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November 8, 2012

11:02
A.M.

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

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Tracee Hamilton

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

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

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

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Misinterpreted, my ---

I heard the postgame comments live and reacted just like everyone else: he's throwing in the towel. Blaming the media makes it even worse. I've taken so much grief over the years from out of town family and friends (I'm from Cleveland). We had better beat the Browns or my life will be a living hell.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Eh, he said what he said. His indignation was kind of funny, and he seemed to want to blame Wise for it, when in fact national commentators saw the tape and said the exact same thing. I don't normally take sides but I don't want your life to be a living hell, so good luck. My team is the Chiefs. I know something about a living hell.

And good morning, everyone! Let's get going. I may have to quit early -- we're having some sort of glitch in the software and my answers keep disappearing, which might make some of you very happy but without answers, I might as well not be here. So I'll hope for the best and type fast, especially since my office is about 30 degrees and if I don't keep my fingers moving, they'll snap off.

– November 08, 2012 11:02 AM
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To the producers

For the love of God, please turn off that "An American Election" thing on the bottom of the page.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! I tried to get rid of it this morning and couldn't. I am in agreement with the "Daily Show" slogan from Tuesday night: "This Must End." Enough.

– November 08, 2012 11:03 AM
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Missed calls

Following up on your column about the blown whistle, how come no one is talking about the utterly mistaken personal foul called when RG3 was NOT out of bounds (Mike Pereira tweeted almost immediately). The Panthers had the Skins stopped on 3rd down and the blown call gave them a fresh set of downs inside the ten. It's entirely possible the Skins don't score without that mistaken call. What I'm saying is, blown calls go both ways.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Of course they do. And yes, that call was incorrect. No argument. The errant whistle was different because it was an inadvertant mistake that the officials made worse by not even following the rulebook. Neither call affected the outcome.

– November 08, 2012 11:05 AM
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All I know about Kansas I learned from The Wizard of Oz

Has the state been colorized yet?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope, it's basically unchanged. All the girls wear gingham and carry small dogs in baskets. Although come to think of it, now all the fashionable women carry small dogs in purses. Kansas = trendsetter.

– November 08, 2012 11:06 AM
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Why evaluate players...

...and not just the coaches? Two-and-a-half seasons, a 14-27 record, that's enough to evaluate, isn't it? The most-penalized team in the NFL, that's on the coaches. Their seats should be warm, if not hot.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that's why I wrote the Tuesday column. I agree. We're on the same page.

– November 08, 2012 11:13 AM
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Coaching Missteps

Can't really argue with most of how they have been using RGIII but when they really need to get creative they (Shanahans) fall flat on their faces. Instead of using the stretch right they could have called a misdirection naked bootleg to the left and he should have been able to outrun everyone. And who is at fault for not having Victor Cruz bumped at the line to interrupt their timing. The coaching and play calling here really sucks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I agree; the use of RGIII has improved greatly since the beginning of the season, minus that fourth-and-two call, which was just weird. And yes, how does Victor Cruz get so open behind coverage? Yikes.

– November 08, 2012 11:14 AM
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any responses to today's column?

Thanks for airing the question of why DIDN'T Shanahan hear about the bad whistle. I was wondering the same thing about the boys upstairs. Any response back from the Redskins or 'someone in the know?'
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope. It isn't a big event in the larger scheme of things, and in another week I might not have written about it, but it just seemed egregious and interesting at the same time.

– November 08, 2012 11:16 AM
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Redskins

I'm not trying to point the finger at any media entity at all, but things get a bit ridiculous around here about the Redskins. The coach can't say anything off the cuff after working all game and losing without it blowing up. Every team has ups and downs - the Giants didn't look great last week and they won the Super Bowl last year! Things happen, and the Redskins still have gone into this season with a talent deficit (albeit, one that's a bit smaller than the Wizards). There are no instant turnarounds, and it seems the media around here more than other places just feeds into it.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Two things: The coach didn't say just some old thing off the cuff. He said the season was over. And as for instant turnarounds, I don't think anyone was or is expecting the Super Bowl this year. I thin Skins fans were expecting better than this. I think that as long as this team has been bad, that's not an unreasonable expectation.

– November 08, 2012 11:16 AM
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Schneider? Really??

Are you feeling okay? Your quoting of Rob Schneider has me concerned about you! And can you please tell TPTB to get rid of that annoying black bar election thingamabob on the bottom of the screen? Election over, done, finito. Thanks, you're the best!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, come on, that was the best line in a bad movie. I use it all the time. And Rob Schneider -- underrated. Okay, I made up that last part.

