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December 13, 2012

10:59
A.M.

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

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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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Q.

jan vesely

i finally found out why jan veseley is playing so horribly...he is too busy with his other career....  thoughts?

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Tracee Hamilton :

First Wizard/Capital in history?

Good morning, all! Let's get going...

– December 13, 2012 10:59 AM
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Capitals

I liked your column on Friday, 12/7, about the Capitals and ending the NHL lockout (which, as I write this question, is still on). BUT you used the tired old cliche about hockey being a "niche sport." I find that annoying and, as a Caps season ticket holder, somewhat offensive. It's as if hockey fans are on some lunatic fringe that no one needs to pay attention to. Mostly, I find that the phrase is used by mainstream media types (who, largely, don't know the sport and don't care to learn) as an excuse not to cover hockey. Hockey is not a "niche sport" in this town any longer, if it ever was. The Caps have sold out something like 150 straight games and garnered the second highest cable ratings of any of the local teams for years until the Nats recent rise. And Ovi was the # 1 star in town until Harper, Stras and RG3 came along. That's no "niche." All of this is a long winded way of asking you to defend your characterization of the Caps and hockey as "niche."
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Tracee Hamilton :

The Caps aren't niche in Washington, but hockey is not a sport that is widely followed and understood in this country the way football, basketball and baseball is. It just isn't. And that's what I was discussing; the possibility of a season without the NFL is going to be more upsetting, AROUND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, than a season without hockey. And if you don't believe that, I would be surprised.  That doesn't translate as lunatic fringe; it means hockey's popularity is not as widespread as other sports. That in part is becauase there are parts of the country where hockey is simply not played. That's not the fault of hockey, necessarily, and certainly not hockey fans. But it's the truth.

Honestly, equating "niche sport" with "lunatic fringe" is apples and anvils.

I would also say that "main stream media" is just a cliched as niche sport, or perhaps moreso. Write a column decrying the lack of hockey, get accused of being anti-hockey, or not knowing anything about hockey, etc. etc. Kind of funny. Or not.

– December 13, 2012 11:02 AM
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Little known Steelers facts

1. You're not considered intoxicated at Heinz Field if you can recite the Bessemer process. 2. The Steelers cheer features the 4 alloys of steel: "Chromium, manganese, tungsten, and vanadium! Kick the Ravens out of our stadium!"
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Tracee Hamilton :

I like your version better than what I found online, which is "Here we go Steelers, here we go." Um....

– December 13, 2012 11:03 AM
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Another Steelers fun fact

There is a Chilean Futbol Steelers, CD Huachipato

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Tracee Hamilton :

Thus endeth our Steelers fun facts for the day.

– December 13, 2012 11:04 AM
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Heisman

Tracee- What was with the Heisman this year? Did everyone forget that Manziel had two bad games early in the season? Also, giving an award which has few criteria (one of which includes integrity) to someone with an albeit minor but very recent arrest record seems wrong. Manti was a great story and he played great. If he could not win this year, a defensive player just cannot win it, so why bother to pretend they can? T'eo should have won, but I thought even Klein was more deserving -- he only had 1 bad game and does not have a record.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think an argument could be made for splitting the Heisman into two awards, one for offensive players and one for defensive players. I'm not sure a defensive player can win this award so why pretend it's for the best player in college football? As for Manziel, like most things, the voting is more of a "What have you done for me lately?" Klein needed to go unbeaten to win it and even then it might have been tough. Not believe he wasn't worthy, but it's tough to get votes out there on the Plains.

– December 13, 2012 11:06 AM
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"Don't stereotype hockey fans, you mainstream media stereotype!"

That's what he's saying, right? Got it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, yes. MSM gets thrown around so much now that it has no meaning.

– December 13, 2012 11:07 AM
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WHY ARE THE COWBOYS EMBRACING JOSH BRENT?

I just don't understand why the team and coach are insisting that all the Cowboys support him. Drive drunk and kill a teammate --- that's OK!! Come on in and work out. The Steelers had a lineman charged with drunk driving this year -- he was suspended immediately and then released after the preliminary hearing found enough evidence to proceed to trial. What a terrible message the Cowboys are sending about drunk driving.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I thought the fact that Brown's mother is embracing Brent was an uplifting story of forgiveness, and completely her business, but as far as the team goes, they've got to treat all of these cases the same.

