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December 8, 2011

10:59
A.M.

Q&A with Tracee Hamilton

Total Responses: 63

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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 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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Tracee Hamilton discusses the week in sports.

Q.

Tonight's meetup

Hi, Could you summarize when/where exactly/nearest Metro stop for tonight's meetup? Section 405
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Tonight, 5-7, Chadwick's, Friendship Heights. Take the escalator on the ... oh, I'm forgetting, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but it's it the Jennifer or Jenifer street side? As you come up the elevator (no escalator on that side), Chadwick's is across the street and slightly to the right. Very close. And folks, correct me if I'm wrong. It's been awhile.

And thanks, 405, for starting us out with that reminder!

And thanks to all who joined Carolyn and I last Monday for the combo chat. I really enjoyed it and I think Carolyn did too. Maybe we'll make that an annual event.

For future planning, we'll chat next week (the 15th), skip the 22nd, and then the 29th is up in the air. That week between Christmas and New Year's is usually very dead so I'm not sure it's worth it but I'm certainly willing and hate to skip two weeks in a row. So I'll let you know about that next week.

Now let's get started!

– December 08, 2011 10:59 AM
Q.

Jerry Sandusky's Lawyer

He still thinks this is an outrage? I mean, it's nice to be devoted to your clients, but this is ridiculous!

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I really enjoyed his quote about how much he was looking forward to questioning the victims in court. I understand his client gets his defense, but safe it for the courtroom. Salivating over the idea of questioning these possible (one might say probable) victims is unseemly.

– December 08, 2011 11:01 AM
Q.

Complaints about BCS complaints

This isn't directed at you personally, but you're such a good listener. While it might escape the notice of the Feinsteins and the Herbstreits of the world, times are really tough out their economically, so if the Sugar Bowl wants to make sure that the bars, restaurants, and hotels of New Orleans are full, more power to them. The Superdome was publicly funded and the state just paid for upgrades, so I'd even go so far to say that the Sugar Bowl has some obligation to make sure the city and state are getting paid back. If people don't like it, they should start their own bowl.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I can tell you that Kansas State, for one, would sell as many tickets as Virginia Tech. For one thing, those fans can drive to New Orleans.  The Boise fans sure came to FedEx for the Tech game. I don't think the matchup was to ensure the survival of New Orleans. I don't give the Sugar Bowl people that much credit for altruism, I guess. Again, I'm not knocking Tech or Michigan for accepting the bid. They should have.

– December 08, 2011 11:03 AM
Q.

Which QB Would You Want To Have?

Grossman, Beck, or Tebow?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Right now, today, Tebow. He seems to have that magic touch. How long he keeps it, I don't know. But it's shaken up the NFL fuddy-duddies and that's a good thing.

– December 08, 2011 11:04 AM
Q.

Derek Boogaard

Have you had a chance to read the New York Times' series about NHL enforcers, specifically Derek Boogaard, who died last spring? It should make anyone who's a fan of fighting in hockey think about what they're actually cheering for.

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I haven't, but thanks for pointing it out.

– December 08, 2011 11:07 AM
Q.

Hokie Hi

Tracee, thanks for your column placing the blame for Virginia Tech's selection to the Sugar Bowl where it squarely belongs. I have been taking guff from a lot of people who delight in criticizing the Hokies, and while I agree that several other teams have a legitimate bone to pick for not having been chosen, the suggestion some have made to me that Tech should have turned the invitation down is delusional. I don't know anybody who would reject such good fortune if presented with the same. Oh, and as an alum I'll admit they don't deserve to play in the game but my Wahoo friends should, instead of blasting Tech, thank us because UVa got a better bowl out of the deal, too.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, and when the conference schools get bigger bowl checks they won't be complaining either. I don't see the reasoning for being "mad" at Tech. And in no universe would a school turn down a Sugar Bowl bid for a Chick-fil-A bid. That's crazy talk. No school would do that.

– December 08, 2011 11:08 AM
Q.

