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October 20, 2011

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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.

Have you tried the new manly Dr. Pepper?

My wife won't buy it for me.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can't -- it specifically says it's not for women. Which I must admit is an odd approach. Any men out there want to give TOBCOFWP a report?

And good morning to all! I'm going to get rolling. I will tell you that Nats questions may get short shrift today because my arch-enemy Kilgore is likely going to join me next Thursday to handle all things Nats. He was here yesterday and we reached an uneasy peace.

Now, on with the chat!

– October 20, 2011 11:00 AM
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Danny O'Brien

Good for him, but how can a sophomore graduate in the spring?
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Tracee Hamilton :

He's a very smart THIRD-YEAR sophomore.

– October 20, 2011 11:01 AM
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Matt Bradley Apology

Great article on yahoo about Bradley and Semin.  What are your thoughts Tracee. I'm still convinced what Bradley has said will help the Caps this year. Whether or not his apology was sincere it did have truth to it. At the end if the Caps do go all the way, Bradley did have a part in this. Your thoughts?

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Tracee Hamilton :

It sounds like his apology was sincere. Not sure why he apologized. What he said wasn't that harsh and nothing others haven't said. I'm surprised he did apologize but he obviously felt bad about it so good for him. Do I think he didn't mean what he said originally? No, I think he meant that. Will his remarks have a part in potential Caps success? Maybe, but I think the club knew it had a deep problem, not just with Semin but deeper. That may be giving Bradley too much credit.

– October 20, 2011 11:04 AM
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World Series

Good morning T-Ham. Who do you like, Cards or Rangers? Do Jayhawks root for St. Louis? ~Pats Fan
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm firmly in the St. Louis camp, for my cousin, who is a huge fan and can always use the pick-me-up. As I said last week, he's had a tough row to hoe and the Cards winning helps him get through.

– October 20, 2011 11:06 AM
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shanahans in pads

Tracee, I always see the manager and coaches of baseball teams wearing the uniform. What can we do to get the Shanahan's to suit up in helmet and pads?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm against this only because we would not be able to see Mike's tan and those laser eyes. So uni, no helmet.

– October 20, 2011 11:06 AM
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Bomer Time

Lets take a minute to admire the man we all love...Matt Bomer

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Tracee Hamilton :

Always. (Don't worry, folks, he's clothed.)

– October 20, 2011 11:10 AM
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World Series Prediction

Who ya got?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Cards. I guess I'll say six.

– October 20, 2011 11:11 AM
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Are some teams just snkebit?

I heard on ESPN radio that the Skins have had 28 starting QB's in the 27 years since Joe Theismann was injured. This way predates Dan Snyder. My office mates and I were able to come up with 23 of them, so apparently this is accurate. Someone started playing around with a computer and no other team even comes close. Given that QB is far and away the most important position on the field, that explains a lot.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good gravy. That's just an unacceptable number.

– October 20, 2011 11:13 AM
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Sorry about the Tigers

The SL Post Dispatch estimates that, if the series goes 7 games, it will pump $12 into the local economy. Also they hope to showcase the city, which is in fact coming back, to potential tourists nd other visitors. Too bad they couldn't happen in Detroit although, truth be told, I'm afraid there's not too much there to showcase yet.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm assuming you mean $12 million. In Detroit, it probably would be $12. I am still reeling from my visit there, and it was 12 months ago. Hurts my heart.

– October 20, 2011 11:14 AM
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Home Field Advantage

It's ridiculous to tie this to the All Star game. Now that this has given the home field advantage to 2 wild card teams, maybe they will rethink it.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I admit when I saw that schedule in print, it gave me pause. A team that clinched its spot on the final day of the season gets home-field advantage! Kind of amazing. And this from someone who is rooting for that team. It does make the all-star game ABOUT something, though. The NBA and NFL versions are a waste. The NHL at least is trying to make its interesting.

