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November 29, 2012

10:59
A.M.

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

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Tracee Hamilton

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

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

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

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Q.

RGIII

Seriously, using "MVP" and "RGIII" in the same sentence, let alone an entire article is delusional. What is Mark Maske smoking?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Disagree. Many, MANY people are saying it, not just Maske. Maske's reporting that talk, not opining. I think that IF he gets the Redskins in the playoffs, he deserves strong consideration. However, there's a chunk of season to play yet so I wouldn't pick an MVP yet, RGIII or anyone else.

If you definite an MVP as having the greatest impact on his team's performance as well as stats, I think he's absolutely in the discussion.

And good morning, all. Let's get going! My office seems to be unheated so when my fingers freeze to the keyboard, we're done.

– November 29, 2012 10:59 AM
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Boswell for the Hall?

The J. G. Taylor Spink award inducts baseball writers in the Hall of Fame. Past honorees include Peter Gammons, Red Smith, Jim Murray, etc. Why has Tom Boswell, arguably the best writer on baseball for the past couple of decades at least, not been inducted and what can be done to rectify this?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Every chapter can nominate a writer. Boz has been championed but he gets blocked by a certain local person, as I understand it. Which is ridiculous and hopefully someday can be overcome. But it's not from lack of trying, and no, there's not much you can do because it's done within the BBWAA.

– November 29, 2012 11:01 AM
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Spring Training

I feel like Rogers Hornsby -- I'm just staring out the window these days, waiting for baseball in the spring. On that note, I'd like to take my son for our first trip to Spring Training in Viera. Boswell recommends making the trip BEFORE the actual games start, and instead hanging out at the team's early practices, for a more intimate experience. What do you think? (And do you know when the Nats report?)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Feb. 13, I think. For the media, arriving before the games is great. I'm not sure how it would be for the fans because I've never done it. Better chances of autographs during the practice time, but it's a lot of drills, not much excitement. Depends on what you want to get out of it.

– November 29, 2012 11:03 AM
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Sean Taylor

Sure doesn't seem like 5 years since he died, but Gibbs II was the coach so it must have been. I didn't realize until I read Mike Wise's column that his killers -- I guess I should say alleged killers -- have not yet come to trial. What the heck is going on? It's not as if this was a really complex case. His family needs closure and so do the fans.

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Tracee Hamilton :

This is our legal system in action. They keep asking for continuances and getting them. It's a shame but I don't get the feeling it's that unusual.

– November 29, 2012 11:04 AM
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Wiz

There's an old maxim that a long losing streak is sometimes followed by a long winning streak. Don't expect that to happen here. But it's nice to get that first win.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nice that we can quit talking about it. Now we can talk about their second win!

– November 29, 2012 11:10 AM
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Where's Sally on Lance?

Sally Jenkins' Monday column on the Redskins' win reminded me that about a month ago, you assured an inquiring reader that we would soon hear from Sally about her now-disgraced friend Lance Armstrong. We are still waiting (unless she has spoken out elsewhere). I greatly respect Ms. Jenkins and hope she does not follow the example of former colleague Michael Wilbon, who staunchly defended his friend Kobe Bryant, accused of sexual assault, and then went silent when Kobe settled and all but admitted the sex was nonconsensual for the woman.
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Tracee Hamilton :

My understanding is that Sally is still on leave. She wrote the Skins-Cowboys game because it was in Arlington, where her parents live, and she was there for the holiday. I'm not sure if she's done with her book yet. I still expect her to address it when she's done with book leave, but the Skins game was sort of a matter of convenience. Again, I'm not an editor anymore so I can't swear to that.

– November 29, 2012 11:11 AM
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why is the ACC already suing UMD?

Why is the ACC already suing Maryland? It isn't like the money is already past due. Can you sue someone because of intentions? Honestly, I'm not being sarcastic. I just don't understand suing someone for something they might do sometime in the future.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think they did it because they thought Maryland would file suit to try to get it overturned so they thought they'd beat the Terps to the punch. I wasn't too surprised. It'll end up in court, where it will likely be adjudicated faster than the Taylor case.

