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December 29, 2011

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Q&A with Tracee Hamilton

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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.

Jennison's Jayhawkers

Thought you should see today's article from the New York Times's excellent Disunion series on the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

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Tracee Hamilton :

More lies from Missouri!

Just kidding; very interesting article. I'll be interested to read the book.

And good morning, everyone! I hope everyone had a good Christmas or whatever other holiday you chose to celebrate. Mine was ... not good. Flu, which I gave to my mom. Bad, bad Christmas, and a wasted vacation. I'm sure someday I'll be able to look at food again, but I'm not there yet. On to happier topics (I hope).

– December 29, 2011 11:00 AM
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davidson-kansas

Hi Tracee - How clever of you to have scheduled a week off from your chat the week that my Davidson team beat your Kansas team! I was really looking foward to giving you a good natured ribbing about it last week. As I noted to my brother after the game, it would have been more cool - for me - if Davidson had won the game in 2008 to go to the Final Four (and I'm sure you would argue the opposite) would but I will take a win over Kansas any day. Hope you had a lovely time in Kansas otherwise...happy new year!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would happily have taken the ribbing. Didn't bother to watch; knew they'd lose. I've been saying the Hawks were overrated this year but no one was listening. And Davidson is no pushover. We have no bench (unlike 2008), for starters. So congrats on the win!

– December 29, 2011 11:02 AM
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Weekend's BIG Games

Tracee, there are two really big games coming up this weekend, and I'm wondering what your thoughts are on them. The Giants play the Cowboys for all the marbles, and the Ravens play the Bengals, with big implications for my Steelers. While I don't love the Giants, I don't hate them the way I hate the 'Boys, so I'm hoping Good Eli shows up. You? BTW we missed you last week & hope you enjoyed your holiday in Kansas!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I THINK I picked the Giants to win the NFC East before I left for vacation so I think I'd better stick with that. That should make Cowboys fans very happy!

– December 29, 2011 11:03 AM
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How does your experience inform your Penn State commentary?

Anyone that has been a regular reader of the Post will remember the awesome column that Tracee wrote about when some #$%^%$ stalked her.  I have to think that your reaction to the Penn State events has to have been informed, to at least some extent, by this big thing in your past. Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

I hadn't thought about it from that perspective but I was victimized on my college campus, authorities knew it was happening and they did try to keep me quiet about it, for various reasons, so I guess there are parallels. But I wasn't a child and I had the ability to act on my own, and eventually I did. That's an option these children didn't have. So of course I can't really understand what that's like, thank God.

– December 29, 2011 11:05 AM
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What's wrong with the Wizards...

"Andray Blatche, Team Captain". What could *possibly* go wrong? Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

*Shiver*

– December 29, 2011 11:06 AM
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Master of my Domain

Hi Tracee, Trust you had a great visit to the plains. Do you think the Nats should lock up R. Zimm long term no matter the price? Maybe it's just my man crush, but I've loved this kid since the day he was drafted. Even though he was the #4 overall pick, he didn't do the Boras routine and signed within days. Then went to the minors, rose through the ranks, and was up here in Sept., hit just shy of .400, and has been the FOF ever since.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wrote that during the season and got a surprising amount of mail saying his numbers don't justify it. I think that he is a Brett type, not quite the numbers but the kind of guy you can keep over a career who'll be that go-to franchise guy, which I think the Nats need.

– December 29, 2011 11:08 AM
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Happy Holidays

T-Ham, not much to say today - well, other than, Go Bruins, Patriots and please recover Celtics! I wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to another year full of insightful, funny, arcane and random filled chats... And I still wish for the return of FTF :) ~Best, Pats Fan
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm with you on the Celtics; Paul can't come back soon enough. Yeesh.

– December 29, 2011 11:10 AM
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Frustration and Caps

Hi Tracee, Did you happen to see the game last night Vs NYR? This is so frustrating! If the boys put in an effort like that for every game they will be a tough team to beat. Why are they teasing us with these kind of performances?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I didn't; long day yesterday with travel and illness so I was in bed at an ungodly early hour. But I thought the same thing when I was watching highlights this morning -- why is this so hard to put together?

