Auto Load Responses: 
Font Size: 

December 6, 2010

9:30
A.M.

First Things First -- Tracee Hamilton on the latest sports news

Total Responses: 77

About the hosts

About the host

Host: Tracee Hamilton

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 was 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 subway etiquette. She welcomes dissenting opinions -- in the way Great Whites welcome open-water swimmers.

First Things First Archive
Tracee Hamilton Column Archive

Jason Reid

Jason Reid is a Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post.

About the topic

Every morning, Post columnist Tracee Hamilton discusses the most amazing and outrageous news from the world of sports.
Q.

feeling sorry for Campbell

When Campbell left the Redskins to go to the Raiders, didn't we feel sorry for him? Now they're 6-6 and we're 5-7. Maybe he feels sorry for us.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I didn't feel sorry for Jason; I thought it was the best thing that could happen to him, just getting out of here. I'm guessing he feels sorry for some of his friends on the team but not for the organization. Sort of like D. Thomas must feel today...

And good morning, everyone. Jason Reid is joining me this morning for at least part of the chat, so let's get going.

Also, Wilbon's in the Chat House at 1:30 today.

– December 06, 2010 9:30 AM
Q.

Saw a sad team over the weekend ...

... the Caps! 46 shots and only 1 goal. Felt like a playoff game. Glad to see Ovie get the goal, though.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Mama said there'd be days like this ... Well, she didn't, because she never saw a hockey game in her life, but whatever...

– December 06, 2010 9:32 AM
Q.

Nothing to see here

Gosh, what a slow sports weekend in D.C. I have no idea what we're going to talk about. Hmmm...
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

It's a conundrum. I guess we'll have to go with pomegranates and Kansas....

– December 06, 2010 9:33 AM
Q.

From Sad Nats Fan to Confused!

can you get Dave or Adam to guest host while you are on vacation and explain what it God's name is going on at Nats Park! No Adam Dunn, but signing Jayson Werth to 7 years for $126M? This shifts the entire outfield, and leaves 1B up in the air! What is going on over there?@!????
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I'll try to have Adam or Dave on sooner than that. Meanwhile, I know Boz is champing at the bit to write about this so please check out tomorrow's paper.

– December 06, 2010 9:33 AM
Q.

Werth and Chocolate Bark

Hi Tracee! If you haven't found chocolate bark, I've purchased it at the Harris Teeter in Ballston (right behind Kettler) multiple times in the past two years. Also, I agree with you that milk chocolate is the best kind, though I do really really like the white chocolate candy cane kisses that Hershey's makes. As for Werth. I'm shocked, surprised, happy the Nats actually made a big move and pleased our pitchers don't have to face him anymore. I hope it proves to be a good investment. Does anyone else think that if Zim agrees to his "Tulo" deal, it will be for more than $126?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks! Michael's ended up only having the "buttons" or "disks" or whatever.

Good question on Zim's deal. You'd think so. As for Werth, as someone who griped incessantly about a lack of a RF last season I guess I have no complaint coming...

– December 06, 2010 9:34 AM
Q.

Who's on First?

"I don't know" if you're Abbott or Costello. Or the Washington Nationals. (No , wait, that's third base.) But, nice as the Jayson Werth signing may be, it still doesn't fill what seems to be the biggest hole for the Nats at the moment, which is at first base. Who does play there? Willingham? Morse? Somebody who hasn't been signed or traded for yet?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Beats the heck out of me. As I said, I feel bad griping about this after griping about the lack of a RF, but surely they need a first baseman. Surely they don't think Marrero is ready? (And your reply should be "And don't call me Shirley.")

– December 06, 2010 9:35 AM
Q.

Team Cocoa

If the second word is "chocolate,' I don't really care what the first word is.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You're a uniter, not a divider.

– December 06, 2010 9:37 AM
Q.

Fan Loyalty

Tracee, I've only been a Skins fan for only 41 of my 46 years on this earth. Is it time to buy a Ray Lewis jersey?? Please advise......
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I wouldn't buy a Ray Lewis jersey because based on those Old Spice commercials, dude is crazy. But I can see wanting to perhaps have a "fallback" team. Unfortunately for me, my fallback team is the Lions. Thank God the Chiefs are decent this season.

– December 06, 2010 9:40 AM
Q.

Haynesworth needs to be removed from the team now.

