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October 13, 2011

11:01
A.M.

Tracee Hamilton Q&A

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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.

The Airless Cubicle Demands we Occupy the Arena!

Players earn too much money and are greedy. Owners earn too much money and are greedy. There's only one thing to do... occupy the arena! That's right, the arena belongs to the people! We're going to sit on the basketball floor and demand an end to the NBA lockout, free beer, and a reasonable price for a triple grande latte! Who's with me!? (charges out the door)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, we've lost TAC. Unless all of you followed him. Which somehow I doubt.

And good morning everyone! Just got back from getting my flu shot, which makes me feel virtuous and unrealistically safe. Now, if they had a bronchitis shot, now that would be something.

Let's get started. Seemed like there was something I wanted to pass on to you folks but I can't think what it was. Flu shot = eating my brain.

– October 13, 2011 11:01 AM
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The Eagles

As a Giants fan, I love seeing the Eagles stumble. But wow, who could have expected their season so far? What do you think is contributing to this early season collapse?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think Wise had some of it pegged in this morning's paper. I DON'T think Andy Reid has suddenly lost the ability to coach, and I think Michael Vick has come down to earth a bit after being comeback player of the year, and with some injuries. I think the Eagles can right the ship and probably salvage some of this season. But I sure didn't see a 1-4 start coming.

– October 13, 2011 11:03 AM
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Philadelphia Eagles response to 1-4 start

How about a prediction? Will the Eagles act like a rat trapped in a corner and blow out the Redskins or will they play possum and give up? Thanks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

This, to me, is the test of whether the Skins are for real this season. They have a division foe at home, one that is struggling and turning over the ball. Last year, they seemed ill prepared for the Eagles, if you'll recall. I expect them to come out well prepared this time around. I don't think the Eagles will give up but I do think the Redskins think they can win this game, which was not always the case last season. Can't wait for Sunday. I think the Skins win.

– October 13, 2011 11:04 AM
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Who's with me!? (charges out the door)

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
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Tracee Hamilton :

One of the great movie lines EVER.

– October 13, 2011 11:05 AM
Q.

Packers vs. Lions on Thanksgiving Day!

Are you serving haggis?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm guessing I'll go with the more traditional meat loaf. :) Or ham. I'll see what the kid wants. It's great when it's just us because we have a Pajama Thanksgiving. We just don't choose to get dressed. Awesome.

– October 13, 2011 11:06 AM
Q.

The neurosis begins

Let's see...the Caps win two games in overtime against good teams (Carolina beat Boston last night, so they can't be awful). Yes, the Caps gave up late leads both times. And yes, the defense (in particular, the defense of the top two forward lines) had been spotty. But shouldn't we be saving our angst for April, when there will ample opportunities to let it flow? If we can't enjoy the good times (and those games were fun, if nothing else), then why be a fan? Oh, and tonight's game should be good, so let's quit complaining!
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Tracee Hamilton :

OK!

Seriously, yes, October is FAR too early to start complaining about the Caps. Lot of new faces skating together. New goalie. Patience.

Joe Piscopo, Sports.

– October 13, 2011 11:09 AM
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Skins Vs Eagles

What is your prediction of the outcome of the game? Do the Eagles win this MUST WIN game? Or do the Skins stay a top of the NFC East? Thanks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

See above, with the caveat that as you know, I hate predictions.

– October 13, 2011 11:11 AM
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Ovie

Hi Tracee, What are your thoughts of Boudreau stating that Ovie could be better. From Ovechkin's response it seems he did not like that his coach pointed at him. So far Boudreau is following his step as a disciplinarian than a coach's player. I kinda like it!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Smart. I've long thought this team needed to get after Ovie a bit. Too many practices off. I wrote that at the end of the playoffs two years ago. Funnily, that's when Matt Bradley took me to task on local radio for it. It got more true, I guess, when Bradley said it. Boudreau is sending the signal that he won't accept the same old-same old from the Caps this season. Whether that approach will work remains to be seen, but he really did have to try. Can't stay with the status quo.