And here's another vote for getting rid of that election bar.

– November 08, 2012 11:17 AM
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The B1G "race"

Well, Ms. H, my Huskers are fighting for a berth in a championship game for which I don't think anyone outside the Big 10 has any interest. It's my boys or Michigan on the one side and Wisconsin or perhaps Indiana (yes, Indiana) on the other, since PSU and OSU aren't eligible. Can't you see the networks going crazy over a Nebr-Wisconsin rematch? Once more, I pine for the good old days, when NU was in the Big 8, and everybody played everybody else every year. Just call me a troglodyte. AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

You're a troglodyte, and so am I. And the Huskers would lose to K-State. How often have we ever been able to say that?

– November 08, 2012 11:20 AM
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College Football, of course

Sorry I missed last week's chat, but thanks for the K-State shout out. By the way, while you were back home, did you hear anything about how the Wildcats are doing this year? I haven't really been paying attention. K-Stater
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, no one mentioned it. (The amount of purple was always overwhelming but now it's reached shocking proportions. The mall in Salina has a store that sells only K-State stuff. Ouch.)

– November 08, 2012 11:21 AM
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Props to DC United fans

First to the 700 who went to NY yesterday, outnumbering the Red Bull fans who showed up. Obviously not all of them could get off work again today but according to DCU on FaceBook, they're sending 5 buses up today. C'mon United!
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Tracee Hamilton :

That was huge; good shout-out. United has a great fan base. And can you believe they're getting snow up there now? That ain't right.

– November 08, 2012 11:22 AM
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shanahan

Some folks think he should have all 5 years. But management has to start thinking, next year I would, about a contract extension, no? Do you let Shanahan enter his fifth year as a lame duck? If the team isn't faring well next year, should you simply part ways with him after that season, or allow him to enter the fifth year as a lame duck? Which would be more humiliating to an old pro?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think he gets one more year and he can send a fruit basket to RGIII for that. But if there isn't significant improvement next year, I'd get rid of him. You do not want to waste the first half of RGIII's career on a dud of a team.

– November 08, 2012 11:24 AM
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poorly thrown passes last week

Love RG3, but this past game he had a number of passes which were overthrown, or were just hard enough to catch that the receivers couldn't do it. He owns a bit of this past week's loss (for a change). Don't think I've seen anyone point this out.
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, there was a lot to jaw about but you're right, it wasn't his best passing game. Hoping that was a one-game thing. If he goes off the rails ... oh my.

– November 08, 2012 11:29 AM
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Luunch Quandry

I can't decide between a Chopt salad or Chicken Curry? your thoughts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

The curry will take the chill off. (My office is REALLY cold.)

– November 08, 2012 11:30 AM
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Can KSU win it all? Can they beat 'Bama?

And another vote for sending that black bar to the Phantom Zone.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I believe the answers are yes, and yes. They have to be beyond perfect the rest of the way to stay in the number 2 spot, unless by some chance Bama loses. They have to perform better than most teams to get the same amount of respect because they are located where they're located. However, they are better than most teams. I should add, if Klein is healthy.

– November 08, 2012 11:33 AM
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Inquiring mind wants to know

Ever since the Redskins released Cundiff, I've wondered: what does an unemployed pro football player do to fill his hours and support himself? Do contracts typically include severance pay? Does he draw unemployment benefits? Does he work out in his own (where?) and put out feelers to other teams? Does he go get some other job, either in or out of football?
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Tracee Hamilton :

That varies wildly by position. A guy who made a boatload of money can sit around and play golf. Kickers can wait for the phone to ring because let's face it, they are recycled like water bottles. I am 99% sure there is no severance pay but the unemployment question I can't answer. They usually work out at a high school near their permanent home; most schools let that happen. Or at their alma mater. The agent makes calls. If the guy made the minimum and has to, he goes and gets a job.

– November 08, 2012 11:35 AM
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Software glitch ain't new

Tracee: Chat hosts had the same problem yesterday. Maybe the WAPO system is in mourning because the election is over and page views will fall. Just a guess.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I am having problems and I have answered a few questions that have vanished, so I apologize for that. Though you have no way of knowing which ones, I guess. And neither do I without keeping track. And if I keep track, I can't answer questions. Sigh. This chat will end promptly at noon, that I can guarantee. I am nearing a Bryce Harper hit myself in the head with a bat tantrum here.