Trace, His act is beyond old. He had as much a part of the Skins loss yesterday as the guys on the field. Other than Favre, who we may finally be rid of, there isn't a face that I am more tired of seeing than his. He got paid a king's ransom and has been a pain in the tuckus ever since. I hope this is a final lesson to Snyder that throwing dollars at big names is not the way to build a successful, stable, respected organization.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I wonder if he would have helped, hurt or had no impact yesterday. I don't know what he did in practice to anger them, but it must have been pretty dramatic. I don't blame anyone for being sick of hearing about him.

– December 06, 2010 9:43 AM
Q.

New name

Since we're looking for new names, may I suggest the Washington Butterfingers? And are we still on track for 8-8?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Good, and no. I now feel that I must have been high on chocolate bark and pomegranates when I said 8-8.

Say, chocolate bark and pomegranate seeds ... Hmmm...

– December 06, 2010 9:43 AM
Q.

Disagree with you

The Ray Lewis Old Spice commercial is TOTALLY AWESOME! It rocks!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

To each his own. I find it incomprehensible and disturbing, but then I'm very curmudgeonly (grumble grumble). I can't wait to get to Kansas and watch TV with my dad in the basement. He makes me explain all the commercials to him. It's a bad sign that I'm no longer able to do so.

– December 06, 2010 9:44 AM
Q.

Don't Call Me Shirley

I always think of two people when I hear that: Leslie Nielsen and Shirley Povich.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Two good ones... Shirley was named to "Who's Who in American Women" once. I love that.

– December 06, 2010 9:45 AM
Q.

Tiger's Meltdown

Are you reading anything into it?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Nope. I don't read much into this winter golf. I do wonder if he'll ever be the player he was. But I don't think this tournament will tell us that.

– December 06, 2010 9:46 AM
Q.

Peyton's Meltdown

Are you reading anything into IT? We could go on like this for awhile.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Peyton's dominance? I hope not. I like watching him. I don't think so, not yet.

– December 06, 2010 9:46 AM
Q.

Boz on fire!

Great column today from Boz re: Haynesworth! I love it when the old man gets angry...
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Slow to anger, but when he does, look out.

– December 06, 2010 9:47 AM
Q.

Two all time greats!

Shirley Povich and Evelyn Waugh
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yes!

– December 06, 2010 9:48 AM
Q.

Next Skins Victory

I can't believe the talk on 980 after the game ... "Well, now the Redskins DO have to win all of their games to get to the playoffs." If yesterday did not show all of us who look through the rose colored glasses with other glasses half full in our hands our team just isn't any good, well ... Other than Orakpo, there are no All Pros or Stars on this team. We have a handful of better-than-average players; the rest are over-the-hill, simply too slow, maybe two weak, and too old. Rebuilding this mess will take many, many years. People say we will beat Tampa Bay. How will this collection of guys beat younger, stronger, faster players? With respect to George Allen Sr, this is a game for young men. Old Coach
A.
Jason Reid :

A lot of work needs to be done in player-personnel. If the Redskins hope to return to elite status, they must do a better job in that area. It has been a big problem for a long, long time. Ultimately, Shanahan must get  it right. Player-personnel was not his best area in Denver, and it ultimately led to the end of his reign there. Let's see how he handles this offseason.

– December 06, 2010 9:48 AM
Q.

If you were at a formal WAPO event, who would be most awkward to dance with?

Hi, Tracee! Let's say that, somehow, there was some formal gathering in which the entire staff from the WAPO sports dept was present. Who, from among this list, would make you cringe the hardest, if you were asked to dance: a) Boz, b) A particularly orange Kornheiser, c) Cheese Fellow d) Shapiro, e) Svrluga, f) none of the above g) all of the above
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I would happily dance with all of them, though I can't imagine Svrluga dancing, for some reason. I wonder if he danced at his own wedding. I'll have to ask him.

That said, we will  never have an event at which we have to dance, thank god. Well, maybe Wilbon's going-away shindig will be a cotillion, but I doubt it.

– December 06, 2010 9:49 AM
Q.

Winter Meetings

This is a baseball reference, not Redskins. Any chance that we can get a chat from the Winter Meetings from one of: Shiner, the Bos, or Kilgore?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Let me see what I can do...

– December 06, 2010 9:49 AM
Q.

WTF?!

Ok, I hadn't seen the Ray Lewis Old Spice commercials yet, but I just looked 'em up. What the *bleep* was that?! Those are amazing!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You say amazing, I say disturbing. Let's call the whole thing off.

– December 06, 2010 9:50 AM
Q.

Could they just forfeit the rest of the year??

