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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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"Guardians" of the game - Section 405

After last year, I wasn't going to be rooting for St. Louis under any circumstances (including <ugh> having to root for the Red Sox, should they defeat the Tigers).

However, it's ramped up for me when the Cards went all Atlanta Braves on Yasiel Puig for how he acted when he hit what turned out to be a triple.

Hey, if somebody starts stylin' on what he thinks is a dinger, but it isn't, and they get thrown out, OK, it's payback for arrogance. On the other hand, if they make it to third, standing up, shame on you and you have *absolutely no complaint*, regardless of anything the player did at any time during or after the play. Don't like the stylin'? THROW HIM OUT OR SHUT UP.

I hate the "guardians of the game" (whether from the Phillies, Atlanta, or the Cardinals). I hope that, between them, Yasiel Puig and Bryce Harper inflict as much damage as possible on these clowns, in the most embarassing ways, over their entire careers.

I may be an "old guy" (heck, I own the domain name "getoffmylawnyoudamnkids.com"), but I love the energy that Bryce provides with his (Happy Birthday, Bryce) 21-year old attitude. He does stuff I wouldn't do, but I'm not him, and I'm 57, not 21, and maybe I wish I'd done it.... Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm very happy my 21st year wasn't covered by the media of 2013. Glad there wasn't Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the other crap. Glad glad glad.

Puig is fun to watch hit. He needs to work on his fielding a bit but I agree, teams need to stop getting all huffy with other teams' behavior. Mattingly has shown he is perfectly capable of worrying about Puig; let him do it.

And hello, folks. Let's get started.

– October 17, 2013 11:02 AM
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You may have heard this already, but

The "Washington Redskins" have announced that they are changing their name to avoid further disdain from around the country. From now on, they will be known simply as the "Redskins." TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Always like a laugh early in the chat.

– October 17, 2013 11:08 AM
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The Washington football team

I worked for many years for Ed Weinberg, who was the person at the Department of the Interior who wrote the opinion that required Marshall to integrate the Redskins. The law firm I worked for (computer nerd) was and is one of the top firms in the country for helping Native Tribes win numerous suits to recover monies never paid to them by treaties. Ed Weinberg also negotiated for the Alaska Native Tribes to secure great concessions in the Alaska Native Claims Act. We did much work for the Colville, Navajo and other Tribes with great success. I did this job for thirty years and during those years I met MANY Native Americans. My present dental hygenist is a full-blooded Navajo. Ed was a huge Redskins fan and one of the most prolifit defenders of Native American rights. He would tell you that the accurate historical view of Redskins was not one of racialism. When their lands were being stolen by the English, certain tribes painted their faces with vermillion paint to make them scary. Native Americans are no more "red" than I am (in fact less, as I'm pretty much a pink color). The term "Redskins" measn ONLY ONE THING: BRAVES ON THE WARPATH FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS. Incidentally, the Ondeida folks are, for the most part, only part Native American, and in fact, most Eastern "Natives" are considerably less than 50% Native. The world needs to stop thinking this has anything to do with "race" it's about fighting for one's rights. I'm prett sure I've met more actual natives than most and I don't recall any of them thinking of themselvs as "Redskins" - they are brown, red is not their skin color. Until folks stop enjoy being victims they will continue to be victims.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't agree, but there is room for other viewpoints on the chat.

– October 17, 2013 11:09 AM
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Handle Pending

Hello Tracee! I was wondering how you feel as a Tigers fan (I'm not sure if that is an accurate term but at least a close follower of the Tigers) about Jhonny Peralta. Last year I gained immense respect for the Giants as an organization when they told Melky Cabrera to get lost after his 50 game suspension was over. It could have hurt them in their post season play but they did what I thought was the right thing, throw out the cheater who left them high and dry. Now this year we see the Tigers, an organization I usually have a lot of respect for (Dave Dombrowski and Jim Leyland being the major reasons) who, for very pragmatic reasons, take the opposite track and welcome back Peralta. I know they need his bat and he has certainly produced already for them. But does it bother you at all or is this a situation where once he has served the penalty he should be welcomed back?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm a pretty big believer in second chances, if you do the time and IF YOU DON'T FIRST LIE LIE LIE about what you did. That's why I wouldn't want the Tigers to sign Ryan Braun, for instance. I'm not always good at forgiveness, but I guess I would want someone to practice a little on me if I screwed up.

– October 17, 2013 11:11 AM
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It's a bad year so far . . .