Hockey/Christmas Tree Ornaments

After the Hax/T-Ham chat it is obvious that you know as much about Christmas tree ornaments as you do KU. Have you purchased this years Hallmark NHL Ovechkin ornament for the Hamilton tree? Is Ovechkin really worthy of the same "honor'" as Howe and Gretzky?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I purchased it for my sports tree. I have more than one tree. I will not reveal how many trees I have. I also bought one for my brother-in-law. I think Ovie was okay as a choice. They've done Crosby. Trying to think of the other actives. They have to try to think of someone with country-wide appeal and they are usually about a year behind the national trend, maybe more. For instance, Aaron Rodgers was not on offer this year. I'll bet he is next year. It's sad I know this.

– December 08, 2011 11:08 AM
Q.

Dual Chat

Tracee, that was awesome! Did you and Carolyn know each other before you did this? Not surprisingly, you're better w/a quip and she with longer, more thoughtful answers, but you both did great w/the other's genre as well. Brava!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Nope, we've still never met. We've just emailed. I credit Nick for getting us together, electronically.

– December 08, 2011 11:10 AM
Q.

Occupy BCS!

.... just needed to throw this out there. Oh, wait, you need a question for a Q&A chat? How many more seasons do you estimate Suh has in the NFL before he causes an intentional injury that ends someone's career? And how long do you think the ensuing lawsuits will drag out?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I hope that's not what happens. I really do hope the Lions are pro-active with this. He could be a really great player.

– December 08, 2011 11:11 AM
Q.

Montgomery Village, MD

Tracee O goddess of the Plains and Knower of all things great and small--- Now that the meanigful part of the college football season is over--with only the Army -Navy game still being meaningful-- and the EXHIBITION season about to begin, I have a different question. Before accepting the head coaching position at Ohio State--sorry, THE Ohio State University-- do you think Urban Meyer or someone at OSU called the NCAA to get an idea of what the sanctions for OSU might be? And since he took the job, those sanctions could be rather light ? I'm not sure he would have taken the job if a two year post season ban was coming down the pike.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I think that's possible although as far behind as the NCAA is I'm not sure anyone there could answer his question. :) I'm guessing because Tressel is gone they won't get slammed as hard as some believe they should.

– December 08, 2011 11:12 AM
Q.

Darn

I was sorry to see that Randy Edsall is "absolutely committed" to the Terps and flabbergasted that any NFL team might want to hire him. As you know, there is a long line of college coaches who failed miserably in the NFL. Do you think one who failed miserably at the college level could turn out to be an NFL genius? I'd be willing to kick in a few bucks myself to get anyone else to hire him.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

The whole Jags report was just weird. It came after the owner fired the coach and announced the team was for sale. No way he was in line for the head job, which means he was in line for an assistant's job with no head coach in place? The whole thing was fishy in the extreme. I don't buy it.

– December 08, 2011 11:14 AM
Q.

Cookies

Blogmom!! How is the holiday baking going for you? Did you find the chocolate bark this year? I thoroughly enjoyed your chat with Carolyn Hax last week. Thank you both for taking the time to indulge us sports lovers with relationship questions.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, no one's called me blogmom for ages! I am not doing any baking this year. Ashamed of myself but just not feeling up to it. Well, I am making a little brittle for my friend's son Jake, who requested it, and who can turn down a nine-year-old? But that's it. Shame on me. And I even found and bought bark! Now it's just sitting there, mocking me, as bark will do.

– December 08, 2011 11:14 AM
Q.

Adieu, Caps

We Lightning fans will miss the Caps. Who in our new WTF division will be our playoff patsies?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

You'll find someone, I'm sure!

– December 08, 2011 11:16 AM
Q.

Dale Hunter and Caps

Hi Tracee, I think the fans should be a little patient with Hunter. I say 12 to 13 games should be enough time to change the system around. And if you look at this closely the Caps have been loosing by one goal, not getting blown out of the building. Let's see what happens... But I do like the physical style of play that Hunter has the boys playing!

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, expecting the Caps to change overnight was unrealistic. I thought maybe a month. Nothing changes overnight, and this bunch will be no exception. I agree -- let's see what happens.