– October 20, 2011 11:15 AM
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Mr. and Mrs. Airless Cublicle had a Fantastic Weekend

The night before the Redskins-Eagles game, we took our binoculars and went to the University of Maryland observatory, for a "star party." We saw the four Galilean moons around Jupiter and two sets of beautiful binary stars in the constellation Lyra. One set, Eta 1 and 2 Lyrae, is a double-double (four stars in one system!) It was a much more pleasant experience than Randy Edsall and Danny O'Brien had half a mile away. Then Sunday, following your advice, we went to a nice local restaurant where we had a romantic dinner. Then we went home and I napped. Meanwhile Rex Grossman threw four picks and her Eagles won the game. It can't be the stars... but it could be the guys who think they are stars!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nicely done. Other husbands with anniversaries coming up, take note. I'm sure TAC wouldn't mind some borrowing of his observatory idea. Good one!

– October 20, 2011 11:16 AM
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No Mr. Octobers

The Yankees stars always seem to collapse in the playoffs. How does Pujols do in the offseason?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not bad. I had to look it up. Now I will tell a funny Pujols story. Not sure if I've told this on the chat -- if I have I apologize. Back when Pujols first came into the league, Bill Gildea went to St. Louis to write a fine feature about him. When he turned it in (I was baseball editor then) he included a pronunciation of his name in parentheses -- POO-holes. Even when I stopped howling and took it out, he still didn't get it, so pure was his mind.

– October 20, 2011 11:17 AM
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How many Redskins coaches does it take to change a quarterback?

Two, one to flip the coin and one to look at the game film.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Maybe they just watch "Brian's Song" all week.

– October 20, 2011 11:19 AM
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Number 42

I'm just getting to know the numbers of the new guys on the Caps. I noticed WARD wears number 42? Any special reason? Is it homage to Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier in baseball? Just curious. Thanks!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can't answer this and Tarik isn't around to bug. Anyone know?

– October 20, 2011 11:20 AM
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Jerry Hairston Jr. - Section 405

Hi -

I wish you still had FTF, because this is something I wanted to ask since last weekend. I watched Jerry Hairston play third base every day for about two months when R-Zim went down in April, and he did a wonderful job, and I was sad when the Nats traded him. How did he turn into Bozo the Clown for the last two games of the NLCS?

Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Resubmit next week, 405! Perfect for the arch-enemy.

– October 20, 2011 11:21 AM
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Carson Palmer to Raiders

Jason Campbell to Redskins?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Giggle.

– October 20, 2011 11:22 AM
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On the bright side

McNabb is not our quarterback.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, that IS a positive...

– October 20, 2011 11:22 AM
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Monday morning

Tracee, where does an email to sports@washpost go? My message was "on Monday morning we need a sports writer who is willing to talk Redskins, not baseball." You have 4 other days to talk baseball and every other sport. Monday should belong to Redskins fans. I am really sick of Boswell just taking 2 to 4 Redskins comments on Monday. And the occasional player who is brought in on rare other days is too pc for it to be worthwhile. Just one opinion, I suppose.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It goes into a big file and then one of our aides sorts it and sends it too the appropriate party. I'm surprised Boz didn't take more Skins questions, actually. I wonder if that was based on the number of questions or just Boz's love of this time of year. I can't speak for him. Maybe he'll read this. Or you could submit this to his chat. He's a big boy; he can take criticism.

– October 20, 2011 11:23 AM
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Nyjer Morgan

Heard any tweets from Tony Plush recently? Oops, guess that would be Tony Flush. I feel sorry for the Brewers, having once again lost out to the Cardinals in their "put it all together" year. But I'm not sorry to see him out of the playoffs.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I was not as big a Morgan fan as others. Certainly don't begrudge him any success but think the Nats did the right thing.

– October 20, 2011 11:24 AM
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Jack Kent Cooke legacy

I like classical music as well as sports (weird, I know) and every Sunday at 6 p.m. I listen to WETA's "young musicians" showcase. There are a lot of really talented kids out there, which bodes very well for the future. Oneof them last week was 9, which is pretty scary! And virtually every week, at least one of them has received a JKC legacy scholarship. I was not a huge fan of The Squire's during his lifetime, but this program is definitely doing a lot of good.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Classical music and sports is not weird. It's good. We should all have other interests. What's weird is having just one, I think, no matter what that one is. End of sermon. That is great about The Squire. He was quite a character, in good ways and bad.

