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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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1 minute ago, Mournblade said:

 

I think that game is going to be tough. Vegas will be playing for pride, in front of their home crowd and, most especially, on that terrible ice. Not a complete gimme.

You're probably right, but if the Caps can weather the early storm as they did the flurry at the top of the first and somehow come out with a lead... I think the Knights die easily. I could be wrong, but I think the tale of the next game will be told in the first period.

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1 minute ago, Mournblade said:

 

I think that game is going to be tough. Vegas will be playing for pride, in front of their home crowd and, most especially, on that terrible ice. Not a complete gimme.

at least we will be able to see if they've updated episodes of their pregame intro

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1 minute ago, thebluefood said:

 

There are no words right now. There's only dancing .gifs.

do you see the light

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Just now, Gibbit said:

do you see the light

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For the first time in my life - I see the light. 

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I want to win in Vegas. I want to be the team that gets to celebrate at the expense of the other team. I want to drink deeply of their tears. I want to yell in triumph at the expense of a soul crushing loss by the other team in their building.

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Watching post game, once again, even though Oshie did get a goal on the board, he was so critical in many of the other goals.  That dude is on another level IMO.

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Oshie was an absolute animal tonight, took any hit and didn’t even flinch. Guy is playing out of his mind. 

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2 minutes ago, Zazzaro703 said:

I want to win in Vegas. I want to be the team that gets to celebrate at the expense of the other team. I want to drink deeply of their tears. I want to yell in triumph at the expense of a soul crushing loss by the other team in their building.

Plus you know the celebration in Vegas after would be EPIC

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Winning the next game in Vegas, nice. Winning game 6 in DC, with OV lifting the Cup in front of 20,000 screaming maniacs, priceless. 

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Just now, maxspruill21 said:

Oshie was an absolute animal tonight, took any hit and didn’t even flinch. Guy is playing out of his mind. 

They just showed that 5th goal like 5 times in a row.  That drop pass, then he nailed the Vegas dude in the nose, and then Backy passes it to Kempney to score.  Such a think of beauty holy ****....

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Just now, Voice_of_Reason said:

Who’s the chick on NBCS Washington?

Gold medal winner for Women's hockey.

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My kinda of drunk mentality was thinking about going to Vegas for game 5 cause I have points, but in all honesty, I feel like if they DID win game 5, being down in DC with all of the home town fans would actually be a better experience than being out in Vegas for this.

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Just now, Voice_of_Reason said:

Who’s the chick on NBCS Washington?

 

Why is she hot? lol

She use to play on woman ice hockey and is from Rockville area. I forgot her name though. 

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2 minutes ago, Zazzaro703 said:

Gold medal winner for Women's hockey.

Ok thanks..

1 minute ago, zskins said:

 

Why is she hot? lol

She use to play on woman ice hockey and is from Rockville area. I forgot her name though. 

Actually my wife was asking.

I can feel it.  But I have been conditioned not to count my chickens until they’re hatched.  

 

Just get it done in Vegas already...

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2 minutes ago, Voice_of_Reason said:

Actually my wife was asking.

 

Ah... it is Haley Skarupa. 

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We have 100% of the momentum. Gotta take that and finish this thing Thursday. Don't give them any confidence back, because right now it looks like they have zero

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Awesome by all.  Enjoy it tonight and then re-focus because it doesn't get any harder than getting that last win.  Unchartered waters for sure that hopefully will be conquered very soon.  

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Oshie helped with two goals tonight when he took two VGK players out of positions (one got a good nose bleed lol). He was beasting tonight indeed. 

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1 minute ago, TryTheBeal! said:

Caps in 6.

Still my prediction as well - but I did not expect them to come out and score a half-dozen tonight. Holy ****. 

 

As great as it would be to finish this at home, I want them to put those damn Knights away quickly and ruthlessly. 

 

As I said earier: sweep the ****ing leg, put the nail in the coffin, and let's have a bigass party Thursday night. 

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