– December 08, 2011 11:17 AM
Q.

Semin

Do you think Semin will be traded before seasons end? Seems like he is not fitting into Hunter's system too well.

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Can they find a team willing to pay the freight? I'm sure GMGM is listening.

– December 08, 2011 11:19 AM
Q.

FOLLOW-UP ON "THE POOR WOMAN" FROM THE PENN STATE SCANDAL

Several weeks ago, someone wrote in to complain about "hounding that poor woman" (that may not be the exact phrase) when the Penn State scandal broke. I am certain the writer was referring to Sue Paterno, because there's a photo and video from the night JoePa was fired. They came out of their house to acknowledge the crowd, and Sue looks very distraught and is shielding her face from the cameras. I have seen that photo used repeatedly here in central PA. Just an FYI.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, thanks. I thought maybe someone had written something bad about Mrs. Sandusky or Mrs. Paterno. I saw an article about her being turned away from the Penn State pool. That was just sad.

– December 08, 2011 11:21 AM
Q.

Cowboys Kicker

I'm a a Cowboys fan and I must admit that was one of the WORST calls a coach can make. Why would you freeze your own kicker. Pathetic coaching. Thanks for letting me vent Tracee.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

My nephew is as well. I wanted to talk to him Sunday night and after that I thought, Oh, let's not call. Good grief. If the Cowboys can't win the NFC East this year, can Garrett NOT be fired?

– December 08, 2011 11:22 AM
Q.

Carolyn Hax, come back, we need you!

I'm a Nats fan. How do I deal with these feelings of rejection? I mean, Mark, I thought we had a chance at something special. How do I go on?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Sorry, Carolyn had to go. You'll have to hang on to your feelings until tomorrow. Unless you think you could love a guy named Roy.

– December 08, 2011 11:24 AM
Q.

BCS tops itself

I used to think that the BCS was worse than the old system because it was no more legitimate and it projected a false sense of objectivity and finality to the college football season. It turns out I was way too generous. The BCS is worse than the old system because it is demonstrably less legitimate and no longer even pretends to be objective. So what happens in two years when the contract expires? A little more lipstick for this pig, or are we reaching a boiling point that will effect a real change?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I hope that the conferences -- whatever the heck they are and whoever the heck is in them -- realize that the current system is hurting them. I also hope the conferences realize that they are operating unchecked. So if, say, the SEC and the B1G threatened to boycott the bowls if the system wasn't changed, it'd be changed in a heartbeat. The conferences have power; I wish that they'd use it for good and ensure that the best teams play each other. The goodwill alone would be good for everyone's bottom line.

– December 08, 2011 11:27 AM
Q.

Bourbonrich

Enjoyed my visit to College Park last week for the Illini win. Appears that Turgeon has more fan support than Edsall. Do you see any easy way for the Terps football program to win back fan support? Seems like Edsall continues to go down the wrong road and is going faster.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

He needs some big signings and a big season next year. Period. Turgeon (and I freely admit my bias) seems to be getting a lot out of seven scholarship players. He's an excellent teacher and program builder. I think he'll do well enough this season to reassure alums the hoops program is on the right path. Edsall just didn't do that. The opposite,  in fact.

– December 08, 2011 11:29 AM
Q.

O goddess of the plains, bevs, and Xmas ornamentation:

One year, got back to town from a long trip on 12/20. Bought the shorters tree on the lot, dismantled my ancient table-top hockey game, and decked the tree with Habs and Bruins. Happy holidays!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

That's a great idea in a pinch!

– December 08, 2011 11:31 AM
Q.

Kevin Anderson?

Do you think Anderson realized how disliked Edsall is and the potential for many season ticket holders to drop tickets and donations? AD's and coaches can tend to be isolated and think all is well! Even if you take out the wins/losses he has failed miserably with the media and the players resented his comments on the past regime and Friedgen when he insinuated they had no discipline and so forth.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

There's no way KA doesn't realize the bad feelings toward Edsall. No way. I don't think the fans have been shy about letting him know, even if he didn't read the paper, the web, the stars ... he knows.