– October 13, 2011 11:13 AM
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Washington Redskins

Since Mike Wise doesn't do chats like you do, can you please tell him to shut up about the Redskins' name? We get it, he doesn't like the name, no need to write two columns about it a year. Since he spends all his time "reporting" that Alex Ovechkin wasn't in great shape at the start of last season - which Ovechkin talked about at the beginning of the year - I guess all he can do is recycle old columns?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's Mike's cause. He really does feel strongly about it, and I applaud him for his commitment. Especially because I don't think there's a chance it ever happens. If he writes it twice a year and you don't like it, just skip those.

Oh, that's reminds me of what I wanted to tell you all -- we lost a Missouri fan last week because he felt like I was too mean to Missouri in last week's chat. Honestly, I didn't think I was but what can you do?

– October 13, 2011 11:16 AM
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Worst Owner in the NFL

Now that Al Davis is gone, does that make Snyder the worst owner in the NFL?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, are we judging collectively? What are the parameters? I don't think he's been a bad owner this season, do you? Seems to be keeping his mitts off the team, he's building a bubble at Ashburn -- long, long overdue, but at least he's doing it. These are good things. Trying to look at the positive.

– October 13, 2011 11:19 AM
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Oh, FOX...

How can one network outdo football-equipped cartoon robots and puck-tracking graphics? Flame imagery to announce +95 mph pitches, perhaps? Time to go yell at the kids on my lawn...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hand out raisins at Halloween, too.

(I hate TV graphics, but I particularly hate those robots. What does that have to do with football?)

– October 13, 2011 11:20 AM
Q.

NU's comeback means?

Not too much, I fear, Ms. H. Ohio State isn't that good. With my Husker's best defensive lineman (Crick) now lost due to injury, I think NU has to just outscore everybody. That might work with Minnesota, but not likely with Michigan or Michigan State. Do you have an under/over for total points in this week's KU/Oklahoma game? AHG AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think OU will start scoring late Saturday night (game time is 9:15 Eastern, I think) and will still be scoring Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure Okie State is done scoring. We are bad. And I feel bad for the kids taking those beatings. And the fans. I remember sitting through some of those during my youth. We were in the friggin' Orange Bowl three years ago. Ah, well.

– October 13, 2011 11:21 AM
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FTF FTW

Good Morning T-Ham, and yes I still call this First Things First. What did you make of the Boston Globe's owner/management-fed hit piece on the September collapse? The worst it shows of management is that they were disconnected doofuses who thought that headphones and a yacht trip could solve a larger problem of team cohesion. I'm rather disgusted, though not surprised, the Globe would be a willing mouthpiece for the team suits, when the problems also much involved their management style. What's your take? ~Pats Fan
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Tracee Hamilton :

If someone gives you those stories, you have to think Christmas came early. I had a problem with the Francona piece, though. You can make links between guys goofing off in the clubhouse and poor performance, but "marital issues"? I'd be willing to bet most MLB managers have "marital issues" at at least some point during their seasons, given the nature of the job and the travel. You can read "marital issues" in all kinds of ways that aren't fair to either of the Franconas. And the painkiller thing? Good grief. Someone should have noticed something if he was really addicted to painkillers. That's not something that's easily hidden if you face the media 162 times during the year. Francona took the high road ... and found the bridge was out.

– October 13, 2011 11:26 AM
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Faces

With the ALCS/NLCS in full swing (pun intended), I have a question of deep import: Are you a face person or a non-face person? In other words, every year there seems to be a controversy (OK not a controversy but bitchin' and moanin') about the network (Fox mostly) showing the faces of the crowd during dramatic and tension-filled moments. I happen to like it! It's human, it's drama, it's what life is about, how connected and into it the fans really are! But there are those who scoff, who say "show me the players, the field, that's why I'm watching, blah blah, don't show me the crowd, i don't care." I believe those people are uncaring and selfish and probably pulled the wings off flies as kids (when they were kids, not necessarily the flies). What is your esteemed opinion?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm one of the bad ones. I don't like seeing too many crowd faces. I particulary HATE seeing the women praying, or at least making "praying" hands. I'm kind of offended by that, actually. I don't mind the occasional crowd shot, but there have been times during the Tigers-Rangers series where I felt like I was watching "Real Housewives of Dallas." So many blonde women! So now you hate me. Sigh.

– October 13, 2011 11:29 AM
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Pumpkin ale

I'm making a beer store run later - do you have a suggestion for a pumpkin ale?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Anyone? You know I'm a Guinness loyalist.