Seriously (sort of), is forfeiting an option? The season ticket holders and others could still go to the field, but instead of hours of quasi-football, they could tailgate, vendors could still sell all of the foods, but no football. Snyder could provide music, kids games, etc. It would sure beat the continuing ongoing disaster that is the 2010 Redskins...
A.
Jason Reid :

I know you're kidding. The Redskins must play their final games to continue the evaluation process. Let's see what Austin shows as a wide receiver. Is Keiland capable of being a big part of the running game next season? What about James Davis? Is Barnes ready to start at corner opposite DeAngelo Hall? There are many questions that need to be answered. That's why they need to play the games.

– December 06, 2010 9:50 AM
Q.

Is Jason Werth More Than Adam Dunn?

So the Nats are OK with giving a THIRTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD Jason Werth an eight-year contract, but won't give Adam Dunn a four-year one? I'm sorry, but Operator, I think I've missed the connection somewhere....
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

No, that's a more than fair question.

– December 06, 2010 9:51 AM
Q.

If you are the Michael Jordan of the WAPO sports section, who's Pippen?

My moolah is on Bos.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I think Boz is the MJ of our team, no question. The veteran, the guy who puts us on his back... I'd be happy to be Pippen. Does that make Wise Rodman? Hmmmm.

– December 06, 2010 9:52 AM
Q.

Handle Pending

I know this is very old news now, but I finally saw the play at the end of the UCLA/Kansas game where the foul was called on UCLA. Wow. I know you have a horse, or Jayhawk, in that hunt, but that was a horrible call to "decide" what appeared to be a great game. I guess no one should even try for loose balls anymore. What did you think?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I agreed with the head of NCAA officiating, who said it was the right call, of course, HP. :) How could I think otherwise? I hope my boys learned a lot from that game.

– December 06, 2010 9:53 AM
Q.

Chiefs

The Chiefs can clinch the West next week with a win. They would be up 3 with 3 to go and have the tie breakers over SD. Redskins fans, please join the bandwagon. Same type of mascott and similar colors. Your welcome on board. But the band wagon only serves stout beer and dark chocalte. Even you want something else pack your own. Let's Go Royals! (and Chiefs.)
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Good point, LGR, and a good idea. Same offensive nickname, nearly the same colors (well, red, burgundy, maroon, let's not split hairs). Great, loyal fans. Join us on the bandwagon, my friends. Might as well pick up a team for the playoffs.

– December 06, 2010 9:53 AM
Q.

Re: Peyton

If I were his coach, I would send him to the eye doctor IMMEDIATELY! It may not be the problem, but in that case it could be eliminated. And if it is the problem, he can have it fixed.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Hmmm. Sometimes that works. Couldn't hurt.

– December 06, 2010 9:54 AM
Q.

Redskins Coaches: Inability to Adapt

I am hoping that once this season is over, a reporter will ask Coach Shanahan if his regid adherence to his old offensive philosophies and the switch to the 3-4 were done because (1) he is set on making these systems work and will rebuild to make them work (i.e. forcing players to learn), or (2) that's the only systems he, as Head Coach, is comfortable with. Great Coaches have started out both ways: Allen and Gibbs = always adjusting; Cowher set in stone. John in Germany
A.
Jason Reid :

I believe Mike switched to the 3-4 because, long term, he believes that scheme gives him the best chance to win a Super Bowl here. And I really believe his offensive philosophies are as sound as they were when he was in Denver and San Francisco. He needs better players. If the Redskins improve their talent level on offense, I think you'll see why some in the league consider Shanny second to none on that side of the ball. As for the defense, the Redskins don't have 3-4 personnel. They need to make changes.

– December 06, 2010 9:54 AM
Q.

Significant shrinkage!

Like George, I feel this season's performance can be characterized by "significant shrinkage." And like George, I feel like I've been shortchanged. I feel exposed and embarrassed, but not in a good way. Not a question, but somehow felt the need to say this. Thanks, T-Ham!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, they have regressed, or experienced "shrinkage," nearly every week. The result of cold water, er, weather, do we think?

– December 06, 2010 9:55 AM
Q.

meh

Hi T-Ham. Well, here we are again. Another Skins' season devolving into MEH right before our very eyes. But there's an upside: I can't speak for others, but now that I'm really not emotionally invested anymore this season, I'm now free to hang with my wife and my kid on Sundays without constantly checking the score. It's liberating to a degree. When your beloved Kansas teams struggle to the point of MEH, what psychological defense mechanisms do YOU employ to cope?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I hang out with your wife and kids, too.