. . . Ms. H: The Washington Football Team is down the hill, and the upward slope is too slippery (sloppy metaphor). The Caps are off to their usual start, and I can't find any news about the Nats in the baseball playoffs. The Wizards are the Wizards, what more is there to say. I'll root for the Chiefs ("my" team as soon as the AFL started broadcasting to Lincoln, Nebraska), and hope the U of N's defense can achieve more than mediocrity. At least the shutdown is over (this time, anyway) and I can count on my pension check until January. AHG P.S. Mr. Suh is now a total victim of his well-deserved bad rep - that hit on Weedon wasn't worth a $100 fine.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Like to hear the Chiefs' fan base is expanding somewhere other than That Other State. There isn't much to cheer about around here right now, for fans, and that is a shame. It also feels so familiar.

– October 17, 2013 11:14 AM
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downtown

I guess Tom Brady works best under pressure, yes? LOL
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yikes. That was impressive and I guess let everyone know he's not quite finished yet.

– October 17, 2013 11:17 AM
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The golden age of TV

Forget BrBa, etc. Baseball has been giving us one (if not two) doses of heavy drama for more than a week. This Tigers-Red Sox series has been one for the ages. If you can't get into this series, you need to seriously reconsider your commitment to baseball (and I say this as a fan of neither team).
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, these have both been good series, but the Tigers-Red Sox has been something else. And I say that as a fan of one of those teams. :)

(Took me a long time to figure out BrBa, btw.)

– October 17, 2013 11:20 AM
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In defense of Terrance - Section 405

A couple of weeks ago, there was someone who posted a message complaining about Terrance, one of (and the best) of the Nat's cheer team. I've been to a huge number of Nats games over the last 5 years. I appreciate what the Nats' cheer leaders do in generating enthusiasm in-house for the team.

Terrance is something above and beyond that. I have seen him go from Section 112 to us up in 405 in maybe an inning. This guy projects Nats energy, all over the park, all the time. Other than the players, he's one of the few folks I can identify across the field from the upper deck.. As far as I'm concerned, he's part of what I enjoy about going to *a lot* of Nats games every year., and I hope he's back next year.

Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Differing opinions -- makes the world go 'round. Or at least the chat.

– October 17, 2013 11:24 AM
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Tracee, Was I Right?

Doesn't Verlander have fantastic thighs? I wish he had had some run support after the great pitching job he did, only to lose.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I admit, I still don't notice his thighs. And won't. Maybe this is female sports journalism 101, but I don't notice good-looking or well-muscled athletes. Once I retire, I can oggle them all I want, I guess.

– October 17, 2013 11:24 AM
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Caps

Do you think the Capitals are under-achieving, or is this as good as they are? Do you think Ovechkin has been slowed down by having to keep his jersey untucked?
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Tracee Hamilton :

This may be as good as they are. And I would be surprised if the jersey bothered Ovechkin THAT much.

– October 17, 2013 11:26 AM
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Capitals

Would you like to buy a pair of Capitals' season tickets?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, but thanks!

– October 17, 2013 11:34 AM
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Tracee Hamilton :

Remember last week when we were talking about the proliferation of pink? Have you see this?

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Old Movie (redskin)

I saw a movie on TCM - 7 Faces of Dr. Lao 1964 with Tony Randall - in one scene, a white man met up with an Navajo indian and called him a redskin (in an obvious derogatory way).
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Tracee Hamilton :

Usage is always important. I've read some written accounts of the Indian raids in my county that made me blush. I know different tribes painted their faces, but not all of them painted them red. So it's not as simple as that. Not a simple issue period.

– October 17, 2013 11:39 AM
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Syracuse University

Hiya Tracy. When I was a kid, the sports teams from my hometown university were known as the "Orangemen." They had fierce looking native American warrior for their logo. In 2004 they changed their nickname to the Syracuse Orange and adopted a less controversial (and kind of dumb looking) Orange as their mascot. Aside from tolls rising on the NY State Thruway, housing prices remaining stagnant, and the Tipperary Hill Festival going from two days to one day, there is no evidence that the name change has negatively affected the school, the students, the athletes, or the surrounding community. If SU can change their name, the Washington NFL team can also.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I know a lot of Syracuse grads and none of them seem bothered by it! :) It would be a huge change for fans, I am not questioning that, but not one that would be hard to get used to -- if you wanted to get used to it.

– October 17, 2013 11:40 AM
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B O R I N G

How are we going to get kids interested in baseball if 1-0 games take over 4 hours? The last couple have had a little more action but by this point my kids would rather watch grass grow.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I think you can get interested in 1-0 games but not in 1-0 games that lost 4 hours. A lot happened in that 1-0 in terms of strategy and not all kids are going to give a rip about that. If your kid DOES, then you've got a budding baseball fan.

It's the 4 hours that is the problem. Late starts, 4 hours. I've written it until my fingers bleed: Baseball will not attract young fans when they can never see a game. The 4 p.m. starts, at least, are watchable. I'll stop before I start waxing nostalgic about watching the afternoon games with my great-uncles. :) I do wonder what they'd think about the length of games.  I really struggle with it.