– December 08, 2011 11:32 AM
Q.

Recreational Pharmaceuticals

T-Ham, I know you generally disapprove of people comparing sports to war and I generally agree with you, but in the case of Davis' and Williams' using the aptly-in-this-case named dope I'd like a little license. I'm not talking about war, per se, but about how people in the military and other professions that make much less money than professional athletes have to refrain from doing drugs. I spent a career in the Army and am still in the national security arena, and if I ever tested positive once, let alone three times, I'd be booted out - these guys just got a suspension. These guys get paid millions of dollars to play a game, and I just don't think it's too much to ask of them not to break the law. It truly boggles the mind. Mine, anyway.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

It doesn't seem too much to ask, to me. It's illegal. So don't do it. I don't know, I'm not in the military but I'm a law and order girl and I think it's simple.

– December 08, 2011 11:33 AM
Q.

Greetings from Bagram

Tracee, The timing of the meet-ups has always been bad for me, none more so than this time. Please tell me there'll be another one after May when I return to the land of beer, freedom and beer. Did I mention beer?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I promise. Just remind me when it's closer to time for you to come home to beer, that other thing, and beer, and we'll plan one.

– December 08, 2011 11:35 AM
Q.

Pujols the next Adam Dunn?

So is Albert Pujols going to be the next Adam Dunn? Coming off of a career worst year, he switched leagues and signed a huge contract that will carry him long past his peak.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Good question. I can't imagine him playing well to the end of that contract and I'm sorry to see him leave St. Louis, but not surprised.

– December 08, 2011 11:36 AM
Q.

Dottie Sandusky's culpability

The new complaint that details Victim #9's assault said that 9 screamed for help from the basement, knowing full well that Dottie Sandusky was just upstairs and should have heard him. What makes me sick (actually, already sick, but even moreso now) is that a MOTHER, a woman who you would think be attuned to protecting a child, aided and abetted a molester. I hope they drag her off in cuffs too.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

This has always been the elephant in the room -- or just upstairs, and I'm not trying to be funny. The basement room just screams out exactly what it was. I can't imagine that she isn't being questioned and frankly that she wasn't questioned before. I'm not ready to convict her without evidence but if she's not being investigated, I'll be surprised. If she could hear this child and did nothing, of course, it's unimaginable.

– December 08, 2011 11:38 AM
Q.

re: "my sports tree"

A) Just put a big red 'S' on it and celebrate Stanford's mascot. B) Please don't talk to my wife. One tree is enough, as far as she knows.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Love the big red "S" -- if you're a Stanford fan, of course. And I won't tell your wife -- unless she asks. And then I'll have to give her the list. And it's long and quite wonderful.

– December 08, 2011 11:38 AM
Q.

B(C)S

Yes, K-State fans would have really impressed New Orleans, given the chance, but whatever. We're in a better bowl and we'll do just fine. The complaints with the BCS really aren't about this or that bowl or this or that snub - it's that the whole system just makes no sense. Imagine trying to advocate for this kind of system for any other sport: finish the regular season, wait a month, play a bunch of exhibition games between teams that aren't in the championship, then play a championship game between two teams based partly on record and conference finish, but also partly on computer rankings and popularity. Right. That would go over really well for - MLB? college basketball? NFL? Uh, no. It makes no sense for anyone. So - this is so totally obvious to everyone that we're all sick of even talking about it, my question to you is - what has to happen for this to change? Who (specifically) needs to change their mind? And don't say it's just about money - everyone also agrees that any kind of playoff would generate more, not less, money. Tracee - what and when???? -K-Stater
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Tracee Hamilton :

Your matchup is one of the best on the schedule, I think. It's one I'll watch, although probably I'll have to mute it. :) The bowl system is convinced it wouldn't make as much money from a playoff. I'm not sure why you couldn't combine the two. One year the championship is the Sugar, the semis are the Rose and Orange, next year it rotates, blah blah blah. The other lesser bowls are awarded much as they are now. But the BCS has made it crystal clear it will fight a playoff system. I don't have the answer for how to get it done. I think the conferences have to take control but the BCS controls all that lovely lovely bowl money.

