've never thought Santana was a No. 1 receiver, but that said, he's a standup guy who has taken his changing role with the team with maturity.

– October 11, 2012 11:10 AM
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Test Question

Test Question
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Tracee Hamilton :

Test answer.

– October 11, 2012 11:11 AM
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Sorry, Sally

I was willing to give Lance Armstrong the benefit ofte doubt until this latest release from the USADA. If he continues to protest his innocence, he's coming pretty close to Jerry Sandusky territory IMO.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, dear. Now I have a problem. I am hoping you are comparing their ability to deny all in the face of evidence, not that you are comparing child rape to doping. I'm going to assume that's what you're doing, the first thing. Because the second thing -- no comparison.

– October 11, 2012 11:12 AM
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Cheese slicer - Section 405

We talk about stuff other than sports here, and with the Nats at the crack of doom, maybe talking about something ele is a Good Thing. 

I recently purchased a Norwegian cheese slicer from Calvert-Woodley. This is the one that looks like a spatula with a blade embedded. (It was actually depicted on a Norwegian postage stamp, part of a series honoring Norwegian inventions). 

I'd like to report that this is a spectacularly good thing. I have been trying to deal with a block of Tillamook Cheddar using either knives or the kind of cheese slicer that has a wire under tension, and it just wasn't working out well. Once I got the new slicer (which acts kind of like a plane), I was easily able to plane off slices in seconds for my sandwiches.

It cost about $8 at Calvert-Woodley. Highly recommended.

Hey, I'm the guy that brought up lunch meats here....

 Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Time for a chat sorbet -- a cheese flavored one. I post this at the risk of becoming Cheese Girl.

– October 11, 2012 11:12 AM
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A different Sec. 416

My seats are also in Sec. 416, but I'm not the usual poster...but I'm so disheartened after the Nats game yesterday I need this group therapy. The pitching--are the guys fatigued? I was wondering this through the last few weeks of the regular season, too. Gio, JZim and Detweiler are still fairly young; does it take a few years of 161+ games to be able to stay strong, or is this just a terribly-timed slump? And I'm more concerned about the hitting. To me it looks like everybody is trying to blast home runs when they need base hits. And I love Michael Morse, but I'm afraid he is in trying-to-play-through-injury mode, not Beast Mode. He just doesn't look like himself. Was that hamstring pull last week more significant that they admit? Thanks for letting me vent. I'm the only baseball fan in my office, so without you I'd be babbling to myself.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think they're tight. Being in the playoffs is a big deal and I think they realize that. Also, this team has gone through stretches -- not long ones, but stretches -- where they can't hit. This was a worry -- would one of those stretches happen now? Because all it takes is a handful of games. The Cardinals, they don't have that trouble. But it is NOT OVER. Chin up.

– October 11, 2012 11:14 AM
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Yankees

Their average salary is $6.1 million! They have the # 1 payroll in MLB and the A's are # 29. If they wind up playing each other, you know darn well who I'll be rooting for, and it won't be the DY's.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think you'll be alone.

– October 11, 2012 11:15 AM
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Dissension

Of course I hope the Nats win it, but especially because if they don't the "we should never have benched Strasburg" debate will continue all winter. This is not a good thing for the team.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that will be one of many topics of debate if they are eliminated. This will really be a baseball town -- picking apart the pieces and assigning blame. That's what happens to teams with the Nats' record who can't win one round of playoffs. The format, the game times and shadows ... not to mention each move and each player. That will get Nats folks through a long winter (but not as long as usual).

– October 11, 2012 11:16 AM
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Section 129

Ay, caramba! You just knew that at the first sign of trouble The Shutdown would come up. "If we had Stras, we'd be up 2-0," an unnamed player supposedly told Ken Rosenthal. Sorry, but Stras looked horrible two of his last three starts - combine that with playoff pressure and I hardly think it's a given they'd have won. The problem is that the Nats have been leaving men on base like it's their job. Regardles, the atmosphere was incredible yesterday at the park - I'm hoping it's the same today, and if we can get a win I like our chances tomorrow with Gio back on the hill.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yup, it's human nature. I, too, would like to see Gio get another shot. I can't believe he'd have back to back starts like Game 1.

