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December 15, 2011

10:58
A.M.

Q&A with Tracee Hamilton

Total Responses: 39

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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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Tracee Hamilton discusses the week in sports.

Q.

$7 million for Kwame Brown?

This is just nuts. He personifies everything you want your children not to be -- bad attitude, waste of talent, and more -- and this is his reward? Take that, you suckers who work hard for your money. Aaargh.

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Tracee Hamilton :

It's pretty amazing, and not the good kind of amazing. 

Well, good morning, everyone. We'll get started so we can end on time for once. No chat next week but I have decided to give it a go on Dec. 29. We never have much web traffic that week so it may be crickets here but then we'll just make it a half hour and start celebrating the New Year early. 

Thanks to those who came to Chadwick's last week. We had OUMom, Section405, civwiz and Dave, whose handle I didn't get -- I'm not sure he has one due to a wacky work schedule. Small but hearty band of chatters. Two Guinnesses were enjoyed by this reporter. A toast was made to Bagram and all our absent friends.

And now, on to business.

– December 15, 2011 11:00 AM
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Santana Moss

Why won't he pay his water bill? 

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not posting the link here because I don't think it's my place to give out his Florida address, but he apparently owes $2,000 on his water bill. From the look of the bill, he has had no usage, meaning the house is empty, so maybe the bills are sitting down there and no one is taking care of them. Which seems careless but he'll soon have a lot of free time with which to get caught up on his finances. 

– December 15, 2011 11:02 AM
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Woodbridge

So what did you think of M. Wise's column indicating that Rex should stick around for next year? The NE game was okay, but he is still far too error-prone for my comfort.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I do not believe Rex is the long-term solution here. Do I think they may keep him around while they see how whoever they draft works out? Perhaps. But I just don't see Rex as "the" guy. Too many mistakes; too many passes thrown into coverage and too many low passes. Even when he's not picked off he's batted down too often. I just don't see him as a long-term solution.

– December 15, 2011 11:04 AM
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Tomas Vokoun

HI Tracee, It looks like Vokoun is really struggling in between the pipes. Do you think it's time to give Neuvi a chance for a few games and see how he does?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Why not? They need to try something. I've always been a Neuvi fan, though. 

– December 15, 2011 11:10 AM
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being a female journalist in the sports world

Hi Tracee, I read comments and sometimes find them to be fairly chauvinistic. I assume this is not a new thing for you. Can you address that? I mean, if your name were "John Hamilton" then it probably wouldn't happen .. I think your articles stand well on their own (not that I always agree).
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm sort of surprised that still goes on; I would have thought 30 years ago that the dinosaurs would have died out by now. But I would be wrong.  You know where I virtually never get that attitude? From male players and coaches. 

– December 15, 2011 11:11 AM
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Charlie Weiss??!!

TO KU??!! Well, KU certainly now has a coach with an lego bigger than Mt Oread. I was sorry Turner Gill crashed, but I guess the KU leadership decided a big buyout was better than giving him another year. On the bowl front, I think Steve Spurrier's USC team will have an easier time with NU than his 1995 Florida team did. I still love to replay the game and watch him keep pulling his visor down over his face as NU keeps scoring. Living in the past, I know, but it's often better than the present. AHG

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Tracee Hamilton :

Tell me about it, AHG. I will get out the video of the 2008 Orange Bowl while I'm home with my dad. I'm not sure what to think about Weis. I wasn't exactly doing cartwheels but then there's a lot about the ol' alma mater that's angered me lately. I'm adopting a wait-and-see approach, I guess. 

– December 15, 2011 11:11 AM
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Rob Ryan

Cowboys fan here. Any chance the Redskins nation would be interested in Rob Ryan?
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Tracee Hamilton :

NO! I couldn't stand to see that hair 16 times a season. He's all yours.

– December 15, 2011 11:14 AM
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Weis to KU

Um... congratulations?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Um ... thanks? (See above.)

– December 15, 2011 11:15 AM
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Delusional beliefs

Here in Wisconsin we strongly believe two things: The Packers will go undefeated, and Ryan Braun will be vindicated. Are we delusional?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, you're half-wits, I mean, half right! :) I think the Packers have a good shot; I hope so. The '72 Dolphins are starting to get on my last nerve. Braun? Well, we'll see. I'd be surprised. 