– December 08, 2011 11:41 AM
Q.

Driving to the Sugar Bowl

Wow, I didn't realize Hokie fans would be banned from Interstate 59!
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Oh my heck, let's not start deliberately looking for slights. I thought it was a closer drive from Manhattan. Turns out I'm wrong. Sorry about that. Not a shot at Hokies fans.

– December 08, 2011 11:43 AM
Q.

Where is Tracee/hax chat? I can't find it!

Can you help?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Like Christmas, it comes but once a year.

– December 08, 2011 11:44 AM
Q.

Tebow Love

Tracee, I'm a life-long 'Skins fan, I really have no love for Denver, actually despise the University of Florida and have been trying to make up my mind about Tim Tebow. Well, after watching a SportsCenter special on him yesterday where everybody from Jerry Rice to Steve Young to Mark Schlereth (sp) said he doesn't have the tools to play in the NFL I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I'd kinda prefer he be a bit less public with his religion (I personally think religion is a personal matter but it's also completely up to him), but I just can't help but love a kid who refuses to listen to the "experts." There's something charming about a guy who keeps doing what he's told he can't do. It's so... American. Not quite Horatio Alger, but still. I really am liking this kid.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I'm kind of with you on this. I'm a "keep it to yourself" person but he's not. So be it. I've also started to root for the Packers to go unbeaten after listening to the obnoxious Dolphins, also on ESPN. It was only meant to happen once in history? Really? Oh please.

– December 08, 2011 11:44 AM
Q.

Re: Adieu, Caps

Is this Bolt fan a National from Tampa?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know.

– December 08, 2011 11:45 AM
Q.

Pittsburgh Hockey/Christmas Tree Ornaments

With the demise of Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, pieces of the steel roof were purchased in order for tree ornaments with an image of the Arena on them to be manufactured for sale in November in time to be delivered for tree-decorating, as a fundraiser for youth ball-hockey leagues. The expectation was that they would sell 6,000 such ornaments. To everyone's amazement, they've already received 40,000 (not a typo!) orders, and had to purchase more of the old arena roof in order to fill the orders even though later ones won't be ready till January). Have you ordered yours yet, Tracee?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I have not, but that is a great idea and a great fundraiser. Since I was neer in the Civic Arena, I'll let Pittsburgh Wife have the one intended for me.

– December 08, 2011 11:45 AM
Q.

Pittsburgh Wife

Tracee, I am happy that Pitt is going to a bowl, but I can't help but think they don't deserve to with a 6-6 record (although there were a couple of very close losses to teams like West Virginia).
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Never apologize. The system is set up to allow six wins to be good enough. That's not your doing. Enjoy.

– December 08, 2011 11:46 AM
Q.

I credit Nick for getting us together, electronically.

Can you get Nick to do a drawing of you as Baby Jay?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I should have asked Nick for a special cartoon for the chat. I now have 11.5 months to achieve that. We'll see if I can. That would be so cool.

– December 08, 2011 11:47 AM
Q.

Sad day for baseball if true

I just read a headline that said Pujols is going to the Angels for 10 years/$250 million, spurning the Cards offer of 10/$220 mil. As far as I'm concerned he's tarnished his legacy. He just showed he's no different than anybody else, which is fine, but he tried to say he respected the game, the city of St. Louis, etc. I feel for the fans of St. Louis who are, as far as I'm concerned, the best fans in baseball (I say this as a die-hard Nats fan). It's sad.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sorry for Cards fans but I have a feeling that as savvy as most of them are, there isn't going to be the wailing that we'd hear in some places. I think they know he's not got 10 years left.

– December 08, 2011 11:48 AM
Q.

More Chadwicks location info.

The address is 5247 Wisconsin Ave NW. Here's a link to the Post's Going Out Guide page, which includes a map.

Section 405, FTF ad-hoc research department

A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks, 405!

– December 08, 2011 11:49 AM
Q.

Hurting the Conferences?

