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      Good afternoon Redskins nation!  I’m in beautiful Landover, MD with Spaceman Spiff who has been pulled away from Instagram models and tailgating and sent down to the field to do what he does best (roll around in the mud).
       
      Let’s get down to business...  Can we block them?  There are other story lines entering into this game but worrying about them feels largely academic.  The Texans have two terrifying pass rushers and the Redskins intend to block them with optimism and underdog stories.  Alex Smith isn’t a statue but he does take time in making decisions and getting the ball out.  This combination looks disastrous.  The sort of thing that has us all after the game consoling each other with things like “well, it was just a bad matchup" and “we caught them at the worst possible time.” 
       
      Or... we could walk away wondering just how the heck this team managed to pull off another improbable win.  Last week the gave up something like twelve thousand yards of offense to the Bucs, I’ll have to check those numbers to be sure, but only three points.  That’s not supposed to happen.  Maybe we can enjoy an outrageously unlikely result again.  Not probably, not likely, but you know... maybe.  I’m saying there’s a chance.   
       
      I’m here for that chance.  (and you know... the free food and climate controlled free seats) 

      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins are running their bend and break defense, and I’m not sure a little over three quarters is enough time for the Redskins offense to close a 10-point gap.  I’m having flash backs of week nine, but having human emotions is considered “disruptive behavior.”  I'm fine.  Everything is fine. 
       
      That Quinn celebration, whatever that was, was the highlight of the 1st quarter. 
       
      2nd Quarter Update
      Is there a better way to start a quarter than by scoring a touchdown?  There is, if you follow that TD drive with a forced turnover on defense.  Things are looking good! 

      So much for that.  A great start was quickly ended up canceled out by the Redskins offense.  With a chance to take a lead Alex Smith throws a pick six in the red zone and takes the air out of the stadium.  He followed that up by throwing another interception on the very next drive.  Alex Smith almost made me forget about Vernon Davis dropping that pass.  Almost. 
       
      Texans missed a field goal attempt and the lead remains frozen at 10. 
       
      This quarter feels like a giant blown opportunity.  
       
      Halftime Update. 
      I should have stopped at one hotdog.  I deserve this.
       
      3rd Quarter Update
      You know the feeling where you say and think all these bad things about a player and then he breaks his leg and you immediately feel bad about it?  I live there now.
       
      Colt McCoy has freed me from that place of sadness! 
       
      As much as I love this defense, they have to start forcing teams to punt at some point.  Is there a stat for defense tha thas forced the fewest punts?  We have to be near the top of that list.  Texans have punted just once today.  Holding them to three was good, though.   
       
      The lead is down to six and Colt McCoy has arrived to save us.  (Please let that be true.) 
       
      Personal Note:  Someone just stomped, loudly, out of the press area like a while muttering at his phone.  Laughter and comparisons to toddlers followed him.  The media's laugh is an evil laugh!  Good times. 
       
      4th Quarter Update
      Colt has brought us back.  Welcome to the first lead change of the season, Redskins fans.  You like that?!  (Yeesh, was that always so lame?)  I guess you could say Adrian Peterson contributed by actually scoring the touchdown.  I bet Colt told him to score though, so you have to factor leadership into things.
       
      Once again, the defense cannot force a punt, hard to feel great about holding a team to a field goal when that field goal gives them the lead in the 4th quarter 
       
      Remember that whole "can we block them" thing?  The answer was absolutely not on the Redskins 2nd drive of the 4th quarter.  Watt and Clowney each sacked our man Colt, and ended that drive before it really had a chance to begin. 
       
      Horrible, no good, very bad holding called on Norman gifting Houston a first down at the worst possible time for it.
       
      Colt chooses to throw deep at an inopportune moment resulting in a 60+ yard attempt for an injured kicker.  Heartbreaking end to a game that cost this team entirely too much (via injury) yet still seemed to be within reach several times. 
       
      I'm off to the post game press conference and locker room, check back later for updates.
       
      Final Thoughts
      I’ve always found it preferable to watch my favorite team simply get destroyed, than to feel that they were the better team and still managed to lose.  The Redskins gave this game away with mistakes in the 2nd quarter.  Fred Davis makes a routine catch and Alex Smith doesn’t throw a pick six, and the scoreboard shows at least 7 fewer points for the Texans.  Even if the Redskins had settled for field goals, that’s a 13 point swing in 2 point game.   
       
      Losing the game wasn’t even the worst part.  Losing Alex Smith, for at least the remainder of the season, is likely enough to push the Redskins past the point where they can continue toughing their way through key injuries. 
       
      We'll all feel better after a win against the Cowboys next week. 
       
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3 hours ago, skinsmarydu said:

Hey, gang...just need a few good thoughts, please and thanks. 

 

Woo for you Mary!

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Currently on a layover in Dublin for a couple hours with my family (going to Croatia for the week) and it’s almost 6, and we have guiness in front of us. This is enjoyable ?

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15 hours ago, skinsmarydu said:

Hey, gang...just need a few good thoughts, please and thanks. 

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Love and happiness.

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1 hour ago, pjfootballer said:

Nothing like making your own tacos for dinner. 

 

#TacoBellNotAsGood

How does anyone eat Taco Bell? Its absolute garbage.

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19 minutes ago, Warhead36 said:

How does anyone eat Taco Bell? Its absolute garbage.

 

It's garbage, but good tasting garbage.

 

That said, homemade tacos done right are where it's at.

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11 hours ago, Warhead36 said:

How does anyone eat Taco Bell? Its absolute garbage.

I love it.  What do you get?  Gorditas are amazing.  You are making me crave it now lol

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1 minute ago, skinfan2k said:

I love it.  What do you get?  Gorditas are amazing.  You are making me crave it now lol

I love Gorditas. 

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3 hours ago, skinsmarydu said:

I love Gorditas. 

 

Cheesy Gordita Crunch.

 

Also, hope all is well on your end.

 

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12 hours ago, Warhead36 said:

How does anyone eat Taco Bell? Its absolute garbage.

 

I dunno... Some garbage might taste better if you throw some seasoning on it.

 

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15 hours ago, Warhead36 said:

How does anyone eat Taco Bell? Its absolute garbage.

Twisted Tradition. 

 

Back when i was in College, my BFF and I would work so much we didn't make time to eat a lot, so to do something simple and cheap and get away during class, we'd each get two Beefy 5 Layer Burrittos (mine, no sour cream, PLEASE no sour cream, thank you).  We couldn't just go to chili's, so when we could hear our stomachs growling for example, we'd take an extended break to do at least something about it so our teacher didn't sound like the one from Charlie Brown. 

 

Sometimes I do that just a memory land reminder once in a blue moon, I actually don't get anything else from Taco Bell.  He's a vegan now.

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30 minutes ago, Renegade7 said:

Back when i was in College, my BFF and I would...

 

Oh my.  I knew it, predictable like the NBA playoffs, certain teams are always on the bottom of the standings. 

 

 

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Just now, Kosher Ham said:

 

Oh my.  I knew it, predictable like the NBA playoffs, certain teams are always on the bottom of the standings. 

 

 

Open-minded in most cases, creature of habit in others (*Breaking News).

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3 minutes ago, Kosher Ham said:

Open what ? Hmm...

I'm happy for you man. 

I see what you're trying to do here, you need more mulch over those bear traps, brotha : )

 

I'm trying to get out of on-call for Linux conference June 8th-10th.  I'll let you know if I do.

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Posted (edited)

Kilauea eruption still going strong...

 

 

 

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Starting to feel as if Hawaii might not be a vacation in the near future for us. 

I know I won't go for a few years, I don't care what island it is. 

 

Hell, I haven't been to New Orleans since right after Katrina. 

 

That sucks.Scary stuff. 

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I was on the Big Island in 2010. Took a helicopter tour of the island and it was spewing lava into the ocean back then, albeit not at this rate. We even took a foot tour of the park where the volcano is. 

9 minutes ago, Kosher Ham said:

Starting to feel as if Hawaii might not be a vacation in the near future for us. 

I know I won't go for a few years, I don't care what island it is. 

 

Hell, I haven't been to New Orleans since right after Katrina. 

 

That sucks.Scary stuff. 

 

Other islands are dormant.

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