– October 11, 2012 11:17 AM
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Cardinal Bank ads

Tracee, Can we get someone to take down (or at least cover) the Cardinal Bank advertisements that are plastered all over Navy Yard station? This is clearly bringing bad vibes for the team!!
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Tracee Hamilton :

You aren't the only one to mention those. Bad timing. I'm guessing they are losing potential customers with that campaign. Of course, it's not their fault they didn't know who the Nats would be playing. You can thank MLB for that!

– October 11, 2012 11:18 AM
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Sec 114, Row R

I was there yesterday, the stadium was electric, the fans were primed and ready. But...Why was I charged playoff ticket prices to the see the AUgust 2009 version of the Nationals? What a poor showing bythe team. No life, no energy, no heart.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That I can't explain.

– October 11, 2012 11:19 AM
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What else - the Nats!

Not since the 1985 World Series have I been so engrossed in the post season. I'd forgotten what it's like - baseball is generally a casual thing to watch, but games that matter can be intense from start to finish. I beg the baseball gods to let it continue - please!! -K-Stater P.S. Did you notice I didn't mention ... well, you know. You're welcome!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Glad you're enjoying it. I enjoyed both '84 and '85 and I think that was the last time. As for the other thing, you can mention it. It's not like I was in any way surprised.

– October 11, 2012 11:21 AM
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Danny The K

Tracee, Almost 200Ks in the regular season with only 16 homers. Why does Davey continue to think Danny will break out sometime soon? Is not a whole season enough of a sample size? The guy has more holes in his left hand swing than any major leaguer. He needs to be platooned at best, and only start against left handers. When opposing pitchers get to the bottom of our order, they must salivate knowing they have 2 easy outs coming up.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know if they'll give up on  Espinosa or not. They certainly have given him a lot of time. (And here is the beginning of the finger-pointing at players. Not criticizing, because it's natural. You are following the laws of baseball.)

– October 11, 2012 11:23 AM
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Werth-less?

What on earth is up with Jayson Werth? Not only is he not performing, but he's actually beginning to actively hurt the team's chances. Stranded loaded bases TWICE in one game, and a whole heck of a lot more since? Desmond, Zim and Laroche are doing all they can, but nothing's going to shake out if Werth's only contribution is his ability to field a conventional pop fly. (Harper's struggling too, but I suppose that bothers me less because he's got strep and isn't such a d-bag.)

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Tracee Hamilton :

Another take on the topic...

– October 11, 2012 11:24 AM
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The Nats

The atmosphere at Nationals Park yesterday was great. It is too bad they had to play... I feel the curse of the Caps hovering over the stadium.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Let's hope it hasn't come to that!

– October 11, 2012 11:26 AM
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I was at the Skins game last weekend

I have to get this off my chest. Adults playing cornhole is just goofy. It's a kids game! Can't you toss a football around? Whatever replaces cornhole is going to make some money.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sadly, I had to look this up to ensure that cornhole was an actual game. It sounds stupid but I can't say I've seen it so I will not judge. I assume this is happening in the parking lots? I'm just surprised everyone isn't on their PDA, watching stuff and updating their Facebook status.

– October 11, 2012 11:28 AM
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Offensive offensive lines

Offensive lines stink across the NFL. It would be a more interesting game if they got rid of them and counted five Mississippi.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's an idea and it would finally put the Skins on a level playing field with everyone else.

– October 11, 2012 11:28 AM
Q.

Sigh

Nats and O's are really up against it, though the O's have been much more competitive. I think the NLDS would be over if LaRussa still managed the Cards, as Davey easily outmanaged Matheny in game 1. I just hope Jim Johnson has a true closer's mentality and will be able to put his miserable postseason outings behind him without doing too much more damage.