– November 29, 2012 11:12 AM
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Big Ten and Debbie Yow

Tracee, although the news only broke over the weekend and became offical yesterday, why hasn't there been a story written about why MD had the money woes that forced this move to the Big Ten? The entire need for this ill concieved money grab move can be traced to the Debbie Yow and her bag of stupidity. Debbie Yow should be front and center in taking the heat and blame for this mess and her name needs to go down in the anals as the worst (ok, maybe second worse to Bob Wade) in the history of MD sports. She is wrecked the school and ran away - evil little coward.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Liz Clarke wrote that story and it appeared as a news analysis in the Tuesday, Nov. 20, paper, I believe.

– November 29, 2012 11:13 AM
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Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and Knower of all things Great and small With the Terps leaving the ACC, does that open up a spot for the Wizards ? It certainly wouldn't upset the balance in the ACC and the travel would be the same for the other teams.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ouch! But good one.

– November 29, 2012 11:15 AM
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Do you think they think it was worth it?

Hi, Tracee -- I'm referring to the Auburn faithful, of course. They got one of the most rare and coveted prizes in sports, due to the one-and-done renting (let's not kid ourselves) of a once-in-a-lifetime player who had been banned for theft (and being a Husky, I know from laptop theft) at a rival school. They haven't won anything since, and with the program in disarray and likely to receive serious sanctions for lack of institutional control (and yes, being a Husky, I know from a lack of institutional control), Auburn isn't likely to see the top half of the $EC for a generation. If you were a typical Auburn fan/student/alum, would you make that deal? I kinda think they would, if only for a year's worth of bragging rights. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

You may well be right. The older I get, the more I'd like to see Kansas, just once, in the title game. And the older I get, the more I realize it is not going to happen. Maybe I'd go $11 million of someone else's money. I hope not, though. That's a lot of money down the toilet.

– November 29, 2012 11:16 AM
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East Coast Offense

Is the Redskins newly nicknamed East Coast Offense the wave of the future as was Bill Walsh's West Coast offense?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know; the Skins' offense seems to need a particular brand of QB and Griffin is just not typical. Will more kids try to be Griffin? Undoubtedly.

– November 29, 2012 11:17 AM
Q.

BJ Upton to Braves

This guy has had more strikeouts than hits for the last 4 years, He's a streaky hitter at best. And he's worth $15 million a year? Amazed in Tampa.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You could buy your way out of the ACC three times for that kind of scratch! (Yes, it's amazing. Not sure what that portends for the hot stove portion of the season.)

– November 29, 2012 11:20 AM
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RGIII MVP or Not

Most of the talking heads on tv will not even consider RGIII as an MVP candidate unless they make the playoffs. At least in MLB there have been a handful of players who have been named MVP because of what they did for their team. Without RGIII and the injuries to Rak, Carriker, Meriweather, Garcon, et al., would be lucky to have maybe one win much less contending for a playoff spot. Hands down he should win the ROY going away. He has won the weekly award 5 times (this past week included) and rookie of the month at least once. All they do is talk about how great he is yet. The biggest reason they don't have a better record is because of the boneheaded plays by his teammates. By virtue of the Redskins even being in the playoff hunt at all is a testament of how good no great RGIII is.
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Tracee Hamilton :

No argument, he's rookie of the year in my book. The reason I think they need to make the playoffs -- or at least be in the hunt the final weekend -- is that THAT will be largely due to him getting the rest of the team on board with confidence that they could do it. If they look at team records and stats, he's not going to win it right now, but he's in the hunt. That's pretty darn good. This is like the "should Harper be an all-star?" argument. The fact he was even in the discussion so quickly in his career was amazing. That he was named to the team was phenomenal. But the Nats were also atop the division. 

– November 29, 2012 11:21 AM
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Please predict only for teams you dislike...

Loved your column the Saturday after we last chatted about the three undefeated college teams, and how you were particularly happy about K-State, your alma mater's traditional rival. Two of the three lost before the ink was dry on the paper.