Just kidding. I develop hobbies. I have half-knitted sweaters all over my house, stuff like that. I also adopt a different team for the postseason, usually just pick one but sometimes I pick the one with the KU alums on it, and root for them instead. I agree that it's liberating at times. I have been liberated in mid-March many times. Oh, the liberation!

– December 06, 2010 9:57 AM
Q.

Redskins QB had a good day yesterday

Okay, ex-Redskins quarterback. Mr. Campbell didn't do too badly in the Raiders' upset of the Chargers. He still may not end up doing as well as McNabb in this season overall, but how would you rate the future prospects of Campbell vs. McNabb?
A.
Jason Reid :

Good question. Campbell is 28. McNabb is 34. Campbell has youth on his side, but McNabb's situation is much more stable. If McNabb and Kyle Shanahan get on the same page, McNabb could have a nice two-year run in Washington. The Raiders are, well, the Raiders.

– December 06, 2010 9:58 AM
Q.

Shirley Povich

So what was the story with his name anyway? I've always wondered.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Shirley used to be a fairly accepted name for a man. I knew a Shirley back home, not quite as old as our Shirley P., but  still .... It wasn't common but not unheard of. I give him points for not changing it. I've been asked why I don't change my name or spelling by people, and I always think that would be a big slap in the face to my parents.

– December 06, 2010 9:59 AM
Q.

So...

HOW was that hit on Heath Miller NOT a penalty? I don't think I understand the NFL's rules at all.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I think I know the one you mean; I wondered that at the time too. Isn't that the one where the guy clearly led with his head?

– December 06, 2010 10:00 AM
Q.

So what's your money on for that Redskins 2011 1st Round Pick

My first guess is a receiver. My second is an offensive lineman. What say you?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Ooooooooh, I'd go OL but they'll probably go WR. Of course, that depends. Or hey, they could draft the best available player. :)

– December 06, 2010 10:01 AM
Q.

Tampa Bay Bucs Uniforms

What was with the color of the Tampa Bay Bucs Jerseys yesterday? Orange Sherbert? Orange is my favorite color, too. But that was no color to be wearing while playing football, IMHO.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I assume those were some sort of throwbacks. They were miles better than those Packers uniforms. Good grief.

– December 06, 2010 10:01 AM
Q.

People did not really expect

a playoff run by the Redskins? Give them time to build a roster. How many players on this team could start for another quality NFL team? By the way, I think you are great....
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I'm taking this question and hoping it was meant for me. :)  I think some fans did expect a playoff run, but I think the majority did not. Logic would tell you it wasn't possible, but I understand the temptation of getting a few wins under your belt and dreaming big. I'd have to go down the roster and count but you are right; when you want other games, you see that the Redskins do not have high quality players at every position. They just don't.

– December 06, 2010 10:03 AM
Q.

the skins stink

They're not just another 8-8 team on the rise, this is a terrible team that is going nowhere and loving it. I wish we could be the browns or KC, that just sucks but builds young for the next 4/5 years and then can compete for years to come. But we do the same thing, new coach, new puppet gm, and new system that doesn't fit our personnel. I hate this team.

A.
Jason Reid :

I agree that the personnel on defense does not fit the scheme. The Redskins do have the oldest team in the league, which is a problem when you're not a legitimate playoff contender. I wouldn't say the general manager is a puppet, although Allen is under Shanahan. Obviously, things have not worked out this season. But the Redskins have seven draft picks and the free-agent class is considered outstanding. Perhaps they'll get things turned around.

– December 06, 2010 10:04 AM
Q.

Speaking of Devin Thomas...

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

That's kinda sad, actually. He tried to give himself the nickname "Showtime," for one thing.

– December 06, 2010 10:05 AM
Q.

I also adopt a different team for the postseason, usually just pick one but sometimes I pick the one with the KU alums on it,

Like a Bull Durham type thing going on.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, with some very important differences!

– December 06, 2010 10:05 AM
Q.

Bucs Throwbacks

I'm assuming the previous questioner is quite young. Yes, those are the Bucs throwback to their original, 1976 unis. I actually like them!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks, even I didn't remember those, and I'm quite old. I do like orange sherbert, though.

– December 06, 2010 10:07 AM
Q.

nats2011

Jeez, the Lerners made a huge $ commitment, but there still seems to be little celebration amongst the fandom. Questioning this move in light letting Dunn goes is a popular theme, but don't you think that maybe this is apples v oranges?? Even some of Dunn's biggest boosters admit that there is at least some validity to the argument that his defense and strikeout stats made him a questionable long term investment. Lets see how this all plays out. I renewed my season tickets today, and am looking fw to April.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

There is an apples/oranges aspect to this, certainly, but I think wondering about 1B is a legitimate question. I'm not sorry they got a full-time RF, however. And I'm withholding judgment on 1B for now.