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Tracee Hamilton :

This is a key -- that closer's mentality can be especially shaken in the playoffs. I remember Mitch Williams in 1993, I think it was.

– October 11, 2012 11:29 AM
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You take your chances

I hope that everyone going nuts about the Nationals play so far through THREE games of the playoffs don't get all angry and pessimistic about it. The worst team in baseball can win any 3 of 5 set of games. Sometimes you just hit a cold streak at the wrong time or you get in a matchup that is not good for you. I think both of those are at work here SO FAR. But if in the playoffs things can turn on a dime, just look at the Giants and A's right now. Watch the game, root hard, and roll with the punches. It is excruciating but there is nothing like it. -Handle Pending
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hello, HP, and well put!

– October 11, 2012 11:31 AM
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Faith. I have faith.

I have faith, but it's very difficult. Please Nats, please win today. Yesterday's game was painful, and was made much worse by a child behind who would not shut up, and spent the whole time being really negative. And mom ignored it. I hope he's not there today. It was really tempting to throw them both at Joe West. So Tracee, how do you like our chances for tonight?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I have a good feeling about Detwiler. They've got to hit the ball, however. (It's a simple game. You throw the ball. You catch the ball. You hit the ball. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains.)

Ed. note: I may not have that quote 100% but you know the gist.

– October 11, 2012 11:32 AM
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Just in case it was not sarcasm...

Like you, I hope the "Nation's Team" poster was being sarcastic, but at the risk of stating the entirely obvious, the unknown variable would be called the #1 media market in America, aka, the Yankees.
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Tracee Hamilton :

So obvious I didn't want to say it. But I'll let you do it!

– October 11, 2012 11:32 AM
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nats' slump

See, they shouldn't have let Teddy win. That's what you get for messing with tradition.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, yes, I forgot to add that to the list. Sorry I'll be gone; this would be a great column.

– October 11, 2012 11:33 AM
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Mongo only pawn in game of life

A pause in honor of Alex Karras, who was a terrific lineman in the 1960s and a solid actor in the 1970s and 1980s. I never watched "Webster" but of course will remember him in M*A*S*H, Blazing Saddles, Victor/Victoria, etc. Did you run into him when you were in Detroit?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I never did! But yes, a chat moment of silence.

– October 11, 2012 11:33 AM
Q.

Buck up!

Wow, I hope that first commenter isn't representative of all Nats fans. Your team has a great year, does way better than expetced, and now falls behind in a short series to the defending world champs, and you want to throw in the towel?
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Tracee Hamilton :

For many Nats fans, it's their first taste of postseason play. They aren't used to winning OR losing. So I cut them a break.

– October 11, 2012 11:35 AM
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re: Armstrong

Okay, I'm not defending him and I believe he doped and violated the rules. But just for conversation: if "everybody does it," isn't the playing field leveled anyway? TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is why I don't think his reputation takes a big hit. He beat his fellow dopers by doping, but he was also recovering from cancer. That's a really bad attitude to have, but also somewhat true.

– October 11, 2012 11:36 AM
Q.

Day of infamy

Hi, Trac! I was wondering whether it would be worse to lose the way the Nats did, or to lose the way the O's did. I think the Nats was worse, because you have to sit there for hours, behind the whole time. I've always liked Raul Ibanez, so I'm happy for him, though I'd be even happier if he'd been hitting for anyone but the Yankees. (Even the Cardinals.) -- Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

That was an amazing finish. For a fan, though, I'm not sure. Maybe it's like pulling off a Band-aid, Rico -- quick is better than slooooooow.

– October 11, 2012 11:37 AM
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Orioles get prime time games

Maybe I missed the sarcasm, but MLB isn't showing the Orioles games in prime time, they're showing the Yankee games in prime time!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Like I said, I am sure that poster was being sarcastic. Because I don't think anyone honestly believes MLB is picking the O's over the Nats.