– December 29, 2011 11:11 AM
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Cowboys Vs Giants winner take all

Alright Tracee, Who do you have winning?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I've got to stick with the Giants, because Jerry Jones just came in and told me to.

– December 29, 2011 11:14 AM
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Gee Wiz

Tracee, I know the NBA is not your gig but can you explain why the Wiz decided not to use their amnesty on the Rashard Lewis mega-contract? I haven't seen a decent explanation because his contract really seemed like a poster child for amnesty.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Because financially it would not have been the windfall it would seem to be. Michael Lee explains it better than I can.

– December 29, 2011 11:15 AM
Q.

The Sign

Hi Tracee, Did you see the sign from the Packers / Bears game? This is PRICELESS!

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Tracee Hamilton :

Pretty funny.

– December 29, 2011 11:20 AM
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Greetings from Bagram

Tracee, I appreciate the well wishes from past discussions from fellow chatters but I feel like I've been unintentionally flying under false colors. I'm no longer in uniform - I retired from the Army and am now a contractor. My conscience demanded I clear that up. Now on to my question - Am I the only one who is so nervous about the number of highly-touted minor leaguers for Gio Gonzales? I'm flag we got him and all but guys like Boz gushed over them so much... Thanks!
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Tracee Hamilton :

You're still in Bagram; don't sweat it. As for the minor leaguers, they've been stockpiling to make deals. Whether this was the deal is a good question, but their cupboards seem to be fairly full.

– December 29, 2011 11:20 AM
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Welcome Back!

Hope all was well in the heartland. (Take a look at the NY Times's "Disunion" entry for 12/28 - on "Jennison's Jayhawkers" - it's scary). I'm crossing my fingers over NU versus Spurrier's boys on the 2nd- I think the old ball coach has too many horses. The only good thing about a NU loss would be there's so many bowl games it will be lost in the shuffle. I hope KU and MU can schedule a game next fall and keep playing football - some traditions should go on forever. AHG

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, you never know about the ol' ball coach. There are too many bowls, that's for sure. I've just lost track. I really don't think KU and MU will keep playing; KU seems adamant about it. But we'll see. :)

– December 29, 2011 11:22 AM
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Improving the Redskins

A great change for next year would be to replace Sam Huff. He has become an embarrassment to the radio coverage: There has been too much Stating The Obvious, too much Not Knowing Down or Time Left in the Quarter when it's right in front of him. But my (least) favorite was when he didn't know which team was which, during the 49ers game. ("Well, they were wearing gold pants, so I thought they were the Redskins.")
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Tracee Hamilton :

I hear this, and then I hear from people who find him amusing. I just am not sure what the Skins can do. How do you fire the guy? In other words, how does Snyder fire the guy without a firestorm of controversy?

– December 29, 2011 11:24 AM
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Ornament Girl OP

Hi Tracee, I wrote during Hax and your joint chat about making our Christmas tree more homey. My husband found a racoon ornament that reminded him of the racoon that stalks the neighborhood. It then expanded to buy a whole bunch of animal ornaments that had meaning for us and other members of our family. Along with a random collection of candy canes, our tree is starting to look less perfect and more like a family tree. It'll take a few more years, but that gives us time to make more memories for our tree! Thanks to you and the nuts for all your suggestions!
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Tracee Hamilton :

There, that's a great idea. A theme tree is always nice, especially if it's something fun, not something you bought predecorated at the dept. store. I have enough ornaments for a penguin tree, lord help me. And they just keep coming. (And that's penguins, lowercase, Caps fans, so please don't jump on that.) I'm glad you found a solution that works for you.

– December 29, 2011 11:30 AM
Q.

stalked her link

Section 405's link "not found" (??)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Try this.

– December 29, 2011 11:30 AM
Q.

