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      And we are back!
       
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
       
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
       
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
       
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
       
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
       
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
       
      Stand by for Inactives...
       
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
       
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
       
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
       
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
       
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.
       
      Kickoff

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
       
      Half
       
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
       
      But that's not the story of this game.
       
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
       
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
       
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
       
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
       
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
       
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
       
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
       
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
       
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
       
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
       
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
       
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
       
      Hail!

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So Jerry Calls me From The Sales Office...........

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Wow. So it's confirmed. That's pretty amazing, really. In '97 those EZ seats were going for $995 each - so with this new deal, that's an increase of just over 40% over a twelve year span which is actually somewhat reasonable. And that 1997 price was before the club concourse was enclosed and finished.

Yeah Mark, I don't know if the team even has a current phone number for me......it would be tempting if I was given this offer (wonder if they would give it to me if I called the Skins), although I don't know how crazy I'd be about forking over the amount for all three years by this June.

The Skins have mailed me offers to extend my club seats multiple times over the past two years and the best thing they've had to offer was free tickets to the next playoff game at FedEx. Given our track record during Snyder's reign, that's a pretty weak hook.

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Yeah Mark, I don't know if the team even has a current phone number for me......it would be tempting if I was given this offer (wonder if they would give it to me if I called the Skins), although I don't know how crazy I'd be about forking over the amount for all three years by this June.

The Skins have mailed me offers to extend my club seats multiple times over the past two years and the best thing they've had to offer was free tickets to the next playoff game at FedEx. Given our track record during Snyder's reign, that's a pretty weak hook.

I am sure Bostic Hog means annually - as in you only have to pay one year at a time. I bet you if you called them and asked about it, they'd be happy to give you this deal. The trick might be to start up a new account though, rather than extend. You'd probably want to talk to somebody who sells premium seats, rather than somebody random at the ticket office.

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You forgot:

No hour long leaving the game traffic.

No depressing drive home after the team blew yet another winnable game.

No Eagles, Giants, Pukes, Other, team fans ruining your gameday experience.

No 1000% markup on Beer, burgers, etc.

No large donation to Snyder's wallet so he can further destroy this team.

I'm sure there is more.

I still can't believe that people actually pay several thousands a year to watch 8 games, which at least 1/2 of them you leave pissed for a long time afterwards.

See...I am REALLY struggling with this...I was on the waiting list for almost 10 years...finally came off and now I have had 3 tickets for the last 3 years...ALL THE POINTS you guys made are completely true...right now I have a modest 42 inch plasma.....but....adding up the money that I've spent the last three years, I could have one SICK MONSTER of a Television in my basement right now :doh:.....tough decision I think I will try to sell them so I can at least hold my spot...for now

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NFL Sunday ticket.

1. No line at the bathroom.

2. Instant replay.

3. Tivo to record it if they're playing at the wrong time.

4. Temperature just where I set the thermostat.

5. No one spilling beer on me.

6. No one yelling "You suck!" in my kids ears.

7. No one fighting in the seats down the aisle.

8. 800 other channels when we lose.

And did I mention there's no line at the bathroom?

Yeah, attending a game once in awhile is good with me. Otherwise I am a much better cook and my beer is colder and reasonably priced.

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Yeah, but it's not just that we "watch 8 games." It's the whole experience, particularly the tailgating and the camraderie and friendships you develop over the years. That is a HUUUGE part of the game day experience for most of us regulars, I think.

I think that is the only hook left Mark. And if you are just starting up I could see how you would easily give up going for the reasons listed. I know when I visited Fed-EX awhile back being just a visitor it was fun for one time, but the guy I was with was definately more into the crowd at the tailgate than the game.

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I still can't believe that people actually pay several thousands a year to watch 8 games, which at least 1/2 of them you leave pissed for a long time afterwards.

You are paying for 10 games do not forget those well played and attended Preseason games.

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If I had the money and if the stadium was in DC with metro access then yes I would try to get season tickets. Been to a couple of games it fed ex and the worst part for me is getting out of there, I mean cmon 2 hours to leave a stadium is ridiculous.

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1 or 2 games max for me. I love watching the other games as well. a 1pm game you miss most of the 4 and a 4pm game you miss the 1pm games and are too exhausted for the 8pm game. 8pm games forget it. Good luck at work the next day. Yes, I'm getting old!

It is fun to go to 1 or 2 games though.

And of course, don't forget theres a lot of fantasy FB lovers that enjoy watching all the games. I do like watching the player stat ticker.

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Speaking of club seats, did anyone get a call last season after the first Giants game about a buy one get one free club seat offer? I did, it was a good deal since it was just for one season.

Alas, I had just bought Caps season tickets so I couldn't afford it.

My buddy's dad did that last season.

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