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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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All soccer talk: MLS, EPL, Primiera, Serie A and Bundesliga here. This way we don't keep bumping the 2010 World Cup thread up with non 2010 World Cup talk.

Edited by Sticksboi05

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Thank God real football is back. The match between Spurs and City earlier today alone was better than all of the WC matches combined. How sweet it is

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they did away with the sudden death 'golden goal' used in the 90's as it was felt it encouraged defensive play as teams were too scared to play open football only to concede a devastating losing goal. Its a fact that soccer can be very attacking and still lead to a 0-0 result. I wonder how teams and coaches would feel if they were possibly faced with playing extra time, game after game after game in the section matches?

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The players are coming off long seasons, in a tournament like the WC they play multiple games on short rest.

I think it's a great idea for the knockout stages. Go straight to penalties after regulation. IMO, the players are so tired after 90 + minutes that the quality of play drops dramatically.

Can't eliminate ties in the group stages. The points awarded make the permutations and scenarios interesting.

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I'd like to see them make a change like this-

2 ten minute OT periods similar to what they have now.

Then 2 ten minute golden goal periods.

Then P/Ks

Except the final. For the final, I would have the two teams continue to play 10 minute periods with golden goal rules until someone scored. Who cares how exhausted they are. That is the final game after 4 years of games. They can sleep for the next month.

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Sick to see Drogba to start his season with a hat trick on Saturday

Oh yea, the DC United game was hard to watch on Saturday :(

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Chicharito making his first real appearance for Man U (who are already up 2-0 over Newcastle)

He did ok but the game was pretty much won when he came on. 3-0 but could easily have been a lot more.

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Sick to see Drogba to start his season with a hat trick on Saturday

Oh yea, the DC United game was hard to watch on Saturday :(

First time someone has hit a hat trick on opening day since 1997. Have to say he wont get an easier one, West Brom looked totally out of their depth.

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I mean there are tons of leagues in DC and I am sure people could get there. I was trying to get a kickball team together but no success

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Chicharito making his first real appearance for Man U (who are already up 2-0 over Newcastle)

love the little legend :D

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Sadly, West Ham got embarrassed by Aston Villa this past Saturday. Maybe better luck against Bolton next weekend. Here's to another season of avoiding relegation.

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love the little legend :D

That kid has it made. All he has to do is keep scoring goals and smiling and he will fast become THE football poster boy. I'm inclined to hate him bc he's mexican, but I just can't.

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Way to go and **** us like that, Reina. Seriously.

An opening day win over Arsenal would have been an amazing start to the season. Instead we take a home draw against one of the big four.

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First time someone has hit a hat trick on opening day since 1997. Have to say he wont get an easier one, West Brom looked totally out of their depth.

I didn't see Drogba's first goal, but the 2nd goal came from a botched wall and his third goal practically fell into his lap.

total domination by Chelsea

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spurs getting owned by the bsc young boys in champions league play, lol. 3-0 and it's not even half yet. no worried though, peter crouch is warming up.

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spurs getting owned by the bsc young boys in champions league play, lol. 3-0 and it's not even half yet. no worried though, peter crouch is warming up.

ouch!!!11...:D

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Haha, yea lucky for the Spurs they came back and got 2, and YB missed a couple golden opportunities in the 2nd half. Really they should have put up 4 or 5, but as it is now they have to go to White Hart Lane only up by 1 goal.

Pavlyuchenko's goal was niiiiice

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And Hochstrasser's goal for YB was very similar to Ngog's goal for Liverpool this weekend (I had just watched that game on replay yesterday).

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