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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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2017 - 18 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals Thread

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As a Hawks fan from my college years in the midwest but a MD native, I'm thrilled for the Caps and am rooting hard for them. 

 

**** a curse! 

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Don't waste your time with ESPN (I posted a longer 8min package a few posts down that has better frame rate and has the NBC call)

 

1 hour ago, Springfield said:

And yeah, VGK is basically a team of 2nd liners for all 4 lines.

It's actually 3rd liners and 2nd pair defenseman. Wasn't it picking teams 11th best forward and 4th best defenseman pretty much?

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I think teams got to protect 10 forwards, 3 defenseman and a goalie for the expansion draft.

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Was Burakovsky a late addition to the playoff squad? Or did he ride the bench all season or something? 

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3 minutes ago, abdcskins said:

Was Burakovsky a late addition to the playoff squad? Or did he ride the bench all season or something? 

 

Had a subpar year but got injured vs Columbus and missed all of the Pens series 

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2 minutes ago, abdcskins said:

Was Burakovsky a late addition to the playoff squad? Or did he ride the bench all season or something? 

 

He's been very inconsistent in his brief career that has included some injuries. Caps keep waiting for him to become a 20+ goal scorer after a good first two seasons but he hasn't really elevated his game. 

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6 minutes ago, abdcskins said:

Was Burakovsky a late addition to the playoff squad? Or did he ride the bench all season or something? 

He was injured early in the 2nd game of the playoffs.  He underwent surgery and was replaced by Vrana on the 2nd line.

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20 minutes ago, Zazzaro703 said:

 

It's actually 3rd liners and 2nd pair defenseman. Wasn't it picking teams 11th best forward and 4th best defenseman pretty much?

 

Yeah but it sounds like the NHL did them a huge solid if you call them a team full of second liners.

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We know now that next season the Capitals are going to be playing a lot of games on"NBC Game Of The Week"

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I don't know how I will feel if the Caps win the Stanley Cup. Obvious answer is elated but I think it will also be relief and a little bit of bewilderment.

 

It's been so long since DC has had a champion. One can only hope.

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1 hour ago, Hersh said:

 

Don't check stubhub or any other sites if you are thinking $300. 

 

Oh. They are $900 each for corner uppers. ****.

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14 minutes ago, Springfield said:

 

Yeah but it sounds like the NHL did them a huge solid if you call them a team full of second liners.

I think I'm wrong about 10 forwards, that would be 4th liners and I'm pretty sure it wasn't that deep. Maybe it was 7 or 8. 

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I went to Capital One Arena for the viewing party, and oh my goodness WHAT A NIGHT!! I went with a couple friends and i gotta admit i was not expecting that kind of a game for game 7...i was happily surprised :) i was thinking a MUST-WIN watch party (for a DC Sports team even) could either turn out realllllllyyyyyy terrible or the best night ever ?? 

 

But man, one heck of an experience. The place was rocking all night, starting with the 1st goal a couple minutes into the game :D 

Also, anyone who went tonight, how about that guy that ran onto the court ?? he tried his best to juke out the security guards :P 

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41 minutes ago, skinsfan_1215 said:

 

Oh. They are $900 each for corner uppers. ****.

 

I'm assuming it will come down a bit once they have the actual presales and what not.  Hopefully the Caps at least get a split on the road but considering Game 3 is on a Saturday I would expect the secondary market prices to stay pretty high.

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Also, of course the year the capitals finally get to the SCF I’ll be out of the country on vacation. Guess I’ll have to resort to checking the score the morning after each game 

 

(actually, come to think of it, i just saw @Heisenberg post, game 3 is on Saturday? Maybe I’ll be home for at least 1 of the games after all! I’ll be back in the states on the 4th. 

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This is still un****ing real 

 

I’ve been posting in these threads since i was a sophomore in high school 

 

I’m 25 now 

 

this is amazing 

 

so deserved 

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So who's rocking the red tomorrow at work?

 

This guy. Btw, went to a Stanley Cup game a few years ago when the Sharks played. It's un****ing real. 

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That was one of the coolest games I've ever seen...Ovi's early goal, Wilson giving Coburn that ass whoopin' right outta the box, and Burakovsky's speed getting us 2 insurance goals. 

And Holtby was a God. 

We got a memo at work yesterday morning sayin red shirts are for Saturdays only from now on, and boss knows I read it.??? 

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