– October 17, 2013 11:41 AM
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The best thing about Brady's comeback

...was hearing Troy say "This loss will really hurt the Patriots." I'm no fan of Bahston, but I know dumb when I hear it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Huh. I wonder if he meant that the AFC is so tough or ... never mind. That really wasn't a very helpful remark.

– October 17, 2013 11:42 AM
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More on the Golden Age of TV

Besides, it looks as though most of the Red Sox patronize the barbers from Duck Dynasty.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I just itch to shave them. Maybe hit them in the face with Nair pies instead of shaving cream pies. But I know it's fun for the fans.

– October 17, 2013 11:44 AM
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BrBa? - Section 405

I *haven't* picked up the reference - could you enlighten us?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Breaking Bad, I think. Clever abbreviation that plays off the periodic table? That was my impression, anyway.

– October 17, 2013 11:45 AM
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Well

It would have been nice if you had refuted the argument with facts, but obviously you can't. Opinions are like ********, everyone has one. Facts, on the other hand, are facts.

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Tracee Hamilton :

The argument about "redskins" not being offensive? The argument seemed to be that you (or whoever wrote it) knows Native Americans who aren't offended by it. Heard that one a million times. Then someone will say "I know Native Americans who are offended by it." I don't see that as fact.

The face painting? Not universally true of all Native Americans, who are vastly different. The makeup of the Oneida tribe? Does that matter? I don't think bi-racial people would think so.

And truthfully, I gave you (or whoever) a chance to state an opinion. I don't have to refute it. We discuss this ad nauseum and my thoughts are known. And there isn't a "fact" that proves the name should change, or the name should stay the same. There just isn't.

– October 17, 2013 11:46 AM
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Verlander's thighs

I had never noticed them before - but now they are all I watch during the games. They are pretty fantastic. Thanks for the heads up chatter.
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Tracee Hamilton :

As long as we can help just one person ...

– October 17, 2013 11:47 AM
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Denard Span tweet - Section 405

As reported on the bog today, Denard Span tweeted asking whether Bryce went to Chuck E. Cheese for his birthday. That's funny...

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Tracee Hamilton :

That IS pretty funny. For some reason I can't find a link to the bog item but I found this.

– October 17, 2013 11:47 AM
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Verlander's Thighs

After reading the chat, I tried to particularly focus on his thighs when he pitched. But then I realized that I wasn't really sure what I was looking for or what kind of scale they should be graded on... This is maybe a niche thing?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Maybe. I guess some women are "thigh" women.

– October 17, 2013 11:48 AM
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don't notice good-looking or well-muscled athletes

The male equivalent is us guys forcing ourselves to actively ignore the pretty nurse next to the doctor in the physical exam room. Hospital gowns don't hide that very well.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You have the disadvantage of a "tell," certainly.

– October 17, 2013 11:48 AM
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Oregon's pink uniforms

I have severe awareness fatigue & would happily live the rest of my life without seeing another pink ribbon. But at least the proceeds from Oregon's effort will for toward a local charity. I've lost faith in national groups that don't seem to be good stewards.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, it's for a good cause. I have been more diligent in checking out charities because there are a lot of bad 'uns out there.

– October 17, 2013 11:50 AM
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Ooh! Ooh! I got it!

The Syracusian gave me a great idea: change the name to "Reds" -- half the country thinks you're all a bunch o' Commies anyway, and the other half would be proud to carry the name.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not bad.

– October 17, 2013 11:50 AM
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Name Change for the DC NFL team

Washington Lobbyists or the DC Pimps. If you remember the early 70's and heyday of Washington, DC pimps then this is the perfect nickname for a bunch of overpaid men.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I don't think Pimps is a serious solution and Lobbyists is boring, but I like that you're thinking outside the box (but inside the Beltway)!

– October 17, 2013 11:52 AM
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Kudos

You were very gracious with the previous poster who seems to think slurs aren't offensive unless they depict real life with 100% accuracy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I try to let everyone have a voice but it doesn't always work out.

– October 17, 2013 11:52 AM
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re: Boston's "Look at me" beards

Whatever you do, DO NOT ask Google Image Search for "Nair pies." I assume, that is.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I shouldn't post this, but it made me guffaw, and everyone needs a guffaw.

– October 17, 2013 11:53 AM
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re: "I guess some women are "thigh" women."

John Stockton remembers those days with a secret smile.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good one.

– October 17, 2013 11:54 AM
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Baseball Will Not Attract Young Fans

They've been saying that for more than 35 years. I don't think everyone at the ballpark is over 50.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I sincerely hope I'm wrong. I know when I fell in love with baseball, I wasn't allowed to stay up that late. Of course, there was almost no baseball on TV. In fact, there was no TV. The Pony Express delivered the results.