– December 13, 2012 11:09 AM
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Your Powerball tips - Section 405

I hate to say it, but your Powerball tips are as good as your "big game" predictions. I did buy a Powerball with your suggestion of all the 'skins rookie jersey numbers, and only "10" was picked -- which I guess means *something". Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

Next time just set fire to your money. Why would you play lottery numbers I suggested? I am the kiss of death!

– December 13, 2012 11:10 AM
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Big 10 anbd Maryland

Hi.  Concerning Maryland's move to the Big 10. I understand (to a degree) why Maryland is moving if it means more money, but I am wondering why the Big 10 wants Maryland. I wouldn't think it would be for the football team (terrible for years) or the basketball team (mediocre for years). Is it that the Big 10 wants a foothold in the DC media market? I am trying to see what the benefit is from the Big 10's perspective.

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Tracee Hamilton :

TV viewers. This is a large market. The Big Ten network would like to have offerings for this area, so it can sell itself to more cable companies as part of the basic package rather than an add-on. More money for them.

– December 13, 2012 11:12 AM
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Wizards - Section 405

I've been fairly vocal here pointing to paralells between the Nats of several years ago and the current Wizards. In light of the recent news about the abortive Harden deal, I'm sorry to say it's Jim Bowden and the '08 club. I think this is the final straw - Grunfeld has just got to go.

Smiley Gonzalez, where are you when we need you? Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

That was pretty discouraging, although if Michael Lee is to be believed -- and he is -- that was Ted's call, not Ernie's.

– December 13, 2012 11:14 AM
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Trader Dayton

As a KC fan, I'm heartened that the Royals rate highly enough on the national radar to get such a large reaction to the Shields-Meyers (etc.) trade. The last time anything we did made this much noise was when we traded Sabes (and Bill Pecota) to the Mets for McReyolds, Jeffries and Keith Miller. Hope this one works out better. Your take?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I was stunned it got as much attention as it did. It's so seldom I hear the Royals mentioned. I hope it means good things to come.

– December 13, 2012 11:15 AM
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Bourbonrich

Amazing what an 11 and 0 basketball team can do to brighten the Christmas season. Shows what coaching and flexibility can do for a team. Hope you have a great Christmas with the family and that your parents health continues on the upswing. What are your thoughts to the apparent recreation of the Big East as a basketball only league?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks! And my reaction is, about time!

– December 13, 2012 11:16 AM
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recent NFL deaths

You know, after the Chiefs then went out and won that game, I had the absurdly cynical thought that now other teams are going to kill someone off right before a game, for the inspirational value. I never figured that to be anything more than darkly inappropriate comedy. Sure enough though, this next week, one Dallas Cowboy allegedly killed another on Saturday in a DUI, and the next day the team rallied to pull out a difficult win. I know it's still too soon, but if I were the lowest guy on Tom Coughlin's depth chart right now, I'd be watching my back.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Dark, but true. I've never understood how guys who play 16 or so games a season need any kind of extra inventive to get "up" for games (or extra medications, either) but that's just me.

– December 13, 2012 11:17 AM
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Bountygate suspensions overturned

This is outrageous! Those guys should be in jail. If I knew someone had been paid $10,000 to injure my child, I'd go after him myself.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Think how outraged you'll be if Vilna wins his lawsuit against the league. (I don't expect that to  happen, but one never knows.)

– December 13, 2012 11:18 AM
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bradley beal

am i the only one underwhelmed by bradley beal? is anyone else getting buyer's remorse? he is supposed to be the second coming of ray allen, but his perimeter shooting is non existent. nobody fears his outside shot.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I am underwhelmed as well but also not ready to leap to conclusions about the kid based on 19 games with a bad team missing 1.5 of its "stars." The fact another team was interested in acquiring him in a trade is interesting, too.

– December 13, 2012 11:19 AM
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forbath kickoffs

is he serious that it's strategy to kickoff only til the 5 yard line? cundiff and gano always booted it out of stadium. Where's Wuerffel when you need him?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Eliminating kickoffs helps the Skins tremendously. Forbath can just continue to hit field goals and forget the rest of it. (I do  not like the proposal because it eliminates onside kicks, which as exciting. But I'm afraid to come out against it for fear of it being immediately implemented.