I know you've said it here before many times, but could you explain to folks again about your track record with predictions? And please, please, please, don't predict the Nats in the World Series next year.... On the other hand, please keep on talking about college coaching ripoffs like Chizik.

Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I managed to kill not one but two teams in one column. If the Wizards hadn't won last night, I would going to write a "Wizards won't win this season" column to see if that would help them get a W. I truly am a jinx to end all jinxes. In truth, I wasn't convinced K-State would get by Baylor, but I thought that week they deserved the top ranking and I WANTED to see a K-State-Oregon national championship. I wasn't convinced it would happen. But I would like to have seen that, just for the sake of shaking things up.

– November 29, 2012 11:24 AM
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B1GSE12CC

Who would've believed a world where Mizzou was in the SEC and Maryland in the Big 10? Oh, yeah. ESPN. That's who. But it's really awful for the many of the sports that MD excels at--men's soccer and lax in particular. I guess scenes like the recent one where almost 10,000 fans screamed their way through the ACC final up at the MD Soccerplex are a thing of the past. Bleah.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that doesn't matter at all when compared to deciding where a mediocre football team belongs. It's a sad and unfair world.

– November 29, 2012 11:25 AM
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Why DID VCU Move to Altantic 10??

less competition then in CAA??? Too afraid of GMU??? Interesting that both Richmond and VCU moved to the Atlantic 10. Any news of GMU's move to the Big East?
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Tracee Hamilton :

The answer to all of these "why" questions is money. Don't kid yourself. I haven't heard about GMU's move to the Big East but stay tuned. :)

– November 29, 2012 11:27 AM
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Washington Caps and NHL

Hi Tracee, I loved your columns on the Caps. I retired from the USG and I am now teaching at a university in Montreal (enemy territory). I have been too busy to keep track of the NHL negotiations. What is going on with the NHL negotiations? What is the latest?
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Tracee Hamilton :

The sides are currently -- meaning today -- meeting with a mediator and apparently yesterday's talks went okay, although they are very hush-hush. It's hard to believe the league would let the season go but I wouldn't hazard a guess right now -- especially since I'm such a jinx.

– November 29, 2012 11:28 AM
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Re: Boswell for the hall?

Does this certain "local person" rhyme with Teter Bangelos?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, no, he has nothing to do with it. The candidates are nominated by the BBWAA chapter, which has to pick one person. One person in the chapter consistently campaigns against Boz, and the chapter nominates someone else. And no, it's not Kilgore. Who it is, I'm not sayin'. Not my place. I'm not a member anymore, either, so maybe this is no longer happening. But it was.

– November 29, 2012 11:29 AM
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Boswell

Agree with the commenter. Boswell is this generation's Shirley Povich. Crime that one person can block a prestigious award. Is this person jealous?
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Tracee Hamilton :

He can't block, but he can campaign against and sway enough voters to get Boz out, or put forward someone else against Boz. This person, I'm sure, would say he's not jealous. He probably feels he has good reasons. I would say you put aside your differences and look at the body of work like a grownup, but I'm silly that way.

– November 29, 2012 11:31 AM
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ACC/Big 10

After first night, everybody was down on ACC. But after all is said and done wasn't the win/losses tied at 6? Both conferences are very good. And how nice to see Maryland on the "rebound"!!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I haven't kept a running tally but yes, both conferences are good. It's also early. And yes, good for the Terps. There 's one prediction I will never take back: I said folks would fall in love with Turg and what he did with the program.

– November 29, 2012 11:33 AM
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RGIII

Why not RGIII for MVP? If the QB rating also included running yardage, then RG would be way ahead of everybody. He probably won't get it because of the Skins record and he is only a rookie. Has a rookie ever won MVP?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, Earl Campbell.

– November 29, 2012 11:34 AM
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Boz has been championed but he gets blocked by a certain local person

But doesn't Wilbon pretty much live in Phoenix now?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, NEVER Wilbon. Not Sally, Wise, Reid, me, Svrluga, Kilgore ...