– October 13, 2011 11:29 AM
Q.

Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and knower of all things great and small, can you explain how the BCS rankings work, why they are being calculated NOW and why we should care in October that a weak team that you beat , but then beats someone weaker or better impacts your ranking ? It's enough to turn one's brain to mush or Kansas pig slop. If you can't answer, could you check with Rex Grossman and see what he has to say ?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you, and who would address me as "goddess of the Plains" if I did that? Seriously, it's so crazy they need a computer to do it. But yes, it matters what your opponent does. It matters how many points you score (which is why I'm sure the Sooners will try for triple digits). You want to beat a team handily, and then you want that team to beat everyone else handily, to make that team look good, but not better than you, because you beat them. Now I need to recline on my Victorian fainting couch for a moment. Little known fact: Rex Grossman IS the BCS computer.

– October 13, 2011 11:32 AM
Q.

Pumpkin Ale!

Saranac Pumpkin Ale is the best I've had this season. I also tried the Blue Moon pumpkin, which doesn't taste anything like a pumpkin but is tasty.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Here's an answer...

– October 13, 2011 11:35 AM
Q.

Pumpkin ales

Do you like an ale that tastes very pumpkin-y, or barely pumpkin-y at all? For very pumpkin-y ales, Heavy Seas makes a couple of good ones (one is a "smashed" version with bourbon added). For not very pumpkin-y ales, Dogfish Head Punkin' is pretty darn tasty.
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Tracee Hamilton :

And here's a question and some answers...

– October 13, 2011 11:35 AM
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Flyers Fans

Tracee, Did you hear of what happen at the Flyers game last night? Fans were booing Hockey Fights Cancer video because it had Crosby on it. I understand booing Crosby but this is for a cause! This really ticks me off and now I can certainly say that the fans that were in attendance and booing are pure TRASH!

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Tracee Hamilton :

Is it possible that these fans are trying to do bad things to get the attention? On the other hand, couldn't HFC get a Flyer to do one of these promos? Would this video get booed at Verizon Center? I don't think so, but I'm asking...

– October 13, 2011 11:36 AM
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Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It is delicious. ~STG
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Tracee Hamilton :

there you go

– October 13, 2011 11:37 AM
Q.

Jay Cutler on MNF

When a QB like Cutler keeps getting sacked, how much of the blame goes to the offensive line and how much of the blame goes to Cutler never getting rid of the ball quickly enough? It just seems like he wants to show the world how tough he is, but taking a sack doesn't help his team very much.
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Tracee Hamilton :

This was the knock last year; remember when he got sacked something like nine times in a game? It was like the Rams returner, Pettis, who wouldn't call for the fair catch. Dude, you're going to get hit. I'm not sure Cutler is the sharpest knife in the drawer.

– October 13, 2011 11:37 AM
Q.

Guiness

Tracee being as you are the all knowing god of all things Guiness. What's up with this new Guiness Black Lager. I haven't tried it and am wondering if it is worth a shot.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I just saw a commercial for it. I haven't tried it and am reluctant to invest in a six-pack for something I'm pretty sure will be too dark for me. Anyone else try it?

– October 13, 2011 11:38 AM
Q.

Walk-off hits

Watching Mondays game in Texas, I was interested to see the statistics of each hitter's history re: walk-off hits. As a Nationals fan, I guess I over-estimated how common they are.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I missed that stat. I can see a lot of the Rangers doing well in that category. Non-Rangers fans, please send some good vibes Detroit's way today. I'm bummin'. Detroit (the city) could really use this.

– October 13, 2011 11:39 AM
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Pumpkin ale

Why drink a pumpkin ale that doesn't taste like pumpkin? On the other hand, why drink a pumpkin ale that DOES taste like pumpkin. If you want a drink that isn't supposed to taste like pumpkin but does, go to Starbucks for a pumpkin latte.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, people are trying to get in the spirit.

– October 13, 2011 11:40 AM
Q.

"'Real Housewives of Dallas.' So many blonde women! So now you hate me"

No! I love you now even MORE!!! Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone in loathing these gratuitous shots.
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Tracee Hamilton :

We agree but of course ...