– December 13, 2012 11:20 AM
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Statistiky (from the Vesely post)

I'm not making fun...I love this word! We have to start using it. If I'm reading my Czech correctly (and I've got a 50-50 shot here), this is a plural, so here goes: "There are lies, damned lies, and statistiky." Beautiful.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nice!

– December 13, 2012 11:24 AM
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re: the Heisman

Defensive backs have won before, fairly recently. Also, there already is a defensive player award, and there's more to winning the Heisman than attending the school with the largest fake-alumni base in the country. By numerous accounts, Manti wasn't even the best defensive player this year.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Of course there are defensive awards, but none has the weight of the Heisman. I'm not saying Manti should have won; I'm just suggesting an alternative.

– December 13, 2012 11:27 AM
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Huh? Tracee the Producer

At the top of your chat it says: Total Responses: 7 Currently Online : 50 I know what the first number is measuring, but what does Currently online: 50 mean? That 50 people are viewing this chat?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Beats me. Perhaps.

– December 13, 2012 11:28 AM
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"WHY ARE THE COWBOYS EMBRACING JOSH BRENT?"

Has it been disclosed whether Jerry Brown might've been even drunker than Josh Brent?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not sure, but I'm positive it isn't against the law to ride drunk. Why any pro athlete doesn't use a driver is beyond me. They can afford it.

– December 13, 2012 11:29 AM
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Rent a driver, guys

After the latest celebrity wrecks a car, we always ask why they don't simply hire a car for evenings out. One would think that NFL players could sport $400 for a driver and car, especially if they're sucking down three or four bottles of Cristal (or whatever a "popular premium champagne" might be) during an evening. Saves lives every time.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wrote the previous answer then saw this. Amen. We used to have the occasional "sports babes" outings to Camden Yards. Chipped in for a limo each time. So worth it.

– December 13, 2012 11:30 AM
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re: Harden deal

Really, why would you continue to buy tickets knowing that the team has chosen mediocrity as a goal? And it's a "stretch goal," from the looks of things.
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Tracee Hamilton :

And at a time when 50% of your team holdings are not playing at all? Beats me.

– December 13, 2012 11:33 AM
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We're on a roll

The Nats make the payoffs. United makes the playoffs. The Redskins might make the playoffs. The Caps? Bargle. The Wizards? Well, this local sports run was fun while it lasted.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I am not sure Washington will ever by 5-for-5. That's a hard one to pull off. But it would be nice to be in the running.

– December 13, 2012 11:33 AM
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Currently online

Can't explain why, but seeing how many people are participating in the chat seems weird. Just sayin'...
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Tracee Hamilton :

No idea where that comes from. Too busy chatting to ask. :)

– December 13, 2012 11:34 AM
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Temple University football/head coach search

Hello, have you followed the search for the new head football coach at Temple University? Do you have a prediction as to who will get the job?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I confess I have not. Is there someone you'd like me to jinx? Let me know!

– December 13, 2012 11:36 AM
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If the Big East reforms as a basketball only league

Can we Huskies follow and go back to 1-AA? 'Cuz this isn't working, and the football program isn't making much money anyway.
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is sort of how I feel about my alma mater. One of the reasons I'm so discouraged about the college sports landscape.

– December 13, 2012 11:37 AM
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Hockey = Niche sport

Wow, some people really need to turn their sensitivity meter down a little. Let's take a completely non-scientific example to illustrate the point. Today I posted the video of the Racing Presidents doing The Nutcracker because I'm dying for baseball to start back up. In the last couple of weeks, myself a many friends on Facebook have posted stuff about baseball trades and the winter meetings (including people in the great white north {hockey land}). Not a single person in my FB community has mentioned the hockey lockout. Not a single person around my office has mentioned it within earshot of me (2000 employees and constant chatter about Nats and Redskins). I like hockey, it's a fun game to watch; but I don't think I, or anyone else really, could care less that there aren't games going right now. I don't say that to be insulting to hockey, but let's be honest here, it is not a very big part of our national (or even DC metro area) dialog.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wait -- video of the Racing Presidents doing the Nutcracker? Got a link?