– October 17, 2013 11:55 AM
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Staying inside the Beltway

The Washington Red Tape.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The Washington Shutdowns. Because they'll shut you down! No...

– October 17, 2013 11:55 AM
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Nicknames

Plus my alma mater, Colgate University, changed its nickname from the Red Raiders to the Raiders, and the mascot from a Native American to a pirate-y looking character. The new mascot is sort of lame but as far as I know, no one had a problem with it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Someone probably did, but they got over it.

– October 17, 2013 11:56 AM
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Verlander's thighs

I guess you should use the 20-to-80 system that scouts use. I presume they are using that when they rate his thighs, so follow the professionals.
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Tracee Hamilton :

When I'm a retired little old lady I'm going to get to work on all of this. Right now, it feels skeezy (because of my job).

– October 17, 2013 11:58 AM
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Male Maturity

Just remember the maximum age of male maturity is five years old. On rare occasions for very brief periods of time we can act 10yo.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I tend to give men more credit than that, but then I read some of my emails and wonder...

– October 17, 2013 11:58 AM
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Matt Bomer

White Collar is back tonight. Now that Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of 50 Shades of Grey, he's on everyone's wish list to play Christian Grey.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think I blacked out there just for a second. We haven't parsed the new TV schedule yet. We are behind on a lot of things.

– October 17, 2013 11:59 AM
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Washington NFL team name change

What about changing the name to the "Washington Red Zebras?" Red Zebra Broadcasting is Dan Snyder's baby, isn't it?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It is. "Baby Pandas" would be animal choice. Who doesn't like baby pandas?

– October 17, 2013 11:59 AM
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Facts

I realize that Godwin's law is now in effect, but.. It's a fact that the swastika had a long history of use until it was co-opted by the Nazis.So by you're poster's logic, it would make an acceptable symbol for an NFL team. Accept this as fact: The meaning of things change over time.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Absolutely true. It was a popular quilt pattern and you can still find pre-Depression era quilt patterns that incorporated it. Things do change.

– October 17, 2013 12:00 PM
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Late starts

Heck, Trac, I'm no spring chicken and I struggle to stay awake for these games that start at 8:07 or even, Lord help us, 8:37. I'm no Mr. Tony, but it's tough to make it to 11:30 or 12:00 and be perky for work the next day. So I endorse early starts. Um, for the kids. Yeah, that's the ticket. Sleepily yours, Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

I  hear you, Rico.

– October 17, 2013 12:01 PM
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Bryce's Birthday

Should someone ask him if he's going to have a drink since he's now legal in the US? Just wonderin" --Bozo
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a clown question, bro! (Thanks for the setup.)

– October 17, 2013 12:01 PM
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As a little indian kid

When I was very young, my friends made fun of me because I was of Indian blood, my ancestors had walked the Trail of Tears. Living outside of D.C. I took solace and pride that the local football team was named the Redskins. and because of this name my childhood friends stopped making fun of me. I became a lifelong Redskin fan and have watched or listened to every game I could ever since Sammy Baugh played for the team. It would now tear my heart out if the name was changed. I live and die Redskin football every Sunday during the season. I have even learned which referees will make calls against the 'skins to make sure they lose. So far this season we have faced these refs in two games. I disagree with Boswell that the refs have no effect on the game's outcome. As a fan of over 60 years I remember every bad call, some very obvious, especially against Dallas. I remember one ref who kept spotting the ball for the 'skins after the play 1 to 4 yards back from where it should have been each time. Finally Joe Gibbs had to throw the red flag to challenge the spots. I hope that the National Football League keeps the Redskin name for our local team but replaces the refs that are consistently dishonest.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks for your post and I'm sorry you had that experience in childhood. (I don't mean to be perfunctory but we're running out of time and I wanted to get this up before I sign off.)

– October 17, 2013 12:03 PM
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Oh, yeah, sorry --

Troy made his pronouncement right as he thought the Saints could run out the clock. And now you know THE REST OF THE STORY. RIP Paul
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah. Still not a lot of clock awareness. Lot of that going around. I met Paul Harvey when I was a kid. And that's ALL of that story. :)

And that's all for today. Thanks for joining us. I issue the same caution as last week -- I might have to cancel because of baby duty but we'll see. They thought she'd be born a couple of weeks ago -- next week is her actual due date. :) If I'm not here, check the schedule for when I'll be back. Meanwhile, have a great weekend, everyone!

(And 405, bring up the fad food topic on the next chat so we have time to dig into it! You're right, we haven't done random food or drink in awhile. At some point I'll start hitting you all up for recipes to make for the family for the holidays. No two people like the same things so I'm already dreading it.)

– October 17, 2013 12:04 PM

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