Merry Catsmas (belated)

So, do you festoon your cats with cute little hats and bows for holiday pics? This year, I tried it with our "rent-a-cat" (AKA the very sociable neighborhood cat, in whose rounds we are now included) and he didn't much like it. I should have known, because when I was growing up the kittens didn't much like being dressed in doll clothes and wheeled around in a buggy, either. I did take a few cute prop pics while timeshare cat was asleep on a cushy chair. I guess he didn't mind too much because he keeps coming back. :-) In Natty news, what did you think of the Nat Gio trade? (I did not originate that moniker but I liked it when I first saw it, and I'm okay with the trade, too.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a big no, although my pet sitter did it one year as a gift for me while I was gone. She put little antlers on them and they didn't seem overly bothered but I wouldn't have tried it. Phog would have been okay but Doc, not so much. I think they're cute in theory but I also think animals are animals and people are people. Well, sometimes animals are much more like people than some people are, now that I think about it.

I'm like you: okay with the trade. Not bowled over, not against it. Okay with it. :)

– December 29, 2011 11:30 AM
Q.

Baseball Hall of Fame

Hi, Tracee! It's a slow news week so I thought we might have time to chat about the Hall of Fame voting. My ballot has Larkin, Bagwell, Raines, Walker, Martinez, and Trammell. (How Lou Whitaker got so little support is a mystery to me.) Who ya got?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I'll confine mine to Tram and Lou. Those were some good teams. Anyone else?

– December 29, 2011 11:33 AM
Q.

kitty pics, redux

btw, no kitties were harmed in the making of the pics, which involved propping a little hat on the pillow above his head. Okay, and maybe I did briefly drape a colorful swath of ribbon across his back (and, yes, I'm aware how lame this sounds and I did feel kinda like a frat boy, although I didn't shave his face or write on him with a marker, so there's that :-)). I plan to share the pics with his "forever" owner, who knows all about his gallivanting ways when she's away at work.
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Tracee Hamilton :

See, that may be how it works: the "forever" owner can't do it. Do share; she'll love it. I also love gallivanting pets; I had a cat in Detroit with a rich social life. When I moved, people in the neighborhood came to say goodbye ... to him. I never met any of them but they all knew Tiger Lee. It was hilarious.

– December 29, 2011 11:36 AM
Q.

Snow?

Did you get that whopper snowstorm last week where you are in Kansas? Glad it missed us!
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Tracee Hamilton :

We didn't get the whopper part, just maybe 4 inches. Western Kansas got it a lot worse.

– December 29, 2011 11:38 AM
Q.

Capitals Radio Broadcast

Hi, Tracee! Hope yours was a Merry Christmas. You've got to help me - my ears won't stop ringing. The new radio (screaming) voice of the Caps just won't stop hollering! He hollers (and forgets to describe in any detail the shot or the play) when the Caps score, no doubt trying to get his voice on the evening game replay shows, he hollers when there's an offside, he hollers when a fan spills mustard from their hot dog! The Caps radio broadcast has just become unlistenable. Please make the hollering stop. Poor Ron Weber. He worked so hard to combine enthusiasm with an intelligent game call....and it's ended up with this. I never imagined anyone could make Steve Kolbe sound like Edward R. Murrow, but the incessant shouting on the current Caps radio call has done so. Radio is by far my favorite way to follow the Caps, and I'm really suffering now. Help!
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Tracee Hamilton :

You know what I'm going to say. Email the owner. He reads his emails, at least.

– December 29, 2011 11:39 AM
Q.

Weeks old response; co-chat with Carolyn

Tracee - Wanted to respond to the 'why does he say he wants a sporty girl, but doesn't want me?' You both were spot on, keep playing your sports, keep the guy as a friend, but don't waste your time on people who say one thing, and do another. I could have written that question for her. I realized I liked who I was, I kept going about my life my way. Through the 'friend of a friend of a friend' I met a guy (at a Nats game) and we're now planning a wedding. There are guys out there who say what they want and mean it, no one should compromise themselves.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Excellent! What people say and what they do are often polar opposites. Observe, be patient, figure it out. Too many people are in a rush for too many things.