– November 29, 2012 11:35 AM
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ACC

Is the ACC in danger? I would be shocked if FSU and Clemson remain in the conference. Both fanbases are clamoring for a move to the BIG 12 (my son is a freshmen at FSU and says he hears it everyday). UNC felt the need to issue a statement that they are happy with the ACC (the dreaded vote fo confidence). I can't imagine the B1G is done at 14. Four Super conferences of 16 seems inevitable! Thoughts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

A couple of conferences won't survive. Funnily enough, there have been a few "Kansas to the B1G" along with UNC. I don't take it too seriously because the B1G flirted with Mizzou before dropping it. Yes, four super conferences, to me, seems inevitable. (I just wrote that basic sentence in tomorrow's column.)

– November 29, 2012 11:37 AM
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Bad bad teams vs. good bad teams - Section 405

I get it - the Wizards are bad. We know. What I don't understand is the opprobrium being heaped upon them. Maybe watching the Nats climb from the abyss to their current high level has taught me something. 

All bad teams are not alike. There are bad bad teams ('08 Nats), and good bad teams ('09 Nats). The good bad teams keep working, supply real effort, and generally lack the knuckleheads. This year's Wizards generally make an honest effort and don't do the really stupid things Wizards of the recent past have pulled (Hi, JaVale. And come on down, Andray!). They just don't have enough talent to win regularly.

Note that they could plausibly have won 4 or 5 of the games during the streak. Remember that their two best players were out with injuries. And don't forget to congratulate them on the win. Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know, I didn't think they got as much flak as they would have if 1) Wall were healthy or 2) the knuckleheads were still around. Once Wall is back and Nene can play consistently, then the gloves will really come off, I think.

– November 29, 2012 11:38 AM
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Pre-Game Spring Training

If Viera is anything like the southwest FL spring training sites (Sawx, Twins), you'll probably save a TON on your hotels and the beaches/restaurants/golf courses will be less crowded. You'll actually see more of the players doing something, since of course a game is a much more controlled situation and most of the team is on the bench.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That is very true. If you go for games, you want to avoid the split-squad days as well. The pace is more relaxed in February and so are the players. Even Boz is more relaxed!

– November 29, 2012 11:39 AM
Q.

Broken Harbor

Tana French continues her streak of excellent crime fiction--have you picked it up yet? Also, thoughts on Upton to the Braves and the possibility of Bourn to the Phils?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I have it in my Kindle -- maybe on the trip to Kansas next month. Upton and Bourn -- fine. Everyone's trying to get better.

– November 29, 2012 11:39 AM
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Re:Boz has been championed but he gets blocked by a certain local person,

Can you give us more detail on this? I'd love to know who and why he/she is doing this to Boz.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know why (I might guess but I won't speak for this person, whom I do like), and I won't say who. I believe Boz will make it; I'm not worried.

– November 29, 2012 11:41 AM
Q.

Why the Wiz can't go to the ACC

Their players take tougher courses than the ones at UNC.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The posts do not necessarily reflect the views of the chat hostess. (I am already accused of being anti-UNC.)

– November 29, 2012 11:43 AM
Q.

Not just BBall

The Wizards could be competitive on the ACC gridiron as well...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, THAT'S funny.

– November 29, 2012 11:44 AM
Q.

Long Term contracts

Can I say that I'm glad the Rays signed Evan Longoria through 2023? I'm not a Rays fan, but I just like that the guy is going to spend his entire career with one organization. Nice to see baseball is turning this way, rather than the rampant free agency we saw just a few years ago.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Think it's 2022, which doesn't at all negate your point, and I agree. So rare and so nice to see.

– November 29, 2012 11:46 AM
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Redskins Giants

Any chance that the packers played vanilla against the Giants to make them oveconfident going into December? Can the Redskins take advantage?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No chance the Packers didn't want to win. They're fighting for a division title/wild card berth. Can the Redskins take advantage if the Giants are overconfident? Sure, but given that the Skins nearly beat them last month, will they be overconfident? Hard to believe. But stranger things have happened.

– November 29, 2012 11:47 AM
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My chances of winning lottery last night = my chances of attending an NHL game last night....

