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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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***2018-19 NBA Season Thread***

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I certainly didn't expect the Lakers to win last night. 

I saw LeBron trying to lead, and I saw some of those young guys trying to step up to the challenge. 

Just a matter of time for it to all start clicking and they get the confidence. 

3 point shooting can not be ignored though. That needs to be a huge focus for this team to be successful going forward this season. 

I think the 3 point shooting will improve. So much pressure on them now with LeBron and many pundits expectations...they will figure it out enough to slide into at least a 5 seed. 

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I would boo him too.  ESPN is going to whine about the fans booing him.  Guarantee Steven A will go on a 15 minute rant about how soft and small time Minnesota fans are on his radio show.

 

ESPN likes to make sure that the stars they paid for are nice and shiny.  Their NBA coverage is worthless.

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4 minutes ago, StillUnknown said:

so Kawhi is still that dude apparently

 

boston gonna have to work to make the finals

 

Danny Green apart of that trade too?

 

TOR won that trade easy.

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1 hour ago, StillUnknown said:

31pts on 12 shots

 

That's more like it.  He's damn good.  A bit unsung in how he lives at the FT line.  But what can you do with him?  He's burnt his bridge in Minnesota.  Maybe the team asked him to play hard and boost his trade value?

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1 minute ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

That's more like it.  He's damn good.  A bit unsung in how he lives at the FT line.  But what can you do with him?  He's burnt his bridge in Minnesota.  Maybe the team asked him to play hard and boost his trade value?

 

I don't think you have to ask Butler to play hard. He might be an asshole off the court, but he's too much of a competitor to dog it on the floor

 

KAT is in dire need of a good showing. After taking a good part of the lashing from Butler, he's looked pretty timid in these first two games.

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17 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

That's more like it.  He's damn good.  A bit unsung in how he lives at the FT line.  But what can you do with him?  He's burnt his bridge in Minnesota.  Maybe the team asked him to play hard and boost his trade value?

I want to package Otto.  One minute you put a radioactive sticker on his forehead, I think he'll fall in love with Beal and Wall's impatience and fit right in. Anything to get Lionel Richie off the team. Dancing on the ceiling lookin ass.

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I like George better with Westbrook because he can still contribute at a high level without the ball in his hands.  He's got a gorgeous jumper off the catch and he's probably an even better defensive player than Butler.  That shot is picture perfect.

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Not to throw shade at Derozan, but it'll be I interesting to see how Toronto functions now with a proven winner, FInals MVP and league MVP talent leading them.

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13 minutes ago, Renegade7 said:

I want to package Otto.  One minute you put a radioactive sticker on his forehead, I think he'll fall in love with Beal and Wall's impatience and fit right in. Anything to get Lionel Richie off the team. Dancing on the ceiling lookin ass. 

 

You've got the wrong read on Otto.  But regardless of that, you can't trust Butler at all.  That guy is a prick and he has zero conscience about burning his team to the ground to get what he wants.  He did it to Chicago and now Minnesota too. He's become the Adrian Dantley of this generation.  He plays for himself.  Wall and Beal are not about that and there would be literal fist fights in practice and film sessions.  They would hate him.

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2 hours ago, StillUnknown said:

so Kawhi is still that dude apparently

 

boston gonna have to work to make the finals

 

Yeah he looks 100% the same as the guy he was in 2016.  That dude faked his injury and sandbagged the Spurs to get his way.

 

This generation of NBA stars are so ****ing slimy and selfish.  They don't get held accountable for any ****ty thing they do.  It's just 100% hero worship from the bootlicking fans and media.  Dwight Howard was the last NBA star who was properly hated for being a gross, fake ass **** and that was notably before ESPN mortgaged their empire to buy the broadcasting rights to the NBA.

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16 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

You've got the wrong read on Otto.  But regardless of that, you can't trust Butler at all.  That guy is a prick and he has zero conscience about burning his team to the ground to get what he wants.  He did it to Chicago and now Minnesota too. He's become the Adrian Dantley of this generation.  He plays for himself.  Wall and Beal are not about that and there would be literal fist fights in practice and film sessions.  They would hate him.

 

We've gone over this Ad nauseam in the Wizards thread, I've lost patience with the "he's not used correctly" excuse for Otto.  He's the highest paid player on the team this year, either demand to be used differently, publicly at this point, or learn to play differently.   The man has more excuses then handles, and that seems to be the constant excuse to make further excuses for him.  You can keep doing it, you've made good points before, but I'm done.  Otto needs to change to change my mind.

 

KAT and Wiggins are soft, Beal and Wall are not.  If we're crazy enough to take a flyer on Howard this is right up our alley.  Maybe I need to see more Butler play, timid is not what comes to mind.  I'm tired of our third star playing like his locker is in the boiler room and someone took his stapler, I'm fine with a little nasty aggression right now.

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