I hope that the conferences -- whatever the heck they are and whoever the heck is in them -- realize that the current system is hurting them. I hate the BCS and know it is terrible for fans and fan loyalty, but I don't see this hurting the conferences. They are making so much money, it seems there is no turning back. Can you elaborate on why you think its hurting them? Any thoughts on what a new BCS should look like? I want a playoff system. However, I think that a team like Butler make back-to-back championship games probably scares the BCS conferences and makes them even more reluctant to change and share the wealth.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

It's hurting their member schools. Maybe they don't care, since they are trading those member schools like trading cards. But take K-State not getting the Sugar Bowl. That costs the Big 12 or whatever it is money, because the payday is bigger, and the conference splits the money. So shouldn't the Big 12 care that K-State deserved a better bid? Hurts K-State, hurts all the conference schools.

– December 08, 2011 11:50 AM
Q.

"save it for the courtroom"

Sound advice. Shouldn't we all be following that?
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I think information in grand jury testimony is fair game for discussion, but speculating beyond that is a slippery slope. This is why I've stayed away from the Bernie Fine situation. I thought yesterday's news conference with the Onondaga Co. D.A. answered a lot of questions.

– December 08, 2011 11:52 AM
Q.

To beer, I mean Bagram:

Was packing a holiday box for a friend stationed in Afghanistan and the U.S. list of what I can't send was sad and a hoot at the same time. My buddy won't get porn, booze or pork rinds this year - what a trifecta that would have been.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You can't send pork rinds? Oh, duh, I get it. Took a minute. This gives me some stocking stuffer ideas, however.

– December 08, 2011 11:55 AM
Q.

"I'm not sure he would have taken the job if a two year post season ban was coming down the pike"

OTOH, a 2-year sanction might give Urban Meyer more time to rebuild the program to his standards (both athletic and academic) with less alumni and administration pressure for a bowl bid, e.g.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

This is true.

– December 08, 2011 11:55 AM
Q.

Bagram

I won't make it to this one either. Thanks for your service and hope we can both attend a future gathering. To those who will attend today, have fun and have the beverage of your choice in my moniker (natsfan1a).
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hey, 1a! Hope you can make the next one and that we'll all be able to toast Bagram soon. And we'll bring pork rinds, too.

– December 08, 2011 11:59 AM
Q.

Dual chats- a conflicting view

I, for one, am glad that you're flying solo on this chat. DC fans in general are a whiney bunch, and the people who post on Hax's chat are insufferable. I really think the same eight people post stuff on her chat, either because they all have a myriad of emotional problems, or they are serial fabulists with awesome imaginations of what gets done wrong to them. In any event, I luuurrrve the Kansas stuff on your chat- it's way more entertaining than talking about cheese, and then have the host get all hurt and cancel early.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

I love Carolyn's chats because they make me feel so much better about my life, my friends, my family. I come away thinking, "Oh, my [fill in the blank] isn't so bad after all!" Yes, some of them are incredibly whiny. I was so hoping one of those people who is upset that her officemates didn't remember her birthday would write in. I wanted to deal with one of those! Sadly, no. But I do enjoy the Hax chats. If we all agreed on everything, what a bore life would be.

– December 08, 2011 12:00 PM
Q.

The Worst Bowl

Which is your choice? As a proud UCLA alum it pains me to say so, but my nominee is the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, featuring one team with a .500 record and another with a losing record. Will enough people actually watch such games on TV (I assume that's the main source of income, not ticket sales) for the game to make a profit?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, of the Dec. 31 and later bowls, that would probably be the clear winner. But it could turn out to be a scintillating game (she said, trying to come up with something positive to say because it's Christmas).

– December 08, 2011 12:01 PM
Q.

Bowl choices

I remember the 2001 bowl season--when the economy and the TSA made flying difficult or impossible--and the games that set up reasonable drives for fans sold a lot of tickets. USC-Utah in Las Vegas, for example, was a sellout on Christmas Day--because nothing says Christmas like getting likkered up in Vegas. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, Vegas and Christmas, the perfect pairing!

– December 08, 2011 12:03 PM
Q.