– December 06, 2010 10:07 AM
Q.

Werth His Salt?

I've no problem with signing Werth. He's a good player, with a hot bat and can hopefully help build a culture of winning. What I do have a problem with is the fact that a hot bat was not our biggest need. . .though we do need more offense. What we really need is PITCHING!!!!! That said, if this is the beginning of ther Lerners shutting up all us "the Lerners are cheap" crowd. . .I look forward to the spending spree. OR. . .they will expect us all to be happy with one big ticket item per year. . .which will not create a winner unless you're close to competitive. . .which we're not. We shall see. . . .
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, one giant contract in the offseason won't help this team. But I'm willing to give them time to make some other moves. But if you need kitchen appliances and you spend all your allotted budget on a super-cool sub-zero fridge -- you'll soon wonder why you don't have an oven. Boy, is that a metaphor or what?

– December 06, 2010 10:09 AM
Q.

McNabb and the Redskins

Do you think McNabb is yet another in a long, long line of Redskins free agent busts or is most of his ineffectiveness a result of the pitiful state of the talent on this "semi-pro" team?
A.
Jason Reid :

Technically, McNabb wasn't a free agent. They traded for him on Easter Sunday, but I get your point. McNabb has taken a pounding this season behind an offensive line in flux. Despite making many changes on the offensive line from last season, the Redskins still need to address that group. I wouldn't be surprised if they used their first-round pick on an offensive tackle and their second pick on a quarterback. McNabb still has ability. There's no question about that. I' m going to reserve judgment until the Redskins bolster the line and improve the running game.

– December 06, 2010 10:09 AM
Q.

Did you ever get the urge to just tie-dye everything you own, and head out west?

I kind of feel like dropping everything, tie-dying EVERYTHING I own, buying something like an old Buick, and just heading out west to see what happens. Except that, were you to check in with me in 6 months, I'd probably be managing an IHOP in a shaky part of San Jose or something. Back to reality: the Redskins aren't very good this season.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I sometimes feel this way. I wonder if everyone does? I wouldn't tie-dye anything, but just get rid of everything and get in the car and drive somewhere ... it has some appeal.

As for reality: You are correct.

– December 06, 2010 10:10 AM
Q.

Handle Pending

While I was shocked by the length and value of the Werth deal, I understand completely why it happened. It is the "Bad Team Tax" that exists in free agency, if the Nationals and the Red Sox put the exact same deal on the table, where will you sign? Most people will chose the Red Sox if the deal is the same because they will have a better chance of winning the World Series. That's just how it is right now for Washington. As for 1B, they will probably sign either Carlos Pena or Adam LaRoche to play there, giving them a left hand bat to balance the right handed-ness of the team. Either of them will be a HUGE upgrade defensively, everyone will wonder why all our other infielders are making fewer errors. I like the way things are going now.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

HP, looking at the bright side.

– December 06, 2010 10:11 AM
Q.

We're only encouraging them

So I truly believe that we'll get at least four good years out of Werth, five if the fans really take to him and he plays hard for us (he seems like that kind of player). Which leaves the Nats with two to three years of an albatross of a contract on the books. So my question is this: do you think Phillies fans will be mocking us incessantly once Werth's production drops off, or will they have forgotten by then that he was ever even part of their team? And does he get booed or cheered the first time he walks on the field in Philly?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, they'll mock, but I think he gets cheered in his first appearance. They cheered Donovan and he didn't win a championship. After that, who knows?

– December 06, 2010 10:12 AM
Q.

Steinberg's ' * '

So how come no bog for the past few days? He was sick, like Albert and I guess he couldn't practice (typing) like Albert, so does this means that he and Albert are looking to cheaps fares outta town?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, if you compare Steinberg's production (and salary) to Albert's, I think you'll agree that he should get his sick days.

– December 06, 2010 10:12 AM
Q.

DC Area Sports Pains?