– October 13, 2011 11:40 AM
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Faces in the crowd

Faces of random spectators: Not so bad. What's bad is when they keep showing the marquee player's wife/girlfriend over and over and over again. On a positive note, like someone from last week (RHG?) I am a person who is delighted that both the Yankees and the Phillies got bounced from the playoffs. While I do feel bad for the Phillies' player who hurt his Achilles, I loved the fact that A-Rod struck out to finish off the Yankees.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not everyone does. Well, not completely. Agreed about the wife/girlfriend shots (although I know a certain segment of the population enjoys those).

– October 13, 2011 11:41 AM
Q.

tackling Vick

When are blitzing linebackers allowed to tackle Michael Vick like a running back and when are they supposed to ask him politely to go down? Is the rule "between the tackles" relevant when he can run for 30 yards after you miss him in the pocket?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Vick is the guy who messes up the rulebook. Linebackers are supposed to tap him on the shoulder and say, "Mr. Vick, would you take a seat on the turf, please? I do not wish to hurt you in any way." Little known rule.

– October 13, 2011 11:41 AM
Q.

Pumpkin Ale

Dogfish Head and Heavy Seas have the two best pumpkin ales around.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The definitive pumpkin ale answer? And if they aren't pumpkin-y enough, hollow out a pumpkin, pour them in and grab some straws!

– October 13, 2011 11:42 AM
Q.

The Airless Cubicle Sneaks Back In, Pretending Nothing Happened

My wife is from Philadelphia. She is an Eagles fan. I bleed burgundy and gold metaphorically. We are going to do something instead of watching the game. We do this twice a year, for the thirty years we have been married. It's a key factor in our marriage. So, what should we do instead?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Dinner and a movie, with cell phones, etc., turned off. Restaurant that has no TV. Call before to be sure.

– October 13, 2011 11:43 AM
Q.

Faces

NO I don't hate you. For example, I too love a proper pour. And, did someone say pumpkin ale WITH BOURBON!!?? Now I know what I'm doing for lunch ...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Did someone say that, or did you just think you heard it? Sly one...

– October 13, 2011 11:43 AM
Q.

I Was Appalled

By one writer's comments on your article, which were both unfair & uncalled for. For all of us posters, I apologize. BTW I also reported him and defended you.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks for that; I don't read them. I read my email, even the bad stuff, but the comment sections ... I feel bad for readers who want to go to those and have discussions -- not on my articles, but on any articles -- and are drowned out by insulting and offensive language. That's the intent of the comments, but that's certainly not the reality.

– October 13, 2011 11:44 AM
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Apologizing for the truth

The Boston College AD had to release an apology/walkback for comments he made in a recent article stating that ESPN had directed members of the ACC to invite Pittsburgh and Syracuse into the league. Did he apologize for revealing the truth that media partners were the tail wagging the dog? If that is true does it bother you?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It sure seems that's what he apologized for. Truthfully, I'm not sure college football wouldn't be better off in the hands of ESPN. It couldn't be a bigger mess than it is in the hands of the NCAA. Seriously, I find the sport fun to watch and depressing. What a weird combination.

– October 13, 2011 11:45 AM
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Mike Stoops

I understand pro teams axing a coach in the middle of a season, but was not pleasantly surprised to see Mike Stoops booted by AZ this week. Very tough on the young AZ players who are not paid employees like their pro counterparts. Do you think this will start to occur more often in the college ranks as the schools throw off the pretense that BCS FB is not a big business?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't like to see it in college ball unless there are extenuating circumstances and the school is trying to clean something up in a hurry. You are a good question; I think it is possible it will happen more often. Although for a college season, by the time it goes south, it's hard to fix in time for the BCS. I guess if the coach was so reviled that anything would be better than him, you could fire him, but a coordinator in charge and hope the team could finish out with a few wins.

– October 13, 2011 11:46 AM
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Missouri muddle

They're in the Big 12 through next season, but obviously pining for the SEC or someone sexier to give them a conference berth. Do think they go or stay in the Big 12? (At least Neinas seems to be showing more backbone than Beebe.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know; they clearly want out and I'd be inclined at this point to let them go. Do you want to stay married to someone who constantly calls her divorce attorney? But in the end I'd like to see as much of the Big 8 together as possible, and to keep the KU-Mizzou rivalry intact.