– December 29, 2011 11:40 AM
Q.

A simple question from a simple guy...

If Bruce Boudreau had to be fired; how can it be that Flip Saunders still has his job? Their teams both refuse to respond to them, but one still has a job. While we're at it, which of George McPhee or Ernie Grunfeld will lose his job first? Now that both teams have the same owner, this question becomes more interesting. Where will Ted invest his patience with failure for the longer time?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Because the Caps are closer to the championship (ostensibly) than the Wizards, is the answer. The Wiz are building; there are few expectations, so no point in firing (and continuing to pay) a coach YET. When a few more pieces are in place, then yes. That may come this season, or Ted may have his eye on a certain coach and he may become available.

I believe Grunfeld goes before McPhee but that's a tougher one. If the Caps fall short again this spring ... that could change. But McPhee and Leonsis seem to have a pretty tight relationship. It remains to be seen if Grunfeld and Leonsis will develop the same.

– December 29, 2011 11:40 AM
Q.

Gio Trade

Tracee, am I the only one who hates the idea of giving up Milone & Peacock? I think they were two real talents and it will bite us in the a$$ one day. Remember back in 2007 the Yankees traded us Tyler Clippard for some pitcher who is now working in Japan? That's gotta be among the worst trades ever. At least he rarely gets to pitch against them. . .
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Tracee Hamilton :

Here's an opposing view of the Gio trade...

– December 29, 2011 11:40 AM
Q.

Trying to reassure Bagram

Yes, those are good prospects, but it's a classic future-for-present deal. Peacock and Milone have each had one good year, so the odds are they'll need some time to develop; Cole will need even more time, because he's further away; Norris was on his way to getting squeezed out between Flores and Ramos. And Gonzalez is good now, plus he has the ability to get better, plus he's still young and has a favorable contract, plus he's a lefthander, which the Nats desperately need in this division (Peacock is not). If they'd stayed, Milone and Peacock might have competed for the #4 or #5 spot with Lannan, Detwiler, and Wang. Now, Rizzo has swapped that depth for a #2/#3 pitcher. This is exactly the kind of deal Rizzo should have made. -- Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

And then there is this... Ah, the hot stove!

– December 29, 2011 11:40 AM
Q.

Sorry your vacation was a bummer!

Hi, Tracee. No question, just thanks for your being here (unlike most of your colleagues, harrumph) even though you're not feeling well. Other than during baseball season, I follow sports only cursorily, but I always enjoy your columns and your chats. Here's wishing you and the kitties a very Happy New Year!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks! This is always a dead week and we almost scuttled the chat but it looks like we have a chatty bunch so I'm glad we didn't! Hope you have a Happy New Year as well!

– December 29, 2011 11:44 AM
Q.

Howdy

Trac, I am so bummed that I've had to miss several chats. And I missed the meetup too. I was all set to go -- although I live in Annapolis, I had to be in Laurel for work, so I had a decent shot -- but then the work thing ran long, and there was traffic... Anyway, please consider doing one closer to the bay or the ocean in spring or summer. (Not on a Friday; traffic is bad enough.) Speaking of traffic, how's the volume of questions today? I wish I had more to offer, but BCS and college hoops bore me at this point in the year; I am still not sure whether the Caps are putting it together, or going to; and it's too soon to focus on NFL playoffs. Happy 2012! -- Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hey, Rico. The questions are flying in at a normal Thursday clip, so I'm glad we did this. Hated to go two weeks without a chat!

I haven't been able to get into a lot of college hoops yet but Georgetown has been a nice surprise. I will admit the bowl season thus far hasn't done much for me. And I'll admit the NBA season has. I'm enjoying the Thunder. Like you, I have no idea what to expect from the Caps, and I have no idea who DOES know what to expect from the Caps.