Big East Football

As an alumnus, I think I speak for all of us when I say ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Nobody cares about the kind of mediocrity we turn out year after year.
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Well, that's an honest assessment!

– December 08, 2011 12:05 PM
Q.

Admittedly Smarmy Comment

Tracee, You said, "And thanks to all who joined Carolyn and I last Monday for the combo chat." Should have been "Carolyn and me." It's so rare for you to make mistakes I almost feel like I solved a "Where's Waldo" when I catch you. Don't hate me, but it's the editor in me...
A.
Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, thanks for that. How can I hate an editor? Everyone needs one.

– December 08, 2011 12:06 PM
Q.

Future QB for Skins

Who do you think, out of the top college contenders, would be the best fit for Washington? Who do you think they'll ultimately end up with, if any?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I like RGIII but I am not sure the Skins can get him. It's too soon to tell because the bad teams have to sort themselves out in the next few weeks. Right now there are a passel of 'em and the Skins need to settle in somewhere. I'm guessing, though, that if I like RGIII the Shanahans will find some flaw in him. :)

– December 08, 2011 12:08 PM
Q.

"stocking stuffer ideas"

You mean we can ask you about pork rinds or porn (well, you ARE a journalist) as well as beverages?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I'm no porn expert, but we've never banned a topic on this chat yet. It could happen, though.

– December 08, 2011 12:09 PM
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"Porn, booze or pork rinds"

Why did I think of Johnny Carson doing Carnac the Magnificent as soon as I read that? Now I just have to come up with a punch line question... (Remember this one? "Sis, boom, bah. What are the last three sounds a sheep makes before it blows up?")
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Tracee Hamilton :

Carson was just great. So silly, so funny, and I could watch it with my parents without dying of embarrassment.

– December 08, 2011 12:11 PM
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Yes, pot is illegal

So is beating your wife. But the NFL doesn't seem to mind if their players break this law. They'll come down much harder on a pot smoker. And the comparison to the military is ridiculous. Lives are on the line there, so a clear mind is needed. No one's going to die if Trent Williams plays XBox while smoking a blunt.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's illegal. I know there are a lot of things that different people think should be legal, but it's illegal. When an NFL player is involved in domestic assault, he can be and often is arrested (though not always charged, if the partner doesn't want to press charges). So there are legal ramifiations. If a player fails a drug test, he is not arrested. The only ramifications are from the league. Is the league tough enough on domestic assault? No, but that doesn't mean that it should ignore pot smoking. There are all kinds of punishments in life that aren't fair, but the players were aware of the consequences of their actions and continued to do it.

– December 08, 2011 12:15 PM
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Old Blue in Exile

For the love of Oski, please PLEASE don't defile your tree with a red "S" -- there must be some nice golden bear ornaments around that you can buy!!!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Surprisingly, my sports tree contains the ornaments of only one school. And so it shall be until the end of days.

– December 08, 2011 12:18 PM
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Porn as a topic

I'm certainly not suggesting it be banned as a topic, but I consider it to be like religion - there's nothing wrong with it but keep it to yourself.
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Tracee Hamilton :

:) I can't imagine it as a topic of discussion and I would have nothing to say. So I don't think it'll catch on like beverages and Matt Bomer.

– December 08, 2011 12:20 PM
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Matt Bomer

Did you ever see that movie he was in (the name briefly escapes me)?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope. I just saw "Moneyball," which gives you an idea of how behind I am.

– December 08, 2011 12:21 PM
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Non-BCS bowls

Any bowl matchups you are especially looking forward to? I think Arkansas-K State could be really interesting.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yeah, I think that could be one of the best. I will watch Baylor play anyone; just fun to watch. Beyond that, I'll watch everything because I'll be in my dad's basement lair.

– December 08, 2011 12:21 PM
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Boise State

Did you see that Boise State's coach just admitted trying to rig the BCS? TCU would have taken an automatic BCS bid if they were ranked 16th or higher ... so Chris Petersen voted them 18th to help keep them out of the automatic bids and (so his hope was) open up one for Boise State. And now he has the gall to say that it's part of the PROBLEM that he was able to do that? No, it's part of the problem that he has no integrity and tried to cheat the system. In my eyes, Boise State just lost all right to complain about any theoretical shaft.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah geez. Say, there's my foot. I think I'll shoot it.