– October 20, 2011 11:26 AM
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Cards

I know people don't like LaRussa, but he sure the heck can manage. If he pulls this off, it will be the second wild card team he's taken to the top by beating 3 superior "on paper" teams. Just making it to the Series by beating the Phils and the Brew Crew is amazing. I'm an AL fan but won't be disappointed if the Cards win it all.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yeah, I don't like him, and it makes rooting for them hard, but I'll get over it. He is a good game manager. Just wish I didn't have to listen to him talk.

– October 20, 2011 11:27 AM
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A humble Joe Theismann?

I caught him on Mike and Mike yeterday morning and was amazed -- he said he won the Super Bowl because he had a great O line, an HOF running back and receivers etc, etc, He also made some insightful comments. Wow. I've always thought of him as shallow and egotistical. Now I'm willing to listen to him some more.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Sure it wasn't an impersonator? :) Well, that's good.

(I hate Mike and Mike on "Jeopardy," by the way. Another Jeopardy pet peeve!)

– October 20, 2011 11:28 AM
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good or bad week for first start at quarterback?

If you could choose the week to make your first start at QB in years, would you be happy to have it against a weak defense like the Panthers, or are you afraid after just losing two of your offensive linemen to injury?
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Tracee Hamilton :

If I had waited as long as this guy, I think I'd just be happy and leave it at that. But I'd bring my running shoes. He's going to need to be mobile, I think. Can't wait to see this unfold.

– October 20, 2011 11:30 AM
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Kansas vs Mizou is . . .

Almost over, Ms H? It was bad enough with NU and KU's football streak of games for more than 100 years straight ending , but Mizzou to the SEC? NU to the B1G (hate that logo) is mild in comparison. If MU and KU quit playing, where can all the pent up-enraged hatred be released? What happens to the Big 8/Big 12/Big 12 - 2 or 3 b-ball tournament in KC? This has BIG economic implications. I'll ponder this while NU is in its 2nd bye week (sorry, I can't get worried about Minnesota - and may regret that remark) AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know. I keep hearing that they'll try to keep the games, and then that they won't. I would tell Mizzou, "Be careful what you wish for" but they clearly believe it's the right move. We'll see what happens. I have realignment fatigue. Wake me when it's over, AHG!

– October 20, 2011 11:31 AM
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Know when to fold 'em

Last Sunday's four interception performance by Rex Grossman is no surprise. It's also no surprise that his two best games, against the Giants and Cardinals, came first. Grossman is good for a few starts, but after you've seen enough film on him his weaknesses become clear and you can figure him out. That's why Eagles' free safety Kurt Coleman was able to get three of those four interceptions. He said after the game that he knew where Grossman was going on each of those plays. In other words, he was able to read Grossman like a good poker player reads his opposition. And it looks like Grossman is out of aces. Let the John Beck era begin.
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Tracee Hamilton :

We may not have seen the last of Grossman, but why not give Beck a chance? I'm eager to see what the guy can do after a week working with the first team. Last week he went in without any snaps with the first team, clearly nervous, but threw some decent balls  (and some bad ones). But I liked his running and did anyone notice his slide? Couldn't help thinking of Jason Campbell, who, God love him, could NOT slide to save his life.

– October 20, 2011 11:32 AM
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Shanahan

Everyone assumes Shanahan is staking his reputation on these two quarterbacks. Isnt it possible he is trying to build the rest of the team up (which he seems to be doing a good job of), and getting his system in place. Beck may be the guy but if he's not IM sure he'll be focused on that next. Until he finds his QB do you really expect him to say anything other than I have confidence in both of Beck and Rex to run the offense. Rebuilding does not happen overnight and I think he is doing pretty decent job. We are moving in the right direction and should have some patience.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think Shanahan's doing the best he can with what he has. These aren't the quarterbacks of the future and if they are, Shanahan is in big trouble. I think I wrote that earlier this week.