– November 08, 2012 11:35 AM
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Wizards game

I am taking my son to his first Wizards game next weekend. What should I have him focus on as part of the "fan experience" to take his mind off the on-court goings-on?
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Tracee Hamilton :

First, take earplugs. I'm not kidding. Same advice I'd give a guy taking a kid to a rock concert. I find the Wizards games LOUD. And it's obviously not the crowd. Don't worry, there is something happening during every timeout and at halftime, so there is no downtime to be filled. Focus will be easy -- they present something different all the time.

But I carry earplugs in my computer bag and my ears are old, worn out ears.

– November 08, 2012 11:38 AM
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Time To Evaluate the Owner

Snyder epic fail. Post should hold a fan vote and then NFL should force Snyder to sell team. Winning the preseason for 19 out of the last 20 years means you are still the worst owner in pro sports ever.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's a good plan in theory but will never work. The NFL isn't going to force him to sell for epic fails. Look at the history of the league. I've written this before: If you want to remain a Skins fan, you have to accept the fact that this guy is going to be the owner. If you can't live with it, you're going to have to move on. Because I don't think he's going anywhere for a long time.

– November 08, 2012 11:40 AM
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It's the Execution, stupid

Darrel Green and Charles Mann say the problem is not the defensive play calling, it's the execution. This still begs the question: is it the coaches' fault, for not teaching better execution, or management's, for not choosing players capable of better execution?:

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes.

It's a combination of a lot of things. They have significant injuries. They are weak at the corners, and that exposes your defense in a way nothing else can. They at times lack discipline, which of course should be the individual's responsibility but the coaches can make it a priority for sitting a guy who does something stupid. They are picking up some better players but not enough. I still think the 3-4 is part of the problem, but I'm willing to be proven wrong.

– November 08, 2012 11:43 AM
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NHL?

What's happening with the NHL? Any progress? I'm dying without my CAPS!
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Tracee Hamilton :

At least they talked. That's something. But a season doesn't appear imminent. I miss the Caps, too. Feels wrong without them.

– November 08, 2012 11:44 AM
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Black band

The election retrospective thing seems to be gone now, at least in Firefox. Thank goodness! I imagine there are some people who would like to see it, so a LINK would be appropriate, just don't force it on all of us.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I hope that's true, because I'll give you chatters the credit.

– November 08, 2012 11:46 AM
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Wizards 2012 = Nats 2009? - Section 405

I'm by no means knowledgeable about basketball, but I get a vibe from this year's Wizards that reminds me of the '09 Nats. Now, the '09 Nats wound up losing over a hundred games, but they were the root of the triumphs of 2012. Those Nats were a *good* bad team -- they always tried, but just didn't have the talent. Key to later improvements was the wholesale dumping of all the headcases, projects and "characters" that Jim Bowden had collected before he was shown the door over the Dominican fake ID scandal (Esmalyn Gonzalez, Nats first decade organizational MVP?). They also got quality, solid players like Dunn and Willingham who brought respectability, even if they didn't make it all the way to the payoff. Yes, they were bad, but a win was always a possibility on any one day, and I will always cherish the 8 game winning streak that closed the '09 season.

Turning to the Wizards - Headcases gone - Check

Solid players acquired (Nene, Seraphim) - Check

Winning streak at end of season - Check

Play hard every game - Check

Am I being delusional, or is this team going to be very good in two or three years? Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, anything is possible. They have to continue to draft smart and at some point they have to pull off some sort of huge free agent signing or trade. Look at the pieces of the Nats' puzzle this year that came from the minors -- the Wizards don't have that luxury. A Tyler Moore isn't just going to show up in the gym. I had lunch with Ernie Grunfeld recently and he certainly is upbeat about the prospects and I hope he's right, because Wizards fans deserve something to cheer about, just like Nats fans did.

– November 08, 2012 11:51 AM
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Lunch Update

Curry good. Office cold as well. The air is really dry which isn't helping either.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's why I'm here. Happy to help.

– November 08, 2012 11:53 AM
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can't even get a message out to say the chat is over. If this makes it, the chat is over. So, too, is my sanity. I apologize for the pace today but I couldn't do a darn thing about it. I have unpublished questions and answers but I can't unlock them. I've tried three times to sign off. Hoping this gets through to you all, I remain, yrs truly,

The Mad Chatter (literally)

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