I have never understood why it is so important that everyone like what you like. Soccer people want all people to like soccer. Hockey people want all people to like soccer. I can't remember ever telling anyone "you have to like football because I do!" Or "you have to read this book". I would recommend a book but not be torn apart if my friend said, "eh, no thanks."

And this is from someone who misses hockey and wants it back, and who 30 years ago had never seen a game. I do think the Caps have a very loyal following in this town. But it's an in or out thing. My dad will go to his grave having never seen a hockey game and I wouldn't waste 2 minutes of my time trying to convince him otherwise, because I respect his ability to make that decision for himself.

– December 13, 2012 11:39 AM
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Eliminating kickoffs

'I do not like the proposal because it eliminates onside kicks, which as exciting." But if I read it right, the scoring team gets the ball on their 35 yard line and it's 4th and 10. If they convert, the get the ball (like it's a recovered onsides kick). If they try and don't convert, the other team gets the ball (like it's a failed onsides kick). Or they punt (like a kickoff but with a risk of error). I like the idea.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, it's like an onside kick but it's not an onside kick. you just hand the ball to the official and jog off. There isn't an actual KICK that has to bounce 10 yards before it can be touched. I like that.

– December 13, 2012 11:40 AM
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ham or turkey?

Tracee: Deli Man here. First chance to e-chat with you live vice before or after. Lovely! Will you be having ham or turkey for Christmas dinner? Or something else (prime rib is excellent!). All yield great leftovers. Friend's Mom was recently 94. She credits this to one-half can of Guiness daily. As I intend to live at least twice that long, I'm doubling her Rx. Happy Holidays! DM
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hey, DM, have one for me. I am off alcohol for now and the foreseeable future. I have no idea what's on the Christmas menu. We may be going out. We may be eating in. Our Christmas is sort of up in the air. But I'll be home Saturday and get that all sorted out! Well, I can say with certainty it won't be turkey. My mom hates turkey and it's her kitchen. If she cooks, it'll be ham.

– December 13, 2012 11:41 AM
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re: I do not like the proposal because it eliminates onside kicks...

Not really -- there isn't that much difference between 4th & 15 at your 30 and an onside kick from your 30. Either way, if you don't succeed, the other team gets the ball in great shape.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There's a huge difference, in that one is a KICK and one is NOT. This is not keeping me up at night or anything, but it is not apples and apples.

– December 13, 2012 11:42 AM
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The angelos touch has migrated

For years, Peter Angelos seemed to do everything in his power to wreck the good work of his management people. For all the credit he deserves for the Caps of recent years, it seems that Ted is throwing it all away on the lockout and decisions like the Harden one.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, let's hope that's not true. My editor and I were discussing this topic this morning. He points out that the new owners come in with some much more debt than owners had to assume even in Angelos's day and certainly before, that they approach the game differently. Not a lot of guys inheriting their football teams. And fewer guys with local ties, who see the team as not just a business but an extension of their communities. That would be a Lamar Hunt, for instance, or an Abe Pollin, who made his money here and cared about the area.

– December 13, 2012 11:43 AM
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Why any pro athlete doesn't use a driver is beyond me. They can afford it.

The NFL provides free rides home to players who have been drinking. There is zero excuse for what happened.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thank you, you are right. That is a service the league provides. No argument, no excuse.

– December 13, 2012 11:44 AM
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Who is more Stubborn

NHL vs Player Assn. or Obama vs. GOP? I'd say it's a toss up. Which will settle first? BTW, not sure if this is the last chat before the holidays or not. If so Merry Griff-mas and a Hendy (Matt Hendricks) New Year! Seriously - Hope you have a great holiday
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Tracee Hamilton :

You know I won't go political, but this seemed apolitical in tone so ... judges will allow! Thank you -- I like the Hendy New Year! That's a guy I've missed during the lockout.

– December 13, 2012 11:44 AM
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Griffin

RGIII seems like a smart guy. Do you think all this "I wanna play" bravado is for show and he (I know, naive) really does know the best thing for his health is to sit out on Sunday?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't get the impression he feels like ending his pro career 13 games in just to show how tough he is. I don't think he's reckless. I also think he'll be cleared to play. Which means he's out for the season. Sigh.