– October 20, 2011 11:34 AM
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Caps 5-0

Hi Tracee, So the Caps are 5-0 and are in Philly tonight. I must say even though its still early I like how much more balanced and disciplined the team is. Let's hope for a big night vs the Flyers!

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Tracee Hamilton :

With Maryland and Georgetown expected to be down and the Wiz locked out, thank goodness for the Caps!

– October 20, 2011 11:36 AM
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Maryland Bias - ACC Hoops

Lots of teeth-gnashing about Maryland Hoops being picked to finish ninth in the ACC. Not a peep about U.Va being picked a surprising fourth, after traditional powers UNC and Duke, and a loaded FSU team. What gives?
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Tracee Hamilton :

And the Cavs too!

– October 20, 2011 11:36 AM
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St. Louis home-field advantage

Boswell wrote of the Cardinals: "As mere wild cards they may not "deserve" home-field advantage. It's a gift bestowed on them by a National League win in the All-Star Game, not by any victories of their own." But he neglected to mention that the winning pitcher of that game plays for Washington!

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I'm not sure that's germane to the issue but more of a fun fact. :)

– October 20, 2011 11:37 AM
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Rex and Beck

I think Shanny should have given Rex 8 games and Beck 8 games. Equal treatment. Whatever happens on their watch, happens. Whoever does better wins the starting job. One of the columnists earlier this week made a good point - Rex has been in this league X years and his ability to run an NFL offense is still being debated.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's not Little League, where everyone gets a fair chance. You play till you fail, then you sit. Rex failed. In fact, I'd have benched him one interception earlier. If Beck fails, Rex will be back.

– October 20, 2011 11:39 AM
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Guiness

Learned last week that Guiness tapped with nitrogen instead of CO2 is over the top good. Now to find a spot in Illinois that serves it that way. Where do you hope KU lands if Missouri heads to the SEC? Do you have any rooting interest for the Cardinals in the World Series? Bourbonrich
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks; meant to post your information, Rich. I hope KU stays put and the Big 12 manages to land someone else. But to tell the truth, I'm almost past caring.

– October 20, 2011 11:39 AM
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Not worried...

Is it only me? We've lost 2 games...both, especially the last one, were marred with turnovers. Eliminate the turnovers, we probably win the games. Beck should do just that...he'll be servicable and probably run instead of throw picks. Where's the downside? Inexperience is a good thing right now at this point...experience (McNabb, Rex) showed that.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The Dallas game in particular was definitely winnable. I don't think your attitude is wrong -- this was never a Super Bowl team. They lost a game. Okay. Let's see what happens Sunday.

– October 20, 2011 11:40 AM
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kettle calling the pot black

After the tragedy involving Dan Wheldon, Jimmie Johnson takes Indy Car racing to task for doing something dangerous. Does Jimmie Johnson think NASCAR is safe? Does he remember how hard he crashed into the wall on Saturday night? I admire his skill and bravery. I don't admire his hypocrisy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wondered why Johnson was even asked. NASCAR and open wheel are apples and oranges. NASCAR is still dangerous, obviously, but an open wheel car will just disintegrate and there isn't much of a cage for the driver. NASCAR drivers have a pretty good cage. Both cars can still go airborne, of course. NASCAR did institute restrictor plates, which was supposed to cut back on that, but still ... let's face it, auto racing is dangerous. Every time you climb into a car, you can die. It's that simple.

– October 20, 2011 11:40 AM
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Sonny & Sam

They have both got to go! I had not heard them for many years, but caught the 3d and 1/2 the 4th quarter on Sunday. They were awful! Spent most of the time bickering with each other and repeating such bromides as, we need a big play! We need a sack! We need an interception! You've got to throw a ball the receiver can catch! (really?) Not one insightful comment between them. When I asked my son to start keeping track, we think Sonny referred 8 times to Gano's "thin" right leg. Sam once gave the score as 36-20. Out of towners who are not familiar with their storied history have to wonder what the heck is going on. We're starting to wonder the same thing.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I've got to tune in. I had a huge laugh Monday morning, though. Sonny was on The Junkies and was asked about Sam being "confused." Sonny said, "I've worked with him for 31 years. He's always been confused." I laughed myself silly.