– December 29, 2011 11:44 AM
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bored!!

Tracee, I'm at work today and I'm so bored! Please help! No one is posting on facebook, the news is boring, i can't spend anymore on online shopping and I don't have any fun co-workers around to waste time with. Any time-wasting ideas for me? I have another day of this tomorrow so the more the better!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! Let's see, time wasters. I don't have any, although when I have some time and there's no TV nearby I usually make lists. I need to organize my thoughts for my various projects for 2012. That probably sounds boring, right? That's how my mind works. Organizing is my version of  Angry Birds.

– December 29, 2011 11:46 AM
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I Agree with Master of My Domain

I honestly believe that we should do whatever it takes to keep Ryan Zimmerman; ditto for Tyler Clippard & Drew Storen.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, you know I'm going to agree.

– December 29, 2011 11:47 AM
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Hoyas on Fire!

How about those Hoyas! With a bevy of freshmen and picked to finish 10th in the Big East, they're off to an 11-1 start with three wins against top 15 teams. Last night's win against previously unbeaten Louisville was particularly sweet, ending the Cardinals' 20-game home winning streak. Georgetown's only loss came in the first game of the season against some team from the Midwest called "Jayhawks." (You're just lucky Kansas played Georgetown before the Hoyas picked up steam.) John Thompson III deserves a lot of credit for molding this young team into a winner so quickly.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Can't disagree with a word you said. :)

– December 29, 2011 11:47 AM
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Wait for 2013

The Nats should be much improved in 2012 and contend in 2013 when Harper and "the real" SS are available. Unfortunately, both the Skins and Wiz will still be in pre-rebuilding mode. I suspect that the Wiz will eventually find more wins than the Skins in each of the two seasons, but I could be wrong.
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Tracee Hamilton :

There's a sad and scary thought on which to end the year.

– December 29, 2011 11:49 AM
Q.

Why would anyone want to coach the Wiz?

Since I'm unemployed, one answer comes readily to mind. $$$$$ But what a mess! I feel sorry for John Wall, who seems to be trying hard to do the right thing.

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Tracee Hamilton :

This is the Wiz dilemma, because they don't want to waste too much of Wall's career. They need to make some significant moves next summer, through the draft and otherwise. This can't be a five-year rebuild.

– December 29, 2011 11:50 AM
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Giants/Jets

Have there ever been two more obnoxious coaches? Probably yes, but it's hard to imagine. I wanted that game to end in a tie! Same for Cowboys/Giants this weekend. Ugh.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! I hadn't thought of it like that, but that's a good point. Not terribly likeable, certainly.

– December 29, 2011 11:51 AM
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B'More Cat and Chat Lover

Tracee, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I too was sick, which delayed all my baking efforts. Did finally manage to make six different kinds of cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels and Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles. Anyway, really looking forward to Monday night's Rose Bowl match up between Wisconsin and Oregon. Could you please pick Oregon, so that the Badgers might win? On Wisconsin!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I hearby pick Oregon. Hope it helps. Just don't list any more food! :) Happy everything to you and your kitties.

– December 29, 2011 11:52 AM
Q.

Sorry about your bad Christmas

But hope everyone is now doing better. We received terrible news that will color our Christmas forever. We need to remember it's not a happy time of year for everyone.
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Tracee Hamilton :

So sorry. Flu is nothing compared to the serious stuff. I always feel for those who lose loved ones at Christmas as well. That has to forever color the holidays. I shouldn't pout about one ruined vacation, so I'll stop now. Good wakeup call.

– December 29, 2011 11:55 AM
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Redskins

Glad to hear you are the mend...clearly you did not have enough Guinness. Call me a cockeyed optimist but I am feeling good about the progress of the Redskins. These things cannot happen overnight. Your thoughts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

They have holes they HAVE to fill in the draft. They HAVE to be better next year, significantly better. 2012 is the "big one" for all concerned. It can't happen overnight but in the NFL it can't take forever, either.