– December 13, 2012 11:45 AM
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Tracee the Producer

When I saw that heading, an image flashed into my mind of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder handling the job....
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Tracee Hamilton :

They'd be welcome! :)

– December 13, 2012 11:45 AM
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re: new head football coach at Temple University

I hear it's between Edsall and Saban, with Lane Kiffin coming up fast on the outside. Gotta get in on that awesome Big East juggernaut.
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Tracee Hamilton :

What, Charlie Weiss isn't a candidate? Damn.

– December 13, 2012 11:48 AM
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PIttsburgh

Back in his party animal days, Ben Roethlisberger pub-crawled with a whole posse, including an off-duty police officer.
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Tracee Hamilton :

And yet still found a way to get into trouble. :)

– December 13, 2012 11:49 AM
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Happy Maryland fan over Big Ten move

I tore a quadricep just before the conference change was announced, so this is the first time I've been able to discuss this with you. I understand the dislike of the move from casual Terrapin fans -- especially those whose interest is limited to men's basketball -- but many of us with close ties to the university have suggested something like this ever since the Big Ten announced it was seeking a 12th member. The benefits from both an athletic and academic perspective are considerable, and it's good for College Park to be aligned with its peer land-grant flagships such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State. Incidentally, the Diamondback has been running a poll on student reaction to the move, and while initially reaction was split, in recent days, it now runs 53 to 34 percent in favor of the move. Thank you, Dr. Loh.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There are certainly arguments in its favor.

– December 13, 2012 11:49 AM
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I think you made a typo

"Hockey people want all people to like soccer." They certainly seem to this year!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! That's funny. And wrong. Thank you.

– December 13, 2012 11:51 AM
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NFL ROY

People seem to say that Luck should get it because he took the Colts from 2-12 to a playoff team but I think you have to take a longer view than 1 season. The colts had a culture and history of winning. The Redskins did not. Looking over the last decade you could kind of view the 2011 Colts season as a blip, and 2012 a return to form. The same look at the redskins history shows a near total sea change in the organization.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Taking the Colts to 9-4 is amazing. My one knock on Luck is that he has had some bad games (like four picks bad). He's not been as consistent as RGIII.

– December 13, 2012 11:56 AM
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Stammen & Detwiler

I have to give those guys credit for going with the USO to visit our troops during their holiday, especially since Detwiler cut his honeymoon short to be able to go. Mrs. Detwiler must be a really classy lady to do that. I haven't heard anything about Stammen's wedding, so I don't know if he's going before or after it. Still, good for both of them. I admire them. If I had a school age child, I'd bid my head off to get Clippard & Storen to come to his/her school for lunch. . .and I'd be there too.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yup, good for them.

– December 13, 2012 11:58 AM
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Niche

I totally agree with you using the phrase "niche sport" in regards to hockey. Hockey tends to have very devoted fans but less general appeal outside of the diehards. The diehards will support ANYTHING the team does, witness the sellouts here, but once you get outside that group the level of caring is "meh." Can you imagine if the NFL was close to canceling its second entire season in 8 years like the NHL is now? The television ratings bear that out.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Exactly. It's not a knock on hockey and certainly not on its loyal fans. It's just the way things are.

– December 13, 2012 11:58 AM
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Forbath's kickoff woes

First of all I don't believe that BS about intentionally not trying for touchbacks. Do you think his issues are because he didn't kick off at all in college (his team had another guy for that), or are they more inherent in his abilities?
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Tracee Hamilton :

You would think a guy who can boot 50-yarders on a nap has a strong enough leg to kick a ball off the tee a lot further than that, but perhaps not.

It will be interesting to see how positions change if the new rules go in. I would want an expanded roster, because you'd be carrying a kicker for nothing but field goals and a kick returner for almost nothing but punt returns.

– December 13, 2012 12:01 PM
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re: I do not like the proposal because it eliminates onside kicks...