Seriously, though, we talk about this on the chat. What can the Skins do? Can they really fire one or both of these guys, with the reputation Snyder already has? I'm asking the question; I really don't know the answer but it seems unlikely.

– October 20, 2011 11:41 AM
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B'More Cat and Rugby Lover

I'll be streaming the Rugby World Cup match at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning if anyone wants to come over. There will be breakfast like snacks and coffee. Bring your own comfy pants.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wish I could make it!

– October 20, 2011 11:42 AM
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NFL Coaches Sideline Attire

T-Ham, Peter King had a great point in his MMQB column this week about how he wishes coaches in the NFL (sorry, The National Football League) still wore suits. He was talking about how Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz wouldn't have acted they way they did if they were in suits. I admit I think they looked more professional. Thoughts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm  not sure suits would have prevented that incident but I liked seeing Hank Stram in a suit with a rolled up program. Never gonna happen.

You kids get off my lawn!

– October 20, 2011 11:43 AM
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Re: Bomer Time

His movie In Time starts a week from tomorrow. I'll be there. So will PH.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I thought I caught a glimpse of him in a preview. I'm there too. Plus I like the look of that movie.

– October 20, 2011 11:46 AM
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Redskins & QBs

Why oh why can't the Redskins settle this issue? It's the same old song and dance every year.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wish I could answer this. I really do.

– October 20, 2011 11:46 AM
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23 out of 28 QBs

I tip my hat to you, OP. This morning, I heard on 106.7 that we've been through 21 QBs in 19 years and could only remember 10 of them. You and your office mates have an impressive memory! ~STG
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Tracee Hamilton :

Passing along the compliment.

– October 20, 2011 11:47 AM
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Shanahan's sideline attire

Call me old-fashioned, but I liked it in the days of Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi, when head coaches wore ties and tweed sportcoats and little snap brim hats with feathers in the band. That's when you knew who was in charge. Man, I'd love to see some make Belichek wear a suit!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Another vote for suits. Belichek, I'm afraid, would look a mess no matter what he wore. He's just one of those guys.

– October 20, 2011 11:48 AM
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NBA

Like most sports fans, I am aware that there have been no games so far, but with the WS, the NFL, and the NHL going on, I haven't missed them at all. And I probably won't care all that much if the entire season is cancelled. So why do you think these guys are so eager to commit mass suicide?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Money.

– October 20, 2011 11:49 AM
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Home field advantage

I don't know, the flipside to that argument about it being unfair to give the Cards home field advantage is that the Rangers only had to win a 4-team division. Just get past the M's, A's and Angels and you're in the playoffs. Meanwhile the Cardinals are in the 6-team NL Central. Sure those other five teams include the Pirates, Reds, Cubs and Astros, but hey it's 6 teams nevertheless.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good debate point.

– October 20, 2011 11:49 AM
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Kilgore: dead!

Just like in Animal House, like "Niedermayer: dead!" Or did we decide that it's more Seinfeldian to say, "...Oh hello Kilgore."
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Tracee Hamilton :

I like "Hello, Kilgore." I say we use that. Assuming he remembers to show up.

– October 20, 2011 11:49 AM
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Throw 'em back

I hated the Packers throwback uniforms. What do you think of my idea of wearing old clothes to the office on Halloween Monday and calling it a throwback?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Why not? Couldn't look any worse than those? Ugh, Halloween. Gotta decide whether to turn out the  lights and hide or participate.