– October 11, 2012 11:39 AM
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Lance Armstrong

ciao Tracissima, Did you look at the USADA report? I read through most of the first 100 pages or so. What I found interesting is the amount of drug use that is alleged in the report. If everything in the report is true - and I am not taking a side in the true or falseness, but if it is true, there was an amazing amount of doping and blood infusions going on. So what was interesting, is if there was that much going on, what were the testers doing? How could they possibly miss guys hanging out with testosterone patches and... that is what I found interesting about the report. The report is equally damning to the whole testing system. Evidently Cheech and Chong could have competed in the Tour de France and not failed the drug tests. -wheaton
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Tracee Hamilton :

The dopers are always ahead of the testers. Maybe it's because rich athletes can afford better doctors and scientists than testing agencies, I don't know. I haven't read the whole thing, but a lot of what I did read has been out before; as a summation of the body of evidence all in one place it was impressive though.

– October 11, 2012 11:40 AM
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Just a thought for next season

(The "next season" is a reverse jinx, kinda like a rally cap) Can the Nats vending folks bring in local beer to the stadium? Yes, there's Flying Dog in a bottle (I'll refrain from naming the beer since WaPo is a family establishment), but how about some D.C. Brau, Chocolate City and 3 Stars on tap?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Local brews should be a must. Signed, TOBCOTWP.

– October 11, 2012 11:40 AM
Q.

New Eddie Murphy poem: K-H-L the N-H-L

Okay, so that's a semi-obscure reference. But do the owners recognize that if the KHL keeps the best European players and picks up a fat TV contract from someone in the U.S. (and not the piddly thing they quickly did with ESPN), it's very possible that even U.S. and Canadian players will cross the Atlantic as well? This lockout probably won't do in the league, but if the KHL keeps coming on the next one might.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ok, the Eddie Murphy thing made me laugh. I agree that the NHL is not bargaining from a position of strength. And given the plethora of television opportunities available -- why not? Hockey fans here would not like to lose their teams -- but the real hockey fans would watch these games vs. watching no games, that's for sure.

– October 11, 2012 11:42 AM
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Slicing facilitation

I agree that the spatula-like slicer is the best, but Section 405 may also be storing the Tillamook at too low a temperature. That also has an effect on sliceability. Unless you are using a really hard cheese like a Parmesan, cheese that is kept too cold will crumble under any slicer. Even a sharp Tillamook can't stand up to a really cold fridge.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, cheese advice. It's official, this is TOCCOTWP.

– October 11, 2012 11:43 AM
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Armstrong & Penn State

No, there's no comparing Armstrong and Sandusky, but I think invoking Paterno here is worthy. Both did a lot for the sport, and both made some horrible, unethical decisions. Completely different scenarios, but both should be looked down upon.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Much more palatable comparison, thanks.

– October 11, 2012 11:45 AM
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no-shows

Eh, whatever. I'm going to be there again today to support my team. Speaking of no-shows, how about those fans who were streaming for the exits around about the 7th or so? The little boy behind me started repeating, "Mom, all the Nats fans are leaving. Mom, all the Nats fans are leaving." Then it was "Mom, even that baby is leaving." (ed. note: The baby was not leaving under his own power, but rather on his dad's shoulder.). Rather embarrassing to see that exodus, particularly with a national telecast. I was in the upper deck (403), and noticed that the Infield Gallery remained full throughout the game. I salute you. :-) natsfan1a
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yeah, you don't want to see that. Especially if that is your only ticket for the playoffs. Soak it all in, even the losing. Remember what you sat through to get to this point (unless, of course, you didn't go till this year, and I know you did!).

– October 11, 2012 11:46 AM
Q.

For good luck, drink a Kronenbourg beer today

It comes from Strasbourg.
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Tracee Hamilton :

So happy to see the return of the beverages!

– October 11, 2012 11:48 AM
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NHL lockout

Do you think there'll be any 2012-13 NHL season at all?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think it's dead yet. I am puzzled by the lack of urgency on the part of the league. The NFL can be lackadaisical (witness the ref situation) but the NHL can't.