My European friends already mock American football for having so little kicking in it. This would just give them more ammunition to use against me. Eventually there won't be any "foot" left in American football whatsoever.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Very true. But they're European; you can find something to mock in return, surely! :)

– December 13, 2012 12:01 PM
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ROY

all for RGIII but the previous submitter saying that "you have to take a longer view than 1 season" makes no sense (respectfully) .. it's rookie of the YEAR ...
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, yes, thanks, I meant to mention that as well. It should be based on a player's performance during one season.

– December 13, 2012 12:02 PM
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"Niche" Sport

For the OP who said nobody at their work is talking about the lockout, I think it depends on where you work (and if people know you like hockey). The lockout has gotten a lot of die hard hockey fans depressed and talking about it only makes it worse. I'm sure once (if) they play again you'll hear people talking about it again. I bet nobody was talking about the NBA lockout either.
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Tracee Hamilton :

If the NBA lockout had eaten 43% of the season, you'd have heard a lot of talk. But it's true, some places I'm sure there are Caps fans who are commiserating with each other. I think the poster was giving an example from his/her experience, not declaring that it was that way all across the land.

– December 13, 2012 12:02 PM
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liking sports

actually, it's just assumed that as an American you love the NFL and major college sports. I've had people ask me what's wrong with me when I say I don't care for the NFL or NCAA major sports. Oh lord, the grief I get. So, yes, I give people a hard time when they refuse to even give the slightest consideration to hockey/soccer/nordic combined/whatever other sport they're disparaging but have never watched. I've at least watched the NFL--and find that watching 20 minutes total of play spread over 3+ hours, nearly all of it seemingly devoted to giving another person a brain injury isn't something I enjoy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's always a good idea, when met with intolerance, to answer with intolerance. That always solves the situation.

I don't think  it's assumed that all Americans like football and college sports. In fact, I never assume people even follow sports. I'll meet someone and if they can pry out of me what I do (and yes, I don't volunteer it) they will sometimes apologize for not reading me because they don't like sports. Good gravy, I don't expect them to! I'm a live and let live gal. In fact, I enjoy meeting people who want to talk about something other than sports. Nice change of pace.

I have been working in this biz for 30 years and I've never once said to someone, "how can you not like sports?" (or a specific sport, or anything else, for that matter). I don't understand out intolerance of anyone who holds different opinions than ours. Who cares? 

I do think that giving people a hard time for something that so infuriates you is sort of self-defeating, though.

 

– December 13, 2012 12:03 PM
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Rushmores do Ballet Video

The video...

 

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Tracee Hamilton :

Not quite what I pictured but cute.

– December 13, 2012 12:03 PM
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Please Wish Us Luck

My trivia team, Twigs & Berries, is going for the Showtime Trivia championship on Saturday. One of my teammates, incidentally, is a BIG hockey fan who owns about a dozen jerseys from different teams and wears them to trivia Monday nights. He misses it badly!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Love the name. Good luck!

– December 13, 2012 12:03 PM
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Zards and Hardin

Tracee: People are chastising Ted unfairly. Harden was a TRADE, not a draft choice like RGIII, Strasburg, Harper, Morris, and Ovie. The Skins tried trades for proven Veterans and what did it get them? So did the O's, and the Zards have done this several times. Ted was wise to save his powder for a bigger bomb later. Unless all you want is to watch basketball vice winning, then the trade makes sense. But to win, long-term, Ted needs to develop talent through the draft, a la Wall. DM

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Tracee Hamilton :

DM: The draft is important, but so far, how's that working out? The difference in the players you cite is simple: baseball and football have HUGE drafts, and baseball has a farm system. The NBA ... doesn't. Building solely through the draft is almost impossible. Sure, the Wizards have made some bad deals. Getting James Harden, IMO, would not have made that list.

– December 13, 2012 12:04 PM
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I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year

We won't be getting together until 2013 (that is if the Mayans were wrong). I've really appreciated the insights, humor, cold-cut sourcing, beer reviews and everything else that makes this chat feel like home. To Tracee, our hostess -- Thanks so much! To my fellow contributors, Happy Hannukah, Happy Festivus, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year. Pick all that are appropriate and enjoy. See You next year, Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks, 405! I wish you all a happy holiday season and I'll be looking forward to Jan. 3 -- hopefully we can discuss the end of the lockout, among other things!

– December 13, 2012 12:05 PM
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