– October 20, 2011 11:49 AM
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Baseball is the odd duck

Only in baseball do the managers and coaches wear the same uniforms as the players. Imagine a basketball coach sitting on the bench in a jersey and shorts! If I would have to guess, I'd say the player-manager in the early days of baseball probably established the tradition. Player-managers in NFL (George Halas), NBA (Lenny Wilkens, Bill Russell), and NHL (?) are less common.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Connie Mack always wore a suit, as I recall. (Yes, I'm that old.)

– October 20, 2011 11:51 AM
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Just for you(r cousin)

I must say, I don't know you or your cousin but for some odd reason it's convinced me to root for the Cards!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks!

– October 20, 2011 11:51 AM
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"How many Redskins coaches does it take to change a quarterback?"

To change a quarter back into what? Two dimes and a nickel? Or a pumpkin?
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Tracee Hamilton :

A benchwarmer.

– October 20, 2011 11:52 AM
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Re: Shanahans in Pads

Basketball coaches in uniforms? The mind boggles! Although Krzyzewski might not look too bad in a uniform--nor Jamie Dixon.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not a lot of them could pull it off.

– October 20, 2011 11:52 AM
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Rick Pitino's quote from yesterday

"My problem is not them leaving," he said. "My problem is you did it in 48 hours. Don't run away with a girl after one date when you've been dating someone else for three or four years. You've been dating this woman for 30 years, show a little respect." That is another 15 seconds he is never going to live down. Could he have made a worse comment?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Pitino... never a dull moment.

– October 20, 2011 11:53 AM
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Jay Beagle?

Any word on Jay Beagle's condition?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nothing yet today.

– October 20, 2011 11:53 AM
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Re: Manly Dr. Pepper

Wait... Not worrying about my masculinity when deciding between conventional soda varieties could make me less masculine? I think I need an ultra lite beer to sort this out...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Don't worry, the ED commercials will come on and make you feel MUCH better.

– October 20, 2011 11:54 AM
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Bradley might have apologized for hurting Semin's feelings

My wife is always on me to do that, especially when I say something bad about Matt Bomer.
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Tracee Hamilton :

How could you-- never mind, I'm not rising to that fly.

– October 20, 2011 11:54 AM
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Greetings from Bagram

Tracee, I'm a Nats fan through-and-through, but I am really excited for the Cardinals. I'm pulling for them because a) they're representing the National League, which plays real baseball (none of that DH BS) and b) St Louis is a baseball town like no other. Too bad the games start at 4:30 am my time.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That happens to be my wakeup time, so that would be perfect for me. However, I am not brave enough for Bagram. Kudos to you!

– October 20, 2011 11:55 AM
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Email responses

Just be careful what you wish for - I received 60(!) email confirmations from the washingtonpost subscriber department confirming my new subscription. 60! Only one off from tying Roger Maris for the record.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good God! I'm really sorry to hear that!

– October 20, 2011 11:55 AM
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In response to Boz...

It's not that he doesn't take Skins questions...they usually are about half of them...it's the fact that he only takes about 6-8 questions total and it takes about 5-10 minutes each. Does he type THAT slow?
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Tracee Hamilton :

He's a little slower than me but not slow -- you ought to see him pound out columns. But his answers are long. Sometimes LOOOOOOOOONG.

– October 20, 2011 11:55 AM
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SportsNight

Hi Tracee--back in the chat after a loooong hiatus because I could never remember when or what day...sad, that. Anyhoo, just wanted to say that I was very excited to see that Netflix has SportsNight on InstantView--one the best tv dramas about sports ever made. Unfortunately, there were only two seasons because Aaron Sorkin abandoned it to focus on West Wing, but it's still worth watching. Signed, The Very Good Wife.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Agreed, Sorkin at his best, not overly preachy as he tends to become. Great show.

– October 20, 2011 11:55 AM
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Redskins

Even if Boswell does take more Redskins questions ... Tracee Hamilton he ain't. His answers -- even to simple questions -- run in paragraphs, not words, so he rarely gets to many questions.Why not have a Redskins-themed chat the day after each game??
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I think it's because Boz has Mondays and they don't want two sports chats on the same day. We used to have Skins chats on Fridays but not sure what happened to those. I'll have to ask the chat powers since clearly there is a hunger...

