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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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3 hours ago, TryTheBeal! said:

 

Those Islanders had a pretty good run in the early '80s. I remember watching some of their playoff games around that time and wishing we had Billy Smith.

 

23 minutes ago, Redskins Reparations said:

Can we pin this thread until the start of the 2019 season?

 

My facebook profile pic of a framed Stanley Cup stays up until it's handed off to the next winner. Or unless the Skins reach the SB this year. 

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21 hours ago, Voice_of_Reason said:

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

 

Once he left the post he stopped pretending to like us.  Used to love his columns in the Post until I figured that out.

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On 6/8/2018 at 9:09 AM, Warhead36 said:

I just heard on 980 that they lost.

 

The curse has been passed onto the Mystics...we just needed a sacrificial scapegoat to serve as vessel to hold it.

 

Sorry Mystics.

Mystics are more like the Wizards then Caps, usually bounced by teams they shouldn't beat anyway.

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My buddy I work with does wood working on the side. He has a CNC router in his garage. He knows what a big Caps fan I am. I went to his house today and he had made this. I was commenting on how awesome it was and he just gave it to me. It’s going right in the man cave. 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Warhead36 said:

There needs to be a 30 for 30 on the epic post game non stop partying

It’s unreal. 

 

These guys have have been going at it like frat boys for 4 days now. 

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6 hours ago, TryTheBeal! said:

Exactly. I had never heard of the Easter Epic until a few months ago. I can recount every heartbreaking loss I've witnessed over the past 20 years with the 'Skins (and later the Nats) but I had no idea how much Caps fans have been suffering. I was only 7 when the '98 Stanley Cup happened - I remember my father telling me about it but it was kind of in passing and I was too young to really "get" sports in general, anyway.

 

The only thing I was really into at the time was Duckpin Bowling (#JustMarylandThings).

 

Reading up on the Capitals, though - you wanna talk about snake bitten? I think if I had experienced all that, I would have thrown every bit of team gear I had from the Wilson Bridge. Y'all, though - y'all stuck it out. That is some real dedication.

 

Plus, I would have been livid with the uniform change they did in the 1990s. I never liked those unis the Caps and Wizards had back then. It always seemed kinda dull. The original unis were so slick. 

 

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Damn that All Access was amazing. Love the behind the scenes locker room stuff. Trotzy was so calm and composed, as was Ovie(at least until the game ended, lolol).

 

Still gotta pinch myselves. D.C. is a champion baby.

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2 hours ago, skinfan2k said:

has anyone seen Ovi lol

His wife has continuously been posting stories on instagram. As of about an hour ago Ovi was blasting and singing "We are the Champions" while heating up charcoal on the grill.  He was also rolling potatoes in aluminum foil for said grill.  

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Guys, I’m sad.

 

It’s been a long time coming and like a snap of Thanos’ fingers it’s over.  We can’t relive this feeling again.  There’s no more hockey to watch and I love seeing the team bask in the glory, but to me there’s a great sense of “what next?”

 

Maybe it’s the uncertainty, or the fact that I’ve never felt this way before.  I took a nap this afternoon and had a dream about them celebrating the Cup and how glorious it is.  Then I woke up feeling sad about it.  I’m going to miss what this hockey season was and how it made all of us feel.  I just hope we get it again soon.

 

Sorry for being a bummer.

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4 minutes ago, Springfield said:

Maybe it’s the uncertainty, or the fact that I’ve never felt this way before.  I took a nap this afternoon and had a dream about them celebrating the Cup and how glorious it is.  Then I woke up feeling sad about it.  I’m going to miss what this hockey season was and how it made all of us feel.  I just hope we get it again soon.

Schedule for 2018-19 should be out sometime next week.  Then you're going to blink and, voila, the next NHL season will be underway.

 

You won't have to wait an interminable amount of time for it to start again like you do the NFL.  And the Caps should get a lot of early season mileage of fan interest from winning the Cup. 

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Naw, that's understandable, @Springfield. I don't think it's possible to stay hype forever over this stuff. The energy can only last but so long. But it can be a treasured memory - something to revisit when you're having a bad day because it did, indeed, happen and it was glorious. 

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It does feel empty now because now I have to start going to baseball games again. Was at Nats Park Friday for the bobblehead and Saturday for the Cup at the park and just sititng there watching players mill around and then a pitcher tosses to a batter...it's not the same as a raucous hockey atmosphere. Don't get me wrong I love baseball but it's just not the same 

 

Just 3 or 4 months of baseball...and 2 months until football. Ugh. Gonna be boring. 

 

As for the all-access videos I combined the first 3 into a 50 min video here on my computer. Waiting for them to release the 4th series recap so I can complete it. Hoping to maybe burn that on a DVD or something, or even make my own Championship blu-ray with the All-Access videos...but my technological skill has limits (never tried burning a Blu-Ray in my life and I doubt I even have a blu-ray burner) 

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2 minutes ago, Voice_of_Reason said:

Ok, how the hell do I find a specific Instagram story? 

My teenager showed me. 

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I just spent an embarassing amount of money in the Caps store on championship gear and collecgibles.

 

Part of it is pent up want from boycotting redskins merchandise for the last 10 years.  The other part is realizing i have absolutely nothing from any of the 3 skins superbowls

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10 minutes ago, Voice_of_Reason said:

Ok, how the hell do I find a specific Instagram story? 

 

I was too embarrassed to ask :bye:

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20 minutes ago, zoony said:

I just spent an embarassing amount of money in the Caps store on championship gear and collecgibles.

 

Part of it is pent up want from boycotting redskins merchandise for the last 10 years.  The other part is realizing i have absolutely nothing from any of the 3 skins superbowls

 

I was prepared to spend money on a ticket for game 6 if it happened tonight. My championship gear budget is large from that and for not having another reason to buy Championship gear for the last 26 years. I placed my first order Thursday night. Putting together my second order now. I'll keep adding as new merchandise comes out. 

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3 hours ago, Redskin4ever said:

 

Everyone old enough to remember that probably remembers this. I remember most of the names of the players just by looking at their faces. Of course I watched this a bunch of times as a kid.

 

 

OMG I forgot about this how awesome "The dancing decibels " Eagle parking and all the home "white outs" It's all come full circle now

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