– October 11, 2012 11:49 AM
Q.

RGIII

I was surprised when talk show callers said it was routine for football players to not know the score or the quarter. One even said that it was clear from Shanahan's clock management that he was equally clueless. So, let him play. Then Bos said the same thing in his Monday chat! I know he has a son but don't know if the son played football. Fortunately my two are jmore into soccer. I'm really worried about RGIII.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I am glad it's not RGIII's decision. I am glad it's not the team's decision. And I am not sure I buy the idea that none of the players know the score and the quarter. They change sides of the field, for heaven's sake! They have to have noticed that they left the field for halftime. And they really need to know the score, at least in the fourth quarter. Some probably don't, but I wouldn't think that was a blanket statement. And yes, you hope the coaches DO know those things.

– October 11, 2012 11:50 AM
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Luck of the Cards

I know the Cards are a storied franchise but I can't help but notice how many times things fall their way. They won the World Series in 2006 because Detroit pitchers suddenly couldn't throw the ball to a base. Last year they got in by the skin of their teeth, then got hot at the right time and won it all. This year they really weren't very good but because MLB had instituted the 2nd Wild Card they got in with 88 wins, then they again seem to have taken advantage of it by getting hot. They also get the first 2 games of the NLDS at home even though the Nats had "earned" home field with a 10 game margin over 162. games. Sigh. I don't really have a point, just grumbling about unfairness.
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Tracee Hamilton :

They certainly have had some breaks. I vaguely remember the 2006 series (quietly sobbing). They also understand postseason play. It does make a difference if you've been there before.

– October 11, 2012 11:50 AM
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To: Big time no shows

I've already lined up who I'm going with to NLCS games 1 and 2. Read Boz's column today, and his older one about how *often* teams down 2-1 with two home games left win. I wish that some folks would display less negativity and more Natitude Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think there are a lot of positive fans, and I'm not surprised you're one. The Nats have surprised folks all season -- no reason that can't continue.

– October 11, 2012 11:51 AM
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Sun

I know the sun throws an extra challenge into the game, but commentators are talking about it like it's a martian invasion--something no baseball player has ever had to deal with in this season or any prior since the beginning of time. Isn't playing in the sun kind of a really big part of the job?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, but there IS a difference in both the game times and the position of the sun in the sky. Once, I rode to an O's game with Shirley Povich and he spent the entire ride talking about this. I wish I had had a tape recorder. The game had an odd starting time and he was talking about the shadows and also talking about what legends had told him about it. It was fascinating.

– October 11, 2012 11:51 AM
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Broadcast station?

Ok What station is the Nats game on today? I cant find that info anywhere!
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Tracee Hamilton :

TBS.

– October 11, 2012 11:53 AM
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Cornhole

What's wrong with cornhole? I don't think the OP has ever played. It's fun. (And yes, I'm an adult)
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would  have no idea. I was just intrigued to learn something new.

– October 11, 2012 11:53 AM
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Bottom of the order

I, for one, particularly enjoy when teams make the MISTAKE of underestimating the bottom of the Nats' order--especially when they walk Danny to get to Kurt. ZUK!
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Tracee Hamilton :

See, there are positive fans out there!

– October 11, 2012 11:54 AM
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Can't win one round of playoffs

Savor every second of the Nats like the drops of a fine wine, because without the Caps our next sports season is the Wizards.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Another good point. The Wizards without John Wall, no less. And I'm not sanguine about Nene's foot.

– October 11, 2012 11:54 AM
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Managers

Your team is down 2-1 in a 5-game playoff, which manager do you want on your side, Buck Showalter or Davey Johnson?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hmmmmm. I'll go with Davey, but either would be a pretty good option.