– October 20, 2011 11:56 AM
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Every day is Redskins Day here

Us non-Skins fans have to put up with Skins questions everywhere and any where. And the sports sections is full of Skins stuff all the time. And now there's yet another quarterback drama, so that will dominate everything. Please, spare us this "Monday should belong to Redskins fans." I assure you, the rest of us have figured out how to share all 7 days of the week with Redskins and their fans for decades, you can return the favor. I'll note the Skins are in apparent disarray, as per usual, while the Caps are a fabulous 5-0 with two huge games coming up. I don't see Caps fans demanding that an entire day be devoted to the Caps and only the Caps (although that would be awesome).
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Tracee Hamilton :

Except for a few of you.

– October 20, 2011 11:56 AM
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Sliding...

Please don't talk about sliding and Campbell...brings back bad Zorn memories...
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Tracee Hamilton :

:)

– October 20, 2011 11:57 AM
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Pittsburgh (former Washingtonian)

Met a Portuguese man this past weekend who's a diehard Steelers fan, and told me about a Steeler-themed sports bar near where he lives in Lisbon (run by a Pittsburgh expatriate). This got me to wondering: has the Post ever published an article on foreign Redskins-themed sports bars, where locals can come to watch the games with their fellow fans? I'd think there might be quite a few, given the international nature of our nation's capital.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Probably, back in the day when the Skins were good and we had correspondents around the world. Those days are gone.

– October 20, 2011 11:57 AM
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Beck

As you said, he "threw some decent balls (and some bad ones)." My worry is that the bad ones he threw were all buried in the ground. Yeah, those can't be intercepted, but that to me shows a lack of arm strength -- airmailing them means you just need to calm down, but I fear that he's going to be even worse than Grossman. There were an uncomfortably high number of passes that were nowhere near ANYone.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, he tended to throw into the ground, and I wasn't sure what to make of that, but I do think the lack of opportunity to work with the receivers hurts. If he does that this week, then they've got real problems.

– October 20, 2011 11:57 AM
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Freep

Were you at the Freep when Neal Rubin had his "Names and Faces" column on the last page? I was a teenager during part of his run (before the strike, when the column went away) and marveled every day at how clever it was. The first words from the items would often be a sentence or a song lyric, or the first letters of each item would spell a word...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Neal and I are old friends. In fact, he and I toured the Baseball Hall of Fame together. He has since moved to the News and I just found out he had heart surgery. But he is recovering nicely. He's a great guy. He writes Gil Thorpe and throws my name in every now and then for one of his characters, which always makes me laugh.

– October 20, 2011 11:58 AM
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St. Louis Home-Field Advantage

I'm not the one who brought Clippard into this chat today!
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Tracee Hamilton :

So noted!

– October 20, 2011 11:58 AM
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Ahem

As a Hokie fan, I will NEVER say "Thank goodness for the Cavs." Unless it's in the context of "Because we're playing them next and need the win."
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Tracee Hamilton :

Fair enough. I just meant ... never mind.

– October 20, 2011 11:58 AM
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I liked that "how many teams can you root for" thread

Missed the chat that day and think it's okey-dokey. Here's why: People move. Teams move. I was a Bruins fan as a kid in NJ - then NJ got its own hockey team. As an adult, I lived in LA and went to lots of Kings games. Now I live in Bruins country. So I root Devils, Bruins, Kings in that order. Simple.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Exactly. Well put. Thanks.

– October 20, 2011 11:58 AM
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Big 12 revisions -- plain speaking division

Best comment so far came from Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey. Asked whether the Bears would continue their rivalry with Texas A&M, which is leaving for the SEC, she said: "I remember Texas A&M's president (saying) it's like a marriage," Mulkey started. "So basically, he's talking about a divorce. And my feeling is this: If a man wants to divorce me and says our relationship has no value to him. And then, he asks me if he can sleep with me, the answer is, no."

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Tracee Hamilton :

That's pretty good.