– October 13, 2011 11:47 AM
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Pittsburgh Wife

Good to see the resurgence of Big Ben & company. That was what I had been expecting of them. I looked up some of the athletes' salaries in the Washingtonian for 11/20/10. I can't believe one Arenas is worth 10 Chris Cooleys. Or 20 Ian Desmonds. Or 20 Tyler Clippards (IMHO he's priceless). Or 1 1/2 Ryan Zimmermans.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Another reason for the NBA lockout. Rashard Lewis's contract is the most egregious, but Gilbert's is right up there.

(Nice working in of Tyler Clippard!)

– October 13, 2011 11:48 AM
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Poplar Bluff, MO

Tracee, what about my Cards?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I'm cheering for them, but most of my energies are focused on my Tigers. I fear a Cards-Tigers World Series is not in the cards, so to speak. I have a cousin who is very dear to me, who has a tough row to hoe in life, and he adores the Cardinals. I'd like to see their season go as far as possible for him.

– October 13, 2011 11:49 AM
Q.

"Lost a Missouri fan"??

you can bet he/she is still watching and reading the chat ... just pretending not to care any more.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Perhaps. I hope so.

– October 13, 2011 11:49 AM
Q.

MVP

I won my office NFL pool last week and haven't watched a game all season...hey, maybe I'm the Most Visionary Predictor! TBHitW

p.s. So, if the Colts go 0-fer, is Peyton is the NFL MVP? I mean, he's clearly very valuable.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, I'm stealing that for a column if it happens.

– October 13, 2011 11:50 AM
Q.

Dogfish Head Punk is the best

Not cloying and has a solid kick. You just have to find it, which isn't easy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

TOBCOTWP.

– October 13, 2011 11:51 AM
Q.

I can believe its not butter

Tracee, great column about Rex. Of course, I'm laughing at it now but it won't be so funny if the 'Skins start to lose. What is the funniest one-liner you've heard from an athlete?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Brandon Banks: "I'm 5-7."

– October 13, 2011 11:51 AM
Q.

Sports Hate

Is it wrong to delight so much in the woes of the Red Sox and Cowboys? I feel like decades plus of misery as an Os and 'Skins fan as left me unable to enjoy their success without hedging, while respective collapses of division rivals leaves with unparalleled glee.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I write about the Red Sox for tomorrow -- well, for today's interweb. The Red Sox fans are bringing some of this on themselves. My usual m.o. has been not to revel in the misery of others because someday, that misery will be mine. I cannot say that I have always lived by that code but I do try.

– October 13, 2011 11:52 AM
Q.

Forget Guinness Black Lager

How about that red Newcastle? Looks like the Brits have gone all American in terms of beer...and right at the time that Americans seem to be going all Brit in terms of beer.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's a beer world gone mad.

– October 13, 2011 11:53 AM
Q.

Mizzou Fan Sensitivity

Hey, they have a lot to feel inferior about...TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wrote the guy back (he emailed) and he never responded so ... alas. I tried. But if as many people had canceled their subscriptions as had threatened to over the years, we'd already be a web-only product, so maybe he'll be back, if only to gloat when the Tigers kill us Thanksgiving weekend at Arrowhead.

This is not the best angle, but there was a kind of strange moment after the K-State-Missouri game when it looked like Pinkel dissed Snyder. This site speculates it's because of Missouri's hatred of the Big 12. Maybe it's because they lost. I don't know.

– October 13, 2011 11:53 AM
Q.

Beckett

"...especially if he was chickened up". This just made me laugh out loud at my desk. Who writes your stuff?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Kornheiser.

– October 13, 2011 11:54 AM
Q.

Robots

But Tracee, robots are like bacon. They make EVERYTHING better.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yeah ... but no.

– October 13, 2011 11:54 AM
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"crusades" and "affiliations"

Ms. H: Someone is peeved at Mike Wise for writing about the obvious - that "Redskins" is racist and should have been changed long ago? Sorry, I'm with Mike. I cheat by just saying "Skins," but that's weak. Tony K had the right idea long ago - just use the redskin potato as a logo. Now what we do about the fight song's lyrics . . . Also - a Mizzou fan "dropped" the chat because you go after the Tigers? What are long-standing rivalries worth if you can't make nasty cracks about the other team - NU is so hard up now we'll probably have to manufacture a feud with Iowa (Iowa??????) AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

If you read last week's chat, I didn't think I went after Missouri. At least not by my standards.