...and don't get me started on the Wizards. Hi, Tracee - you are truly the Gift That Keeps On Giving.....to wit: TH on the giddiness of area football writers: "Every scribe that touches upon the Redskins is no doubt starting to feel like Bart Simpson, writing 'Robert Griffin III is great!' over and over on a chalkboard" The Goddess of the Plains on the morass that is College Football: "Auburn's students working two jobs will be happy to know the school is spending $208,334 a month to pay football coaches for absolutely nothing. Of course, that's for just 36 months. And there is this super-harsh clause: If any of the coaches find jobs during that 36 months, the new salary will be deducted from the buyout money. Ouch! How do Auburn fundraisers ask their alumni for money without bursting into flames?" Baby Jay lets the Terps have it for their spendthrift ways: "So let's get this straight: Maryland was delighted two years ago when James Franklin went to Vanderbilt because it no longer owed him $1 million. They could then afford to buy out Ralph Friedgen despite his 8-4 season for $2 million. The wailing and gnashing of teeth over that $2 million -- followed by eliminating those seven sports -- is hilarious now in the face of a $50 million payout. If you have to spend money to make money, Maryland should be printing the stuff in a few years. The really sad fact: Even with an increased windfall from the B1G, Maryland probably still won't be able to break even. Only a few dozen Division I teams manage to do that. So the Terps are spending $50 million for the opportunity to stay in debt -- to which they can add $50 million." Tracee - your work remains a delight. Keep 'em coming.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Geez, I sound so mean! It's true the $50 -- now $52 -- million will eventually be "worked off" but the difference in the ACC vs. B1G money, IMO, is not going to be enough to get their budget balanced, much less to bring back those teams that were cut.

Aw, don't get me started. I'll just say thanks!

– November 29, 2012 11:49 AM
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staring out the window and waiting for spring

Me, too. Wish I could get excited about other sports but they just don't appeal to me the way baseball does. Thank the baseball g*ds for MLB Network. I don't know what I'd do otherwise. In other news, hope your dad is doing better. I know how that role reversal thing goes (as mentioned in an earlier column of yours), and it's a challenge. In fact, my family had another such experience over Thanksgiving. Difficult as it is on the kids' side, it has to be tough on parents' side of the equation as well. Oh well, such is life. And on that cheery note, I will sign off. :-) natsfan1a
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Tracee Hamilton :

My dad is doing better, thanks, although I'll feel better when I see him and see what he's up to. He has no energy, which after five weeks on his back is not surprising. Sorry to hear your family is going through the same. It's awful, most people have to face it, and that helps not at all. My best friend lost her dad while I was in Kansas and I know she'd trade places with me in a heartbeat.

– November 29, 2012 11:50 AM
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B1G Perspective on Maryland

I'm in Chicago, and I remember that when Nebraska came to the Big 10 there was much rejoicing. People out here know that (football) program, respect its history, and were happy to have it on board. Maryland? Not so much. Virtually no interest at all. If anything it's almost a confirmation that the B1G is slipping into mediocrity.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I know a little about B1G football, and Nebraska fits the league. I fear Maryland will be like my alma mater -- a nice W to circle on the schedule every year. I hope that's not the case. It's no fun to be that team.

– November 29, 2012 11:51 AM
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Federal Mediation

Think this will help or hinder progress in the NHL talks. I miss Rockin' the Red!!!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think it can hurt; they weren't getting anywhere on their own. It can help or it can do nothing but it can't make things worse.

– November 29, 2012 11:53 AM
Q.

Tim Tebow

Why in heaven's name don't the Jets play him more? Could they really do any worse? He may not be a Manning or a Brady, but isn't he as good as Sanchez? I read some of his book until I couldn't read it any more (it was as if Jesus had written the New Testament), but he does have a very strong work ethic and great determination. On another topic, have you seen some of the clever videos & cartoons coming from Benstonium.com? The "ultrasound" of Ben Roethlisburger Jr. is especially clever, as is their take on Skyfall. Why doesn't Washington have something like that? Are Pittsburgh fans better?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sorry I haven't checked out this site; I'll do it when I'm not chatting. Are Pittsburgh fans better? I don't think so, but they are different. It's definitely a sports-oriented town in a way D.C. isn't. As for Tebow, I admit I haven't followed the Jets because Ryan annoys me so. I have nothing against Tebow and am a bit surprised, after the heroics of last year, that he's just disappeared but not at all surprised that some Jets were bad-mouthing him anonymously in the media. I'll say this for Sanchez; he defended the guy.