– October 20, 2011 11:59 AM
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Contrasting Theismann Opinon

I love Theismann in that he brought us a Super Bowl, but humble he ain't. After Shanahan announced Beck as his starter, The Bog quoted Theismann as saying basically that Washington has been searching for a QB since he left. News flash, Joe - you aren't in the HoF and Joe Gibbs and the Skins won two more Super Bowls after you left. Just sayin'
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's good to believe in yourself, I guess. :)

– October 20, 2011 11:59 AM
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Maybe a dumb question

But why confirm the QB switch at all? Why not stay mum and let the Panthers guess until Sunday?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It would have come out. Zero chance of keeping that secret.

– October 20, 2011 11:59 AM
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"These aren't the quarterbacks of the future and if they are, Shanahan is in big trouble."

With all due respect, Goddess of the Plains, I don't agree with this. I'm more of a Ravens fan than a Skins fan and I'm familiar with their history. They built up a great defense, added a good running game with Jamal Lewis, and worked their way through a bunch of quarterbacks and won a Super Bowl along the way. Granted, if Brian Billick hadn't convinced himself of his genius and actually went out and got a decent QB, they might have won more than one. But it took him almost 10 years ago to get "in big trouble" for not settling on a QB. If the Shannys and Haslett can build up the rest of the team and come up with another option at QB in the offseason, that should buy them some time.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know; I think the Ravens had better QBs than either of these guys. But I shouldn't say that until I've given Beck a fair look.

– October 20, 2011 12:00 PM
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I wonder if my cat likes rugby?

She's bored stiff by world cup soccer but seems to enjoy hockey.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I had a cat who loved baseball; ironically, his name was Honus Wagner. I have a photo of him watching a game on my old black-and-white television.

– October 20, 2011 12:00 PM
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I liked seeing Hank Stram in a suit with a rolled up program

Don't forget Vince Lombardi wearing a hat as well!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Classic.

– October 20, 2011 12:00 PM
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Sonny and Sam

It has been sad, even painful, to listen to Sam for the last 2 or 3 years. He just cannot keep up with what is happening on the field. He repeats himself. He forgets what he and anybody else have just said. Sonny still has insight and the ability to convey it when he is not working to prop up Sam. Sam needs to be benched in favor of somebody better. LaVar?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think the Skins would ever hire LaVar; he's been pretty outspoken in his criticisms.

– October 20, 2011 12:00 PM
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Terry Francona on Fox

Did you catch Tito doing color analysis for the 1st 2 ALDS; games? He was funny, insightful, and knew the umps' tendencies. BTW, my parents are from Topeka. Have you ever been to Gage Park? Great memories...
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Tracee Hamilton :

I thought Francona was great on TV. Never been to Gage Park but I've been to the Topeka State Hospital. :) (I'm not joking.)

– October 20, 2011 12:01 PM
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Belichek, I'm afraid, would look a mess no matter what he wore

I doubt that the Ryan brothers are capable of looking very dapper, either.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good point.

– October 20, 2011 12:01 PM
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Coach's Attire

Add me to the list of those who'd like to see NFL coaches go back to wearing suits. But remember, the decision is not up to the coaches. It's the policy of the NFL that the coaches have to wear NFL attire, the same attire that is for sale on the NFL's web site.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Of course. Although I can't imagine Belichek moves a lot of product. :)

– October 20, 2011 12:01 PM
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Connie Mack

Did you see him play for the 1888 Senators? Sweet!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I was writing for Ye Olde Washingtone Poste.

– October 20, 2011 12:01 PM
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Belichek=Pig Pen

Can't imagine him in a suit - be like Pig Pen - just automatically look unkempt and discheveled once the suit was on.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Shirt untucked, tie askew, pants too long ... just can't clean that guy up, I think.

Okay, I've got to stop. Hopefully my last Thursday of PT. In fact, I'm declaring it thus. Sick of PT. Please have a wonderful weekend, with or without benefit of the NFL, and let's talk next week! Hopefully WITH Kilgore.

– October 20, 2011 12:02 PM
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