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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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Just ordered the DVD, a SC champ pennant and a SC 28” x 40” banner for my sports room. Promo code used at NHL.com and got free shipping.

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4 hours ago, maxspruill21 said:

Holy hell I am hungover, been watching videos on winning the cup all morning. I think I need to keep celebrating. 

Truth. Stay on the horse. :806:

5 minutes ago, pjfootballer said:

Just ordered the DVD, a SC champ pennant and a SC 28” x 40” banner for my sports room. Promo code used at NHL.com and got free shipping.

How much was the pennant? That would do nicely in my she-man cave. ?

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15 minutes ago, skinsmarydu said:

Truth. Stay on the horse. :806:

How much was the pennant? That would do nicely in my she-man cave. ?

 

$10.99

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5 hours ago, RonArtest15 said:

 

Caps had a lot of puck luck during the series.  I was on edge for the whole thing....but it's funny, this team was VERY close to sweeping (had games 2-5 stayed the same and if the Reaves x-check was called in game 1.) 

I think Vegas had ridiculous puck luck except game 4.  We hit posts, had goals go in off skates had crazy board bounces (the save) and Fleury had multiple matrix like moments.  Sprinkle in what I still believe to be ice tilting officiating and it really shows how much better that the Caps were. 

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I really don’t think I believe this has happened. After decades of watching the Caps and never winning the Cup, it’s like I don’t know how to feel. I can’t wait to go to the parade and soak it in 

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Beer and not vodka?  What kind of russians are these?:ols:

 

Hope nobody gets arrested LOL

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3 hours ago, pjfootballer said:

Just ordered the DVD, a SC champ pennant and a SC 28” x 40” banner for my sports room. Promo code used at NHL.com and got free shipping.

 

I saw the pennant at 6 AM at Modell's on Friday but decided against it. Spent enough on the two tee shirts and the glass! 

8 hours ago, Sticksboi05 said:

What's the shipping situation on NHL.com. Amazon has legitimately made it so if anything takes more than 48 hours to arrive it's unacceptable. What a world we live in.

 

Forever which is why I rarely order online 

 

Most of my merchandise I simply purchased in person 

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I just watched the PTI segment from Friday on the Caps.

 

2 thoughts: 

1. They started with 2 stories on the NBA because Wilbon is a paid NBA stooge.

 

2. His point about Ovi is stupid. He’s an all time great. Period.

 

I am all for not allowing Wilbon back into the DMV ever.  Lifetime ban for the bum.

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I hope they celebrate with the Cup the entire summer. Make it one big legendary party.

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8 hours ago, Sticksboi05 said:

What's the shipping situation on NHL.com. Amazon has legitimately made it so if anything takes more than 48 hours to arrive it's unacceptable. What a world we live in.

 

I ordered using promo code NHLFAN1 and got free shipping on NHL.com. I think it’s good until midnight.

 

Living in South Carolina, I have to order online. Need to have something to remember this by.

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I feel like Ovi is the living personification of every DC sports fan and we're all living vicariously through him.

 

I love that he's really just embracing being the God King of D.C.

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14 minutes ago, Warhead36 said:

I feel like Ovi is the living personification of every DC sports fan and we're all living vicariously through him.

 

I love that he's really just embracing being the God King of D.C.

It is truly awesome. No one has held my heart like this since Joey T.

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For those that are taking Metro to the parade, what time are you planning on getting there?  I have a carload coming from the valley and want to make sure we get a parking spot at the Vienna station.

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1 minute ago, Phantasm said:

want to make sure we get a parking spot at the Vienna station.

 

5am

 

(admittedly it has been a number of years since I regularly used that station, but at the time the parking situation on weekdays was awful)

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19 minutes ago, skinsfan_1215 said:

 

5am

 

(admittedly it has been a number of years since I regularly used that station, but at the time the parking situation on weekdays was awful)

 

That's what I was afraid of.  I might try to get there fairly early (6:00ish), and if that doesn't work I've read that Dunn Loring might be a good alternative.

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23 minutes ago, skinsmarydu said:

Being a Caps fan in ATL sucks. Y'all holla for me, please?????

Consider yourself holla'd at because you're just as much a part of this as everyone else. 

 

Haven't really been keeping up with the scuttle here in the Harrisburg, PA area but I imagine there are some sulking Penguins fans out there. My boss (who is a Penguins fan) said he wanted to see Ovi win it so he's taking it in stride. 

 

And yes - Ovechkin is D.C.'s finest individual athlete in a team sport bar none. Johnson, Baugh, Unseld, and Hayes are up there of course but Ovechkin's gotta be number one.  

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Watching the videos of the boys parting with the Cup makes me smile. And laugh.  And realize the Caps may never win another game again because these guys might not live til tomorrow 

 

effing AWESOME!!!

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Every few hours I think of the Caps winning the Cup and smile. Finally. So happy for them and the city.

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1 minute ago, abdcskins said:

Every few hours I think of the Caps winning the Cup and smile. Finally. So happy for them and the city.

Same.  A day will feel mundane, and then the thought of the Stanley Cup crosses my mind and a smile forms.

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