– November 29, 2012 11:54 AM
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Conference switching & end of collegiate athletics

I was having a conversation with my father over Thanksgiving, and I pointed out that the real losers in the conference switching are the fans of all the teams switching. I realize that the economics of College Sports is changing, as the focus has gone from putting butts in the seats to putting people in front of the fans, but the fans really like the pagentry and rivalry of college sports! But when you throw away those rivalries for money, it's a lot harder to plunk down my money for paraphanelia and tickets to go see a game with no history (say a Maryland versus Iowa basketball game) as opposed to one with a storied history (Maryland versus Duke for example). It makes me think that major college sports are going to go away sooner rather than later. Why not just create a minor league football league and expand the NBA D-League and do away with college all together? If it's just going to be about the money, let it just be about the money.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You aren't wrong. Something I tried to touch on in a column for tomorrow. TV wants these conferences, then they want them to change. It's like someone who loves you as you are, then you get married, and then suddenly he wants to change everything about you.

– November 29, 2012 11:55 AM
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Spring Training Before the Games Start

Miz T; I'd say whether the child would enjoy Viera before the games start depends on the child. Mom and Dad have to take age and excitement over baseball into account. Does he play Little League? Would he be excited at the chance to talk with players and maybe pick up some tips by watching the drills? Are you going to be happy with watching drills in the morning and doing other things in the afternoon because the drills before games start usually end around lunchtime. Another option, if the Nationals do it again as they have in past years, will be a clinic for kids with mostly coaches but a few (mostly minor-league) players as well before one of the spring training games. I don't think anything's been announced about that yet. On the other hand, along with baseball there is a lengthy roster of other things to do in the area; tour Cape Canaveral, kayak with the manatees (maybe) in local waters, take a surfing lesson, daytrip to Disney and the other Orlando activities. Reporting on spring training and the Brevard County tourism beat from Satellite Beach, Florida I am... The Retired Journalist.
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Tracee Hamilton :

All good points. The age of the kid and the kid's love of baseball is crucial. Otherwise those will be some looooong days.

– November 29, 2012 11:57 AM
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For the producer:

This is how the date/time stamps are showing up on my screen: – marraskuu 29, 2012 11:16 ap.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You had me at "producer." Still, I'll post it.

– November 29, 2012 11:57 AM
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apparently yesterday's talks went okay, although they are very hush-hush

This is a good thing. The only thing worse than the fact that there's no hockey is hearing/reading about the PR crap each side tries to sell after the meetings that don't accomplish anything. I don't care (and I have a feeling most fanst feel the same way) that the other side is the big meanie, just get a @!#%$#@% deal done.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, the posturing gets old.

– November 29, 2012 11:59 AM
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Chizik

Can he get hired again? (not that he needs the $$) After our abysmal experiences with him at Iowa State, and his subsequent flame out at Auburn, who would take a chance on him?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think he'll be hired again, perhaps as an assistant, in a few years. The college coaching circle is very environmentally sound -- recycle recycle recycle.

– November 29, 2012 12:01 PM
Q.

Boswell

It's Teddy, isn't it?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Busted!

– November 29, 2012 12:02 PM
Q.

TRACEE HAMILTON : No, NEVER Wilbon. Not Sally, Wise, Reid, me, Svrluga, Kilgore ...

Anybody else smell CheeseBoy?? 'Cause there's a rat in the room.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh lord. It's no one at the Post.

– November 29, 2012 12:02 PM
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I'm slow - question on Bos...