– December 08, 2011 12:22 PM
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Confused by Sandusky's arrest

Why was this guy not already in jail for the other charges? Is it only after you molest your 10th kid do they think you need to be taken out of the public?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, it appears to me that there is a different judge now. The story I read made a point of mentioning that an "outside judge" presided over the heading, that bail was asked in the amount of $1 million, he granted $250,000 with the stipulation that if he made bail he'd have to wear an ankle monitor ... these were all things that were critized after the first arrest. Especially the monitor. Anyway, the story said the "outside judge" was presiding in "so and so's courtroom" which made it sound to me that because all these judges had some connection to either the school or Second Mile, they brought someone else in, which is what should have happened in the first place. Again, I would need to go back and read more about these judges but I didn't have time this morning. But google Centre County newspaper and it'll pop up.

– December 08, 2011 12:23 PM
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help!

i can't find the Hax/Hamilton chat in the archive, can you provide a link?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes.

– December 08, 2011 12:23 PM
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"Keep it to yourself"

I'm curious whether you and the other self-described "keep it to yourself" object to Jews wearing skullcaps or Muslim women wearing veils in public. If not, how is that different than Tebow thanking God or kneeling after a touchdown? All three are public, visible proclamations of one's faith.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I said *I* am a "keep it to yourself" person. I do not discuss religion with people, my own or theirs. I do not object to skullcaps, veils, crosses, rosaries, or anything else.I do object to overreacting, which is an Olympic-caliber sport on the interweb.

I don't care if Tebow kneels after a touchdown or thanks God in an interview (although I will stand by the assertion that if God is wasting his time fixing football games, we're all in trouble). I don't want him (or anyone else) prosthelytizing (sp?) to ME. Beyond that, if he wants to pray in the locker room and his teammates don't object, go for it. Most teams have chapel sessions. Randle El kept a bible in his locker and blew me off once because he wanted to attend a prayer meeting but promised to find me later and talk and he did. He was one of the good ones.  Tebow's not the only religious player in the league. I do think that if his teammates don't want to hear it, he should tone it down, because it defeats the message. However, they don't seem to mind, so why should I? As I said, I'm enjoying this guy's strange success.

– December 08, 2011 12:27 PM
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No way, Pey!

You're not reeeeaaally buying the Manning-to-DC rumors, are you? Shanclan's egos + Peyton's ego = pure unadulterated DISASTER.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I do not think Peyton Manning would be interested in the situation here, to put it mildly.

– December 08, 2011 12:30 PM
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Sandusky Judge

All of the Centre County judges removed themselves from the case, so yes, there's a different judge who is apparently not as lenient as the first (who was also associated with the Second Mile).
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Tracee Hamilton :

There you go. Much more succinctly put than my ramblings, thank you.

Good Lord, look at the time.

– December 08, 2011 12:31 PM
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A personal question

Apparently there are Jayhawk fans out there tweeting that they're enjoying this year's edition of Mizzou basketball. Apart from what should be two awesome games in the next couple of months, are you buying into the four dwarfs and a dream Tigers team?
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Tracee Hamilton :

And they call themselves Jayhawk fans? :0 Just kidding. Mizzou looks tough this year and I've said all along, this is not one of our strong years, so we'll see what happens. We've got Ohio State on Saturday. Gulp.

– December 08, 2011 12:34 PM
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State of Kansas

Have you ever been to Osawatomie (a/k/a pulpit of Presidents, once a century)?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, I haven't. It used to be home to one of the state's insane asylums. I'm sure there's no connection to this pulpit of Presidents thing. I did not approve of Bill Self being summoned to meet President Obama on a game day, but no one asked my permission.

Okay, I ran way over so time to do a few things before heading up on the Red Line for our happy hour! Hope to see some of you there and we'll raise a glass for those who are with us in spirit! Talk to you next week....

– December 08, 2011 12:35 PM
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