So this weekend we see the Skins get wafflestomped by the Giants, the Wizards get schooled by the Suns, the Capitals lose their second straight game, the Nats losing fan favorite Dunn (though picking up Werth seems nice), the Terps losing to Temple in basketball and to Michigan in OT in soccer, and the Terps football team being relegated to the Military Bowl when they outperformed some of their other ACC competition that recieved more high-profile bowls. I'd add Baltimore's loss to Pittsburgh yesterday and the Cowboys beating the Colts in overtime, I guess. I'm a little saddened at all of this so quickly. Is it pouring right now for DC Metropolitan area sports fans?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, if you put it like that ... But can I throw in the Wizards' victory over Portland Friday night? That was a nice comeback and win for them. I saw some good things.

Eh, I tried.

– December 06, 2010 10:12 AM
Q.

Is he Werth it?

I saw a crawl last night about the signing that mentioned Werth has a .500-something slugging average at Nationals Park...is that even meaningful, since it was achieved against Nationals pitching? A.W.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Good one, A.W. He'll miss facing that Nats pitching and really not enjoy that Phillies pitching next season.

– December 06, 2010 10:13 AM
Q.

Is Dan Snyder really the problem?

I disagree with the writers who hate Dan Snyder. Even if he is the one pulling strings and making bad personnel decisions - he's not the one on the field missing passes, missing tackles, missing pretty much everything. It all comes down to the players who are not performing and making the usual excuses after each loss. The players are upset over the Haynesworth drama? PLEASE!! You are getting paid huge money - - get over it! Sheesh.

A.
Jason Reid :

I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I don't hate Dan Snyder. Obviously, the players play the game. But the owner has created a culture in which the Redskins probably will miss the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. When analyzing this organization's problems during the past decade, one cannot ignore the major role Snyder has played in the Redskins' failure.

– December 06, 2010 10:13 AM
Q.

Werth is a nice player...

Having watched him the past years in Philly, but this is stupid money. We Phillie fans wanted to keep the guy, and I would have thought 4/$60 would sign the guy as a FA, but come on... Stupid.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

The viewpoint from Philly...

– December 06, 2010 10:14 AM
Q.

Kansas Trip

Good Morning Tracee - My brother and I visited family in Kansas this weekend. When we flew in Thurs. night from DC - we were listening to the KU/UCLA (KU got lucky) game on satellite radio and realized we were going right by Lawrence. We stopped at Johnny's Tavern to watch the rest of it - good burgers! To book end the trip on the other side - we went to the Chiefs/Broncos game yesterday - which leads me to my comment: The fan experience at Arrowhead is so much better than FedEx - kind of frustrating. I'm rooting for the Chiefs now!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I'm so jealous. And yes, the Arrowhead experience is awesome. And welcome to the Chiefs bandwagon! Good seats still available.

– December 06, 2010 10:15 AM
Q.

yeehaw

This is the Nats coming out party. I have a feeling they're not finished. Debate the merits of the deal all you want. Go all Buster Olney on it and use pejoratives like "insane" "outrageous" "irresponsible". Who cares. It's the Nats the poobahs are ranting about. Let those who only think in terms of the Redskins make their Danny Snyder analogies. I love the idea that the Lerners and Rizzo are making a splash and sticking the so-called experts noses in it. It's about time the Lerners swung those billions around and started creating a little mayhem. Keep it up. And, by the way. Werth's a pretty nice player.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Here is one happy Nats fan!

– December 06, 2010 10:17 AM
Q.

Nationals - how many holes to fill

When you have so many holes to fill, isn't it better to get three 42 million dollar men than one 126 million dollar man?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

There you go, using that new math. You could certainly make that argument.

– December 06, 2010 10:17 AM
Q.

DON'T THINK I WON'T DO IT!

Hi Tracee, I'm about 5 minutes from taking the lethal jump and supporting this JaY(!)son Werth signing. TALK ME DOWN!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Easy, big fella! (or gal, depending!) It's okay to be cautiously optimistic, even if you ARE a Nats fan.

– December 06, 2010 10:18 AM
Q.

Big XII Championship

Well, it looks like Nebraska will leave the Big XII the way that it entered: by losing in the championship game. Though they only lost by 3 (and had a chance to win the game near the end), it sure felt like Oklahoma dominated from the 2d quarter onward. In watching the game, it was hard for me to believe that Oklahoma lost two games and played so poorly in many others...they have some very, very good athletes on that team. - RHG
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, RHG, I doomed the Huskers by picking them. My power is mighty! And yes, I am not sure what to think about Oklahoma. It seems to me they didn't quite play up to their talent this season.

– December 06, 2010 10:19 AM
Q.

Silver Lining

The Nats may have overpaid for Werth, but if it ends the "Justin Maxwell Experiment" then it can't be all bad. Please tell me the nice guy, nice fielder, non-hitter won't be on the roster on opening day.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, he might be around as a utility guy.