Ethically. He indicated in an article that he witnessed a player take roids who later got into the hall. He said the player said he was drinking 'a canseco milkshake.' Ethically - does Bos have to tell who the player was? And Who was it?!! PS, you and Bos are what make the Post Sports great - oh, and cheesboy too. I may have to take the tape off the skins slippers if the complete the 3 week divisional trifecta. thanks!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know who the player was. Boz does not have to tell, no. He's not in the locker room as the steroids police. If he can see it, remember, the players, coaches, clubhouse staff, PR officials ... they can all see it too. We have fewer opportunities to catch stuff like that, not more.

– November 29, 2012 12:02 PM
Q.

Blocking Boz

Tony Kornheiser?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No! Tony's not in the BBWAA, so far as I know, and Tony likes Boz.

– November 29, 2012 12:03 PM
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Realignment

Hi Tracee -- Just wanted to use this forum to compliment the fans at West Virginia for warmly welcoming Sooner fans to Morgantown on Nov. 17th. I lost count of the people who said welcome and thanks for coming and extended a hand in friendly, Big-ish 12 greeting. Their band even played Oklahoma! during their half time show. I look forward to returning in 2 years --if WVU is still in the Big-ish 12. Too bad Maryland couldn't have joined up. Would have been a much shorter drive! OUMom
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hey, I'm glad you had a good experience! That's great. KU is there this weekend. Not going. Trips were being offered for $1,000 a person (from KS) and you spent the night in Pittsburgh. Obviously didn't get that for the folks for Christmas.

– November 29, 2012 12:03 PM
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RG3

Should the 'Skins count their blessings that they did not have the 1st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft? I've my hunch that they would have picked Luck over RG3 for being more "NFL ready". Also, if the Colts knew what they know now, do you think they'd have picked RG3 instead?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I don't know, Andrew Luck is a heck of a talent as well. I think he's going to be a very good QB. He's not got the personality of RGIII but he's less of a lump than I previously thought. Knowing what the Colts know now, I am not sure they wouldn't take RGIII, and you're right, the Skins might have taken Luck. But they really did like him from Jump Street. What's not to like?

– November 29, 2012 12:04 PM
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Little Blue PED?

What do you make of Brandon Marshall's claim that NFL players use viagra to get an edge? He must be joking, yes? Though I can picture a commercial with Marshall and Cutler sitting in soaking tubs similar to those bath tubs in the real ads!
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Tracee Hamilton :

That was my first thought as well. I confess my knowledge of the little blue pill is slim, but I am not sure how that would ... work, shall we say? Then again, the players keep proving that as soon as you outlaw one thing, two more take its place. Still, wouldn't that make it ... Lord, I nearly said a different word ... difficult for them to play?

– November 29, 2012 12:04 PM
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Speaking of the Wiz Knucklhead Alumni----

Didja see where Andray Blatche got a double-double against my Celtics last night? Ugh. I guess that Brooklyn spelled his name right on his jersey, too. How cool is it to have "Brooklyn" showing up in a major league sport again? The only thing better could be if they drafted a player named "Campanella" and gave him number 39!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I love a Brooklyn team; not happy with our Boston team at the moment. And Campy, oh, one of my favorites, although he was done before I was born. One of my first sports bios read.

– November 29, 2012 12:05 PM
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B'More Cat and Chat Lover

What's this I hear about Copernicus starting as QB for the 49ers? Didn't he die in the 16th century?
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Tracee Hamilton :

You're thinking of Euclides.

– November 29, 2012 12:06 PM
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Why RG3 over Andrew Luck for Rookie of the Year?

Doesn't Andrew Luck have just as much a claim for the Rookie of the Year as RG3? The Colts are the #1 wildcard team right now, and Luck's QB rating is (slightly) better than RG3's. I am not sure the Indianapolis fans would agree with our RG3 analysis for Rookie of the Year, nevermind MVP.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You can make a good case for Luck. I have nothing against Luck. I'm sure Indy fans would give it to Luck. I've seen RGIII play far more than Luck; that may be what sways me. There's just something electric about the kid.

– November 29, 2012 12:06 PM
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Maryland Money Woes

To the poster who asked about an article regarding Maryland's money woes, SI.com had a detailed article online yesterday that gave the entire story. Good reading even if Tracee didnt write it!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think this is the article to which you refer.