– December 29, 2011 11:55 AM
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2 weeks w/out a TV

And the only thing I'm sorry I missed is last night's Hoya win over louisville, Bowl games are meh, same for DC's professional teams (though I think the Nats are going to be well worth watching next season). (I should have one this afternoon.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wow, that makes the flu look better! Actually, there were times, stuck watching my dad's idea of programming, that I would have cheerfully chucked the TV out the window. :) Too bad you missed the Hoyas' game though. Agree about the bowls. Hope you get one for the weekend. I think there are some kind of football games being played somewhere that have some implications and stuff.

– December 29, 2011 11:56 AM
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Caps

So Tracey, would the Caps have a better record right now if they had kept BB? I don't think it was a smart move, in retrospect.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't either, but I think it was inevitable. He had already lasted longer than a hockey coach normally does, and that's the button that the GM has available to push. I liked Bruce and I think he's a good coach. Would they have a better record? Who knows? That's one of those late night sports department phone calls we always used to dread. "Who would win a street fight between Ali and  Bruce Lee?" Um....

– December 29, 2011 11:56 AM
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Good old Sam

Yes, Sam is embarrassing. But on the list of Things That Embarrass The Redskins, Sam Huff is about #70. I am more embarrassed by the owner, the lack of an offensive line, the QB's INT total, the offensive coordinator's offense, and even the team name. At least Larry and Sonny understand it and try to make it work. And you are right, Tracee. If Snyder fires Sam (and if Sonny puts up with it) then he gets even more bad publicity, which is the last thing he needs with so many fans dressing as empty seats. The only way I see him doing this is if he decides that he really can't be any worse off than he already is.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You make a good point. It is possible that Snyder decides he can't redeem his image so what the heck? But otherwise I think he's stuck, unless Sam's health declines and he can't travel or get around well.

– December 29, 2011 11:57 AM
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forgotten memorable story

What about the success this year of Natalie Randolph?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Great story, good reminder!

– December 29, 2011 11:58 AM
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Cookie cutters

Tracee, I saw some cookie cutters recently and thought of you. (It was a New Mexico state cookie cutter--my home state) I still miss FTF. Signed, The Very Good Wife.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hey, TVGW! I love the state cookie cutters. I have Kansas and Michigan but I don't have Virginia! Oversight! Something for next year's Christmas list. My mother will start asking for ideas next month.

– December 29, 2011 11:58 AM
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Wha' happened!?

What a year! My college football team is having an off year to say the least and I felt I was ready to move on as I get farther removed from my halcyon days. A number of controversies in the BCS ranks that we need not revisit seemed like nails in the coffin. Then, it occurred to me that I am generally more happy following my team (and the sport in general) for a variety of personal reasons, including what could best be described as nostalgia. My question: How do we reconcile the whimsical good with the exceedingly ugly elements that surround - well - all sports? You can pinpoint bad actors in all sports, but it's not that simple. There will always be a new cheater, monster, jerk, etc. Maybe the better question is: Were our favorite pastimes ever pure as we like to imagine?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, they weren't. People always cheated, and beat their kids, and drove drunk, and all those other things. Not all people, of course, but it happened. It was just hushed up. Stalking has been going on forever, but it didn't have a name when it happened to me in the 1980s. But I've read newspaper accounts from the 1930s that can only be described as stalking, that ended in murder, just as it can now. Nothing is new under the sun.

It's good that we don't cover things up now, but it certainly colors our view of some things we thought were pretty near perfect. I know that my parents used to love going to KU for game days and now it's turned into a corporate nightmare and they are constantly being moved to worse seats and being hit up for more money. Loyalty doesn't count. They can't get parking close enough to allow my dad to be able to walk comfortably in and out. They'll have to give it up soon. But they keep going because they hope that it will feel like it used to. What's the answer? Be careful how much we invest ourselves in things over which we have no control, I guess. Easier said than done.