– December 06, 2010 10:20 AM
Q.

We can now turn our attention to things that matter more, like ghosts!

Hi, Tracee! With the Skins going kaput and kapoof (not sure what that means, but, oddly, it's kind of fun to say), perhaps we can now turn our collective attention to ghosts, and to shows about ghosts. I know I probably will. It beats being really mad at the outcome of the season, right?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Why not? I checked out "Ghost Adventures" Friday and really just didn't care for it as much as GH. But I gave it another shot for the folks on here who keep telling me to.

– December 06, 2010 10:20 AM
Q.

But we do the same thing, new coach, new puppet gm, and new system that doesn't fit our personnel. I hate this team.

Most of the time I feel the same, but then I wonder are we blaming the new regime for the problems caused by the old one? Are they doing their best with what they've been left with. Do you see any signs that we will move away from signing overpaid has beens and will we stop giving away our top draft spots for nothing?
A.
Jason Reid :

I do. I think the football operation will be run more professionally than it was in the past. The player-personnel problems are not on Mike this season. It's all on Mike, however, after this season.

– December 06, 2010 10:20 AM
Q.

At any point during that "contest," did you feel compelled to give shanny a hug?

Tracee, the man doesn't exactly evoke one's nurturing side, but during that drubbing, did you, at any point, wish you could offer Coach Lazer Eyes a comforting hug? I fleetingly did--- and then it went away.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Not really. Well, maybe when he tried to throw the red flag and Kyle picked it up.

– December 06, 2010 10:21 AM
Q.

Silver Spring.

I have been reminding Maryland residents inside the Beltway for YEARS now. The Ravens are the Maryland team, STOP pulling for the Redskins. Better managed at all levels, better players, better stadium... I think they might be getting the message at this point.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, all of that is true, but if you grew up a Skins fan, that's a hard change to make.

– December 06, 2010 10:22 AM
Q.

Did you ever get the urge to just tie-dye everything you own, and head out west?

I get the urge to get rid of all my stuff and go live on a boat by myself a lot.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I'm with you, but not on a boat. Cave, maybe. Cave with electricity. Cabin in the woods, maybe. Yes. Then I can work on my manifesto in peace.

Scratch that.

– December 06, 2010 10:22 AM
Q.

Where are the photos, Scotty?

Scott Boras has incriminating pictures of someone in the Nats organization, right?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

It makes you wonder, but who? None of those guys seems like the type, really.

– December 06, 2010 10:23 AM
Q.

Werth was offered arbitration

so the Nats will give up the 2nd round pick. I know, not a huge deal
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, they'd just use it on a pitcher who'd blow out his arm anyway. :)

– December 06, 2010 10:24 AM
Q.

How much was Dunn offered

Is it possible that Boras talked the Nats out of signing Dunn so they could at least bid the price up on Pena?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

This is the conspiracy theory of the day. Not saying it's not true, but it seems to be out there...

– December 06, 2010 10:25 AM
Q.

Well, they'd just use it on a pitcher who'd blow out his arm anyway. :)

As that wise sage Homer Simpson observed "It's funny cuz it's true!"
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

D'oh!

– December 06, 2010 10:25 AM
Q.

nats coverage

My question is a comment: on the overblown, overdone coverage of the Redskins and the under coverage of the Nats, Wizards, and Caps. Today's front page of the sports section has two columns about the Redskins, the main story about the game, a giant-size picture of a Redskin loser, and a single six-inch story about the Jason Werth deal. This is typical of the Post's coverage from late July through December. It's always about the Redskins. We have other teams and they deserve better coverage.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Fair enough. I know Boz was coming out of his skin yesterday, wanting to write Werth, but the Skins' implosion is a big story for the Monday paper, and he had a nice takedown of AH.

– December 06, 2010 10:26 AM
Q.

He Didn't Watch Anything This Weekend

So I am wearing my gold turtleneck & black skirt in honor of the Steelers! Also Pitt football beat Cincinnati in a snowstorm and the Pitt men's BB team beat Rider big time. Life is good. What do you think of the Nationals signing Jason Werth for 7 years & twice what Dunn got from the Sox?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You're rocking the gold and black look, for sure. I'm glad some town had a good weekend. As for Werth ... well, Dunn wasn't going to get that money so I guess it's fine.

– December 06, 2010 10:27 AM
Q.