– November 29, 2012 12:07 PM
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Journalism Question

Do you consider yourself a sports fan first and a writer second, or vice versa? What advice would you give a young woman (my niece) who is a junior in high school and wants to study (sports) journalism in college?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Writer, definitely. You have to really try to separate yourself from fandom, in my opinion. This is one of my regrets; I miss just being a fan. I like to go on vacation and not watch sports, for instance -- busman's holiday. I always tell college kids thinking about this as a profession that that has been one of the impacts ON ME. It's certainly not true of everyone but it's something I never thought would happen 30 years ago.

– November 29, 2012 12:07 PM
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Henry V

Hi Trac! I was thinking that I didn't have anything to say today. Then I read about Boz and I immediately thought of that scene in Henry V, after the French kill the servant boys, and Henry shouts "I was not angry since I came to France/ until this instant!" You are right, of course, that it's an internal BBWAA matter, but sometimes groups of this kind respond to public pressure. And you may have awakened sleeping beasts. Again Henry: "In peace there's nothing so becomes a man/As modest stillness and humility./ But when the blast of war blows in our ears,/ Then imitate the action of the tiger;/ Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood..." And plenty more besides. Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

Rico: The France line is a favorite. I don't even know how you as a reader would campaign for a writer. I wouldn't know where to start. There are people in the BBWAA who campaign FOR Boz as well. Someday the scales will tip. I really believe that. And since Boz is Benjamin Button, there's no hurry.

– November 29, 2012 12:07 PM
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I don't get it

UMD gets $7 million in additional TV revenue each year but has to pay $50 million, not to mehtion flying 100 people to Iowa, Nebraska, etc. rather than busing them to Charlottesville or VT. I quit sending them my annual $1000 after the Friedgen/Edsall debacle. Don't imagine they will miss it but it's still very sad.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's the math I have trouble with. Obviously once the $52 million is paid they'll make more, but $7 million doesn't solve their problem. So they sell more football tickets for displaced midwesterners -- that's some cash but not a ton. Meanwhile, they have to transport ALL their athletes longer distances. But I am sure some crunchers ran the numbers.

– November 29, 2012 12:08 PM
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also for the producer

Maybe make it a little bit easier to find Tracee's chat link? I found it, but I'm a dedicated reader (long-time reader, sometimes poster, and I'll take my answer off the air :-)). natsfan1a
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Tracee Hamilton :

Since I have no producer, there is no "off the air"!

– November 29, 2012 12:08 PM
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Wizards

People hate the Wizards because they opened 0-12 (after starting 0-10 or so last year) and yet Ted Leonsis insists they are on the path of the Nationals and to continue employing Grunfeld who couldn't draft his way out of a paper bag. NBA and MLB are not alike in talent acquisition and development at all.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope, apples and oranges in many ways.

– November 29, 2012 12:08 PM
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re: LITTLE BLUE PED

Well, the games do last four hours or more these days...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good thing there are doctors in the house.

– November 29, 2012 12:09 PM
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Maryland to BigWhatever

I know there's a lot of teeth gnashing about this, from Maryland folks, from other Big Ten folks, from everyone. And I know that msotly revolves around football and basketball. But strictly speaking as a non-revenue sport person, this is a positive move for my sport. The ACC doesn't sponsor that sport--MD competes in a [sport]-only league, which isn't ideal. The Big Ten does sponsor the sport and 10 of the schools support it. The Big Ten, by and large, seems to be much more dedicated to supporting those small, non-revenue teams. So from my admittedly selfish point of view (which, really, isn't all that different than the people focused strictly on football or basketball), this is the right move and will secure my sport's future as part of Maryland NCAA athletics.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Here's a glass-half-full person! Kudos!

– November 29, 2012 12:09 PM
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Ravens-Steelers

You think that Pittsburgh will win this weekend even without Big Ben, right?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Seriously, I killed TWO UNBEATEN TEAMS and you really want me to comment? Really? Uh-uh.

Okay, we've run over and I'm shivering in my coat so It's time to pack it in. Thanks, everyone, for joining in.

– November 29, 2012 12:09 PM
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