– October 11, 2012 11:56 AM
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Defending Espinosa

In the first place, 17 HR is awfully good from an eighth place hitter. In the second place, his OBP is identical to Lombardozzi's. In the third place, he's better than DeRosa. The problem is not Espinosa per se, it's that the NL's fifth-best offense is acting like the ninth-best while the second-best offense (STL) is still firing on all cylinders.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There you go. I've never been as down on Danny as others have been. And I sure agree that the Nats aren't hitting and he is far from the only problem in that regard.

– October 11, 2012 11:56 AM
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Bos

Bo's will be fine. He'll be sad, yes. But he is the voice of reason on his chats - often talking other people down from both their euphoria when the Nats are doing well and their despondency when the Nats have a losing streak. As you said Tracee - appreciate the whole season not just the end. Because 99% of the time your team will not win the World Series. - Local Pat's Fan. (and, really, some of you are starting to sound like the stereotypical Sawx fan and trust me that is not anywhere you would want to go :-) lol)
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Tracee Hamilton :

I thought it, but I didn't want to say it, yet. The Nats haven't been at it long enough to start the wailing and the gnashing of the teeth. Not yet. (I realize some fans go waaaaaaay back but not most.)

– October 11, 2012 11:56 AM
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Paper Lion

Is the movie where you can see Karras' real personaily, he steals the movie.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that WAS a good performance. Haven't seen that movie in ages.

– October 11, 2012 11:56 AM
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Another Armstrong Perspective

The doping is one thing, but from the testimony of fellow riders he was also an enforcer; if you didn't get with his program, you wouldn't be on this team. He perpetuated doping in the sport by telling new riders they either had to get with his program or go home. Not only did he do it, he facilitated. That's what's worst for me.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, if the strong-arm tactics are true, that's pretty sad. Again, I'm not convinced it's going to hurt his image much. Because people who love him will still love him.

– October 11, 2012 11:57 AM
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You'll be gone?

I must have missed the announcement. Where are you going?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Just going to Kansas for a few days. My dad's in the hospital and I need to go.

– October 11, 2012 11:57 AM
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just for kicks

If you want to see just how out of whack that Yankees payroll is, compare it to the COMBINED payrolls of the other 3 series. The Yankees payroll is $198 million, per USA Today. Giants/Reds: $200.9 million. Nats/Cards: $191.6 million. Tigers/As: $187.6. That just blows my mind.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That is pretty amazing, and pretty sad. Unless you're a Yankees fan, in which case it's awesome!

– October 11, 2012 11:58 AM
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KU Newspaper- Charlie Weis

I know you are a Jayhawk- waht's your take on Weis' tweets about wanting support for the team from the paper and te subsequent recommendation that the papers reporter not ask Weis any questions at the presser? My- take- Weis is a jerk and doesn't understand what a college newspaper is there for.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wasn't surprised at all by it. I'm not much of a Weis fan. I also don't understand why college coaches get into these blood feuds with student reporters. It makes them look so petty. The Kansan is a good paper with talented sports writers.

– October 11, 2012 11:58 AM
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The "everybody's doing it" defense?

Did you feel the same way about steroids in baseball -- no biggie because everybody could or was using them? Would you let a kid use that as an excuse to hand in plagiarized papers at school -- "They're available online these days and everybody can do it if they want"? Wow. Besides, take a look at the rest of the report. Armstrong comes across as a real rat bastard, not a "feel good cancer survivor" hero.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Naw, and really, I'm not a fan of that argument. I'm too much of a rules girl for that. I'm not advocating everyone dope; I'm saying at that time, almost everyone did. Doesn't make it right. And yes, he comes across as what you said, but again, I think the people who adore him for his survivor story will stick. Also, anyone who loved him in "Dodgeball" will look the other way.

– October 11, 2012 11:58 AM
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Cheech and Chong's Tour de France

Y'know, I'd buy a ticket for that. In fact, I'd buy a ticket for Harold and Kumar's Tour de France. Or even Harold and Kumar and Cheech and Chong's Tour de France. But I will not see Jay and Silent Bob's Tour de France. A line must be drawn somewhere.
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Tracee Hamilton :

This just made me laugh. I agree, Jay and Silent Bob do not rise to the level of the others.