– December 15, 2011 11:16 AM
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Shanahan is building through the draft

So Boz wants to anoint Shanahan as the new Redskins savior by building through the draft. He considers the McNabb trade for 2 draft picks the "end of the era." Does he forget who was the coach and general manager at the time of the McNabb trade? His hero, Mike Shanahan. So Shanahan is the savior from himself? It is as if we are just blaming the McNabb trade on a rookie mistake, something we have learned from. I didn't know Shanahan was a rookie.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Maybe Boz is missing golf so is giving Shanny a mulligan? I don't know; you can ask Boz on Monday. 

– December 15, 2011 11:19 AM
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Washington, DC

What is the deal with the Army-Navy game at Fedex Field? Was last weekend's game a one shot deal, or will it be there for a few years? I'm worried that if Dan Snyder gets his incompetent mitts on it, the quality of the game will decline.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's a one-shot deal for now. Most of the games will continue to be in Philly; two will be in Baltimore, '14 and 

16, I think. It's going to be in Philly the majority of the time, I believe. 

– December 15, 2011 11:22 AM
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Bourbonric

How is Jayhawk land responding to Wies's $2.5 million for the f'ball job? Is that comparable to Bill Self? How many wins should we expect Kansas to get in next year? Hope there are several Guinesses in your future. Merry Christmas to you and all the regulars I have enjoyed reading this year.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It better not be comparable to what Bill Self makes. As for wins, too soon to say. He brought that Notre Dame QB, Crist, with him to the KU hoops game the other night. Let's see what exactly he has in his luggage, and if there is going to be a mass exodus a la Maryland. One assumes not but one should not assume.

– December 15, 2011 11:25 AM
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Chiefs!

Hi Tracee! You mentioned you are a Chiefs fan. What are your thought on their firing of Haley?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I am always surprised by the firings at this time of the year because, what's the point? But otherwise, I'm not too surprised, although they really got hit hard with injuries at the start of the year. But that's never an acceptable excuse. This time tomorrow I'll be Christmasing with Chiefs fans and I'm sure I'll hear all about it. 

– December 15, 2011 11:27 AM
Q.

NFL SELLS PHOTOS OF JAMES HARRISON'S HIT

Earlier this week the NFL website had for sale a photo of Colt McCoy after he had been hit by Harrison! They did the same thing last year - they fined Harrison for a hit, then had the photo for sale (until the Steeler pointed out the hypocrisy). So does the NFL really want to limit hard hits, or do they just want the money from them (from both the player and fans)?
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's pretty remarkable. I know the league loves to make money, and is good at making money, but surely the new TV deal gives them ample coin without having to resort to this. 

– December 15, 2011 11:30 AM
Q.

Javale McGee Post piece

So the Post puts out this piece on Javale. And the very next day, we read this from NBC.  How comical.

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Tracee Hamilton :

The Wizards are often comical.

– December 15, 2011 11:32 AM
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Lannan's Wedding

Do you have any details about it? When? Where? Who? Nats on the guest list? And any news on Balester's coming baby? BTW I never did hear what Ian Desmond & his wife had.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I know someone is messing with me, but it's still pretty funny. 

– December 15, 2011 11:33 AM
Q.

How many

Virgins have ever started 7 games as quarterback for NFL team? I bet Tebow is the only one? Now if I was the opposing team this weekend I would do my best to make sure Little Timmy's scores before the big game. Might be a distraction.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I will call Elias and have them get to work on this. I can't ask Maske; he still blushes at words like "virgins." It was good to know he isn't dating Lindsey Vonn, though, wasn't it? (Tebow, not Maske.) I'm surprised there haven't been more dating rumors about the poor kid. 

– December 15, 2011 11:34 AM
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NFC East Pick' EM

Alright Tracee, Make your pick please. Who wins the NFC East? Dallas or the G-Men? Thanks.

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Tracee Hamilton :

It astounds me that people still ask for my picks, despite my horrible track record. Here is yet another lump of coal in your collective stockings: Giants.

– December 15, 2011 11:35 AM
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Sunday/Monday Nite NFL games

I know they didn't expect the Colts to go winless, but have you ever seen such a lame line-up of games? I click on the games once or twice to get a score and see if they are competitive, and then nearly always click them off. Is NFL revenue tied to the viewing audience? If so, it must be falling substantially.
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Tracee Hamilton :

See the new TV deals? I don't think the NFL's revenue is in significant danger. $3 billion a year sounds pretty good. 

– December 15, 2011 11:37 AM
Q.

The Airless Cubicle Notes There are Worse Things than Redskins Losses

Try being laid off in December and not having money for Christmas.
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Tracee Hamilton :

TAC, I hope you are not referring to yourself, although I really wish you weren't referring to anyone. And of course there are many worse things than Redskins losses.

– December 15, 2011 11:39 AM
Q.

how soon to play rookie quarterbacks?

I know Wise wants to keep Rex, but if the team isn't any good, is there any reason to not play the rookie quarterback in the first game of the season next year. It seems that teams don't want to traumatize the new quarterbacks, but why not give them experience right away?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I agree, except I think it's interesting to see what's happened to Sam Bradford. Is he a cautionary tale? I don't know; I'm asking. And of course, no two people are alike. Playing Cam Newton certainly hasn't damaged his ability of confidence. A lot will depend on who they draft and that person's ability to pick up the enormous complexities of this offense. Sigh. 

– December 15, 2011 11:41 AM
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Pittsburgh

Sorry I couldn't make it to Chadwick's last week. Kind of a long shlep from here...
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Tracee Hamilton :

You're forgiven!

– December 15, 2011 11:43 AM
Q.

Another sports chat mash-up idea

In the wake of your successful joint online chat with Hax, how about you do one with the Reliable Sourcettes, where they report on the athletes and DC celebs in the stands at a game that you're covering?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think a mashup with Steinberg and the Reliable Sourcettes would be more of a fit, to be honest. I'm not sure why. 

– December 15, 2011 11:44 AM
Q.

66 days

until pitchers and catchers report. Can't wait. This Hot Stove stuff just doesn't do it for me, although I'll be interested to see whether the Nats did bid on Yu Darvish. In other news, call me a curmudgeonette,but I'm resisting the idea of Gary Oldman, or anybody else as George Smiley. I've seen some pretty good reviews, though, so maybe I'll go see the new pic anyway. Or maybe I'll wait until it's on cable. (Hey you kids, get off my lawn!!)
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm very torn -- not on the Hot Stove, but on the movie (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for those who don't know what we're blathering about). Alex Guiness (sp) was just so good as Smiley. And the books, oh my, I've read all the Smiley books, including le Carre's "starter" books with him, and he's one of my favorite characters in fiction. Then again, Colin Firth is in the movie. So I'm torn. I really want to see "The Artist," but I can give "The Muppet Movie" a solid thumb's up. :) 

– December 15, 2011 11:45 AM
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Maryland Football Coverage

Why did you feel it necessary to write an "opinion piece" to call for the University of Maryland to fire Randy Edsall, but then mention that the players are talking and making the team's problems apparent to recruits therefore negatively affecting recruiting? Do you assume recruits cannot read and did not get that same information from the constant barrage of negative opinion articles from you and others at the Post? Why does the post all of a sudden have such an interest in Maryland football when in past years it was barely covered?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Um, what? I did not write an "opinion piece" calling for Edsall's firing. I wrote a column about the loss of six (now 8) players and how that might hurt recruiting. To answer your question, I think that when players are referring to the team house as "Gossett State Pen" in tweets, recruits are far more likely to pay attention to that than to what a bunch of old columnists write. As for Maryland football barely being covered in past years, that's just balderdash. 

– December 15, 2011 11:47 AM
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Time for a name change?

Since Redskins & Snyder don't seem to be working out for you folks down there.. how about some drastic overhauls? Let's see.. new name; new colors; new stadium; and.. wait for it.. NEW OWNER? You can keep doing the same things over and over and keep grousing about it. Or.. evolved human beings can CHANGE. Think on it. Thanks much. HLB (Mt. Lebanon, PA)
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm not sure I'm following you. Are you saying Snyder can change, or that the Skins need a new owner? Because you do realize that he's not an elected official, right? No one here has the slightest say in who owns the Redskins. Or, if we're being honest, any of that other stuff, either. It's nice to dream, and it's fine to be sick of the grousing,  but the idea  that fans should get off their butts and change the name, colors, stadium and owner of the Redskins is a little naive.

– December 15, 2011 11:49 AM
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Wheat Beer Dressing

There was a recipe in yesterday's food section that called for this. Have you ever tried it? I figure it greatly increases my chances of getting my husband to eat a salad.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! I love wheat beer so it would just about have to be good. 

– December 15, 2011 11:51 AM
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Packers stock

According to this website there are 4,750,937 shares of Packers stock out there. Is there any chance Snyder would sell shares of Redskins stock? Might be a moneymaker for him. I'd like to vote on QB.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Don't hold your breath.

– December 15, 2011 11:53 AM
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Pittsburgh Wife

Tracee, I'm disappointed that Graham is leaving Pitt after only one year; my husband is really angry. I understand, having survived Pittsburgh winters, that the siren song of warm Januarys and Februarys could lure someone, especially a family man, to Arizona State, but I must ask: Is Pitt cursed?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Something about this guy seems hinky. Four jobs since 2006? Notified the players by text message? Is that the new thing in college athletics now? You should have to look those kids in the eyes, I think. 

– December 15, 2011 11:54 AM
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NBA

There are many reasons I don't watch the NBA regularly. Logically, I am a 40 year old male, who loves basketball. (I get up at 5 AM three days a week to play.) I live in Charlotte, and can literally see the Bobcats home out the window right now. Some say that I have a certain level of passion for the teams I follow. But I won't watch a game until maybe the second round of the playoffs. Is it because NBA players don't play defense until the 4th quarter? A little Is it because the is zero originality in style of play because the rules dicate the best plan? Some. But more than any other reason is that short of Vince McMann, I think David Stern tries to manipulate NBA story lines more than any other sport. Wake me in June, and if I am not too busy I might catch a game. NBA - It's Scripted! Let's Go Royals!

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm shocked that you would say that. Shocked!

– December 15, 2011 11:56 AM
Q.

Charlie is an optimist

Weis must believe that the Big 12 will survive or he wouldn't have taken the job? Or does he get paid even in the league disintegrates?

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Tracee Hamilton :

They always get paid, no matter what happens short of a meteor hitting the earth. 

– December 15, 2011 11:57 AM
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College FB is a business

Todd Graham bolts from Pitt after ONE year to take the Arizona State job, his fourth job in six years. Tells his players he's leaving via text. It that isn't business-like, it certainly isn't collegial either.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that's it, fourth job in six years. Thanks. That's a red flag to me. 

– December 15, 2011 11:58 AM
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Jerry Sandusky

May he plea bargain in advance of the trial and spare us the sordid recital of the witnesses prepared to speak against him.
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Tracee Hamilton :

According to his attorney, that will never happen. Of course, his attorney said repeatedly he was eager to meet his accusers in court. So at this point, who knows. 

– December 15, 2011 11:58 AM
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Hax-ified

What did you learn from your Hax co-chat?
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Tracee Hamilton :

It was hoping for some easy advice ones, like the bridezillas or the "I don't want to write thank you notes" ones. No such luck! It's hard to give thoughtful answers when you don't know all the details. People remarked that Carolyn is slower than me; I can see why! But it was fun. 

– December 15, 2011 11:59 AM
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Chiefs

I am hoping that Tyler Palko improves into at least a journeyman quarterback, as I'm from Pittsburgh. Do you think he has a chance? He broke records at Pitt!
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Tracee Hamilton :

How did we get to be so big in Pittsburgh? Do we need to hold a Pittsburgh get-together? Palko's done all right for the Chiefs, I think; he had that one wicked pass that made the Top 10 from the weekend. I'll be able to see more of him on vacation. 

– December 15, 2011 11:59 AM
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Lannan's Wedding

Someone posted that they were glad Lannan was tendered an offer with his wedding only days away, so I thought you might know something about it. And I read about Balester's coming baby on Tyler Clippard's tweet. He said he'll be driving down to Lakeland (from Tampa) to see it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, it's fine, I just get questions about who these guys are dating or if they're married and I honestly haven't a clue. 

– December 15, 2011 11:59 AM
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Same-o same-o

Do the Steelers win the division outright or do they just polish off the Ravens in Baltimore in the playoffs? The past is just prologue to the present. --Famous Philosopher
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, no, one prediction a chat is all you're getting. -- Not so famous prognosticator

– December 15, 2011 12:00 PM
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KC/Haley

I guess I was a little surprised not only at the timing of Haley's firing, but it seemed like they were turning it around after a horrible first couple games, then the injuries took their toll. I would think the lack of depth is more a reflection of Pioli than Haley. Then again, from what I hear people in the league seem to not dislike Pioli as much as they dislike Haley.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, Haley isn't very popular. Apparently there was talk of firing him after they made the playoffs last year. Ouch. I thought the same thing, that they had reached respectability for a few games there, so why not let him finish it out. But there must have been reasons. 

– December 15, 2011 12:00 PM
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Greetings from Bagram

Tracee, I just wanted to let you know how much I look forward to these chats as a welcome respite from the Groundhog Day that is my life here. Yes, there are worse things than Redskins losses, but I find sports is a needed outlet, win or lose.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Bagram, I hope your holidays are as good as they can be and we're all looking forward to seeing you in May!

And I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season. I hope some of you can join me on the 29th (especially Section 405, whose absence today is alarming!). Until then, [insert the greeting appropriate to your belief system here]! 

– December 15, 2011 12:00 PM
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