I am not crazy about Redskins either, but it's Wise's cause, not mine. And I don't think two columns a year is excessive. And truthfully, we all write stuff that readers don't like on occasion. I would just skip that stuff. That's what I do. :)

– October 13, 2011 11:55 AM
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Mizzou

I'm a Missouri fan and, no, you weren't being too harsh on them last week. I'm disappointed by their board, president and others who may or may not be in charge.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks for that! This is a better angle on the Pinkel-Snyder handshake, showing Snyder's reaction. I'm not a huge Snyder fan, although I can't argue with his success. Did this get any reaction in Columbia?

 

– October 13, 2011 11:55 AM
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Losing a Mizzou fan

If your benign banter is enough to scare off a Mizzou fan, wait til said fan gets a whiff of Auburn, LSU, and Alabama fandom. Pottery Barn will be shipping fainting couches to Columbia en masse. --RHG--
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's kind of what I thought.

Hey, does Pottery Barn make a fainting couch? I have room in the office.

– October 13, 2011 11:56 AM
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re: Guiness Black Lager

I've a hunch that it's more like a B&T...maybe this weekend will provide the answer. By the way, they panned to the crowd last night and a Cards fan had a full-open-mouth yawn, right on cue. Somebody at Fox is from Milwaukee. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Keep me posted on that. And of course, since I said they were the best fans in baseball...

– October 13, 2011 11:57 AM
Q.

Can I hear some negative noise about the Patriots?

Thanks, Hockey fan stuck in New England with that Justin Bieber-haired qback.
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Tracee Hamilton :

But isn't his hair better than before? I thought it was.

– October 13, 2011 11:57 AM
Q.

Cutler

Did you actually watch the game Monday night? They showed multiple replays where he dropped back and hadn't even complete the 5 step drop before the Lions were hitting him. Don't blame the QB, blame the coaches who didn't recognize the problem and kept calling the plays that were getting him destroyed.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, but this isn't an isolated problem with Cutler.

– October 13, 2011 11:58 AM
Q.

Guinness only?

Girlfriend, you've got to expand your beer horizon! Craft beer is one of those things America does better than the Europeans - they've got those nettlesome purity laws. Try a couple of six packs and give the ones you don't like to your neighbors. Mine repay me with tomatoes.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Despite hosting TOBCOTWP, I am not a beer lover. For years, I suffered through "beer" until I had my first Guiness -- and it was like mother's milk. I'm done roaming, my friend. I'm home.

– October 13, 2011 11:58 AM
Q.

Andy Reid

I try not to let off-field issues influence my views, but ever since a judge said Andy Reid let 2 of his sons operate a "drug emporium" out of his house for many years, this has influenced my thinking. Not sure the judge should have said that, but there you go.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Did he really say that? I had not known that. Wonder if that was true?

– October 13, 2011 11:58 AM
Q.

NBA settlement

When the headline said that the first two weeks of the NBA season would be cancelled, I wasn't the only one who thought they had reached a settlement and one of the agreements was to permanently shorten the regular season by two weeks. Oh well. Maybe two months is a better solution anyway.
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Tracee Hamilton :

First prize is one season ticket. Second prize is two season tickets?

– October 13, 2011 11:59 AM
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Pinkel doesn't like Snyder

I've seen this referred to from time to time, though no one will elaborate. Don't know if it has anything to do with the large amount of AD money that was spread amongst Snyder's "family" during the 90s (that's a scandal that still won't end) or something to do with football proper. It's weird. Pinkel is generally a classy guy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't have a dog in the fight but thought Snyder's face was priceless and didn't mind seeing him snubbed, since he tends to think he's All That. (And that should lose me my only K-State fan.)

– October 13, 2011 12:00 PM
Q.

Pajama Day with the Kid?

You are spending a holiday in your PJs with Kilgore? Color me amazed.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, that's hilarious! I assume Kilgore will be in a casino somewhere, eating hot dogs. I will be cooking for my NEPHEW. I do not cook for people who do not return my emails. 

I might have that little twerp on the chat next week to talk Nats -- NOW I'm talking about Kilgore -- but we'll see.

Now I've got to go in order to get to PT, my very favorite thing in the whole world -- next to this chat, of course. Let's talk next week!

– October 13, 2011 12:00 PM
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