– December 29, 2011 12:01 PM
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Redskins

Seriously, TH, do you think any non-big name coach would still be the Redskins coach next year? I don't. How is it that most everyone else knew that going into the season with Grossman and Beck as our QBs was going to yield the W-L results the Skins currently own but Shanny didn't? Football isn't rocket science.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can't believe he didn't know. He's not stupid. But what can he say? "These guys are going to stink this year and there's nothing I can do about it"? Either that or ... it doesn't bear thinking about. But yes, everyone with any sense knew this wasn't going to work.

– December 29, 2011 12:02 PM
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Covering Tight Ends in Football

Tight Ends have made a huge resurgence in the NFL this year. From Jimmy Graham to Rob Gronkowski, no one can figure out how to cover these huge, fast athletes. Safeties are too small and linebackers are too slow. So, who should cover them? How about another tight end? Why not have your back-up tight end practice to cover the other team's tight end, especially in goal line situations? They are likely the only comparable athletes to do this. Can't an offensive player learn to play simple defenses in certain situations? What do you think of this idea?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Hmmmm. I'm stuck with the vision of the Skins changing from the 3-4 to a 2-1-4 and it makes my head hurt. Seriously, I don't know if you'd need the backup tight end or if the league would need to change it's thinking about defensive players. It wouldn't be the first time. I'm not sure I'd advocate putting a backup tight end in on defense; that might get too confusing, especially for units that are already confused. (ahem)

– December 29, 2011 12:02 PM
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Concussions

It seems that there are some in the blogosphere who regard athletes with serious concussion inuries (e.g., Sidney Crosby) as slackers, or somehow less than manly. How many more athletes must lose their mental faculties or commit suicide before these yahoos wake up to reality and change their minds?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know; I know that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the internet. I think Crosby's caution is to be applauded.

– December 29, 2011 12:03 PM
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Bourbonrich

Happy New Year. Hope you are recovering from the Kansas trip. What are your thoughts to the U of Maryland's PR effort to absolve Randy Edsall of any fault for the horrible football season? It seems odd to me that he talks all the time about doing things the right way and then hires Mike Locksley as his OC. Hard for me to imagine anyone who has more baggage than Locksley. What is the Kansas pulse over the Weis hiring?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think it's futile to try to absolve any coach of responsibility for a season. The coach is responsible at least to some degree, no matter the sport, etc.

Since I never left the basement I can't tell you the Kansas pulse over Weis, except my dad is very excited and kept telling me who he signed and hired. If it keeps my dad busy during the winter then good. I'm very down on the football program and maybe I need a New Year's resolution to get over it. :)

– December 29, 2011 12:03 PM
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Royster vs Torrain

How is Royster not the next Torrain (who was released this week)? He's had a few decent weeks at the end of the season, but seems far more likely to slip back into obscurity once he has an injury or two. Yet people at the Post and Redskins Park act like we've taken a huge step forward.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That was sort of my feeling when I saw Torrain had been released. Both are more Mr. Right Now than Mr. Right.

– December 29, 2011 12:06 PM
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Please forgive my question if it's too personal

I just finished reading your harrowing account of being stalked. Do you know what's become of your stalker, just for the sake of your own safety?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, he got some (real) counseling and he's never tried to get in touch again. I know where he is but after all these years feel pretty safe.

– December 29, 2011 12:10 PM
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Unis

Any opinions on the Oregon Ducks newly unveiled Star Wars-like unis for the Rose Bowl? Not sure what they have to do with ducks? Does this benefit anyone but Nike?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Tried to find better photos than these but failed. No, this benefits no one but Nike as far as I can tell. I wish, by the way, that Nike would find a different way to unveil its new shoes, or barring that, that the media would agree not to cover the stampedes and subsequent ebay sales. Disgusting.

Bah humbug. Time to quit. Thanks, everyone, for joining me today. I wish you all a Happy New Year and let's talk in 2012!

– December 29, 2011 12:11 PM
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