Terps Should Join the Big Ten - Eleven - Twelve - Whatever

Tracee - Maryland has jumped conferences before; they, Virginia, and South Carolina founded the ACC in the 1950s when the old Southern Conference forbade visits to bowl games. After this insult of the third-best team playing in the Number Eight ACC slot, it's time to send a message to the Carolina Mafia and join the Big Ten. We get access to the Big Ten's television revenues, they get access to an East Coast market, and we get to play Penn State in football again... wait... The Airless Cubicle
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Every silver lining has a cloud, TAC.

– December 06, 2010 10:28 AM
Q.

Worth of Wirth

Tracee: First, I hope you'll root for Syracuse over Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl on 12/30. Go Orange! On to more important stuff - the Nats give 32 year-old Jason Wirth a seven year deal for $126 million, but wouldn't give 30 year old Adam Dunn a four year deal for considerably less. I don't get it. Do you? The Great and Mighty BOZ has noted that Dunn is an incredible slugger - only Babe Ruth has been as consistent over time, and that's pretty good company for a slugger - Wirth won't touch him as a slugger. And Dunn is great in the clubhouse, something Wirth evidently is as well. That leaves defense. Does outfield defense really make this much of a difference? Or did the Nats just use dollar bills as a tourniquet to try and halt the bleeding caused by their tossing Dunn out the window?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

For you, anything.

As for Werth, I think there is an element of "See, we spend money" to the deal, no question, but having an everyday RF is a good thing. As long as they find an everyday 1B.

– December 06, 2010 10:29 AM
Q.

McNabb for Manning?

Peyton Manning has been throwing a bunch of interceptions lately, maybe Synder can trade McNabb and the Redskins next 10 1st round picks for him
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Shhhh. Don't give anyone any ideas...

– December 06, 2010 10:30 AM
Q.

Not shopping at KMart anymore

I have a feeling the Nats are now in the market for one of those stainless steel designer kitchens - the oven, the fridge, even that fancy wine cooler thingie that fits under the counter.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You may be right...

– December 06, 2010 10:30 AM
Q.

J-MAx

Isn't Justin Maxwell out all next year because of having Tommy john surgery?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You're right! Completely forgot that. He might be able to come back at some point next season but it's up in the air.

– December 06, 2010 10:32 AM
Q.

if there is any better proof

that Shanahan is NOT a good personnel man, a good evaluator of players, evaluator of coaches, of anything this weekend should remove any doubt. While Shanahan is evaluating the players The Danny should be evaluating him. Now there is a conumdrum of biblical proportions.
A.
Jason Reid :

Ah, I don't know about that. Let's see how he does next season. It's unfair to judge him now.

– December 06, 2010 10:32 AM
Q.

Maryland to Big 10

I think you need to be invited first. You just can't show up at their door one day and say "Here I am. Let's play."
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, of course. If it were that easy everyone would be doing it.

– December 06, 2010 10:32 AM
Q.

Speaking of Oklahoma

How about a little piece of barely-deserved dap for your Connecticut Huskies? Only ten years of 1-A football, and we're about to get blown out in a BCS game!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Um, congrats?

– December 06, 2010 10:32 AM
Q.

Boswell Should Trust His Instincts

T-Ham tells us, "I know Boz was coming out of his skin yesterday, wanting to write (about) Werth," and I just want to say he should have. The Skins are not going to be undercovered in Monday morning's Post. Every thing else sports related will be undercovered in Monday morning's Post while the football team is given vastly more coverage than it deserves. If you're going by journalistic values instead of marketing, that is.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, if there wasn't that pesky Haynesworth mess, he probably would have. I am not saying Boz wanted to write Werth at the expense of a Skins column. Knowing Boz as I do, he probably wanted to write both. :)

– December 06, 2010 10:34 AM
Q.

Brandon "My coffee mug is a thimble because I'm so small" Banks

Hi T-Ham and J-Reid. Can Brandon's role in the offense be expanded, or, given his size, is he destined to be a role player? And perhaps my nickname for him is a bit cumbersome.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

J-Reid is done, and I should be too, but I couldn't resist this headline so I grabbed it. I don't think Banks' role can be expanded too much simply because of his size. He's not even 5-7, despite what they say. I think you can use him on an occasional pass route and hope to catch the defense napping (or perhaps he can run through defenders' legs and fool them) but as for a bigger role, I'd be surprised.

And on that note, it's time to sign off. WAY over this morning. But a good, lively chat after a lively weekend. Let's talk tomorrow!

– December 06, 2010 10:37 AM
Q.

 

A.
Host: