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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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2 hours ago, Mr. Sinister said:

 

That's your perogative. Thats a difficult topic since it touches so many families nowadays.

 

You're certainly not wrong to be disgusted in his choice to start it. You have a responsibility to your family to not **** around, and put your best foot forward. You can't do that getting high or drinking yourself into oblivion. I can't say too much because I dabbled in coke and x and drank heavy stuff for awhile and did some crazy ****, but it never reached the point where it dabbled in me, know what I mean?

 

That's why I always try to tell my younger cousins the best thing is to not start. Weed, coke, cigs, whater else it is kids these days do, everything. For some people, they'll be fine. For others, it's just a key to door number 2,3,4,5.....

 

That's why as much as I've thought about it, I've never decided to gamble. I am the type to never give up easily, and people like that are the most susceptible. That, and I am good with numbers and predicting trends. All the more reason why I need to stay away.

 

Me correctly guessing almost every smart money  NFL playoff game outcome this past winter (and not acting  on it beforehand) sealed that realization for me. That, and my stepfather gambled, and that alone right there is enough for me to never want to see a blackjack table.

 

Once the hooks are in, it's out of their control, and at that point, the choice is everyone else's, unfairly as it may seem. Sometimes it's hard to say no, and figuratuvely (sometimes literally) drag someone to get help.

SOmetimes its best and wisest to build that fence before temptation comes knocking.

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Gonna be unreal if my warriors win tonight right after my caps won last night. 

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So across the street from my new apartment is a gas station and I went in there the other day to get a Gatorade after my run.  Nicest guy ever behind the counter, the previous owners of the gas station had let the lease expire and moved out.  This guy came along, sunk his savings into it and is running a good shop.  The gas prices are right, the store inside is better than a 7-11.  Great beer selection and if he doesn't have something that you want, he'll order it for you.  Solid selection of household items and stuff you might need.  For the weed smokers out there, there's a nice selection of bongs there that are for tobacco use only, apparently.   He sells fried chicken out of there, sandwiches, and pizza.  He delivers anything out of the shop, too.  Business is going well for him, he excitedly gave me a menu for his food items and showed me a writeup in a local magazine that mentioned his fried chicken.  I told him I'd try it sometime.  I'll eat anything but I'm a bit wary of gas station fried chicken and pizza.

 

I went back a few days later to cause I wanted to take a quick walk and get something to drink and right away he remembered me, called me by name and goes "YOU HAVE COME FOR MY FRIED CHICKEN MY FRIEND!"  (Yes, he's Indian).  

 

I said, "Hey man, I'm really trying to keep a good diet these days, fried chicken isn't..." 

 

"I HAVE THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN, YOU MUST TRY IT!"

 

I dropped my defense like a toilet seat and gave in, I can't say no to that.  That's a hell of a claim, one worth following up on.  I looked behind the glass where he keeps the fried chicken.   "Alright, gimme a leg."

 

"TAKE A LEG AND A WING, IT'LL BE CHEAPER" 

 

"No, really, just a leg, I don't want to eat too much."

 

"OKAY, OKAY, JUST A LEG."

 

He wrapped it up in a little paper bag, I paid for my drink and the fried chicken leg and left.  Opened the bag on my walk back to further inspect what I had just purchased and it didn't look half bad.  No shame to my game, I took a bite right then and there. 

 

He wasn't lying.  He does have the best fried chicken.  I am not sure how it's possible but holy **** is it good.  I tore that leg up.  The breading is awesome and thick, but not too thick.  It's got that clean, clear cajun spice to it that is...dare I say it....better than Popeyes.  It's super juicy, the meat practically falls off the bone.  The spice lingered in my mouth for the rest of my walk back home.  It is the best fried chicken I have ever had.  

 

If you ever see this stuff out and about in your travels, indulge.  https://www.krispykrunchy.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Love it when any place gets a great nod, it means you'll be more likely to spend there and recommend it, keeping said small business in business. 

Keep it going, people. The folks who remember you and truly care to keep earning your trust deserve it. 

Feels.?

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Haven't, but it is annoying and can be distracting? 

I drive a '99 car, have no idea how to navigate a literal ton of stuff while watching a screen...which maybe didn't tell you what you needed to know?

But a big blue light next to the speedometer? Yeah, ?...I see that. 

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Basically it was just a true random thought. 

It seems like there's certain things you can do as freely as you wish on the road with zero consequences. 

One Is driving with your high beams on. 

Another one that annoys the hell out of me is weaving in and out of heavy traffic trying to jockey for position. 

Despite the fact that your speed is not outrageous its still pretty dangerous the way some people do it. 

And also tailgating, has anybody ever been given a ticket for that? 

There are so many things that are technically illegal on the road that there are no consequences for. 

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I finally changed my signature.

 

We are no longer Loserville.

 

#feelsgoodman

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Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, The Evil Genius said:

I'd suggest a shovel.

 

 

 

 

Maybe a spirit medium, after she does him with a cast iron skillet 

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49 minutes ago, Mr. Sinister said:

 

Maybe a spirit medium, after she does him with a cast iron skillet 

:806: My favorite line: A sleeping man ain't got **** against a fryin pan.?

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7 minutes ago, Voice_of_Reason said:

Has there been any discussion about Chick being out at NBCSports?  I just saw the news this morning...

Yeah he announced his contract wasn't renewed last week. Redskisn 100 was his last broadcast.  I think one of the major networks would be foolish not to pick him up

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My girl is learning how to make Indian food(no, she's not Indian). Homemade is amazing.

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Currently reading Coundown to Zero Day which gives background on Stuxnet and the whole zero day exploit business. I didn't realize quite what a business it is with extensive black, white and gray markets. Some firms offer an annual subscription service for several million dollars that includes a certain number of zero day exploits as part of the service.

 

here's one broker https://www.zerodium.com/program.html

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2 hours ago, Corcaigh said:

Currently reading Coundown to Zero Day which gives background on Stuxnet and the whole zero day exploit business. I didn't realize quite what a business it is with extensive black, white and gray markets. Some firms offer an annual subscription service for several million dollars that includes a certain number of zero day exploits as part of the service.

 

here's one broker https://www.zerodium.com/program.html

 

That sounds awesome, and remember being in college and the word on Flame came out as well.  Then reality sank in, these are the new nukes. And they don't need enriched Uranium.

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