– October 11, 2012 11:59 AM
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Future Section 222

I'm a newbie to baseball and it seems that more than any other sport, a lot of baseball fans are SNOBS. They know more than you do, they understand the huge ramifications of every superstition better (insert sneer here), and of course they've been following the team since before they were born, unlike the scummy bandwagoners. Is that a side effect of the playoffs?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I think maybe a little bit, and that some fans of ALL sports are like that. But I have seldom gone to a sporting event that I left without having a nice conversation with someone sitting around me. (Not in the press box, in the stands; that press box is full of snobs!) I want to hear what you think after a few games next year from Section 222.

– October 11, 2012 12:00 PM
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One group not watching the KHL

Don Cherry and his followers who argue that if it isn't the NHL, with small rinks and plenty o' fighting, it isn't hockey. They think they are the bulk of the fans. I'm not sure.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There is that subset of hockey fans. They will have to watch "Honey Boo Boo" or whatever else is on, I guess.

– October 11, 2012 12:01 PM
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Did you know?

If you Google TOBCOTWP you get a list of hits for Tobacco Townships? I image that the name of the beer that could not be named by the previous commenter rhymes with "Aging Witch."
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Tracee Hamilton :

I did not know that, and I love that beer name. I would drink it just based on the name.

– October 11, 2012 12:01 PM
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pessimism

Local fans, please. No Cleveland team has won a championship in a major sport since the Johnson administration. Actually we're not even pessimistic about it anymore. Teams go to the playoffs and we think "Hmm, that's nice, dear" - but we know they can't win. Because they're from Cleveland, and that's the rule. I've been saying for years: when the Indians and the Cubs win their respective pennants at the same time, take my advice and load up on bottled water and canned goods.
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Tracee Hamilton :

And watch "Revolution" in the meantime to get an idea of what you'll be facing.

– October 11, 2012 12:01 PM
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The other section 416

Thanks, I feel a little better. And I just want to tell you that nothing makes me more jealous than "Once, I rode to an O's game with Shirley Povich and he spent the entire ride talking..." Wow. How cool would that have been!
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Tracee Hamilton :

That was the day he nearly died.

– October 11, 2012 12:02 PM
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Nats

Win or lose, the Nats had the best record in the MLB and had a great season. And if they lose to the Cards who have a $30 million dollar edge, so be it. This is so much better than the 100 loss season. Go NATS
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Tracee Hamilton :

Agreed.

– October 11, 2012 12:02 PM
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Post Spiking Stadium Story

Care to weigh in on the Post spiking an opinion piece that didn't buy into the conventional wisdom about the Nats stadium deal? Sounds like yet another sad chapter in the Post's decline?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know a lot about it, nothing more than you do. I know that the writer has his opinion about why it was spiked and that might not be the case. But as I said, no inside knowledge. I have never, in 19 years, seen any evidence that some Post higher-ups want to control opinions in Outlook or anywhere else in the paper.

– October 11, 2012 12:02 PM
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To those who left early

I stayed until the very end and I had a standing room only ticket. For shame!
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Tracee Hamilton :

There's this...

– October 11, 2012 12:02 PM
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Exodus

Its one thing to exit in the 7th when the game is tied, its not as big a deal when we are down by 8. It was very crowded heading down the exit ramp. I think the fans did well considering the situation. Also no idiots tried to do the wave.
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Tracee Hamilton :

... and this. Which is why I love the chat. Everyone has an opinion.

– October 11, 2012 12:02 PM
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Did you know that Sunday is National Dessert Day?

What will you be having?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sugar-free Jell-o pudding, I'd guess, if that. Boo hoo.

And before I forget another week, chatter Janet found this explanation of cricket rules for those of us who are wicket-challenged.

Okay, I've got to run. I plan to be back in time for next week's chat but if I have to cancel, you'll know I'm still in God's country. :) Thanks for joining me today.

– October 11, 2012 12:04 PM
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